Spring 1 Week 4

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Last week was exceptionally busy with all the classes working hard as the term hits full speed. I have had the pleasure of children visiting me to show off their work, and it is always a joy to see the effort and progress they are making. I want to acknowledge the work of the librarians who have worked tirelessly to reorganise the books into categories chosen by the children. The librarians regularly order and put books away. They have even gone as far as covering some books, so children don’t judge the book by its cover! This week some of the librarians will be visiting the Early Years and Year 1 children to share a story sack which includes a story, puppets and games to encourage them to read for fun! 

In addition, this week, some of the children in the lower end of the school will participate in a drama workshop, so please watch Class Blogs and Class Dojo to see their learning in action. 

This week, the children will complete a questionnaire to enable Senior Leaders to gather their views on the school and improve their learning experience. We look forward to sharing the results with you in our January newsletter.

Finally, I want to commend the staff for stepping in to cover classes where there have been staff absences. In addition, well done to all the children who could participate in online learning last week – we are praying for a speedy recovery for you all and hope to see you soon back in the classroom. 

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 24th  January 2022): Resilience

Values Roll of Honour (W/C 17th January 2022)

ExcellenceAurelia, All of Reception, Zara, Idelle, All of Year 2, Thandiwe, Sophia G, Rhea, Christiana, Rutendo, Nomsa, Amy, Noah & Christopher O. 
ResilienceAbel, Aurelia, Zion, All of Reception, Michael, James, Evelyn, Aaron R, Jadon. Aniyah, Thandiwe, Zachaary, Thiago, Emmanuel, Rutendo, Oluwaloni, Amanda & Jana. 
IndependenceEva, Stefan, All of Reception,  Idelle, Michaela, Zara, Aaron, Micah, Thandiwe, George,Thiago, Rhea, Rutendo, Nomsa, Shemilore,  Caden & Aaron G.  
Co-operationStefan, Abel, All of Reception, Ed Mitchel, James, Aaron R, Evelyn, Micah, Thandiwe, Kemuel, George, Sophia G, Austin, Eden & Lucas. 
Self-ControlElicia, Lucca, All Of Reception,  Michael, Piers, James, Evelyn, All of Year 3, Thiago & Reuben. 
CuriosityAll of Nursery, All of Reception, Fatima, Michaela, Chloe, Aaron R, Thandiwe, Jaydon, Kemuel, Zachary, Christiana, Rhea, Marqueza, Unami, Austin, Zainab & Christopher D. 
AcceptanceLerato, All of Reception,  Ed Mitchel, Chloe, Hana, Evelyn, Aaron R, George, Thandiwe, Aniyah, Sophia G, Rhea, Christiana, Unami, Marqueza, Amy, Gabriella, Simona, & Arjun. 
RespectLerato, Eva, All of Reception, All of Year 2, All of Year 3, Amy & Reeya. 
**Growth Mind-set **Lucca, Matthias, Ed Mitchel, Aaron R, Evelyn, Thandiwe, George, Christiana, Austin, Amanda & Jana. 

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 17th January 2022:

Nursery Elicia
Reception Mahlon
Year 1 Idelle
Year 2 Aaron
Year 3 Thandiwe
Year 4  Marqueza
Year 5  Nomsa
Year 6  Tayla-Ann

 Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.

COVID-19 :
 Anyone who is self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace. If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.  Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation. Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available Hand Hygiene Please continue to support the school by encouraging your children to maintain good hand hygiene throughout the day through co-operating when asked to wash or sanitise their hands. Please re-mind your child of the importance of washing their hands in soap and water for 20 seconds.  COVID Symptoms It is also important that you do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of COVID- 19 and that they stay at home while you seek a PCR test. reported symptoms for the Omicron variant include a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat as well as a repeated cough, high temperature and loss of taste and smell.  Instructions for reporting positive COVID-19 cases Please advise us if your child has tested positive for COVID-19. NHS Test and Trace will deal with contacting any persons considered to be a close contact.  Symptoms that you should consider are; · headache · runny nose · sore throat · new continuous cough and/or · high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)    

Attendance W/C 17th January  2022:

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our school attendance target is 97%. Of course, we do not expect children who are unwell to come into school. They need to stay at home and rest to get well. They also need to stay at home, so they don’t pass on illness to others. 

Year GroupAttendance %
Nursery 85.71%
Reception 72%
Year 1 88%
Year 2 100%
Year 3 73.33%
Year 4 85.71%
Year 5 90%
Year 6 100%

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00am every day in line with our school policy. We understand that the building is cold, but we have to keep the windows open for ventilation due to Government regulations, so please ensure that your children arrive at school with lots of layers to keep warm.

Fundraising Clothes Bank:

Please feel free to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes or textiles which will help raise funds for our school. Please ensure that all items are in a carrier bag/black sack before depositing. Thank you.

Afterschool Collection Times 

Please be reminded that school finishes at 3:30pm every day, staff have a duty of care until 3:45pm Monday – Thursday and until 13:45pm on a Friday. If you are going to be late please  notify the office know otherwise you will be charged a late collection fee. All after school clubs finish at 4:45pm Monday to Thursday and at 2:45pm on a Friday if you are going to be late please notify the office or a late fee will be applied to your school account. Thank you for your prompt collect at the end of the day.

Lost Property:

Please can we ask that all items of clothing are labelled with your child’s name. Our lost property box seems to be building up again, please feel free to come and have a look if your child has any items missing.

Inclement Weather:

It is always our intention that the school will remain open unless the weather conditions make it difficult for the children and staff to travel to school safely. The decision as to whether the school opens will normally be made by 7am on the day in question. A message will be posted on our website www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk(Please note that the Inclement Weather Policy can be viewed on our website) as well as on Class Dojo. The decision made is based on risk assessment in conjunction with the advice given by Hertfordshire Education Authority, Hertfordshire Police Service and neighbouring schools including our Secondary School.

 Key Dates: 

26th January Drama Workshop  (EYFS – Year 3 only)
31st  January  – 4 FebruaryMaths Week
1st February Internet Safer Day Workshops (Years 1-6 only)
7th -11th February Children’s Mental Health Week
7th FebruaryPrimary School Board
8th FebruarySafer Internet Day
9th FebruaryMastermind Competition
11th FebruarySpring Term (First Half) Ends

See link for our school calendar – https://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar-2/

Finally, lets us remember  that ‘God is love, all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them’. 1 John 4:16

Love and Blessings, 

Mrs Madden