Newsletter – 14th May 2021

 Well that’s another week done and usually it would have been one of the busiest and in some ways the most stressful weeks of the school year – Year 6 SATs week! They haven’t happened this year, along with Y2 SATs and the formal Y1 Phonics checks, but I’ve spent this week meeting the teachers to look at pupil progress, and I can assure you that not only do the teachers have a really clear idea of where every child in their class is, but they also know exactly what each child needs to continue making progress. 

The meetings also showed that not only did the children not ‘dip’ as much as they might have done, but that since coming back they have made excellent progress and are well on the way to being where we thought they would have been at the end of the year. 

Reports and Online Parent Meetings 

You will be receiving a mini-report today with a snap shot of where your child is. Next week we are holding the online parents meetings where you can discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. If you haven’t booked an appointment yet the link to book is below;-

For Years 1-6 the meetings are on Tuesday 18th May and Wednesday the 19th May and for EYFS that meetings are Wednesday the 19th and Thursday 20th May. Please note that Mrs Gilroy will not be available on Tuesday the 18th May so an extra evening will be added on the 8th June. 

Yellow Zig-Zag Lines 

Please could we remind you it is illegal to drop children off, or wait for any length of time, on the yellow zig-zag lines outside school. More and more people are doing this and we have had several near-misses recently. Parking enforcement patrols are continuing to patrol near schools and will issue fines to any driver seen doing this. If there is nowhere to park safely on the road outside school please use the Horizon car park. 

Book Fair 

Our Book Fair is also here in school ready for children to start visiting from Monday. As mentioned in the newsletter last week, due to Covid restrictions Parents/Carers will be unable to visit the fair this year. Children will view the fair with their class and make a note of any books that they like; they will then come home and order with a parent from home. You could also go through the catalogue together at home and select books from there. An order form and a catalogue were emailed out earlier this week. After the fair, thanks to your book purchases, school will receive a number of free books for our class reading corners. 

Year 6 Residential 

Next Friday we are really looking forward to the Year 6 ‘Residential’. We will be spending the day at an outdoor pursuits centre doing a range of activities, before coming back to school for pizza, games and a bonfire in the evening, and then a sleep-over for those children brave enough to risk being in the school at night! 

Beat the Street 

Something else to look forward to is the return of Beat the Street! This year’s game will run from Thursday 10th June to Thursday 22nd July and school will be getting our participation packs including the fobs during the week commencing 24th May. 

Covid Marshalls 

You may have noticed that earlier in the week we had Covid Marshalls from Barnsley MBC with us at home time. They let us know that they were happy with the arrangements in place and commented especially on the number of parents wearing masks, so thank you for continuing with that for now. The only suggestion was to remind everyone not to come too early for your pick-up as this caused a congestion around the gate. 

School Dinners 

Just a quick reminder that from September the cost of dinners will increase to £2.20 a day (£11 per week). This means that we are still subsidising the cost of dinners and are in-line with, or below, the amount charged by other local schools. We are aware of the impact this may have on some families, so we wanted to give you as much notice as possible, and remind you that if your circumstances have changed you may be eligible for free school meals. If you’re not sure, please contact the office who will be able to help or follow the link below for more information and to apply; 

Finally, well done to the Shawlands staff netball team, who beat the NetChicks last night in a thrilling, closely fought match – nice to see them back to their winning ways! 

As always, if you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling the school office or by email. 

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