Newsletter – 26th February 2021
Home Learning This Week
We were thrilled to hear that the school can re-open fully on the 8th March. As we are sure you can imagine, this presents significant staffing challenges as a result of staff having either contracted Covid or being clinically extremely vulnerable. We are currently setting up plans for the reopening which we will share with you in full next Thursday. It is likely that the systems will be very similar to the arrangements in September as class bubbles and staggered start and finish times will remain in place. There will be some variations in staffing, and we are currently working with the wrap around care provider to see if they are able to provide a service from the 8th March that supports our risk assessment.
We will be available for our planned monthly live zoom session at 2pm on Wednesday 3rd March. If you would like to attend, please notify the office and they will ensure that you are sent the link for the call. At the end of next month, we will set our meeting time for the evening again and will aim to alternate the timings of these calls in order to best suit a range of requests.
Please tell your children how excited we are to see them all again!
For World Book Day this year, we will be celebrating the wonderful world of books in two ways:
There is no dress-up element to World Book Day this year, but we are still expecting to receive the £1 book tokens which will be safely distributed after the children return to school.
A big thank you to all the children, parents and staff who made the ‘World at Fulbourn’ Week so special and engaging! We loved learning about the local and global backgrounds of everyone in our school! The presentations from ‘my life in a shoebox’ were very informative and great to watch! The parent volunteers who offered to make a presentation about their special places in the world gave a great touch to the week. We had an uncle joining us from South Africa talking to us about life in Cape Town!
Term dates for the next academic year can be found on the school website.
February: ‘Challenge me’ – Individual sponsorship event.
Well done to everyone who has taken part in the Challenge Me event! We are hearing about some wonderful challenges and the sponsorship money is coming in bringing us closer to our total! You are all wonderful!
As a quick reminder, once you have completed your challenge, please collect your sponsorship money and donate it to the JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/fulbournprimarylibraryappeal
Deadline for donations to be entered is 5th March.
SPECIAL MENTION TO
We know there is more excellent fundraising going on and if you would like a special mention in the next newsletter please e-mail the PTfA e-mail address with the details. It isn’t just about the amount of money raised, it’s also a chance to celebrate specific achievements so please let us know if you have achieved something you are particularly proud of.
If you would like your challenge to be entered for any of the prize categories (most money raised, kindest challenge or strangest challenge), please send an e-mail with all of the details to the PTfA e-mail address: email@example.com by 28th February. We can only consider those who have e-mailed the PTfA e-mail address with the specifics of the challenge and the final details/total so we can ensure we award prizes fairly. Winners will be selected on 1st March
March: Mother’s Day Raffle
The wonderful Paula from Cakeolicious has generously donated a ‘Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea’ box of goodies as a raffle prize. Tickets cost £5 each (£5 = 1 entry, £10 = 2 entries etc etc) so the more tickets you buy, the greater your chance of winning this delicious treat!
All you need to do to be entered into the raffle for this delicious Mother’s day treat is to donate (multiples of £5) to the PTfA Justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fulbournprimaryschool-pta and e-mail the PTfA e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, number of tickets purchased, address and phone number/e-mail address so we can contact you to let you know you have won!
The raffle will run from 1st – 11th March, with a winner being drawn at midday on 12th March.
Paula will then deliver the prize to the lucky winner at lunchtime on March 14th.
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.
Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic. They can:
Contact them via:
If your child tests positive for Covid (whether they have a place in school at the moment or are learning from home), please email the office immediately (email@example.com), 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.
If you choose to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.