Newsletter - Thursday 24th February
COVID ADVICE AND GUIDANCE As you will be aware, the Prime Minister announced the ‘Living with COVID’ strategy from 24th February 2022. The advice is that if someone tests positive you still need to self-isolate, although it is no longer a legal requirement. The guidance states: From 24 February, the Government will remove the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. In addition, the Government will no longer ask fully vaccinated close contacts and those aged under 18 to test daily for 7 days and routine contact tracing will end. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. Staff, children and young people who are contacts should attend their education settings as usual. This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household, unless they are able to work from home. 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. • 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 • 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.
Junior Leadership Team
The JLT are taking part in a Lancaster Council gardening initiative to celebrate the Commonwealth Games that are being held in Birmingham later this year.
The JLT members are currently busy working through their design process and will be considering the plant selection in the coming weeks. We are thrilled to have been awarded our display bed at St. John's Hospice, as this is not only in our locality, but our display will also bring joy and comfort to those visiting the centre.
In other news, Year 5 will be completing their Stamina Swim on Tuesday 15th March and have decided to make this into a sponsored swim event to support our Commonwealth display. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of plants for our garden design. If you would like to make a donation or sponsor Year 5 in our marathon swim, the JLT would be very grateful - just pop your donation in a named envelope and send to school with your child. Huge thanks to Year 5 for their efforts in raising money for this worthy project. Happy swimming everyone!
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.
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 2022 Invitation
Friday 4th March
We would like to invite you to celebrate World Book Day with us in school on Friday 4th March to celebrate 25 years of “changing lives through a love of books and shared reading” Children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character – HOMEMADE costumes preferable. It is NOT necessary to buy a costume. One prize per class for the most original costume. We will be running a “Shared Story” event for you to come and enjoy coffee and cake, read with your child then celebrate shared reading where the class teacher will read for you to enjoy with your child.
Pre-school children are welcome, and of course, if you would like to dress up you are most welcome. Staff are already planning their costumes
Please see the time below that your child/ren will be taking part in the “Shared Story” event for you to come and join us. It has been so long since we were able to invite you into school, it really would be amazing to see an adult represent every child whether it be a parent, a grandparent, or other family member. The children love you coming into school to be part of their learning, even the older ones so please come along or send someone who can. If you have more than one child, come along to each year group event for your children and enjoy a second or even third helping of coffee and cake. Entry at the Hall door - Y6: 9.00-9.30 Y1: 9.40-10.10 Y2: 10.20-10.50 Y3: 11.00-11.30 Y4: 1.30-2.00 Y5: 2.10-2.40 YR: 2.50-3.20 We can’t wait to see you and are excited to celebrate World Book Day at Skerton St Luke's and enjoy shared reading with you.
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
Bags 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
Class Dojo Reward System
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 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. 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 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.
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 March. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of staff with endeavour to reply to within 1 working day of receipt of your message.
|Dates for your Diary|
|28/02/22||Bags 2 School & Parents' Evening|
|01/03/22||Life Education & Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)|
|02/03/22||Life Education & Ash Wednesday|
|04/03/22||World Book Day|
|11/03/22||Year 1 Sharing|
|18/03/22||Red Nose Day|
|21/03/22||Full Governors Meeting 4.30pm|
|28/03/22 - 01/04/22||Holy Week in School|
|01/04/22||School finishes for Easter Holiday|
|18/04/22||Easter Monday Bank Holiday|
|19/04/22||School re-opens for Summer Term 1|
|29/04/22||Year 6 Sharing|