Helpful links for parents and carers

Hope you are all keeping well during a very uncertain and busy time.
 
See below some helpful links for parents and carers on change/loss and transitions.
 
Change and Loss
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35018
 
Transitions
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35019

Tuesday 16th of June

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you and your families are all keeping well.

As we move towards the end of term I wanted to share with you information regarding next session.

As I am sure you know the guidance we are receiving is changing on an almost daily basis. 

Following the most recent health and safety advice and to minimise the risk of infection, I am asking that children come to school wearing a school polo shirt, sweatshirt and grey or black trousers or skirt. Children should not wear leggings or jeans.

In normal times I would actively encourage the wearing of our school tie, however the wearing of scarves and ties is being discouraged as these are items that are not washed as regularlyas other uniform items. The wearing of blazers is also being discouraged at the moment.

Children should wear a suitable jacket and footwear for all weather. 

When children arrive at school they will have to wait in a designated area as entry to the school will be strictly controlled. The children will be expected to wait outside, regardless of the weather.

More information will be sent regarding this as soon as procedures have been confirmed.

At the moment your child will not need an indoor PE kit as all physical activity will take place outdoors. Indoor shoes will not be needed as children will not be asked to change shoes when inside the building.

Children should not bring school bags, pencil cases or any personal belongings to school. Again, this is to minimise the risk of infection.

Children should bring a water bottle. Please fill this before the children come to school as they will be unable to refill it throughput the day.

I am waiting on information from North Lanarkshire Council regarding breakfast club, tuck and lunch time arrangements. I will share this information with you as soon as I have it.Children should bring a small snack in their pocket each day.

I understand that you are keen to know what days your child/children will attend school. Again, I will share that information with you as soon as I can.

As many of the staff at Ladywell are working parents I fully appreciate the difficulties that many of you are going to be faced with in the coming months, trying to juggle your own working commitments along with school work. I understand that the proposed approach to schooling will be difficult for all families regardless of circumstances.

Please trust that I am doing everything I can, within the current guidelines and advice, to ensure your child is fully supported on his/her return to school.

Please note, that due to the constant changes to national and local guidance, the information in this letter, while correct at the present time, is subject to change. If any changes occur, I will inform you as soon as I can.

Regards

S Winning

P7 Ladywell visit

To allow our P7 children to visit Ladywell Primary for their final time and attend the visit for those going to Dalziel High, our “Final Farewell” date has been changed to Thursday 18th June
Mrs Tollan will be in touch at some point tomorrow to let you know the time slot for your child to attend.

Mrs Winning

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you all know North Lanarkshire Council have now started to share information regarding the plans for the return to school in August.

As I am sure you can all appreciate, there are a lot of decisions to be made to ensure all necessary health and safety requirements are met.

Staff have now returned to school on a rota basis to prepare the classrooms and school environment for our new way of working.

I am currently working on the composition of groupings, bearing in mind that a 2m distance must be adhered to within all class bases. This means that children will be taught in smaller groupings than they would be if this was an ordinary school year.

Some parents have contacted me to request that their child is grouped with specific friends or with a specific teacher. While I am more than happy to listen to your concerns, unfortunately I cannot give any guarantees that I can accommodate these requests. One of the priorities that I have to consider when making the groupings is that siblings attend schools on the same days. This is to give as much support to working parents as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot match the days your child attends school to parents’ work patterns.

Some parents have asked if their child will attend school on the same day as their sibling from the secondary school. Again, this may not always be possible as the secondary school has a number of factors to consider.

Parents have also been asking about uniforms, arrangements for PE, whether or not their child should bring a school bag.

I know that some schools within the authority have already made these decisions and have posted information on social media.

I fully intend to share this information with you as and when these decisions are made. All schools are different and have different challenges to consider and therefore make decisions at different times. 

In our school we have a large number of children and limited space in which to accommodate them, so the priority for me right now is to ensure I can give your children the minimum education as detailed by the authority.

The decisions on uniform etc. will come. Please do not rush to buy all the resources you usually would as there will be restrictions on what children can bring to school. The detail of this will follow soon. Please just bear with me a little longer as I decide what is best for our children.

The Ladywell team are working very hard to ensure that when your child/children return to us in August we have everything in place to support them.

I know it is an anxious time for many parents but please trust me that I am doing my very best to ensure we provide what is best for our school community.

I will be sending out further letters as soon as I have more information to share with you.

Thank you so much for your support.

Mrs S Winning

Dear Parents/ Carers,

As you may already know, this week saw the return of the management team to school. Today it was lovely to welcome back Mrs Henderson from maternity leave. I would like to thank Mr Colquhoun for working as Acting Principal Teacher throughout Mrs Henderson’s absence.

Throughout the course of this week the management team will be planning for the return of the remainder of the school staff next week and also for the return of the children in August.

Between now and the end of June teaching staff will be in the building at different points throughout the week, setting up their teaching base in preparation for August.

When the children return in August the school day will be a little different to what it was like before lockdown. I will continue to communicate with parents as to what this will look like when I have more information.

In the meantime, if you wish to discuss any concerns, please contact me on the email address below.

I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support throughout this very challenging time. I am looking forward to welcoming the children back in August and working with you all once again.

Please continue to stay safe.

S Winning

[email protected]

St Andrew’s Hospice

1st – 7th June 2020

Did you know that St. Andrew’s Hospice need £88,000 per week to operate?

Ladywell Primary have taken on the challenge of supporting our local hospice by hosting a:

Wear Yellow Week

and 

Soak the Teacher Challenge.

We understand that not everyone will be in a position to donate at the moment, however, please know that St. Andrew’s Hospice, the patients and their families appreciate all that you do, whether that is raising awareness through participating in a challenge or making a donation.

21.5.2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well.

Having just listened to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, giving her speech on the roadmap out of lockdown, I thought it appropriate to write to offer you all some information on how we will achieve what she has set out.

It has been decided that children will return to school in August on a part time basis, with some learning taking place in school and some continuing to take place at home.

It was also announced that school staff will be allowed in to the school building at some point in June to prepare for the return of the children.

I am currently working on plans which take account of the environment and open plan layout of our school. I am looking at the number of children who can be taught within the building at any one time, ensuring appropriate physical distancing is in place. At the forefront of this planning is the health and safety of children and staff.

In my planning I am also taking into consideration family groups to ensure, where possible, that siblings will attend school on the same days.

As I am sure you can appreciate, this is quite a difficult task as there are many factors to consider. However, as soon as I have a confirmed and acceptable plan in place I will communicate it with all parents.

The First Minister also stated that there would be transition support for children beginning Primary 1 and for our Primary 7 pupils making the move to secondary school. At the moment, I do not know what this will look like. In the meantime I know that the secondary schools are continuing to post transition information on line through our school website and twitter. I have, this morning, contacted the parents of our new Primary 1 children to share information with them also.

As we move forward to this new way of working I will continue to update you with information as and when I have it.

Please continue to contact me if you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

Stay safe

S Winning

[email protected]