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Newletter 02/04/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

2.4.2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all managing alright. I am missing all the children, school seems very quiet with only a handful of children here. I am loving catching up with what you have all been doing on the blogs. Some of the children have really green fingers – their sunflowers are growing so well.

I do enjoy seeing your rainbows as I come to work, they make me smile.

I hope you are managing to keep up with the exercising. At school we are dancing every day with Oti – Strictly here we come!

I know many people across the county are finding these to be very challenging times financially. If your circumstances have changed and you are now eligible for free school meals do apply as you will receive vouchers to help towards your grocery shopping. You can apply by phoning 01629 536400/535743, emailing checking@derbyshire.gov.uk or on the website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals . If your application is successful please let me know so I can organise vouchers as soon as possible.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
• Income Support
• income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
As you know school is open over the Easter Holiday for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. So far nobody has asked for us to be open on Good Friday or Easter Monday if you need us to be open on those days please let me know as soon as possible so that I can organise staffing.
I hope you all stay happy and healthy.

Alice Littlehailes


Covid-19 and School

The government have said that school must close to all children except the children of Key Workers. However:

“If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.” – gov.uk

This means that even if you are a key worker, if you are able keep your children at home, you should.

Thank you.


Class blogs

Dear Children,

All the staff of St Lukes have come up with a way of keeping in touch with you all. Each class now has a ‘blog’ and we are going to use it to set challenges each week and to keep in touch with you. On each blog you can upload photographs, pictures and comments. All the staff would love you to ‘talk’ to them about whatever you are doing or just to say hello and we will tell you about what we are up to too. We would like each child in our class to post on their class blog at least once a week, just so we know you are ok. If you have any questions you can also ask them on the blog. We will answer them as soon as we can.

The links to each class blog are:

For the time being Miss Byron will communicate with Kites class as well as Merlins. Feel free to comment on each other classes blog too.

As always remember how to stay safe online.

  • Don’t post photographs which give personal information away ie with your school jumper on, in front of your house number etc.
  • Think about what you are saying on the post. All the staff will check each comment before it goes ‘live’ but still if you wouldn’t say it to Mrs Littlehailes don’t say it at all.
  • Don’t give out other personal information on the posts as it might not be suitable.
  • If you unsure of anything ask a trusted adult at home.
  • If you post a comment please just use initials eg CB, not full names

In addition to the blog each of you will get a stationary pack to help you get started on the challenges we set. There are numerous web sites to access as well. Here are the ones we recommend:

  • Reading plus (year 4 and year 6)
  • Numberbots
  • Timestables rockstars
  • Hamilton Trust
  • Tables Logik
  • K& Maths
  • White Rose maths
  • Phonics play
  • Topmarks (NOT the paid app)
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • BBC Supermovers
  • Go Noodle
  • School zone

There are also apps available, in particular there is one which allows you to download books for free run by the Library service called: Borrow Box. You do need to be a member of a library in order to do this. Other apps which are free are also available : Spelling Shed, Creative Book Builder, Pic Collage etc.

Finally, even though we are not all together we are still here for each other. Please use the blog to keep in touch with one another as well as staff. We will look forward to being together again soon.

With love from,

All the staff at St Luke’s CE Primary School


Newsletter 12/03/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

12.3.2020

Dear Parents,

On Friday we had a fantastic big write day with all the children exploring what had happened when the storybook characters had escaped from the books. The quality of work produced was fantastic.

Yesterday our netball squad enjoyed taking part in the High 5 Netball tournament. They did us proud showing great sportsmanship.

Today the children in Ospreys, Kites and Harriers are each enjoying a session with a coach from Glossop Tennis Club. If your child is interested in trying out tennis the club offer lessons so do go on their website to find out more.

Tomorrow Friday 13th March the Eagles class will be leading our assembly so do come along and join us if you can. The week after on Friday 20th it will be Osprey’s turn.

The PTA quiz for tomorrow night is now cancelled because of lack of people signing up for it. I am sorry this has had to be done.

Next Tuesday forest schools club restarts. I know the children have been looking forward to the evenings to be light enough for this to begin.

It is almost here! On Monday 16th March the children in Merlins will be performing on the stage at Buxton Opera House. Their dance is well worth seeing so I am sure they will give a wonderful performance. They need to bring to school a packed tea as we will be going there at the end of the school day.

On Tuesday 17th at 6pm there is a meeting for the parents of the children in Eagles who are going to Whitby.

On Wednesday 18th March at 2.30 there is a PTA meeting in school. It has been put at this time to help people who cannot make it to evening meetings get involved. Do come along if you can.

Raffle tickets for our big Easter Raffle will be coming home this week so keep a look out for them.

The advice to schools as of this morning around Coronavirus has not changed. I receive a daily update and we are following all the advice given. The children are regularly reminded to wash their hands and we have learnt what a good hand wash looks like as opposed to a quick dibble under the tap! Please can you remind them as well. I will continue to keep you informed.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 27/02/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

27.2.2020

Dear Parents,

I do hope you all managed to have a good half term despite the weather. It has been a very soggy late winter, let’s hope we have a good spring.

The children have come back with a renewed desire to learn. I was very impressed with them in assembly, or collective act of worship, on Monday where they had a really honest and useful discussion about our time together and how to make it even better. They came up with ideas such as having celebrations first so they can go off to class calm and reflective. They would like to take responsibility for welcoming the classes into the hall. They want more stories and songs. The thing that impressed me most was the respectful way they listened to each other and considered others opinions even when they didn’t agree with them.

On the last Friday before half term the children impressed us all with their choral speaking in our House Verse Speaking competition. Every house tackled the poems in a different way and made us appreciate different things. Thank you to our judges for doing the difficult task of selecting winners!

There will be no family assembly this Friday because we are working with an artist for the day – very exciting.

Next week the Eagles are off to The Bridgewater Hall to attend a school’s concert with the Halle orchestra. Please make sure you have returned permission slips.

Talking of exciting music events on Saturday 7th March 10-3.30 the Dark Peak Music Foundation is holding a strings play day for all young people who play a string instrument. If your child is interested leaflets are available in school.

Next Thursday 5th March is World Book Day. We are inviting the children to come to school dressed as character from a book and bring the book with them. Children who do not want to dress up do not have to. We would also love you to come in and share a book (or an extract from a book) with a group of children, if you have a little bit of time on Thursday and would like to join in this bookfest do let us know. You don’t have to dress up, but of course can if you want to!

The makers of Junior Bake Off have contacted me because they are looking for children to take part in the next series:

We are looking for young budding bakers between 9 -15 years old.

Filming would take place from July 2020, but our applications close on Sunday 5th April 2020.

Interested bakers can apply online at – WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 13/02/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

13.2.2020

Dear Parents,

I need to start with an apology to Manor House Surgery for attributing comments to them without checking my sources. I retract the comments in last week’s newsletter and apologise unreservedly for the error on my part.

Tuesday was Internet Safety Day and the children across the school thought about how to keep themselves safe online. The work included thinking about not sharing personal information including photographs with details such as road names or school uniform. Others thought about friends they only play games with online and how they can enjoy playing online but need to remember they don’t really know them. Our new Internet Safety Group came up with lots of ways they can help children stay safe, I look forward to seeing their work develop over the next few months.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the PTA disco last Friday, the children had a great time. As well as a good time being had by all £281 was raised. The discos would not happen without all the lovely people who help.

It is Merlin’s turn to lead our assembly tomorrow do join us if you can.

We finish for half term tomorrow and the children return to school on Monday 24th February. I hope you all have a good break though the weather is not looking promising.

After half term Gardening Club will restart on a Monday 3.30-4.30. It is open to children in years 3-6. Please can the gardeners bring wellies each week as there is every chance they will be getting muddy!

The Halle Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir and Children’s Choir are recruiting now. If your child is interested the link is www.halle.co.uk/youth-ensembles-recruitment . In the past we have had a number of children who have enjoyed being part of these groups.

Congratulations to the team that went to represent us at mini basketball they were good ambassadors for the school.

See you all back refreshed on Monday 24th February.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 30/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

30.1.2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the children who led our assembly this Wednesday on dance. We have some very talented children at school.

As I have walked round school this week I have seen some exciting learning going on. The older children are becoming fascinated by Brazil as they are studying its geography in preparation for its history. There is huge excitement in Harriers and computing club as Mr Holt is teaching them about green screen filming. Kites are showing a huge amount of interest as they learn more about Marie Curie, an important scientist they first heard about last year. The Ospreys are just excited about everything, they are loving their learning and are always keen to share it with me. Maths is really enthusing the Peregrines at the moment, they love being able to show how to solve problems with cubes, counters and other objects. Whilst the Kestrels are busy planning what they want to learn about dinosaurs – the roars coming from their area have been quite scary!

Yesterday I was doing some work with our Advisor from the local authority. It was a real pleasure to look at school through his eyes and see just how engaged in their learning your children are. They are excited by their learning and work with real purpose. He was very impressed by what they were learning and how they were learning.

Remember there is a meeting at Hayfield Primary School next week on Tuesday 4th February at 6.30 to help parents understand how maths is taught now. The aim is to help you be able to feel confident to support your children at home. Parking in Hayfield is not fantastic so I would recommend car sharing.

I hope your child has brought home their poems for House Verse Speaking and are starting to learn them.

Tomorrow 31st January Kites will be leading our assembly and on Friday 7th February it will be Harrier’s turn.

Also on Friday 7th February it will be the PTA disco 5-6.30. There is a flyer attached with more details.

There is a PTA meeting in school tonight at 7pm please come along if you can.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 23/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

23.1.2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the parents that ran the film night on Friday the children all enjoyed it. I was sorry not to be able to be there.

Also thank you to the children who led our assembly this Wednesday on disability. They reminded us all to celebrate our differences and show respect to everyone. They talked about visible disabilities and hidden disabilities and encouraged us all to be understanding of others. They did a fantastic job.

After a couple of weeks looking for sightings of the ‘naughty bus’, thank you to all the people of Glossop who joined in the fun, the younger children have started celebrating Chinese New Year. Their restaurant has a very good takeaway service (there are not many jobs where you get to have wool noodles and pompom dumplings brought to your desk by a group of excited children with chopsticks!). They have been learning how it is celebrated and what it means for the people from China.

Remember there is a meeting at Hayfield Primary School on Tuesday 4th February at 6.30 to help parents understand how maths is taught now. The aim is to help you be able to feel confident to support your children at home. Parking in Hayfield is not fantastic so I would recommend car sharing.

On Friday 31st January Kites will be leading our assembly and on Friday 7th February it will be Harrier’s turn.

Also on Friday 7th February it will be the PTA disco 5-6.30.

At some point over the next week your child will be bringing home two poems to learn. This is for our annual choral speaking competition ‘House Verse Speaking’. Every year parents say to me they will never manage to learn to say all that, and I am inclined to agree but every year they surprise us all. Please help your child to learn the poems.

I have been asked to pass on this message from the PTA:

Movie night was a big success with 90 students in attendance! We had lots of parents helping out which was amazing. Setting up, getting pizzas ready, cleaning up spillage and washing up so a big thank you to everyone. The profit for the event was £191, a great way to kick off 2020!!

Here are the next PTA events this term;

PTA meeting – Thursday 30th January, 7pm at school

School Disco – Friday 7th February (5pm-6.30pm) more details will be out soon

Parents Quiz Night – Friday 13th March, more details will be out soon.

Many thanks, the PTA team.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 16/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

16.1.2020

Dear Parents,

We were treated to a fantastic assembly yesterday all about recycling. The children who led it reminded us all that we should all try much harder to recycle. We were reminded that lots of plastics are recyclable, paper and cardboard are recyclable, tin cans and drinks cans can be recycled. At school we can recycle your batteries and printer cartridges and when we hold bags 2 school we recycle your textiles. It is great that so many people are managing to have more in their recycling bins than in their ordinary bin. Thank you so much to the children that led the assembly.

On Friday it is the PTA film night. They are showing ‘Abominable’. The children who have been booked in will go into the hall from class and you will need to pick them up at 5.15.

Some organised people have been asking me what the term dates are for the next academic year so here they are:

Thursday 3rd September 2020 Children return to school (Friday 4th September for the new Reception class)

Thursday 22nd October 2020 finish for half term

Monday 2nd October 2020 return to school

Friday 18th December 2020 finish for Christmas

Monday 4th January 2021 return to school

Friday 12th February 2021 finish for half term

Monday 22nd February 2021 return to school

Thursday 1st April 2021 finish for Easter

Monday 19th April 2021 return to school

Friday 28th May 2021 finish for half term

Thursday 10th June 2021 return to school

Thursday 22nd July 2021 finish for the summer

These dates include all the INSET days. I hope this is useful for you.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 09/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

9.1.2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year I hope you all had a good festive period and haven’t found the return to normal too difficult. It was lovely to see the children excited to be back, even if they were finding getting back into the routine a little tiring. I love this term the children are all very settled and attack their work with gusto, it is always such a pleasure to see how much they learn across this term. But before we know what has hit us we will be talking about Easter.

The children have been very excited to share what they have done over Christmas, it sounds as if you have all had some good times together. They have also been telling us what presents they got; there are lots of new phones and smart watches about. I just want to remind everyone that any devices that can make and receive phone calls or are connected to the internet need to be signed in at the start of the day and be collected at the end of the day. The signing in book and box is usually in Y6 at the beginning and end of the day.

You should have received a clubs letter yesterday. School run clubs restart on Monday apart from Gardening and Netball which will restart when the light improves. PAS restarts next Tuesday to book on this visit www.pas.uk.com and then click book online. Forest Schools will restart on 17th March to book a place on this visit www.insideoutforestschool.com .

On Monday the children in Merlins and Ospreys will have a talk from the fire service about safety.

Swimming restarts on Thursday 16th January. Ospreys will meet at the baths as they did last term and Eagles will walk up there later in the morning.

The PTA is sorting out the rota for making toast on Friday mornings. If you would like to help make toast one Friday morning please let the office know or talk to Chika Jones who sorts the rota out.

As I was writing the date on this newsletter I was reminded of a helpful hint I heard this week – this year always write the year in full 2020 rather than 20, as just writing 20 allows for other numbers to be written after it leaving an opening for fraud. This may not be a big risk but I thought I would pass it on to you.

I am attaching the term dates – as usual things may change so do keep an eye on the newsletter for further information. Thinking about dates just a quick reminder that there is an INSET day on Monday 20th April so the children start back after Easter on Tuesday 21st April.

Alice Littlehailes

 

Dates January 2020

January

Monday 13th       Clubs restart

Thursday 16th     Swimming Starts

Friday 24th           Height and weight checks (Reception and Y6)

Thursday 30th     PTA 7pm

Friday 31st           Kites leading Assembly

February

Tuesday 4th         PEGS parents meeting about Maths

Friday 7th             Harriers leading Assembly

PTA Disco

Friday 14th           Merlins leading Assembly

Finish for half term

Monday 24th       School restarts

March

Tuesday 3rd         Eagles to the Halle

Thursday 5th       World Book Day

Friday 6th             Ospreys leading Assembly

Monday 9th         Class Photos

Friday 13th           Eagles leading Assembly

Friday 20th           Kestrels leading Assembly

Friday 27th           Peregrines leading Assembly

Monday 30th       Kites and Harriers Production 2pm

Tuesday 31st       Kites and Harriers Production 6pm

April

Wednesday 1st Parents evening

Thursday 2nd       Easter Service

House Netball and Football

Friday 3rd             Easter Raffle

Finish for Easter

Tuesday 21st       Term starts


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