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Newsletter 7 – 19th October 2020

This half-term’s value is ‘Generosity’ (2 Corinthians 9:6-11)

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Bubble Closure – Woodpeckers’ Class

 

We had to close our first class bubble this morning due to a confirmed case of Covid-19. All children in the class were sent home with a learning pack with activities to complete today and will commence online learning tomorrow. They will now need to self-isolate up to and including Tuesday, 27th October. Brothers and sisters of children in the Woodpeckers’ class do not need to self-isolate and can continue to attend school as usual, unless of course they start to develop symptoms of Covid-19.

 

Google Classroom

 

Google Classroom is a free and secure learning network for teachers, pupils and schools. It provides a safe way for us to connect, share learning, participate in discussions and receive class information. Google Classroom is accessible online and through any mobile devices with Internet capabilities—including iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

 

In the event of a bubble closure or future lockdown, Google Classroom will allow teachers to set learning tasks remotely. Your child’s teacher is currently getting the children familiar with this learning platform during school time so that they become confident users.

 

Consent for Responsible Internet Use: When your child started at St Matthew’s, you were asked to sign a document called ‘Consent for Responsible Internet Use’. Outlined in this document were the expectations we hold for every pupil regarding the safe use of the internet.

 

As Google Classrooms allows us to hold discussions and conversations about our learning online, pupils will be expected to continue to uphold our school values, being respectful and kind to others at all times. The site will be used to discuss school-related content only and children are expected to use it sensibly.

 

How do we access Google Classrooms?

 

Accounts have been created for pupils so they can all now login at home. Please get your child to log in at home (if you have access to a device and the internet) using the instructions attached to this letter. If you do not have internet access or a device we will be in touch. We do not want any pupil to miss out on these online learning opportunities.

 

Please do not alter any settings or changing passwords whilst logged into the Google Classroom. Only do so if you have concerns that someone may have your details and then please inform school straight away.  Look out for your child’s login details for Google Classroom – some teacher have sent these out already, other will be sending these home this week.

Dinner Money

 

Please make sure that all dinner monies are up to date by the end of the day this Friday, 23rd October, using SchoolMoney, our online payment system. Many thanks.

 

Parking around school

 

Once again we have had some complaints from residents in the houses on Cambridge Street. Some parents have been parking their cars on driveways and lawns when dropping their children off or picking them up at the end of the day. Residents in these houses need access at all times from their driveways. Sometimes residents are unable to get their cars off their own drives to get to work. Please give this some thought.

 

Warning – THC Sweets

 

Police Officers are warning parents to be vigilant after a package containing suspected THC sweets were intercepted at a Post Office in Blackburn. The package, containing the "Medicated Nerds Rope Bites” and destined for a property in Blackburn, was intercepted by Post Office staff this week.

The package has since been seized by police and while the items have not yet been tested it is suspected that they contain extremely strong doses of THC, which is found in cannabis. It is feared that the level of THC contained in the sweets could be up to 50 times more than in a joint.

 

PC Emma Lougheed, of the Blackburn Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “While there is no evidence at this stage to suggest these sweets are being sold in the wider community, we are asking parents to remain vigilant. These sweets will clearly look attractive to children and we want to take all precautions to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. There have been reports in the national press of youngsters being hospitalised after taking similar looking sweets and that is obviously a situation we want to avoid.

 

If you have any information about this package or you or your child has been offered these sweets for sale, please email BlackburnTC.NPT@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 0379.

 

Homework

 

Please could parents and carers make sure that children complete their written homework to the same standard as we expect of them in school. Children should complete their homework in pencil or pen, (depending on if the child uses pen in school), in their neatest handwriting. They should include the same punctuation (full stops, capital letters etc) as they would use in school. Please also encourage your children to look after their homework books and folders to keep them looking neat and tidy. I would really appreciate your support with this.

 

Flu Vaccinations

 

A reminder that paper forms are available to parents who would still like their child to receive the flu vaccination.

 

If you would like a form, please ring the main school office and a form will be given to your child to bring home. This needs to be returned to school before we finish for half term which is next Friday, 23rd October. The flu vaccine team will return to school in November to administer the vaccine to children who missed out last week.

 

A reminder that school closes at 2.45pm on Friday 23rd October for the half term holiday and    re-opens on Monday 2nd November.

Well Done!

 

Congratulations to the following children for their achievements last week:

 

Headteacher’s Awards

Robins (Blue)

Aisha Hussain

Doves

Taimoor Hussain

Robins (Green)

Subhan Nain

Owls

Aayan Qazi

Woodpeckers

Asiyah Khan

Kestrels

Zara Ali

Kingfishers

Zoya Chaudhry

Hawks

Madeeha Khuram

Swallows

Rayaan Siddiq

Eagles

Hammad Fulat

 

Mrs Fenton’s Star of the Week: Altair Pescador

Mrs Martin’s Class of the Week: Woodpeckers

 

Attendance

 

Last week’s attendance was as follows:

 

 
   
 

Robins - Blue

95.8%

 

Doves        

99.6%

 

Overall attendance for

the week:  97%

Robins - Green

98%

 

Owls

96.7%

 

Woodpeckers

96.7%

 

Kestrels

97.2%

 

Overall attendance for the year to date: 95.6%

Kingfishers

100%

 

Hawks

98.7%

 

Swallows

94.6%

 

Eagles

93.7%

 

Target for year = 96%

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

 

 

Julian Rogers

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To login to Google Classroom:

 

 

  1. Open your internet browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge)
  1. In the search bar, type ‘google classroom login’

 

  1. Click on the first search result:

 

 

  1. Enter your child’s login details for Google classroom (they will bring this home) – this is in the following format:

 

  • Email: their school email address (e.g. amirt18@stmatthews.blackburn.sch.uk)

 

  • Password: usually a combination of four letters, four digits and a hash tag (e.g. plkj3579#)

 

 

  1. Click on your child’s class…

 

 

 

  1. …and you’re away!

 

 

 

 

Children’s work can be found under the ‘Classwork’ and ‘Stream’ headings – see above.

They are being shown how to access work, complete it and ‘hand it in’ – Google Classroom calls this ‘Turn it in’.

 

 

 

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