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Week beginning 7th July 2020

I hope everyone is well and coped with the mad weather this week.  It has been a busy week at school as we move rooms, prepare resources and spaces for September.  I was glad to receive further guidance from the government yesterday and I am pleased that our plans are all in line with this document.  I hope you found it reassuring that the government are putting plans in place to reduce risks for your children.

 

Government Guidance on DFE website: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

 

Your children will return to school on Thursday 3rd September.

As you know over the last few weeks I have been sharing some of the changes and plans that we have for September.  We have created a special area of the school website www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/getting-ready-to-move-up-september-2020/ to find all the details in one place.

 

As the rules on distancing are relaxed we need to keep bubbles (class groups and key stage groups) separate to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

 

Funzone

We will be opening Funzone from Monday 7th September once we have settled all children back into school on 3rd/4th September.  Parents can book slots and make payments at the school office and online through Scopay.com (School Funzone only).

 

There will be 2 spaces for Funzone

  1. Teeny Funzone for 2-4 year olds – running in Nursery 1 (Preschool) Rooms 
  2. Reception/KS1 and KS2 Funzone which will have a separate room for each key stage to keep bubbles apart – running from the Funzone end of school, utilising other non classroom spaces too.

 

Clubs

To reduce risk of cross contamination, until further notice we will not be running any after school clubs.

 

Drop Off and Collection

We want to create as much space as possible for drops offs/collections so will be identifying specific year band entrance and exit points which we will publish in due course

 

If you have any questions about practicalities please share them through office@ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk so we can problem solve this together.

 

End of Year Reports

Thankfully we sent out the mid-year reports just before lockdown so parents are aware of progress and achievement this year.  Of course there has been no significant learning of new things this term, lots of consolidation through in school and online activities.

 

For Year 2 and 6 parents you will receive another form of report, with the same key information and a summary of the key stage progress and achievement that is expected at the end of Year 2 and 6.

 

We recognise that the children have lost significant learning time this year but our plans for teaching and learning in September (and that of our Secondary colleagues) will be to address these gaps so children can continue to build on their prior learning.

 

Sorting Time

As we have shared through Facebook we have had a number of items:

  • Our two tub chairs which need a new home. First come to collect.  In light of COVID we have replaced them with wipeable replacements
  • The beauty bench is back available as it was not quite right for massage as it doesn't have a face hole. It is perfect for beauty treatments as you can raise different sections. First come, first served.
  • A4 and Lever Arched Folders in a variety of colours - now we are so computer based we have loads of folders available, come and get them (about 50 available).

 

Year 6 Leavers

End of year activities:

  • Treasure boxes – 3 left to collect, then decorate and return them to school ready for it to be filled with treasures to remember your time at Ash Grange
  • Hoodies - on order for those who wanted one.
  • Shirt to sign – sadly we only have a few of these, if you don’t send one in, we can’t sign it.  We will then set up tables so that the children in school and those coming in to collect weekly resources will be able to sign their names.
  • Goodbye Stones - As the whole school will not be able to say bye-bye and watch the leaver’s assembly we are getting large stones that the Year 6 children can paint messages upon.  This will be a chance to say bye-bye and share an important bit of advice and wisdom with the rest of the school. In September we will then share these with the children so that they hear the voices of our wonderful Year 6. We’ll let you know when they have arrived.

 

Plans for the last day of term are:

9-10 am Leavers assembly, this will be a special chance for us to say bye-bye to our Year 6.  Due to restrictions it will not have the normal format.  We will be creating some celebratory activities and have time for us to honour every child.

We will be able to accommodate 2 adults per Year 6 child and children and adults will sit together.  All children will need to wear their school uniform on the day.

 

10-12 noon Year 6 Pool and BBQ time.  We are planning to give the children some time to be together with a open pool and BBQ. Children will need to wear swimming kit underneath their uniform so that they will not have to change.  We will supervise them having fun.

 

12 noon – children are collected.

 

Last Day of Term

Wednesday 22nd July, school closes at 12.15pm for all children in school on that day (except Year 6 who are leaving at 12 noon)

 

Uniform Matters

It is so crucial that we are doing all we can to reduce waste in our world and creating a preloved uniform shop is one step to help this.  In preparation for September we are creating two layers with orders.  You can order:

  1. New uniform items
  2. Preloved items

As parents/carers kindly donate unwanted items we are going to manage this stock so you will be able to see it online and order it, as you do new items.  Preloved items will have no cost.  It is now  live and is part of the uniform ordering system on Scopay.  

 

Year 6 in September

The children of current Year 5 will need a white shirt (short or long sleeved) in September as they will be wearing an Ash Grange school tie. Polo shirts will not be part of the Year 6 uniform. We want the Year 6 to stand out and show they are the top of the school so each child will be given a tie for free.  Of course if they are wearing a school dress they will not wear a tie with it.

Only children in Year 6 will have this privilege.

 

Lockdown commemorative bag, mug or tea towel

Thank you from our PTA ladies to everyone who expressed an interest in purchasing a commemorative bag, mug or tea towel from NHS Together Charities at a cost of £5.00 per item.

Due to limited class numbers we have decided to combine every class and make it a whole school item from Reception to Year 6. Each item purchased will have first names only of every child and will include the headline “The year lockdown happened 2020” and “We are proud of you all.”

We hope to receive the order before the Summer holidays however due to high demand it is may be September.

If you would like to purchase one of the commemorative items, then complete an order on the website online at Scopay. Orders will need to be completed by Tuesday 7th July.

 

Free Home Learning Resource

The free home learning resource for next week is a Foil Art Kit - pop in to collect from Monday

 

Year 5

Thank you for your application forms, Mrs Rumsby and I really enjoyed reading them. We have decided to do things a little differently this year to widen your opportunities.  Each half term you will be given a different responsibility for which you will be awarded a badge. By the end of the year you will have 6 badges down your right sleeve and have developed lots of new skills. We will announce your first role in September.

 

Kindest regards, keep well

Mrs Curtis

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