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Term dates

School closes for the end of half term:  Friday 18th December 2020

School re-opens: Wednesday 6th January 2021

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Safeguarding notice                     

A reminder that if your child is ill or you wish to make changes to home time arrangements (going home with a friend etc) these messages must be given to Mrs Bentley or the class teacher by the child’s parent / carer and not a child. Alternatively, messages can be left on the school phone answer service at anytime or an email can be sent to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

 

Late arrivals

Please note, due to coronavirus restrictions, there are changes to drop off and pick up times for each year group, these are listed below. Please try not to be early or late for the designated times for your child. Thank you.

A reminder that children who arrive late must be signed in by their adult in the ‘Late Book’ in the office. To help parents, children may be collected up to 3.40pm. Children not collected by 3.40pm will be taken to the hall and they will be booked into after school club and charged from 3.40pm. There is no after school club on a Friday but a late collection charge of £1.00 per 10 minutes late will be applied for children collected after 3.40pm on Fridays. As notified last year, late collection from clubs will also work in the same way.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

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Latest Newsletter

Newsletter Issue 12 - 3rd December 2020

 

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Latest News: Autumn 2

03.12.20

Coronavirus update—As you can see from the below table, we currently don’t have any cases.

Bubble

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 

1 & 2

 

 

 

 

3 & 4

 

 

 

 

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

 

Last call for booking a Christmas lunch—If your child does not usually have a school lunch on a Tuesday but
would like to join in with the Christmas lunch on Tuesday 15th, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk or
leave a message on the school phone by 9am Monday morning latest to book.


Please see attached information about Emotional Health Drop in Sessions from the Healthy Child Team.
We are pleased to share with you our festive plans for the last week of term for all children.

  • Tue 15th—Christmas lunch for all children in their bubbles
  • Wednesday 16th—Crafts in the morning. Christmas party in bubbles in the afternoon (Home clothes may be worn)
  • Thursday 17th—Film media afternoon—After school club until 5pm for years R to 6 (no sports club)
  • Friday 18th—Games afternoon (Home clothes may be worn)—School closes at 2pm

Please see attached information about the PTA Christmas raffle. 

ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE— This week, please see attached flyers about Fifa 20 and Minecraft

26.11.20

Coronavirus update—As you can see from the below table, we currently don’t have any cases.

Bubble

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 

1 & 2

 

 

 

 

3 & 4

 

 

 

 

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 


It was great to see so many of you on Zoom on Tuesday evening for our first online Curriculum Evening. I hope you found it useful and informative. Please click here for the presentation slides. 


I am proud to announce that a fantastic £95.75 was raised for the Royal British Legion through the sale of Poppies and other commemorative items, thank you everyone.


With the end of Lockdown next Wednesday, we are hoping to be able to resume the breakfast club and after school club provision, but we will await DfE advice about what we are permitted to do depending on the Tier we find ourselves in. We will confirm as soon as the necessary information and guidance is received.


We are pleased to announce that Mrs Timiney will return from her maternity leave on Monday to teach in year 2. Miss Gregory will remain with us until the end of the term and will be supporting learning in Early Years. Thankyou to Mrs Wilkins, who leaves this week, who has been supporting our catch up programme.


Further to the nasal flu vaccinations that took place last week, the Childhood Immunisation Team have asked us to circulate the attached QR code which links to a short survey for children to complete. They would greatly appreciate your help with assisting your child with this survey, which is only a couple of minutes long.


Please see attached details of our special Christmas lunch which is planned to take place on Tuesday 15th December. If your child does not usually have a school lunch on a Tuesday but would like to join in, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk or leave a message on the school phone by Wednesday 2nd December latest to book a lunch. Please inform the office if your child would like a vegetarian option.

 

19.11.20

Coronavirus update—As you can see from the below table we currently don’t have any cases. We will continue to keep you informed in this way.

 

Bubble

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 

1 & 2

 

 

 

 

3 & 4

 

 

 

 

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

 

The children (and staff!) had great fun joining in with Joe Wicks last Friday for Children in Need. A final total of £141.55 was raised. Thank you everyone.


Nasal Flu Vaccinations—We once again received praise from the nurses delivering the nasal flu vaccinations this week about the good behaviour of the children. 80% of the children have now been vaccinated. For those parents whose children were ill on Tuesday or missed the deadline to give permission, please see attached a letter about ‘drop-in’ flu clinic sessions.


A reminder about next week’s online Curriculum Evening at 7-8pm on Tuesday 24th November via Zoom. Parents /carers will be able to listen to a presentation by myself and the team about this year’s curriculum plan. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at different points in the presentation. The code to access this presentation is 725.582.1141 with pass code jrk1Z5 if needed. An advance copy of the Power Point presentation will be emailed out on Monday. Please have this available for the presentation just in case we have any technical issues. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom on Tuesday!


For the next few weeks we will be attaching a poster giving cautionary advice or information about online safety, particular online games or apps. This week, please see attached a poster entitled ‘Age Ratings’.


Please see attached our ‘School Closure Procedure’ for use in the event of adverse weather.

12.11.20

Coronavirus update—Please see below a summary of current cases. As you will see, we currently only have 1 child isolating at the moment due to a suspected case in their household—**Update—we have just been informed that the result was negative, so no current cases! We will continue to keep you informed in this way.

Bubble 

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 

1 & 2

 

 

 

1

3 & 4

 

 

 

 

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is Children in Need Day, and as per the text sent out yesterday, we will be taking part in Joe Wicks 24 Hour PE Challenge! Children are invited to come to school dressed in comfortable home clothes ready for a day of action! A contribution of £1 per child is requested, all contributions will be given to Children in Need. More information about Joe’s challenge is available on the BBC website.

Nasal Flu Vaccinations—We have been advised that the date for the nasal flu vaccinations, for those children whose parents gave consent online, is Tuesday 17th November. The vaccinations will be administered by nurses from the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, who are aware of our risk assessment for visitors to school and will wear full PPE whilst administering the vaccinations. The children will be kept in their bubbles and a member of staff will be with them during the process.

We have now made plans for this year’s Curriculum Evening to be an ‘online event’. The event will take place at 7-8pm on Tuesday 24th November via Zoom. Parents /carers will be able to listen to a presentation by Mrs Nayler and the team about this year’s curriculum plan. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at different points in the presentation. A code to access the event will be sent out nearer the time. Any information presented will be available, on request, for those unable to attend.

Please see attached a poster entitled ‘Online Content—10 tips to keep your children safe online.’

 

05.11.20

Many thanks to the PTA for their planning and provision of materials for the excellent autumn crafts afternoon before half term. The children greatly enjoyed the activities and it was a lovely way to end the first half term of the year.


Coronavirus update—Please see below a summary of pupils and staff awaiting test results of self or in the household, confirmed cases, isolating due to close contact in school, and those isolating due to close contact outside of school.

Bubble

Awaiting test result of self or in household

Confirmed cases

Isolating due to close contact in school

Isolating due to close contact out of school

N & R

 

 

 

 2

1 & 2

 

 

 7

3

3 & 4

 

 

 26

 

5 & 6

 

 1

 

 

Staff

 2

 

 2

 


Miss Fox is now recovered and was permitted back to school on Monday after her period of isolation. The children in years 2, 3 and 4 and support staff currently isolating as being a close contact of Miss Fox are permitted back to school tomorrow. The current confirmed case in bubble 3&4 (and close contact family members) will return next week.
We continue to follow the latest DfE guidelines and are keeping the necessary authorities informed. The number of visitors to school is being kept to an absolute minimum, including cancellation of the sports coach, until the current lockdown has ended. In addition, our enhanced cleaning and hand washing regimes continue. The school will remain open (unless instructed otherwise by Public Health England) and parents should continue to send their children to school when permitted. Thankyou to parents who have provided us with timely information about cases within their households. It is very important that parents inform us immediately if members of their household have symptoms and are waiting for a test result, have had a positive test result or if their children will be absent having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. If this occurs out of school hours, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.


As per the text sent out on Monday, we have taken the decision to close Breakfast club and After school clubs from today. This is to further help keep the bubbles separate and keep children and families safe during this period of high cases in the local area. This decision will be reviewed when lockdown ends. Please contact Mrs Nayler if you have any questions or concerns about our decision to close clubs.


Commemorative Poppies and other commemorative items will continue to be on sale in school next week.

 

Latest News: Autumn term 1

 

22.10.20

Thankyou to parents for continuing to drop off and collect children at the required times, this system has worked very well and will continue after half term. However, please can I ask that parents using the village hall car park, do so with consideration for others, ie do not just park at the front leaving space behind, thank you.

 

Tomorrow, the PTA have kindly organised an autumn craft afternoon for all the children. Children are invited to come to school dressed in bright, creative colours or home clothes. A donation of £1 per child is requested. Donations will go towards PTA funds, which this year are being put towards new classroom laptops for use by all children.

 

After half term, commemorative Poppies will be on sale in school, the box will be taken around to each class. In addition to the usual paper poppies, there are poppy reflectors (suggested donation 50p) wristbands (suggested donation £1) and snap bands (suggested donation £1.50).

 

On Thursday 5th November, we will be having a special Bonfire Lunch, click here for menu. If any child, not already booked to have a school lunch that day, would like to join in, then please email Mrs Bentley on askwith@ycatschools.co.uk or leave a message on the phone.

 

REMINDERS:

  • If you are travelling abroad over half term, please check the latest government travel corridor advice and inform school accordingly
  • Please ensure that you make any outstanding payments on your Parent Pay account over half term, this greatly helps with our cash flow
  • A reminder that the deadline to give consent for your child to receive a nasal flu vaccination is 25th October 2020
  • Deadline for year 6 parents to apply for a secondary school place is 31st October

I hope you have an enjoyable and safe half term and I look forward to seeing all the children on Monday 2nd November.

 

15.10.20

As detailed in last week’s newsletter, tomorrow, we will be sending home written reports for every child in years Reception to 6. If, after having read the report, you have questions for your child’s class teacher, then please send an email to askwith@ycatschools.co.uk to request a phone call. Phone calls will take place next week at lunch times, some afternoons and after school until 5.30pm. In your email, please state your preferred time of day and the best phone number to contact you on at those times. Mrs Bentley will then advise you of the day/time of your phone call appointment. Please note, for year 5 the class teacher is Mrs Longford and for year 6 the class teacher is Mrs Nayler.


On the last day of this half term, Friday 23rd October, the PTA have kindly organised a craft afternoon for all the children. On that day, children are invited to come to school dressed in bright, creative colours or home clothes. In the afternoon, the children will enjoy crafts and sweet treats to celebrate the autumn break. A donation of £1 per child is requested. Donations will go towards PTA funds, which this year are being put towards new classroom laptops for use by all children.


The school understands that some families may wish to take a holiday abroad during the half term break. Please note that if you travel to a country or territory that is not on the travel corridors list (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronvirus-covid-19-travel-corridors), your child will not be allowed back into school during the period of self-isolation and must quarantine at home for 14 days.


It is with regret that we have decided that it will not be possible to have our usual infant nativity and KS2 Pantomime performances in December. However, conditions permitting, we will plan a summer extravaganza performance in the summer term!


Regarding the biannual Northumberland trip for years 5 and 6, which was due to take place in June, current government rules do not allow us to have residential visits. Therefore, this trip has not yet been booked but this will be kept under review.


A further reminder to parents of children in years Reception to 6 that the deadline to give consent for your child to receive a nasal flu vaccination is 25th October 2020, please click here for further details.

 

08.10.20

Usually, at this time of year, I would be inviting you to Parents’ Evenings and Curriculum Evenings but unfortunately, circumstances mean we need to make changes. We will be sending out written reports for all children in years Reception to 6, on Friday 16th October as usual. In lieu of parents evenings, if, after having read your child’s report, you have any questions, you are invited to book a phone call with your child’s teacher. Requests for phone calls should be made by emailing askwith@ycatschools.co.uk and phone calls will take place week commencing 19th October.

  

Instead of a curriculum evening, we will be holding a Zoom event, ‘Our Curriculum Plan 2020-2021’, details to follow. A copy of the power point used in this event will be available for those not able to access Zoom.

 

Thank you to all those who returned the ‘Acceptable Use Policy for Zoom’ reply slips from the letter sent home last Thursday. Please can others return them asap. It is imperative we have this permission in place in case a whole year, bubble or the whole school is instructed to switch to home learning by Public Health England. Zoom works well on phones, ipads and laptops, however, if you do not have any such device at home, please telephone or email school.

 

Reminders !

All parents—Please remember to drop off and pick up your child at the allocated times for their year, or if you have more than one child, at the times for the eldest child. Also, please remember to keep 2 metres away from other parents and families. 

Year 6 —Applications for a secondary school place must be completed by 31st October 2020

 

01.10.20

On Tuesday, our Home Learning Procedures and Curriculum Delivery Plan were emailed home. A copy of these documents together with our ‘Parent and Pupil Acceptable Use Policy for Zoom’ can be found on the Coronavirus Updates page. (Following more advice from Schools ICT, we have decided that Zoom will be a better forum for communication.) Please read these documents carefully then sign and return the reply slip by Tuesday 6th October. A reply slip is needed from each family to enable children to access home learning. If you have any questions about the attachments, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.


A reminder that you have the option to give consent for your child to receive a nasal flu vaccination. The vaccinations will take place in school time and are available to all children in years Reception to 6. Information about how to give consent online was sent out with last week’s newsletter. The deadline to give consent is 25th October 2020.


A reminder to parents who have more than 1 child, to please only arrive to pick up your children at the time of the eldest child. This will help keep the bubbles of children separate and save you waiting out in the rain.
Pick up times are: N&R 3.10-3.20pm; Y1&Y2 3.20-3.30pm; Y3&Y4 3.30-3.40pm; Y5&Y6 3.40-3.50pm.


Details of how to order a school photograph are being sent home today. Please either complete the form and return with payment to school, or order online, by Wednesday 7th October latest. Please make any cheques payable to Tempest Photography with your name and photograph reference on the reverse.


With the weather turning colder, please ensure your child brings a coat to school and warm sports type clothing for outdoor PE lessons.


The children have greatly enjoyed the return to hot school lunches this week. If other parents would like their child to have a school lunch who are not already booked on, please inform Mrs Bentley by 9am any morning via email or telephone message.

24.09.20

As last year, all children in years Reception to year 6 are being offered the nasal flu vaccination. This will take place in school later in the autumn term. Please see attached letter about how to give consent for your child to receive this vaccination. The deadline to give consent is 25th October 2020. Nasal Flu Vaccination Letter


This week, I have received a letter from the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire. The letter asks head teachers to remind parents that GP’s cannot diagnose coronavirus nor are they able to administer tests. The only ways to obtain a test are via the NHS website or by calling 119. We have also been asked to distribute the attached letter from NHS Test and Trace about when it is appropriate to get a test. NHS Test and Trace Letter


We are aware of the difficulties in obtaining a test and the current delays in receiving results. If your child is not able to come into school because of the isolation rules, we will send work home, see below:

  • A member of staff will call parents of isolating children during the day to arrange to email work home. We will aim to have made contact with you by the end of lunchtime of the first day of absence.
  • Whilst waiting for work, we suggest children read their reading books or access online learning resources eg Activelearn reading or BBC Bitesize etc
  • In the event that the whole year / bubble is isolating at home, learning will move online with learning resources sent home for children to work through.

Please note: More information will follow next week about these home learning procedures.

Please be assured that any absences as a result of the isolation rules will be coded as authorised leave.


It is important that we have your current contact details. If you have changed your home telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, moved house or changed your nominated emergency contacts over the last 12 months, please inform Mrs Bentley in the office as soon as possible. If you are unsure of which details we hold for you, please ask.


On Monday, Tempest Photographers will be in school to take individual photographs. We have carried out a risk assessment and consider it safe for the photographer to visit school. Unfortunately, this year sibling photographs will not be possible. Details of how to purchase a photograph of your child will be sent home.


As announced in my letter on Tuesday, we are pleased that hot school lunches (served on a tray) will re-commence from Monday 28th September. A further copy of the menu is attached. A reminder to inform Mrs Bentley (by 9am Monday 28th September latest) via either phone message or email if your child would like to change from packed lunches to school meals or change the days they have school meals.

 

17.09.20

We hope you have had chance to read the letter emailed out on Tuesday about coronavirus symptoms, when to send your child to school and when to get a test. We are receiving advice and guidance from The Department for Education on a daily basis and will pass this on when relevant. We are required to record which absences are related to coronavirus eg waiting for a test or isolating, and those that are not. If your child is unable to come to school, please detail the reason / their symptoms in the message; please do not just say they are ‘unwell’. Thankyou for your help with this.

 

A further reminder of drop off and pick up times, please try not to be early or late, thankyou.

Bubbles                Drop off times                 Pick up times

N & R                    8.30-8.40am                    3.10-3.20pm

Y1 & Y2                 8.40-8.50am                    3.20-3.30pm

Y3 & Y4                8.50-9.00am                    3.30-3.40pm

Y5 & Y6                9.00-9.10am                    3.40-3.50pm

 

We hope those children who have attended clubs this week have enjoyed them. Please refer to the clubs timetable sent out with last week’s newsletter as some clubs have changed from last year.

 

Whilst the children have been enjoying their ‘grab bag’ style lunches, we are looking forward to the more usual type of school lunch service returning. We are in discussions with Dolce, our caterer, and hope that we will be able to offer more traditional school lunches from the beginning of October whilst keeping the children, catering and school staff COVID safe. Further information to follow.

 

A reminder to parents of children in year 6 that the deadline for applying for a secondary school place is 31st October 2020. Applications are made on line via the County Council in which you live. Askwith children go on to a variety of secondary schools in the Otley, Ilkley and Harrogate areas. Please check the website of the secondary school/s you are interested in for open event information.

 

We are currently planning how our usual curriculum evenings and parents' evenings can take place in a safe way. Information will be sent home when available.



10.09.20

It is lovely to say welcome back to all our children! We didn't know how the first few days would be but I must say the children have coped very well with their prolonged absence from school and have adapted quickly to the changes in routines. A big Askwith welcome also to our new families in nursery and reception. I have met some of you already in the playground and look forward to greeting others soon. Mrs Barker, the Chair of Governors, has extended her best wishes to all children, parents and staff for the new school year.

 

Thank you to all parents for complying with the necessary changes to drop off and pick up times, it has all gone very smoothly. A reminder of the times are below. Please ensure any other adults that drop off or collect your child (eg grandparents or childminders) are aware of these times and the queuing system.

 

Bubbles                Drop off times                 Pick up times

N & R                    8.30-8.40am                    3.10-3.20pm

Y1 & Y2                 8.40-8.50am                    3.20-3.30pm

Y3 & Y4                8.50-9.00am                    3.30-3.40pm

Y5 & Y6                9.00-9.10am                    3.40-3.50pm


At the moment, we don’t know of anyone in the Askwith community who has Coronavirus, but we must remain alert, as they say! Please re read the information emailed out to you on the 3rd Sept (or for new parents the 7th Sept) and visit www.gov.uk/back to school to remind yourselves about what to do if you or your child has any COVID symptoms.

 

A reminder that breakfast club is on every morning for children in years R to 6 from 8am. No need to book. To drop off, bring your child to the drop off point and staff will take them to the hall. We have reviewed our after school clubs to offer a variety of activities to all children whilst keeping them in their infant and junior bubbles. To collect from an after school club, please wait at the gate and phone school (01943 462896) and staff will bring your child out to you.


Unfortunately, the planned swimming lessons for years 5 and 6 this half term and 3 and 4 next half term are currently not able to take place. We will update you when we know more.


We are delighted to announce that both Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson have had baby boys! Both mums and babies are doing well and we send them our very best wishes and look forward to seeing them when possible.

Latest News: Summer term 2

15.07.20

We have finally reached the end of a somewhat unprecedented year. A special thankyou to you all for your incredible support, we have very much appreciated it. I would also like to say thankyou to our fantastic pupils—we continue to be amazed by their resilience. We look forward to welcoming them all back in September. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank staff and governors. Their huge commitment and dedication to the school has  never been more apparent.

Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson have done sterling work over the past weeks joining the children in reception and nursery via zoom, we have all enjoyed seeing them on screen. They now have the chance to put their feet up before their babies are born, we wish them all the best for their new arrivals.

Unfortunately Mrs Farrier has left the staff, we wish her all the best for the future.

Mr Parker, CEO of YCAT and ex headteacher of Askwith Primary School, retires this week. We wish him a long and happy retirement and look forward to him visiting us in the future. Mrs Robinson, current head teacher of Lothersdale Primary School, will become the new CEO from September.

Tomorrow, children may come to school in their home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make excessive noise. No valuable items, phones or ipads please.

A reminder that ALL children should be collected at 2pm on Friday, please queue to collect your child from the playground. The year 6 parents have been invited to arrive for 1.40pm to watch the year 6 children walk through the traditional Askwith leavers’ arch, please allow them to have a good view.

If children have any concerns or questions about returning to school in September, they can use Seesaw to contact their teacher over the holidays. I hope you all have a restful and safe break over the summer. 

 

PTA VIRTUAL QUIZ - 8pm Tuesday 28th July

Test your knowledge from the comfort or your own arm chair & raise money for the school! The quiz will last for approx 20mins & there are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

Registration is quick & easy—you register at virtualquizevents.com in advance of the quiz & you’ll get an entry code to login & play. Our quiz can be found by searching for Askwith Primary PTA in the ‘fundraisers’ page or by following this link : https://tinyyurl.com/yao9dkv5 Entries are £5 & Askwith PTA will receive funds raised by player registrations. We hope you can join in the quiz, if successful there may be another quiz over the summer, details will be posted on the Facebook page.

 

09.07.20

Further to last week’s government announcements, we are now able to provide some information about what school will be like in September. We will continue to monitor all government advice and may update some of our protocols based on information on social distancing and hygiene available in the days prior to school opening.

School will once again be compulsory for all school aged children so we look forward to seeing all children on the first day of term, Tuesday 7th September.  School uniform will be required, see attached a copy of the Sue Knowles order form and contact details if you need new items.

Children may bring school bags, PE bags, coats, and pencil cases to school in September, a named water bottle is also recommended. The school library will re-open in September and children will be able to borrow books to read at home. During lock down, the library was reorganised and new fiction and non fiction books added for all age groups.

As per the government guidance, the school will be split into bubbles. The bubbles will be: nursery and reception; years 1 and 2; years 3 and 4; years 5 and 6. To maintain the bubbles, there will be staggered drop off and pick up times each day, see below. A one way system will be in operation, see attached drawing. Please do not start to queue until the drop off / pick up time for your eldest child.

 

Bubble             Drop-off               Pick-up

N & R              8.30-8.45             2.45-3.00

Y1 & Y2           8.45-9.00             3.00-3.15

Y3 & Y4          9.00-9.15              3.15-3.30

Y5 & Y6          9.15-9.30              3.30-3.45 
 
 
Breakfast club and after school club will run for children in Reception and above at the usual times, ie breakfast club from 8am every morning, after school club until 5.30pm Monday-Wednesday and until 5pm on Thursdays. Prices will be the same as last year. For these clubs, children will be split into an ‘infant bubble’ and a ‘junior bubble’. Children staying for after school clubs will be supervised between pick up time and the start of the club. A list of clubs will be announced in September.

Our caterer Dolce will recommence their provision of school lunches, prepared and cooked in our kitchen. For the first two weeks of term there will be one choice of main meal plus vegetarian option / other dietary requirements. The menu will be sent out to you on the training day (Monday 7th September). From week 3, choices may be possible, further information will be provided in September. There will be multiple lunch sittings with the children eating in their bubbles.

In September, it will still not be possible for parents to enter the school building or classrooms. If you wish to talk to your child’s teacher, please contact the office via phone or email to arrange a phone call. Any letters for the office should be handed to the member of staff on duty in the playground.

School transport will be provided by North Yorkshire County Council for those in catchment or wish to purchase a bus pass. Please review the North Yorkshire County Council School Transport website or call 01609 533693 for more information. 

Holidays in term time—I must stress that because children could not attend school for 7 weeks in the case of years Reception, 1 and 6, and 14 weeks for years 2, 3, 4 and 5, it is vitally important that there are NO unauthorised absences (ie holidays in term time) to enable pupils to catch up with lost learning. Thankyou for your support.

Please see attached term dates for year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, these dates are also on the school website. End of year school reports will inevitably reflect the amount of time children have been in school this year. The reports will be sent home tomorrow with the children that are in school and their siblings. For children not in school, the reports will be posted home on Monday. Year 6 will receive their reports at the year 6 tea party on Tuesday. If you would like to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher, please ring the school office to make an appointment. 

There will not be a staggered finish time on the last day of term as we want to mark the occasion of the year 6’s leaving with our traditional (but socially distanced) arch of children. All parents should pick up at 2pm on the last day of term, observing social distance markers. Your child will be dismissed from the playground. The school bus and taxi will depart at 2pm. 

On the last day of term, children may come to school in their home clothes and bring a small toy that does not make excessive noise. No valuable items, phones or ipads please.

 

02.07.20

Apologies for the lack of newsletter last week, we had internet problems which have now been resolved.

The children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 have greatly enjoyed their socially distanced gatherings this week. Thankyou for all the lovely comments received from parents, it was a pleasure to see all the children, we do miss them!

Next week we have parties for:

Nursery—Monday 6th July 

Reception—Tuesday 7th July

Year 1—Wednesday 8th July  

Year 6—Tuesday 14th July

Children should be dropped off at the field between 12.45—1.00pm and collected between 2.30—2.45pm. Children can wear home clothes but should be dressed to be outside for the party and bring sun cream / hats or coats as required. Children may bring a picnic blanket / beach towel or similar to sit on, and must bring a bottle of water. School will provide picnic treats. Due to the rain this week, we have been hosting in the school hall but the forecast looks much better for next week, fingers crossed!

 

As is customary at this time of year, I am pleased to announce the staffing from September:

Reception & nursery: Miss Dunbar 

Year 1: Mrs Mort

Year 2: Miss Gregory   

Years 3/4: Miss Fox

Years 5/6: Mrs Longford and Mrs Nayler 

The teachers will be assisted by our team of teaching assistants: Mrs Cattlin, Mrs Yorke, Mrs Burgess, Mrs Dockar, Mrs Muttick, Miss Webster and Miss Campbell. Miss Campbell joined the team yesterday as maternity cover for Miss Johnson. 

 

Following today’s government announcements, all children will be able to return to school in September and school attendance will be compulsory. However, it is likely that there may have to be staggered start and finish times and we do not yet know if breakfast clubs and after school clubs will be possible. Once we have studied the detailed information published today, we will inform parents of anything they need to know either before the end of term or during the summer holidays via email.

 

School will close for the summer holidays at 2pm on Friday 17th July. School will not be open for the children of key workers during the summer holidays.

 

18.06.20

 

Following the latest government advice, we are now able to invite children, not currently in school, for face to face meetings.

We plan to do this through a series of socially distanced tea parties! It is up to parents whether they would like their children to attend but it will be a great opportunity for the children in each year group to see each other and their teachers.

The tea parties will take place on the field. Children can wear home clothes but should be dressed to be outdoors, sun cream / hats or coats as required.

Children may bring a picnic blanket or similar to sit on, and should bring a bottle of water.

School will provide party food. We are working on a plan B in case of rain but we are determined not to have to cancel.

 

The dates for your diaries are:


Year 2—Monday 29th June                      Year 3—Tuesday 30th June
Year 4—Wednesday 1st July                    Year 5—Thursday 2nd July
Nursery—Monday 6th July                       Reception—Tuesday 7th July
Year1—Wednesday 8th July                     Year 6—Tuesday 14th July


Children should be dropped off at the field between 12.45—1.00pm and collected between 2.30—2.45pm.

 

The children in school will be taken to the field to join their year group unless parents advise otherwise and may come to school in home clothes on the day of their year’s tea party.


To help plan staffing and cake buying, please can parents email school askwith@ycatschools.co.uk or leave a message on the school phone (by Tuesday 23rd June) advising whether or not they would like their child to join in the tea parties.


A reminder that children currently attending school, should bring their PE kits to school every Monday, they will be sent home every Friday for washing.

Named water bottles and named sun cream can be kept in PE bags whilst not in use.


Unfortunately, our deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables for the infant children’s snack for break time have not resumed. Parents may send in a break time snack for their child, we request the snacks are healthy ie no chocolate, sweets or crisps.

 

11.06.20

It has been lovely welcoming back the children in years nursery, reception, year 1, year 6 and the children of key workers. School is quiet but we are all getting used to the new routines and the children have adapted very well.

We already have more children in than we did when we opened on the 1st June, and I know more are planning to return next week.

Play times are a little different, but the children have been enjoying ‘socially distanced’ games such as musical statues, ‘keepy uppy’ with badminton equipment and keep fit routines.

Unfortunately, the school kitchen has now closed until September and we are sorry we can no longer provide warm school meals. Thankyou to all parents for co-operating with the change and remembering to send packed lunches. If you wish to order a school packed lunch, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk by 3pm on a Friday for the following week.

Mrs Bennett and Miss Johnson are continuing to shield at home but regularly join the children in nursery and reception via Zoom, which the children greatly enjoy.

The older children are being helped to catch up with their learning but we are pleased to say that all your hard work at home has meant that the majority are not too far behind and we have a plan in place to ensure all children catch up. The children in year 6 have particularly welcomed the opportunity to see each other and this week have been enjoying a morning treat of ‘pain chocolate’ and fruit juice, something they would have had in SATS week. We don’t want them to miss out on everything!

Sadly, it has been announced that the children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 won’t be allowed to return to school before September. Thankyou for collecting your work packs from the shed over the weekend, the last few are now in the office, please call to arrange collection. A reminder that children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 can use Seesaw to communicate with their teachers.

We are hoping that by September it will be possible for all children to return, but we will wait and see.

Thankyou for your continuing co-operation.

Spring term 2

20.03.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

I would like to thank you all for your support and patience during what has been a very difficult week. None of us could have anticipated what we are now facing. Hopefully, you will have all now received work packs for your children. We are currently working on the best possible way of uploading work for your children to access in the coming weeks and a means by which they can ask questions/raise any concerns they may have. We shall be in touch shortly with more information about this.

 

Re: pupil medication

We have received the following information:

Please ensure that all pupil prescribed medicine that is held in school is given back to pupils at the end of the school day. This is to include inhalers, adrenalin auto-injectors and insulin amongst other medicines. If a child attends on Monday, then they can bring them in with them, however they need to be kept with the child.

We will return all medication to children who are present in school today. If your child is not at school today and you are not a key worker then, should you need this medication, please arrange with school via phone or email to arrange a time when you can pick it up – thank you.

 

In the meantime, if you have any concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to contact us either via the school phone or email. We will respond as soon as we can.

I will keep in touch with any further updates which may be relevant to you.

We all hope that you and your families keep healthy and we look forward to when we can eventually get back to normal.

Best wishes to you all.

Mrs Nayler and the Askwith team

 

12.03.20

Yesterday, the netball team from years 5 and 6 played in their first netball competition and came second!! This was particularly impressive as it was a competition for large primary schools. Well done to the whole team and thankyou to the reserves who were ready to step in if needed. We hope to enter more netball competitions in the future.


On Tuesday, the children enjoyed a great afternoon with Sam Tuitupou, a New Zealand international rugby player. The children completed challenging circuits with Sam, who pushed them to stretch themselves physically. They then spent time learning all about Sam, his family and his inspirational career playing for many successful rugby teams, including: Worcester, Munster, Sale Sharks, Coventry and the New Zealand All Blacks. Photographs of the event are now on the school website. Thank you to all those who generously sponsored the children, after costs, we raised over £200 which will be spent on sports equipment.


Thankyou to Mrs Dockar for leading the baking clubs with children from years Reception to year 4 this year. Baking club will return in the autumn!


This year’s Design Technology Challenge will take place on Wednesday 1st April for all children in years Reception to 6, details will be sent home next week.


World Book Day vouchers are being sent home today, spares in the office if yours has gone missing.


We will soon be planning the nursery for next school year. Children are eligible to start our nursery the term following their third birthday. If you are interested in a place please collect a registration form from the office.

 

05.03.20

We continue to take the Coronavirus situation very seriously and have put the following measures in place to endeavour to keep our school community safe. Children and staff are washing their hands more frequently and hard surfaces such as door handles and tables are being cleaned more regularly with antibacterial products.

 

From Monday, as a further precaution, we would request that only parents / carers of children in the nursery and Reception come into the classrooms in the morning. Parents of children in year 1 upwards should say their goodbyes at the classroom doors, children will then come in on their own to hang up bags and coats. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, then you may come into the classroom as usual. Messages such as changes to going home arrangements can be left on the school answer phone or by emailing.

 

Further to the messages sent out at the end of last week, we can confirm that our new catering company is Dolce Catering. Cooked school meals will continue as usual with the current spring term menu.


The children benefited from age appropriate sessions led by the police on Tuesday about online safety including who to tell if they have any concerns. The afterschool session was also greatly appreciated by the parents who were able to attend.

 

Today we have had a wonderful World Book day! The children have enjoyed a range of literature related activities. It was great to see all the different costumes including the infant staff as Goldilocks & The Three Bears and the junior staff as The Midnight Gang (David Walliams). Photographs will be on the website soon.


Thankyou to all those who have sent in sponsorship money for the fitness circuit to be led by international rugby player Sam Tuitupou next Tuesday (10th March). Please ensure that all children have their PE kits in school on that day.

 

27.02.20

We are delighted to share the news that Mrs Timiney has had a baby girl! Both mum and baby are doing well. Congratulations to the whole Timiney family.


As previously announced, on Tuesday 3rd March, the police will be delivering age appropriate sessions to all the children about online safety. We know that this subject is also of interest to parents so we have arranged for the police to deliver a presentation/workshop for parents at 3.40pm on the same day. To help with childcare, after school club will be fr

Coronavirus update—As you can see from the below table we currently don’t have any cases. We will continue to keep you informed in this way.The children (and staff!) had great fun joining in with Joe Wicks last Friday for Children in Need. A final total of £141.55 was raised. Thank you everyone.Nasal Flu Vaccinations—We once again received praise from the nurses delivering the nasal flu vaccinations this week about the good behaviour of the children. 80% of the children have now been vaccinated. For those parents whose children were ill on Tuesday or missed the deadline to give permission, please see attached a letter about ‘drop-in’ flu clinic sessions.A reminder about next week’s online Curriculum Evening at 7-8pm on Tuesday 24th November via Zoom. Parents /carers will be able to listen to a presentation by myself and the team about this year’s curriculum plan. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at different points in the presentation. The code to access this presentation is 725.582.1141 with pass code jrk1Z5 if needed. An advance copy of the Power Point presentation will be emailed out on Monday. Please have this available for the presentation just in case we have any technical issues. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you on Zoom on Tuesday!For the next few weeks we will be attaching a poster giving cautionary advice or information about online safety, particular online games or apps. This week, please see attached a poster entitled ‘Age Ratings’.Please see attached our ‘School Closure Procedure’ for use in the event of adverse weather.

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