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21st October - Issue 7

Please note tomorrow is NOT a wear what you like day. 

The first half of the autumn term has flown by and I would just like to thank you all for your ongoing support for our new working circumstances. Your support as parents and carers has contributed to the children having an enjoyable and successful return to school and they should be congratulated on their achievements in the last 7 weeks.

We haven’t received any guidance on short-circuit extended half-term breaks from the DfE. We are asking parents, carers and pupils to keep playing their part and follow Government and Public Health guidance over the half-term break. If you have children self-isolating in the period covering half-term and beyond it’s important to understand that self-isolation rules continue during the holidays.

We look forward to having a rest next week so we come back ready for a new half term of exciting learning!

INSET Day Reminder
Please be reminded that Friday 23rd October is an INSET day so school finishes for half term on Thursday 22nd October.

Premier Holiday Club
Premier will not be running the Holiday Club at Almond Hill over half term, they will contact parents that have booked directly.

Reminder for Year 6
The deadline for secondary school applications is 31st October 2020. If you haven’t completed your application please follow the link below to be taken to the website for Hertfordshire admissions.
School Admissions

Lunch Menu
The lunch menu for after half term is available to view on our website (see link below), we are pleased to be offering all year groups a hot meal option daily. Next half term's school dinner cost is as follows;
Half term £94.50, weekly £13.50, daily £2.70, please be reminded that  they must be paid for in advance.
Lunch Menu

FOAH Christmas Card Designs
Children will have brought home a template to create their Christmas cards this week.  Make sure they keep within the black border, with any writing well clear of the edges.  For best results use felt tips, coloured pencils or paint and avoid glitter, metallics 3D objects and fluorescent colours. Designs will be SHRUNK to fit the finished card.  

Please make sure the children only use the template they are given for their artwork.  The template can be copied if other family members wish to join in and spares are available from your child's teacher.    

Please write your child's name clearly on the back of their design and return it to school by THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER.

Further to the access to technology questionnaire we recently sent home we would be grateful if you could now complete the two questionnaires with links below.  The first is technology again, and the second relates to communication.  Both questionnaires will remain open until the end of half term and should only take a couple of minutes to complete.
Access to Technology (2)
Communication Survey

Poppy – Remembrance Day
Poppies will be available to buy for a donation the first week back from half term – for one week only. They will available within the protective bubbles and ask parents to give children the correct money to donate. We are unable to provide change. 

Open Evening - Video
At this time of year, we would usually be preparing our Open Evening for prospective parents. In the current climate this is not possible so as a school community we are working to produce a video of our children, teachers and governors talking about Almond Hill and areas of the curriculum. This is a great opportunity for us to promote our school and we would really like our parents to be involved too. Please take the time to complete the following short survey on our website before Friday.
Parent Feedback Survey

Parent Courses
For upcoming courses available to parents please visit our Wellbeing and/or SEND pages on our website:
Wellbeing Page.

Be Bright Be Seen
Children have been learning about the importance of ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ this week. As the days are getting shorter, and it is getting darker much earlier, it is important to remind children to wear bright reflective clothing when out and about to make them more visible to traffic.

Parent Reminder
Can I please ask parents to be mindful where they are parking around the school. The vehicle gate must not be blocked, or used as a drop off point. Not only does this stop staff from entering the site but this gate is also used as an entrance for our Emergency Services.

Christmas Jumper Day
For a donation, children can wear a Christmas jumper on Friday 11th December.  All donations are for Save the Children. There is no expectation for parents to buy a jumper, children can wear something simple – e.g. tinsel.


Upcoming Events

WC 19th October  FOAH - Guess how many chocolates in the jar
Thursday 22nd October Design your own Christmas card deadline 
Friday 23rd October INSET Day 
WC 26th October Half term 
Saturday 31st October Seondary school application deadline
WC 2nd November  Poppies available to buy (for a donation)
Tuesday 17th November  FOAH meeting 4:00-5:00pm
Monday 7th December  Bags2School 
Friday 11th December  Christmas Jumper Day 
Friday 18th December  Last day of term 


School Gateway

With more and more being added to the School Gateway app, including links to parents evening bookings, letters, and other information, it is important for parents to download to the app to keep up to date.

In an effort to save paper we no longer send a paper copy of the newsletter home. You can access the weekly newsletter via the school gateway app or the school website and it is also sent home via email each week. 

With our communication methods changing it is important more now than ever that we have an up to date email address for you.

If you do not see the newsletter by email on a Wednesday please contact the school office to ensure we have the correct details for you.