As another school year begins, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families. We are delighted that you have chosen to send your child to Squirrels Heath Junior. We hope that your children will be very happy here.
We would like to welcome our new staff; Miss Parrott, Mrs Howard, Miss Young and Mrs Carpenter. We are excited to have you as part of our team.
Welcome back to all of our existing families and staff. It is lovely to see you all again. We hope that you were able to enjoy the lovely weather and have come back to school ready for another adventurous school year.
The children have settled back very well, including our new Year 3 pupils, and the school is once again a busy hive of activity. For more information about what the children have been doing in their first few days in school, please visit our school blog.
During the summer break our Site team have been busy with improvements to our school library and school hall, not to mention maintaining our Biodome and conducting safety checks, repairs and maintenance. We will be posting photographs of the improvements on our Facebook page once the work is fully complete.
I am very pleased to report that we now have a defibrillator on site. It is located in our school hall and can easily be accessed by both the Infant and Junior School as well as the Kitchen. We hope that we never have to use it but it is good to know that one is available for the school community should the need arise. It could potentially save someone’s life!
Meet the Teacher Meetings
Next week we will hosting our Meet the Teacher Meetings. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to meet staff and find out about Year group expectations and the curriculum as well as any upcoming special events.
If you are unable to attend, we will put a copy of the information on the school website. Please get in touch with your child’s class teacher if you have any further questions or concerns. You can contact teachers by phoning or emailing the school office. The office will forward your message and class teachers will get in touch.
School diaries and reading books
By now your child should have brought home their school diary and reading book. Please ensure that these are looked after and that your child brings their diary home each evening and back to school the next day. Children are expected to read to an adult at least three times a week. We ask that you sign their homework diary each time you hear them read. If children read three or more times a week, they are entered into the class raffle for an opportunity to choose a book from our vending machine.
School diaries may be used to remind children about PE days and special events as well as to record when homework is due.
Attendance and Punctuality
Attendance and punctuality the last few days has been excellent so far this week and I would like to thank all parents for their cooperation and help with this. School attendance is so important and makes a significant difference to children’s overall achievement. Pupils have four lessons a day and when they are absent even for a couple of days, they struggle to catch up. You can therefore appreciate how difficult it is for pupils who miss longer periods of time.
We understand that over the course of the year, children may become ill. When this happens, we ask that you inform the school as soon as possible so that we are able to accurately record the reason for absence.
If your child is upset or struggling to come into school for any reason, please let us know immediately as we may be able to assist you. Mrs Wells, our Learning Mentor and Mrs Campbell, our Home School Support Worker are always around to offer help and support.
Thank you for ensuring that the children are smartly dressed for school. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure that our uniform policy is upheld. We do keep spare uniform in school for anyone who needs it. Please speak to a member of staff if you require any assistance.
Homework and Laptops
Class teachers will be setting homework this week on Google Classroom for pupils to complete and submit online. If your child does not have access to a laptop or tablet at home, please get in touch with the school office as we may be able to loan a machine to your child for the academic year.
Children will be shown how to access Google Classroom in class. For parents who would like to learn a little more about how to use Google Classroom at home or for those who need a refresher, Mr Frith will be running a Google Classroom workshop on Wednesday 14th September at 2.15pm. For those who need help but are unable to attend the workshop, we will post instructions under the Parents tab on our school website. Anyone still requiring assistance please contact your child’s class teacher.
We hope that your child has a happy and successful school year and we look forward to working with you this academic year.