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Notices for Parents

Christmas Productions:   

 As we are still unable to invite parents onto site to watch assemblies or any other events due to Covid we will, unfortunately, not be having any productions at Christmas. Although they would not take place until December, based on the way things have gone since the start of term it is extremely unlikely that anything will change between now and then to allow us to proceed. We will still be carrying out all of 'the usual' Christmas activities at school apart from the productions and the Christmas Fair.

 

Household Support Fund:        

This fund, which can provide financial grants or awards, is available to support residents who may be experiencing hardship over the winter period (until 31st March 2022). It can support with food, utility costs as well as wider essentials eg: sanitary products, cycle purchases for travel. In order to make a claim you can call 08085 834333 – there is further information available on the Coventry City Council website.

 

Times Table Books:     

Our previous headteacher (Mr Davies) has just published a new times table book called  'Precious Planet Times Tables.' The book contains 11 catchy, times tables rhymes all about key conservation issues. You can order a copy from Amazon.

Covid: We have had a small number of cases in Year 3 this week. Thank you to all of the Year 3 parents who have carried out PCR tests on their children. If you’ve not had a chance to do one yet can you please do it over the weekend.

 

PE Kit: Just a reminder that for all PE lessons at school, hair should be tied up, jewellery removed and suitable outdoor attire is needed. Now that the weather is also getting colder, children will need a long sleeved top/jumper/zipped jacket along with jogging bottoms/leggings and trainers. Unless it is raining, outdoor PE will take place as per class timetables.

Parents’ Evening:     

Unfortunately we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our settling in parents’ evening to avoid a gathering of adults and children; this is due to a number of children and staff recently testing positive for Covid. If you have any concerns or worries about how your child has settled in to his or her new school year, please speak to your child’s class teacher at the end of the school day or arrange an appointment with the school office.

Outside Equipment:

You may have noticed that we have purchased some exciting new equipment for our Foundation Stage children, as well as our older children to use at playtimes. Please note that this equipment is for school time use only and it will not be supervised at the beginning or end of the school day. We cannot be held responsible for any incidents or accidents that occur on this play equipment out of school hours. 

Coventry Boot Fund:    

If you are struggling to provide school shoes for your child, we may be able to help as the charity “The Coventry Children’s Boot Fund” can support families who are finding it difficult to purchase appropriate shoes for their child. Please speak to your child’s class teacher or see the school office if you feel that this could be of benefit to you.

Summer of Fun:               

Many of our families will be receiving a postcard , through the post, with a booking code to enable children to take part in free summer fun clubs over the break. These activities include: Sky Blues sports clubs, day trips to the beach as well as music and art workshops. Look out for your postcard, which gives details about how your child can join in with the fun! Also, please find attached with this newsletter, a flyer with details of activities that have been organised by the Family Hub, which include arts, crafts and outdoor games.

Parking

Can we remind you not to park for any amount of time in any disabled parking spaces and also not to drop your children off while on the roadway as it is dangerous. Thank you.

The Pantry:

We have been notified of a new food support scheme that may be helpful to families in the local area. The scheme operates by offering families up to £30 per week of food for a subscription of £3.50 per week. The Pantry also offers expert advice and support from advisors who can help families, if they are facing difficulties or barriers. Please download the flyer or contact Bianca 07393462112 or coventrypantry@stgilestrust.org.uk

Face Masks: 

Thank you for continuing to wear masks while you are on site. Can you please make sure that your mask covers your nose as well as your mouth so that it is effective. The recent case in Year 2 shows that COVID is still around!

MarvellousMe;

There is a new reading log section in MarvellousMe. You can log your child's reading progress by clicking on the Reading Log. You will be directed to a Weekly Reading Log  form that you can complete and submit, it will then be sent to your child's teacher for them to view. If you need any help please contact Dee in the school office.

My-CATs

Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the screening questionnaires for the University of Oxford MY-CATS project that our school is supporting. The MY-CATS team are testing out a new way of identifying and supporting young children who might benefit from help to build confidence and reduce the chance of problems with anxiety, now and in the future. The MY-CATS team is now sending feedback letters to families who completed screening questionnaires and they are contacting families who are eligible for the trial to arrange a time for a phone call. Keep a look out for emails from Emily, Anna and Natascha from the MY-CATS Team.  If you have any questions about the MY-CATS project or the feedback letters, please do not hesitate to contact the MY-CATS team (mycats@psych.ox.ac.uk).  

Phone thefts

 I was made aware earlier this week by the police that thieves have been targeting secondary school children and stealing their mobile phones. Some of our Year 5 and 6 children have mobiles. Can you please speak to them about where and how they use them so they don't attract attention to themselves and become a victim.

Face masks

Can you please remember to bring a mask when dropping off or collecting your child/ren. We have had to give out over 40 masks this week to people who didn't have their own with them. Sadly, COVID hasn't disappeared yet and it was just before Easter that more than half the school were self-isolating due to it. We are doing everything we can to stop this from happening again and would appreciate your support with this. I look forward to the day when we don't need them anymore, but it probably won't be before the summer.

MY-CATS:      

Moat House are working with the University of Oxford on a research project called MY-CATS to help reduce problems with anxiety for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  You can watch a short video about the project on the link below. If you would like to take part, please follow the link below to complete the consent form. Make sure you fill in your contact details on page 2 so the MY-CATS team can get in touch with you.  

MYCATS parent consent  A parents’ guide has also been sent to parents and is also available on the website.

Parking:       

Can parents please avoid using the parking spaces immediately outside Castle Wood School. There was a problem recently when a delivery lorry was unable to get round the corner and this caused the road to be blocked. I asked Castle Wood to get their parents to move the cars and it turned out that it was Moat House parents who had parked there. These spaces are not for us so please don't use them.

 

Reading books:       

We took advantage of the lockdown to go through our reading books and replace the older books; there were lots that were either damaged or simply out of date. Unfortunately, the books that we ordered to replace them have still not been delivered despite being due at the beginning of March. As soon as they arrive and are distributed across the school we will be able to give them out to the children again. This will link into a new reading scheme that we'll be using. In the meantime, there are some great online books available, which are free. You need to register for an account, then you have free access to lots of books at Oxford Owl.

Lockdown Support:                

Throughout the lockdown period, we were able to support families with food parcels, as well as other essentials including white goods, beds and bedding. This was through our Breakfast Club link with Greggs, who we are most grateful for their support. We have also been notified that there is support available through the Coventry City Council Winter Grant Scheme. Adults can apply for support themselves and this includes: food. clothing and blankets, heating/lighting repairs, essential items such as sanitary products and white goods, as well as support for the payment of energy bills, such as gas, electricity and water bills. Please follow this link to apply and find out more information:

MYCATS :    

We are working with the University of Oxford on a research project called MY-CATS. The MY-CATS team are testing out a new way of identifying and supporting young children who might benefit from help to build confidence and reduce the chance of problems with anxiety, now and in the future.   

 

We are inviting all parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes to take part. We would like as many families as possible in these participating classes to be involved! You can watch a short video about the project here:  MYCATS video  and one for parents at: MYCATS parent information session  If you would like to take part, please follow the link below to complete the consent form and provide your contact details.   MYCATS parent consent  You will then receive an email with a link to the screening questionnaires.  Please complete the consent and screening questionnaires by 19th March.  We ask one parent/carer to complete the consent and questionnaires for a child.  If you have more than one child across the participating classes, you can complete the consent and screening questionnaires for each child.  

Winter Grant:

The COVID Winter Grant scheme remains available to support families and individuals with access to food, energy, water bills and other essential items.  The aim is to helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, so every child will be warm and well-fed this winter. The scheme will run through until 31 March 2021. More information can be found here below.

 

Local residents can apply for this scheme online https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/1/council_and_democracy/3551/covid-19_coronavirus/8#wintergrantscheme or by calling the Community Support Team via Customer Services on 08085 834333. Also, we have attached a flier from Severn Trent which some families may find useful.

 

If you need any support please phone school on 02476 612073 between 8.30am and 3.30pm or contact the following email: information@moathouse.coventry.sch.uk

Free School Meal Vouchers:

Vouchers for children eligible for FSM started again in January. If you have any questions about these please contact the school office.

 

Festive Performances:

Although we have not been able to invite you in to school to watch your child perform in the usual way, we have done the next best thing and recorded each class singing a festive song. You have been sent the link to access this via email, so we hope that you and your families are able to enjoy at home.

 

COVID-19:   

We would remind you to please stay alert and make sure that if your child is unwell in anyway, that they do not attend school.  If they have the top three symptoms of a temperature OR a new continuous cough OR a loss of taste or smell, you must self-isolate until you have taken a test and got the result.  If your child is unwell in any other way, we ask that you keep them off school, and if in any doubt, please get a test for your piece of mind and ours.

 

School Meals:       

From January, children will be selecting their choice of lunch from the following day’s menu, in school, as we have found that many children are not eating the choices that they have been given. This means that the school meal order forms will no longer be emailed out on a weekly basis.

 

Site Health and Safety:       

Please can we remind you that smoking on the school site is not permitted – this includes the car park.

 

Inappropriate Game: 

We have been warned about a new app called ‘Crunch Line Chronicles’ This game has a number of safeguarding issues and is not appropriate for children. Can you please check phones and devices to make sure that your child has not got access to it.

Online Safety 

As our children become more digitally aware and use their devices and the internet more frequently, it is important that we teach them how to keep safe. There is lots of useful information about how to keep your children safe when they are online at the following websites: 

There is further information about TikTok on the school website. Please be aware that this is an age restricted platform for children aged 12+.

Road Safety:   

We have been notified of two children being involved in two separate road traffic accidents recently. Please take extra care with your children whilst coming to and from school, especially as the roads become more slippery and the nights are closing in. If your child walks home unsupervised, please remind them about how to cross the road safely.

 

Nursery Places:       

We still have some Nursery places available. If your child was 3 on or before 31/08/20 and you would like a morning or afternoon Nursery place, please see Denise in the office for further information

 

Thanks:       

I'd like to say thank you and well done to all of our children for coming back to school with such positive attitudes. They have made great progress since September and we would like to congratulate them for their efforts.

 

Car park:     

Can we remind you to be careful when parking to drop or collect your children. We are very lucky not to have to drop them off on Deedmore Road but acknowledge that the car park gets full very quickly before and after school. Please be patient and considerate at these times to help us keep the children safe. Please take extra care when driving on the site, particularly at the crossing opposite the main gates.

 

School Council:          

On Monday we held our first socially distanced School Council meeting and discussed a number of things affecting the whole school. We asked children to ask their classes about home learning ie: what worked well and how things could be improved, new playground markings as well as ideas for Children in Need. 

      

Moat House Honey:     

We had a pretty good harvest this year and have honey for sale that was made by our very own bees. This delicious honey can be purchased on SIMs Pay. The cost is £2.50 for an 8oz jar and £3.50 for a 12oz jar. All profits will be added to the school fund and spent on the children.

 

Appropriate Clothing:      

As the temperatures drop and we enter the Autumn and Winter months, it is really important that children have a warm coat and waterproof shoes to keep them dry and warm at playtimes and lunchtimes.  Can you please make sure that these are labelled with the children’s name so that they don’t get lost.

Face masks:  

Following advice from the Local Authority, from Monday 14th September, we need everyone over the age of 11 to wear a face covering while they are dropping off or collecting children. Moat House pupils should not wear face coverings as they are too young. Official guidance for how to wear a mask correctly can be seen at the link below. It states that to be effective the mask must cover your nose and mouth to limit the spread of droplets. Can we ask that you please look at this guidance to check that you are wearing your mask correctly.

Birthday sweets:            

Many of you send sweets in for the rest of the class when it's your child's birthday. Unfortunately, this isn't possible while we are in the current situation with COVID-19 as we are limiting the amount of things that children bring in to school. As soon as things return to 'normal' we will let you know as I know that the children love to share their sweets on their birthday.

 

Ventilation:  

After a recent health and safety visit, we have been advised that the windows should remain open wherever possible for improved ventilation. Due to this, the temperature in school may fluctuate so therefore you may wish to supply your child with additional layers of clothing (e.g cardigan or vest).

 

PE Kit:        

Just a reminder that for all PE lessons at school, hair should be tied up, jewellery removed and suitable outdoor attire is needed. Now that the weather is also getting colder, children will need a long sleeved top/jumper/zipped jacket along with jogging bottoms/leggings and trainers. Unless it is raining, outdoor PE will take place as per class timetables. 

 

Bikes and scooters:  

Children are allowed to come to school on bikes or scooters but we ask that they don't ride them between the main gate and the playground for safety reasons. Now that people are keeping a larger distance between each other there is even less space than normal outside. Can you please check that the children have a lock to secure them during the school day.

 

School Meal Reminders:

Order must be placed by Tuesday for the following week. Can you please make sure your children know which dinner you have chosen for them each day. Meals are cooked according to what you order and we are not able to change them (even if the children would prefer another option). It might be helpful if you and your child make the choices together

·         Please place 1 order for each child

·         If you have informed us your child is having school meals every day, unless you tell us otherwise you will be billed weekly in ADVANCE for the meals

·         If you do not place your order by Tuesday latest, your child will be given the main menu option each day (dietary dependant)

 

School Uniform:      

It has been wonderful to see our children looking very smart in their new school uniforms for the start of this brand new year. Please may I take this opportunity to remind you to label all items of clothing, shoes, bags and packed lunches with children’s names. Thank you. 

 

New Systems and Procedures:        

We are now operating on a cashless and paperless basis. Please see details on how this works below:

 

Communicating with Parents:

All school letters and information will be sent to you electronically, so please ensure that you check your email inbox regularly. The school website remains the best place for school news and key information. www.moathouse.coventry.sch.uk

 

SIMS Pay:   

We are now only accepting payments to school via SIMS Pay. SIMS Pay is a safe, secure and easy way to pay online for school items such as school meals, trips, uniform .etc. All families have been sent an activation letter; if you have not received yours, please email us office@moathouse.coventry.sch.uk

 

SIMS Parent:

Parents are responsible for ensuring that the school holds accurate information about themselves and their children. You should have received an email that will give you access to the SIMS Parent app which provides a secure facility for parents to complete online data checking sheets for their child and then review and request changes to other key information that the school holds (contact details/medical information/consent etc). Please contact the office if you have not received the invitation email.

 

School Meals Ordering:             

School meals must now be ordered electronically in advance.
  • We will send out a link to the ordering page on a Monday morning, this will be for meals for the following week.
  • Meal choices must be submitted by Tuesday evening at the latest, as we place the order for ingredients on Wednesday morning. Please note, after Tuesday, choices cannot be changed.
  • If we do not receive your order by Tuesday, your child will receive the main menu option each day (if they are vegetarian, they will be given the vegetarian option).

From September, the cost of a school meal is £2.15 per day or £10.75 per week.

We understand that there are quite a few adjustments to get used to, but we have implemented these changes to minimise the spread of infection and assist with social distancing. If you have any questions or need any assistance, the school office are always happy to help and are available via phone or email.

 

Traffic Management:

We regularly review traffic management on the school site in order to ensure the safety of pupils, parents, staff and vehicles. Parents/carers can help us to achieve this by adhering to the following guidance;

  • Do not exceed the site speed limit – 5 mph
  • Only park in designated bays - no parking in laybys, on pavements or in disabled spaces.
  • Not dropping children off on traffic routes as this exposes them to other traffic hazards
  • Not accessing barricaded areas that have been reserved for coaches or commercial vehicles

Thank you for your help in making Moat House a safer school

 

Health Advice from the Department for Education:

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their school or other education setting as normal. What action you can take - a UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. The most up to date advice can be found below.

Swimming in Year 4:

Every Wednesday, our Year 4 children take part in swimming lessons at AT7. They are grouped according to their ability and develop their swimming skills, which can range from developing their confidence in water, to building their swimming stamina to enable them to swim for 25 metres, which is the national expectation for the end of Key Stage 2. It would be really beneficial if parents could support this learning by taking children to the local swimming baths, after school or at weekends as it is a skill which could save their life. Please remember: for swimming lessons, boys need to wear swimming trunks that are above the knee and girls need to wear an all in one swimming costume.

 

Animals on Site:       

May we please remind you that animals are not permitted on the school site. We appreciate that pets are part of the family but we need to ensure that all of our children are kept safe and that we adhere to Coventry City Council’s health and safety guidelines. If you need to bring a dog, can you please leave it tied up safely outside the site.

Labelling clothing:  

Can I ask that you take a few moments to label your child’s clothing clearly with their name and class (including coats). Our lost property box is starting to fill up and it’s much easier to return clothes when we know who they belong to.

 

PE Kit: 

It is important that children have the correct clothing, in order to take part in PE safely, as outdoor PE will always take place, unless it is raining or icy (as per class timetables). Children need tracksuit bottoms, a hooded top and trainers. PE is often taught by specialist sports coaches and in order to benefit from their expertise, children need to be properly equipped. Thank you.

 

Dogs on site:

Can I remind you that only guide dogs are allowed on site. Please don't bring a dog on to site when dropping off or collecting children. You will be asked to leave it outside the gates if you do.

 

Playtime Snacks:        

Please may we remind you that children should only bring healthy options to school as a playtime snack, for example: fruit or cereal bar.

 

Fire drill:

If a fire alarm sounds towards the end of the school day, please may we ask that parents congregate on the small playground (with the netball posts) so that we can account for all of the children as quickly as possible. It is important that if the fire alarm has been activated, that no one enters the building until we have been notified that it is safe to do so.

 

Bicycles:

Please may we remind children to lock their bikes securely on the racks provided, if they use them to travel to school.

 

First Aid:       

We have introduced a new recording and reporting system for our first aid procedures. If your child has a minor injury at school, we will send you a text message to alert you about this and we request that you reply to this message in order to confirm that you have received the message. If there is a serious injury/incident we will ensure that we contact you by telephone to inform you.

 

Class Assemblies:

Please make a note of your child’s class assembly as detailed below:

 

Date

Class

Date

Class

Friday 13th September

5SH

Friday 1st November

6CB

Friday 20th September

3HT

Friday 8th November

1JW

Friday 27th September

4SG

Friday 15th November

6JK

Friday 4th October

2JL

Friday 22nd November

3NL

Friday 11th October

2EW

Friday 29th November

4KG

Thursday 17th October

1ET

Friday 6th December

5SP

 

Contact Details:       

Please ensure that we have your most up to date contact details, especially mobile phone numbers as important messages are likely to be missed if we don’t have the correct numbers. 

 

Community Events:         

During the summer break, there will be a free summer holiday camp every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am – 2pm at the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, starting on Tuesday 30th July. A range of activities will be available, including arts and crafts, music, health, cookery and sports and there is also a free meal for all school aged children. Once registered, children 8 and over can be left, but children under 8 must be accompanied by parents.

 

Family Hub:        

The Moat Family Hub will be open from Monday – Friday every day through the summer holidays from 8:30 am – 5pm (4:30pm on Fridays). So if you need any help or advice regarding housing, benefits, health or parenting, then please do drop in.

 

Transition Day:     

On Wednesday 3rd July, all of our children were excited to be told their new classroom and teacher for September. They spent the whole day in their new classrooms and the children and staff enjoyed getting to know each other. These are the classes for the new academic year:

 

Nursery

Mrs Elms (NAM)

Mrs Elms (NPM)

Reception

Miss Renshaw (RSR)

Mrs Payne (RSP)

Year 1

Mrs Thompson (1ET)

Mr Wilman (1JW)

Year 2

Miss Wilson (2EW)

Mrs Ling (2JL)

Year 3

Miss Lynch (4NL)

Mrs Turner (3HT)

Year 4

Mr Gilmour (4SG)

Mrs Gamblin (4KG)

Year 5

Miss Hall (5SH)

Miss Purewal (5SP)

Year 6

Mr Kelly (6JK)

Miss Bird (6CB)

 

Hayfever:

Please can you ensure that appropriate medication (eg: Piriton) is administered to your child before school on days where there is a high pollen count. There is some very useful advice about how to treat hayfever on the NHS website

School Council Fundraising:

Our School Councillors have been busy investigating the possibility of purchasing a canopy to protect the Year 6s from the elements while they are waiting for school to start in the mornings. As part of this project, they are keen to raise funds to support the purchase and are holding a non-uniform day on Friday 12th July, in exchange for 50p. Additionally, at Parents’ evening (Tuesday 16th July), the School Council will be holding an ice lolly/cake sale.

 

Bikes:  

As the weather has improved more children have started to come to school on their bicycles. Can you please make sure that they have a lock with them to keep them safe and secure while they are at school. Can you also please make sure that your child wears a cycling helmet to keep them safe in case of an accident.

 

Pride of Moat House:   

On a recent school trip, the coach driver complimented staff about how well-behaved and polite our Moat House children were – he commented that he has driven many school children from all over Coventry as well as Kenilworth and Moat House children were definitely some of the best. We hope you are as proud as we are!

 

Adults’ language:     

It's recently been brought to my attention that on occasion adults are using 'bad language' while they are dropping off and collecting their children. We are working really hard to encourage children to be polite and use appropriate language while they are at school and it would be really helpful if you could be positive role models while you are on the school site.

 

Mathletics:   

At Moat House, we encourage our children to complete weekly homework in reading, spelling and maths. Mathletics is a fun and interactive way for children to develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. All of our children have a password to access Mathletics and can complete Maths homework via a tablet, computer or even a phone. The website is : www.mathletics.com Please see your child’s class teacher if your child cannot remember his/her username or password.

Nursery Parents:         

Please may we ask that when you drop off your child for an afternoon nursery session, that you refrain from trying to communicate with children who are playing on the main playground - this is to safeguard all of our children. Thank you.

 

Mobile Phones:    

Please may we remind you that children are not allowed mobile phones in school. If your Year 5 or 6 child has a mobile phone because they make their own way to and from school, their phone will be collected by an adult at the beginning of the school day and will be returned at the end of the day. If your child attends an after school club, the phone can be collected from the school office.

 

Text speak information   

We have recently been made aware of a number of text abbreviations, which young people are reported to be using across the UK. As some of the messages are inappropriate for children we will not be including them with a newsletter but if you would like a copy, please ask at the Office and they will pass one on to you.

 

Moat House Work Together:                      

We are always happy to speak with you if you are worried about anything or if we can help to support your child but it is not acceptable to be rude or abusive towards members of staff. Please be respectful when speaking to adults at school. 

 

Coventry Independent Advice Service (CIAS):

The Moat Family Hub have asked us to let you know that they offer a drop in service to support families with benefit or debt problems on a Monday from 1:30pm – 4:00pm. They see people on a “first come first served basis” and may offer you an appointment if the issue needs to be discussed in more detail.  

 

Education about Youth Violence:                

Alison Cope will be working with our Year 5 and 6 children on 22nd January around the issues of positive choices, youth violence and knife crime. Alison's son was killed in 2013 and since then she has worked tirelessly to share her son's life and death story to educate young people about the real consequences of youth violence. She works at schools across the midlands and regularly appears on television. Alison will then be delivering a session for parents at 3.30pm in the school Hall. All parents are welcome. We will be putting aside a classroom for school age children to go to during her talk so you can attend. She anticipates that it will last an hour and will be finished by 4.30pm.  

 

Online Payments:  

In order to make payment of school meals more convenient, we are introducing an online payment system, called SIMs Agora, which parents and carers can access at any time. We are introducing it a year group at a time to ensure that it is a manageable process. Please look out for the letter, which will give details about how you can use this facility.

 

Reading:

At Moat House, we are committed to developing children’s reading ability as we firmly believe that when children can read, it improves their lives and will improve their futures. For that reason, we hear our children read regularly at school either with their reading books, through guided reading or across other areas in the curriculum. Research states that if children read at home for ten minutes, four times a week, this equates to 1,440 minutes of extra reading throughout the school year and astonishingly twenty minutes of reading per day exposes readers to 1.8 million words per year! (Continental Press). Please support your child to become a fluent reader by hearing them read regularly at home.

 

Special Guardianship:      

If you are the carer to a child who has previously been in local authority care, your child could be allocated to pupil premium plus funding, which is funding that the school receives to help support your child in his/her education. Please let a member of staff know if this applies to a child in your family so that we can ensure that the funding is claimed and used appropriately.

 

Parent Governor Vacancy:

Are you interested in taking a greater part in school life? Can you make a difference to Moat House? Do you enjoy being part of a team? If the answer is “yes,” you may be just who we are looking for! We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor and are keen for someone to join us, on our journey to continue to improve Moat House. If you are interested in being a part of the governing body, please ask at the school office for more information.

 

Read Write Inc for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2:      

If you would like to purchase speed sound cards to support your child with Read Write Inc at home, we can offer you these at the discounted price of £4 (they are normally £8). Please either speak to your child’s class teacher or call in at the school office to order a set.

 

Coventry Music Hub:       

We have been asked to share with you that the Coventry Music Hub are currently recruiting young musicians across the city. If your child is learning to play a musical instrument eg: guitar, wind, brass or string they are invited to join an ensemble group, which will allow young musicians to experience rewarding performance opportunities at established events. For more information, please use the following link or telephone number:  Office telephone number 02476788575

Online Safety:

The National Online Safety team have asked us to share the following: As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign, we have created a free guide for parents & carers for your school to share about ‘Player Unknown's Battlegrounds’ (PUBG) – a game played by millions of children and young people worldwide. Our guide is designed to inform parents and carers about the dangers and risks of letting their children play PUBG and how they can help keep their children safe online.
The free guide for parents can be found here: 

Marvellous Me:    

Marvellous Me is an app that you can use on your smartphone, tablet or computer to keep you informed of your child’s activities and achievements at school. In a letter that was sent home are instructions about how you can sign up and this includes a parent join code for your child. Your child’s teacher will be sending messages about his/her school day to help keep you informed – you are also able to interact with the app, for example by sending a ”high five” to show that you have received a message. We hope that through using Marvellous Me we can improve communication and home school links.

 

Nursery Notice:   

Please note that the Nursery doors open at 8:45 am and close at 8:55 am for children who attend Nursery in the morning session – this in line with whole school policy where registers are taken promptly after ten minutes of the doors opening.

 

General Data Protection Regulations:          

The General Data Protection Regulations come into effect on the 25th May 2018 to replace the Data Protection Act introduced in 1998.  We have set up a new page on the school website which displays documents explaining the schools responsibility and your rights with respect to Data Protection.

 

Powered scooters: 

 I've had several complaints about powered scooters being ridden on the footpaths and playground at school. They are dangerous around pedestrians and I would expect people to get off and push them when they are on school grounds in the same way that people jump off their bikes or normal scooters and push them. If you need to use one of them to travel to school to collect a child can you please park it in the car park where all the other cars and motorbikes get parked. Can you also please ride on the road and not the pavement. Thanks for your help to keep our children safe.

 

Fireworks:   

It's that time of the year again when fireworks are beginning to be set off. They are great fun when used safely but every year in the UK there are children (and adults) who get hurt by them. PLEASE make sure your children don't use them or play with them or hang around with other children who are setting them off. They are too precious to get hurt, burnt or lose an eye.

 

Sunsafe:      

Last year, we acquired the Sunsafe accreditation for our good practice in raising awareness in school about keeping safe in the sun. With the recent heat wave that we have been experiencing, I feel that it is the right time to continue our good practice. Moat House has purchased sun cream that children can apply themselves in school (please let your child’s teacher know if you do not wish your child to use this). We also have sun hats available for parents to buy for £3 each – these can be bought at the school office. Alternatively, you are very welcome to apply eight hour suncream before children arrive at school in the morning and provide children with their own sun hats.  We will be raising awareness through assemblies and classroom activities to educate our children about how they can protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays.

 

Seatbelts:    

There have been a few instances recently when children have been in cars without seatbelts on. For Health and Safety (and legal) reasons can you please ensure that any child who you transport by car is either in a correctly fitted booster seat or wears a normal seat belt.

 

Mobile phones:    

 It was brought to my attention that two of our pupils were filmed fighting near the shop recently. This was filmed on a mobile phone and the video was then sent to several other pupils. I spoke to the children involved who were shocked when I explained that now that the video has been posted that it can be viewed for the rest of their lives (and possibly one day by their own children.) We regularly remind children about keeping safe online. Can you please be vigilant and monitor what your children are accessing and using their mobile phones for. 

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