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Friday Bundle 14.01.2022

Good afternoon everyone

Uniform Recycling
I can confirm that our recycled uniform rails continue to be put out for parents to view, and take away, items every Friday at the Clarkston Road Gate at the following times below.  These items are all in very good condition and are for you to take away for your child to use.  The items are free of charge and we would really encourage you to drop by and have a look as recycling not only helps our children and families but also helps the environment too.

P1-3  8.50am- 9am (smaller items)
4-7 3pm – 3.10pm  (middle and larger sizes)

Chinese New Year
Some school staff and a group of pupils are currently planning activities for us to learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year. Do you and your family celebrate Chinese New Year? If so, would you be willing to share what you do to mark this occasion? This could be by providing some photographs, sharing a video or even speaking to classes over Google Meet. If you are interested, please email Mr Bryce using SchoolMail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk who will be delighted to have a chat with you. Thank you for helping us to learn more about, and celebrate, the many cultures that make up the Netherlee community.

Coronavirus 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.

Parent Council December Meeting Highlights
Please click on the following link which will take you to the Parent Council’s December Meeting Highlights.

New Parenting Programme
We have been asked to share that an online Psychology of Parenting Programme (PoPP) is starting at the end of January.  This council run programme is aimed at parents of children aged 2-8 however, they can also direct all parents, regardless of the age of the child, to useful resources and information.  PoPP helps parents develop strategies to support their children’s behaviour and development. PoPP can give you simple tips to help manage the big and small challenges of family life such as tantrums, bedtime routines or fussy eating.  For more information, or to book a place, call Samantha on 07393752548 or email Popp@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

NNC Friday Bundle 14.01.22

Good afternoon everyone

We’ve really enjoyed listening to the squeals of delight, laughter and fun that the children have had during their first full week back.

Dressing for Nursery
We would ask that your child dresses in layers for coming to nursery for both indoor and outdoor play. A cardigan, hoodie or jumper over a top, dress or t-shirt can be easily removed should your child become too warm indoors. Windows are open in both buildings throughout the day to provide adequate ventilation and reduce the risk of infection.  For outdoor play wellies/boots, a warm jacket/waterproof suit, hat and gloves are the most suitable outdoor clothing for nursery as children often explore and experiment with mud, ice and water.  Thank you.

Chinese New Year
Some school staff and a group of pupils are currently planning activities for us to learn about and celebrate Chinese New Year. Do you and your family celebrate Chinese New Year? If so, would you be willing to share what you do to mark this occasion? This could be by providing some photographs, sharing a video or even speaking to classes over Google Meet. If you are interested, please email Mr Bryce using SchoolMail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk who will be delighted to speak with you.  Thank you for helping us to learn more about, and celebrate, the range of cultures that make up the Netherlee community.

Coronavirus 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.   You can find out how to stay safe and protect your family and the people around you by clicking on the link:  parentclub.scot/topics/coronavirus.

Learning Links
The latest weekly ‘Learning Links’ is in your child’s Google Classroom. Our ‘Learning Links’ gives an insight into some of the play experiences your child may choose to engage in while at nursery. If you require Glow Login details or need any help with accessing Google Classroom, please just let us know.

Application for P1 Places
We would like to remind you that applications for all children who are due to start P1 in August 2022 need to be made via the East Renfrewshire Council website before 21 January 2022. If you intend to defer your child’s entry to P1 you are still required to make an application for P1 and also complete the deferral application.  The links to apply for a primary 1 place and also a deferral application are available on the council website by clicking the link: https://eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/apply-for-p1

Email Communication 
We would kindly ask that when emailing the nursery, that you email nurserymail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk.  This is to ensure messages get passed onto the correct people as quickly as possible.

Parent Council December Meeting Highlights
Please click on the following link which will take you to the Parent Council’s December Meeting Highlights.

New Parenting Programme
We have been asked to share that an online Psychology of Parenting Programme (PoPP) is starting at the end of January.  PoPP helps parents develop strategies to support their children’s behaviour and development. PoPP can give you simple tips to help manage the big and small challenges of family life such as tantrums, bedtime routines or fussy eating.  For more information, or to book a place, call Samantha on 07393752548 or email Popp@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Yvonne Donaldson (HT & Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 07.01.22

Hello everyone and happy new year.

We have had a busy return to school and nursery this week and it has been lovely to see our children return with such enthusiasm and happiness at being back in Netherlee for the new term.

As was expected, we have had a number of children, families and staff affected by the ongoing situation with Covid.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as my amazing, conscientious staff worked hard to manage this, including the changes to isolation and testing procedures announced by the Scottish Government on Wednesday.  This, as well as waking up to the heavy snow this morning which although beautiful, added another level of organisation to consider.  Thank you so much to all staff who simply “mucked in” and helped out to ensure that everything was running smoothly for the children’s arrival.

Thank you to all parents/carers for your ongoing, and greatly appreciated, support with helping everyone to stay safe and well at drop off and collection times by continuing to wear a face mask, unless not required to do so, and also for socially distancing in busy areas around the school and nursery.

P1 and P2 Collection Times ONLY
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and understanding with the arrangements currently in place for the staggered collection times at the end of the school day for our P1 and P2 children.  It is always our intention to keep our arrangements under constant review whilst following Covid mitigations and, as such, we are now in a position to be able to alter our collection times for P1 and P2. Therefore, as of Monday (10th), our P1 and P2 children will finish school at 3.10pm. This will reduce the waiting time at the end of the day, for those parents and carers with older children, from 15 minutes to 5 minutes.  P2 children, with no siblings, will continue to exit from the front gate of the school building as they have been doing. To ensure the statutory amount of teaching time is maintained, the lunch break for P1 and P2 children will be increased from 45 minutes to 55 minutes (12.30pm until 1.25pm).  We hope this new arrangement will help you and would kindly ask that adults and children leave the school grounds immediately once your child/ren have been collected.   We know that you will understand the need to keep these arrangements under ongoing review, in line with any new mitigations that may come from the Scottish Government.  We would kindly remind you to adhere to the current Scottish Government guidance regarding 2m social distancing and the wearing of masks as it is a priority to keep everyone as safe as possible during this time.

Please do get in touch if there is anything we can help you, or your child, with or if you would simply like to speak to a member of staff.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

 

NNC Friday Bundle 07.01.22

Hello everyone and happy new year.

We have had a busy return to school and nursery this week and it has been lovely to see our children return with such enthusiasm and happiness at being back in Netherlee for the new term.

As was expected, we have had a number of children, families and staff affected by the ongoing situation with Covid.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as my amazing, conscientious staff worked hard to manage this, including the changes to isolation and testing procedures announced by the Scottish Government on Wednesday.  This, as well as waking up to the heavy snow this morning which although beautiful, added another level of organisation to consider.  Thank you so much to all staff who simply “mucked in” and helped out to ensure that everything was running smoothly for the children’s arrival.

Thank you to all parents/carers for your ongoing, and greatly appreciated, support with helping everyone to stay safe and well at drop off and collection times by continuing to wear a face mask, unless not required to do so, and also for socially distancing in busy areas around the school and nursery.

Please do get in touch if there is anything we can help you, or your child, with or if you would simply like to speak to a member of staff.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

Netherlee Primary School and Nursery Class

 

NNC Friday Bundle 10/12/21

Dear Parent/Carer,

Our nursery children are bursting with excitement as we near some special dates in our nursery year.

Christmas Sing A-Long
Our Sing A-Longs next week are for Sapling children on Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th  Dec at 9.30am in the Outdoor Classroom. We ask you to enter through the gate beside the Acorns building. One of the nursery staff will be at the Acorn’s gate to welcome you.

The Acorn children will share their Sing A-long on Monday 20th and Wednesday 22nd December at 9.30am in the Outdoor Classroom.

We respectfully ask that one adult per child watches each Sing A-Long to ensure that everyone can safely social distance.

Christmas Parties
All children attending on Wednesday 15th Dec in both buildings will be able to join in our Christmas Party fun by playing lots of games such as ‘Pass the Parcel’, ‘Statues’, ‘Christmas Corners’ and ‘Hokey Cokey’. We will have a small party snack in the morning consisting of a Jammy Dodger, a few Pom Bears and fruit all accompanied by sugar free diluting juice. We invite children to wear their party clothes on Wednesday if they would like to.

Sapling children will party after their Christmas Sing A-Long. If you require your child to be changed into their party clothes after the Sing A-Long, just let us know at drop off time.

We have requested that a very special guest, with a bright red suit and a white beard, takes some time out from his workshop to visit during our Christmas Party. Fingers crossed he hears us all singing ‘Jingle Bells’ and knows where we are!

We will have another Christmas Party on Monday 20th December.

If your child doesn’t normally attend on a Monday or a Wednesday we would love to invite them to join in with our parties (please speak to Mrs Greig or Mrs Kerr).

Car Parking
Car parking for visitors and parents is available in Netherlee Pavilion Car Park. From here visitors and parents can easily access the gate nearest to the Acorn or Sapling building. The Staff Car Park should only be used by staff. We ask you to share this with family members or carers who drop off or pick up nursery children. Designated Blue Badge spaces help those with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. We ask you to be mindful of parking to ensure that the car park is accessible for all users.

Staying Safe
The Scottish Government has worked with Parent Club to develop information to understand more about what to do if your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 or a common cold. We ask you to read the attached and follow this link for further information: Parent Club Scotland

Applications for P1
We’ve been asked to share that applications for all children who are due to start P1 in August 2022, need to be made via the East Renfrewshire Council website before 21 January 2022.  If you intend to defer your child’s entry to P1 we would like to remind you to still make an application for P1 and complete the deferral application too.

The links to apply for a primary 1 place and also a deferral application are available on the council website by clicking the link: https://eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/apply-for-p1

Twelve Days of Christmas
As part of the school and nursery celebration of #NetherleesTwelveDaysofChristmas we will be taking some of the children to sing outside Linn Park Court Sheltered Housing on Friday 17th December. We are looking forward to seeing some of the residents at their windows and spreading some festive joy.

We thank Mrs McBride for organising this event. You will be able to see a short video clip of our singing on Monday 20th December on Twitter @sand_nc.

Parent Council Meeting (All Parent and Carers are Very Welcome)
The next Parent Council Meeting will take place, virtually, on Wednesday 15th December at 7pm.  You can see the agenda, as well as information about how you can come along, by clicking on this link here.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Netherlee Primary School
East Renfrewshire
0141 570 7260

Friday Bundle 10/12/2021

Hello everyone

Attachments this week:

PC Meeting Agenda 15.12.21

Firstly, please see an exciting message below from our House Councillors:

Dear Parents and Carers,
We are very excited to let you know that we have planned our first WINNING HOUSE EVENT which will take place on Friday 17th December. The overall winning house for this term will be announced at our assemblies next week and then we will share the exciting news about what we have planned for them as a reward. It’s going to be so much fun!  All pupils who are members of the winning house (but only them J), can wear their house coloured top next Friday too.
Thank you very much,  Netherlee’s P7 House Councillors

Parent Council Meeting (All Parent and Carers are Very Welcome)
The next Parent Council Meeting will take place, virtually, on Wednesday 15th December at 7pm.  You can see the agenda, as well as information about how you can come along, by clicking on this link here.

Early Finish on Wednesday 22nd December
School will close slightly earlier than usual on this day.  P1 and P2 will finish at 2.15pm and P3-7 will finish at 2.30pm.

P1 and P2 parents only, please note that we had always intended to review the staggered, earlier exit times for our P1 and P2 children in January, as things had steadily been getting back to a more normal way of life.  We had hoped to be able to let you know that we were shortening the gap for this from the start of next term.  However, in light of the uncertainty around the new Covid Variant, we will continue with the current times (P1 and P2 at 3pm) for the first two days back (5th and 6th) and will then hopefully be able to confirm with you, fingers crossed, that we can indeed reduce the staggered period.  Please be reassured however that we will require to still have a short staggered element for P1 and P2 leaving at the end of the day.

Car Parking
I would respectfully remind everyone that the staff car park should only be used by Netherlee staff. As you will understand, Netherlee is a very large school and nursery and the car park is only just large enough to accommodate staff cars.  Unfortunately, in recent weeks there has been an increasing number of parents, carers, or extended family members, parking in the staff car park either in disabled bays or in front of the fire exit near the kitchen and Gym Hall doors, or very close to the gate, making it extremely difficult to exit the car park safely.

Car parking for visitors and parents/carers is available in the Netherlee Pavilion Car Park. I have been asked to highlight the increasingly concerning situation where-
a large number of parents are dropping off or collecting children before and after school but, instead of parking in a parking bay at the Pavilion, they are pulling up and stopping at the corner nearest to the school. This causes a line of cars, which can be 4/5 deep, in front of the parking bays, therefore making getting out of the parking bay difficult and this in itself causes congestion as bays are occupied for longer than they require to be. 

The Pavilion Car Park does not belong to the school, or nursery, and we therefore have no jurisdiction over its use however, I would ask everyone to be very mindful of parking safely and considerately there too.

P7 Transition Visits to WWHS
We have been advised that our P7s will have two inductions days where the children will attend at Williamwood.  These will take place on the 8th and 9th June, with more information to follow in the coming months.  There will also be an information night for parents, however date and times are still to be confirmed and we will let you know this information as soon as we have it.

Festive Fun 
We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming our P2 parents to the Outdoor Classroom to hear their excited, happy children sing some lovely festive songs and we can’t wait to do the same with our P1 children and parents next week too.  Thank you to the PTA for contributing towards the cost of the Christmas parties and also our Winning House Event next Friday.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

NNC Friday Bundle 26.11.2021

Hello everyone

Attachments this week:
Netherlee Living Advent
Xmas menu 21

We’ll have lots of excitement in the nursery over the next week as the decorations, trees and festive preparations get under way.

St Andrew’s Day
On Tuesday 30th November children are invited to wear a little tartan if they would like to (please don’t worry as we have some spare) as we celebrate St Andrew’s Day by singing and listening to traditional music, having a Scottish snack and joining in some simple ceilidh dancing.

Welcome
We would like to say a huge Netherlee welcome to Mrs Emma Dowdall, a temporary member of staff, who will work in Saplings on Thursday and Friday each week. While staff work with all of the children it will be lovely for Mrs Dowdall to take on the role as keyworker with the Green Group on Thursday and Friday. Mrs Dowdall was really excited to have started yesterday and got straight in to playing and learning alongside our children.

P1 Applications for School
Online applications for starting P1 in August 2022 can be made from 1 December 2021. Please click on the link for more information and to apply: https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/apply-for-p1. Some parents may decide to defer their child starting school until August 2023. Should you wish to defer your child you are asked to complete the online application form and indicate this there.

Masks and Social Distancing
We thank you for continuing to protect our staff and other adults at pick up and drop off time by wearing a mask and social distancing. These measures are helping us all to stay safe.

Special Books
We know that you’ve enjoyed sharing the Special Books by the wonderful comments you’ve written in them. We thank you for being so appreciative of all the hard work our staff put in to ensuring that every child is supported, nurtured and challenged while at nursery.  If you’ve not yet had time to return the Special Book we really do need it back to continue your child’s learning story. Thank you.

Netherlee Living Advent
We are delighted to be joining in this local community event once again this year. Our school and nursery will be joining in the festive fun by unveiling windows on 1st December. Our nursery window will be able to be viewed from Linn Park Ave in the Acorn building. More information can be found in the attachment.

Thank You!
A big thank for your contributions to our Nursery Fund  which have helped with funding some of the presents from Santa. We are so grateful for every penny donated as this helps us to provide parties, baking, playdough etc for our children.  We want to say a huge thank you to our Netherlee PTA for their generous contribution towards buying presents and party snacks for during the festive period as well.

Christmas Lunch
Children are in for a treat on Friday 17th December as our lovely nursery catering staff, Michelle & Denise, will be cooking our first ever Christmas Lunch. There’s no need to order this special lunch as this will be the option on Friday 17th December.

Next Friday we’ll be in touch about festive events as we count down to Christmas…. have a lovely weekend.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)
Netherlee Primary School
East Renfrewshire

Friday Bundle 26.11.2021

Hello again everyone

Attachments/ Links this week are:
Netherlee Living Advent

Christmas Lunch
We will be having our Christmas Lunch on Friday 17 December 2021. If your child would like to have Christmas Lunch please use the link below to place an order. For those who do not wish the Christmas lunch option, we will have sandwiches and baguettes on offer too. To order a Christmas Lunch please use the link below by no later than Thursday 2nd December 2021. Xmas lunch order form

St Andrew’s Day
On Tuesday 30th November children are invited to, if they would like, wear a little tartan with their uniform to celebrate and recognise St Andrew’s Day.

Netherlee Living Advent
We are delighted to be joining in this local community event once again this year. Our school and nursery will be joining in the festive fun by unveiling windows on 1st December. Our P1 window will be able to be viewed from the Hub windows. More information can be found in the attached poster.

End of Term Countdown
Next Friday, we’ll be in touch about our festive events as we count down to both “The 8 Days of Hanukkah” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as well as lots of other exciting things happening in school in the run up to the end of term.

Acts of Kindness and Appreciation
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, and ongoing, situation we all continue to experience due to the pandemic, and whilst so many are facing challenging financial times.  Therefore, we 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 instead and would be very much valued and appreciated by us all.  We hope you don’t mind us mentioning this to you but just wanted to express our thoughts to you.

Pupil Councillors’ House and Local Charity Event (Friday 3rd December 2021)
Please see letter attached regarding this event.

PTA Discos (P2-P4)
More information will follow this afternoon from the PTA regarding discos for P2, P3 and P4.

Book Sale
The children have enjoyed visiting the Book Sale this week. There is absolutely no obligation for an order to be placed however, if you would like the book(s) to be ordered for your child, we ask parents to login to ParentPay to make payment through the Book Sale item which will be set with a maximum limit of £20. We also ask that your child returns their wish list slip, ticked with the book(s) you have ordered and paid for 3rd December. Please note that we will only order books once payment has been received via ParentPay and therefore the decision to purchase any books is entirely optional.

Wishing all families a really lovely weekend.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher
Netherlee Primary School
East Renfrewshire

NNC Friday Bundle 12.11.21

Hello everyone

The attachment for this week is :
CCC for Change Flyer

We’ve had a wonderful week welcoming our special visitors. During focus group meetings and observation visits children, staff and some parents have shared their experience of the high quality learning experiences, warm relationships and opportunities available at our nursery.

Special Books
We’re sure you’ll love to snuggle up with your child next week and share their Special Book. We ask that all Special Books are returned by Mon 22nd November.

World Nursery Rhyme Week (15th-19th Nov)
Find inspiration for songs and rhymes to share with your child on https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/songs-and-rhymes.
You can also download the free app to share songs and rhymes on the go, look up the words or make up your own songs or rhymes to the instrumental versions https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/bookbug/bookbug-app.

Bookbug
Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place across the country. Book Week Scotland 2021 will take place 15th –21st November. On Wednesday we will be sharing a very special Bookbug session on Google Classroom led by our fabulous Bookbug leaders, Mrs Greig and Mrs Flower.

Dressing for the Weather
As children are exploring in Linn Park, the local area and our nursery gardens we ask that children are dressed in warm layers and outdoor clothing every day. We have waterproof clothing available if your child needs to borrow these.

Thank you for emailing your child’s photo and message for our ‘Wow Wall’. We’ve loved sharing these and celebrating achievements from home.

We hope you have a lovely weekend with your family.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 12.11.2021

Hello everyone,

Attachments this week are:
PTA Family Quiz
PTA Nov-Dec Activities
PTA Meetings 7.10.21
CCC for Change Flyer

We have had a very busy, but very productive and positive, week in school as we welcomed the visitors to Netherlee as described in my email last week.  Our visitors have thoroughly enjoyed their time in Netherlee and it has been a pleasure to have them join us to experience a  “week in the life of Netherlee”.

Book Week Scotland
Book Week Scotland
 will take place from 15th – 20th November 2021 with a theme of ‘Celebration’. Throughout the week, each class will have the opportunity to engage in a range of book-related activities, including watching and listening to authors and sharing favourite books and stories. Each day, children in all classes will take part in PATTER Time (Pupils and Teachers, Together Everyone Reading). Pupils may bring in a favourite book from home to read during this time, if they wish. We hope that all of our pupils will enjoy this special week full of book-related activities. [P1-P3 only] We hope that all of our pupils will enjoy this special week full of book-related activities. More information can be found here

National Anti- Bullying Week
As next week is National Anti-Bullying Week, this will be the focus for stage assemblies throughout the week.  Children will also be involved in various activities and discussions within their class as well. As ongoing awareness around anti- bullying also features in our School and Nursery Improvement Plan for this session, we shall soon be recruiting, and training with input from the National Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), several Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from amongst our pupils. The NSPCC website also has some very interesting and useful guidance and information for parents and carers.  You can find a link to this on our website within the PARENT tab.  As always, if you have any concerns about your own child, please get in touch with us at any time and please don’t hesitate to do so.   We are here to help and support all of our children to understand the importance, and seriousness, of being both respectful and kind to others.

[P7 only] P7 Residential 
Please see P 7 Lockerbie letter regarding an information evening on Wednesday in relation to the Lockerbie residential trip.

That’s all from me this week, just a brief update today, and I will be back in touch again next Friday.  I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Kind regards

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

Friday Bundle 05.11.21

Hello everyone

Attachments this week are:
Sleep Business Cards
Family First Leaflet

Williamwood Cluster, Special Visitors
Everyone in Netherlee, as part of the Williamwood Cluster, is looking forward to a visit, next week, from several East Renfrewshire Council ‘special visitors’.  Staff and children will be sharing our successes and progress towards meeting targets in our SNIP (School and Nursery Improvement Plan). We will also reflect on our journey through Covid times; recognising, not only the many challenges but also, the steady progress that staff and families made, as a Netherlee community working together, during lockdown.  We are also excited to be welcoming five Head Teachers, from other schools and nurseries across the council, who will also visit us next week.  During their visit, they will be able to see the wide range of learning and teaching experiences which happen each day in Netherlee and how we nurture and support our pupils.  They will also engage in lots of discussion about this with lots of different groups of people too.  This is also a fantastic opportunity for us all to be able to celebrate being able to now return to a more full curriculum for our pupils.

Family First
Family First is a free, confidential advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire for parents and carers of children aged 0-11. The team can offer support and advice on issues surrounding health, home, money, parenting, additional support needs and confidence building. Further information is contained in the attachment leaflet.

Sleep Support
Some of our children’s sleep patterns may have been affected by the clocks changing at the weekend. We have been asked to share the attached Sleep Business Card as this takes you straight to lots of up to date information about developing good sleep patterns.  We’re all very aware that sleep is vital to children’s, and adults) health, wellbeing, learning and development.

“Wee Woods” Projects
Next week, some of our “ECO Elephants” have been invited to plant trees in our local area as part of East Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Wee Woods’ project. This project is to mark COP26 happening in Glasgow and links well to our class mission statements about learning for sustainability. We are really looking forward to being part of this exciting project and making a positive, lasting impact on our local environment.

A Day in the Life of … Video
Please sit back, click on the link and relax for a couple of minutes to watch the snapshot video that the Leadership Team, with the help of some pupils and staff have produced for you.  We really hope you enjoy this “little visit” inside Netherlee. We hope you enjoyed the video’s on Google Classroom.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

 

 

 

 

 

NNC Friday Bundle 05.11.21

Hello everyone

Attachments this week:
Family First Leaflet
Sleep Business Cards

As the nights are getting darker, children have been noticing the changes on arrival in the morning and when leaving nursery in the evening. This has encouraged lots of talk this week about time, daily routines and clocks. Our staff have skilfully responded to some children’s interests while making clocks or watches. We’ve also challenged children to learn the days of the week and relate these to clubs, attendance at nursery, visits to relatives etc. on particular days.

Williamwood Cluster, Special Visitors
Everyone in Netherlee, as part of the Williamwood Cluster, is looking forward to a visit next week from some East Renfrewshire Council ‘special visitors’.  Staff and children will be sharing our successes and challenges, as well as our progress towards meeting targets in our SNIP (School and Nursery Improvement Plan) and also the impact on learning of high quality professional learning. We are also excited that four Head Teachers, from other schools and nurseries across the council, will visit next week and they will be able to enjoy seeing the range of learning and teaching experiences which happen each day in Netherlee.   This is a fantastic opportunity for children and staff to talk about and showcase the wide range of play experiences available in our nursery and how secure children are in their daily routines.

Deferring School Placement
If you would like the opportunity to speak about deferring your child or have questions or queries about the process please email: NurseryMail@Netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk and Mrs Kerr will be able to arrange a phone appointment with you during week beginning 14th Nov after 3.30 pm.  Further information is available by clicking on this link:  https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/apply-for-p1

Wow! Moments
We would like to include your child’s ‘Wow!’ moments, achievements and experiences from home on our ‘Wow! Wall’ and in their Special Books as they are an important part of your child’s learning story. Please e-mail your child’s name, group and a photo/short story about an experience or achievement that you and your child would like to share with their keyworker and friends NurseryMail@Netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk  It could be something that your child has done for the first time e.g. dressing themselves, eating a new food, sleeping in their own bed or it could be something they’ve learned e.g. to ride their bike, swim unaided or it could be an achievement such as taking part in a fun run, a charity event or passing their dance exams.

Special Books
Your child’s Special Book will be sent home during week beginning 15th November. We know that your child will really love to talk about the photos and proudly share how they spend their time at nursery.

Family First
Family First is a free, confidential advice and information resource in East Renfrewshire for parents and carers of children aged 0-11. Whatever you’d like to speak about, the team can offer support and advice on issues surrounding nursery, health, home, money, parenting, additional support needs and confidence building. Further information is contained in the attached leaflet.

Sleep Support
Some of our children’s sleep patterns may have been affected by the clocks changing at the weekend. We have been asked to share the attached Sleep Business Card as this takes you straight to lots of up to date information about developing good sleep patterns.  We’re all very aware that sleep is vital to children’s health, wellbeing, learning and development. It is important to make sure children have the right amount of sleep so they have enough energy for the next day’s activities.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy time spent with your family.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Monday Bundle 01.11.2021

Hello everyone

Attachments this week are:
NPC Meeting Highlights

I hope you had a really lovely weekend, including many of you who may have taken part in some Halloween fun at home and in the community.  Some of our wonderful P7 House Councillors teamed up with the PTA over the weekend to help at the Linn Park Equestrian Centre Halloween Event.  A great deal of fun was had by all, including a brilliant pumpkin competition and a very successful tuck shop.  House Councillors were applauded and complimented greatly for their helpfulness, manners, politeness, “excellent customer service” and enthusiasm- fantastic!  Well done to Oisin, Charlie and Hashim- I am extremely proud of each of you and thank you also for giving of your time so readily over the weekend to help and support the PTA.

Poppy Donations
From tomorrow, Tuesday, our P7 pupils will be organising and running the annual Poppy Donation Appeal ahead of their Remembrance Assembly on the 11th November.   If your child would like to make a small donation then P7 pupils will go round classes from tomorrow, and in return your child will receive a poppy.  Thank you.

COP26 ECO House
There has been, and will continue to be, lots of interesting and extremely important learning taking place in school in relation to COP26.  Please continue to look at our Twitter Feed link to keep in touch with all the interesting learning that takes place every day in school and nursery. We are delighted that some of our pupils will also have the opportunity to take part in a live video call with one of our dads, who is an architect, and has been greatly involved in the COP26 ECO House.   The pupils will be able to take a virtual tour of the house and also take part in a Question and Answer session.  Thank you very much for getting in touch with us Mr Smith, and for offering this unique experience to our pupils, we are very grateful and I know the children will both enjoy the opportunity and will also benefit greatly from it too.  If you would like to know more about the ECO COP26 House, feel free to click on this link.  https://www.beyondzerohomes.co.uk/

Pavilion Parking
We respectfully request that everyone is mindful of parking in the disabled parking bays at Netherlee Pavilion. Blue Badge holders only are eligible to park in these spaces.  Thank you for your cooperation and support to the community with this.

Parent Council (PC) Highlights Newsletter
Please find attached the next edition of Netherlee’s PC Newsletter which we hope you will find useful and informative.  Please remember that there is also a PC Section, under the Parent Tab, on our website where you will find further related information.

Pupil Parliament
We have been working very hard in school to establish our Netherlee Pupil Parliament as outlined as one of the actions in our School and Nursery Improvement Plan link.    Please read our flyer which will provide a little more information to you about this but please do ask your child to let you know what their “class mission” is and which strand of the Pupil Parliament they belong to.

A Day in the Life of ….. Videos
Please look out for these in my next update on Friday.  We really hope you enjoy being able to see a snapshot of what goes on in school as we continue to hope that, one day soon, we can welcome you back inside Netherlee in person.

I hope all families have a good week, I’ll be back in touch again on Friday.  As always, please continue to get in touch with myself, or any member of staff, at any time if we can be of help to either your child or yourself.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

 

NNC Friday Bundle 29.10.21

Hello again everyone

Attachments this Week
Nursery Menu
PTA Poster
NPC Meeting Highlights

What a fun, busy week we have had in nursery and, coupled with this spell of blustery weather, we are all ready for a restful weekend! Children have had lots of fun playing and learning as they made slime, dressed up, made models with clay, ‘looked up’, picked seeds from our sunflowers and made pumpkin soup.  We can’t believe that it’s the last weekend in October! November will go past in a flash too as we move towards some of the most exciting times in our nursery year…lots of winter festive fun!

A Day in the Life
Our ‘Day in the Life’ video has been produced to give a flavour of a nursery day from arrival until home time. We are very aware that lots of parents, carers and special people in your child’s life haven’t had the opportunity to come into the playrooms and hope that this helps. Please click on the link: A Day in the Life of Netherlee Nursery Class  If you have any questions or comments after watching the video, please just email us using the nursery email nurserymail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk and we will get back in touch with you.

Woodland Adventures
We are delighted to share that Mrs Morton, our Forest School trained practitioner, has organised a programme of Woodland Adventures sessions, starting next week, in the woods and Linn Park. Preschool children will have the opportunity to take part in regular, planned sessions.  Mrs Morton has already let those going on Monday know.  Look out for an email over the next few weeks as this will contain important information about the day your child is going.  Children will be outside for the full Woodland Wonder session from 9.30am -11.30am or 12.45pm-2.45pm. We can’t wait to hear all about their adventures in the local area.

Parking
We ask you to be mindful of parking in the disabled parking bays at Netherlee Pavilion. Blue Badge holders are eligible to park in these spaces to help the driver or occupants park closer to their destination. We thank you for your cooperation.

Nursery Fund
Thank you to those who recently made a contribution to our voluntary Nursery Fund. We would be unable to provide the fun opportunities for your children at this time of year without your help. Recently our Nursery Fund has been used to buy 100 apples for Halloween, fairy lights, ingredients for play-dough, a variety of pumpkins and ingredients for making soup. All children benefit from your contribution and it is genuinely appreciated as these funds extend the opportunities available to our children. There are different ways to contribute a suggested contribution of £5 per month or, of course, whatever you can contribute.  Contributions to the Nursery Fund can be made through ParentPay. If you have not yet activated your ParentPay account, please just contact the school office either by phone or by using the nursery email address NurseryMail@Netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk and office staff will be happy to help you with your login details. We are so grateful for your contributions.

Recycling
Children (and staff) have really enjoyed creating 3D models using the wonderful boxes, bottle tops, corks, tins etc. that you have kindly donated recently. When talking to children about Cop26 and looking after our world over the next few weeks they will be learning about reducing waste and recycling. If you are able to hand in any more boxes, containers, buttons, bottle tops, clean milk cartons etc. we’d be delighted to use them.  If you ever come across anything else that you think we might find useful, please speak to staff at drop off or pick up or send us a quick email nurserymail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk

Parent Appointments
Please look out for an email later on today with the time slot for your 10 minute telephone appointment with your child’s keyworker. These telephone meetings will take place from 22nd November.

Outdoor Clothing
Thank you for providing outdoor clothing for your child every day. It’s been really lovely to watch the children explore outdoors, clear the garden in preparation for winter, build obstacle courses and have snack outside while being cosy and dry. We ask you to remind your child if they have additional clothing such as waterproofs and wellies in their bag. Please just let us know if your child doesn’t have their own waterproofs as we have some in nursery and can help out.

Fire Safety Visit
Mrs Mackie has organised a visit from Clarkston Fire Station on Tuesday morning. Firefighters will share a short fire safety talk on the run up to bonfire night. We’ll have some very excited children as they are shown round the outside of the fire engine and have a go at shooting water from the hose. We can all imagine how excited the children will be!

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.

Have a lovely weekend

 Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

NNC Friday Bundle 22.10.2021

Hello everyone,

We’ve had a lovely week at nursery hearing all about the children’s days out and family time during the holidays.

Dress Up Day
On Friday 29th October children are invited to come to nursery dressed up if they would like to.  They can wear a Halloween costume, cosy pyjamas or they can of course come to nursery wearing any clothes that they want.  Should your child not attend nursery on Friday, due to their attendance pattern, they may want to dress up on one of the days they are with us. Please be mindful that some children are scared of masks or face paint. Please try to dissuade your child from bringing lots of accessories as these may get lost or damaged and we don’t want crying pirates who’ve lost their parrot or sad witches with no broom stick! We’re sure that children will love dooking for apples, dancing to some music and playing games

Dressing for the Weather
We continue to maximise the time we spend outdoors- please ensure your child is always dressed appropriately for the weather including wellies, suitable outer jackets and hats and gloves where needed. All of our playrooms are well ventilated and windows remain open at all times.  As winter approaches, it would be very helpful if your child has a jumper or cardigan each day too which can be removed/ put back on as required. Please remember to name all clothes, wellies, shoes and other clothing items that your child is wearing as well as all spare clothing in their nursery bag too.  Many thanks for this.

Standards & Quality Report/ Netherlee SNIP

Please find attached pictorial, easy to read versions of our Standards and Quality Report 2020-21 and Netherlee School and Nursery Improvement Plan. We thank Jane Thomson, one of our Parent Council members, for all her help with the design and ensuring that key messages were shared.

 

Lunch

As part of our In-service Day programme staff reviewed our Healthy Eating Policy and arrangements for  lunch. The children have been really enjoying eating their two course lunch with their friends at nursery. Lunch is a relaxed, unhurried, sociable time where children sit together round the table with two familiar adults on hand to help. The children choose when they want to eat, can sit with their friends and are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at trying a variety of foods.  Should you wish to provide a lunch box or a snack box (if your child attends after 3pm) we recommend that sugary foods or drinks and high fat/salt foods are kept to a minimum. Any uneaten food is put back in the lunchbox so that parents and carers can see how much is being eaten. Some guidance on creating a healthy packed lunch or snacks, tips and portion sizes can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes  The Care Inspectorate recommends that cool packs are kept in lunchboxes. If providing grapes or cherry tomatoes we ask that you quarter them and finally we are a nut-free nursery as some of our children have nut allergies. Please therefore ensure that all snacks are nut-free.   Thank you.

Keeping Safe
We ask that you use a cloth, nylon or canvas bag (not plastic) inside your child’s nursery backpack or for your child to carry additional items such as wellies.

Staff News
Mr Strang Roy is studying towards a Masters qualification in Philosophy with Children. As part of his studies Mr Strang Roy will be engaging groups of children in child-led discussion around different philosophical questions such as, ‘what makes me, me?’ and many more. This will help develop the children’s talking and listening skills as they have fun thinking and learning to disagree with each other. If your child starts asking interesting questions or making statements about what they are thinking, that may be why!

Virtual Nature School
Virtual Nature School is a service offered by the non-profit Living Classrooms. It came about as a direct response to the needs of families when schools and nurseries were closed in the UK in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and continues as a valuable resource to early years practitioners throughout Scotland as we make outdoor learning a natural part of practice. Miss Doran, Mrs Kaur and Miss Montgomerie engaged in a six week programme of Virtual Nature School training to promote the flourishing of children’s learning in, about, with and for nature. Recently our Virtual Nature School trained staff lead a training session with our Netherlee School P1 and P2 staff. On our In-service Day our nursery staff took part in an introductory session where we all looked up! All three Virtual Nature School staff will be leading learning over the next few weeks and this will be reflected in our Learning Links on Google Classroom.

Parent Appointments

We will be in contact next week regarding telephone Parent Appointments which will take place between 22nd and 29th November.

Thank you for your help, understanding and support with all the points above.

Have a lovely weekend and please remember to read our Learning Links on Google Classroom, when you have time.

 Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

 

Friday Bundle 22.10.21

Hello everyone

Parent/ Teacher Meetings
We had been very hopeful that the Scottish Government would further ease some mitigations allowing us to consider several different options for our upcoming Parent/ Teacher Meetings in November.  However, as you will be aware, this has not yet happened and this means that we will hold these sessions using the online, live video platform (the same as we used at the end of last session).  This platform did prove to be very successful and I am sure that this will be the case again.  Further information in relation to this will be sent home next Thursday however I wanted to let you know the dates and timings which are – Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th November, both from 4-7pm.  We will also continue to use the online booking system and this will also be explained to you next Thursday.

Flu Immunisation 
The School Nurses team will be in school on Friday, 29th October to immunise the children.

Key Dates
I had also hoped, like you I’m sure, that we would be able to welcome you into school to attend some school events including information workshops however, this is not yet possible either.  However, in addition to the Parent Meeting dates above, I feel it is important to let you know a few other key dates for this session which are listed below.  Of course if, and when, we are able to once again welcome you into school, I will update this list with more events (fingers crossed) and will share it with you at that time.  Please note these dates are also available on our school website within the calendar on the left hand side of the landing page.

  • Friday 3rd December – House Day (House Coloured t-shirts worn if possible please)
  • Friday 11th March – House Day (House Coloured t-shirts worn if possible please)
  • Wednesday 16th March – School Photographs Start Today
  • Friday 18th March – Pupil Jotters/ Work Samples Sent Home
  • Friday 1st April – School Closes Early at 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 10th May 7pm – School/Nursery Summer Fayre (Proceeds for School Funds)
  • 16th– 20th May – P7 Residential Trip
  • 20th May – Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Monday 23rd May (4-7pm) – Parent/ Teacher Meetings
  • Wednesday 25th May (4-7pm) – Parent/ Teacher Meetings
  • Thursday 26th May – Homework Stops for the Session
  • Tuesday 28th June – School Closes at 1pm

Parent/Child Version of our School and Nursery Improvement Plan (SNIP) Session 2021-2022 and Standards and Quality Report Session 2020-2021
I have mentioned previously that the Parent Council are working together with us on a few priorities linked to the SNIP.  I would therefore like to send a sincere and HUGE thank you to one of our parents Jane, who has worked closely alongside Angela Kerr (PT) to produce a fantastic, simple overview of both of the documents above – these are attached for your interest. This involved several discussion meetings as well as lots of creativity and I am delighted with the result- thank you on behalf of the Netherlee parent body Jane and Angela- teamwork at its best!

 

And finally, A Day in the Life of … Videos
As I have said already, we are very aware that, unfortunately, you haven’t even been able to step foot inside Netherlee, either for several years now or at all if you only have a child in P1 or P2, and we therefore wanted to share at least a very brief insight into life in Netherlee for your child.  I therefore tasked the Leadership Team with producing “Day in the Life of….” Videos for each of their stages, these will be ready to be shared with you next Friday.  Look out for the link in my update next week- we hope you enjoy!

That’s all from me for the moment, please continue to get in touch with myself, or any member of staff at all, if we can be of any help to you or your child.  I hope you have a really good weekend and we will look forward to seeing all of our children again on Monday, ready for another busy week in school.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson

 

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

 

NNC Friday Bundle 01.10.21

Hello again everyone

Attachments this week:
PTA Agenda
Dress as a Scarecrow Day
PTA Dress as a Scarecrow Trail
Nursery Menu
Please don’t throw me out!

Maths Week
We’ve had a very busy Maths Week in nursery with lots of problem solving, measuring, weighing, hunting for shapes and coding. You can get a flavour of some of the experiences the children have been involved in through our twitter page @sand_nc

Coffee & Chat
Our first ‘Coffee and Chat’ sessions this week were a great success and we would like to thank the staff and parents who were able to attend. We’ve had some really positive feedback and are glad that you find the information we share through Learning Links and Friday Bundles really useful. If you were unable to attend and have any comments, questions or queries please just contact us in the usual way.

Netherlee PTA
If you’ve not had the chance to join our Netherlee PTA or would like to attend one of the PTA meetings there is an opportunity on Wednesday 6th October. The agenda is attached and all you have to do is contact the PTA via email by clicking on the PTA page of the website and email them, they will send you the virtual joining instructions.   Our PTA do a fantastic job of improving and maintaining our school and nursery grounds and also organising lots of fundraising events for Netherlee families.   One example of this is the Scarecrow Trail- please see attachments.

Recycling and Reusing
Children (and the staff) are always busy creating and planning exciting projects. You can help us out by not throwing away any of the items on the list attached as we would love to have them. We just ask that you make sure items are clean and free from residue. We love to be resourceful in Netherlee and we use as many natural or recyclable materials as possible. If you ever come across anything else that you think we might find useful, please speak to staff at drop off or pick up or send us a quick email nurserymail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk.  Thank you.

New Lunch Menu
Please find attached our new Nursery Lunch Menu for the next few weeks. We love to see how the children respond to their food and often hear ‘this is really yummy!’ or ‘this is the best carrot soup ever!’

Have a lovely weekend.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

Friday Bundle 24.09.2021

Hello everyone,

Attachments this Week:
NHS Letter from Jason Leitch

MATHS WEEK SCOTLAND
We have been very busy in school and nursery preparing lots of interesting learning experiences for our children to enjoy next week during Maths Week.  A huge thank you to our Netherlee Maths Champions, Mrs McKinlay and Miss Holden for all of their work in sourcing and organising these activities as well as to Mrs Sweeney and Mr Bryce for working with several parent and local business volunteers as well.  Please click on the link here to find out lots more.

ECO SCHOOLS GREEN FLAG AWARD
We are delighted to share that our school and nursery have successfully achieved our 8th Eco Schools Green Flag Award. We are so proud of all of our children, staff, parents, and wider community who have contributed towards this success. The Green Flag Award is a visible indication of our commitment to Learning for Sustainability which has involved improving our school grounds, tackling litter in our playgrounds, and leading initiatives to support our health and wellbeing. We are looking forward to building on our successes this session and working towards our next Eco Schools Green Flag journey. A special thanks to Miss Jilly Bell and our PTA who have played a key part in helping us to achieve this fantastic achievement.

MOTHER TONGUE COMPETITION
The Scottish Centre for Information and Language Teaching (SCILT) have launched an exciting poetry writing competition for pupils and their families whose first language is not English. Pupils are invited to write a poem in their ‘mother tongue’ and then record themselves, in an interesting, creative way, reciting the poem. This could be a video or voice recording or it could be a voice recording whilst showing some related art work.  We think this would be such a lovely activity for families to do, at home together, and would be a lovely way to share and celebrate the special diverse community of Netherlee.  If you and your child are interested in participating in this competition please contact Mr Stuart Bryce at school to let us know. The competition limits entries to 10 per school so at the moment we are only looking for anyone that is interested to email us by Wednesday 6th October, to let us know that they would like to take part. Please do not record anything at this time.  Once we have an idea of how many people are keen to participate we will get back in touch and confirm arrangements.

A little reminder that school will be closed tomorrow and on Monday for the September Weekend holiday.  I hope all families have an enjoyable time together and we will look forward to seeing our pupils again on Tuesday.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

 

NNC Friday Bundle 24.09.21

Hello everyone

We have some information to share about events happening next week. We’re sure the children will come back after the holiday weekend full of chat about what they have done while off nursery on Friday and Monday.

Coffee & Chat
We are really looking forward to hosting Coffee and Chat sessions next week. To ensure that you don’t miss any information shared at the start, we would appreciate it if you could make sure that you join the meeting promptly at 6.30pm please.  We would like to remind you that to use Google Meet you just need to have a Google gmail account. If you already have a gmail account you can access the meeting by simply clicking on the link that we will email to you on the day of the ‘Coffee and Chat’ or, by copying and pasting the link into your internet browser (this usually works best through Chrome). If you don’t have a gmail address already, you can easily create a free Google account by clicking on the link below and then following the same instructions.

https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp.

Mrs Kerr will attend all of the sessions alongside some of our nursery staff on the following dates:
Acorn Building parents on Tuesday 28th Sept 6.30 pm-6.45pm
Sapling Building White, Green & Orange parents Wednesday 29th Sept 6.30pm-6.45pm
Sapling Building Pink & Yellow Thursday 30th Sept 6.30pm-6.45pm

Please don’t worry if you can’t make the session this time, we’ll be holding regular ‘Coffee and Chat’ sessions throughout the year.

Maths Week 28th Sept-1st Oct
We have lots of engaging and motivating activities planned for our nursery children, with a real focus on problem solving. We will encourage children to explore different options while asking ‘what would happen if …?’ as this is the fundamental question to ask as mathematical thinking develops.

We will be going on QR code hunts with our iPads, problem solving while using our real tools and wood, measuring and planning while junk modelling, coding with Bebot (a battery operated directional toy) and lots of Maths Challenges throughout the week.   We’ll be using some of the activities in this Activity Pack and you may want to try some at home too.

Our wonderful school community will be sharing their experiences of using maths every day in their jobs. Children will be able to watch films made by our catering, janitorial, office, head teacher and pupil support assistants about the role of maths in their jobs.  We’re sure you’ll agree that we have a jam packed week planned and one we’re sure the children will find inspiring, fun and relevant!

Bookbug Session
Mrs Greig and Mrs Flower will post a very special Maths Week Bookbug session on your child’s Google Classroom on Tuesday at 3.30pm.

Letter_to_Parents_and_Carers_from_Jason_Leitch_National_Clinical_Director

Have a lovely long weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 28th September.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)