Keeping in touch

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We are now in our second week of Home Learning. I have to say that we are surprised at how well it is going overall and the brilliant engagement from our pupils and parents.

We continue to monitor Attendance for our pupils via activity in the Google Classroom for P4-7 and the Interactive Learning Diary for P1-3.  If your child is unwell please let us know in the normal way so that we can record that.  Also please let us know if you are still experiencing any difficulties with getting online.

Tel: 07739001763             Email: lsomers@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Wear a Hat Day

We still plan to go ahead with our Wear a Hat day on Friday so we hope you are all having fun getting your hats ready. The point of the day is to remember Amy Lornie, raise awareness for the Brain Tumour Research Organisation and to have a little bit of connected fun. Here is a little preview where one pupil has made an early start. What a fantastic effort!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday.

Friday Update

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We have survived our first week of working in such unusual circumstances. We have been astounded at the positive response to this new way of learning that we have seen from both pupils and parents. Many excellent examples of home learning have come in via the Interactive Learning Diary, the Google Classroom and email.  We hope that you are all coping with your new roles too. We have helped many families get connected this week so if you are having any difficulties with any of the online environments, please contact us on:-

School Mobile Number – 07739 001763. This number will be manned 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday. If there is no answer, please e-mail Loirston@aberdeencity.gov.uk.   .

From next week 3 of our teachers will be volunteering to help in the centres where key workers’ children are being looked after. They join some of of our PSA staff and Early Years Practitioners who are also helping out. We are all very grateful for their contributions. Without such volunteers, many of the key workers that we rely on at the moment, could not go to work.

The teachers involved are Miss McCallum, Miss Gow and Mrs Smith.  Work will continue to be set for their classes but Mrs Hidson, Ms Pert and myself will be supporting. Please bear with us if feedback is not as timeous as we would like it to be.

ILD

Some of you may not be aware that there is an ILD app that can be downloaded in the same way as any other app from the Google Play Store or Apple Store. If you search for ILD it will be easily found. Using the app makes the ILD much more accessible than the website. More information on the ILD  and how to use it can be found here:-

Interactive Learning Diary

I wish you all a restful and safe weekend.

S.Campbell-Morgan

(Acting Head Teacher)

Communication and Support

Sorry for all the posts today but I will try not to bombard you too much. Today you will be given an email address where you can directly contact your child’s teacher. It is perfectly fine though for you to continue to communicate via the ILD. We have helped several families to access the ILD today so please get in touch if you are having any difficulties on lsomers@aberdeencity.gov.uk

As well as the previous post with support numbers for parents, the Parent Council approached me last week to say that they are happy to support anyone who needs it too. We are very grateful for their support at this time and if you think this could be beneficial to you please contact them at  pcloirston@aberdeen.npfs.org.uk

Help for Parents

At this anxious time there is help available to parents and carers. Please see the poster below.

As well as that there is a Virtual Schools Helpline.

However enquiries should come directly the school in the first instance. Until we have a phone divert, email us at lsomers@aberdeencity.gov.uk and someone will call you. The Virtual School Helpline is essentially a bit of an insurance policy to make sure anyone who is anxious can speak to someone if they can’t get in touch with their school. 

Virtual School Helpline – 01224 523322

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Digital Learning

Dear Parents/ Carers

Many of you logged on yesterday and accessed the materials your child’s teachers have been supplying you with. Some of you did experience some difficulties. Remember password problems etc can be resolved by contacting us at lsomers@aberdeencity.gov.uk

We will call or email you back. We appreciate your patience while we experience connectivity issues.

Can I remind you please that Facebook or the blog is not the place to comment that you are having problems. This is not helpful and these areas are not manned consistently. I appreciate that this is an anxious time for you all but we are here for you. Please contact us

We hope to have a divert on the school phone so that you can call us directly within a few days.

If any one is having issues with using Google Classroom this guide may help:-

Parent Support – Digital Learning Using Google