Raise money for FOSM (St Mark’s PTA) every time you shop through Amazon!
AmazonSmile through a browser:
Add FOSM to Amazon Smile by clicking this link or manually search “Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren” as the chosen charity. (don’t just use amazon.co.uk)
AmazonSmile through the app:
Just turn on the AmazonSmile setting: Find “AmazonSmile” listed in the Settings menu. Use “Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren” as the chosen charity.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under ‘settings’ on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.co.uk to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile.
How do I activate AmazonSmile on my Amazon Shopping app? AmazonSmile customers on Android devices with version 5.0+ or iOS devices with version 12+, who have upgraded to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app can find “AmazonSmile” listed in the Settings menu. From there, you can follow onboarding instructions to activate AmazonSmile on your device.
What a week! Thank you so much for your support this week. It’s been AMAZING to see the children back together, and our community back together. The children have been so good at learning the new ways of school, and there is a very calm atmosphere across the school. They’ve shown teamwork in abundance!
A huge thanks to the parents who were able to give their time last Saturday to help with our grounds clean-up and opening preparation. And our course to those who responded to our emergency plumbing issue. Kyla’s dad in Year R was able to solve the problem! Thank you.
This week, our children are thinking about ‘GENEROSITY’ – not from a financial point of view, but with what we all can give- love and care. How can we be generous with others who we feel may not deserve our love and care? How can we show grace to each other, even when they have annoyed us? We’re learning to have a generous spirit with everyone, no matter what. Powerful, and life changing!
Finally, just to confirm that we have had no positive cases of Covid-19; we will inform you appropriately if this changes.
Have a good week, Mr Applegate
Showing symptoms? Don’t come in – the whole family/household should self-isolate.
Watch the video!
Complete this form by Friday 18th Sept to let us know of collection arrangements. One per child!
If you would like to send your child in with their own named hand sanitizer, that would be great.
Let us know immediately if your child should not be using hand sanitizer.
Remember to socially distance at the classroom door!
Youtube Video – Key messages from Week 1, including Covid Update
Clarification – If you don’t have symptoms, the government says you should not apply for a test; however, you still need to self-isolate if a person in the household (e.g. family member) has symptoms.
PE Days – Starts this week apart from Year R
Year R – Monday (starting 5th Oct, not 28th!)
Year 1 – 1C – Thursday – 1P, 1J Friday
Year 2 – Friday
Year 3 – Thursday
Year 4 – Wednesday
Year 5 – Tuesday
Year 6 – Wednesday
New School Menu
Click here to find out the new school menu ( a change from the previously advertised one).
The school’s budget
I wanted to share with you that we are beginning to struggle financially. Pre-Covid, we were just in credit, but only just. COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on all schools – perhaps especially St Mark’s because of our size. The government has not given schools any extra money for any of the additional provision. Extra staffing, paper towels, cleaning supplies, paint, signage, soap, class resources, pencil cases, safety equipment, and more – it just adds up to a lot! Tens of thousands. Since March, we have had to pay out a significant amount – and it’s likely to continue until next summer.
I’ll be sharing more on this next week, but it’s a heads up. I know it is tough for everyone, too.
Please check your junk/spam folder as it seems that some of the emails about peripetetic music lessons for KS2 have gone in there!
What is your child learning this term?
Read the following for your child’s year group to find out more! It includes information about homework, reading, general expectations and more. The Knowledge Organiser helps you to know the knowledge the children should be learning for their project. Test them and see how they are getting on!
Our FOSM team (PTA) work incredibly hard for our school. We run an AGM, which is a public meeting for all parents/carers to share ideas, discuss events, and see how St Mark’s can be supported financially. It also strengthen’s our community, too! Please do join us online!
Date: Tuesday 13th October, 7:30pm. Online only. The Zoom link is here.
FOSM is now a registered charity – can your business help us in anyway?
Amazon Smile! Raise school funds whilst you shop!
Raise money for FOSM (St Mark’s PTA) every time you shop through Amazon!
AmazonSmile through a browser:
Add FOSM to Amazon Smile by clicking this link or manually search “Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren” as the chosen charity.
AmazonSmile through the app:
Just turn on AmazonSmile. Find “AmazonSmile” listed in the Settings menu. Use “Friends Of St Mark’S, Hatch Warren” as the chosen charity.
Just a reminder that our Flu Immunisation Programme will take place on Thursday 12th November for all year groups. E-consent forms will follow soon.
If your child has a place at Breakfast Club, please note doors will be closed at 8.25am prompt. This is to enable us to escort the children to their classrooms with minimal contact with other parents and children arriving at school.
If you arrive after this time, please use the gates for your child’s year group, following our one way system. Thank you.
Bikes and Scooters
We’ve had a few questions about if it’s ok to bring scooters and bikes to school. Yes, it’s fine – please remember to wear helmets and walk the bike/scooter as soon as you are through the gates (if not before!).
Star Learners Last Week!
Well done to:
Year 1: George S, Maya, Florence
Year 2: Tomasz, Annabelle, Cameron
Year 3: Millie, Renee, Alfie
Year 4: Liam M, Matheus, Ronnie
Year 5: Poppy, Ben H, Hollie
Year 6: Jack B, Edward M, Summer, Nevaya
Book bags? Where are they?
We’ve had a delivery issue, but these should arrive this week. Remember, these aren’t really a replacement school bag, but for books that will begin to go home and back. We are trying to limit areas of contact and cleaning, so have said no back packs.
Online Payments only – No cash
Just a reminder that we are now cashless and no longer able to accept cash and cheque payments. In order to pay for school lunches, breakfast club etc you will need to use Tucasi, our online payment system, by registering with a pupil link code specific to your child.
You should have received an email with your code if you were not already registered.
Unfortunately, we have received a call from a resident in Lapin Lane asking us to remind parents to be considerate when taking their children to and from school. Please do not block driveways or park where it is awkward tor residents to move their cars. Thank you for your co-operation :-)
You may have heard of some very distressing videos going around on TikTok, particularly in relation to suicide. Despite being an app for 13+, we know children will be allowed to use it. There is some excellent advice here on using it more safely. We strongly recommend (1) not letting your child use it, or (2) ensuring you have safety settings on if you decide to.
Remember, once something is seen, it is difficult to un-see it.
Changes to the school menu
Please note our school menu is changing from Monday 14th September:
Year 6 PGL Windmill Hill Trip
I’m very sorry to say that it’s extremely unlikely that we will be going to PGL this year. If the R rate is 1-1.2 now, what will it be in 6 weeks time?
Current government guidance is that overnight trips should not happen. See ‘Educational Visits’ section of this page. Unfortunately, perhaps, they stop short of shutting down the PGL centres and other residential venues, meaning that we are in a middle situation: we cannot cancel the trip officially as we would lose all the money, but we would be going against government guidance to attend.
We are working with our insurance company and Hampshire legal team to see what options we have. Should it not go ahead, we would of course refund what has been paid by parents. Please be aware though that we as a school would still be liable for what has already been paid to PGL. This is about £8,000 – more than the £40 deposit paid by each child. So the school would be significantly out of pocket. PGL are not wanting to give a full refund. Not a nice situation or anyone, most of all our Year 6 pupils who are highly likely to miss out on this amazing experience.
One option is to delay the trip until next year, however we would be in exactly the same situation, if a vaccine isn’t found by then. We are keeping this option open.
We will continue to keep you posted.
Year 6 – secondary school applications – don’t miss it!
Hampshire applications must be submitted by 31st October.
We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).
The children have settled well into their new classes and it is lovely to have them back in school. They have had a busy first week, learning lots of new routines but adapted to this very quickly. We have started our learning focusing on a book by Oliver Jeffers called A children of books. We have created a poem and some art work linked to the book (see some of our fabulous work below). We have also written some prayers thinking about what we are grateful for, sorry for and a wish for the world.
A couple of things you may need to know:
We have set up the children’s spellings for this week onto their google classroom.
Homework will be weekly starting next Friday – again you will find this on their google classroom.
We are awaiting the children’s reading folders and will then send books home when these arrive. In the meantime, please do read and share books at home.
The children will be bringing home their homework books to complete homework in and possible self isolation lessons. This book must stay at home and completed homework must be uploaded to google classroom each week.
PE day is THURSDAY – so the children will come to school in their PE kits.
If you have forgotten your child’s login for google classroom, need to get a message to class teacher or any other questions do please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as soon as we can.
Have a lovely, quiet and restful weekend. See you Monday.
Thanks so much for your help in sharing on FB. We have good offers of support now, and fingers crossed we can get it sorted tomorrow. Go St Mark’s community!
Thanks so much to Kyla’s dad in Year R who was able to solve the problem!
Does anyone know a plumber who could help us at 7:30am/8am tomorrow at school? We can be flexible on timings. We have an issue in the boys toilets. We know what the problem is, and it’s not a hugely complicated fix, but we would be so grateful to have an expert help out. We simply don’t have the money for the quotes given, esp with weekend charge. Job involves replacing a small section of 110mm pipe. An hours’ work? We desperately need it done this weekend to have the affected toilets open for Monday. Please share on facebook etc. If you can help, email email@example.com or respond on Facebook. Thank you in advance!
It’s been a fantastic week in Year 1 and it has been great seeing all the children back in school. The children have settled well into their new routines and have done some brilliant learning. We have been doing lots of discovering with our friends and have started learning about our senses as part of our new project, Sensational Senses. This week we have been exploring different numbers in our maths and learning to represent them in different ways.
We have also thought about things that we are thankful for and have written some thank you prayers. Today we thought about our first week in Year 1 and wrote about what we had enjoyed and learnt about this week.
Notices: PE starts next week so please send your child to school in their PE kit on their day.
1C – Thursday
1J/1P – Friday
Well done everyone for a fantastic first week. Thank you for all your support in making your child’s first week successful. We hope you have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Year 1 Team (Mrs Carter, Miss Jamieson, Mrs Phillips)
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