Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 7th May – Summer 4

We reached the half way point for the half term on Wednesday but it only seemed like last week that we returned to school after the Easter break, such is the passing of time. Mrs Taylor and myself have continued to be impressed by the overall quality of the teaching and learning we have observed this week. Some examples can be seen below, please spend some time looking through them, especially Daniella’s skirt! We are pleased to announce the school is now on AMAZON! Please read below for further details. Please remember to bring your child to school on time. Whilst the number of children arriving to school after the registers closed fell quite sharply this week, there were still a number of you who came late to school. Please make sure that you are organised, up in time and ready to bring your child to school everyday. With two weeks to go until the farm arrives at school teachers are busy planning activities for the children. It promises to be a spectacular event. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do.

 

 

PARKING – I received a complaint from a local neighbour last week regarding parking. Members of the school community park have parked on grass verges on the corner of Aycliffe and Allerton Roads which has upset one of our neighbours. We work incredibly hard with the local community to keep relations positive and communications open. Please be mindful of where you park and have consideration for our neighbours.

 

 

The word of the week is – PHILODOX – one who is entirely in love with their own opinion.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

FOOD WASTE – This week the average food waste was 63 .140kgs or  383 grammes per child. Whilst this was significantly less waste than last week we were only at school 4 days this week.

 

 

AMAZON – Register here to get free money for the school from Amazon!

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 THIS WEEK EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

This skirt was made from an old shirt by Daniella in Year 6 – they are worthy of a place on the Great British Sewing Bee!! Thank you Daniella for sharing your wonderful skills with us.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 19 pupils who came to late school on 28 occasions this week. Thank you to everyone who makes sure that  they are on time for school everyday.

Rec Pine –  95.1%
Rec Fir –  96.4%

1 Lime – 93.0%
1 Maple – 98.4%

2 Alder – 96.1%
2 Willow – 91.1%

3 Birch – 95.2%
4 Aspen – 94.2%

5 Ash – 90.0%
5 Cedar – 98.3%

6 Cherry – 94.0%
6 Oak – 89.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS –  Congratulations to: Eunice, Ellie, Lorita, Lyla, Cole, Aayat, Desara, Sorin, Summer, Logan, Owyn and Darius who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.

 

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-jgp0YFY_Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIYgsqhwXzM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s0TkufXA38
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juVxcbCS92c

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 30th April 2021 – Summer 3

SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY FOR THE MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY

It’s been lovely to see so many of you back on to the school grounds at the end of the day. It feels as if we are returning to some form of old routine but we must remain vigilant in our fight against the spread of the virus. The good weather, whilst fresh, has really helped to keep spirits high. The quality of the children’s work has been quite staggering. They are a real credit to the school and their teachers. Mrs Taylor and myself have had the privilege of visiting classes this week to see them at work and we have been impressed by what we have observed in terms of the quality and teaching and learning. Plans are coming along nicely for our Beyond the Curriculum week and the staff and children are very excited by the live farm event we host on May 21st. More details to follow. Thank you to everyone who brings their child to school on time. It is such an important life skill for them to learn. Lateness has a worrying effect on a child and impacts on their learning. Please make every effort to organise your time in the mornings to give your child the best possible start to their day. Thank you.

 

The word of the week is – ROGITATE – to ask the same questions repeatedly, usually with unsatisfactory results.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

The Seahorse | Australian Children's Poetry Website

 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

YOU CAN FIND FURTHER EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S WORK AND DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE PLACE THROUGH THE WEEK ON OUR TWITTER AND FACEBOOK FEEDS

 

FOOD WASTE – Last week I reported that we have started to weigh our food waste. Last week (on average) each child who took a school meal wasted 300 grammes of food which is equivalent to a can of soup in terms of weight. This week’s figures are:

Average number of dinner taken – 138
Actual waste  – 76.650kgs
Average waste per child – 555 grammes

Mrs Taylor is working closely with the school council and the kitchen staff to devise plans which we hope will reduce the large amount of waste quite significantly. Further details to follow.

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 42 occasions this week where children came late to school from 23 families. Thank you to everyone who dropped their child to school on time this week.

Rec Pine –  94.8%
Rec Fir – 91 %

1 Lime – 94.7%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Alder – 95.7%
2 Willow – 94.7%

3 Birch – 94.3%
4 Aspen – 96%

5 Ash – 93.8%
5 Cedar – 96.3%

6 Cherry –97.1%
6 Oak – 92.4%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Alby, Riley, Eshaal, Lucas, William, Oscar, Lexie-May, Maya, Elias, Kayla, Lacey and Amy who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80l4XIPJC4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc7dmu4G8oc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSkHFc240nY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keXHh0lr2y8

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY AND PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 23rd April 2021 – Summer 2

It’s been another fantastic week at Parkside and the children have really enjoyed their learning. Mrs Taylor and myself have met with teachers to discuss their plans about the forthcoming set of observations and the outdoor facilities are open to all classes. The weather has been lovely which has raised everyone’s spirits and we are looking forward with excitement to delivering the learning opportunities that have been planned for this term. Watch out for news about the live farm that will be visiting school very soon. Please remember there are new arrangements which come in to place from Monday 26th April regarding collection at the end of the day. If you haven’t read the letter that was sent to families yesterday, please click on the link to familiarise yourself with them – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/End-of-the-day-arrangements-1.pdf
We say goodbye to Miss Kostova today. She has worked in Key Stage 1 for the past 18 months and will be missed. Good luck Maria with your new ventures. Please keep supporting the school in all that we do and please remember that we are here to support you no matter how difficult or small your concern.

 

 

The word of the week is – SUSPIRE – to let forth a sigh, and (finally) breathe out.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S POEM – 
A baby sardine
Saw her first submarine
She was scared and watched through a peephole.

“Oh come, come come,”
said the sardine’s mum.
It’s only a tin full of people!

S Milligan

 

 

FOOD WASTE –   I have always been struck by the large amounts of food waste that is generated in schools across the country and here at Parkside we are no different. This week we have begun to weigh the food waste the children throw away once they have finished their dinner.

On Wednesday there was –18.65 kgs  / 115 grammes per child
On Thursday there was – 17. 050 kgs108 grammes per child
On Friday there was – 14.084 kgs / 80 grammes per child

If we were to take an average of the amount of waste each child threw away this week it equates to:
303 grammes which we need to reduce very quickly. THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO THE WEIGHT OF A CAN OF SOUP.  Mrs Taylor is currently working with the school council to understand why the children are throwing away so much food and I am working with Vicky our chef to see what changes can be made to the menu. The food waste will be recorded every day and shared with the children and parents/carers every week. Please speak to your child about this very important part of their education and ask them to share their thoughts with their class teacher.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 25 occasions this week where children came late to school from 13 families. Thank you to everyone who dropped their child to school on time this week.

Rec Pine – 93.3%
Rec Fir – 97.5%

1 Lime – 97.3%
1 Maple – 91.3%

2 Alder – 97.4%
2 Willow – 93.7%

3 Birch – 96.7%
4 Aspen – 92.7%

5 Ash – 97.3%
5 Cedar – 95.0%

6 Cherry –95.7%
6 Oak – 97.6%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 96%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Sibella, Jayden, Shannon, Alfie, Bentleigh, Danny-James, Scarlett, Finley, Olivia, Faith, Adem and Theo who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude.

 

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY – https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Diary-Dates-for-parents-Summer-2021.pdf

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKjOOR9sPU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWuBd3yzVC8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4BIyJxSIxc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm0ru2iBuB0

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 16th April 2021 – Summer 1

The start of the summer term always brings a lot of hope and optimism and this one has been no different. I was incredibly suprised to receive a letter from Gavin Williamson MP the Secretary of State for Education on Monday morning. He wrote to tell me that he was impressed with the improvements that have been made at the school – something we should all feel proud of, because without your support we wouldn’t be in such a position. I think we can afford to congratulate ourselves and to savour the moment. That said, the wheels of education never stop turning and this week we put in place plans to deliver the government’s Catch Up programme. We look forward to seeing this programme in action and the progress the children will make under the careful eye of their tutors.  Everyone has returned to school full of energy and the children have made a good start to the term. If you have any concerns or worries no matter how small we are always here to listen and support you.

 

 

The word of the week is – RESPAIR – fresh hope and recovery from despair.

 

 

LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE for EDUCATION

 

 

PARKING AND DROP OFF – This cotentious issue continues to cause concern. Many of you drop your child to school safely and are very diligent about keeping safe and parking sensibly. However there are a number of you who do not park appropriately, leave engines idling, park illegally and take incredibly dangerous risks when dropping and collecting your child to school. There is plenty of parking on the side roads around the school and in the local church car park on Aycliffe Road. We are all under the pressure of time in the mornings but if we begin to manage mornings more effectively we can leave enough time to drop off safely and avoid any unecessary accidents. Thank you for your continued support with this very important aspect of health and safety.

 

 

THANK YOU TO MR AND MRS NAKRANI – This week Mr and Mrs Nakrani parents of Niti and Triya donated 8 signed copies of Ted and His Time Travelling Toilet by Steven Vinacour. They also donated 2 laptops to the school for the children to use through lock down. We are very grateful to them for their kindness and generosity.

 

 

HOMEWORK AND CURRICULUM LETTERS – Teachers have been working hard and have put your child’s homework activities and termly curriculum letters on the respective class pages on the school website. Please make sure that you read through them carefully. Every week we award the highest achieving class the Standards Cup at our Monday assembly. Homework is one of the key standards  we judge every week. Your support with this important area of learning is vital in helping your child to make progress. We look forward to receiving the children’s completed pieces of homework through the summer term.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 24  occasions where children came late to  school this week from 15 families. Thank you to everyone who brings their child to school on time everyday.

Rec Pine – 94.6%
Rec Fir – 98.8%

1 Lime – 98.3%
1 Maple – 98.4%

2 Alder – 90.8%
2 Willow – 97.4%

3 Birch – 94.4%
4 Aspen – 98.3%

5 Ash – 98.1%
5 Cedar – 90.8%

6 Cherry – 95.2%
6 Oak – 92.9%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Holly, Abigail, Deyan, David, Selena, Kenzie, Abdi, Dharun, Henry, Kia, Ersi and Odin who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for returning to school with such a positive attitude.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmgNFpFY3DU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5VRo5MBUXY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5y9hitaLBk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tULi6-bEQho

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th March 2021 – Spring 10

Today marks the end of a very strange Spring term. We have only been back at school for three weeks and the children have worked incredibly hard to familiarise themselves with old routines and reconnect with friends and learning yet we arrive at a natural pause in the academic year. The consultations that took place this week were a great success and gave parents and carers the opportunity to hear how children have returned to school and the progress they have made through the term. Thank you to everyone who kept their appointments but there were a number of you who didn’t make an appointment or turn up to speak with your child’s class teacher. All staff have worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months to make sure that they have done everything they can to support your child’s learning during a very challenging and difficult time. Please contact the school office to make an appointment to speak with your child’s class teacher as soon as possible after the Easter holiday if they haven’t contacted you already. Have a relaxing Easter break and we look forward to seeing the children again on Tuesday 13th April.

 

 

The word of the week is – NOD-CRAFTY – nodding the head with an air of great wisdom when you actually tuned out a while ago.

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

 

MAGIC SHOW AND WATFORD FC WORKSHOP – The children enjoyed Magic Gareth’s show on Tuesday morning as an early Easter treat. The magician was absolutely awesome and dazzled the children with his tricks.

Year 5 took part in a very important on line workshop hosted by Watford football club on the topic on the important issue of racism via the Kick it Out campaign. They were joined by John Barnes and Luther Blissett the former England and Watford strikers and learnt about the devastating impact racism has on people’s lives. Thank you children for being such great ambassadors for our school.

 

 

 

EASTER CARDS – Every class made a card for the elderly residents of two local homes this week. The staff from the homes were overjoyed by the children’s efforts and thanked them for producing such wonderful cards for the residents to enjoy.

 

 

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY – There were 25 occasions where children came school this week from 7 families. Thank you to everyone who brings their child to school on time everyday.

Rec Pine – 95.2%
Rec Fir – 93.6%

1 Lime – 89.0%
1 Maple – 94.9%

2 Alder – 92.2%
2 Willow – 96.8%

3 Birch – 96.8%
4 Aspen – 93.3%

5 Ash – 97.8%
5 Cedar – 94.8%

6 Cherry – 94.5%
6 Oak – 94.6%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Roman, Elliott, Rut, Ameilia, Zuhra, Tada, Lavinia, Holly, Kayden, Antoni, Dexter and Diya who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for returning to school with such a positive attitude.

 

 

 

TUNES FOR THE HOLIDAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woLQbNJvPS0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWohPJHicFE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLOyF50wlBU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR8talBTEQc

 

DON’T FORGET CLOCKS GO FORWARD THIS SUNDAY! SEE YOU ALL ON THE 13TH APRIL

HAVE A LOVELY EASTER

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 19th March 2021 – Spring 9

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

 

With one week left until the end of term it feels as if we are at the beginning of a new term! The children continue to settle  in to old routines and seem to be very happy to be back in the classroom. We are working very hard with a number of classes to remind them of the boundaries and appropriateness of friendships. Please spend some time with your child over the weekend reminding them of the importance of this aspect of school life. They have spent a long time out of education and for some children reigniting friendships is going to take time. We are here to support all of our families in whatever way we can so of your child is experiencing difficulties please do let us know.

 

 

The word of the week is – CONFELICITY – joy in another person’s happinness

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK DURING LOCKDOWN FROM YEAR 6 –

 

 

RED NOSE DAY  – It was lovely to see the school awash with red today. Children came to school dressed in football colours, red dresses and skirts, red t-shirts, jumpers and a vast array of different fancy dress costumes. Whilst it was a simple way of supporting this excellent charity it lifted everyone’s spirits. We managed to raise over £200 which was a fantastic effort so thank you to everyone who contributed.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IT IS UP TO EVERYONE TO PAY THEIR £1 DONATION IN EXCHANGE FOR A DAY OF WEARING RED. THE CHARITY RELIES HEAVILY ON YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO MANY FAMILIES ACROSS THE WORLD.

 

 

STANDARDS – On Wednesday the school’s English adviser paid us a visit. She was very impressed with the quality and excellent standards of the children’s work. There will always be a number of areas we can improve and rest assured we will do this but I think we should  take a moment to congratulate the children and their teachers.

 

 

PARENT/CARER – TEACHER CONSULTATIONS –  SECOND WEEK – These very important meetings take place on Wednesday 24th March and Thursday 25th March. Appointments can be booked on the Teachers2Parents application and will take place using ZOOM. The link to the meetings will be sent out closer to the date. Teachers will speak to you about your child’s engagement with their learning through lockdown and how they have settled on their return to learning. Please make every effort to attend these meetings. They are limited to 10 minutes per appointment.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were  27 occasions when children came late to school this week (9 families). It is so important that your child comes to school on time everyday. It sets the right example and is an incredibly important life skill. If you are struggling in the mornings we are on hand to offer lots of advice and support. Please contact Mrs Matthoile our Parental Engagement Officer via email or by phone.

 

Rec Pine – 92.5%
Rec Fir – 93.2%

1 Lime – 96.0%
1 Maple – 98.1%

2 Alder – 87.9%
2 Willow – 96.3%

3 Birch – 98.7%
4 Aspen – 90.8%

5 Ash – 98.5%
5 Cedar – 97.5%

6 Cherry – 97.9%
6 Oak – 93.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Eden, Alicja, Leah, Bentleigh, Karen, Reggie, Dimitris, Soham and Bianca who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for returning to school with such a positive attitude.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZPYkln92-I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g84D1DH4NuQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1_935M2nWE

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1:30PM NEXT FRIDAY

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 12th March 2021 – Spring 8

Having the children back at school really lifted everyone’s spirits this week. They have settled back in to their routines remarkably well and have responded with enthusiasm and enjoyment in their lessons. This was validated on Thursday by the county. Our Hertfordshire Improvement Partner was incredibly impressed with the way the school supported  the children’s (learning) through the latest lockdown and the way they have responded on their return. The school continues to goes from strength to strength and standards remain high. Please continue to support the school in everything that we do be it from signing your child’s reading record to sending them to school in the correct uniform.

 

 

The word of the week is – FORBLISSED –  filled with happiness.

 

 

PARENT/CARER – TEACHER CONSULTATIONS – These very important meetings take place on Wednesday 24th March and Thursday 25th March. Appointments can be booked on the Teachers2Parents application and will take place using ZOOM. The link to the meetings will be sent out closer to the date. Teachers will speak to you about your child’s engagement with their learning through lockdown and how they have settled on their return to learning. Please make every effort to attend these meetings. They are limited to 10 minutes per appointment.

 

 

RED NOSE DAY – This year’s Red Nose Day takes place on Friday March. Red Noses has been ordered and can be bought from next week.  Please note we have only ordered 2 boxes which equates to 80 noses and will be sold on first come first served basis. If you would like your child to have a nose please send them in to school with £1.50. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE NOSES ARE FOR SALE NEXT WEEK. 

 

 

 ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 18 occasions when children came late to school this week (8 families). It is so important that your child comes to school on time everyday. It sets the right example and is an incredibly important life skill. If you are struggling in the mornings we are on hand to offer lots of advice and support. Please contact Mrs Matthoile our Parental Engagement Officer via email or by phone.

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS – It was a lovely moment to award our first set of wings for the year, the children were thrilled to receive them. Congratulations to: Eliana, Lily, Kacee, Runiya, Miriam, David, Alex, Megan, Michael and Luke.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiyDf4zbTQk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAXkmo-HTI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Tvqbirqwc

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE BE ON TIME ON MONDAY!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 5th March 2021 – Spring 7

Final preparations are being made to welcome the children back on Monday, teachers are finalising plans and the last set of logistics are being checked. It has been nearly three months since we were altogether as a community and I am sure, like yourselves, we are all looking forward to returning to old routines and re-establishing much missed friendships and opportunities to reconnect. Please remember that when you drop your child to school the gates will be open from 8:30am for Year 1 – 6 and from 8:40am for Nursery and Reception. I wrote to you all earlier in the week to set out our expectations for the children and I urge you to re read the letter before Monday to familiarise yourselves with their content. If for any reason you should need support please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

 

 

The word of the week is – SEQUACIOUSNESS – the blinkered, unreasoning, and slavish following of another, no matter where it leads. (17th Century)

 

 

EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK THIS WEEK

 

 

RETURN TO LEARNING –  Earlier this week and late last week I wrote to you all regarding the children’s return. Click on the link to read the two letters that were sent:
https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Return-to-Learning-Letter-for-Families.pdf

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Return-to-Learning-Letter-for-Families-Second-Letter.pdf

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM (EXCHANGE) – Mrs Salter one of our Teaching Assistants will set up a uniform stall by the gated area that leads on to Allerton Road on Friday 5th Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March from 1:30pm. She will be exchanging items of good quality second hand items for uniform  which you no longer need. If you are able to make a small charitable donation we welcome your support.

 

 

WORLD BOOK DAY – Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s World Book Day. Have a look at this year’s entries –

 

 

CHICK WATCH – After two lovely weeks with the chicks we say a fond farewell to them tomorrow. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about their life cycle and watching them hatch.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKENDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf8GjhXvOjU(RIP BUNNY!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uI1KXHJVO8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi33-cITS0s

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL ON MONDAY!

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!