Copy
This is a communication from Combe Martin Primary School for parents and carers only. 
View this email in your browser
Sign up for News
School Website
SCHOOL CALENDAR

Monday 14th December - Tiddlers performance (sorry no parents)
Monday 14th December - NED Mindset virtual performance
Wednesday 16th December - Carols in the playground (sorry no parents)
Friday 18th December - Christmas Dinner BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED
Friday 18th December - Christmas Jumper day
Friday 18th December - Last day of Autumn Term
Tuesday 5th January 2021 - First day of Spring Term
NEWS FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEAD TEACHER - Mrs Gail Holmes
Dear Parent and Carers,
I cannot quite believe that we are heading into the last week of term. We have done an amazing job in our community at keeping safe. I am really proud and appreciative of our staff and children for doing so well over this term, working hard and trying their best during a time that’s been understandably extremely difficult. 

EY Nativity and KS1 Christmas Production - The show must go on!!
Although we are not able to put on our usual Christmas KS1 production this year, Class 1 and 2 have been working hard over the past few weeks to practise for a small Christmas performance in the hall. We will film the performance and share this with parents. Tiddlers have also been practising for their Nativity, their singing is fantastic and I am looking forward to seeing their performance this week too!

Carols Around the Christmas Tree
Our 'Carols Around the Tree' celebration is planned for this week to bring some festive cheer. The KS2 children have been practising Christmas Carols to perform around the tree. They are sounding brilliant! Thank you for all your hard work organising this Mrs Mortlock, the children are singing beautifully. We will record each class and share this with you.

Covid-19 Update - End of term Friday 18th December

Due to the late timing of the DfE announcement the schools of the Alumnis Multi Academy Trust have decided to remain open as planned on Friday 18th December. This will prevent any further disruption to learning and avoid causing inconvenience to our families. 

School leadership will therefore be available to assist in the identification of close contacts of any positive cases for the six days after the final day of teaching, up to and including Christmas Eve. 

Please email my email address g.holmes@alumnismat.org if you receive a positive test result for your child up to and including the 24th December. 

My only request is that you continue to be extra vigilant over the short time we have until Christmas, in order for us all to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas with our families.

COVID-19 symptoms or general illness?
Below is a reminder of the symptoms to look out for and what you should do if any member of your household display these symptoms.

Main symptoms
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
 
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
For further information please see the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
 
Please can we ask that parents use Kiln Car park when collecting children. We currently have families waiting for siblings outside the school gate and there are an increasing number of cars using the road at this time. Please keep this area safe for everyone.
Thank You for your cooperation
Christmas Jumper day
We would like to invite all the children to wear a Christmas Jumper on Friday 18th December. These can be bought or homemade, let your imagination run wild!! 
There will be a small prize for the best jumper in each class.
PTFA Raffle
The Raffle has now been drawn. Please find a list of winners below. To claim your prize please come to the admin office with your ticket (Unless it has your name on) where you can collect your prize. Any prizes not collected by Wednesday morning at 9am will be redrawn so keep your tickets for now if you haven't won.
A huge thank you to Sarah Webb and the PTFA for organising and running the raffle. They have raised an amazing £594. THANK YOU ALL

909 Pink, 696 Pale Green, 768 (Lynn Mason), 679 white, 470 green border, 997 pink, 779 (Sandra Kiff), 484 (Debbie Jenkins), 671 pale green, 4 (Rachel jeffs), 651 pale green, 650 (Logan B Class 4), 642 pale green, 688 (Poppy Webb), 950 (Lea Banagan), 730 (Katheryn Fox), 712 white, 370 (Caellen-Roy Nursery), 10 blue, 667 pale green, 710 white, 662 white, 696 white, 471 green border, 892 pink, 705 pale green, 675 pale green, 678 pale green, 492 Mick Lock, 482 green border, 685 (Kate Brook), 852 (Nina Jeffs), 666 white, 495 green border, 975 pink, 753 (Sarah Rumson), 362 (Archer-Nursery), 737 (Amy Lewis), 741 ( Tara Corstin).
FREE SCHOOL MEALS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
All parents eligible for Free School Meals should have received a letter or email from DCC or will do very shortly. 
Included in this letter will be a unique code which can be used to redeem your vouchers to the value of £30.00 per child (£15.00 per week for the two weeks school holidays) and select your food from either of the following stores;Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrison's, Asda, M&S food and Waitrose. 
If you have more than one child entitled to FSM, you should receive a unique code for each child, in a separate email or letter.
Each code can be used once on a website  https://www.select-your-reward.co.uk/  
We are concious that a few of you may not have access to the internet, so in these exceptional cases, please contact me (Brenda Read) via dojo, where I can print off the vouchers for you.

 
 
Fantastic to see many of you have downloaded the Parent Lite App, and have made amendments to your child's information we hold on our SIMS system at school.  Even if you know we hold the most up to date information for your child, it doesn't hurt to browse through to check  all is correct.
We also ask that you  tick check the 'parent consent' boxes, for the information listed.  This populates a spreadsheet, which enables us to ensure the correct permissions are in place.
If you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact the admin office. 
Thank you 
 
Carols around the Christmas Tree

A KS2 Christmas Carol Service, will take place around the Christmas tree in the playground on Thursday 16th December 2.00-3.00pm.
This will be recorded which we will share via Dojo.
Each child will receive a homemade mince pie, after the service.
KS1 Nativity Play 
KS1 will still be performing their Annual Nativity play.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions you will be unable to see the live performance, but will be sent a recording via dojo.
As soon as we have confirmed dates, we will let you know.



 
KS1 & KS2 Christmas Markets
Xmas markets will continue to take place this year, but following COVID procedures. 
Presents are still available for the children to buy, but they will be pre-wrapped, prior to purchase.  The children will be shown a picture of what is in the gift so they still have a choice.
If you would like your child/ren to participate in this festivity, please send an envelope, with the correct money please, £1.25 per present.  Please provide names on the enevelope for whom the present is intended and relation (mum, dad, sister, brother etc...).
Monday 14th December KS1
Tuesday 15th December KS2


 
 ORDERS FOR XMAS DINNER IS NOW CLOSED
 
We have a wide selection of Thrift (second hand uniform) that we need to recycle.  If you are interested, from as little as 50p to purchase any item of this stock , please let the Admin Office know.
We also have surplus stock of New uniform, which we would like to sell at a reduced price.  Most sizes are Reception and Year 1, so please ask if interested. 
Thank you 

 
ONLINE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

PLEASE submit this form back to us as soon as possible.  It is quick and simple and will take only 30 seconds of your time to complete. 
If you wish your child to continue to use the internet and ICT systems in our school WE DO NEED YOU TO SUBMIT THIS FORM BACK TO US ASAP.

I have inserted the link here:
https://tinyurl.com/y66xen3k


The acceptable Use Policy is intended to ensure, that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications.
Everyone should be able to access the link to enable you to complete and sign the permission form.
If you encounter any difficulties, please contacted the Admin Team.
Thank you 

ARE YOU ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS?
Parents/carers in receipt of the following support payments will be entitled to receive free school meals:
  • 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)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenueand Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2023.
 
WRAP AROUND CARE STILL AVAILABLE!
Our AFTER SCHOOL CARE facility will be a available from 3.05 - 5.30pm each day and held in the old 'Tiddler' building. Prices vary from 1 hour @ 3.00 to a fuill session £6.75.  Discount for siblings.
Key Stage 1 pupils will be collected from their classrooms and taken over to the ASC Lead.  Key Stage 2 will make their own way over across the playground.
A direct telephone line to the setting is 01271 883134.  This number can be used after 4.30pm as the main school number is set to answer machine from this time. 
BREAKFAST CLUB  is available from Monday - Friday 7.40am - 8.40pm.  This is also held in the Tiddler building.  KS1 pupils will be escorted to their classrooms a the end of the session, and KS2 will follow the one way system back to their classrooms.
Each session is £2.25.  
Please book online vt 5.00pm the previous evening, so a register can be printed off and passed to the Breakfast Care Leader for the next morning. 
If you have any queries, please contact the Admin Team. 
 
We are currently filling up spaces fast for the Spring term. If you, or someone you know, requires a new space please contact us as soon as possible.
You can check if your child is entitled to the 2 year old funding or the extended entitlement of 30 hours for 3+ years at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk 
We are getting swimming lessons back up and running for Class 4 in January. The first day for swimming will be Thursday 7th January. More information will follow.
School Uniform
As previously informed, you may now order directly from our supplier for your school uniform and accessories.  We believe this will be a quicker and more convenient service for you.
We will continue to stock only a SMALL selection of SWEATSHIRTS ONLY in each size. Cardigans, book bags, PE bags, T-Shirts and Polo Shirts with logos can be ordered only from the shop retailer. You will not be able to order these items now on Scopay.
Plain white Polo shirts & PE-shirts can be bought at a selection of retailers including your local supermarket!

Please visit their shop at the address below.
Express Embroidery
Tracey Stantiford
3 Moxham Court
EX32 8HR
(By Barnstaple Bus Station)

Your may also email your uniform order directly to them  wathen528@aol.com
Thank you



 
We are hoping to resume our Extra Curriculum activities in January. 
A clubs timetable will be available on the School website as soon as possible.
Medicines form

Term Dates 2020 - 2021


Last day of Autumn Term 18th December 2020

First day of Spring Term 5th January 2021

Spring Half-term 15th - 19th February, 2021.

Last day of Spring term is Wednesday 31st March, 2021.

Summer Term begins on 19th April, 2021.

School closed for Bank Holiday 3rd May 2021

Summer Half-term 31st May - 4th June 2021

Last day of the Summer term is Thursday 22nd July 2021.
Combe Martin School is part of the Alumnis Multi-Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 11409631
Copyright © 2020 Combe Martin Primary School, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp