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Weekly News Friday 5 February

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

It was good to see so many pupils participating in the weekly Zoom lessons that have been arranged for all classes this week. The children always seem to get a great deal from these meetings and they are a great way to keep connected with their friends and with their class teacher.

 

Unfortunately we couldn’t hold a meeting this week for Year 1 as Mrs Williams was moving house and sadly we won’t be able to hold a meeting this Monday coming as Mrs Williams is still waiting to have internet installed in her new home.

 

We will arrange a meeting for Year 1 as soon as we can as I am sure that the children will have lots of news and work to share.

Let us all wish Mrs Williams the very best in her new home.

 

Vouchers for children on benefits related Free School Meals

 

The week beginning Monday 15 February is half-term. Vouchers for children on benefits related Free School Meals have been ordered for pupils. Parents and carers need to be aware that these will be delivered via “Wonde” for this week and not through the government Edenred system. These are due to be delivered to parents emails on Wednesday 17 February.

 

Introducing “MyOn” digital library for Years 3-6

 

Next week we are introducing “MyOn” digital library to all Key Stage 2 classes.

 

“MyOn” is a digital library with hundreds of ebooks for children to choose from. These books are linked to your child’s age and can be tailored to their interests. The digital books will allow you and your child to read books together during this home learning period.

 

To access the site pupils will need to enter https://www.myon.co.uk/login then enter the schools name and the pupils Accelerated Reader username and password.

 

For further information\user guide please check out the children’s class pages or our Literacy Page which can be found https://www.st-simon.kent.sch.uk/literacy-2/

 

Internet Safety Day Tuesday 9 February

 

Every year we have Internet Safety Day to act as a reminder that children need to be able to keep themselves safe while online not just on the one day but at all times.

 

Due to lock down children are spending even greater lengths of time using online resources be it for their home learning or for their own entertainment. It is now more important than ever that we make sure the children keep themselves safe while accessing online resources.

 

Teachers have been reminding children of the importance of this during lessons at school and during our most recent Zoom lessons.

 

The site below has information for all ages accessible in one place: if you need to know how to set parental controls to any device from Smart Televisions to Netflix alongside advice on how to guide your children to stay safe online you will find it here:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

Half Term

 

The week beginning Monday 15 is half term holiday and Monday 22 February is a staff development day so there will be no school or home learning planned during that period.

 

With best wishes

 

Peter McCabe

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