Friday Bundle 01.10.21

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are well and looking forward to being able to spend some time together, as a family, very soon during the October holiday.

Attachments this Week:
PTA Agenda
PTA Scarecrow Trail
PTA Dress as a Scarecrow Day
Good to Grow Flyer

Covid Update
I firstly wanted to update you on the reassuring situation within Netherlee in relation to Covid numbers and cases. I’m relieved to be able to share that, In line with Covid figures nationally, we have continued to see a steep and steady reduction in positive cases amongst our pupils and families. We are once again back to very, very low figures indeed and I want to thank everyone for their diligence in picking up, and responding to, potential positive cases through lateral flow and PCR testing as well as, of course, following all ongoing mitigations in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Netherlee PTA
If you would like to join Netherlee’s PTA, or you would like to come along to one of the meetings (virtually at the moment), then you would be very welcome at the next meeting this Wednesday (6th). The agenda for the meeting is attached and all you have to do is contact the PTA via email by clicking on the link which will take to the PTA email address on our website. Just drop them a quick email and someone from the PTA will send you the joining instructions. Our PTA is a fantastic, friendly group of dedicated parent and staff volunteers and I know they are always very keen to get as much help as possible and to welcome new members to the group at any time. The next PTA event is the Scarecrow Trail- which is a joint venture between the PTA and the school and nursery. Please click on the attached documents for further information.

Good to Grow
As you know, continuing to both develop, and learn from, our wonderful outdoors is an important priority for Netherlee. We are keen to continue our Eco School work on sustainable learning which includes teaching our children about how we can grow and make our own food. As such, we have registered to take part in the ‘Morrisons- It’s Good to Grow’ competition to try to collect Grow Tokens which can then be exchanged for free gardening equipment for our school and nursery. If you already shop in Morrisons and wish to support us in this competition, which runs until 24th October, then you can find out more information on how to collect Grow Tokens on the attached flyer.

Mother Tongue Competition
Mr Bryce and myself are delighted that several parents have contacted us about wishing to take part in this fun, family competition as highlighted in last week’s Friday Bundle. (Please remember that each week’s update from myself is placed onto the school/ nursery website, down the left hand side in the Latest News Section. I hope this helps you and makes it easy for you to refer back to information sent home at any time. ) The deadline for sending us a note of interest in the “Mother Tongue” activity is this Wednesday (6th) so if any more families would like to have fun together doing this, please just drop Mr Bryce an email and he will get back in touch with you with more information.

P1 Pencil Grip
Some P1 parents and carers had requested information regarding ‘pencil grip’ during our Meet the Teacher sessions. Please find a useful information sheet regarding ‘pencil grip’ and how to support fine motor skill development at home, on our school website

P7 Personal Items for Girls 
Please see the link regarding personal items for our P7 girls.

Keeping Parents Informed/ Sharing Learning
Your child will today have brought home their bag with samples of their Literacy and Numeracy work. Our children are very settled and have been working really hard this term and we decided it would be very rewarding for them to also choose a piece of work, from any area of the curriculum, that they are especially proud of to take home to share with you. We hope you enjoy sharing your child’s learning in this way and also enjoy spending time talking about, and discussing, their work with them. Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you want to discuss any aspect of this with us. We would appreciate if all work and jotters could be returned on Monday as the children require them for class.

And finally…. a HUGE thank you to our wonderful parent and carer volunteers who spoke with our children “live and virtually” this week, during Maths Week Scotland, regarding how they use maths in their everyday life and work. The children get so much out of these opportunities and they had lots of interesting questions to ask. The feedback from staff and children has been extremely positive, so thank you all again for helping support our children’s learning in this way!

I hope you have a lovely, enjoyable weekend everyone.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson