End of First Week – Updates…..
It still seems so strange that all of our amazing Sherborne Primary Family are not together & I know I can speak for all my staff to say we miss every single one of you!
We are still open for emergency childcare for families of Key Workers & Vulnerable children (please let me know if anything changes & anyone requires this service?) Our numbers have been small this week which is excellent as it follows the clear governmental advice of social distancing & reducing the risk of cross infection.
Our wonderful Office Team have not only organised packed lunches (kindly delivered by Mrs Brazier, Mrs Young & Mrs Miles) up until Wednesday, but have hopefully set up a Food Voucher System to support our families on Free School Meals (which will continue throughout the Easter Holidays to support those most at need).
During this challenging period it has been so lovely to see so many Acts of Kindness & pulling together as a community (one of the many things we always strive for at Sherborne Primary). This includes our PTA donating Easter Eggs to the staff at the Yeatman, many messages of everyone supporting each other in the community & hearing so many applause for the NHS staff last night.
It has also been great & rewarding to see the efforts our pupils (& parents) are making at home with their home learning on Class Dojo (Yrs 1 – 6) & Tapestry (EYFS only).
We would really appreciate EVERY child communicating at least WEEKLY using these system to ensure we are all keeping in touch. If we do not receive any communication my team will ring & contact families (this is purely to check & support your well-being).
I do hope you are all enjoying the daily challenge videos & activities set by my staff. Please be assured we are preparing more activities after the Easter Holidays for you all to enjoy & engage with. We would also wish for our children to enjoy Easter (as much as possible in this strange situation) with no expectation of work from our end.
We are also open to the Key Workers & Vulnerable families across Easter, with the same ‘emergency only’ rule applying.
Finally can I thank all of my staff for continuing to engage with their children & desperately trying to maintain some sort of ‘normal’. I know how much they ALL wish to be back in school with our lovely children.
A huge thanks to you all for your support & please remember we are still here if you need us!
Best & warm regards to everyone!
NEW FOOD VOUCHER SCHEME for our families who access Free School Meals:
Please see below two attachments which include a letter explaining how to access our NEW Food VoucherScheme (this willmean you can go to a supermarket of your choice and exchange the vouchers for food usingthe QR code provided).
This will start from Thursday 26th March (we will again on Wednesday (tomorrow) ask families to kindly collecta packed lunchfrom outside our office as today – please email the office if you are self-isolating & requiredelivery, just for tomorrow –
If you have questions, please contact our office 01935 812619; we are here to help you.
Best wishes, warm hugs and hope everyone is well.
Free School Meal Vouchers
Free School Meals On Line Voucher Guidance
Please see a message for families who usually receive a FREESCHOOL MEAL (not the Universal Free Mealsfor Yr R – Yr 2)
An electronic voucher which can be used at a supermarket of your choice has today been sent via email/textto parents of childrenentitled to Free School Meals. This voucher is to enable you topurchase food to makelunches for your children, tomorrow andFriday.
We will issue a further voucher on or before Friday 27th March toenable you to purchase food for lunches forthe following 5 days.Going forward you will be provided with an electric voucher on aWEEKLY basis.
Any questions please contact the school office via email email@example.com
Best wishes Mr Bartle & the Office Team