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Friday 5th November 2021

Newsletter – 5th November 2021

A fond farewell

Today we say goodbye to the marvellous Jo Kindred who has worked at the school for over twenty years. She has been a dedicated, cheerful and wonderfully fantastic member of our office team and she will be sorely missed by staff, children and families. We all wish her every success in her next adventures, and look forward to seeing her regularly around the village!

Some highlights from this week

Our first Wednesday afternoon enrichment sessions ran smoothly and the children enjoyed a wide range of activities across the phases. There was fairy house hunting happening in the Forest Area, super singing in the hall, amazing art created and some exciting drama activities happening in KS1!

This week we also celebrated happy news for Mr Cook as he got married during half term! Confetti was thrown and Mr Cook attempted to ‘pin the bow tie on the groom’.

A digestion experiment!

TT Rockstars!

Next week marks the beginning of England Rocks 2021!  Our classes from year 2 onwards will be competing against other schools in England to try and answer the most questions on Times Tables Rock Stars (play.ttrockstars.com) between Monday 8th November and Thursday 11th November.  Every correct answer on TTRS between 7.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. will count.  Join us and take part to help your child’s class become the winning class at Fulbourn Primary School and perhaps the whole of England!  We suggest a limit of half an hour a day outside school hours.  Good luck and rock on!

PTfA

It was fantastic seeing how enthusiastic all the children were about 'Break the Rules Day'. What a great way to finish last half term! It was also great seeing lots of families out taking part in the 'Pumpkin Trail'. All the trail sheet entries we received have gone into the prize draw and the lucky winners will be notified by email. We are so happy to announce that these 2 events raised a wonderful £566 for the PTFA! Thank you so much for your donations. 

 

This week, we had the pleasure of choosing a winner for the PTFA Logo Competition from all your amazing entries. Thank you to all the children that entered designs -some fantastic creativity was shown! The winning design was from Isabel in Caribbean class. Well done Isabel! 

Parent Forum

Parent Forum members met recently and there was a very helpful discussion, which we are pleased to share with all parents:

Behaviour information for families

We have updated Our Behaviour Approach:  Information for Parents for your information; this explains how we reward and recognise children’s positive behaviours.

Attendance

While we absolutely agree that no child should attend school if they are unwell, and that Covid 19 related testing has caused a lot of unavoidable absence recently, we also know that every day missed really does make a difference to our children’s educational outcomes – and so attending school unless it is absolutely unavoidable (as in the case of illness) is really crucial. This helpful poster, received at a recent attendance briefing, explains what the attendance figures that we share with you actually represent in terms of missed learning.

 

Safer Schools

Please click below to read the November issue of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary Safer Schools Newsletter which offers support and advice regardless of your child’s age and includes information about:

  • Anti-Bullying Week:  One Kind Word
  • Warning to Parents:  Squid Game
  • Knife Crime Awareness week of action
  • Remain safe this firework night
  • Road Safety week – Be a road safety hero

Feedback, comments and suggestions on future newsletters would be welcome and can be sent to Schools&CYP@cambs.police.uk

 

School Photos

Van Cols have asked us to let you know that if you register with them at www.getphotos.co.uk they will notify you when the photos of the children which were taken in school this week have been uploaded and can be viewed.

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. 

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.

The Team are offering a variety of free workshops to parents covering a wide range of parenting needs.  Please see below for more information:

Pinpoint

Pinpoint provide help and information to parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and disabilities in Cambridgeshire.

They offer signposting and events for all things SEND and are the Parent Carer Forum for Cambridgeshire. Pinpoint also give parent carers opportunities to have a say and get involved in improving local services.

No formal diagnosis is required to access support from Pinpoint – a child may be on a waiting list, accessing services, had a referral turned down, or just be struggling.

Pinpoint understand the value of peer-to-peer support and hold weekly virtual coffee mornings called 'Tii Hubs' during term times where parents/carers will always find a friendly face to chat to and can meet others in similar situations.

Pinpoint also hold professionally-supported workshops and events including sessions around autism, ADHD, sleep, anxiety and mental health. Full listings of our upcoming FREE virtual sessions can be found here:

Pinpoint colour flyer Oct 2021 (pinpoint-cambs.org.uk)

 

Fulbourn Village Library

Fulbourn Village Library will be holding a book sale at the library in Haggis Gap tomorrow, 6th November, from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.  If the weather is poor, the sale will be held indoors and COVID-safe measures will apply, so please wear a face covering (unless exempt).  Please see the poster 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.

Free School Meals

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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