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Below is the Parentmail we send out every Thursday so that parents have advanced notice of what is coming up.

Congratulations – we are delighted to announce that Miss Coulbault had her baby girl, Rosie, on 28th November. Mother and baby are both doing well.

Music for Schools – Mr Milford’s final lesson for the year will be this Monday, 7th December. Lessons will resume in the new year. In case your child is interested is learning to play a wind instrument we attach a flyer from Music for Schools with information about the scheme. Details also available at https://www.mfsf.org.uk/

Year 4 – we look forward to welcoming Year 4 back to school on Tuesday 8th December.

Christmas Jumper Day – children can wear their festive jumpers to school on Friday 11th December. It is also a non-school uniform day but no donation is needed for this event.

Christmas Cards – it has been agreed that if children wish to, they can send Christmas cards to each other in their year group bubbles only. These need to be posted in their class post box by Monday 14th December and will then be handed out on Thursday 17th December, allowing two days quarantine of all the cards.

PTA Christmas Raffle – This year the PTA will be running a Christmas raffle for each class as of Monday 7th December. Each class will have a grid of 60 squares at just 50p a square. Children can bring in and pay for as many squares as they wish to be in for a chance to win the Class Hamper. These will be available in class every day up until lunch time on Wednesday 16th December. The winner of each class will be chosen by an online generator and the lucky winners will then bring home their hamper. Good Luck and thank you. The PTA Team

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy – the school’s SEND policy is due to be reviewed. Please do read the policy on the school’s website and let us have any comments by the end of the term.

Drop off and Pick up Routine – UPDATE

As you are all well aware, from yesterday our county falls under Tier 3 – very high alert restrictions. Whilst these restrictions do not affect the day to day running of schools, it means we need to be more aware of how we can keep each other safe. With this in mind, it seemed an appropriate time to revisit how we can make pick up and drop off as safe as possible:

• It is essential that, if you are waiting in a queue for the gates to open, that you maintain social distancing from other adults and children in other families. Please ensure any children with you, stay close to you and do not mix with other households.

• Please minimise the adults coming to school with only one adult coming to pick up where possible. We would prefer it if older siblings (at secondary school) did not come onto site if this is avoidable.

• Unless you are exempt, please wear a face covering when on site.

• In the morning, please drop your child at the gate rather than coming on to the site. Once you have dropped your child off, please move along quickly rather than waiting to watch them all the way down the drive or staying to chat with friends.

• At pick up, please maintain social distancing on the way into and off the site. Again, please keep your own children close to you, rather than letting them run ahead with their friends.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS OR HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO ISOLATE, PLEASE DO NOT COME ONTO THE SITE AT ALL.

Thank you for all that you are doing to support the school and keep the pupils, staff and their families safe during these worrying times.

Ditton Church of England Primary School
Ditton Church of England Junior School