Newsletter 28: Friday 19th March 2021

      St. Cuthbert’s RC Primary School

                            Newsletter 28– Friday 19th March 2021

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

Good afternoon,

Thanks for reading this week’s update, it has been great to welcome everyone back this week, the weather has been kind to us too! 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

Parents Consultations This Term via MS Teams

As always, our aim is to communicate as clearly as possible with our parents and carers. To this end, as well as the letters and Teams invites we have sent, we have been making and will continue to make reminder phone calls to parents and carers on the day of their scheduled appointments.  We hope you have found these meetings helpful. As always, please feel very welcome to feedback your thoughts on this process or any questions you have.

Return to School – Uniform, P.E and Social Distancing

Thank you for sending the pupils back to school in their school uniforms. Uniform is important to us, as a sign of our corporate identity and also in terms of equality. The only exception to the requirement for uniform is on P.E days, as indoor P.E is still not permitted, this subject will be held outside for the time being and pupils may come to school in hoodies, tracksuits or other sports clothing suitable to the weather on those days. On all other days uniform should be worn. We realise that shops have been shut for a long time and that your children may have grown out of some items of uniform. We have a limited stock of good condition uniform items that parents/carers are very welcome to take and use. Please contact our office, if you would like to arrange a time to look at our stock. Equally, if you have any uniform you would like to donate, please also feel very welcome to contact us.

Thank you for ensuring that social distancing is maintained and that masks are worn at all times within the vicinity of the school. No parents of P4-7 pupils should enter the playground at the start or end of each day. Pupils should also continue to remain out-with the playground until their class is called in.

Learning Journal Observations – This Term

Our plan to share this term’s observations of learning in Literacy, Numeracy/Maths and Health and Wellbeing before Easter has been affected by some technical challenges with the Learning Journals platform over the last week or so. Therefore, observations from term 2 will now be published at the end of the first week back after the Easter holidays: Friday 23rd April 2021. I apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience. If you are not able to access Learning Journals please notify us and Mrs Holden, our Depute, will respond to you as soon as she possibly can. Please note that the web version is currently the best means of accessing this platform, as there are some temporary issues with the app. Passwords and user names remain the same for both platforms.

Booking School Lunches – P1 – P7

Please remember that bookings must be made by no later than midnight on a Wednesday night for the following Monday.  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

Message from CEC re Free School Meals payments and the Spring Hardship Payment

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants

Other payments

If you meet the conditions for free school meals you may be entitled to other payments to help with meals during school holidays, closures or if your child has to self isolate.

You don’t need to apply separately. We will pay these to the bank account we hold for your clothing grant.

Holiday payments

A payment of £2.25 was made for every day during school holidays, closures or where remote or learning is in place up to 29 January 2021.

From 01 February 2021, the payment increased to £2.50 per day.

Free School Meals payments have been made for all pupils up to 12 March 2021.

On 15 March 2021, a Free School Meals payment of £35.00 per child will be made for secondary pupils only as they are returning to school on blended learning. This payment is for the period 15 March 2021 to 01 April 2021.

Free School Meals payments will be made to all pupils for the Easter holidays.

Spring Hardship Payment

The Scottish Government’s Spring Hardship Payment (https://www.gov.scot/news/funding-to-tackle-poverty-and-inequality/) includes a one-off payment of £100 per child for all children in receipt of Free School Meals before the Easter holiday.

This payment will be included with the Easter holiday Free School Meal payment.

The date for the Spring Hardship Payment and the Easter holidays Free School Meal payment has not yet been confirmed but the payment will be made in advance of the Easter holiday. Once the date is confirmed we will update our web page.

Parents of children already in receipt of Free School Meals DO NOT need to complete an application in order to receive the Spring Hardship Payment, it will be paid automatically using the bank/payment details we already hold.

Nursery Update

Faye, Laura and the team are really pleased with the way that the children are settling in. Letters will be sent out week commencing 19th April confirming attendance patterns for August 2021.

Please also note that our new nursery noticeboard is now displaying our lunch menu for your information.

Thank you for continuing to follow social distancing and face mask advice.

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.

Resumption of School Breakfast Club – Booking Places for Week Commencing 29.03.21

As advised via the school app and Learning Journals, Breakfast Club will be in operation from 8 am until pupils’ respective start times each school day next week.  Thanks to those who have responded and booked for next week.

I would appreciate it if you could email admin@st-cuthberts.edin.sch.uk if you wish to use this service for week beginning 29th March. Cost will be £1.50 per day for the first child and £1 per day for any additional children. If your child has free school meal entitlement, there is no charge. You still need to reserve a place via the admin mailbox (please note that you will also be asked to complete an annual registration form if you haven’t done so already). Please let us know by 12pm on Friday 26th March if you wish to reserve a place.  

Once your child’s place is confirmed, money should be handed into the office on the first day of your child’s attendance each week in a sealed envelope marked with pupil names and correct amount of money enclosed. Thank you.

 

Learning Conversations/Newsletter

As of next week, I will visit a different class every week to discuss their learning. This will then be shared via the newsletter. We will start this with P7 next week.

Sharing our Learning via Twitter @StCuthbertsRCP

Now that we are all back at school again, this popular feature will resume from next week. The days for each class are as below:

Monday – P1/P2
Tuesday – P7/LCC1/2
Wednesday – P4/P6
Thursday – P3/P5
Friday – Star Learners/Pupil of the Week.

Retirements

Our School Crossing Patrol Person (Lollipop Lady), Pat and our Janitor, John, will be retiring in the coming weeks. John on the 26th of March and Pat on the 31st of March.  Both are valued and well-liked members of staff who will be missed. To mark their departures, the staff will be holding a collection for them. Some parents and carers have also indicated that they would be interested in contributing. If you are amongst their number, please hand in your contribution in an envelope marked with the name of the appropriate person either via your child, if they are in school or in person at our office, if they aren’t. Please remember that this is purely optional.

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 are sure your children will be tired after our first full week back as a whole school (and nursery). We therefore hope that you and your families will be able to have a relaxing and restful weekend and look forward to your return on Monday!

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

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