Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:16

Infant Newsletter

Colegio-Privado-Internacional-Britanico-Ingles-Las_Palmas-Maspalomas-English-School-welcomeDear Parents: I hope you all enjoyed a lovely summer break, despite the situation we are living through, and as Headteacher I would like to welcome you to the school year 2020-2021. I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to all our new families and hope that you will enjoy becoming part of our happy school community.

Our little Pre-Nursery and Nursery children have settled in very quickly, although it often can take several weeks to adapt fully to their new school! Our children have soon got used to having to stay in their class group all day and are all champions at washing their hands and following the new routines! We have also welcomed several new staff members into school this year, which I'm sure many of you will have met on the playground in the mornings and afternoons: Miss Maria (supporting Reception A) and Miss Nadine (supporting Year 1).

A huge thank you to all the parents for your support with the changes to the school day we have had to make due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The staggered start and exit are working well and we really appreciate how you have all adapted to this new system. In fact, the entry and exit seems much calmer all around, and has eased somewhat the congestion on the road by the school.

CLASS MEETINGS

We are unable to have welcome meetings for the parents of the class in school this year. In the next couple of weeks the teachers for each class will be posting a link to an online Zoom meeting on their Frog sites in which they will be explaining to you the expectations for this school year in the particular year group as well as ways in which you can support your child's learning at home. After the meeting they will post the Powerpoint used on the Frog site so any parents who cannot make the meeting can read the information.
Reception and Year 1 will be doing their online meetings on Monday 19th October at 16:00.
Nursery and Pre-Nursery will shortly inform you of the date of their meeting.
Remember, you can contact your class teacher via the message box on the class Frog site or by email at any time, if you have any questions at all.

INDIVIDUAL PROGRESS MEETINGS

We will be offering individual parent meetings via Zoom to meet with your child's teacher and discuss your child's learning and progress from late-October onwards. We feel that after the disruption of the last school year it would be beneficial to have parent-teacher meetings earlier on in the term instead of leaving these appointments until December when the reports go home. We will be sending more information about the times of these meetings shortly; each parent will be given an appointment time with the class teacher. We will then organize further meetings to discuss progress in early 2021 rather than in December.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The school will be closed for holidays on:
Monday 12th October – Día de la Hispanidad
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd November – Mid-term holiday

• School photos will be taken at Milton on Thursday 22nd October. Year 1 children need to come to school in their winter uniform on this day.

• Hallowe'en Party Day – Friday 30th October
We will be celebrating Hallowe'en in school, in a fun way as usual on this day. Children may come to school wearing a Hallowe'en costume (e.g. cat, witch, ghost, monster, fairy, zombie etc) and they will be doing activities related to the theme in class during the day.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Due to the Covid restrictions in place for schools we will not be offering after school activities this term in the Infant Department.
We will continue to review the situation and hope to resume activities after school whenever we are able to.

In this letter we would like to remind and update you about a few matters related to school life.

All key information about the school can be found on our school website or on the class Frog site. School newsletters are not sent home with the children. Please look at the school website /class Frog site frequently so as to keep up to date.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask either myself or the staff and we will try our best to help you. We also always endeavor to reply as quickly as possible to emails.

 Any questions you have in relation to your child's education be it academic, social or emotional should initially be directed to their class teacher. If they are unable to resolve the issue it will be passed to Miss Pam.
 Matters related to school organisation, curriculum, etc... should be directed to Miss Pam.
 All administrative questions are dealt with by the secretary whose hours are:
8:00–14:00 and 14:30–15:45 by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 Questions related to the school bus service are dealt with directly by Amanda Bus whose telephone number is 928 22 48 38.

To continue I would like to update you about the following organizational arrangements with regards to keeping everyone safe and thank you in advance for abiding by these:

• If your child has any specific medical needs or allergies and /or needs medication in school (EpiPen, inhaler...) please make sure that you have informed the class teacher and given the school office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) this information in writing, so that we can meet your child's needs appropriately. If your child suffers from something like asthma, but does not need medication in school please also inform us about any such condition. The authorisation form (available from the office) to permit us to give medication during the school day must be filled in and the medication must be handed in to the office in its original packaging. For the safety of all the children, medication is not allowed to be left in a child's school bag.

• We would like to remind all parents that you must let us know in writing if your child is absent for any reason. This should be sent by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) on the morning that the child is absent.

• As we have several children across Canterbury School with severe nut allergies and kiwi allergies, we would like the school to be a nut-free and kiwi-free zone. Please do not send kiwi or nuts of any description (peanuts, almonds, pistachos....) or food containing nuts with your child for their snacks. Our suggested 'Healthy Snack Menu' can be found on our website / class Frog Site.

• Parking is difficult in the local area so if parents leave the drop off area quickly, the traffic in the road by the school will flow better and this will enable every parent to drop off their child nearby the school gate.

• The parking bay ("vado") outside the school is only for the school buses, to drop your child off quickly or for an emergency vehicle. The school buses have priority and it is imperative that the school buses can park here right by the kerb to ensure the safety of the children who travel in them. On many occasions lately the buses have been unable to use the parking bay because parents have their cars parked in it, meaning that the bus children have to walk into the street to reach the bus. We ask parents who collect children at 14:45-15:00 to not park in the parking bay until both buses have gone.

• Parents of children in Nursery, Reception or Y1 wishing to collect their child when the children on the buses leave (14:45 – 14:55) must inform the office by email that they wish to do this. The child will then be brought down on the "first bell" and be waiting for collection at this time. Otherwise the children will be brought down with their class at the home time for their year group. (Nursery 15:00 onwards, Reception 15:15 onwards, Year 1 15:25 onwards).

• Parents are responsible for their own children's safety and behavior once they have been handed over at the end of the day. For the safety of all the children we request that all families to please leave school promptly when you have collected your child. Children should not be running around or playing in the school grounds, including the grass/garden areas, at the end of the school day, in order to avoid mixing children from different 'bubbles' and to avoid possible accidents. Thank you!

• To ensure your child's safety we are unable to hand over any child to another parent/carer unless we are able to identify that person and have clear written permission prior to the end of the day. If your child is being collected by a different person, parents must send this in writing to the class teacher and email to the school office, with a copy of their DNI.

• If you would like your child to celebrate his/her birthday at school and you decide to send a cake (commercially packaged from a shop or bakery) please remember to send paper plates and spoons too. Please tell the class teacher in advance of when you would like your child to celebrate their birthday, so they can arrange their timetable accordingly. Remember, due to Covid-19 protocols, "party bags" to give out to the other children in the class to take home may not be brought to school this year.

Due to health and hygiene laws, we can't accept home-made products: biscuits, cakes, cookies, etc. Any products you send in should be commercially packaged.

• No trolley bags (with wheels) are permitted in the Infant school. They are dangerous and the children are too small to handle them bearing in mind how many steps and stairs there are within the school.

• Children in Reception do not have a daily contact book as they did in Nursery. If you would like to know how well your child is eating in the dining room, please ask their class teacher.

 

Kind regards,


Pam Ainsworth

Infant Department Headteacher

 

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