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2020 - Term 3-6 - Parent/Carer Announcements
Sun Cream & Sun Hats:
Dear Parents and Carers,
If your child will be returning to school in the near future, please send them to school with a sun hat and cream. The forecast for the coming weeks is for warm and sunny weather and lots of our activities will be taking place in the playground.
Sun Protection in School:
We hope all our families are well and staying safe.
If your children are currently attending school please ensure you send them in with sun cream and a hat. This week's forecast is for warmer weather and we're doing lots of activities in the playground. Don't forget your own sun protection at home when taking your daily exercise!
Real PE at home:
real PE at home – online learning resources
real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1000s of hours of fun and activity. This programme is also great for family play and fun.
It also includes a programme for children in Key Stage 2, with daily and weekly guidance provided for both programmes (starting from this week) in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities.
There are so many benefits to being active, not only to our physical wellbeing but also to our emotional and mental health, especially in such testing times for all of us. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy.
The login details for real PE at home can be found in your Google Classroom
Google Classroom Contact:
Parents and Carers of children in Years 1 to 6, using Google Classroom, are advised that teachers are still working in school so may not be able to get back to you during allocated time slots. Please be assured that teachers will contact you as soon as they are able.
Free School Meal EVouchers:
We can see that many of you have received, and redeemed, your Free School Meal EVouchers from Edenred. More are being sent every few hours. Keep checking your Junk or Spam folder as the email will come from an address not within your existing contacts list. When you have your code redeem it at the Edenred website:
Well Done! Fantastic Online Learning:
We are so pleased to see how much brilliant home learning the children are doing. Keep up the good work!
Tââeachers will be sending Mathletics and Gold certificates out, by email, which you will receive by the Friday of each week.
In our ongoing quest to support our children's online learning we have set up Google Classroom.
Please click the link below for guidance and instructions:
Free School Meal E Vouchers UPDATE:
We are aware that our families have not yet received the EVouchers by email. We understand that this may be due to the sheer volume of requests, across the country, to the Edenred website. We would like to reassure you that we are following this delay up and will contact you with any further relevant information.
Free School Meal E vouchers:
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, you should receive your E Voucher by email today. Please check your Spam or Junk folder as the email will come from an address not already in your contacts list.
Parents have now been offered places for Reception 2020/2021. We kindly remind you to accept your offer as soon as possible. Please click on the link below to see the Bristol City Council admissions timetable:
Pastoral Support Virtual Coffee Chat:
Hannah Green (KFS Pastoral Lead) will be doing a Virtual Parent Coffee Chat tomorrow morning at 10:30am (03/04/20). Use the link below to join the chat.
It will be a great time for parents to check in with one another. See you then!
Thank you to all the children working on their Mathletics activities. For those children achieving over 1000 points in a week, the certificate will be emailed to you whilst the school is closed. Please share and celebrate the certificates and this achievement with your child.
Free School Meal Vouchers:
Parents and Carers have been sent links to Free School Meal online vouchers today. It is essential that we have correct and up to date email addresses to continue to contact you. Please update us if your contact details change.
Reading resources for children:
We have received a number of enquiries from parents whose children are running out of books to read. During lock down we are unable to get more physical reading books to the children.
There are plenty of other things to read though! As well as reading books from home, websites and magazines are also sources of reading.
Here are some free resources which can be used:
Twinkl which has plenty of books/comprehensions:
We have free access to Twinkl to support with home resources. You don’t necessarily need to print out the resources suggested. Children can read on a screen and write answers on a separate sheet of paper.
If you haven’t already signed up go to:
Use the offer code: CVDTWINKLHELPS
Oxford owl has free closure resources:
Children can research learning on BBC schools:
Action needed: Free school meals
Parents and carers of children eligible for Free School Meals are asked to call the school office today. Please telephone 0117 456 5989.
We have tried to contact you today but seem unable to connect to mobile phones.
Reception and Nursery Classes Interactive Learning Diary:
We've had lots of fantastic uploads from parents telling us about the children learning at home. Ms Belcher has now uploaded a video of her reading a story and has set the Reception children some homework. Why not upload a short video of the children reading to her? We love to see what your children have been doing - keep sending us your observations on ILD and don't forget, if you haven't already signed up you can do it now. Check the link below for Interactive Learning Diary:
Please update your contact details:
If you have recently changed the contact numbers we hold in school please email the new numbers to us.
If you have an email address at which we can contact you please email us these details.
Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the title please enter "New telephone number" or "New email address"
In the body of the email please add your child's name and the parent/carer eg Mum/dad and the relevant email address
Telephone contact from Kingfisher staff:
Dear parents and carers, we will be checking in with families, by telephone, on a regular basis. A teacher will be calling you, however, this will be from a withheld number. If we don't get an answer the first time, we will keep trying so we hope you will answer.
Warning: Scam email
Bristol City Council has advised that parents and carers may be sent a scam email (see below for details). Please ignore and delete it - do not submit your bank details.
We have been alerted by the DFE that some parents have received an email stating :
‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.
Parents and carers are reminded that updates regarding learning resources will be posted on the website and via announcements on the app. If you have any questions please direct them to the school office by telephone at this point in time. Emails to the school regarding curriculum will be directed to the appropriate member of staff.
Please only contact Hannah Green for Pastoral support. Hannah is receiving a high number of calls and messages but will get back to you as soon as possible.
Hannah is unable to answer queries relating directly to the curriculum. In order to respond to you quickly it is essential that your questions are directed to the right staff.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
More learning resources for children:
You've been telling us that the children are working their way very quickly through their homework packs, which is great news! Please see the link below to the homework page on our school website. As well as specific learning activities there are lots of links to online resources to keep the children busy and learning.
Don't forget Mathletics! Work has already been set.
Daily reading: if you are running out of books, children can read online.
For writing, children can keep a diary of their daily activities. Write us stories to share with the class when school starts again.
The Joe Wicks PE page is live at 9am but can be accessed at any point. Everyone can have a go at this and we've also been doing lots of PE in school with our very own Joe, Mr Smith!
Free School Meals Hampers:
Hannah Green, our Pastoral Lead, has today contacted the families of children entitled to Free School Meals. She hasn't been able to contact some parents - if your child is eligible for free meals please telephone Hannah to arrange a collection: 07498 545 269
School to remain open for the children of Key Workers:
We can confirm that The Kingfisher School will remain open, after today, for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.
Please refer to the link below for the definitions. Please contact the school office as soon as possible to let us know if you qualify and will be sending your children in:
Nursery PEEP Group Cancelled Friday 13th March
Apologies for any inconvenience
Mother's Day Lunch Bookings:
Please ensure you have booked your place at our mother's day lunch BY FRIDAY 13TH MARCH. Our kitchen needs to place their food order at the end of the day.
Don't miss out on enjoying a lunch with your child, just book and pay £3 at the school office - all money to be received before the day.
Coronavirus: Keep yourself informed:
We hope that the link below will help you to stay informed about Coronavirus and understand the guidance provided to educational settings.
Year 1 requirement -
Please could each child in Year 1 bring a picture of themselves as a baby, and a more recent photo, in a named envelope, (of themselves) by Friday 13th March?
Years 3, 5 and 6 trip - important information:
Please note that you must book a meal for your child on Parent Pay if you would like them to have a school provided packed lunch on 26th March.
PLEASE CHOOSE THE SALAD BAR OPTION.
The children in these years will be visiting Bristol University and will not return to school in time for a hot meal.
Alternatively you can provide your child with a packed lunch which they will eat during their visit.
Sports' Day 2020 :
Parents and Carers were asked, at the recent Parents' Evening, if you would prefer our sports' day to be held at The Kingfisher School or at Colston's School, BS16, where we took part last year.
The majority of families chose to revisit Colston's School. Sports' Day, for Reception to Year 6, will take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020. Full details and timings will be announced nearer the time.
Please be aware that the playground is slippery in places - please ensure children walk safely and do not run when you bring them in this morning.
Pastoral Lead Coffee Mornings:
The next coffee morning run by Hannah will take place on 19th March from 8am until 10am. If you have any questions about parenting, or would like to discuss any issues this is is great opportunity to air any concerns and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Booking school lunches:
Please can we remind you to book lunches for your children. If a lunch isn't booked through ParentPay, your child will not receive their choice of meal and this has an impact on the children eating during the second sitting.
As you will be aware, the situation relating to the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as Coronavirus, is changing all the time and new information is being issued by the government frequently. The most up-to-date information can be found by following this link: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
As a school, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, following all government advice as appropriate. We also have the support of Venturers Trust, where we have a central point of contact who is helping to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our students and staff safe.
We already have robust systems in place with regard to good personal hygiene, which includes giving children regular opportunities throughout the day to wash their hands. In individual classes and in whole school assemblies, we are reminding children how to prevent spreading germs.
I appreciate there is growing concern as cases become more frequent in the UK and we will notify you immediately of any change to our provision, should this be required. If you wish to discuss this further then do please contact me, via the school office.
Mothers' Day Lunch:
Mums, grandmas, aunties, sisters or other female relatives are invited to join the children for a Mothers' Day lunch on Friday 20th March.
Currently one relative per child due to space restrictions.
Just £3 for a delicious lunch and dessert (week 3 of the menu).
All bookings and payments to the school office.
Nursery and Reception - 11.45am
Years 1 and 2 - 12 noon
Years 3 - 6 12.30pm
Bedtime stories evening:
Children are invited to come to our Bedtime stories evening, on 4th March, to enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows as part of our celebration of World Book Day from 4.30pm until 5.15pm.
Please ensure children are collected promptly at the end from the main school reception.
If children are to walk home alone please inform the office before the event.
Entry must be with a ticket - please collect your ticket from the school office!
Several children in Year 3 have headlice. Please ensure you treat your child's hair using the appropriate medication from the pharmacy and repeat as advised on the packaging.
Meeting our Pastoral Lead:
Just a reminder that you can meet Hannah Green, our Pastoral Lead, this morning, and every Thursday, at a drop in session until 10am. Over tea or coffee you can chat with Hannah and find ways to get support for you or your child. All conversations are in total confidence.
Parents' Evenings BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!:
Just a reminder to book your parents' evening appointment for either Tuesday 25th or Wednesday 26th February. Parents' evening is a great opportunity to catch up with your child's class teacher to find out about their progress and how you can support them at home to further their learning.
Please be aware that the blue seating/steps area in the playground can be quite slippery during cold and frosty weather. We advise that you avoid walking on these areas, particularly in the mornings. Please ensure your children use the concrete steps where handrails have been installed and walk safely to the playground.
Year 4 Art Gallery:
Parents and Carers of Year 4 children are reminded that art will be displayed in the hall from 9.30am until 10.15am tomorrow, Friday 7th February. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating the children's talent.
Parents' evenings have been arranged for:
Tuesday 25th February 4pm until 7pm (Nursery until 6pm) and
Wednesday 26th February from 3.30pm until 5.30pm.
Please make your 10 minute appointment via the school office by email, telephone or in person.
UPDATED MESSAGE RECEPTION CLASS:
Reception Class Parent Invite:
Parents and Carers of Reception children are invited to come to a meeting about the new interactive learning diary. The meeting will start promptly at 3pm Wednesday 29th January, please sign in at the school office.
Year 1 Parent/Carer Phonics Event:
Parents and Carers of Year 1 children are invited to learn how we teach Phonics. Join us for an hour from 9am on Tuesday 4th February to find out more about our new Phonics software, Phonics Bug and get some tips on how to help your child learn at home. For more details look out for the letter coming home this week!
Dear Parents and Carers, naming your child's school uniform helps us to help your child find mislaid items of clothing. All jumpers and cardigans have a label on the neck and side on which to write your child's name.
Keep up to date:
Don't forget that all newsletters and class newsletters are posted on the school website. Don't miss out on your child's class activities or news!
Nursery PEEP Group:
We welcome parents and carers of Nursery children to PEEP group this Friday, 24th January 8.50-9.30am.
Remember your book bags so you can change your books. We hope to see you there!
Reception Class Trips:
Parents and Carers are reminded that Reception class will be going on a local walk on 22nd and 27th January. Please bring wellies in bags and sensible outdoor coats as the forecast is for very cold weather.
Nursery PEEP Group:
There will be no PEEP group for Nursery parents this week. You are invited to attend our next group on Friday 24th January from 8.50-9.45am.
School Closed Thursday 16th January:
Just a reminder that school will be closed to children on Thursday 16th January as we are a designated polling station and there will be a by-election on this day.
Year 6 SATs Club Thursday 9th January:
Parents and Carers of Year 6 children are reminded that club begins today. Please collect your child from the school office at 4.15pm. If your child normally walks home but you would prefer to collect on SATs Club night please inform the school office.
Clubs start this week:
Just a reminder that clubs begin today.
Scrapbooking club starts today, 7th January. Tennis also takes place tonight and circuit training on Thursdays.
Children should be collected promptly, from the main school reception, at 4.15pm.
Swimming Term 3 - Year 4 lessons:
Just a reminder that starting on Wednesday 8th January 2020 Year 4 will begin swimming lessons. Children usually return to school from the pool at around 3.40pm.