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Friday 1st October 2021

Our learning this week

A wonderful singing assembly in KS1!

As the weather is turning cooler, please make sure that the children come to school with warm clothing for use indoors and outdoors.  The school is continuing to ensure there is plenty of ventilation as an important part of our COVID risk assessment and therefore indoor spaces can be quite cool.  

Reading Ambassador

Welcome to our Reading Ambassador, Miss Meyer.

As our new Reading Ambassador, Miss Meyer has been busy enhancing reading spaces throughout the school, supporting phonics teaching and collaborating with the children to raise the profile of reading.  Lower School have been greatly enjoying library club at lunchtimes which is always busy and buzzing with book talk.

Miss Meyer has also been developing reading collections for lunchtimes and would welcome donations of magazines, comics and non-fiction books that are in good condition.  These can be dropped off in the large box outside the school library as you pass on the one-way system.

PTfA

Fulbourn Primary School is very grateful to the  PTFA for all that it has contributed to the school.  The committee works hard to raise funds and organise fun events for the school and local community.  The new committee is looking forward to re-establishing some of the events which have not been possible during COVID times and would love to hear from parents who may be able to join them and help ensure the continued success of the Association.  More information about the PTFA can be found here:

Please do join the committee at the Six Bells pub on Thursday 14th October, 8.00 p.m. They would love to meet you and hear your ideas about future events.

Cauliflower Cards

The PTFA would like to thank everyone who has ordered items as part of the Cauliflower Cards project.  If you haven’t yet ordered yours, but would like to do so, or if you haven’t returned your child’s artwork forms, you have until Sunday (at the latest) to do so.  Forms must be returned by Monday morning.  Thank you

School Meal on 7th October

Each year in October there is a schools’ ‘census’ day.  Data collected on census day is used to calculate funding for schools and therefore this is an important date for us.  The number of children having a school meal on census day is used when calculating our free school meal funding and therefore we would like to encourage as many children as possible to join in having a school meal next Thursday, 7th October.  It is pizza day – always a very popular choice!  There will be Margherita pizzas or roasted red pepper pizzas, as well as an alternative choice of coronation chicken wrap.  We hope that the children will join in and enjoy having a meal on that day.

Vacancy for Lunchtime Play Leaders

We are currently advertising to recruit additional Lunchtime Play Leaders to join our friendly staff team.  Please see a copy of the job advert below.   Please do share this with anyone you know who may be interested, we would be pleased to hear from you. 

School Calendar

Looking ahead to next year, please note that the school will be closed on Monday 6th June, in lieu of the extra bank holiday which has been designated on 3rd June to mark the Queen’s Jubilee

JS Sports Half Term Camps

JS Sports are running half term camps at Haslingfield.  Please click here for booking information:

https://www.jssports-education.co.uk/holiday-activities-v1

Kids R Us

Kids R Us, our wrap around care provider will be taking bookings without a minimum number of weekly sessions again from this term. To contact them directly please call 01223 451050 or email office@kidsrusoosc.com. You can visit our website www.kidsrusoosc.org to sign up for breakfast, after school and holiday club. 

IMPORTANT DATES - Is your child:-

  • Starting Primary (Reception) or Junior Schools (Year 3) for September 2022 – Online application process opens 10th September 2021 and closes 15th January 2022.
  • Due to transfer from Primary (Year 6) to Secondary (Year 7) for September 2022 - Online application process opens 10th September 2021 and closes 31st October 2021.

Going up to Secondary School

Parents of children in Year 6 should have received information about applying for a place at secondary school.  Please note the important dates above.  The Local Authority have also produced a poster and a useful guide for parents whose children will be moving up to secondary school:

Netherhall School has asked us to share details of a forthcoming Open Evening for parents and children on Thursday 7th October.  Please see poster and letter below.

Fulbourn Village Library Book Sale

Weather permitting, Fulbourn Village Library will hold a book sale from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday 2nd October.  Please see the poster below for more information.

Early Intervention Family Worker Team

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Early Intervention Family Worker Team offer a support line where parents and carers can speak to a friendly professional from the Team about any child or young person aged 4 to 12 in Cambridge and the surrounding areas.  Please see the poster below for more information

The Team also produce a newsletter  for parents and carers, a copy of the latest edition can be found below.

Half Term Activities

South Cambs District Council are running half term sports camps for children in years 3 – 9.  Please see the posters below for more information.

COVID

Please see below a helpful flowchart which advises you of the actions you need to take if you have a case of COVID in your household.  The flowchart also lists the key symptoms you should be aware of.  Please note that these include:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature and or/
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense to taste or smell

 

Additional symptoms that may be early warnings of COVID-19 in children include:

  • upset stomach
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • unusual fatigue

We would like to strongly encourage all of our families (anyone 11 or older) to do regular rapid testing to monitor asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19. Test kits can be ordered online for free home delivery or can be picked up for free from a number of locations including the Village Pharmacy and Fulbourn Tesco.

Notifying us of your child’s absence

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.

If you choose to email, 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.

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:

School Meals

School Meals now provided by Leicestershire Traded Services and payment for meals should be made through Parent Pay.

  •  All meal balances have all been transferred from MCAS
  • Facility for payment of school meals on MCAS has now closed.  We will however continue to use MCAS for other payments into school.
  • A reminder that we no longer accept Cash/Cheque payments for anything in school.

 

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.

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 here. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

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