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Letters

Please see below for copies of letters that been sent home with your child recently.  Copies of letters will be removed half termly, but if there is something you would like a copy of please ask at the office.  Letters relating to specific year groups can be found in the year group pages.

Parent Teacher Interviews (PTIs) - October 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings 

We are planning Parent Teacher Interviews (PTIs) on 19th and 21st October.  The appointments on 19th October will be virtual and those on 21st October will be in school.  Please be aware that if Covid cases rise again in school, the in school appointments may be changed to virtual ones. Appointments can be made from today and the booking system will close on Friday 15th October at 9.00am. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office.

Please visit https://almondhill.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointment. If you have the School Gateway app, you will also find a link to the website there.  A short guide on how to add appointments is available on the school website.  Please log in with the following information:

Your child’s first name
Your child’s surname
Your child’s date of birth 

Please see the link below for a guide on using the system for virtual appointments.  

https://support.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/article/801-video-parents-how-to-attend-appointments-over-video-call

Please read this carefully as it tells you how to check that your technology will work correctly for the meeting.  You will be sent a link for the meeting and you will need to ensure you are prompt to start. The meetings follow back to back so your time cannot be adjusted. The meetings will be timed to 10 minutes and will cut out after this time. There will be a clock on screen as an indicator for both you and the teacher that the meeting is coming to an end.

We must ask parents to comply with our remote learning policy to ensure safeguarding in the meetings.  In attending the meeting, parents must be appropriately dressed, they should be in a neutral, quiet, downstairs area of the home. Parents should be aware of any backgrounds that could be seen by teachers - e.g. personal photographs of family and background noise. As with any meeting with school staff, we will terminate any meeting should there be any inappropriate or threatening use of language. 

Virtual meetings are subject to technology working and we ask you to be supportive if things do not go quite to plan.   Please be assured that if there is a technical hitch at the time of the meeting then your child’s teacher will contact you to rearrange.

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs E Fordham
Head Teacher

Almond Hill Junior School
Almonds Lane, Stevenage, SG1 3RP
t: 01438 233 660
e: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk
wwww.almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Flu immunisation - 17th November 2021

School Gateway

Communication
As many of you are aware, we use the ‘School Gateway’ which enables you to make payments for
school trips and school meals.

I’m pleased to advise that we also have a text and email service through the School Gateway which will allow you to receive messages from school and for you to be able to reply to these messages.
The School Gateway app allows us to do this in the most cost effective way. If parents download the app we will be able to send text messages free of charge through this system.

Please help the school save money by downloading the School Gateway app.

What you need to do now
If you already use School Gateway to make payments then there is nothing else you need to do. If you haven’t yet activated your School Gateway account it’s quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.

Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store
(Android and iPhone).

We’re aiming to get 60% of parents using the School Gateway smartphone app – please help us achieve this target.
OR
Visit the website and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.

If you’re having trouble logging in, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Complete the change of details form on the Forms and Surveys page and we can check these details for you.

Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools, prior to the start of the next school day, of incidents where and when a child or young person has experienced or been exposed to any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school staff, (DSL) known as a Key Adult, is trained to allow them to liaise with the police and to use the information that has been shared in confidence. Whilst also ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been experienced a domestic abuse
incident. 

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

Red Box 

Almond Hill has  joined the Red Box Project, a national community organisation committed to giving young people access to fre menstrual products in schools.

As a result, we now have a selection of menstrual products available for students to access during school hours. This includes a range of pads in all absorbencies, night pads (and tampons). It also contains clean underwear, should it be needed. The box is stocked from donations from our local community, who support the project and its aims.

Any student who needs to receive items from the box, whether it's one item to get them through the day or several packs to ensure they're able to attend school throughout their period, will be able to access it via their teacher. Students should ask for the Red Box where they will be able to take away whatever they need.

We will be speaking to students about the box but you may also want to take this opportunity to talk to your children about their needs and how the box might be able to help them.

If you have any further questions, or would like to know more about the Red Box Project, you can email Gerry The Red Box Coordinator for Stevenage at; 
theredboxprojectstevenage@gmail.com. There is also a Facebook page of the same name, Gofundme page and Twitter @RedStevenage

School Closure Notification System

Along with many other local schools we use a system to inform parents/carers of times when the school may need to be closed in an emergency e.g. bad weather. To receive these communications please register following this link:- 

This link will direct you to the “Sign Up” page where you should click on the “Sign Up” button located at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions.  It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email address. 

Each contact can have 2 devices added for each communication type if you wish to – this means that in addition to adding your own mobile number and email address, you could include the mobile number and email address of a partner or a grandparent in your registration process. They too would then receive any messages in relation to the school’s closure. Alternatively, interested parties could register themselves separately.

If a parent / guardian has children at more than one school they can register for those schools too in a single registration process by selecting all schools they have children at.