Kirk Fenton News
5th March 2021
Dear Parents / Carers,
Our value for the Spring term each year is perseverance and the start of this year has certainly seen us living out this value every day. But we have made it to the end of this round of home schooling and we are very much looking forward to welcoming all pupils back to school full time on Monday. My thanks go to our hard working staff, our parents who have supported us at home and also to our wonderful pupils who have engaged with everything we have set them. Hopefully, this will be the last time we have to resort to home learning!
We are currently in the second week of Lent. During Lent, through prayer and our actions, we can become closer to God and this, and the easter story, will be the focus of our worship for the rest of this half term. As a school we will be starting work on the Global Neighbours project and the Church side of our school life will be a focus on the newsletter each week. We will be having a fundraising non-uniform day on Friday 19th March with monies going to our second chosen charity - Mentally Healthy Schools. This charity provides resources and training to schools on the best approaches to building a school with accessible and caring pastoral support for all pupils and is something we feel passionate about at Kirk Fenton.
Finally, just a couple of reminders:
- If you took wellies home at the start of this lockdown, don't forget to bring them back into school on Monday
- Only 1 adult should come onto site to collect pupils and if you bring pre-school age siblings with you, please ensure that they stay beside you and do not climb on or use our outdoor equipment. We have very strict cleaning procedures as you can imagine at present and have to know what equipment needs washing down at the end of the day. Thank you in advance for your help in keeping our school community safe.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Karen Williams
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Mercury - All the home learners and Effie-Mae Jarman
Venus - All the home learners and Oscar Lowes
Earth - Logan Dolan and Ella Mallinson
Mars - Oliver Young and Laurence Hudson-Frost
Jupiter - Nate Chapman and Eli Linford
Saturn - Max Best and Finn Mallinson
Uranus - Isla Smith and Louie Stock
Neptune - Caitlin Reynolds and Ellie O'Neil
World Book Day - Thursday 4th March
We had a great day on Thursday celebrating and sharing lots of the books that we love. It was so lovely to see how excited our children are about reading. Well done Kirk Fenton!
Spring Term Parents Evening
These are either w/c 22nd March or w/c 12th April. Links to book a 10 minute appointment will be sent out Thursday 11th March, 4pm. The appointment will either be by phone or google meet (using your child's school email address) depending on the class.
Mercury: Tues 23rd March 12.50-3pm; Wed 24th March 3.15-5pm - by phone
Venus: Wed 14th April 3:30-5pm; Thurs 15th April 9:30am-12; Fri 16th April 3:30-5pm - by phone
Earth: Wed 24th March 9-10am & 3.45 - 5.15pm; Thurs 25th March 3.45-5.15pm - by Google Meet
Mars: Wed 24th March 3.30-5pm; Fri 26th March 9.30am-12 - by Google Meet; Thurs 25th March 3.30-5.30pm - by phone
Jupiter: Tues 23rd March 3.30-5.50pm; Wed 24th March 12-3pm - by Google Meet
Saturn: Wed 24th March 3:20pm-6pm; Thurs 25th March 3:30pm-6pm - by Google Meet.
You will get an invite for a specific day.
Uranus: Mon 22nd March 3.30-5.30pm; Tues 23rd March 3.30-5.30pm - by Google Meet
Neptune: Thurs 25th March 1.30-6pm; Fri 26th March 1-4pm - by Google Meet
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.
Mental Health and Well-Being
As we start to slowly move out of lockdown these quick tips on how to relax, the Thrive Survival Kit for Parents and Carers and a reminder of the Connection Kits might be useful.
I had planned to do this well-being section during lockdown and I hope you have found it helpful.
If you have any concerns about your child’s mental well-being please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Mrs Siobhan Bamforth
British Science Week
w/c Monday 8th March
Fundraising Day - wear your own clothes & bring in a donation for Mentally Healthy Schools
Friday 19th March
w/c 22nd March - Mercury: Earth: Mars: Jupiter: Saturn: Uranus: Neptune:
w/c 12th April - Venus
Monday 29th March - Friday 9th April
Monday 12th April
Start of Summer Term
Tuesday 13th April
Keeping Children Safe Online
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
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