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Friday News 25.9.20

As you will be aware, the NHS has released a new Test & Trace app to help with contact tracing of adults. School staff have been encouraged to use the app and will therefore have their phones with them in school. As the app is for people over the age of 16, there is no need for children to have their phones with them for contact tracing purposes.

Many parents indicated concerns about future school closure on our survey. We have issued a letter detailing our contingency planning for this. To help us be ready, please encourage your child to log into Google Classroom from home occasionally so that they are familiar with the process and are confident that it works. If you have any difficulties with this please contact your child’s teacher.

Unfortunately, we are unable to have a Harvest festival in church this year. Instead, this will be done through collective worship in school during the week commencing 5th October. We will still take a collection of gifts throughout that week which will go to Selby Food Bank. If you are able to donate any of the following items, please send them into school with your child and we will sanitise them before sending them to the Food Bank: cleaning products and toiletries, tinned meat (to eat hot), tinned cold meat, coffee, custard & rice puddings, tinned tomatoes & tinned potatoes, instant mash. Thank you.

Teachers will be reviewing and setting new targets for children who have support plans during the next few weeks. It is important that this process includes the views of parents/ carers as well as children and teachers. If you are unable to attend a meeting after school, please communicate your views through email so that they can be included.

Thank you for all the entries in our active selfies campaign last year. We had a wonderful collection of amazing photos! These have been printed and displayed around school, and some of the best photos have been printed onto large boards that are on display in the entrance. Individual winners also received a poster copy to take home. We will run the campaign again later in the year, so please keep taking high-quality photos of children being active.

We have received reports that some of our children have been playing on their scooters around the village after school, and are not showing road safety awareness. This has resulted in two near misses. If your child is playing on scooters with their friends, please ensure that they are safe to do so.

Our community energy sustainability project is gathering momentum. We are pleased to have received an initial grant towards a feasibility study and are collecting information to identify positive changes that we can make. During the second half of this term, we will have an environmental and energy awareness week with activities to help our pupils understand more about their role as global citizens. We also intend to share information with parents. If you would like to know more about our project, or complete our survey, please see the posts on our website.

Thank you once again for your help following our COVID-related rules. We really appreciate your continued support. As visitors are not permitted into school and are unable to have face-to-face chats at drop-off and collection times, we have naturally seen an increase in the number of emails to staff. We would like to signpost you to our school website in the first instance, as this contains information which may answer any questions you have. Due to teaching requirements, staff may not be able to access emails immediately, but will reply to them as soon as possible and within an acceptable timeframe. Thank you for your cooperation.

Amazon – if you purchase items from Amazon then please use Amazon Smile and add Monk Fryston Primary School as your chosen charity, it’s quick and easy to do.  We then get a donation each time you spend with no additional costs to yourself.  Before you check out your basket make sure it shows the Smile logo!   Thank you for your support!

As we have seen the last of the summer weather, please can you ensure your child brings a coat to school every day – even when the weather is fine in the morning. This will ensure they are able to play out at playtimes, even when it is raining lightly. Outdoor play is important in so many ways and we are keen to continue outside playtimes wherever possible. Many thanks for your cooperation.

On 9th October we are having a non uniform day to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day. We will be raising funds for #HelloYellow, which is organised by Young Minds. Please wear something yellow for the day, this can be anything from a hair clip, a sock or item of clothing. All we ask is for you to make a donation via our JustGiving page. Our suggested donation is £1 per child but please feel free to donate more if you wish. Thank you. Click the link below or visit our Facebook page to make your donation.


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