Friday Bundle 20.11.20

Good afternoon everyone

I can’t quite believe that it is once again Friday with another week having gone by incredibly quickly.

Please find attached a letter from our newly appointed Director of Education, Mr Mark Ratter. He includes in his letter some information around PE which, due to ERC being placed in level 4, will return to once again only being able to take place outdoors for the time being.  We will of course strive to continue to deliver as much outdoor PE as we can and I am very grateful to you for providing your child with appropriate clothing and footwear to allow us to do so.  However, I am sure you will understand if, on certain days due to extremely bad weather, PE cannot unfortunately take place on any given day.

As we find ourselves enjoying some very varied weather conditions right now, I have also attached our annual Winter Weather Advice letter.  Please take a few moments to consider the information contained within this letter so that you can have a plan for this if needed.  I’m sure you, like us will have your fingers crossed that this only ever stays as a plan and we don’t need to put this in place but it’s always better to be prepared just in case.

You may have heard that unfortunately, there was a very concerning and worrying accident last week in the pavilion car park.  Although the car park doesn’t belong to the school, I would ask all users of this carpark to be extremely careful and always mindful that young children are around this area at collection times.  It may be an idea, for example, to park in such a way that avoids the need to reverse out of car parking spaces.  Thankfully everyone is “ok” however this is a situation that we all want to avoid and therefore play our part in keeping all of our families and children safe- thank you.

I am really pleased that Mr Bryce has been able to arrange Bikeability for our P7 children, who were unable to participate due to lockdown.  We are just finalising the exact dates however this will take place in March 2021.  Mr Bryce is also trying to get this arranged for our current P6 pupils as well and this training will most probably take place for them around April/ May 2021.  We will of course let you know the exact dates for both P7 and P6 as soon as we can.  We would very much like all of our pupils to be able to take part in this safety training so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Mr Bryce or myself if we can be of any help at all with this.

I really hope you enjoy looking at and sharing your child’s stage newsletter which will either be included in your email Friday Bundle this week or next.  These newly introduced newsletters are hopefully an enjoyable way of keeping you up to date with some of the learning taking place in your child’s class whilst also letting you enjoy lots of photos from the stage too.  Please remember that you can also enjoy sharing lots of Netherlee learning that is happening across the school and nursery by visiting and following us on Twitter –  If you have limited your child’s photo permissions and you would like to amend these restrictions at any time so that your child’s photo can be included in our Twitter activity, please just get in touch with the school office and the staff will happily make these changes for you.

Click to read the P1-P7 Sway Newsletters.

Thank you for continuing to support the Scottish Government’s advice around children remaining at home if they have symptoms or are having to self-isolate and also with adults wearing face masks during collection and drop off times.  As we all appreciate that the pavements in the area surrounding the school and nursery are also very busy during these times, please continue to follow this advice in these surrounding areas too and until you are further away and in a quieter, less busy place.  Thank you for your help and support with this as we all continue to work together and support each other right now.  Hopefully, fairly soon, we will all no longer be living through this pandemic and will instead be able to talk about all of this in the past tense but, until then, thank you for all that you are doing to help me keep my dedicated staff and all of our precious Netherlee children as safe as possible.

The link to book your child’s Christmas lunch is here: – if you have not already completed this for your child to have their Christmas Lunch please do so by Monday 30th November.

A note from the PTA – Thank you to everyone who made an order with the Card Project. All the cards and mugs and labels and wrapping paper have been delivered and sorted in the school and should be coming home with your child today.  We hope you have been enjoying the zoom socials for each year group. Looking forward to the P7, P5 and P3 events this week. Keep a look out on PTA Facebook for news about the forthcoming online Christmas Fair on the 5th and 6th of December.

Please find the joining link below for the PTA meeting this Monday 23rd November at 7pm.  Join the meeting here: (Meeting ID: 987 4413 7093 and Passcode: 236823).

The Parent Council meeting is to be held on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm on the Zoom platform. Any parents wishing to attend as observers should e-mail to be included in the meeting

Have a good, peaceful and safe weekend everyone.

Mrs Donaldson


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