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Term dates

School closes for the end of half term:  Friday 12th February 2021

School re-opens: Monday 22nd February 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 20 - 11th February 2021

 

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Latest News: Spring 1

11.02.21

Coronavirus update—We currently don’t have any cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

Action to be taken over half term—If your child has been in school this half term and develops Coronavirus symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. If your child develops symptoms after 48 hours of last being in school, then school do not need to be informed but the current government guidance should be followed.

This week, I have been dropping into zoom lessons across the school, it has been lovely to see the children enjoying their learning. Well done children and thank you parents for your support!

Thank you to all parents who have booked a zoom appointment to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. The online booking system has now closed but any changes or further appointments can be made by emailing your child’s teacher. We hope that those who have already had their appointments have found them to be useful.

As announced in last week’s newsletter, books should please be returned on Friday 12th between 9.30am and 3pm. The games equipment, which school have purchased for every child (years R to 6), can also be collected during this time. It would be great to see some photographs of the children enjoying using the equipment, please email them to ntiminey.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk and we’ll put a selection on the website.

  • Please remember to wear a mask when coming into the playground to drop off books / collect games equipment and form a socially distanced queue using the established one-way system. If there are no staff in the playground please ring the door bell or phone 01943 462896.
  • Parents of children in school that day, who collect their children at the end of the day, can collect their games equipment at the same time.
  • Children who travel home on the bus will be given their games equipment to take on the bus.

The teachers will mark the books over half term and the books will be ready to collect on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st ready for lessons on Monday 22nd.

A reminder that we close for half term on Friday at 3.30pm and will be resuming the online lessons on Monday 22nd February using the same zoom codes and timetable. Children who have been coming into school this lockdown are welcome to return after half term. We await news as to when the school will be able to fully reopen but hope it is before Easter.

I hope you all manage to have a restful break over half term.

 

04.02.21

Coronavirus update—We currently don’t have any cases. Staff testing is continuing and all results so far have returned as negative.

The games equipment has now been delivered and will be available to collect by the parent / carer of each child next Friday (12th). Every child, whether currently learning at home or in school, will receive a skipping rope, a hula hoop and 2 balls. We hope the children will enjoy playing with these items (and hope the weather is clement enough to play outside!) After half term, teachers will send out challenges which will become a ‘sports house’ competition. Details of the Covid-safe collection process will be detailed in next week’s letter.

As explained in last week’s letter, the February Parents’ Evening will take place via zoom. A letter with the full details and booking instructions was sent out earlier today. The links to book your appointments were texted and emailed to the first contact of each child at 12.30pm today. While the parent appointments are taking place, there won’t be the usual zoom sessions, children will be set work that they can do without the teacher’s help. If you have problems booking your appointment, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.

As it is half term week commencing 15th February, there will be a slight change to the book collection routine.

Thursday 4th Feb

Please leave books in the shed between 4pm Thursday and 8.30am Friday as usual

From 5pm Friday 5th Feb-8.30am Mon 5th

Books can be collected as usual ready for lessons Monday 8th

Friday 12th Feb

Between 9.30am and 3pm please leave books in the shed and collect the games equipment for your child.

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st Feb

Books can be collected ready for lessons on Monday 22nd

Thank you for your continuing help and cooperation.

 

28.01.21

Coronavirus update—Unfortunately, we currently have 2 children, who are eligible to be in school, but are at home as a member of their household has tested positive.

Staff testing has now commenced and so far all results have returned as negative.

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

 

 

 

1

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

With the news yesterday from the Prime Minister that schools will only be opening from the 8th March earliest, we are glad that we have managed to put in place, what we consider to be, a comprehensive system for continuing to educate Askwith pupils. We are very grateful for the support you are giving to your children and to the staff during what is a very challenging time. We are confident that currently, learning loss is minimal, and we have plans in place to ensure all children catch up when they are allowed to return.

 

To help children to keep active whilst they are at home, we have ordered some games equipment for every child in years R to 6. We are hoping to receive these items before half term. Keep watching your text / email for details of when to collect the items and the challenges we are going to set for the children!

 

Usually, in the week before February half term, we hold a parents’ evening. This year the parents’ evenings will take place via zoom. The event will take place on Friday 12th February with slots available 10am until 12pm and 1pm until 3pm. Booking will be via our usual online parents’ evening booking system. Details of this system and how to book will be sent out next week. There won’t be any zoom lessons during this ‘parents’ evening’ day, children will continue with their Friday workpacks as usual. Details to follow.

 

A reminder that workbooks should be returned to the shed between 4pm on Thursdays and 8.30am on Fridays for marking. The marked books can be collected over the weekend after 5pm on Friday and will be needed for the following week’s work. Thank you for your ongoing help and cooperation.

 

21.01.21

Coronavirus update — Unfortunately, we currently have 2 children, who are eligible to be in school, but are at home awaiting the test result of a member of their household.

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

1

 

 

 

5 & 6

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

 

 

 

As you may have read in the press, from next week, we as primary school staff will have access to Coronavirus tests which give results in 30 minutes. Staff will take these tests twice per week. The aim of these tests is to detect cases where there are no symptoms. This will give reassurance to you as parents if your children are currently in school or when your children are permitted to return to school, and likewise gives great reassurance to the staff themselves. We will continue to inform you of any cases that are detected within the school.

The Zoom lessons and the routine of returning workbooks continues to be working well, but if you do have any queries please see below a reminder of teacher emails. If you are unsure who to contact then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk and Mrs Bentley will forward your email on.

N & R—Miss Dunbar—adunbar.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

Y1 —Mrs Mort—omort.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

Y2—Mrs Timiney—ntiminey.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

Y3 & Y4—Miss Fox—jfox.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

Y5 & Y6—Mrs Longford and Mrs Nayler—llongford.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk and enayler.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk

A reminder that workbooks should be returned to the shed between 4pm on Thursdays and 8.30am on Fridays for marking. The marked books can be collected over the weekend after 5pm on Friday and will be needed for the following week’s work. Thank you for your ongoing help and understanding.

 

18.01.21

Coronavirus update—I am pleased to report that we currently do not have any cases.

Despite the recent snow and the ensuing disruption, we are now well into the swing of simultaneously teaching children in the classrooms and at home via Zoom.

Thankyou for returning the children’s workbooks over the weekend. They are currently being marked. Please can they be collected from the shed after 5pm today ready for tomorrow’s lessons.

Thankyou to all parents for your support with this and also well done children for another hard working week!

To ensure the smooth running of this process, please can I remind parents of / request the following; 

Please ensure your child is up, dressed, has had breakfast and is ready to start the zoom lessons promptly. 

*Please try to avoid disrupting the lessons by talking over the teacher or talking / making noise in the back ground.

*It would be helpful if the children have a dedicated space at home for their school work to avoid items being lost and time being wasted looking for sheets, pencils etc.

*We are required to keep attendance registers for those children attending school and registers of children’s attendance at the zoom lessons. Please continue to inform school of reasons for absence if we are expecting your child in school and if your child is going to miss a zoom lesson, please advise the teacher in advance via email.

*Usually, (when it doesn't snow!), workbooks should be returned to the shed between 4pm on Thursdays and 8.30am on Fridays for marking. The marked books can be collected over the weekend after 5pm on Friday and will be needed for the following week’s work.

*If your child is in school some days and at home other days, please ensure they bring their workbooks to school with them.

*PE kits are needed for those in school on Fridays.

Thank you for your ongoing help and understanding

.

 

07.01.21

Happy New Year!


Coronavirus update—I am pleased to report that we currently do not have any cases.


In accordance with Government guidelines, we have welcomed the nursery children and children of Critical Workers back into school this week. They are being taught by their teachers in the classrooms and are being joined by their classmates at home via Zoom. Many thanks to parents for collecting the workbooks overnight on Tuesday to enable remote learning to make a successful start on Wednesday morning. Some experienced teething problems with Zoom but by Wednesday afternoon all lessons were taking place and all children able to participate. The children have adapted to the new ways of learning with enthusiasm and, as usual, have worked hard. Well done!


A reminder that workbooks should be returned to your child’s year box in the shed between 4pm Thursday and 8.30am Friday each week. Thankyou very much for your cooperation with this. The books will be marked and will be ready for collection over the weekend from 5pm on Friday and will be needed for lessons the following week. If you foresee problems in making these journeys, please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk.


Please remember that if you are entering the playground to drop off / pick up your children or to drop off / pick up workbooks then masks must be worn as a precaution against this new, highly transmissible, variant of Coronavirus.


Many thanks for the messages of support we have received this week, these are greatly appreciated by the staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. A reminder of staff emails:

 

  • Nursery/reception—adunbar.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk 
  • Year 1—omort.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk;
  • Year 2—ntiminey.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk
  • Years 3 & 4—jfox.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk;                                                                                                     
  • Years 5 & 6—llongford.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk
  • Year 6—enayler.askwith@ycatschools.co.uk


If your child has returned to school, a reminder about the new drop off and pick up times. Please do not leave your car until the time of your child’s bubble or that of your eldest child.

Bubble

Drop off

Pick up

Infant (years N, R, 1 & 2)

8.45 – 9.00am

3.15pm

Junior (years 3, 4, ,5 & 6)

9.00 – 9.15am

3.30pm

 

Autumn 2

17.12.20

Coronavirus update—I am pleased to report that we currently do not have any cases.

We have had a lovely festive week in school this week. On Monday, the whole school watched as Santa’s ‘reindeer’ visited school. The ‘reindeer’ brought treats for all the children. Many thanks to the parents involved.

The children and staff greatly enjoyed their Christmas lunch on Tuesday, the food was delicious and there were some great Christmas jumpers!

Many thanks to the PTA for helping to organise the Christmas craft morning on Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities. The Christmas parties on Wednesday afternoon were a great success and included pass the parcels, hand dancing and games with balloons.

Today, the children have finished their crafts and watched festive films.

Tomorrow, the children may come to school in home clothes and bring a small game or toy to play with. Toys should not be excessively noisy or valuable, no phones, ipads or games consoles.

Miss Gregory leaves tomorrow, we thank her for her contribution to the school and wish her well for the future.

A reminder that school closes at 2pm tomorrow for the Christmas holiday. The bus and taxi will depart at 2pm. To help ease the parking situation, please can nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2 (without elder siblings) be collected promptly at 1.45pm. We ask that these parents then move their cars without delay to free up parking places for junior parents who should collect years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and any younger siblings at 2pm. As always, please park with consideration for others and be patient if there is a queue to collect your child.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support in what has been a very different term. My thanks also to the staff and governors for their continuing hard work for the benefit of the school. I hope you and your families have a relaxing Christmas and I look forward to seeing the children on Wednesday 6th January.

 

10.12.20

Coronavirus update—I am pleased to report that we currently do not have any cases.


Action to take if your child develops symptoms after school finishes on Friday 18th December;

 

  • If your child develops symptoms within 48 hours of them being in school (ie before 2pm Sunday 20th), then please email askwith@ycatschools.co.uk. Please advise school, via email, of the test result as soon as it is known.
  •  If your child develops symptoms after 48 hours of them being in school (ie after 2pm Sunday 20th December) then school do not need to be informed.
  • At the beginning of the spring term (Wednesday 6th January), if your child is isolating because of their own symptoms / positive test or that of a member of their household, then please email school before 9am on Wednesday 6th January.

You may have read in the press that schools are able to take Friday 18th as a training day, we will not be doing
this. Askwith will be open on Friday 18th. Term dates are as previously published and are on the website.
Thankyou to parents who have kept us informed of tests being taken and results, this has enabled us to
provide daily up to date data to the Department for Education.


Well done to the children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who raised an amazing £43.35 from the sale of home made
bookmarks. The money will be donated to local charity SELFA, based in Skipton.

 

ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE— This week, please see attached flyers about Snapchat and TikTok

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.

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