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September 2021 Newsletter

Newsletter – September 2021

Our arrangements at the beginning and end of the day continue to work well, and our joint decision to have no school bells throughout the day is contributing to a quiet and calm school day.  We would be grateful if you would continue to observe Physical Distancing in the playground at all times.  Our return to the lunch hall and the removal of staggered break and lunch time has been successful.  The children are enjoying being able to play with all year groups during break and lunch time. 

Please can all parents/carers ensure that their children are clear about their arrangements at the end of the school day.  All children are encouraged to report to the school office at 3.15pm if they do not see the adult who is due to pick them up. Please reinforce this guidance at home to ensure all children are safe and well. Please note our office staff finish their working day at 3.30pm and we would be grateful if all children are picked up promptly at the end of the school day at 3.15pm.

Covid – Update

COVID 19 Self- Isolation

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the general advice currently in place for everyone: If anyone in your household develops symptoms of COVID 19 the symptomatic person should self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible. Everyone else in the household should also stay at home and get tested if someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • a high temperature or fever

  • a new continuous cough

  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

Please note updated guidance as of 17 September from Scottish Government.  Please support our community by working with these changes.  Essentially in summary the update is as follows:

  • The previous blanket requirement for close contacts aged 0-17 to isolate for 10 days has been removed.

  • U18s who are identified by Test and Protect as close contacts should isolate and book a PCR.  If the PCR is negative, and they remain without symptoms, they may resume their daily lives and return to school.

  • If positive, they should follow the NHS guidance and isolate immediately.

  • The above guidance is the same for over 18s that are fully vaccinated.

  • Those over 18s who are identified as a close contact and are not vaccinated should isolate even if they have a negative PCR

Please do contact us if you require additional information.  We would reinforce that if your child feels ill, or is symptomatic, they should not come to school.  Please ensure that they isolate and organise a test in this case along with all members of your household.

From this week we are no longer required to issue whole school Warn and Inform letters.  There will now be a letter issued which is targeted to low level contacts identified to the positive index case.  Please continue to check your e-mail regularly and update us with any changes to your e-mail address.  Thank you.

 

Communication

Effective and timely communication during this time continues to be challenging.  Please can I ask that you ensure you download the school APP “PSA” from the GooglePlay or Apple app store.  Please contact the school for support with this.  Our classes will be sharing their learning weekly via twitter please ensure you follow us at @RPSinStirling.

 

We continue to keep parents well informed about the day-to-day life of the school through letters, regular Newsletters and the Noticeboards in the playground.  If you have any general queries, you can contact the school office or use our school website: www.riversideprimaryschool.co.uk  where you will find lots of useful information.  If you have any concerns about your child, your first point of contact is the class teacher, by emailing the school on rvrsdeps@stirling.gov.uk  or by telephoning the school requesting a return call.  You can also contact any member of the Senior Leadership Team by the same procedure.  We will try to get back to you as soon as possible. 

 

Footwear Clothing Grants/ Free School Meals

Some families may be eligible for clothing grants. Applications can be made on the Stirling Council Council website,  https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/schools/school-meals-uniforms/footwear-clothing-grant-school-meals/

 

Some families may be eligible for . Applications can be made on the Stirling Council website, https://www.stirling.gov.uk/learning-education/schools/school-meals-uniforms/footwear-clothing-grant-school-meals/

Personal Property

At the end of every school year we have a large amount of unnamed and unclaimed items of personal property.  Please can you ensure that you label all articles of clothing and personal belongings clearly with your child’s name e.g. uniform, lunchbox, water bottle.  Please can we remind you that your child should NOT bring any personal belongings into school. 

Each Friday, from Friday 1 October, Lost Property will be placed on the ramp outside the main office at 3.15 pm.  Please come along and look through the bags to see if there is anything belonging to your child.    

 

Parking

We continue to be concerned about the level of disrespectful parking around the school which is dangerous for children and inconvenient for our local community. Please park safely at all times.  Parking Wardens will be visiting our school regularly to ensure safe parking at all times.

 

Car Idling

Some cars are sitting with their engine idling at pick up time. 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. 

 

Staffing

We welcome several new members of staff – our Probationer Teachers are Mr David Eyre in P6/7G (Gaelic), Mrs Annie Maxwell in P3M and Mrs Lauren Henderson in P5H.  We are delighted that Mr Jaimie I’Anson has returned to Riverside and will be with us for the session in various classes throughout the school.

 

School Holidays

Updated holiday dates are available on the Stirling Council website.  Please note there are no November Staff Development Days this year.

 

School Uniform

We are always pleased to see so many children in school uniform.  This is part of our identity and helps build our school community.  Please remember we discourage the wearing of jeans/denim shorts and football tops and would prefer that children did not wear tracksuit bottoms, or tops apart from for PE on your child’s P.E days.  This tends to creep in during the year, particularly with older children – please help us maintain the same standards throughout the year.  Jackets - Please ensure that your child brings a waterproof jacket with a hood to school each day.   

Please can you ensure all clothing items have your child’s name clearly marked, this will help us to return lost property items.   

 

Nuts - We have several children in the school with severe nut allergies.  We therefore ask that you refrain from sending any nuts or nut-based products (eg, cereal bars containing nuts) in to school with your child for either snack or lunch.  We appreciate your understanding.

 

Parent Council

The Parent Council AGM will take place on Thursday 28 October.  This will be a virtual event and more details will follow shortly.  We very much look forward to welcoming you to the virtual AGM. 

 

RAPP would like to thank all parents and carers for their fantastic donations during 2021.  During a difficult year, where our usual in-school fundraising activities were suspended, we are pleased to let you know we raised £4,050.  This was from Fit Feb, our Dress Down Day and the Smarties Appeal.  This is an amazing total and we thank the Riverside families for supporting us throughout the last academic year.  In addition we received grant funding of £1,500 from Stirling Council’s Communities Trust, £1,000 from Arnold Clark and we were awarded a grant of £7,500 from Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust.  The funds raised have mainly been used to support the school in funding the upgrades on our school playground.  This includes the new picnic benches and an activity trail which is scheduled to be installed during the October holidays.  We also made donations towards the cost of last year’s in-class Christmas Parties, to fund the School App for Parents, funded one year online subscription for Sum Dog and a contribution towards Leavers Hoodies for our departing P7s.

 

There are further upgrades planned for the school playground, as well as some donations to the school to support your child’s learning.   Our fundraising activities will continue, kicking off with our Non Event – details coming soon!

 

Focus Weeks:

Please see below upcoming Learning Focus Weeks your child will be taking part in:

w/c 27 September – Maths Week Scotland

w/c 4 October – Challenge Poverty Week

w/c 1 November – COP26

 

During these weeks please discuss your child’s learning with them to further enhance and extend their learning experience.

 

Dates for your diary – always subject to change!

Tuesday 5 October            School Photographs (Individual)

Wednesday 6 October        School Photographs (Individual)

Friday 8 October                    School closes 3.15 pm for October break

Monday 18 October                School re-opens 9.00 am for Winter term

Wednesday 27 October       Parents Appointments with class teachers (letter with details will be sent out)

Thursday 28 October         Parent Council AGM

Thursday 4 November         Parents Appointments with class teachers (letter with details will be sent out)

Tuesday 21 December            School closes 1.30 pm for Christmas break

Wednesday 5 January 2022   School re-opens 9.00 am for Spring term

 

Thank you once again for your continued understanding and support during this time.  I hope you have a wonderful,

restful and relaxing October break with your loved ones.  Please be safe and I look forward to welcoming all children

back to school on Monday 18 October.

 

Mrs Michelle MacPhee

Headteacher