Newsletter - 21st April 2023
Welcome back after the Easter Holidays. It has been lovely to start the Summer Term off with sunshine and dry weather. The children have been able to play on the field and get out into the garden. Let’s hope the good weather continues throughout the term! I have been notified that the NEU are holding two strike days this half term, Thursday 27th April and Tuesday 2nd May. At this point in time school will be open on both of these days. If this changes I will let you know.
Rock Star Day
We are holding a Rock Star day to re-launch Times Tables Rock Stars for Y2-6 and Numbots for Reception and Year 1. A number of children are continuing to use these resources to support their learning and we want to encourage everyone to get back into using these web based resources. ALL children in Year 4 are expected to know all of their multiplication and division tables up to 12x12. All children should be practicing their tables throughout their primary schooling and the only way to learn them is to practise, practise and more practise.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we have moved the Rock Star day:
**** Rock Star Day ****
Friday 28th April
Come dressed as a Rock Star for the day!
St Luke's Church
The next All Age Service at St Luke’s will be on Sunday 7th May at 11.00am. It would be really lovely to have lots of families join in this service following the King’s Coronation.
Please be aware that if you are thinking about your child attending Ripley St Thomas for High School, their Admissions Policy has changed slightly. Your child will still get points for attending a church school but no longer do they get ‘extra’ points for attending this school. In order to ensure your child gets a place it is highly recommended that they (and you) attend church regularly over a period of time.
If you would like more information about this, please get in touch with Rev Caitlin or Mrs Armistead.
King's Coronation Event
In celebration of the King’s Coronation, Lancashire Adult Learning are pleased to run a fun and interactive FREE Online Event for families!
When: 3rd May 2023
Time: 16:30 – 18:30
Where: Online (link sent on booking)
Children and Grown-ups will work together to make their own crown and crown jewels, as well as taking part in fun activities.
Once you book your place via this link, you will also receive a resource pack!
For further information or queries please email Tamima.Mulla-Shah@Nelsongroup.ac.uk!
Early Birds and Night Owls
School offers an excellent Breakfast Club and After School Care Club which many of you use either on a regular basis or as emergency support. We want these clubs to continue to grow and provide the best wrap around care for children in our local community.
Due to the cost of running the clubs increasing, new charges are now in place following the Easter break.
The new charges are:
£6.00 per session
£6.50 for 1st hour (until 4.30pm)
£11.00 for 2 hours (until 5.29pm)
The decision to do this has not been taken lightly and we thank you for your continued support.
The Choir Church lessons and after school club are up and running and the children are singing beautifully across the school. We had an amazing turn out on Wednesday 29th March when parents were invited to attend the club after school and join in with a singing Eucharist in the school hall.
Please come and join us at 3.40pm on Wednesday 26th April.
Children MUST wear full uniform including black school shoes, except on PE days. On PE days we encourage children to come to school in PE clothes (school t-shirt, track pants or shorts and trainers)
No rucksacks or other bags. Book bags, lunch boxes and water bottles only please. Long hair MUST be tied back and all jewellery must be removed.
Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name.
PLEASE NOTE: Hair must be tied back if longer that shoulder length. Children are not permitted to have their hair dyed or have lines or designs cut into their hair.
Contact with school
A reminder of all the ways that we communicate with you and you can communicate with us:
ParentApp – PA Connect – all newsletters, forms, information and letters will be sent out via ParentApp as a push notification, text message or email. All parents MUST have access to this as it sends you the latest messages etc.
Parent Pay – all trips, residential, music lessons, clubs, night owls and early birds are to be paid for using Parent Pay. In paying for the activity, you are also giving consent for your child to attend the activity. We MUST have this permission for activities that take place outside the local area of the school. All parents need access to Parent Pay.
CONTACT US – Any information that needs to be shared with the teacher, office staff, Mrs Armistead, our SENCO or Pastoral Team can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will endeavour to reply to your email within 1 working day of receiving it.
Telephone – You can call school anytime on 01524 65445. If there is no one available to take your call, you can leave a message and someone will endeavour to get back to you within 1 working day. Follow the phone instructions to talk to the office, the Business Manager or the Pastoral Team.
CLASS DOJO – This is specifically used to share learning including homework and home learning during periods of isolation. Parents are encouraged to see their children’s learning and the whole school pages where we share whole school information. It is very easy to message staff using Class Dojo but all too easy for staff to miss these messages.
PLEASE DO NOT MESSAGE STAFF USING DOJO.
Please call or email email@example.com . We will endeavour to reply to your messages within 1 working day of receiving them. It is NOT ok to expect a member of staff to reply before 8.00am, after 5.00pm or at weekends.
Please Note: Mrs Armistead WILL NOT reply to any messages sent via Class Dojo. If you want to contact the Headteacher directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org OR phone 01524 65445
in person – Staff members are always in the playground before and after school, as are members of SLT. The office is open before and after school for advice and to take orders e.g. Photographs, Friends activities etc. If you require a longer discussion with a member of staff, please telephone or email to make an appointment.
Right Start Pedestrian Training Programme
We are looking to restart Right Start Training with the younger children in school. We have previously taken part in this programme every year before the pandemic and would love to start it again now.
The programme is designed for use with children age 5 – 7 and involves schools and parents working in partnership to enable children to become safer pedestrians. Training for the trainers take approximately one hour and thirty minutes. The trainers would then offer this programme to the children over a 6 week period.
We are looking for parents/ grandparents who would like to get involved with the training and delivery of the programme in school. We need a minimum of one adult per two children for the programme to run.
If this is something you might like to get involved with, please contact Miss Quilliam in the school office.
A huge thank you to the members of Friends of Skerton St Luke’s. Without these volunteers we would be unable to run the amazing activities we do for our children. Every parent is automatically a member of FOSSL so please come and join in with anything you can to help raise much needed funds to help our children have the best opportunities they can.
Activities that are coming up include:
Bags to School – prepare now to bring along unused clothing etc on Wednesday 28th June
As you may be aware there is a huge demand for boxes and support from the local food banks and they do an amazing job in helping people in our community. We continue to be fortunate enough to receive donations from Rapid Relief Team who provide boxes with food that has a long shelf life for people to access. If you, or anyone you know, could do with support from this charity, please contact Mrs Armistead direct to arrange – email@example.com OR 01524 65445.
|Dates for your Diary|
|27/04/23||NEU Strike Day (school open)|
|28/04/23||Reception Sharing & Rock Star Day - come to school dressed as a Rock Star!|
|02/05/23||NEU Strike Day (school open)|
|04/05/23||Local Election Day|
|05/05/23||Year 5 Sharing|
|07/05/23||11.00am Family Service St Luke’s Church|
|08/05/23||King's Coronation Holiday|
|09/05/-12/05/23||Year 6 SATs week|
|15/05/23||Year 2 SATs|
|16/05/23||4.00pm Resources Committee. 5.00pm SEC|
|19/05/23||Year 4 Sharing|
|22/05/-26/05/23||Year 6 to Isle of Man|
|23/05/23||6.00pm Induction Evening for September New Starters|
|26/05/26||Year 1 Sharing|