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Seesaw...Preparing for August 2020

Dear parents,

First of all, a massive thank you for working alongside us as we’ve tried to provide you with learning materials and guidance during this time. Seesaw has been a fantastic way for us to communicate with each of you and we plan to use it as we move forward into the 2020-21 Academic year.

When you pick up your child’s materials on Monday 29 June, along with books and reports, you’ll also find a note regarding Seesaw and a new QR code for your child’s next class. Please get this set up as soon as possible so that it’s ready for August.

In order for this to run smoothly, we will be ‘archiving’ the class on Friday. If you wish to download a zip folder of your child’s account from this year, follow the instructions in this link https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/208754866-How-do-parents-download-a-zip-archive-of-their-child-s-work-

Thank you once again for your continued support and understanding.

Mr Gault

(Vice principal)

Final Pick-up - MONDAY 29 JUNE

Dear Parents,

On Monday 29th June the school will be open between 9.30am and 3pm for you to pick up your child’s books, report and new Seesaw QR code for their next class.

Nursery - P3 folders are set out in the Mall and P4 - P7 folders are set out in the assembly hall. (Tables are clearly labelled). Please follow the instructions regarding setting up the new Seesaw account as soon as possible (The one you'll have been using up until this point will have been archived)

We would ask that you continue to respect the 2 metre social distancing guidance that’s in place and come and go as quickly as possible.

Could we also ask that if you need to return any reading books or any other resources that belong to the school, that you clearly label them and leave them on the table where you pick up your own child’s resources from? This will help staff get resources prepared for August.

Many thanks in anticipation of your continued support.

Mr Gault

(Vice principal)

Final Learning Packs

Dear parents

I trust that you and your families are keeping well and staying safe.

As happened previously, the Learning Packs will have to be collected from school and with this is mind the main School Mall will be open on Friday 29 May (9.30am – 3.00pm) and again on Monday 01 June (9.30am - 3.00pm). We ask that you simply collect the final Learning Pack from the school Central Mall, avoiding conversation with any other parents in the building at that time. There should be no more than two adults in the Central Mall at any time, so please be vigilant and observe social distancing rules. (The Mall doors will be off the Buzzer System so access is more straight forward enabling you to enter and leave the building with ease).

Nursery parents will also receive a SeeSaw code from Mrs Emerson. For those nursery children who have a sibling in the school, the SeeSaw code is in their sibling's pack. All other SeeSaw codes can be collected from the designated Nursery Table at the top end of the Mall.

We have Key Worker children in school so we ask that you DO NOT move to the classrooms or attempt to speak with staff who may be in the building. It is vital at this time that we avoid contact with other people. Later in the month we will have any outstanding class books etc ready for collection along with an End of Year Report.

My Board of Governors, staff and I extend very best wishes to each member of the Waringstown Primary School community.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

C McCambley

(Principal)

Post Primary School Admissions 2020/21

Dear Parents of Primary 7 Pupils

Re: Post Primary School Admissions 2020/21 

The Education Authority has taken the decision to prepare and issue notification of post primary placement letters on behalf of schools to parents / guardians for receipt on Thursday 04 June 2020.   The letter will provide: the application outcome, information on the appeals process and links to the EA website for more information.

Should you not receive a letter from the Education Authority informing you of your child’s next school, or if you would like to speak to someone about your child’s placement, please contact the school on Thursday 04 June (9.00am – 12 noon). 

Yours faithfully

C McCambley

You are not alone campaign

Please find below a web link to the You are not alone campaign.  Newry and Mourne District Council have teamed up with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to launch a media campaign, aimed at children/young people,  to support those who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

 https://www.newrymournedown.org/safeguarding

 

Become an author and write a miniature book

Here's a creative writing project our pupils may enjoy whilst at home. The British Library is asking children to write miniature books in lockdown, following the footsteps of the Bronte children two hundred years ago. This miniature books will form part of an online "National Library of Miniature Books for the toy world."

Use the link below to get more details

https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books/activities/make-a-miniature-book

Virtual Sports Day 2020

Usually during Term 3 of the school year, we’d be spending this time preparing for our Annual School Sports Day and this year will be no different.

The sports organisation, Healthy Kidz, have created a number of fun sporting events that will allow you to compete against the other pupils in our school, by recording your results in the Healthy Kidz App.

The Resource Pack attached will provide you with the information you need to get signed up, set up these events and improve all of the components of your physical fitness in preparation for the Healthy Kidz Home Sports Day.

Beginning Monday 11th May, we’re asking you to stay active at home, by practicing all of the different events using the Coaching Tips and Preparation advice.

Once you’ve given each of the 7 events a go, you'll be asked to choose your 5 favourites and complete them using the guidance on *Saturday, 13th June*, recording your results in the Healthy Kidz App. You can then compare your results with your friends to see who managed to get the best score in each event.

There is also a ‘Create Your Own Obstacle Course’ challenge, which you can start thinking about prior to Sports Day.

As part of their 20 for 20 campaign, Healthy Kidz have teamed up with SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO, VIVOXTRA, VIVO ESSENTIALS, who will be offering a £20 voucher to one lucky winner at each participating school to spend at their local SPAR, EUROSPAR, VIVO, VIVOXTRA or VIVO ESSENTIALS store when social distancing has ended. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is record a 20-day streak on the Healthy Kidz App, which can include Sports Day Practice, Sport, Exercise, Healthy Eating or Wellbeing activity.

Register here (and make sure you select Waringstown Primary School in the drop down menu)

https://healthy-kidz.com/hk-virtual-sports-day/

Attachments:
Download this file (HK_Sports_Day_2020.pdf)Sports Day 2020[ ]4094 kB

For our budding scientists....Create a rainbow

Often used a symbol of peace and hope, rainbows have been appearing across the country. We know many of our children have been creating colourful rainbows to both give cheer to those who see them and to thank key workers for their hard work. Some of you may even have created rainbow patterns using chalk on walls, paths and driveways outside their homes.

Well here's another option...using science to create your own rainbow. Simply follow the instructions in this link;

https://wowscience.co.uk/create-a-rainbow/