Friday 5th March
Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th March – Reception classes
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th March Yrs 1 & 2
Parent consultations via telephone will take place next week for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Make sure you’ve booked a convenient time via teachers to parents. If you have any difficulties please telephone the school office.
PTA – MOTHER’S DAY STALLS THURSDAY 11th & FRIDAY 12th MARCH
Class bubble Nursery – Yr 2 Mother's day stalls will take place on Thurs 11th and Fri 12th March to raise PTA funds. Gifts will be priced between £1-£3, if children wish to make a purchase please can they bring change to school.
Preloved branded school jumpers and cardigans are for sale, £3 each. If you'd like to purchase please contact Mount Pleasant PTA via facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Safety update
Thank you to all of our parents who are following our return to school guidelines and wearing masks on the school site, this is much appreciated and keeping us all safe. The children aren’t going on the play equipment in the morning which is also helping us, please make sure you keep your child with you whilst waiting for the classroom doors to open. Thank you for your support.
New answerphone message
Thank you to Lucas Williams in Year 5 who has recorded the new answerphone message in Welsh and English. What an outstanding job he has done, superb pronunciation and intonation. We are very proud of Lucas.
PUPIL DEVELOPMENT GRANT:
You may be able to claim a Pupil Development Grant if you are entitled to Free School Meals and have a child that is:
· entering reception class in primary school
· entering school years 1,3,5,7,8,9,10 and 11
· in a special school, special needs resource base or pupil referral unit and is aged 4,5,7,9,11,12,13,14 or 15
If you meet the criteria please either contact school for an application form or alternatively, you can apply online at www.newport.gov.uk
Return to School KS2 15th March
The Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced that ‘from the 15th March if the scientific advice still says that it is safe to do so, all remaining primary school children will start to return to school.’
I am pleased to be able to communicate with you that our intention is for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 to return to school on 15th March. Further information will be communicated with you shortly in regards to a staggered start and finishing times in line with our risk assessment.
The last day for on-line blended learning will be on Thursday 11th March. There will be no on-line learning on Friday 12th March. This time will be used for Key Stage 2 Staff to plan, prepare and assess (PPA).
I’m delighted that our Foundation Phase pupils have had a successful return to school and look forward to Key Stage 2 returning on the 15th March. We are in the process of updating our return to school guidance for parents which will be sent via text to parents once complete.
Lateral Flow testing
Lateral Flow Testing for staff has now been introduced, please be aware that this could impact on possible class closures at short notice. In the event of a member of staff testing positive a class bubble will need to be closed and pupils and staff will need to isolate. This will be communicated with you via text to parents in the first instance and followed up with a letter from school regarding the situation.
It is essential that any pupil, teacher or staff member who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, does not attend the school / setting and follows the self-isolation guidance and access a test.
THE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:-
a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.