Newsletter 1st Feb 2021

Weekly Newsletter – 1 February 2021

REMINDER: GOVERNMENT ADVICE: CRITICAL WORKERS SHOULD ‘KEEP THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME IF THEY CAN’

Dear parents and carers

As always, I have tried to keep the weekly newsletter as brief as possible. Please try to take note of everything in the newsletter as it contains important information and updates.

Half-term

Please note that the government have confirmed that schools will be closed for the February half-term and that school will not be offering any provision for the children of critical workers during this week. Thank you.

School reopening

You may also have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will not reopen fully until at least 8 March. Schools and parents will be given two weeks’ notice so that we can prepare for this and make the necessary arrangements. I will make sure that you are aware of any changes to the current arrangements as soon as possible.

Reminder - Remote Learning Plan – updated 1 February 2021

Please note the update to our remote learning plan. This is available on the school website but is also attached to this newsletter for your information.

When learning remotely, please ensure that children are ready for their lesson, logging in on time, having gone to the toilet and having all learning materials to hand. The children need to be sat at a work station in a quiet place and close to the camera so that the teacher can see them and interact with them.

Please also ensure that their cameras are switched on. Teachers will be unmuting children to take a register at the start of each lesson as well as giving as many children as possible the opportunity to contribute during the lesson. After teachers have completed their input, they will ask the children to confirm their understanding of the task set before ending the lesson and leaving them to complete the independent task. There will be an opportunity to review how they got on and address any issues at the start of the next day's lesson. 

e-books

Please can I remind you to confirm your consent for the e-books as explained in the message which went out last week. We hope that this will provide all our children with some new and exciting reading material during this time where accessing books is difficult. Thank you!

Children’s Mental Health week

This week, 1-7 February, is ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’. Teachers will be thinking about this in one of their lessons this week but you can find more information and resources here: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/schools-and-youth-groups/

The theme this year is ‘Express Yourself’ which is encouraging children to find different ways to get across their thoughts and feelings.

Assemblies

Mr Khan is leading the assemblies on Friday this week so for this week only, please use the link below to access the assemblies for both Y3/4 at 10.15am and for R/Y1/2/5/6 at 11.15am.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82985027641?pwd=Qk9UQVZ5azc2Wm9tUWg5dkpXYW1NQT09

Meeting ID: 829 8502 7641

Passcode: 33ELZ5

February Messy Bags

During February, Helsby Methodist Church would like to offer you a free child's activity bag for your family.  Your bag will be delivered directly to your doorstep without any contact, enabling you to stay safe at home!  Please request your bag by emailing hmcmessybags@gmail.com by Friday 5th February. Don't forget to provide your address and postcode in the email!  Thank you and stay safe.

Thanks very much everyone. Please take care and stay safe.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson

Headteacher

Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas


Tel: 01928 722991
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk