Friday Bundle 03.09.21

Good afternoon everyone

Please find the following attachments this week:

Maths Week

We are delighted to announce that our school and nursery will once again be taking part in Maths Week Scotland from 28th September – 1st October. This year, the National Maths Week focus is “Uncovering the maths we take for granted in our lives, and helping the children to see maths in a whole new light.” We are busy planning and organising a variety of exciting, engaging and fun activities to enthuse our children in all things maths, but we would really like to involve our parents too and we would love your help.  Please read the attached information for further details.

Water Bottles

We have several water coolers and machines located at various points throughout the school.  We very much encourage our children to stay hydrated as an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and it would therefore be very helpful if all children could please bring a full, clear, plastic water bottle to school each day and thereafter they can, of course, refill these at regular times throughout the day.  At times, most recently whilst we have all enjoyed the warm weather of recent weeks, the refilling of water bottles can result in queues at the water machines and I have therefore taken action to request additional water machines for Netherlee and I am hopeful that these will be installed soon.

Family First Support and Help

Family First is a free confidential advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire for families who just need a little bit of help or advice. Any family can access this support if you:

  • have children aged 0-11 years
  • live in the East Renfrewshire area
  • have no current social work involvement
  • just need a little bit of help

You can access this support here:

Ongoing Covid Information

We really want to thank you for continuing to follow all NHS and Scottish Government Guidance.  In order to help you with information on testing requirements and isolation procedures, my office team have provided some clear, bulleted information points for you with steps to be taken. I hope you find this information helpful.

As you know, my teachers are happy to provide home learning for your child during periods of isolation.  However, please don’t worry if at any point your child feels unwell and you feel that they would struggle to complete any home learning during their isolation period.  We completely understand and don’t want to add any additional stress to your family during this time. Therefore, if you do not wish for your child to be provided with home learning, please simply let the office staff know at the same time as sending the NHS email/ text information about end dates as detailed in their attachment above. If your child feels well again during their isolation period, please just let them know and the teacher will provide tasks on Google Classrooms.

As always, my wonderful office team will help with any additional advice or questions that you may have in relation to ongoing Covid matters so please just get in touch with them and they will be happy to help.  I think it is appropriate, at this point, to personally thank this team in Netherlee.  I am sure you will agree that they are an outstanding group of warm hearted and extremely efficient staff members and I can’t thank them enough for the dedication that they put into their crucial role in supporting myself, the rest of the staff and all of our Netherlee children and families.  So simply …thank you “Team Netherlee Office”!

Meet the Teacher

We are very much looking forward to seeing many parents virtually at these sessions coming soon.  Here is a link to a help sheet on how to access Google Live Meets.     Please make sure that you are set up and ready to be able to join your child’s class teacher at the start of the 15 minute session as per previous letter last week. This letter is available on the school website (Latest News Section) if you would like to check the timings.  The link for your class was sent to you on Monday of this week so please get in touch if you didn’t receive this.  Mr Bryce will happily help anyone who is having technical, or device availability, difficulties so please get in touch with him, in the usual way, if needed.

Virtual Parent Council Meeting- Wednesday 8th September at 7pm

Every parent/ carer who has a child at Netherlee is welcome to attend our Parent Council Meetings and you don’t need to be a member of the council to come along (virtually at the moment).  Information on how you can join the meeting is available on our website under the Parents then Parent Council Tab.

Uniform Donations

Thank you very much for all of the donations into our Red Donations Box. We have had such a fantastic, supportive response and this has, and will continue to, help all of us and our Netherlee children as we are very mindful of “The Cost of the School Day” for our families.  In addition to the financial benefits, recycling school uniform is also an extremely important ECO and Globally crucial goal. As we now have a great many items to sort through and get ready to be displayed on our recycling rails, it would be helpful if you could pause, just for a few weeks, your incoming donations of uniform at the moment.  Please keep any items at home for now and I will be back in touch when we are ready to once again begin collecting more items.  However, there is no pause on you being able to continue to make use of the uniform rails, available each week on a Friday, at the Clarkston Road gate (am) and also at the gate near the Acorns Nursery Building (pm).

[P7 ONLY] House Councillors

Please find attached information relating House Councillors for P7.

Kindest regards

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

Head Teacher