Dear Parents/Carers and our lovely children
We hope you have enjoyed a fun filled, busy and wonderful summer break. We have received many postcards of all the children’s adventures, thank you very much! We look forward to hearing lots more on your return to school next week. Below are a few reminders and bits of information to read before starting back…
First day back – School re-opens on Tuesday 4th September (Monday 3rd is staff training day)
Breakfast club – You do not need to book a place for this club. It starts at 7.45 a.m., so please ensure your child does not arrive before this time as there is no supervision of your child until 7.45 a.m. breakfast club is £2.50 per day, this must be paid in the week your child attends. Children come to the main door and ring the bell to enter.
School start time – School starts at 8.55 a.m. The yard gate will be opened and supervised by Mr Dixon at 8.40 a.m., children dropped off before this time will not be supervised, so please consider this is you drop them any earlier. If children come into school before 8.40 a.m. you will be charged for the breakfast club service.
School meals – Children must return to school on the same school meal arrangement they accessed before the holidays, unless you informed Mrs Raine otherwise. There is a two week notice period required for a change to school meal arrangements. If you change without notifying you will be charged the daily rate. School meals have gone up by 5p per day. Therefore the daily rate is £2.05 and the weekly rate is £10.25. Children on packed lunches can access a dinner on a Friday as part of an on-going Fun Friday arrangement we run. Children must order their lunch on a Monday(or Tuesday for next week) by returning the order form (or a written note), with payment. Fun Friday meals are from the hatch, or there is a brand new ‘Grab-a-Bag’ meal for a Friday, and you order this in the same way. The Grab-A-Bag is a packed lunch which means the children collect it on entering the hall and don’t need to queue.
Swimming lessons – Year 3 swim last lesson every Thursday, this will start in the first week back (7th). Year 4 will swim last lesson on a Monday. Children need to be collected from the baths on these days.
School uniform – Please visit our website for the school uniform requirements. All children must be in the correct uniform, which includes shoes and P.E. kit. http://www.consett-jun.durham.sch.uk/parents/our-school-uniform/
School finish time – School finishes at 3.30 p.m. Parents/Carers of children in year 3 are welcome to come into the yard and wait at the top of the yard by the grass verge (not spread across the yard). Year 3 children will be brought out by their teachers at 3.25 p.m. Parents/Carers of children in all other years must ensure they inform their child or where they will be waiting for them at the end of the day. This is usually anywhere from the main gate to the crossing patrol person, or possibly walking home if local to the school.
Appointments – All routine medical appointments, unless an emergency or exceptional circumstances, should be made outside of the school day. If they are during the school day, you must provide a copy of the appointment details.
Emergency contact information – If you have moved house, changed your contact number, or your listed contacts change, please forward this information to Mrs Raine on the first day. If you are a family who require two sets of important information, you must inform us of this. If you are a parent who does not live with your child, we can post important information to your address, i.e. school reports/newsletters.
Water bottles – children in year 3 will be provided with a school water bottle (and homework bag) on their first day. Additional water bottles can be bought from Mrs Raine for £2.00.
After school clubs – All clubs will re-commence in the second week back to school (except cross country for current members, this will still be after school Tuesday and during school lunchtimes). Letters will be sent home in the first week. Most clubs will remain the same but an after school dance club will run on a Thursday for this half term only, this is run by a coach and replaces the previous Thursday club).
Payments to school – If applicable to you, dinner money, breakfast club and club money is paid to school in a clearly labelled envelope, stating what it is for with your child’s name. School fund can be paid in the same way or dropped into our ‘money spinner’. School fund is £1 per week (or a donation if you prefer) and is used for resources for the children.
School texts – If you need to contact the school to inform of absences, general enquiries etc., we have a school text number 07937 986237. Alternatively you can send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . If your child is absent from school you must ensure you inform us, otherwise this is recorded as an unauthorised absence, which will result in an attendance referral if they hit the triggers. It is our responsibility to monitor and support attendance in our school.
We hope this information is useful, especially for those new to our school. Please contact us should you need any further help.
Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all over the next few weeks.