Newsletter – 5th March 2021
We are all extremely excited to have you back next week. We know that the children will enjoy being back, seeing their friends and having time to engage in their learning on the school site. The staff have all reported how proud they are of the children and what they have achieved during the lockdown and it will be lovely to catch up with them and see how much they have grown and developed. We are all very much hoping that this is the last time that the children will have to learn from home but please be reassured that we have planned for as many eventualities as we can think of and if you do have to self-isolate, we will be ready to support you.
Have a wonderful weekend – we look forward to welcoming you all on Monday!
Thank you for the many videos we have seen of children and other members of families reading on Seesaw Class Blogs. It has been a delight for us to experience and children have reported sitting at home happily listening to their friends reading to them!
Yesterday, the children were introduced to some of the books that will be available with the £1 Book Tokens that will be distributed on their return to school. Supermarkets are currently open and participating, so do go book hunting during the weekly shop whilst stocks last!
Term dates for the next academic year can be found on the school website. https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/term-dates-and-holidays/
We would like to wish a warm welcome to Jo Bouttell, our new school business manager, who started on Monday. We would also like to welcome and thank our brilliant volunteers for generously giving up some of their time to help the school: Merrick Eldridge, Olinda Liddiard, Shelly Palazzo and Lindsay Crockford.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic. They can:
Contact them via:
Huge congratulations/Well done to….
Jack Poole, who raised £159 with his sponsored keep fit over half term. He even made sure his family kept active over the February half term. Well done Jack!!!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Challenge Me event, we have managed to raise over £1,200!!!! That is wonderfully brilliantly amazing!!!!! Thank you to everyone who joined in with a challenge or made a donation.
Because of the wonderful fundraising from activities such as the Challenge Me event, online quiz, Christmas cards purchase and virtual Halloween balloon race, we have managed to raise all of the funds needed to complete the purchase of the phased reading scheme for all KS1 and KS2 children and we can now close the Library appeal! This has been achieved in spite of cancelling 10 events in the last year due to the Covid pandemic, so it is a fantastic achievement. Thank you to everyone who embraced any/all of the fundraising activities – you have helped to make a real difference to the resources available to all of the children at the school.
We will be meeting with the Headteachers in the next week to discuss the next priorities for funding and will keep you updated as soon as we know where funds are needed.
March: Mother’s Day Raffle – deadline 11th March!!!!!
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!
To enter the draw:
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.
March-April: Easter egg hunt (run by MIS - details TBC)
April-May: Launch of ‘Fulbourn School Lottery’ – more details to come shortly
May: The Great Fulbourn Primary School Bake-Off
Ways to support fundraising: