Newsletter 9th February 2022
Attendance The children and staff are working very hard in school to ensure all pupils catch up on lost learning and make progress to be where they should be at the end of this academic year. It is more important than ever that your child is in school on time every day. It is the legal duty of parents to ensure this happens. Attendance for the whole school is currently at 92% which is VERY low for us. Our target is for 96% attendance. If you are a parent who gets your child/children here every day, on time – thank you. We know that this has been a really hard half term with staff, children and parents all being affected by COVID over the last 5 weeks. If you are having difficulties with regular attendance, please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with staff about this. Read the latest Newsletter on the School App to see the class percentages for the last 3 weeks of this term. We monitor attendance regularly and if attendance is an issue, you may be required to attend an attendance panel in school to discuss these concerns. We may also refer to Pupil Attendance Support Team or the School Nurse should attendance not improve following these discussions. ** Please ensure that your child attends school on time every day. **
Junior Leadership Team
Junior Leadership Team (JLT) have been leading a card campaign in school. They have developed links with an amazing local charity – Fighting Loneliness – one village at a time. Thanks to the leadership of JLT and the work of Miss Lund and her Art Club, we were able to donate 49 cards to help reach the 90 card target.
Sam Pritchard, from the charity said; ‘I might just need to pinch myself! It’s only the 2nd of February and we’ve had another delivery of 49 incredible cards! ’
‘A huge thank you to the children at St Luke’s School in Skerton and St Luke’s Art Club.’
‘I really am blown away by how beautiful these cards are. The messages inside are so uplifting, some are funny too
KEY GUIDANCE from 20 January
- Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms. From 27 January, face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in communal areas.
- A director of public health might advise us that face coverings should temporarily be worn in communal areas or classrooms (by pupils, staff and visitors, unless exempt). We will inform you if this becomes advice from the director of public health.
- In the mean time we continue to put in place recommended control measures:
1.Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
2.Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
3.Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
4.Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. There is no need for primary age pupils (those in year 6 and below) to regularly test, unless they have been identified as a contact for someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore advised to take lateral flow tests every day for 7 days.
- You should follow the latest government guidance on confirmatory PCR tests in Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection following a positive LFD test
- Identifying close contacts will be conducted by NHS Test and Trace. Therefore, please report close contacts to NHS Test and Trace, where possible, if your child tests positive.
- School attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age and it is a priority to ensure that as many children as possible regularly attend school. Absences may be marked as unauthorised and continued absences will be dealt with in line with school policy.
We will continue to carefully monitor absence and illness across the school. If cases increase and meet our threshold, we will re-introduce extra control measures.
Parents Evenings will be on Monday 28th February and Thursday 3rd March. You will once again be invited to sign up to a time to video call with your child/children’s teacher in order to find out more about how they are doing in school. I urge you to sign up for this as we are really proud of the progress the children are making.
It is my hope that we will be able to invite parents into the building in the Summer Term to see some of the learning that has been taking place throughout this year.
Reception – Change of start time From Monday 21 February
Reception gates will open daily between 8.55am and 9.00am. Please ensure your child is on time for school.
School start time
School starts at 8.55am for everyone. Please ensure you are on time so that children are not missing out on valuable learning time.
World Book Day
Our World Book Day celebrations will be on Friday 4th March. We are celebrating 25 years of changing lives through a love of books and shared reading.
Competition for best HOMEMADE costume of favourite character – one winner per class.
Parents will be invited to take part in coffee, cake and reading session. (More details to follow.)
Please donate cakes for the event. Donated cakes to come to the school hall at the end of the day on Thursday 3rd March.
Safer Internet Day
We regularly share ideas for parents and children about ways to stay safe online. This week we are running a competition to design a safety poster for Safer Internet Day.
Design an online safety poster explaining the DOs✅ and DON’Ts ❌ for being safe online. Remember to include a code of behaviour to make sure that everyone is respectful to each other (Can you include the SMART acronym?)
Miss Butler is running a P4C (Philosophy for Children) Club after school on Tuesday afternoons for children in Years 3 & 4. Does your child show an interest in the world around them? Do they ask loads of questions about what they see and hear?
Philosophy for Children, or P4C, is an approach to learning and teaching which enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment.
If you think your child might enjoy spending some time thinking, listening, talking and exploring; then this is the club for them.
Please let the school office know if your child would like to take part.
“P4C aims to help children become more thoughtful,
more reflective, considerate and reasonable individuals.” Professor Matthew Lipman, Founder of P4C
Friends of Skerton St Luke's (FOSSL)
FOSSL would like to invite any parent/ carer to come to the first meeting of this year. All parents are automatically member of FOSSL when their child attends school. Come along and meet new friends and enjoy time together after our two years of isolation from each other.
Friday 25th February 2022
Skerton St Luke’s CE School
Bag 2 School
The Bag Collection will take place on Monday 28th February. Please bring bags to the main gate into school on this morning. Unfortunately, we do not have any space in school to store bags before this date.
Follow this link to find out what they do and do not collect - https://bag2school.com/what-we-collect
We have a number of ways that we communicate with you and for you to communicate with us. Some people are getting a little confused by what to use when and what to use it for.
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 need access to this as it sends you the latest messages etc.
Parent Pay – all trips, residential, music lessons, clubs, school dinners, 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 email@example.com. Someone will endeavour to reply to your email within 1 working day of receiving it.
Telephone – You can call school anytime on 01524 65445. During the building works the phone may not be manned at all times. If there is no one available to take your call, please email school using contact-us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
in person – Staff members are always in the playground before and after school, as are members of SLT. If you need to pass on a message, we ask that you email or ring and only talk face to face in an emergency. If you require a longer discussion with a member of staff, please telephone or email to make an appointment.
SCHOOL CLOUD – Web based video calling that we use for Parent-Teacher meetings. All parents must register following the email link sent to you from school cloud. Parents Evenings are offered in November and April. An extra meeting may be offered following the end of year report in July.
I hope this stops any confusion around how to make contact with a member of staff in school. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school office on 01524 65445 or email email@example.com. A member of staff with endeavour to reply to within 1 working day of receipt of your message.
|Dates for your Diary|
|11/02/22||Year 2 Sharing on Class Dojo & School finishes for Halt Term|
|28/02/22||Bags 2 School - FOSLL & Parents' Evening|
|04/03/22||World Book Day|
|11/03/22||Year 1 Sharing|
|18/03/22||Red Nose Day|
|21/03/22||Full Governors Meeting|