Friday Bundle 29.04.22

Dear Parent/Carer,

Parent/Teacher Meetings
As detailed in our Calendar of Events, our upcoming Parent/Teacher Meetings will be conducted via Video Call on Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th May.

As teachers require a 2 minute break between each call, appointments may have unusual and exact start times e.g. 4:12pm. As video calls automatically end after 10 minutes, we would ask you to be logged on and ready for the exact start time so that you have the full 10 minutes with your child’s teacher.

We are delighted that this system allows more than one parent to participate in the video call, however for obvious reasons only one parent (the first named contact within our system) can actually book the appointment. This first contact will receive a separate email from us on Thursday 5th May, advising how to book an appointment and will also include information on how to share access with another parent who may or may not live at the same address.

If you have any enquiries about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

New Website Launch
We are delighted to announce that we will be launching our new school and nursery website on Wednesday, 4th May. My office staff have been working hard to give our website a much needed revamp and we hope that parents find this new look more visual and user friendly. We would like to thank members of the Parent Council and PTA for all their help and input in helping to create this with us. We would kindly ask that if you have any comments or suggestions of further improvements or things you would find useful to have included on the website at any time please use this link.

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 over the past few weeks when the weather has been quite sunny and also warmer at times, we have noticed that some children have forgotten their water bottles. It would therefore be very helpful if all children could please bring a full, clear water bottle to school each day and thereafter they can, of course, refill these at regular times throughout the day.

P1 Open Classroom Afternoon
We’re delighted to be able to welcome you into our P1 classrooms on the afternoon of Monday 9th May from 2.30pm – 3pm. It’s been such a long time since we’ve been able to open the doors of the school to our parents and carers and we’re really looking forward to seeing you if you are able to join us then. The children are very excited too and will be keen to show you their classroom, the Open Area and the P1 playground. We may also have a wee sing song before the end of the day too.

We kindly request that one parent or carer per child attends for each child and that you arrive promptly for 2.30pm.
Please come to the P1 door, which is the door the P1 children enter through every morning when coming into school, located in the P1 playground. Members of staff will be there to welcome you into the building and we’re sure you’ll be as excited as the children to see their different learning environments. We would request that you wear a face mask when inside the building, unless exempt from doing so.

P1 School Dental Inspections
Please click the link to read the NHS letter regarding the school dental inspections.

P3 Sandwich Making
Primary 3 children and teachers are excited to announce that, over the next few weeks, they will be using our fabulous new kitchen facilities in The Hub to make their own sandwiches. Children will use bread and butter and the fillings of their choice from the following; lettuce, tomato, cheese and sliced chicken, to make their sandwich. They will then have a picnic in the school garden (weather permitting). Please alert us if your child has an intolerance to any of the foods listed. Please advise us if there are any changes to the allergy information we hold for your child or if you wish your child not to participate in this activity.

P6 Bikeability
Unfortunately, the Bikeability training that was due to start for P6 in May will not be able to take place. Please accept my sincere apologies for the short notice but we have only just found out as the instructors have been trying to find a solution but sadly have not been able to. Bikeability Scotland instructors are working very hard to ensure that children that missed out on Bikeability last session due to the pandemic receive the training before moving on to high school. As a result of this and ongoing staffing pressures, they are not going to be able to deliver the training. We are all very disappointed about this, however, we are in discussions with Bikeability Scotland about agreeing dates for the training to take place early in the new school session, once your child is in P7.

Once again, please accept my apologies for the cancellation and short notice.

P6 Musical Medley
We are looking forward to welcoming you into school for our P6 Musical Medley performance, to help us with this, the Primary 6 classes will be enjoying Disney movies in class, on Friday 6th May. As these movies are rated PG, we require to let you know this and the titles are listed below:
P6a: Encanto
P6b: The Lion King
P6c: Moana
P6d: The Jungle Book

The children are invited to bring a cosy jumper in their school bag to wear as they are watching the movie. If you would not like your child to participate in this activity please email the school office before this date.

Holiday and In-service
We hope you have a lovely long weekend and remind you that school is closed on Monday 2nd May for the Bank Holiday and on Thursday 5th May for the local election and staff In-service/ training day.

Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher