Dear parents and carers of Stepney Park Primary School,
I hope you will enjoy reading our school newsletter and seeing what our children have been up to in the last 2 weeks. You will find their work later in this newsletter.
Due to the increasing rate of infection in Tower Hamlets and around the country, and due to the fact that we have had two positive cases of Covid in school, we have decided to not start breakfast and after school childcare clubs just yet. I know this will be difficult for some parents, but I ultimately feel this is not the right time to introduce more risk to the children and staff in school. I appreciate your understanding around this matter.
I am pleased to say we are now able to offer 3 choices for packed lunches. No child should go hungry, so if your child would like a second portion, we should be able to offer them that, as we prepare plenty of food each day. All your child needs to do is ask a member of staff.
Please make sure your child takes their poncho to school each day, so we can make sure they (and their chromebook) can stay dry in the event of heavy rain.
I am aware that last week there was a very large puddle caused by rain in the alleyway next to the school playground. This meant that social distancing was very difficult for parents and children. I am looking into urgent repairs of the drains in that area. In the meantime, parents could turn left instead of right when leaving school at the end of the day, and walk the long way around.
End of the day pick - up time:
As we are getting into a better and quicker routine, I am aiming to open the school doors a bit later at the end of the day. There is no need for parents to queue up early, it only takes a few minutes for everyone to come in, it really is very quick. It would be better if more parents came a bit later, so there's less queueing up.
We would prefer it if parents would not use their mobile phones when in the playground. In particular, no photos or video images should be made, as parents would need digital consent in line with GDPR.
Parent Governor Ballot
Please ensure that we have two correct email addresses and two mobile phone numbers for each family, so we can ensure all parents are able to cast their vote. If you prefer, you can cast your vote by paper. Please contact the office if you would like to do this instead.
We will trial a virtual parents’ meeting for some classes before half term. We will use Google Meet for this, using the children’s Chromebooks. If this is successful, we will organise meetings for all classes next half term, and even a 1 to 1 parents’ evening later this year.
Parents are responsible for supervising children online and ensuring that they behave well digitally. We teach children how to behave online at school too. To a certain extent, we can see what they write and what meetings they arrange when they are at home. However, children must always be supervised at home. We have seen some very inappropriate language that was used by children in year 3 and 4, and we know that some children arrange their own ‘Meets’ at home, sometimes late in the evening …!
We are looking at ways to disable this, but the first line of responsibility must lie with parents.
Google classroom for children who are self -isolating:
Please remember that your child in year 3 to year 6 should log onto Google classroom each day, so they can join the online register and can be told about the work that is set for them each day. We will follow each child up daily and provide them with feedback.
Younger children have work set for them through our school website, although Year 2 may also have some work set for them on Google Classroom.
It is important that children bring their chromebook to school each day, so we can teach them in class how to use them correctly. Chromebooks must be charged at home overnight. It is important that children have their chromebook at home each day, in case there is a year group lock down .
In Year 3 we have been learning about Place Value, Addition and Subtraction in Maths. Our book this term in English is ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ and we have been using what we have learnt to write letters to the other classes. In History, we have been learning about the Benin Bronz...