We hope that you enjoyed the half term break and we are hopefully looking forward to the lighter days and warmer weather that this half term usually brings.
It was fantastic to see so many of you at the recent parents’ evenings. Please do remember that if you have a question or query about your child’s learning or time in school then you can contact us at any time. The staff in the school office will be happy to arrange a telephone conversation or meeting.
World Book Day
We will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 3rd March. This year we will be sharing and enjoying our favourite bedtime stories. With this in mind and to get us fully in the spirit, we will be having a pyjama day. Along with your child’s favourite PJs please make sure that they also have sensible footwear and will be warm enough as we will still be outside at break and lunch time. Further details will be shared in a separate letter.
Our book shop will be open after school this Friday (24th February) in the school hall and also on Monday 6th March for Infant and Tuesday 7th March for Junior children to be able to exchange their World Book Day tokens.
The next planned date for industrial action by the NEU teaching Union is Thursday 2nd March. We are confident that we will be able to keep the school open on this day for all children.
As things stand at the moment, it is likely that the school will close for some or all year groups on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March due to the industrial action. Please make provisional arrangements for your children to be at home on these days. If for any reason the industrial action does not go ahead or circumstances change, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity.
For those parents who are critical workers and have no other alternative arrangements we will endeavour to provide cover for your children on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. This will not be their usual curriculum or classwork, it will be activity based sessions. If spaces have to be prioritised due to staffing levels and health and safety, priority will be given to those working in front line positions for health, social care, education and key public services. To request a place, a google form will available from Tuesday 7th March which needs to be completed by going to the school website, click the parents tab and select online forms, or go to the notice board section, also on the school website. This form must be completed by midday on Friday 10th March. Please only request a space if it is absolutely essential.
We will provide Breakfast Club and Kids Club after school as usual for the children of critical workers who attend routinely and these places should be booked in the usual way through Magic Booking. Online learning resources can be accessed on the children’s section of the school website or children may wish to use Education City during this day.
You will have seen that following a Local Authority review, we have changed the exit buttons on the pedestrian gates to an intercom system in order to make the school site even more secure for the children. At the present time, the main school gate exit intercom connects directly to the school and the Sure Start gate exit intercom connects directly only to the nursery. We are waiting for this to be corrected so that you will be able to select the school or nursery at each gate. We hope that this will be rectified very soon and in the meantime your patience is much appreciated.
It is with sadness that we will be saying farewell to Jane Taylor our Home School Link Worker. Jane has supported children and families for 15 years as part of our Warren Park family and she will be very greatly missed. I am sure that you will join me in sending her our very best wishes for the future. Miss Danielle Read will be taking over the role of supporting good attendance and our Inclusion team will continue to support families with any Early Help referrals. Please contact Mrs Lofting in the first with any queries.
We have a vacancy to join our cleaning team. This involves 2 hours a day between 4 – 6pm during term time with 2 additional weeks during the summer holiday. If you are interested in this post then please contact the school office.
Please make sure that your child brings in a water bottle to school every day. It is really important that the children remain well hydrated. We are happy for them to refill their bottles if needed but we are not able to provide water bottles for the children.
On Friday March 17th we will be supporting the Red Nose Day appeal by wearing anything red. Donations to support this charity will be collected in class and at the school office.
We will be having an Infant (4pm – 5pm) and Junior (5.15pm – 6.30pm) school disco on Thursday 23rd March. Further information will follow shortly.
With very best wishes,