19 Jun ALEXANDRA PRIMARY SCHOOL FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2020
Year 6 Return and Possible Wider Opening
On Monday 22nd June we will be welcoming back a number of our children in year 6. In the past two days parents of these children will have received a letter (and a follow up phone call) confirming the time to bring their child to school and the collection time at the end of the day. Year 6 parents should also have notified us if their child will be dropped off & collected by a parent or if they are travelling independently. If your child is travelling independently you must ensure that they return home after school and do not wait for friends or congregate in groups.
The wider opening arrangements are not part time on selected days; if you have indicated that you are taking a place for your child it must be every day and on time for drop off and pick up. Being prompt and punctual at the start and end of the day is essential for us to manage movement into school and social distancing of these groups of children and parents. Children must bring a packed lunch but they do not require a water bottle or their book bag.
We have begun to discuss a possible plan for maybe opening for year 5 or 4; this is very much at the early stage and may not prove possible due to limitations on space or not enough staff. The first phase of this planning has been to get an indication from parents if they would send their child to school should we be able to extend opening further. If and when these plans develop we will be in touch with families who have indicated they would be ready to send their child back to school.
I also want to express my gratitude to the staff who have been working tirelessly to get the site and classrooms ready for learning as we extend the opening of the school; this includes the site staff, office staff, teaching assistants and teachers who have ensured the transition to wider opening has been so successful up to this point.
Children in years 2, 3, 4 & 5 now have access to Google Classrooms to access work, post completed work and most exciting of all having taught sessions for writing and maths as well as story time.
We hope that you have found this a supportive and useful way to access home learning. If you are having trouble accessing Google Classrooms or difficulty posting work, please contact the school (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8888 9771) so we can offer you support.
You must use your child’s email and password that was sent to you from the school to be able to access Google Classrooms.
Due to the current COVID pandemic and guidance from government we unfortunately have had to cancel the PGL residential trip for year 6 in October. The families have all been informed and will receive a full refund. We hope to plan alternative exciting opportunities for all of year 6 later in next academic year.
Free School Meal Vouchers
I am sure that you will have heard and read in the media about the government now deciding to fund FSM vouchers over the summer for those families in need who are eligible. As with many of the government announcements relating to schools since 19th March, we have not yet had any official guidance or confirmation how this system will be implemented during the summer break. As soon as we receive any guidance on how we can deliver this to you we will share the information.
We must mention the work of the footballer Marcus (Daniel) Rashford whose voice and work was (and has been during this crisis) so powerful in speaking up about the vulnerable in our
society, who need a government and society who are able to care and look out for them. We may not all support Manchester United but we can all applaud the change for good that his articulate voice has brought to this issue.
School Uniform Grants
Do you work in the fashion or textile business? This includes supermarkets with clothing such as Asda and Morrisons, clothing companies such as TKMaxx or Next and garment manufacturers.
If so, you may be entitled to help with school uniform, PE kit, school equipment and possibly tablets and laptops.
To be eligible for the grant, one parent must work or have recently worked for a UK fashion or textile company The work must have been for at least one year in the last nine years. The person applying for the grant must also claim child benefit for the child who needs a grant. To apply, please visit: https://www.ftct.org.uk/who-we-help
The Government have updated their document to parents and carers of children in education and childcare settings around face coverings. Face coverings should be used by children
travelling to and from school or nursery on public transport. Face coverings are not recommended for children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.
World of Stories
Our weekly offering from Mrs Spencer this week is World of stories. World Book Day’s World of Stories, is a place you can bring story time to life with audiobooks of your favourite books FOR FREE.
Young readers can hear their favourite tales, including The Bolds by Julian Clary and The Nothing To See Here Hotel by Steven Butler. Older readers can discover fantastic books in the fiction category including A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison and Rumble Star by Abi Elphinstone. These free audiobooks are read by famous voices such as Ade Adepitan, Konnie Huq, and Ben Miller.
Gizem in Venezuela class has been sharing some of her home learning. If you would like the chance to see your home learning on the school update make sure you share with your class teacher.