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St. Luke's Newsletter - Issue No. 105

Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a restful, happy and safe Christmas break. We were so looking forward to seeing all the children back in school and it is so frustrating that school has had to close once more. However, we appreciate and understand the need to protect our community and help to prevent the spread of the virus.

Last week threw us a curve ball when the Prime Minister shut all schools and we believe we did our very best to organise the critical worker groups and the home learning. We expect some teething problems along the way but, so far, it’s gone well considering the very short notice. We really appreciate the support and patience from our families.

What’s happening in school?

We have 20% of our whole school cohort in school. The children are grouped in their class bubbles and staff are keeping to the same bubble each day. Our priority is to keep the risk of transmission of the virus as low as possible so we want as few children and adults in a room as we can. Class Teachers are working in class in the morning whilst Teaching Assistants work from home to support remote learning. Teaching Assistants are in school in the afternoon whilst Teachers work from home to manage the remote learning.

Mrs Cox and Mrs Heffernan are both in school and are able to respond to parent queries via telephone or email.

Mrs Pemberton and Mrs Coleman are also in school.

Remote Learning Offer

Included with this newsletter is our Remote Learning Offer. This document should hopefully answer any questions you have and provide the information you need. We strongly encourage parents to read this document.

We do understand that this is challenging for all of us. Over the last couple of weeks, we have heard from parents telling us that they are finding it hard to manage the remote learning; to motivate their child, to organise routines for home learning, and to use the technology. We’ve heard about children having tears over the fact that they can’t be in school, seeing their friends and learning with their class. We’ve heard about parents having to juggle supporting their children with home learning whilst looking after younger siblings and/or working from home.

We do understand and we’ve been experiencing the same sort of feelings at school too.

On a positive note, we have seen some amazing work from our children on Class Dojo and have had great feedback from parents. The Teachers are delighted with the response and are so enthusiastic about uploading their videos. We love seeing the children’s work and Mrs Pemberton especially loved getting likes for her assembly!

One of the great things that is always said about St Luke’s is that we are a family and families go through the ups and downs together. If at any point you are overwhelmed and need to talk, we are here for you. We know it’s a cliché, but we will get through this together.

Free School Meals

We apologise to all of our families who are in receipt of free school meal benefits. After the government closed all schools, it has taken a while for communication to come through to schools in regards to free school meals.

We have now received the communication and from next week we are able to continue to use the national voucher scheme to provide funding for parents.

Until then, we have purchased Asda vouchers for last week and this week. We will be texting parents to come and collect these from school rather than relying on posting, as this may result in a further delay in getting them to you.

We ask that, when you do arrive at school to collect your vouchers, you wear a face covering. If you are isolating and you are unable to leave the house, let us know and we will get the vouchers to you.

The free school meal children who are in school are having a meal provided each day so these families will not receive vouchers.

Information Sharing

Even if your child is remaining at home, we still need to know if they test positive for COVID19. This is because we have to provide data to the DFE and code our register in a different way. Please inform us via email letting us know;

  • Date the symptoms started
  • What the symptoms are
  • The date of the test
  • The date of the test result

We thank you for your co-operation with this.

Communication

Communication is key especially in these challenging times. Please see below to know how best to communicate with school whilst you are at home;

Situation

How to communicate and who with

My child is stuck with their home learning

Private message the Class Teacher on Class Dojo

I have a general question about the remote learning

Message on Class Dojo – this can be either private or on the class story page

I have concerns/problems about accessing remote learning or about the learning being set

Email or telephone school and a school leader will get in contact

My child is poorly and can’t attend school

Email or telephone school

My child is poorly and can’t do their remote learning

Send a private message to the Class Teacher on Class Dojo

I have a question about free school meals

Email school or telephone – Mrs Cox or Mrs Heffernan will be able to help you

I have lost letters and documents sent through to me

All relevant letters and documents are uploaded to our school website

I am really struggling and concerned about my child’s welfare

Email or telephone school and a school leader will get in contact

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

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