Weekly News for Families – 29.1.20210

Dear Parents and Carers
What a strange January this has been!  Once again, thank you for all of the hard work that is going on at home.  We have delivered some more laptops this week and have provided paper packs to support the learning at home.  Some of you have been to collect new exercise books because your children have already completed the ones they brought home before Christmas!  Please keep the Home Learning books safe as we are looking forward to all of them returning with the children when we are fully open again.
You may have heard on the news this week references to the 8th March as a potential date for the re-opening of schools.  We will let you know any information regarding this as soon as we receive anything from the DfE.
It continues to feel very different in school.  Although the children who are in school are working hard, they are missing their friends. 
Class Zoom Meetings
Many of the classes have begun their class Zoom meetings this week.  Despite a couple of teething problems, the staff and children were really pleased to connect school and home.  These meetings will continue for the time being, so look out for the meetings details on Google Classroom and ParentMail. 
If your child is joining a meeting from home, please can you make sure the screen is renamed using their first name.  This will allow the teachers to see who is trying to join the meeting easily.
BT Wi-Fi Vouchers
We have been successful in our application for 60 free Wi-Fi vouchers from BT.  Please read the attachment which provides more details about this and how to let us know if you require one of these.
Tuesday Chat
This week’s Tuesday Chat unfortunately clashes with a Governor’s meeting that Mr Hughes and I have to attend.  Therefore, we will move the online meeting to Monday 1st February.  The code remains the same but we will send a reminder after the weekend.
Children’s Mental Health Week
Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week.  As a family, please make sure at some point in the week you spend some time doing an activity which you enjoy or which is important to you.  This might be baking, playing a game, going for walk or watching a favourite film.  I am sure the list is endless.  We would love to see pictures of what you get up to!  Please add them to our school Twitter feed (Yapton C. of E. Primary School @YaptonOf).  I have attached some ideas for families during Children’s Mental Health Week.
Support For Families
We realise that this continues to be a difficult time for so many reasons.  We are here to help, but it may be that you require home-based support.  This can be found through the Arun Hub Enabling Families.  Their contact number is 07860 858616.  Please ring this number for further information and to book an appointment.
Road Names In Yapton
Here’s something to think about over the weekend.  We have been asked to suggest potential street names for the new housing development at North End Road.  The developers are looking for 6-8 street names for the site.  You may wish to think about the history of the local area or significant events or people linked to the village.  Please let us know of any suggestions on the office2@yaptonschool.org email address by Monday 1st February so that we can send them on.
Please continue to use the same email address to contact us if you need to.
Have a safe weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett

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