Lunches update – apology and good news

Dear all,

A huge apology for the issues around lunchtime changes. I know it’s been very difficult, and I want to update you with what hopefully is good news.

  1. Return to hot meals from next week
  2. This week – same as today (picnic option)
  3. Lentils, chick peas, gram flour are all ok to have (which means gluten free bread is ok)
  4. No nut based products still!
  5. Children with gluten free allergy can have the picnic option with bread roll if ordering school meals.
  6. Normal packed lunches can resume too for all children.

Thank you for your understanding.

Symptoms Checker & New Email

  1. NHS Symptoms Check – use this website if you’re unsure! Please use this before checking with school – it helps us manage the load!
  2. Got a query about Covid and school? Please use this new email address – (we’re getting so many emails we need to centralise our system!)
  3. A reminder – If a child is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. The whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.

Thank you so much for your understanding and support.

Amazon Smile – Fundraise while 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. (don’t just use

blankAmazonSmile 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 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 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.

Plumber SOS!

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 or respond on Facebook. Thank you in advance!

Symptoms and self-isolation – important updated guidance

Please ensure that you read the following NHS online guidance about:

Self-isolation impacts the child and households members (including parents/carers and siblings), so please read it carefully! Remember, if a child or adult has a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of taste or smell, then the child/adult as well as their household must self-isolate immediately. Self-isolation lasts at least 10 days for the person with symptoms. For those in the household (including siblings) without symptoms, they must self-isolate for 14 days; if during those 14 days they develop symptoms, they must self-isolate for at least 10 days from that point. The links above clarify how these timings change if a positive or negative test result is received.

Please do not send a child in if they are showing symptoms. If they are showing symptoms, keep them and the household at home, self-isolate, and try to get a test. Keep the school updated via email/phone!

This diagram from the BBC News is helpful too:

Graphic showing how a family should self-isolate in the same house


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