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March 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – March 2020



Please visit the following websites for the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19. This information is on Stirling Council website with current links to NHS, Scottish and UK Government latest advice

Please see NHS Poster with Advice on the Coronavirus for places of Education



Miss Michaela MacDonald has been appointed to the post of Acting Depute Headteacher until the end of June to cover Mrs McLeod’s absence.  We are delighted to let you know that Mrs McLeod has had her baby, a little girl.  We hope to have them visit us soon.  Mrs Sinclair from the Nursery and Mrs Campbell have now both started their maternity leave and have both had baby boys.  Mrs Laura Moore will continue to teach in P6C to cover Mrs Campbell’s maternity leave.  Mrs Godward is the Acting PECE during Mrs Sinclair’s maternity leave.


Focus Week – 9 March – 13 March

This year our Focus Week will take the form of Health and Well Being and Emotional Literacy.  The children will have opportunities to learn in fun and exciting ways helping promote healthy bodies and minds.  Visitors will be invited into school to share their expertise and experiences of health and wellbeing in the world of work.  There will be a gallery showing examples of learning that each class has taken part in during the week on Thursday 12 March from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.  During this time there will be parent workshops on (1) Sleep and Mental Wellness (2) Star Emotions (3) Exercise and Mental Health Management (4) Roots of Empathy.


21st Gaelic Ceilidh

Help us celebrate 21 years of Gaelic at Riverside.  We are holding a ceilidh with Riverside Ceilidh Band on Friday 27 March at 7.30 pm in the school, please spread the word and come along and join us.


Thank you

Mrs Kay Robertson would like to say a huge thank you to Riverside children, parents and staff for all the good wishes and kindness she received.


Car Idling

It has been brought to our attention again that at pick up time, some cars are sitting with their engine idling. This is concerning as it releases pollution around the school.  We would kindly ask that while waiting for your child to come out of school, you switch your engine off. 


Parking around the school continues to be problematic. For the safety of all our children, parents and staff please park safely and considerately particularly at the start and end of the school day.


School Uniform

The children are smart and well turned out for school. We thank parents for their continued support in the wearing of school uniform which makes all children feel part of Riverside Primary. A reminder that the wearing of jeans or football tops is not permitted. Children should have PE kit with them every day.  Please make use of our ‘Re-use Re-Love’ uniform area.

Spare Clothing

We keep a small stock of spare clothing, eg socks, pants, tights, for children to change into if required.  If your child has had to borrow spare clothing from the school can you please ensure that it is washed and returned to the school office.


Lost Property

Please check and reclaim Lost Property regularly.  Thank you.


Parentpay – setting up an alert

In our November Newsletter we issued information to set up an alert on Parentpay as a reminder to top up your child’s account.  Feedback from parents has been positive and we would ask you to set this up if you can.  A lot of time is spent by our office staff following up unpaid lunch money and this would hopefully reduce time spent on this.


To do this:-

  • Go to the ParentPay website (you cannot do this via the ParentPay App)

  • Select Communications;

  • Alert Settings;

  • Select the type of alert (low balance and/or new item) and select how you want to receive your alerts (there is no charge if you select email alerts); 

  • Click Save at the bottom of screen.


We would be grateful if parents could set this alert, as this would greatly help to reduce our administration time in following up outstanding dinner monies.


Absence Hotline

This is a dedicated number (01786 476577) whereby parents/carers are asked to report all absences on the first day of absence between 8.45 am and 10.00 am. You will be asked to give your child’s name, class, reason for absence and likely day of return (if possible). We aim to follow up any unexplained absences by phoning contact numbers. 


The ‘Absence Hotline’ is not a perfect system but in this way we hope to support parents in working with them for the safety of their children. It does depend on parents contacting us and on telephone numbers being up to date.


Any unexplained absences will be followed up by a member of senior leadership team.


School Holiday Dates 2020-2021

School Holiday Dates for 2020-2021 are now available on the Stirling Council website.


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

Rag Bag Collection

The next Ragbag collection will be on Thursday 26 March 2020.  Bags will be distributed soon.


Dates for your diary – please remember these are always subject to change

Thursday 12 March           Parents’ Visit for Focus Week – gallery and workshops

Friday 13 March               Early lunch for whole school – 12.15pm to 1.15pm

Friday 20 March               Parents’ Assembly P1L & P1S

Thursday 26 March           Rag Bag Collection

Friday 27 March               Parents’ Assembly P2/3M & 3F – details to follow

Thursday 2 April               Easter Service in School – all welcome (10.00am)

Friday 3 April                   School closes for Spring break at 3.15 pm

Monday 20 April              School reopens for Summer term at 9.00 am

Friday 1 May                   Staff Development Day - school closed to children

Friday 8 May                   Local Holiday - school closed to staff and children

Friday 22 May                 Parents’ Assembly P3/4H & P4M

Monday 25 May              Sports day – weather permitting

Wednesday 27 May         Induction evening for new Nursery parents

Monday 1 June                Reserve sports day

Thursday 4 June                P7 Performance – details to follow 7pm

Wednesday 10 June          Induction evening for new Primary 1 parents

Thursday 11 June              Visits for new Primary 1 children

Friday 12 June                  P7 Graduation – 9.30 am

Wednesday 24 June          Church Service – 10.00am Viewfield Church, all welcome

Thursday 25 June              School closes for Summer holiday

As always, 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.


Mrs Michelle MacPhee

Acting Headteacher

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