September 15th Newsletter

Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School School Newsletter 15th September 2020 Dear Parents, Welcome back to the new school year, we hope your child/ren are settling back in well after what has been and still remains very unusual times. The Newsletter is to update you with a few items and will not be a weekly…

Castle Caereinion Church in Wales School

School Newsletter

15th September 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year, we hope your child/ren are settling back in well after what has been and still remains very unusual times.

The Newsletter is to update you with a few items and will not be a weekly event as we are restricted on what can take place in school and are therefore unfortunately unable to involve parent and community interaction. This is therefore an update and very warm welcome to all of our children returning to school, we would like to especially welcome our new pupils Dougie Mason, Morgan Roberts, Caitlyn Owen and Harlow Jones, we very much wish them a happy time at our school.

Covid-19:

You will all be aware that we constantly remain vigilant at all times. We have to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the Welsh Government and Powys County Council, therefore information and what we are allowed to do is constantly changing. We are aware that this can be confusing as it changes quickly as in the instance of P.E. kits one day the children are allowed to bring their kit in and leave it in school and the next it is not allowed and they have to come into school in their kit.

Should we have a confirmed outbreak of Covid-19 then all appropriate steps and information will be carried out immediately, in the meantime unless you are informed otherwise it is safe for your children to be here at school.

School Meals:

The school meal service continues to run, should your child require a school meal it can be ordered on the day. Payment is via Parent Pay; the school meal charge is £2.35 per day. School meals are currently being eaten in class.

P.E.: 

The usual days for PE are as follows:  

Class One on Thursday  

Class Two on Monday 

Spellings:

Spelling tests for Year 1 to Year 5 are being held each week on a Friday. You have previously been sent your child’s spelling list that they need to work on each week.

Reading at home:

It’s always a great idea for your child to read at home, it helps their education in so many ways. To comply with current rules and regulations we are not allowed to send home reading books. However, if a parent request that their child takes home a reading book this can take place on a Monday but must be returned on the following Thursday, so that we comply with no one touching those reading books for three days.

It is not possible to use reading record books at the moment.

The following link is available if you would like to log on for your child to read from the Oxford Reading Tree books –  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Homework for Class Two:

Covid-19 regulations prevent us from being able to take books home to mark.  Due to this, the children have been sent home with their homework books with tasks due for completion by the end of term.  However, in order to check the children’s progress, they have been asked to bring their books in on Friday 16th October and I will mark them over the half term period and return them to them when we return to school.  There is no expectation for all of the homework to be completed by October, but for your child/ren to have made a start.

Children Bringing Items into School:

We are sorry to say that no items from home are allowed to be brought into school. The only item your child is allowed to bring in is their lunch bag and water bottle.

Dropping Off/Picking Up and Parking:

For the foreseeable future drop off and collecting of your child will have to be at the school gate. Please note that the school policy remains as it always has done that vehicles are only allowed to drop off at the top car park (Swallows Meadow) and that the bottom car park is left vacant for staff, emergency vehicles and vehicles with a disability badge.

Roald Dahl Day:

This was a lovely event for the children who were allowed to come into school dressed as their favourite character from a book. They thoroughly enjoyed their day and all looked amazing.

Flu Immunisations:

The Flu immunisation will take place for all children at the school on the 16th October. The immunisation is given via a nasal spray. Forms will be sent out for parents to complete and return to school during the first week in October.

Dragon Recycling Bin:

Just a reminder that we have the recycling bin in the bottom car park. It has been emptied today!

Half Term Holiday:

This will commence at the end of the day on Friday 16th October for two weeks. Pupils will therefore return to school on Monday 2nd November.

Shoeboxes:

Class Two are looking forward to creating diorama’s as part of the Rainforest topic.  If anybody has any shoes boxes they no longer need please can you send them to school with your child.

Dojo:

As in the past, the school will continue to use Class Dojo as a reward and communication system.  Check out Dojo to see the points your child is getting rewarded.  For parents whose children have recently transferred into Class Two, you will notice there are less messages posted on Dojo.  As the children get older and move through the school we try to encourage a greater level of independence.

Christmas Celebrations:

With the current Covid-19 restrictions we will not be allowed to hold any Christmas Concerts at the school or at St. Garmon’s Church, Christmas Fayres or Coffee Mornings.

We will be going ahead with our Cauliflower Cards as normal, where your child designs their own card. These are then sent off for a print to be made, a final proof will be sent home for you to decide if you would like to purchase them.

Parents Evenings:

These are not allowed to take place. However, please feel free to contact the school at anytime should you have any concerns regarding your child. We, too would contact you should we feel that you need to be made aware of anything. My direct email address is head@castle.powys.sch.uk

With the ever-changing rules and regulations surrounding Covid-19, we appreciate you may have questions or queries regarding aspects of school life that may be now different.  Please do email to ask if you have any questions no matter how big or small, we are more than happy to help and would prefer to address any issues directly to prevent any unnecessary worry.

Take care and stay safe

Sarah Brian – Headteacher and All Staff

Following is a Health Flow Chart that we have been sent by PCC, which you may find helpful.

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