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Autumn News Week 2 September 11th

Good morning,

Another week has slipped by and I think the children have settled back into school brilliantly. Thank you for your kind messages about how the transition has gone- really helpful to hear this from your point of view. I know that we do still have some teething problems at the gates but hopefully over time we can resolve these. I have asked Mrs Bond to open the lower KS2 playground gates and invite Jaguars parents into this area. I think that this will help with social distancing,

Birthdays this week.

Logan, Kaci and Scarlett B

We were really impressed with Noah’s writing yesterday. He produced this all by himself- wow!!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend,

Mrs Mason

 

Autumn Term Key Dates

21st September- Curriculum Launch (Best of Britain) via TEAMS.

Year 6 Head Boy and Girl- staff nominations by Friday 18th ready for the great reveal on Monday 21st.

School Council- Class nominations and speeches taking place before September 22nd.

28TH Museum week- Mrs Mason to share the museum with classes virtually.

Book Fair- 6th– 8th October- we will ask parents to pre-order online with children as well as do a display here.

25th – Macmillan Staff Coffee morning. Parents virtual coffee morning quiz- donate 1.00.

19th– 23rd October Harvest Festival week- TEAMS assemblies and some form of collection of tinned goods which we will quarantine and donate (hopefully to local care home)

2nd- 6th November- Remembrance making poppy display for outside.

New routines and reminders

If you would like more information on safety in school please read the following DFE document.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

  • School uniform worn.
  • PE kit worn on PE days
    Monday – Y2
    Tuesday- Y3/4
    Wednesday – Y5/6
    Thursday – Y4/5
    Friday – Y1
  • No bags or book bags needed (yet)
  • Coats only needed if cold or wet.
  • Water bottles needed.
  • School lunches available. If your child is bringing a packed lunch please make sure they can open all bottles and packages themselves.
  • Please read information on start and finish times. Click on this link to find this information. https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Castle-Academy-Entry-and-exit-from-September-3rd-2020.pdf
  • Please do not enter the site unless you have been asked to do so.
  • Please do not send your child to school or enter the site if you are feeling unwell.
  • After school clubs will not resume until at least January 2021.
  • A decision about resuming Breakfast Club will be taken at October 1/2 term.

Start dates reminder

These are staggered to allow us to safely and calmly bring all children back in. I do understand that the different timings are a challenge for some parents. Please be assured  that we have tried to minimise disruption to working parents as much as possible whilst following government safety guidelines. If you are experiencing difficulties I would urge you to speak to your employer as this is a situation where we all have to work together.

I have been asked if siblings can cross the site together. I am aware that larger schools with more entrance points are doing this however this is not a possibility for us.

EYFS transition dates

Transition mornings- home at 12pm

14th and 15th final 8 pupils to start

Full day

Wednesday-Friday- home at 1pm

21st Full day

Start and finish information.

FS2-  start between 8.40- 8.50 and finish at 2.40 pm. Parents are allowed on site to wait with their children near to the FS building.

Y1- start between 8.40-8.50   and finish at 2.45 pm.

Y2- start between   8.45 – 8.55 am and finish at 2.50 pm.

Jaguars- start between  8.35- 8.45 and finish at 3 pm. Parents are allowed on site to wait on the lower KS2 playgrounds.

Cougars- start between 8.25- 8.35 am and finish at 3.10 pm.

Pumas- start between 8.20- 8.30 am and finish at 3.15 pm.

School response in case of cases of Covid 19

Attendance

Please let us know if your child is unable to attend school- we then do not have to chase you. Thank you.

Please see link to our updated attendance policy

https://www.astreacastle.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Astrea-Attendance-Policy-2020-2021.pdf

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