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Friday News 07.02.20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Next week’s school target is to remember to use playground equipment properly.

Please can we remind you to speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance if you have any concerns, queries or issues  They will be happy to meet with you as soon as possible. Naturally, this may not always be immediately, due to teaching commitments, but please be assured a mutually-convenient appointment will be arranged. Many thanks.

World Book Day is rapidly approaching and we wanted to tell you our plans. This year, we won’t be asking children to dress up. Instead, we are going to invite them to come into school in their pyjamas or lounge wear (if they want to) on Monday 2nd March. We will have a ‘readathon’ throughout the day, and will have a visit from a book bus which will be parked in the playground and children will have opportunities to look at and purchase books if they want to. We aren’t asking for any monetary donations during this event, but will publish a ‘wishlist’ of book titles that will be used during whole class reading sessions, so if parents wanted to donate a book to school they can do so.

We have noticed that children have started to bring bouncy balls into school to use at playtime. Whilst we don’t want to curtail children’s fun, these do cause problems when used at playtimes. There have been several near misses, and a number of balls have been lost because they fit through the gaps in the railings and go into the car park or the road. Therefore, we would ask that these are not brought into school in future please.

As you know, we issue lunch bracelets to children that reflect their lunch choices, so that the cooks serve them with the correct meal. We are aware that these have created a problem with litter in the village as children have sometimes taken them off on the way home from school and dropped them. In order to address this we are going to trial silicone bands that will be given out in the classroom and handed to the cooks at the serving hatch. We know that this has worked successfully in other schools. Children won’t bring the band home, and so we will rely on them telling you their choices rather than sending the band home, but we hope that this is a more sustainable and environmentally conscious solution.

In order to keep all our children safe, we politely request that all parents, carers and childcare providers take responsibility for children’s behaviour and activity at the start and the end of the school day. Recently, there have been several occasions, where children (including younger siblings) have been hurt or knocked over in the playground at drop-off and collections times. Playground equipment is being used inappropriately and we ask that this is not used before and after school. We take our duty of care very seriously and ask for your support out of school hours. Many thanks.

We will be holding a used/good condition uniform sale on the Learning Review Day, all items £1, there will be an honesty pot on the table.  Grab a bargain!

We have received the following advice about the Coronavirus from the Department for Education and have been asked to publicise it to you:

Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.  There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.  We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period.  If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice on the website.

Please see attached flyer for details of a Sports Camp in February half term.


  1. Sports Camp Spring Half Term 2020_v2_WEB

Upcoming Diary Dates (these are subject to change so please check regularly) further dates are also on the website calendar.

14th Feb – Break up
24th Feb – School re-opens
27th Feb – Y6 SATS evening for Y6 parents only, pupils do not attend
2nd March – Book People Book Bus – info to follow nearer the time
3rd March – Y4 trip to York Chocolate Story
4th March – Learning Review Day, school closed other than for Learning Review Appointments
10th March – PTA meeting at 7.30pm, in The Crown, Monk Fryston
13th March – Class photos
13th March – Year 3 class assembly at 2.45pm, parents welcome
19th March – Year 5 & 6 Diocesan Day in York
20th March – Year 4 class assembly at 2.45pm, parents welcome
20th March – 6pm PTA Movie Night – tickets available on ParentPay
19th March – Big School Brunch Day
27th March – Training day – School closed for pupils
1st April – Easter Lunch – parents will be invited – details to follow shortly
2nd April – 9.30am Easter Service in Church (choir singing) parents welcome
3rd April – Break up
20th April – School re-opens

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