Issue 5 - 1st October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been another busy week at Parkfield with Ed-venture days for Y4 and 6, swimming lessons, extra curricular clubs, booster classes and an open afternoon where our wonderful school councillors were given the responsibility to show around many prospective parents. Things won't slow down next week as Y4 go on a trip to Jorvik, Y3 have a theatre visiting them, Harvest service takes place and Y5 enjoy their first Edventure day of the year.
There is a lot of illness around school at the moment and I want to thank all our families for getting a PCR test when asked because their child has shown any of the three main symptoms of Covid. A reminder that if there is a positive case, we will send a 'warn and inform' letter out to the class and there will not be the need to close the bubble.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your continued support.
CAR PARKING AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY - KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE
We have been made aware of a number of incidents where children have nearly been hit by a car in and around the main school gates and along Harold street at the beginning and end of the school day. Please help keep everyone safe by parking away from the school gates and walking up to the playground. The safety of our children is paramount and only with your support on this matter can we keep our pupils as safe as possible.
HARVEST SERVICE - DONATIONS PLEASE
The whole school is having a special Harvest Assembly on Wednesday in the school hall and we're collecting this year again for Middleton Food Bank. They have asked for UHT milk, tinned vegetables (carrots and peas), rice pudding, tinned meat and tinned fruit. Please send any donations in on Wednesday morning. Photos of the special assembly will be available as usual on our Twitter feed. Thanks in advance for your kind contributions.
FREE SCHOOL DINNER FOR ALL - THURSDAY 7TH OCTOBER
To promote our school dinners we're allowing all children in the school to have a free school dinner next Thursday 7th October. Please contact the school via email or phone if you're on packed lunches and let us know that you'd like to take up the offer.
On another note, please give two weeks notice to the office to change your child's meal patterns from packed lunch to school meal or vice versa.
Parent's Evening is going to take place on Wednesday 13th October between 3.30 and 7.00pm. We are going to continue, like the summer term, to carry out the evening virtually where you will be able to sign up to a video call with your child's class teacher. The virtual approach worked well in the summer with the majority of parents and carers saying they'd be happy to continue in future. It's also the safest way for all of the community. Please keep an eye on your emails for signing up and for details about how the video class function works.
TERM TIME HOLIDAYS
A reminder, now that we are able to travel abroad, that any holiday during term time will result in a fine being issued as detailed in our attendance policy. All term time holidays are classed as an unauthorised absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. Fines are issued by the local authority when 5 consecutive days (10 sessions) have been missed. Currently, a £60 fine is issued to each parent/carer with parental responsibility for each child. For example, 2 siblings and both parents going on holiday could result in a fine totalling £240 .
We're holding two more open days this year for prospective pupils that may join us in September 2022. The dates available are Tuesday 12th October 9-10am and Thursday 18th November 9-10am. Please contact the school office to book. More details can be found on the poster below.
A reminder that outdoor PE kits are to be worn on PE days. If your child doesn't have a royal blue hoody they are to wear their school jumper.
MEMORABLE MOMENT PHOTOGRAPHS
Rather than searching back through Twitter, we've now added a page on our website with links to all our recent photographs of the memorable moments, such as our theme days and school trips. Click here for access.
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
From Monday, all Parkfielders will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. For those that don't have a royal blue hoody, a school jumper must be worn. No other hoodies are allowed. Click here for information on uniform and PE kit.
Monday - Year 3/4
Tuesday - Year 5/6
Wednesday - Reception
Thursday - Year 1/2
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2021-22
An updated list of events and holiday dates can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/calendar-inc-holiday-lists.html . This is updated regularly and gives upto date information about what's happening at the school. Please note that the school will be closed to pupils for INSET on Friday 22nd October.
Our exciting, new school menu is now available. https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/dinner-menus.html . Please note that school dinners have increased in price in line with local authority guidelines and will cost £2.40 per day or £12.00 per week.
PARKFIELD SCHOOL LOTTERY
If you'd like the opportunity to win £25,000 each week and support the school you can do so by joining the school lottery. There is a winner from our school each week that wins a smaller prize but there is always the chance of winning the national prize of £25,000. More details and how to join can be found here: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/parkfield-primary-school
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.
As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
If driving, park further away from the school and walk to reduce congestion and the possiblity of any serious accidents.
Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.