Happy New Year! I hope you have had a peaceful break, and managed to find some time for rest amongst the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
This is just a short letter with reminders for the term; class letters will also come out this week which will detail the work we are covering this term as well as Swimming for Class 2, PE with coaches from Carlisle United for Key Stage 2 and class trips that have already been booked. Class 1 parents can also meet their new teacher Mrs Murgatroyd after school on Thursday for an informal chat.
Children whose attendance is below 90% will receive a letter from the governors this term – it is vital that we encourage our children to see regular attendance at school as a vital habit and that parents reinforce this. Some circumstances, such as illness, will obviously have an impact on attendance and it is very important that the school is aware of any ways in which we can help.
School uniform is important to the identity of the school and the pupils. Please remember that black shoes, or boots, are part of the uniform and trainers are to be worn only for PE and sports. Likewise long hair needs to be tied up, (off of the face), and tied back securely for PE. Leggings are not to be worn as trousers.
Please be aware of your child’s use of the internet particularly when they watch You Tube videos – You Tube does have age restrictions and parental modes but you have to log in with them to use it and they are not always reliable. Remember to check parental settings on any new devices they may have and to ensure that you know who they are talking to online.
We will hold an e-safety briefing later on in the term to review what parents can do at home – and we always share information via our school website: https://www.castlecarrock.cumbria.sch.uk/parents/e-safety/
Remember the school uses the ‘Google Classroom’ infrastructure – and this means that the children have access to apps for things such as word processing, drawing, creating presentations and much more. You can find out more information here:https://www.castlecarrock.cumbria.sch.uk/google-classroom-a-parents-guide/
Ensuring that we are a ‘healthy school’ is very important to us. Not only do we need to teach our children about healthy choices they can make but we also need to set a good example. This is especially important at lunch times and this term we will be taking a close look at packed lunches – ensuring that they meet the guidelines for what a ‘healthy packed lunch’ is. More information will come home about this for those children who do have a packed lunch.
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy time (as usual!) – dates for Parents’ Evenings and assemblies will be put on the website in due course.