Hot dinners for KS1
Thank you all for your patience as we began the term with packed lunches. We are now in a position to begin rolling out hot lunches to all KS1 children in the first instance.
We will be offering hot meals at lunchtime as from Monday 28th September (tomorrow!) with the menu options detailed below.
We would be grateful if you would book your child's lunches as soon as possible in order that we can order appropriately. Please note, any existing bookings for next week for KS1 have all been cancelled and need to be re-made using the new menu options.
Please be assured that appropriate hygiene practices will be in place for children using the school hall for dining, and bubbles (classes) of children will continue to be kept separate.
It is our intention to provide hot meals for KS2 children, after half term, but in the meantime, provision of packed lunches will continue for these children as per the previous menu.
Parents' evening meetings will take place over the phone this term and will be scheduled between the 5th and 16th October. Further details and information on booking a time will follow during the week.
Sharing of cakes and sweets in school
I emailed you all last week to ask that you help us by not sending your children to school with cakes or sweets to share on their birthdays. Thank you to all of you who understood the importance of this and acted accordingly. However, I discovered on Friday that a parent had attempted to send cakes in for KS1 staff without my knowledge. This shows complete disregard for our risk assessments and overriding intention to keep our staff and pupils safe. Please help us by ensuring that there are no further incidents of this nature so that we can continue with our efforts to keep the school open and infection free.
Click here for a poster about dialing 111. Although the poster relates to Cornwall, the process is exactly the same for Devon.
Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
You can view the letter here.
We started the new school year with our AGM via Zoom. There was a great turnout (thank you all!) and the formal committee now includes joint Chairs Katie Wright and Jo Parker-Groom, Ali Vallance as Treasurer and we're pleased to welcome Hannah Passmore as our new Secretary.
Fundraising this year is going to be more challenging but watch this space for some virtual events coming soon...
Our funds usually go towards school trips and workshops within the school. As these can't take place for a while, our autumn fundraising will be focused towards installing fun, new, interactive playground markings for all classes to enjoy at breaktimes and during PE. We'll send more info on this soon too.
At this time, our regular non-event fundraisers are more important that ever before, so please do sign-up for the 100 Club, do your shopping via the Easyfundraising link and continue to bring in your crisp packets
Easyfundraising; there are just 3 easy steps:
1. Open the following link: You shop. South Tawton Primary School PTA gets money. For free. And click the button 'Support this cause'. Create an account/login or download the app.
2. Use the website or app to choose the retailer you'd like to buy from - there are over 4000 including Amazon, ebay, Sainsburys, John Lewis, Argos, etc.
3. Just shop as normal and when you check out, the retailer gives your cause a donation.
Crisp packet recycling - please continue to send crisp packets into school with your children. Rather than the previous central collecting box that was outside the hall, there will be a collecting box in each classroom. As well as recycling thousands of crisp packet rather than sending them to landfill, for each kg collected, the recycling company gives money to our cause.
- Any brand of crisp and including the larger outer bag of multipacks
- Please do not fold into triangles
- No popcorn bags, meat snack bags, nut packets or any other food packaging
Don't forget to check out our PTA Facebook site for regular news and links.
A message from Okehampton Library
Okehampton Library is situated at the top end of North Street and is currently open Monday to Saturday 9:30-12:30 and also Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 14:00-16:00. We have COVID-19 safety measures in place.
Although the library layout is different to how it usually is, there is a large selection of children's books available to choose from and staff are on hand to help to pick from the overflow stock too. We have bags of 6 picture books on different themes, all ready for you to pick up and issue to take home and enjoy stories with your children. To support your child's reading, come in and see our wide range of beginner read books.
It is FREE to borrow books, join online before your first visit: https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/join-us
I have been sent the following e-books which you may enjoy sharing with your children.
The Insideouters No. 1 Fluff has a birthday party
The Insideouters No. 4 The Insideouters Take a Holiday
The Insideouters No. 9 Peter Penguin Saves the Day.