‘P3a have recently began learning about the element of fire and fire safety. The children are looking forward to using a small fire pit in the Wildlife garden during this outdoor learning session. If you see any signs of fire on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 2:30pm in November please do not panic or call the fire service – we are learning!’
Parent Update Monday 26th October
Dear Parent/ Carer
A very warm welcome back to you all. We hope you had a wonderful October break and are feeling relaxed and ready for a new term. As we enter Term 2 in this very unusual year, we may not know what will unfold in the coming weeks but we do know that we will endeavour to keep you all updated with any new developments or changes as they occur. Our aims and vision for the term remain the same – to ensure that the children are safe and ensure that their wellbeing needs are met so that they are ready to learn Literacy, Numeracy and Health & Wellbeing through a range of tasks and approaches.
Thank you to those of you that completed the Communication Preferences Form at the end of last term. The preference of fortnightly newsletters was decided. Below is the information that you will need for the next few weeks.
We will have a few new faces around the school over the next few weeks and are delighted to introduce Mrs Louise Bennett and Mr Mark Sambrook who join the PSA team.
This term we also have 3 postgraduate students who will have a work experience placement in P5, P6 & P7 classes. This placement will mostly be observing the class teacher and working with small groups then building up to a few continuous teaching days.
A reminder that the staff car park is for staff cars only. This is a safety issue and we appreciate your help with this. The car park entrance will be coned off to support this.
To support limiting contamination or transmission of COVID-19, the authority guidance states that children should be outdoors daily for at least an hour. When the pupils are outdoors they will be taking part in ‘outdoor learning’. The outdoor tasks are carefully planned by staff to develop learning in a variety of curricular areas.
As the weather changes we would like to remind parents to send their children to school in warm, waterproof clothing everyday. A pair of wellies would be recommended too. It is also a good idea to keep a spare set of clothing in their school bag, just in case they need to change for any reason.
The Parent Council Fundraising Group have organised a few events for the children to enjoy as part of Halloween- thank you! Please see the attached Flyer.
They have firstly invited everyone to dress up as part of a Halloween Dress up day on Friday 30th October. Costumes are welcomed but please, no props or scary masks/make up with the costumes due to the COVID regulations, it is important that we limit contamination with items being brought in from home. Thank you for understanding, we have no doubt it will be a great day!
Their second event is just as fun- The Pumpkin Window Challenge! Stick a picture or carved pumpkin in your window for all to see so that passers by stop and stare. When you see one, grab a treat! The more you find the more you eat! They have asked that you please share your pumpkin pictures with them by emailing. email@example.com
Parent Council Meeting
A Parent Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th October at 6.30pm through Google Meet Conferencing. Please click on the link below if you wish to attend.
Parents Evening Dates
At this moment in time, we are planning to hold ‘Virtual Parent’s Evenings’ over 4 dates. Each teacher will do 2 evenings.
Tuesday 10th November
Thursday 12th November
Tuesday 17th November
Thursday 19th November
We are awaiting guidance from the authority regarding the best way to run virtual events. Once we receive this, we will confirm the dates and ask you to sign up for a slot.
Dates for your Diary
Parent Council Meeting Tuesday 27th October- 6.30pm
Halloween Dress Up Day Friday 30th October
Parents Evenings Tuesday 10th November – 3.30-5.30pm
Thursday 12th November- 6-8pm
Tuesday 17th November- 3.30- 5.30pm
Thursday 19th November- 6-8pm
Inservice Day- Staff Only Friday 20th November
If you have any questions regarding the information above please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our next meeting will take place through Google Meet on Tuesday 27th October 2020 at 6.30pm. The link will be issued to those that register their attendance through email firstname.lastname@example.org or our Facebook page.
The agenda is detailed below. All parents are welcome to attend.
Please grab yourself a cup of tea, biscuit and comfy seat and join us!
● Approve minutes of last meeting minutes
● Matter arising/Outstanding actions from the previous meeting
● School Update
● Treasurers Report
● Fundraising Subgroup Update
● Chairperson Update
- Paint work on school grounds
- Applying for local grants
- Leavers jumpers
- Preloved Items Group and christmas
- 2020 Leavers Party
- 2021 Leavers Party
- Zoom membership
● Date of next meeting – TBC
Online Bookbug sessions are available to watch via www.facebook.com/Aberdeen.City.Libraries. Upcoming sessions, released on Saturdays in October and November, will be a little different to usual as we have some celebrations coming up:
Saturday 31 October – Halloween – our session released at 10am will feature some spooky songs and rhymes and a (mildly) scary story! This could be a great alternative for families missing the more traditional ways of celebrating Halloween due to social distancing restrictions.
Saturday 7, 14 and 21 November – these three 10am Saturday sessions will celebrate the upcoming Picture Book Prize, an author prize voted for by children in Scotland. As voting in libraries is not possible at the moment, we are promoting online voting and these sessions will encourage children to read all three titles and vote for their favourite. The sessions will feature craft/learning activities based on the stories for children to try at home, as well as songs and rhymes linked to the three books. There will also be a competition children can enter to win a book prize by sending photos of their arts and crafts to Bookbug@aberdeencity.gov.uk.
All the sessions can be viewed at any time, up to two months after their original release date, so that no one need worry about missing the 10am release time.