The following statement was sent to schools this evening. At the bottom of the statement are links to parental guidance and advice which will be very useful in this time. We will keep you updated as, and when, we know anything else.
All schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions:
· Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.
· All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.
· We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services. This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.
· Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.
Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.
As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.
You can listen to the Deputy First Ministers announcement at this link:
Schools Group Manager (ASN & Inclusion)
Guidance for parents and carers in the event of school closure due to Coronavirus
A1 – Midlothian SLT Telephone Helpline info 2020
Please see below.
World Book Day Thursday 5th March
This year, instead of dressing up, we would like all children to produce a 3D model of their favourite character or book. Anything can be used to produce this but it must be 3D.
Some suggestions for the base: different size/shape boxes, tubes, potatoes, origami, lego or other construction materials, eggs (hard boiled). These can then be painted and decorated with anything of your choosing.
If anyone needs any help from school please let us know.
We will have an exhibition of all the models for the classes to view. There may even be some prizes too!
We will be giving out the vouchers for a free book on Thursday too.
Below is the link to the World Book Day website. Here you will find lots of fun activities and ideas to encourage your child with reading for enjoyment.
On Thursday we will be doing ‘Drop Everything And Read’ your child can bring a book from home if they would like to…when the bell rings in school they will stop whatever they are doing and read for pleasure. We will be counting up the number of stories we share with each other from Monday until 29th March as part of the ‘Great Story Share’.
In school we will do some story sharing among other fun activities.
Apologies for the last minute letters (below) for cycling tomorrow (Wed) cost is £3, pupils can bring a written note or this slip.
Packed lunches required
UPDATE: School closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March, BINGO NIGHT AT SCHOOL CANCELLED
Today (28.2.18), Thurs (1st March)and tomorrow (2.3.18)
Our building is closed. All Midlothian schools and nurseries are to be closed due to adverse weather conditions. Keep up to date with news and more info on the council website. We will update this page later today with more information if we have any.
Welcome back. I hope you had a lovely holiday.
Spelling – No Spelling this week.
Some children have a particular system that they are following and the pattern of this should not should not change.
See Reading Records:
On Tuesday, Thursday for J.K Rowling- Learn to be a summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.
On Tuesday, Thursday for Julia Donaldson-
On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday for Roald Dahl and Jeff Kinney
Enid Blyton- Given on Tuesdays- Learn to be a summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.
David Walliams- Given on Tuesdays- Learn to be a summariser and word detective activity sheet- in reading records.
On Thursday this week I will be handing out some Scottish Poems by the Author J.K Annad for the children to read at home. We have discussed these in class and have looked at Scots language.
In the last week of January there will be a poetry recital competition and two children from each class will be chosen from heats to enter the final. There will be more information on the date of this to follow.
If your child wishes to enter into this competition please help them to learn their poem. Even if they don’t want to take part, please take some time to read with them and enjoy the poems together.
If you can think of a different poem in Scots or with some Scots elements please feel free to teach them that one.
The children really enjoyed their first trip to the swimming pool today.
They were placed in groups and got to grips with the routines. We had some winners for fastest changed at the end of the session and the medals and points went to Liam, Conor and Blair. Well done boys!
Please remember that the children need a snack and a packed lunch on a Tuesday.
You may have more children asking for goggles now swimming has started, they are welcome to bring them but they are not compulsory.
Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back. I do have a pack of emergency baubles to give away if needed (I promise they don’t get re- used!) But it saves me pennies of they remember in the morning.
The children had a great time with myself and Mr Fallon from the outdoor education team last week. We are still awaiting some Annual Data Check forms to be returned and as soon as these are all in I can put the photos on the website.
We have just hears that the Parent Council have funded us over £300 to buy some outdoor learning equipment, so… watch this space!
Our new topic Weather, Climate and the Continents begins this week and we will be taking part in science experiments as part of this.
If there are any of you that would like to come to class to help out either in the morning or afternoon regularly of otherwise please let me know. I am always happy to have a few extra pairs of hands and some more heads in the classroom.
Sean Fallon from the outdoor learning team is coming to school on Monday to help us build some shelters in the woodland behind the school.
We will be outside from 11:30-12:15 and therefore all children should bring a waterproof jacket. Please ensure they are wearing shoes that are watertight.
Photos will follow on the website so that you can see what they get up to.
Letters have gone into bags about this and I think we are all looking forward to Monday.