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Posted on: 23/04/2021

Welcome Back Letter - April 2021

Dear Parents, Welcome back. I hope you have all had a restful Easter and a wonderful holiday. The sunshine has returned and we are all looking forward to our summer term. This Friday is St George’s Day and to mark the occasion we are inviting children to come into school in their own clothes and to donate a £1. Thank you for your donations, we have raised £290.00 which will be given to CAFOD . Voluntary Contributions I would like to thank those of you who have contributed to the voluntary school fund of £10 per term per family. We received many contributions last term and would like to ask parents to begin to make their contributions for the summer term. Whilst we are extremely grateful to those parents who feel able to make a contribution; any donation will be completely anonymous, so no family should feel compelled to pay, if it is outside their means.  Nevertheless, your donations do play a vital role in us being able to fund different aspects of learning that fall outside the current statutory provision, for example, special assemblies and workshops for the whole school. Child Protection in School As part of our Child Protection duty and commitment, we make children aware of the many ways they could find themselves in danger. In school, we discuss e-safety issues, road safety awareness, ‘stranger danger’ and personal safety when travelling on public transport, to name but a few. We do this through assemblies, classroom discussions and also by inviting outside agencies into school. The Governing Body, Headteacher and Staff of Our Lady of Grace, through the implementation of the Child Protection Policy, ensure that all Child Protection issues are adhered to. We are legally bound, in our duty of care, to make referrals to Social Services if there are significant reasons to cause us concern. We are obliged, as professionals, ‘to think the unthinkable’  in order to safeguard our children. For further information on all these issues, take some time to look at the Greenwich Safeguarding website: www.greenwichsafeguardingchildren.org.uk Summer Uniform As the weather is now getting warmer, the children may wish to wear summer uniform: Boys – white shirt, red school jumper, grey/red school tie, grey shorts, grey socks, black shoes Girls - red checked dress (not striped or a playsuit), red school cardigan, white socks. Red or black shoes All items are now in stock at Bailwood Fashions Ltd (246 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6JU) and can be bought straight from the shop or ordered online. As the weather warms up and the sun will (hopefully) be shining, please provide plain coloured soft sun hats/caps (no rigid peaks) for your child to use during playtimes. For health and safety reasons, children must not bring / keep sun creams in their bags. Please could you put a long lasting / 12 hour sun screen on your child before school if it is needed. We look forward to a happy and safe summer. Summer term Mass Friday 30th April - Whole School Zoom Mass - 9.15am (School) Other dates for your diary: 10th May – Tempest Photography: Individual / Sibling / Class Photographs 24th May – Year 6 School Journey ( 1 day) Bewlwater Outdoor Centre 15th June – Year 2 trip to Joss Bay Assessment Though there will be no statutory assessment tasks (SAT’s) for Year 2 and Year 6 this year, these classes will continue to undertake these formal tests in week 5. All other classes will undertake the formal NFER testing in that week as well. Please continue to ensure your child is working hard and check their homework is completed to a high standard.  A few reminders: Parking Outside School We are still receiving complaints from our residents in Lime Kiln Drive.  Please be respectful to residents, and do not park across their driveways, or indeed on their driveways. Please leave yourself enough time to park further away from the school, or walk if you can. Just a reminder that NO mobile phones are to be used on the school premises. Should your child require medicine to be kept in school ie. asthma pumps, epipens etc, can you ensure these are sent into the office as soon as possible. The office staff can only administer prescribed medicine to children and this can only be given once a consent form has been completed by parents. Yours sincerely, SEAN SMALL Head Teacher
Posted on: 13/01/2021

DoodleEnglish

Dear Parents/Carers                                                                                    We are pleased to inform you that we are now using DoodleEnglish, the award-winning homework programme, with your child’s class! Why DoodleEnglish? DoodleEnglish improves children’s confidence and ability in literacy DoodleEnglish learns what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are and creates a personalised work programme tailored around them Most importantly, it’s fun and engaging, with motivational collectables, educational games and seasonal Challenges to take part in. Follow these steps to get started Download the DoodleEnglish and the DoodleSpell apps from doodleenglish.com/available-apps Ask your child to sign in using the details given by their teacher (remember, it is case sensitive!) Link your parent account by either asking your child to login to the app and tap on Grown Ups or, via parents.doodlemaths.com. Please follow the instructions in this link https://help.doodlehq.com/en/articles/2892158-how-to-link-a-parent-account-to-a-chil d-s-school-account Work with your child through the set-up phase if they are in EYFS or KS1 Let your child work through their x-a-day exercise and/or new words activity without any help - encourage them to do it independently and if they are really unsure, guess! Log in to parents.doodlemaths.com with your Grown Ups username and password to see how your child is progressing Download the DoodleConnect app (available on iOS) or log in to the Parent Dashboard to receive progress snapshot updates Encourage your child to be within their target zone by earning their target number of stars per week. If you have any questions, please visit help.doodlehq.com, speak to a member of the Doodle team by clicking on the green chat icon on the website or ask Mrs Hall. Happy Doodling! Mrs Hall
Posted on: 6/01/2021

Spring Term Newsletter January

  Dear Parents Happy New Year to you all! I hope you are all keeping safe and well despite the very difficult situation we are all facing. I am writing to inform you of the online work for your child/children during this period of partial School closure. At Our Lady of Grace we are using Google Suite for Education as our learning platform.  Many of our children will be familiar with this and know their log in details. If you experience any problems, please email your child’s class teacher.  Also refer to the article on the school Website, ‘Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom’ which will help explain how to log in to this system so that you understand the process and can help your child if needed. Each day our teaching staff will be delivering lessons to their classes which will include English, Maths, R.E. as well the foundation subjects such as Science, Geography etc. These lessons will be uploaded at 9.00am, 11.00am and 1:00pm.  We feel it is best to give the structure of a school day for our children who are learning at home. It is essential that your child logs in and undertakes the work set just as they would if they were in School. The teachers will all be following our curriculum planned for the spring term. If your child is unable to join the lesson at the set time they will be able to access the work at a later time, but will miss the interaction with their class teacher. Though the school’s success with Home Learning during the first lockdown was widely acknowledged, Home Learning is far from ideal. The teachers will endeavour to make the learning as accessible and as vibrant as they can, but over the coming weeks the children will continue to need your support and encouragement to ensure they do their very best.  Thank you all for your continued support. Yours sincerely Mr Small

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