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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 22.12.21

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to wish all Netherlee families a wonderful Christmas and a very happy holiday. We are sure it will be a time for joy, celebration and hope for the New Year to come.

We hope that, if the holiday period also includes celebrating Christmas, you have a lovely time making special memories.

Wishing you, your family and the Netherlee Community a ‘Healthy and Happy New Year 2022’ when it comes.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

NPS 22.12.21

Hello everyone

Church Service

As promised, please find below the link to the recording of our church service, held in Netherlee Parish Church on Monday.  Thank you to Reverend Blythe, and the Netherlee church community, for welcoming a small group of our senior pupils and staff into the church in order to record such a beautiful service for the rest of the school to watch within their own classrooms.  As I was watching the service myself, this stirred such a mixture of emotions within me- enormous happiness, and pride, in our outstanding young people who sang, read and played instruments so beautifully but also a little sadness that we, once again, couldn’t all be there with them.  We can only hope that things ease, in the not too distant future, as we look forward to the new term and a new year, with the prospect of much brighter days ahead.

Church Service

Digital Safety

I am always extremely grateful to receive any suggestions from you, as Netherlee parents, and as such I have recently received such a request in relation to digital recordings.  This request, as well as the ongoing need to continue to share events with you via digital means, suggests it is an appropriate time to send reminders about the important matter of not sharing videos and/ or photos of pupils, apart from your own child, on social media.  Please remember that, just as would be the case if you were in school enjoying events and being able to take photos of such performances, these are always for your own, personal use and should not be shared on any social media platform, including WhatsApp, without having permission yourself to do so. I have included a couple of links which explain the importance of this which I hope you find useful.  Thank you.

https://oursaferschools.co.uk/2020/07/30/safer-sharenting/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety/what-should-i-do-when-other-people-post-pictures-of-my-child-online-without-asking-me-first

Early Finish
Just a reminder that school will close slightly earlier than usual today.  P1 and P2 will finish at 2.15pm and P3-7 will finish at 2.30pm.

On behalf of myself and all the staff and children of Netherlee, I hope that everyone who celebrates Christmas has a wonderful festive period and that all Netherlee families have a really lovely holiday.   Please keep safe and look after yourself and each other but also please do enjoy this special, family time of year.

We will look forward to welcoming our children back on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Wishing you, your family and the Netherlee Community a ‘Healthy and Happy New Year 2022’ when it comes.

Very best wishes

Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

NNC Friday Bundle 17.12.21

Good afternoon everyone

Attachments this week:
Eco Elephants
Parentline

This time of year is the most wonderful time to be working with children. There’s great excitement and anticipation in the air!

Christmas Sing Along
We would like to thank the Sapling children’s special people for being such a fabulous audience while watching our Christmas Sing Along. It was really lovely to be able to share such a special occasion with our nursery families.

Children in Acorns are practising really hard in preparation for their own performances on Monday 20th Dec and Wednesday 21st Dec at 9.30am. Our Outdoor Classroom is located opposite the Acorn’s Building. Please enter the playground via the Acorn’s Gate and turn right towards the staff car park.  We strongly request that you do not park in the staff car park please- the Pavilion Car Park is always available for you. There will be enough room for everyone to congregate near the Outdoor Classroom, socially distanced, to enjoy listening to the children sing. To ensure the safety of everyone, the numbers of adults are kept to a maximum of one per child at each performance please.   We look forward to welcoming you then. The weather forecast looks like it will be very cold next week so it may be wise to wrap up well.

Virtual Performance 2021
You are in for a few surprises when you go onto Google Classroom on Monday evening. We have been filming our children every day this week, to ensure that all children in attendance were included in our Virtual Performance. There are yawns, wiggling, scratching, stretching as well as some choosing to just doing the actions which is so lovely and absolutely to be expected from 3 and 4 year olds! We have included photos from parties and our performance at Linn Park Sheltered Housing as well to give a snapshot of a very exciting week. We really hope that the videos bring some much needed joy and smiles to you and your family.

Please remember that Google Classroom is a secure, password protected environment and only the children and parents/carers from your child’s building will have access to it. As such, these films must not be copied or shared on any social media platform please.

Christmas Party Part 2
We’re really looking forward to our second Christmas Party on Monday 20th Dec. Children are invited to wear their party clothes on Monday, if they wish. Acorn children will party on down after their Christmas Sing Along. If you require your child to be changed into their party clothes after the Sing Along, just let us know at drop off time.

Parent Council
I would like to thank Tennant Stevenson for his time supporting the school and nursery and Parent Council during his time as Chairperson. It has been a pleasure working with you Tennant and we are delighted that you are staying on as a Parent Council member.

The Parent Council will be in touch in relation to the Parent Council Chairperson vacancy in due course.

Reusing/Recycling
Do you ever receive beautifully wrapped gifts and then wonder what to do with the packaging once they’re opened? Or perhaps you plan to pop open a bottle of something over the festive season J. We’d really love to accept any used gift boxes, gift bags, ribbon, cellophane, wrapping paper, corks or bottle tops after the holidays. Children have amazing imaginations and can create wonderful pieces of artwork from the things you might want to throw away.

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.

Wednesday 22nd Dec 2021 
We would like to remind you that we are open from 8am-6pm on Wednesday 22nd December. Should you wish to collect your child earlier than normal, as you are collecting siblings from school, please just let us know at drop off time and we will have them dressed for home.

We’ve attached information from Parentline as we recognise that this can be a very challenging time of year for many, where practical or emotional support may be of help.

Have a lovely weekend.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT) and Angela Kerr (PT)

NPS Friday Bundle 17.12.21

Good afternoon everyone

At this time of year, we are always reminded of how fortunate we are to be working within Netherlee, surrounded by our wonderful children and colleagues. There’s great excitement, fun and anticipation in the air as we head towards the festive season and also the much needed holiday period.

Virtual Church Service and P1 and P2 Christmas Recordings
As I have previously mentioned, a group of children have been working hard with Mr Watson and Mrs Wharton to put together our Virtual Church Service.  This will be recorded in Netherlee Parish Church and will be watched by the whole school, in class, on Wednesday of next week. We will also send home the recording link to you so that you can also enjoy watching this together, at home, on Wednesday evening or at some point over the holidays.

P1 and P2 parents- in  addition to this, our teachers, staff and pupils in P1 and P2 have also been working hard to record some delightful festive video snippets for you to enjoy at home.  These will be placed on Google Classrooms this evening.

We really hope that these videos bring some, much needed, joy and smiles to you and your family.

Reusing/Recycling
Our P1 ECO Elephant Pupil Parliament children have been working hard on their functional writing skills and have asked me to share their adorable information  leaflet with you regarding recycling.  Please click the link here.

Parent Council
I would like to thank Tennant Stevenson for his time supporting the school and nursery and Parent Council during his time as Chairperson. It has been a pleasure working with you Tennant and we are delighted that you are staying on as a Parent Council member.

The Parent Council will be in touch in relation to the Parent Council Chairperson vacancy in due course.

ERC Coat of Arms Competition
Schools across ERC have recently been tasked with designing a Coat of Arms for the council.  Each school had to select one entry from each school to put forward into the authority competition.  Some children worked very hard on these and we are delighted that one of our P5 girls, Carly, had her design selected as Netherlee’s entry. Well done Carly, fingers crossed! You can view Carly’s entry by clicking here.

Parentline Support
We’ve attached information from Parentline as we recognise that this can be a very challenging time of year for many, where practical or emotional support may be of help.

Farewell
As we all get ready for the holiday period, we are also going to be saying farewell, on Wednesday, to Mrs Sheena Livingston as she gets ready to enjoy her very well deserved retirement.  Sheena is one of the longest serving members of staff in Netherlee and I have found her to be an outstanding teacher and a dedicated, conscientious and caring member of staff. Sheena, you will be so greatly missed but, on behalf of the children, staff and families of Netherlee, we all wish you good health and great happiness in the years to come as you get ready to enjoy lots of time with your beautiful granddaughter, husband and family, as well as being able to switch off that early morning alarm clock for good.

I hope you have a good weekend and please stay safe and well.

Yvonne Donaldson (HT)

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

Friday Bundle 03.12.21

Hello, I hope everyone is well and, if you have had a few moments to spare recently, have had a chance to look at our Twitter feed seeing some of the varied, fun learning experiences that our children have been involved in.

Festive Cards
Should your child wish to give cards to friends in school they are very welcome to bring these in to hand out to friends in their own class. There is of course absolutely no expectation to do this and we understand that many families choose not to, due to environmental reasons.

End of Term Countdown
I have attached an “End of Term Countdown” which indicates some dates and events that are happening in Netherlee over the coming weeks. This can also be found down the left-hand side of the website.

Please Get in Touch
Please remember that myself, and all members of Netherlee staff, are here if you would like to get in touch with any suggestions, questions or any worries/concerns at all. Please just email us using the usual school email address SchoolMail@netherlee.e-renfrew.sch.uk or call the school office on 0141 570 7260 and someone will get back to you very quickly.

I hope everyone has a really lovely weekend.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

Netherlee Primary School
East Renfrewshire
0141 570 7260

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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 19.11.21

Good afternoon

We’ve had another great week with some children going on Woodland Adventures, learning about road safety, dancing to ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ and making birdfeeders and Stickmen.

Sharing Learning
We recently shared our ‘Day in the Life of Netherlee Nursery’ video on Google Classroom and regularly share snapshots of nursery life on Twitter. On Wednesday we shared a Twitter video of the daily preparation children are involved in prior to eating lunch. This video has been really well received and retweeted throughout Scotland, sharing our excellent practice. We thank everyone for continuing to ‘like’ our tweets. If you’ve not had the chance to join our NetherleePSandNC Twitter account please click on the link to follow us: @sand_nc.

Lunch
Our hot lunches are proving to be very popular and we now have fewer children bringing a packed lunch. We have lots of children trying a variety of foods and enjoying the sociable aspect of sitting with friends. Our lunch menu is available to view here: https://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/nursery-menu

Special Books
We’re sure that your child has loved to proudly share their Special Book at home with their family. We’ve had really lovely comments about the children spending time talking about some of the activities and sharing lots of chat about friends and opportunities. We ask that Special Books are returned by Monday 22nd November please.

Adverse Weather Guidance
Please click on the link to read important information regarding this.

Have a lovely weekend and we’re sure we’ll see lots of familiar faces at ‘A Very, Merry, Clarkston Christmas’ on Saturday.

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

Friday Bundle 19.11.21

Good afternoon

Attachments this week:
Parents Evening Parents Guide
Book Sale Information
Book Sale Flyer

Please see a little request below from our Eco Aware P2a class…

The children of Primary 2a have been looking at ways they can help others and the environment and have started to collect empty, clean, foil crisp packets. The children plan to send these away to a company that use a special iron to turn these crisp packets into insulated blankets that will be given to homeless people in the UK. The children have worked amazingly in class and have already been round the whole school, telling all the children and Mrs Donaldson about their efforts.  So far,  they have collected over 200 packets themselves however, it takes 150 to make each blanket so any help you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

The last day we can receive any clean, foil crisp packets is Friday 26th November and children can bring these to school at any time up until that day. Thank you so much for your support. I am immensely proud of the children for all their efforts so far.  Mrs Lynn

Adverse Weather Guidance
Please click on the link to read important information regarding this.

Book Sale
Please find attached information, and flyer relating to the book sale next week.

Parent Teacher Meetings
Thank you for so efficiently booking your video appointments with your child’s teacher.  My office staff will be on hand both nights next week to help anyone who has any last minute difficulties accessing their appointment- please do give them a call before your appointment time starts and they will be happy to help.  Please find attached our handy parent guide to help with logging in on the night. However, I am very confident that, just like last session, this system will run extremely smoothly once again.  I am delighted that almost 100% (over 99%) of parents having signed up for an appointment, once again demonstrating the interest and support that Netherlee parents have, in and for, their children’s learning.

Have a lovely weekend and I hope you enjoy the “A Very, Merry Clarkston Christmas’ if you are able to go along on Saturday.

Mrs Yvonne Donaldson
Head Teacher

 

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