Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th February 2021 – Spring 6

We welcomed the announcement by the prime minister earlier this week that children of school age will return to school on Monday 8th March. Teachers and support staff have been busy making preparations for their return but there is much to be done in between times. Our main focus over the weeks ahead will be on a return to learning and for the children to spend time as a class rekindling friendships, spending time learning outdoors and talking about their experiences through lockdown. The children’s wellbeing and emotional development will be key to helping them to ease back in to routines and start plugging the gaps that have been created because of the pandemic. Please remain patient over the next few weeks whilst we find ‘our groove’ as a school. We will continue to communicate with you in a variety of ways about the plans we have for the future and we look forward to welcoming the children back and an enjoyable summer term.

 

 

The word of the week is – WEATHER-MOUTH –  A bright, sunny patch of sky on the horizon flanked by two dense banks of cloud is the weather-mouth. (Scots)

 

 

CHILDREN’S RETURN TO LEARNING – When school reopens on Monday 8th March it is important for the children to refamilarise themselves of the high standards we want them to uphold. They must return to school in full school uniform  which includes; the wearing of proper school shoes – no trainers or boots, acceptable hair cuts and clean uniform. If for any reason you are struggling to source school uniform please make contact with the school where we will give you as much help as we can.

 

 

DROP OFF AND COLLECTION TIMES – We will continue to open the gates on Allerton and Aycliffe from 8:30am from Monday 8th March when ALL children are expected to return to school. Gates will close at 8:55am so please make sure that you are on time. There are a number of families who struggle to bring their child to school on time on a regular basis, please make every effort to set the right example by using the breakfast club which will be open from 7:45am if you experience difficulties with routines in the morning.

Year Group Drop Off Time Gate Collection Time / Gate Gate
Nursery 8:40am Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road 3:15pm Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road
Reception 8:40am Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road 3:00pm Main Gate to the school on Aycliffe Road
Year 1 8:30am Double Gate on Aycliffe Road 3:05pm Year 1 Gate on Aycliffe Road
Year 2 8:30am Double Gate on Aycliffe Road 3:15pm Double Gate on Aycliffe Road
Year 3 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:00pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 4 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:05pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 5 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:10pm Gate on Allerton Road
Year 6 8:30am Gate on Allerton Road 3:15pm Gate on Allerton Road

PLEASE REMEMBER TO MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES AND WHERE POSSIBLE PLEASE WEAR A MASK

 

 

WORLD BOOK DAY  – This year we would like the children to decorate a potato with a representation of  their favourite character from their favourite book. Please send a photo of your potatoes to your child’s classteacher via email or thorugh Google Classroom no later than THURSDAY 4th MARCH at MIDDAY. Winners will be selected by a panel of staff and will be presented with a £10 book token – 1 per class. Good luck everyone. Some examples to get you thinking!

          

The Rainbow Fish                     The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs             The Gruffalo

 

 

ACADEMIC DATES FOR 2021 – 2022 – Please click the link to take you to next year’s academic dates:https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/term-dates/ SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XX8P9NJjqk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Ov0cDPZy8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-J1xippsTs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7eyJo7rw6I

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 12th February 2021 – Spring 5

After a bitterly cold week we come to the end of the first half term of the year. It has been a very difficult six weeks for everyone and we should all feel proud of the efforts we have gone to in making sure the children’s education has continued despite the many challenges we have faced. The prime minister will set out the road map for the easing of lockdown restrictions on February 22nd with the hope that schools will reopen on March 8th. I hope that you all have a peaceful half term and manage to enjoy some much needed time to relax.

 

 

The word of the week is – OBGANIATE –  to say the same thing over and over again to the point of annoyance

 

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – The children have completed some lovely work this week as they explored the importance of mental health. Year 3 got in touch with their feelings and Year 6 made some inside out boxes which revealed their hidden depths. It has been fascinating to see how the children have expressed themselves through a range of mediums this week as they grow in their understanding of how important it is to have a positive mental attitude. You can see further examples of their work on the school’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

    

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job in promoting the latest events and happenings at Parkside. If you haven’t done so please join us on Twitter at – @headparkside and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

WORKPACKS – For those families who require work packs of activities they will be available to collect from the school office from MONDAY 22nd FEBRUARY.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK FROM THIS WEEK

 

 

PARENT / CARER CONSULTATIONS – I sent out a letter to all families earlier in the week about the Spring term consultations. They are dependent on schools reopening on March 8th. Please click on the link for further details. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Parent-Carer-Consultations-Letter-Spring-2021.pdf

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00vul0Ok578
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmELS03_4So
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ZVJmuvPHU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKYWOWjT_f0

 

HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM AND STAY SAFE!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 5th February 2021 – Spring 4

Next week signals the half way point in the academic year  and what a 6 months it has been. I wanted to start this newsletter by thanking you all for your dedication and resilience. Over the best part of the last twelve months you have been parents/carers to your children, educators and influencers but most importantly an inspiration to us all and for these reasons you should congratulate yourself for the way you have handled the situation. As a school we understand how difficult the current lockdown has been  and the challenges you have all faced. Unfortunately we are not in a position to take the children back until further notice and we know that the current position won’t change until March 8th, but we will be here to support you through the next 4 weeks. As the late NF Porter once sang – ” You have to keep on keeping on!”

 

The word of the week – GELID – icy, exteme cold. The swimmer immediately regretted wading into the gelid waters, as the coldness of the lake was almost unbearable.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

SWEET PEAS! – Last week you should have all received a little gift in the form of a sweet pea growing kit. We hope that you enjoy them. Please send us pictures of the plants when they begin to blossom.

 

 

PARENT/CARER HOME LEARNING QUESTIONNAIRE – Thank you to everyone who has completed the questionnaire, To date we have had over 40 responses which has been very encouraging. It closes on MONDAY 8th FEBRUARY, so if you have time over the next couple of days please take a moment to complete it by clicking on the link – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAjdNMznxxOKzgquDIC_qrMgeLmfZQvOFZ3XkYphSVNlop9A/viewform

 

 

GOOGLE MEETS – To further support families teachers have set up two more meetings during the school week for 15 to 20 minutes to meet with the children. They are an opportunity for them to share their feelings about their learning or wellbeing. Teachers will send through details about the meeting shortly. Please make sure once you have the details please make every effort to attend.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE SESSIONS ARE COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY.

 

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week. Mr Wanless has organised a number of activities for the children next week but in between times please look at the image below and try asking your child a few questions to check in with them. I hope it is of some use to you.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4S120pl8Uo

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE!

 

PLEASE KEEP ABREAST OF THE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR NEXT WEEK. SNOW IS FORECAST.

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 29th January 2021 – Spring 3

We head in to the fourth week of the half term knowing that the lockdown restrictions remain in place until at least March 8th. As a school we understand the difficulties and the many challenges that you are facing as families. We are here to do everything we can to support you through the next few weeks as much as we can. We have received a number of requests from families who have asked if there is a space for their child at school. Unfortunately we are not in a position to accept any more children at school currently. It is a situation that is constantly under review but due to the constraints placed on everyone we must all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. Our remote learning provision is in place and can be found by clicking the link – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/REMOTE-LEARNING-PROVISION-JAN-21.pdf
Stay safe.

 

 

The word of the week is – CIRCUMLOCATIONIST – one who consistently speaks in a roundabout way in order to avoid addressing a question directly.

 

 

STATIONERY PACKS – There are still a number of families who have yet to collect their stationery packs. Unfortunately we are not in the position to drop them to your homes but please make every effort to collect your pack in the next week. A lot of time money and effort went in to making them. Thank you.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awTyFcSwGZ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93I_4uGldJg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu4T1wyqmPc

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE STAY SAFE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 15th January 2021 – Spring 2

With the new term fully underway we have all had to make adjustments once again to our daily lives and reintroduce old routines. Despite the many challenges we face the children are coping remarkably well and the response from families regarding online/remote learning has been incredibly encouraging. Staff are working incredibly hard to make sure that work is set everyday on the school website for those of you who are able to access it on line. Work packs are also available to collect fom the school office which will cover two weeks’ worth of work for your child. Please make sure you continue to send work in to your child’s class teacher on a regular basis and to keep up to date with the many changes we all face on a daily basis. Thank you for your continued support during these very difficult times.

 

 

The word of the week is – RAMFEEZLED – (18th Century) – exhausted, befuddled or overcome

 

 

EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK – Please click on the link which will take you to school’s Social Wall page where you will find lots of examples of the children’s work this week. ENJOY!!
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

 

 

STATIONERY PACKS – We have made stationery packs for every child to help them to with their online / remote learning. The packs consists of: Whiteboards and whiteboard markers, colouring pencils, a 30cm ruler, a glue stick, a paint palette, number line and other maths resources, an exercise book and a pen or pencil and a pair of scissors. They can be collected from Mr Soyka at the double gates to the car park on Aycliffe Road on MONDAY 18TH JANUARY BETWEEN 8:30am – 9:30am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm. Please make every effort to collect the stationery pack and we look forward to giving them to the children.

 

 

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS – You will have probably have heard about the difficulties families have experienced around the provision of Free School Meals this week. Fortunately at Parkside we have been able to provide substantial amounts of food for many of our families during the latest lockdown. The governement announced earlier in the week that they would be reintroducing the Edenred vocuhers scheme for children who receive a Free School Meal from January 18th. We will be in contact with families next week to discuss further details. If for any reaosn you are experiencing difficulties with food please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the school as soon as possible.

 

 

2ND WEEK – CHROMEBOOKS / ACTIVITY PACKS / EXTRA DATA – If your child receives a free school meal please contact the school as soon as possible to collect your Chromebook. When you collect your Chromebook it is important that you agree to the conditions set out in the agreement when you sign for it. The government has advised schools that every child who is in receipt of a free school meal should be able to have access to an electronic device. When we receive the devices we will contact you as soon as possible.

Teachers will continue to prepare packs of activities for those of you who have restricted access to the internet. They can be collected from the school office at the beginning of every week.

We have been given a number of SIM cards which we would like to distribute to families to give you access to extra data on top of your current plan. We can also arrange for a 4G router to be installed if you are a customer on a particular network. Please contact Mrs Weinstein for further details if you think you may be entitled to a router or a SIM card at:

melanie.weinstein@parkside.sch.uk

 

 

2ND WEEK – CLASS NUMBERS – Whilst we are doing everything we can to support all of our families we have to be very careful about how to stop the spread of the virus. As a result we will need to cap all year groups at 10 children. If you are a critical worker or considered vulnerble please contact the school as soon as possible because most year groups are already full. Thank you for your understanding regarding this very important issue.

 

 

WEEKLY ZOOM AND PHONE CALLS – Another way we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support you during these very challenging times is to hold a weekly class Zoom call. Teachers will send you a link which can be pinned to your address bars on your browsers to access the meeting every week. It is a lovely way for children and staff to communicate with each other over the weeks ahead. The calls will take place at the following times:

Nursery –Wednesday – 11am
Reception Wednesday – 1:30pm
Year 1 – Tuesday and Friday – 9:30am
Year 2 – Thursday – 1:30pm
Year 3 – Friday – 9:30am
Year 4 – Wednesday – 2:00pm
Year 5 – Thursday –10:30am
Year 6 – Friday – 2:00pm

Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

CONTACT – You should have all by now either been contacted by phone or email by a member of staff to make sure that you are safe and well and that your child has access to their online or remote learning. Mrs Reffold and Mrs Conway are sharing duties with support and teaching staff to make these calls. They are a vital way of ensuring we are carrying out our duty and repsonsibility to you. Where contact hasn’t been made, we will make a visit to check on families. Please make sure you are doing everything you can to make contact with the school as regularly as possible. It is very important.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lovYWm-vopghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsexcNF0JZc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DmO7bjxIFw

 

 

HAVE A SAFE AND LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th January 2021 – Spring 1

THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECORDED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE SCHOOL THIS WEEK

 

Welcome back to the start of a new term and a very belated happy new year to you all. Now that we have entered in to another lockdown it is more important than ever we work together for the best of every child and family at Parkside. There are a number of ways we can support you all over the next 6 weeks so please make sure that if you are entitled to some of the initiatives you contact the school as soon as possible. Work has been set online for all classes and weekly Zoom calls have been set up by all teachers. It is crucial that we remain in contact with you throughout the rest of the half term all to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help you all and to make sure that the children are safe and well.

 

 

The word of the week is – NIPPERKIN – A small gulp or draught of a drink, said to be roughly equal to one-eighth of a pint. (SW England)

 

 

CHROMEBOOKS / ACTIVITY PACKS / EXTRA DATA –  If your child receives a free school meal please contact the school as soon as possible to collect your Chromebook.  When you collect your Chromebook it is important that you agree to the conditions set out in the agreement when you sign for it. The government has advised schools that every child who is in receipt of a free school meal should be able to have access to an electronic device. When we receive the devices we will contact you as soon as possible.

Teachers will continue to prepare packs of activities for those of you who have restricted access to the internet. They can be collected from the school office at the beginning of every week.

We have been given a number of SIM cards which we would like to distribute to families to give you access to extra data on top of your current plan. We can also arrange for a 4G router to be installed if you are a customer on a particular network. Please contact Mrs Weinstein for further details if you think you may be entitled to a router or a SIM card at:

melanie.weinstein@parkside.sch.uk

 

TEACHERS WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE WORK FOR CHILDREN ON CLASS PAGES  AND UNDER THE LATEST NEWS TAB ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE 

 

WEEKLY ZOOM AND PHONE CALLS – Another way we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support you during these very challenging times is to hold a weekly class Zoom call. Teachers will send you a link which can be pinned to your address bars on your browsers to access the meeting every week. It is a lovely way for children and staff to communicate with each other over the weeks ahead. The calls will take place at the following times:

Nursery –Wednesday – 11am
Reception Wednesday – 1:30pm
Year 1 – Tuesday and Friday – 9:30am
Year 2 – Thursday – 1:30pm
Year 3 – Friday –9:30am
Year 4 – TBC
Year 5 – Thursday –10:30am
Year 6 – Friday – 2:00pm

Please make every effort to attend.

 

 

NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT – The new playground gym equipment was installed earlier this week and we can’t wait for the children to start using it. Thanks to Mr Wanless for making all of the arrangements including the installation and a special thank you to Mr Honour for making sure everything was safe before the children started to use the equipment.

 

 

MEAL BOXES / BAGS – We will continue to provide families who receive a Free School Meal with food from Morrisons for the timebeing. It is important that you are at home when deliveries are made otherwise you will need to make your collection from school. We have also teamed up with a local organisation who are providing school with a selection of free plant based produce for some of our families. We look forward to developing a long term relationship with Synergy.

 

 

CLASS NUMBERS – Whilst we are doing everything we can to support all of our families we have to BEvery careful about how to stop the spread of the virus. As a result we will need to cap all year groups at 10 children. If you are a critical worker or considered vulnerble please contact the school as soon as possible.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR HONOUR WHO BECAME A GRANDFATHER OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY. HE  IS VERY PROUD OF HIS NEW GRANDSON AND WE WISH HIM AND HIS FAMILY EVERY HAPPINESS.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWuBd3yzVC8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLVIfIquI2A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9viPN8XrBc

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE!

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 18th December 2020 – Autumn 14

THERE HAVE BEEN 2 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

And so we arrive at the end of another Autumn term and look forward to a much needed rest. Your kindness and generosity has been overwhelming and on behalf of the staff I would like to offer our  sincere thanks. The children have had a wonderful week and really enjoyed their Christmas parties and pantomime. We continue to be amazed at the quality of the work they produce, they really are a credit to you as parents and carers. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

 

 

SCHOOL RECOMMENCES FOR THE SPRING TERM ON TUESDAY 5TH JANUARY 2021

 

 

The word of the week is – BULL WEEKBull week is a Yorkshire word for Christmas, which in today’s world might sound a little odd. But during the 1800s, workers in Sheffield’s cutlery factories were rewarded with a whole roast bull if they finished all the additional pre-Christmas work on schedule for Christmas Day.

 

 

SOME OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

PARKSIDE MAKES THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER – Mr Wanless has been instrumental in raising the school’s profile in the local area and has introduced a number of new initiatives across the school. He has even made it in to the latest copy of the Borehamwood and Elstree Times. Please click on the link to  read the full article.
https://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk/news/18952040.pe-teacher-going-extra-mile-get-parkside-pupils-active/

MOKI BAND REPORT

It has been wonderful to see how engaged the children have been with their Moki bands, the above link shows over the course of this term where we rank as a school and how active we are.
We have 168 Players using Moki to track physical activity levels.
Over the past 30 active days each Player has completed an average of 5,823 steps and been engaged in 25 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity. The UK Government advice on the other hand focuses specifically on Moderate to Vigorous intensity Physical Activity (MVPA). This is any physical activity that involves moving around more rapidly – and it will raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster (e.g., brisk walking or running). This type of activity is particularly important for cardiorespiratory fitness. The Government guidelines recommend that children should get 30 minutes of daily MVPA in school and 30 minutes outside school.
Therefore, the latest results have earned them a Moki Grade C and place them in the top 48% of the most active Moki schools.
I would also like to congratulate 5 Ash, who are the first winners of the Moki trophy as they averaged 6430 steps since receiving the bands.

 

TUNES FOR CHRISTMAS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rij41bXV6t8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLy_-bYmg7M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf237dVhLyU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSynDh_K0EE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VYhkkkn_m0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3tT-ZQtsSs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCvz7uflMIU

 

 

A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th December 2020 – Autumn 13

The penultimate week of term always proves to be one of the most challenging and this week has been no exception. Our Christmas performances passed off without a hitch because of the excellent preparations  and the children were amazing. Arrangements are being made for next week’s Christmas parties and pyjama day and staff have chosen their secret Santa. We look forward to the last week of term with great excitement and thank you for all of your support during the past three and a half months.

 

 

The word of the week is – CLIMB TACK – A cat that likes to walk along high shelves or picture rails is a climb-tack. (Yorkshire)

 

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES – Thursday’s Christmas performances signalled the beginning of Christmas. The children were absolutely amazing and gave their very best. The staff prepared them well in a very short space of time and thanks must be given to them for making all four performances go so well. The editing process begins this weekend and we hope to have the final films ready for the end of term. The final edits will be made available on the school’s You Tube channel and can only be viewed by email invitation only.

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY – Earlier today I sent a link to you all which explained what to do should your child test positive for Coronavirus over the Christmas holiday. In the event that your child tests positive or comes in to contact with anyone who tests positive, it is your responsibility to let the school know if this happens. We will continue to monitor the school’s  admin email account and telephone voicemail service until Christmas Eve and again from the 27th of December intermittently and take the appropriate course of action. Thank you.

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE – Thank you to everyone who sent in a decoration for the tree, as you can see it looks resplendent! With one week to go the tree has certainly proved to be a big hit with the staff, children and governors.

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDPLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU OPEN THE CHRSTMAS CARD THAT HAS BEEN EMBEDDED ON TO THE  HOME PAGE OF THE SCHOOL WEBSITE , WE HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY WATCHING IT

 

 

CHRISTMAS PYJAMA DAY – We want to end the term in style so we are asking that the children and staff come to school on FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER in either their Christmas pyjamas or their usual pyjamas they would wear to bed. The long range forecast for next Friday is mixed. The temperature is set to be 12 degrees with the chance of cloud and rain. Please make sure that you send your child to school with a coat that has their name clearly identified and a dressing gown (should you wish). We look forward to seeing the children in their pyjamas.

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE – Congratulations to Halil, Erika, Calli-Rose, Zakaria, Zuhra, Helena, Ela, Lili, Samuel, Abena, Khaali and Odin and who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

It was lovely to have two cups of hot chocolate with the children this week. I met with Abdi, Layth, Anita and Jack on Monday who were last week’s winners and Ervis, Naveed, Ashton and Kayden who were this week’s recipients. We all had a great conversation about a whole host of different topics; I was certainly kept entertained!

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 20 pupils who were late this week who came late to school on 28 occasions.  This is an INCREASE of 8 late arrivals which is a great improvement from last week. Thank you to everyone who drops their child to school on time. LET’S REALLY TRY AND MAKE NEXT WEEK THE WEEK WHERE WE HAVE NO CHILD COMING LATE TO SCHOOL!

Congratulations to  1 MAPLE who had the best attendance this week with 98%. Please keep this going!!

Reception Fir – 88%
Reception Pine – 84%

1 Lime – 96%
1 Maple – 98%

2 Alder – 96%
2 Willow – 87%

3 Birch – 96%
4 Aspen – 90%

5 Ash – 90%
5 Cedar – 90%

6 Cherry – 96%
6 Oak – 92%

School Total for the week – 92 %
School Total for the term – 93.2%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30PM ON FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQNvM2DDX3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2Pc2FgKyjU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YhnEaNBxrY

 

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th December – Autumn 12

THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED THIS WEEK AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL 

Winter has well and truly arrived this week and temperatures have begun to reflect the season! It is incredibly important that you send your child in to school with a warm coat. Please make sure that their name is easily identifiable on the on the inside lining. The annual Christmas performance will take place next week and will be very different from our usual productions. Children in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 will put on a shortened version of the nativity story and a Christmas themed production. Children in Year 3 and 4 are busy rehearsing a range of Christmas songs and carols which will also be filmed. All of the productions will be embedded on to the school website in the last week of term for everyone to enjoy. The cold weather is set to be with us over the next few weeks so please stay warm and safe and observe the guidance we all have to follow in the continued fight against the spread of Coronavirus.

 

 

The word of the week is – CULF – The loose feathers that come out of a mattress or cushion—and which “adhere to the clothes of any one who has lain upon it,” (Cornwall)

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER  (SECOND WEEK) –  Last week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES – This year’s Christmas performances take place next week. They will all be filmed and embedded on the school’s website for everyone to enjoy. We are very sorry that you won’t be able to join us this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic but we hope that by sharing the films of the children singing and acting this will go some way in bringing some much needed Christmas cheer.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS (SECOND WEEK)– The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. WE ARE STILL WAITING FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COUNTY ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE.

If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP (SECOND WEEK) – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 22 occasion where children came to school late this week. Whilst we understand that the cold mornings are very challenging and difficult please make every effort to bring your child to school on time.

This week’s attendance – ATTENDANCE FOR NOVEMBER – 93%
ATTENDANCE FOR THE TERM TO DATE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Riyaad, Bobby, Georgey, Kayden, Logan, Alex and Brigitta who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYQi6h7qBnghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eopufSMODLo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFqwwpAXQdI

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 27th November 2020 – Autumn 11

THERE HAS BEEN 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF CORONAVIRUS AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

After a very challenging couple of weeks we welcome the children and staff in Nursery, Reception and Year 6 back to school on Monday. We have managed to remain open despite the many difficulties we have had to face which goes to show how resilient we are as a school. I would like to thank the staff for the tireless efforts they have gone to to ensure that certain year groups managed to stay open. As the Christmas period starts once again we have good reason to enjoy a special time of year. Tomorrow sees the delivery of our annual Christmas tree and we ask that you send in your hand crafted decorations so that they can be hung on the tree. The children are working hard to learn their lines for their forthcoming Christmas concerts which always means the end of term is looming. All concerts and carol services will be filmed this year and embedded on the school website for everyone to enjoy. Please remember to send your child to school in a warm coat as the cold weather draws in.

 

 

The word of the week is – ZWODDER – A drowsy state of body or mind.

 

 

REDUCTION OF THE SCHOOL’S PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER – This week we received confirmation that the office of the School’s Official Adjudicator agreed to reduce the school’s Published Admissions Number from 60 down to 30. This will take effect from September 2021. Parkside Community Primary School will therefore be take one form of 30 children from September 2021. This will not affect any other year group. 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHIDLREN’S WORK

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE – The good folk at Aylett’s Nursery in St Albans have donated this year’s Christmas tree. As you can see from the picture below it’s a lovely size and will go well in the main corridor that leads from the school hall to the staffroom. Please send in your decorations over the next couple of weeks so that the children can really begin to enjoy the tree.

 

 

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE FREE SCHOOL MEALS – The government’s COVID-19 Winter package sets out how schools will be able to help those families who receive Universal and Free School Meals over the Christmas period and February half term. Further information about this very important initiative will be sent out next early next week. If you are entitled or think that you may be entitled to a free school meal please click the following link: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

 

 

HERTSHELP – Families who do not qualify for Free School Meals but are worried about their finances or having enough food this winter can contact Hertshelp via email  – info@hertshelp.net or call 0300 123 4044 or visit www.hertshelp.net

 

 

WORK FOR YEAR 2 WILL CONTINUE TO BE SET ON LINE FOR THE NEXT WEEK. IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE WORK PACKS OF WORK CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE 

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS – Children are welcome to write Christmas cards for their friends but they will go in to  a 72 hour ‘quarantine period’ before they are distributed in accordance with government and county guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE – ALL CHRISTMAS CARDS MUST BE BROUGHT IN TO SCHOOL BY
FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON TUESDAY 15th AND WEDNESDAY 16th OF DECEMBER

 

 

SOCIAL  MEDIA – Mr Wanless does a fantastic job of keeping the school community up to date with the latest happenings at Parkside. Click on the link for the latest updates on the school’s Twitter page and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter – @headparkside – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/social-wall/

The school also has a Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/parksideschool

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Michael, Dea, Sky, Thomas, Fernanda, and Runiya who were this week’s flyer. Keep soaring high and reaching for the sky children. Aspiration is everything.

McKenzie, Wiktoria, Zakariah and Rut all enjoyed a lovely cup of hot chocolate with myself on Friday afternoon. It was a lovely experience and I learnt a great deal about their learning which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

DATES FOR THE REST OF TERM – Please click on the link for the dates for the rest of the term. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/diary-dates-autumn-term-2019/

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1XSOzDPik

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylXk1LBvIqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGGFpm65d5Q&list=OLAK5uy_n3AXeuKcHjA9a7916caa7UnCTnqsnDPtk&index=2

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND STAY SAFE