Newsletter 24: 19th February 2021

St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

Newsletter 24 – Friday 19th February 2021

St Cuthbert’s CARES We are: Creative Active Respectful Equal Supported

Good afternoon,

Welcome back to a new term and another set of changed circumstances. Thanks for reading the information below, which we hope will be helpful. As always, your questions and feedback are welcomed. We can be contacted on (0131 443 2621) or via our admin mailbox (admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk). Our nursery can now be contacted separately at: stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk

Week Commencing 22nd February 2021

As per the First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday. The following information has now been confirmed.

· Pupils in Nursery, P1, P2 and P3 classes will return to school full time on week commencing Monday 22nd February 2021. This will include P1-3 pupils from LCC.

· P4-7 will continue with digital learning until further notice. This will be reviewed by the First Minister during week of 8th -15th March 2021.

Please note that independent tasks for P1-3 pupils will be posted on their class Teams on Friday 19th February but that there will be no interaction with teaching staff on that day, as they will be in school preparing for their class’ return on Monday.

Timings for the P1-3 school day will be as follows:

· P1 – start time 8.45am, day ends at 2.50pm (12.10pm on a Friday)

· P2 – start time 9am, day ends at 3.05pm (12.25pm on a Friday)

· P3 – start time 8.55am, day ends at 3.20pm (12.30pm on a Friday)

Nursery Parents have been notified individually of their initial ‘settling in’ times for next week. Their regular attendance patterns going forward will then be confirmed by nursery staff during the course of week commencing 22nd February.

P1-2 parents and pupils should continue to enter and exit via the usual gates. P3 parents and pupils should enter via the top gate of the main playground and use the upper school entrance door. Hub pupils and parents should continue to enter and exit via the main doors, with parents and carers continuing to sign pupils in and out.

Please continue to maintain social distancing and wear face masks at all times in and around the environs of the school. Please also see accompanying letter from National Clinical Director Jason Leitch.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

SCHOOL LUNCHES – P1 – P3 w/c 22nd February 2021 Onwards

Please note that Parent Pay went live, as previously advised, with the new menu for this term on the 16th of February in order to accept bookings for dates from the 22nd February onwards. Please remember that bookings must be made on a Wednesday night for the following Monday from now on. If you have not booked a school lunch for your child, please send them with a packed lunch from home.

Please note the new menu and allergen information is already live on the council’s website and can be accessed – https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/download/12852/primary-school-lunch-menus-with-nutrition-and-allergen-information

Please also remember that if you child is in the school hub you can either order lunch online or send your child with a packed lunch from home.

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 4th March. We are currently in the process of planning some fun activities to mark the day, in school for P1-3 and digitally for P4-7. We will share more details next week.

Nursery Update

Timings for initial ‘settling in’ visits have been shared with parents and carers, as mentioned above. Laura, Faye, the staff and myself are really looking forward to welcoming both children and families to the nursery for the first time. Please remember to bring your child’s ‘All About Me’ task with you, when you arrive.

Please enter and exit by the top gate of the main playground, ensuring that social distancing is in place and face-masks are worn. Unfortunately, you will not be able to physically enter the building but staff will be on hand to support your child. Parents and carers are welcome to remain in the nursery

garden until their child is settled and feels able to enter the building with a staff member.

We would also encourage you to keep following our nursery twitter account @stcnurseryclass and call us on 0131 443 2621 or e-mail stcu-nurmail@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you have any questions.

Sacramental Preparation

The interim advice from the archdiocese is that schools should prepare for the celebrations of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation in class, where possible or via digital learning with their teachers. With churches remaining closed there has been no guidance re the actual celebration of the sacraments. We will share this as soon as it is received.

St Cuthbert’s, Slateford and Our Lady’s, Currie

Fr Duffy sends his best wishes to all. Please continue to check the Parish website for details and updates. See below:

https://www.stcuthbertschurch.com

Finally

We wish you all a relaxing and restful weekend and look forward to seeing those of you who are returning to school on Monday!

Mr P Brack, Head Teacher and all at St Cuthbert’s School

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