NNC Friday Bundle 27.11.20

Dear Parent/Carers

This is the last ‘Learning Links‘ to be emailed as part of the Nursery Friday Bundle. In future ‘Learning Links’ will be in your child’s Google Classroom for Monday morning. If you require help with accessing Google Classroom or require the login details please let us know.

We continue to work hard to ensure that the children play together in groups, and that these groups are consistent, and are looked after by the same staff members. By working in zones in the Sapling building we have avoided children coming into contact with too many people at once and allowed staff the space to socially distance from one another.

As the number of children and staff continues to grow and we near our full capacity we will be moving to have the children in two separate zones from Monday 7th December in the Acorn Building. This will mean that across the two nursery buildings we will have four separate play and learning zones with each zone having its own resources, book corner, role-play house, wooden blocks, creative area, outdoor area, constant staff team and designated snack/lunch space.

Netherlee Living Advent is back this year and we are asking the local community get involved. Our school and nursery will be joining in the festive fun by unveiling windows on 15th December. Please click on the link http://www.netherleelivingadvent.co.uk/ for more details or have a look at the attached map and route.

A big thank for your contributions to our Nursery Fund  which has helped pay for all of the crafts, presents from Santa, snacks and activities we have planned during the festive period. We also thank Netherlee PTA for treating all of the children in school and nursery to a ‘virtual’ pantomime. Although we can’t have a theatre group in this year we are very fortunate to be able to watch a virtual performance, filmed in Eastwood Park Theatre, of ‘Mc Dougall’s Christmas Party’.

Every year we are overwhelmed by the kindness extended to us by way of the giving of Christmas gifts from families to staff. While we would never presume, nor wish, to dictate what anyone does in this regard, we are aware that this time of year can present many challenges, even more so in the current circumstances we all find ourselves in.  Therefore, the Netherlee staff would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that a kind word in a card or email would be so lovely to receive right now and would be very much valued and appreciated by us all, particularly at this time when so many families are facing challenging financial times.  We hope you don’t mind us mentioning this to you but just wanted to express our thoughts to you.

Parent Club offers up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government on your child’s health and education. It’s full of hints and tips from other parents and carers who’ve been there before. It also has advice to help you look after your own wellbeing, information about Coronavirus and to point you in the direction of support available. Click on the link to read more: https://www.parentclub.scot/

Have a lovely weekend with your family.

Mrs Donaldson and Mrs Kerr

NPS Friday Bundle 20.11.20

Good afternoon everyone

I can’t quite believe that it is once again Friday with another week having gone by incredibly quickly.

Please find attached a letter from our newly appointed Director of Education, Mr Mark Ratter. He includes in his letter some information around PE which, due to ERC being placed in level 4, will return to once again only being able to take place outdoors for the time being.  We will of course strive to continue to deliver as much outdoor PE as we can and I am very grateful to you for providing your child with appropriate clothing and footwear to allow us to do so.  However, I am sure you will understand if, on certain days due to extremely bad weather, PE cannot unfortunately take place on any given day.

As we find ourselves enjoying some very varied weather conditions right now, I have also attached our annual Winter Weather Advice letter.  Please take a few moments to consider the information contained within this letter so that you can have a plan for this if needed.  I’m sure you, like us will have your fingers crossed that this only ever stays as a plan and we don’t need to put this in place but it’s always better to be prepared just in case.

You may have heard that unfortunately, there was a very concerning and worrying accident last week in the pavilion car park.  Although the car park doesn’t belong to the school, I would ask all users of this carpark to be extremely careful and always mindful that young children are around this area at collection times.  It may be an idea, for example, to park in such a way that avoids the need to reverse out of car parking spaces.  Thankfully everyone is “ok” however this is a situation that we all want to avoid and therefore play our part in keeping all of our families and children safe- thank you.

I am really pleased that Mr Bryce has been able to arrange Bikeability for our P7 children, who were unable to participate due to lockdown.  We are just finalising the exact dates however this will take place in March 2021.  Mr Bryce is also trying to get this arranged for our current P6 pupils as well and this training will most probably take place for them around April/ May 2021.  We will of course let you know the exact dates for both P7 and P6 as soon as we can.  We would very much like all of our pupils to be able to take part in this safety training so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Mr Bryce or myself if we can be of any help at all with this.

I really hope you enjoy looking at and sharing your child’s stage newsletter which will either be included in your email Friday Bundle this week or next.  These newly introduced newsletters are hopefully an enjoyable way of keeping you up to date with some of the learning taking place in your child’s class whilst also letting you enjoy lots of photos from the stage too.  Please remember that you can also enjoy sharing lots of Netherlee learning that is happening across the school and nursery by visiting and following us on Twitter – https://twitter.com/sand_nc.  If you have limited your child’s photo permissions and you would like to amend these restrictions at any time so that your child’s photo can be included in our Twitter activity, please just get in touch with the school office and the staff will happily make these changes for you.

Click to read the P1-P7 Sway Newsletters.

Thank you for continuing to support the Scottish Government’s advice around children remaining at home if they have symptoms or are having to self-isolate and also with adults wearing face masks during collection and drop off times.  As we all appreciate that the pavements in the area surrounding the school and nursery are also very busy during these times, please continue to follow this advice in these surrounding areas too and until you are further away and in a quieter, less busy place.  Thank you for your help and support with this as we all continue to work together and support each other right now.  Hopefully, fairly soon, we will all no longer be living through this pandemic and will instead be able to talk about all of this in the past tense but, until then, thank you for all that you are doing to help me keep my dedicated staff and all of our precious Netherlee children as safe as possible.

The link to book your child’s Christmas lunch is here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=oyzTzM4Wj0KVQTctawUZKS3G7nj1NP9GlDh50WCWuPtURDczSjQ5NlZJQlVDVkJPMUJQUUNQWUxNNiQlQCN0PWcu – if you have not already completed this for your child to have their Christmas Lunch please do so by Monday 30th November.

A note from the PTA – Thank you to everyone who made an order with the Card Project. All the cards and mugs and labels and wrapping paper have been delivered and sorted in the school and should be coming home with your child today.  We hope you have been enjoying the zoom socials for each year group. Looking forward to the P7, P5 and P3 events this week. Keep a look out on PTA Facebook for news about the forthcoming online Christmas Fair on the 5th and 6th of December.

Please find the joining link below for the PTA meeting this Monday 23rd November at 7pm.  Join the meeting here: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/98744137093?pwd=ZXpwOGJJNEd5eEhOK1NhZDdCM2VTUT09 (Meeting ID: 987 4413 7093 and Passcode: 236823).

The Parent Council meeting is to be held on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm on the Zoom platform. Any parents wishing to attend as observers should e-mail NetherleeParentCouncil@gmail.com to be included in the meeting

Have a good, peaceful and safe weekend everyone.

Mrs Donaldson


NNC Friday Bundle 20.11.20

Dear Parents and Carers

The staff have had really positive parent conversions on the phone this week as they completed your Child’s Plan. We are continuing the 10 minute appointments after 4pm this week with:

Monday: Orange and Green groups
Tuesday: Purple, Pink and Blue groups
Wednesday: Purple, Pink and Red groups
Thursday: Red group

Please click on the link to read our latest SWAY where we share some of the Learning Experiences for October and November:


Please don’t forget that our latest Scholastic Book Club is now online at https://schools.scholastic.co.uk/netherlee-primar-sch/digital-book-club. There are hundreds of fantastic children’s books to choose from, and every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club will earn 20p for our school in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by November 29th, 2020.

We ask that when using the car park at Netherlee Pavilion you are mindful of other car park users. We were shocked to hear that there was a ‘near miss’ last Friday in the car park. Please park in the designated spaces and leave pedestrian walking routes clear.

As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any time.  We are here to help in any way that we can if you have any questions or concerns at all.  Please just email us using the nursery email nurserymail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk and we will get back in touch with you.

Please find attached ‘Learning Links’ for next week.

The Parent Council meeting is to be held on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm on the Zoom platform. Any parents wishing to attend as observers should e-mail NetherleeParentCouncil@gmail.com to be included in the meeting.

Also attached to this email is a Letter from our newly appointed Director of Education, Mark Ratter, along with our Winter Weather advice.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Donaldson & Mrs Kerr