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November 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – November 2020

I hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and well.  As you know, Stirling has moved into Level 4 last Friday.  We will be maintaining and continually reinforcing our safety protocols in classrooms and around the school.  Thank you to everyone for wearing face coverings on entry to our school grounds.  This is very much appreciated by all our school community.  Please be assured that we are doing our very best to keep our school community as safe as possible while offering a high quality learning experience.


Thank you to the parents/carers who have very kindly donated hand soap and tissues.  This is invaluable at this time due to the increased level of handwashing.  Please continue to pop any donations into the box at the school entrance.

Unfortunately, due to current circumstances we must continue to request that there are no home lunches, except in exceptional circumstances.  We will advise you as soon as we are able to facilitate this again.

Footwear Clothing Grants/ Free School Meals -Some families may be eligible for clothing grants. Applications  can be made on the Stirling Council Council website,

Some families may be eligible for free school meals. Applications can be made on the Stirling Council website,

Seasonal Information

This year, due to COVID regulations, we cannot go ahead with our concert in its usual format, with parents as a live audience. However, we really do not want the children, especially the Primary 3s to miss out on this experience entirely so we are going to go ahead with the Christmas show with each of the P3 classes taking a scene.   Primary 1 and Primary 2 children will be performing a Christmas poem they have chosen to share with you.  The children will rehearse this as a class and will perform it on the stage in the hall. This will then be filmed and edited in a way that the whole show comes together. Just before the Christmas break P1-3 parents will be given a link to view the show for free from home and will also have the opportunity to purchase it on DVD should you wish.

Christmas Cards – regrettably, we cannot allow the children to bring and distribute Christmas cards in school this year.  Please do not send your child to school with any Christmas cards as we will not be operating a Christmas Post system. 

RAPP Christmas Celebration Event

In lieu of not being able to have the Christmas Fayre this year, the Parent Council asked the Pupil Council how they would like to mark this occasion in a Covid safe way.  The Pupil Council have voted to hold a whole school Dress Down Day on Friday 4 December.  On this day your child does not have to wear school uniform.  Please do not wear any football colours.  Please note there will be an opportunity to make a small donation if you wish for Parent Council funds.

Christmas Parties

Children will have a Christmas party in their classroom in the afternoon between Wednesday 9 December – Wednesday 16 December.  Your child’s class teacher will advise you of which day your child’s Christmas party will be held.  On this day your child may come to school wearing something festive eg a santa hat, a bit of tinsel, Christmas top.  The Parent Council have very kindly donated a small snack and a drink for these events.

Community Advent Window

Again this year we will be participating in the Riverside Community Advent Window displays.  Please look out for our windows on Friday 4 December and Friday 11 December.


School Christmas Lunch

The School Christmas Lunch will be on Friday 18 December.  Children have been issued with a letter asking if they would like to order a lunch.

Dash to Lapland Event

On Friday 18 December we will be hosting a whole school Health & Wellbeing event in support of Strathcarron Hospice.  More detailed information will follow shortly.

School Christmas Service

This year our Christmas Service will be a virtual event on Tuesday 22 December.  Parents will receive a link to access this virtually from their child’s class teacher.

School Holidays

Updated holiday dates are available on the Stirling Council website. 


This session the charities we will be supporting are Start Up Stirling, Strathcarron Hospice and Comic Relief. 

Unexplained Absences

At the beginning of term, a few parents/carers were sent letters via the school bag requesting details of unexplained absences during the first term of school.  Thank you to those parents that have responded.  If you received one of these letters and have not yet returned the reply slip to school, please could you do so as a matter of urgency.  If no response is received any unexplained absences will be marked as an Unauthorised Absence.

As you know, if your child is absent from school, we ask you to call the Absence Hotline to report the absence and reason.  If a child is absent from school and we have not received a phone call, this is followed up by our Office Staff on the day.  Where no response is received on the day from the parent/carer and no note received either to the School Office or Class Teacher, a letter will be sent home requesting details of the absence.  If no response is received to this letter, the absence will be marked as unauthorised.  A large amount of time is spent by Office Staff following up unexplained absences. Can I please ask that if your child is going to be absent, you communicate this and the reason for the absence, to the school, either via the Absence Hotline, via letter to your child’s teacher or via email. 

Annual Update Forms

All children have been issued with an Annual Update Form for parents to check, make any amendments to the details we have and return to school.  If you have not done so, could you please return the form to school as soon as possible.  It is especially important during this time that we have the correct telephone numbers and e-mail addresses should we need to contact you.

School App

We strongly encourage parents to download the School App.  This is our main form of communication with you.  Please contact the school office by phone or e-mail for details.

Tips for using the School App – We can send short messages, ie reminders, as a message and this will appear in the Messages Tab.  Longer communications and attachments will appear in the News Tab.  Please check both.  Our Riverside Tweets also feed in to our News Tab, so if you do not use Twitter you are still able to keep up-to-date with school activities by regularly visiting the News Tab.


We would like to remind parents to park considerately in the streets around the school and not park over or partially across local residents’ driveways.  May we also remind you not to park or drop off within the yellow lines.  The Police in joint operation with Stirling Council parking wardens will be attending and issuing tickets to any offenders. 


We ask all parents/carers to respect others in the playground by not smoking or vaping.

Naming Uniform and Lost Property

Please can we once again ask parents to ensure that all children’s belongings are clearly named/labelled.  We have a large amount of lost property going unclaimed, which increases on a daily basis.  We will be returning named items at the end of term however, unnamed items will be retained until the end of the school year, by then we hope you will be able to freely browse and claim any lost items.

Weather Conditions and School Closures

Just a reminder of our procedure for school closures here at Riverside. 

Unless there is a Stirling Council decision to close all schools, we strive to keep the school open.  It is reassuring that a number of staff from other schools, who cannot reach their own schools, are designated to join us to cover for our own staff.  Our staff come from a wide geographical area and can struggle with transport delays and weather/travel conditions.

Please be aware that if we have to close the school, information will be available from

At a school level we try to keep you up to date through

If the closure is Council wide text messages may be used, however there is a possibility due to the high volume of texts being sent across the council that there may be a delay in parents receiving the message.  Therefore please do check the other communication sources mentioned above.

Enrolment for session 2021-22

We will advise you of our Covid secure enrolment procedures as soon as they have been confirmed by Stirling Council.

R.A.P.P - Riverside Active Parent Partnership

Following the Parent Council AGM, new office bearers have been elected. Mrs Josephine Amos has taken over as Chair, Mrs Jenny Robertson and Ms Kathryn Anderson remain as Joint Vice Chairs and Mrs Kirsty Watson remains the Treasurer.  Mrs Kirsten Mitchell will take over as clerk to the Parent Council. As many of you will know, Kirsten has been the Chair of the Parent Council for 14 years.  We would like to thank her for her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the many fund raising and school events that she has been involved in.  We look forward to working with the new committee to further enhance the learning experience for all our children and families at Riverside Primary.

Wednesday 23 December - Lunch Arrangements for last day of term.

Term ends on Wednesday 23 December at 1.30pm.  Children will have lunch as normal in school, with all children P1-P7 being dismissed at 1.30pm when school closes.

If your child is unable to attend on the last day of school please ensure that you phone the school to let us know.  Thank you.

Dates for your diary – always subject to change!

Friday 18 December           School Christmas Lunch

Tuesday 22 December Virtual Christmas Service 10am

Wednesday 23 December        School closes 1.30 pm for Christmas break

Thursday 7 January 2021       School re-opens 9.00 am for Spring term

If any matter gives you as a parent/carer cause for concern, please do not hesitate to let me, or a member of the staff team know. 

Michelle MacPhee


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