Kirk Fenton News
17th September 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we settle back into school routines and are mixing more it is clear that Covid is still with us. We have had a few children in a mix of classes test positive this week and therefore it is still very important that you are monitoring your children for signs of illness. The classes involved have been notified. The main symptoms we are seeing are headaches and eyes sensitive to the light rather than the official symptoms of a temperature, a continuous cough or loss of taste or smell. Lateral flow tests are available free of charge online or from local distributors and are a good way of checking routinely for those who may be asymptomatic. I am, of course, following all the current guidelines for reporting cases and if your child is deemed a close contact by NHS Test and Trace then they will be in contact with you directly. Finally, please remember to stay distanced where possible on the school site and to keep your children beside you in order to protect others.
In brighter news, the body of our MUGA is now complete and the children have enjoyed playing football and basketball in it. The court lines will be painted on shortly.
We have had a marvellous response to the after school clubs that will start to run again from next week. It will be great to provide such a variety of before and after school extra-curricular activities with so many children involved.
Just a couple of notices this week -
First, there will be a children's art exhibition in school next week and a chance for you to visit your child's class informally at the end of the day. More details below...
Second, could I please ask parents not to gather at the school entrance, gate and front fence as this is causing a blockage at busy times. Our school is growing and we have added a whole extra class more pupils than we had 3 years ago so there are more people collecting and dropping off.
Finally, I am very sad that the Friends of Kirk Fenton were not able to reform a new committee this week and therefore will have to fold. This is a huge shame as they do such an amazing job of fund raising for the school and means that many of the traditional school events will not now go ahead. If you can help in any way, please do get in touch.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Karen Williams
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Bears - Thomas D and Albie S
Bees - Lyla K and Theo H
Hummingbirds - Lenny T and Finlay O
Tigers - Matthew G and Evie D
Sharks - Sam O'C and Ollie Y
Earthworms - Evie W and Eloise J
Jaguars - Finn M and Max B
Wolves - Nate B and Florence L
Hot Chocolate Friday
Well done to the following who earned the hot chocolate award:
Bees - Charlotte C
Hummingbirds - Sophie P
Tigers - Aoibhe M
Sharks - Isla B
Earthworms - Emma E
Jaguars - Niamh M
Wolves - Harry B
Times Tables Rock Stars
Open Classroom, Friday 24th September
On Friday 24th September, we would like to invite you into your child's classroom at the end of the day to enjoy the work they have been doing to represent their class animal. This year, all our classes are named after keystone species, inspired by the new book 'The Most Important Animal of All' and we have been busy in the first few weeks creating artwork and investigating our animals. Doors will open at 2:40pm for you to come in, have a browse and you may then take your child home. If you have children in more than one class, please start with younger children who can then be taken into their older siblings' rooms.
Windows and doors will be open for ventilation and you may choose to wear a mask. If classrooms become busy, we will ask parents to wait outside to manage the flow. For parents unable to attend, normal going home arrangements will apply.
CHANGE TO MENU, Tuesday 21st September
Request for Plastic Lids
Term Dates 2021/2022
Individual Photographs in School
Monday 20th September
Before School Clubs:
Mondays 8-8.45am: Y1/2 Dance Club
Thursdays 8-8.45am: KS2 Dance Club
After School Clubs Start w/c 20th Sept:
Y1/2 Science Club, 3.15-4pm
Y3/4 Gardening Club, 3.15-4.15pm
KS2 Forest School - sorry this is now full
Y1/2 Eco Club, 3.15-4.15pm
Y4/5/6 Young Voices, 3.15-4.15pm
Friday 24th September, from 2.40pm
Y6 Application to Secondary School
Deadline is 31st October 2021
NYCC - Secondary School Places
FAO Parents of Year 6 Pupils
You can apply for a secondary school place for your child from 12 September 2021 and you must submit your application by 31 October 2021
This information is for families living in North Yorkshire who have a child born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 as your child is due to transfer from primary to secondary school in September 2022.
Families living outside North Yorkshire will need to contact their own home Local Authority to obtain the information regarding school admissions and to make an application to the Authority where they live.
The information on the website regarding the application process will be updated by 12 September 2021 at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions. Including:
• the criteria used by the local authority to allocate school places at maintained schools
• links to the admission arrangements for schools which are their own admissions authority, such as certain academy schools and voluntary aided schools
• specific school information including the number of places allocated and statistics for the 2021-22 academic year
• eligibility for home-to-school transport
• the online parent portal where you will be able to create an account and apply online for a school place.
It is important that you read all of the information on the school admissions and transport pages before completing the online Common Application Form (CAF).
Staff Thank You's
If anyone would like to say thank you to or has any positive comments for a member of staff then please complete and submit the form below.
Pupil Premium & Free School Meals Funding
As you will be aware, Universal Free School Meals are automatically available to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. However, if you meet certain criteria, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals for the whole of their primary education as well as additional funding to support them with their education, called a 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding benefits our school to support us to increase your child's attainment.
To qualify for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If your family circumstances change, you may become eligible. Please see the North Yorkshire website below for more information and to access the relevant application forms. Once your application has been processed, school will be notified automatically . If you require any support with understanding Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding or help with your application, please call one of our admin team who will be happy to advise.
Registered charity no: 1154660
The easiest ways to raise funds for us is to register with Easy Fundraising and raise money as you shop online at no cost to you and search online with Easy Search
Like us on Facebook for up-to-date information www.facebook.com/FriendsOfKirkFenton
North Yorkshire Music Service
Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)
We are anticipating that all* music lessons should be possible in school premises on a face to face basis from September 2021 in line with Government recommendations. Should a school close as a result of a Covid19 outbreak, or are still operating Bubbles meaning that Face to Face lessons are not possible, we will move to online lessons, if possible, via Teams.
Instrumental lesson will commence week commencing 13th September 2021.
* Unless arrangements have been made with you direct to continue lessons online
Attached are the revised tuition and Music Centre fees applicable from September as well as remissions; details of tuition dates; and a reminder of the notice period to stop lessons.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any queries.;