Hello everyone! First week with us all back in school in 2021 completed – what a busy but lovely week it has been! It has been lovely to see lots of smiling faces – children, teachers and parents.! It has also been lovely to see and speak to lots of parents when outside in the morning too. We are all really pleased to see everyone and for our school to start getting back to “some” sort of normality. All children have settled back into school really well although I am sure they’ve been really tired at the end of each school day! To help our Key Stage 2 children with their return to school we’ve arranged for Mrs. Haines to be available for chats / support every afternoon for the next couple of weeks. If your child feels they need a chat or any support please encourage them to talk to their teacher / Mrs. Haines – we will always do our best to help!
Please remember that although everyone is now back in school, COVID-19 has not gone away. We ALL need to follow the rules, continue to create space, wear masks and wash hands as much as possible. Please do not gather at the school gates and please do not stop for a chat with friends – keep moving and keep your distance. By now, we all probably know people who have been affected by COVID and understand that it can affect people in different ways – some may not show any symptoms while others are severely affected We do need to work together to ensure we do not see a rise in cases.
The current grant of £125 for those eligible for free school meals can be used to purchase school uniform, sports kit, and kit for activities outside of school. The Welsh Government has extended the year groups that are eligible for the grant to include year’s 1 and 5 (within a primary school setting). All those pupils who are eligible for the grant have been provided with the appropriate paperwork to complete and submit to the office. Please ensure that you return these forms to us as soon as possible for processing.
If your child is eligible for free school meals and is in either reception or year 3 and you have not claimed for academic year 2020/2021 then please call one of the following numbers in the Education Finance Team – (01443) 864864/(01443) 864878/(01443) 864861.
In relation to Looked After Children (LAC), the council will contact eligible families under this criteria who haven’t already claimed. For any queries, please contact (01443) 866614 or (01443) 864864 in the Education Finance Team.
Further information about this funding is available on the Welsh Government website.
End of Term
Spring Term finishes on Friday 26th March 2021 at the usual staggered times. School will reopen for all children on Monday 12th April 2021.
I thought it may be helpful to clarify PE days as there are some changes to the “norm”. Some classes are having an extended session instead of two sessions. Children to wear PE Kit to school on their day:
Rising 3 – Wednesday
Nursery - Friday
Reception – Monday and Wednesday
Year 1 - Tuesday
Year 2 – Mrs Parry Tuesday and Mr Lumby Friday
Year 3 – Monday and Thursday
Year 4 – Tuesday and Friday
Year 5/6T - Tuesday
Year 5/6P – Wednesday and Thursday
Year 5/6Y – Tuesday and Thursday
Red Nose Day 2021
Lovely to see lots of children dressed in red and with red noses today! There is still time to donate on our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rndabercarn2021
Please remember you can donate as much or as little as you like on the page – you can enter your own amount rather than selecting any of the amounts on screen.
School Dinners and Fruit
Hot food continues next week – IT IS WEEK 2. Parents need to ensure Upay accounts are topped up. Hot food is available for all children. Fruit will be available free to all children. Children can bring in a healthy snack too. Lunch menus can be found at https://lunchmenus.abercarnprimary.com Foundation Phase children eat their lunch in the school hall. We have arranged a rota system and clean the hall between each class. Although children only have half an hour in the school hall they are not stopped from eating their lunch if more time is needed. Key Stage 2 children eat their lunch in classrooms as we do not have enough time and space in the school hall to ensure contact groups do not mix.
Reporting an absence
Just a reminder about how to report an absence as our phone
lines are much busier at the moment. There are three ways to report an absence:
1: Use the report an absence feature on MySchoolApp
2: Complete the form at https://absence.abercarnprimary.com/
3: Report an absence on our telephone line by pressing 1 and leaving a message.
Reminders: Positive Cases and Test Results
Please continue to use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address to alert me to any positive test results out of school hours. Please only use this email for positive results out of school hours only. Use the school email address for any other information you wish to share. If you use the out of hours email address – please expect a call from me using a withheld number.
Do not send your child to school if:
- Symptomatic and / or
- He/She or a family member is waiting for test results. Wait until you have received the result and your child is better before sending your child to school!
If we have a case in school, classes may need to isolate for 10 days. Please be alert and ensure the number we have on file for text messages is up to date as we will use a text to alert you to case and any isolation required it maybe late at night or early in the morning please be alert.