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Friday 12th March 2021

Newsletter – 12th March 2021

Our Learning This Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to school

Wow! What an amazing week. We have enjoyed the glorious sound of children playing and catching up with their friends from our office - long may it continue. All of the teaching staff have reported that the children have settled in beautifully and, as ever, have proven how adaptable they are. Over the next couple of weeks we will be settling them back into routines and getting them outside as much as possible. Some of the children have also explained that they are extremely tired which is undoubtedly a direct consequence of the massive increase in social interaction. With that in mind feel free to have a restful and relaxing family weekend.

 

Home Testing Kits for households with children

NHS Track and Trace have given guidance on rapid Covid-19 testing.

Comic Relief

Friday 19th March is Red Nose Day!  This year’s theme is Funny is Power.  We’d really like to raise some money for the charities supported by this event and would like to hold two events on Red Nose Day.

  1. Dress as a Superhero.  Your child can dress as a superhero they already know or make up their own superhero.  How about Guitar Girl? Dr Elephant?  Kind Kid?  We’ll ask all children to donate £1 (or more if you’re able) to come in fancy dress for the day.
  2. Funny Money.  The children can bring in their best jokes, which they can tell to their classmates.  That way we can laugh and help other people at the same time.  If you feel able to donate an extra 50p for this, that would be much appreciated.

 

We’ve set a target for our school to raise £500, which we hope is achievable.  We’d ask that no cash is brought to school.  Instead, please make your donation through MCAS (products / contributions).

 

Here are some examples of people that might benefit from our donations.

 

 

 

Staffing News

We are excited to share the news that Mrs Rawlings-Blackmore is expecting her first child in the summer. As you will know she is currently working from home but is feeling well and very much enjoying supporting our pupils that are self-isolating online. As current guidance recommends pregnant staff do not teach face to face it is sadly, highly unlikely that she will return to the school building this academic year. We are currently working on staffing arrangements for after Easter and will share them as soon as they are complete.

 

We are also sad to say that Mr Beeston will be leaving the school at the end of the academic year in July. He will be embarking on a new role in Dubai which is extremely exciting for him and his family. We cannot wait to hear about their new adventures in the UAE.

 

School Uniform – Big Fish

We are using Big Fish to supply our uniform. Please use the following link to read further information on our website:

https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/useful-links/

 

Our dedicated school page is now up and running on the Big Fish web site, https://www.bigfishschoolwear.co.uk/. This will enable you to place and pay for your uniform orders online. To gain access to your school page on the website you will need the following login information:

Username: Fulbourn

Password: PatchworkHorse

 

Term Dates for 2021/2022

Term dates for the next academic year can be found on the school website. https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/term-dates-and-holidays/

 

Notifying us of Covid cases and absence

If your child tests positive for Covid, please email the office immediately (office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk), regardless of the time of the day/night or the day of the week/weekend. Please tell us your child’s name, the date that symptoms began, the date of the test and the date you received the result.

 

For any student absence, can we ask that you fill in the student absence form on the school website. There is now a quick link button on the home page.

https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/student-absence-1/             

 

If you choose to email (office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk) the more information you can provide, the more helpful it is to the office team. Please do not use Seesaw or any other email address to report absence.

 

Free School Meals

The Cambridgeshire County Council has redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility.  Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/help-with-school-learning-costs/free-school-meals

 

It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply; this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022. However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.

The form is quick and simple to complete. Once an application has been submitted for a child, if the family do not qualify at that point, we will continue to check for future entitlement throughout that child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible.  It is vital, therefore, that schools/families inform us of any changes to their name or address.

 

Families can access the online application https://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Apply_for_Education_Welfare_Benefits. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

 

Fulbourn Community Aid

Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic.  They can:

  • Help with shopping
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Lend a friendly ear if you just need a chat
  • Put you in contact with support organisations who can provide a hot meal or financial assistance
  • Assist with other needs where they can

 

Contact them via:

 

PTfA Update

Mother’s Day Raffle:

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Mother’s Day raffle. The current total raised so far is £250! Final total and winner announcement will be posted on the PTfA Facebook page on Friday afternoon.

 

Upcoming events:

March-April: Easter treasure Hunt.

Unfortunately, due to ongoing Covid restrictions we are not able to run the Easter treasure hunt this year. We are looking into the possibility of running a family treasure hunt later in the summer.

 

April – May: Launch of ‘Fulbourn School Lottery’

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Fulbourn Primary School Lottery!

It’s really simple – just choose 6 numbers (between 0-9) and if they match the drawn numbers, you win great prizes. There is a local (Fulbourn Primary) cash winner each week and everyone entered into the lottery will automatically be entered into the main draw for a chance to win £25,000!

Please see attached posters for full information and visit www.yourschoollottery.co.uk and search for ‘Fulbourn Primary’ to take part.

 

May: The Great Fulbourn Primary School Bake-Off – details to follow

 

June: Open Gardens – details to follow

 

Ways to support fundraising:

  • Please select Fulbourn Primary PTfA as your charity when shopping online with EasyFundraising or Amazon Smile. A percentage of your spend comes directly to the PTfA and it can make a huge difference:

Easy Fundraising (https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fulbournprimaryptfa/)

AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.co.uk)

Direct donations to the PTfA Justgiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fulbournprimaryschool-pta

Safer Schools Newsletter

Here is the March edition of the newsletter from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Constabulary.
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