Weekly Newsletter 16th October 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

We have had an incredibly busy term and we are very proud of the way children have settled back in to school. We would like to wish you and your families a wonderful October break.  We look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 27th October!

Please note that this will be the last week of emailing the newsletter. The newsletter will be uploaded to the website each Friday following our return to school.

Some highlights from the classes this week: 

  • P4a were looking at the number patterns found in the 9 times table! We are also loving our class novel… “Toto The Ninja Cat” by Dermot O’Leary. Will Brian be caught?
  • P5 have been enjoying creating paintings based on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  The paintings are beautiful!
  • P5b have had a great STEM lesson as part of their outdoor learning sessions. The task was to build a nest in the school grounds using only natural materials they could find such as sticks, moss, leaves, mud, feathers and grass. Each team had to ensure their nest was well camouflaged from predators, strong and sturdy to withstand the weather and soft inside to protect the eggs and young birds. They also had to ensure they built their nest in a suitable and safe location. We got some great nests and the results were shared to our class Twitter.
  • P6B went outside to do some drama based around a scene from their class novel. They then did an extended piece of writing pretending to be one of the characters describing the scene from their point of view. P6B also made lots of noise with balloons whilst investigating pitch and volume of sound!
  • P7 completed a STEM task for their final lesson focusing on engineering.  They ‘bought’ items from a budget and used the items to create a bridge.  They then tested their bridges to see which held the heaviest weight!

Home Learning

Our home learning information for this week has been uploaded to the home learning tab on our website.  This week the sheets include an overview on what each class has been learning along with best wishes for the October break!

Footwear

Now that the weather is increasingly wet, our playground is becoming very muddy.  Please know you can now send your child in with an indoor pair of shoes for the classroom.

Microsoft Teams

The children have been learning in class about Microsoft Teams.  In the case of a class or group of children needing to self-isolate then Microsoft Teams will be the main tool for supporting Home Learning.  All children will have their own login.  Work will be supplied on Teams and pupils will also be able to use this to communicate with their teacher.  We are aware that not all families will be able to provide a device or WIFI for children to use for this.  If this is the case for your family please let us know and we will provide support.  If your home language is not English and you need support for accessing these resources we can help with that too.  Please see the school website for a video which explains how children go about logging on.

Please see below for class Twitter accounts –  the classes would love you to follow them!

Twitter

A number of our classes are piloting class Twitter accounts.  These accounts will only be available to the parents of those classes and will be used to share additional information on the learning that is happening in school.  They can be found at:

P1c @LibeMissTelfer

P3a @LibeMrsBrown

P3b @LibeMrsRedpath,

P4a @libemissj  

P4b @LibeMissMason

P5b @LibemrPeter

P7s @LibeP7

Nurture  @libeMrsOsborne

Parent Consultations

Our Parent Consultations will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 4th November 5pm to 7pm and Thursday 5th November 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  Parents will be able to select either a video call or a phone call and will book the appointments online.  In case of any technical hitches we will also be asking parents to provide a mobile number in case we have to resort to phone calls!   Please note that these phone calls will come from an unlisted or ‘no-caller ID’ number.

Reminders

  • Children should not bring toys, cards or other items for playing with to school.  As well as posing a Covid risk these can also cause disputes amongst children in the playground.
  • Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.  Children will be outside playing in all but severe weather.
  • No nuts or nut products should be brought into school.  Please check your child’s snacks and packed lunches.

Liberton After-School Club

Weʼre raising £500 to provide resources that allow us to offer a range of exciting, adventurous and inclusive outdoor activities for those attending LASC

The devastating fire in Liberton Primary School and the Covid-19 pandemic has changed 2020 for Liberton After School Club in a big way! We have been unable to hold any fundraising activities that are normally a huge part of the work we do, providing finances to fund activities, trips ,resources and the ongoing development of the Club.

One of our fantastic young people(Wilf) has recently turned 10 and has made a plan to raise money for his club by running 10km in October BUT …………………………………..

Wilf doesn’t want to do this alone! NO, he wants to involve as many people in the LASC community as possible. So along with the LASC team we challenge you to complete 10km in October to raise vital funds for our club.

If you fancy a bigger challenge why not join our staff team in our ‘RUN10x10km IN OCTOBER’ event. The first person to reach 100k gets a fantastic prize.

This event is open to all families – we are encouraging everyone to get involved.

How to start:

– TO ENTER : £20 per family or £8 per person to our just giving page –https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/libertonasc?fbclid=IwAR3q5cX5SaWHoYRjPMCXxrFfwknDGf15w0RCMadozN_-ydsuwyCXMCXX4cM

– Set up a STRAVA account and follow the link to our LASC STRAVA group https://www.strava.com/clubs/LASC

– Share with friends and family, get everyone involved in supporting you to raise funds.

– Run, skip, hop, jump, cycle or walk your way to glory!

Many thanks for donating and taking part in our fundraiser,

Help the LPSA raise funds for Liberton Primary School on easyfundraising.org.uk

With the Covid restrictions currently in place, we are not able to organise our usual fundraising events. One way you can still help us to raise money for the school is to sign up to our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/libertonprim/ – easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites that will donate to us (at no extra cost to you) when you shop online. Any funds we raise will be used to buy equipment and experiences that will benefit the children of Liberton Primary. Please sign up if you can – your support really will make a difference!

Weekly Newsletter 9th October 2020

Apologies for the delay!

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Some highlights from the classes this week: 

  • P1c had fun exploring autumn in our school grounds. We found pine cones, sycamore seeds and lots of leaves that had changed colour. We used some leaves to create interesting leaf creatures with googly eyes and paper legs!
  • P2b have been learning about hot and cold colours and collage this week through our interdisciplinary learning topic based around the book “Dear Mermaid”. We used marbling inks in cold colours to create a background that looked like water and then used paper in hot and cold colours to add a merperson, seaweed and rocks to the foreground.  We also learned about the artist Andy Goldsworthy who is an environmentalist and artist who makes his pieces from nature – named Land Art.  We gathered leaves of different colours and then worked in groups back in the classroom to make mosaic patterns.  
  • P2/3 have created an outdoor 2-D shape museum and used natural objects to make arrays outside.
  • As part of our Space learning about the Sun, Moon and Stars, P3a were learning how the sun is responsible for changing shadows throughout the day. We took advantage of the sunny afternoon on Tuesday, and went outside to find our shadows! We had great fun making our shadows into lots of different shapes.
  • P4a loved hearing about Sukkot – Maya shared her personal experiences and photographs of this festival with the class. Thanks Maya!
  • P5b had a great STEM lesson as part of their outdoor learning session yesterday. The task was to build a nest in the school grounds using only natural materials they could find such as sticks, moss, leaves, mud, feathers and grass. Each team had to ensure their nest was well camouflaged from predators, strong and sturdy to withstand the weather and soft inside to protect the eggs and young birds. They also had to ensure they built their nest in a suitable and safe location. We got some great nests and the results were shared to our class Twitter.
  • P6b researched famous Victorians and found out about Dr Barnardo, Andrew Carnegie, Florence Nightingale, George Eliot and John Logie Baird. We then made Instagram style pictures of these people updating their “status” with some of their fantastic achievements.  We have also started a class library of stories that the children have written themselves to help promote the 1st Minister’s Reading Challenge. It is early days, but they have enjoyed reading other children’s stories a lot so far.
  • P7 showed great perseverance and problem-solving skills in building spaghetti towers this week. See the P7 twitter @LibeP7 for photos of their wonderful attempts.

Home Learning

Our home learning information for this week has been uploaded to the home learning tab on our website.  These weekly sheets include an overview on what each class has been learning this week as well as suggestions for follow up activities.  

Microsoft Teams

The children have been learning in class about Microsoft Teams.  In the case of a class or group of children needing to self-isolate then Microsoft Teams will be the main tool for supporting Home Learning.  All children will have their own login.  Work will be supplied on Teams and pupils will also be able to use this to communicate with their teacher.  We are aware that not all families will be able to provide a device or WIFI for children to use for this.  If this is the case for your family please let us know and we will provide support.  If your home language is not English and you need support for accessing these resources we can help with that too.

Twitter

A number of our classes are piloting class Twitter accounts.  These accounts will only be available to the parents of those classes and will be used to share additional information on the learning that is happening in school.  They can be found at:

P1c @LibeMissTelfer

P3a @LibeMrsBrown

P3b @LibeMrsRedpath,

P4a @libemissj  

P4b @LibeMissMason

P5b @LibeMrPeter

P7s @LibeP7

Nurture  @libeMrsOsborne

Parent Consultations

Our Parent Consultations will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 4th November 5pm to 7pm and Thursday 5th November 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  Parents will be able to select either a video call or a phone call and will book the appointments online.  In case of any technical hitches we will also be asking parents to provide a mobile number in case we have to resort to phone calls!   Please note that these phone calls will come from an unlisted or ‘no-caller ID’ number.

Local Neighbours and safe parking

We have had concern raised from local neighbours about parking on Glenallan Drive and Marmion Crescent.  There has even been incidents of cars parking on the grass.  Please keep our children safe by parking in a suitable area, even if that means walking a little further with your child to get them to school.

Gilmerton Road Wall

Before and after school please ensure that your children do not play on or near the Gilmerton Road wall or around the electrical sub-station as this could be dangerous.

Reminders

  • Children should not bring toys, cards or other items for playing with to school.  As well as posing a Covid risk these can also cause disputes amongst children in the playground.
  • Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.  Children will be outside playing in all but severe weather.
  • No nuts or nut products should be brought into school.  Please check your child’s snacks and packed lunches.

Liberton After-School Club

Weʼre raising £500 to provide resources that allow us to offer a range of exciting, adventurous and inclusive outdoor activities for those attending LASC

The devastating fire in Liberton Primary School and the Covid-19 pandemic has changed 2020 for Liberton After School Club in a big way! We have been unable to hold any fundraising activities that are normally a huge part of the work we do, providing finances to fund activities, trips ,resources and the ongoing development of the Club.

One of our fantastic young people(Wilf) has recently turned 10 and has made a plan to raise money for his club by running 10km in October BUT …………………………………..

Wilf doesn’t want to do this alone! NO, he wants to involve as many people in the LASC community as possible. So along with the LASC team we challenge you to complete 10km in October to raise vital funds for our club.

If you fancy a bigger challenge why not join our staff team in our ‘RUN10x10km IN OCTOBER’ event. The first person to reach 100k gets a fantastic prize.

This event is open to all families – we are encouraging everyone to get involved.

How to start:

– TO ENTER : £20 per family or £8 per person to our just giving page –https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/libertonasc?fbclid=IwAR3q5cX5SaWHoYRjPMCXxrFfwknDGf15w0RCMadozN_-ydsuwyCXMCXX4cM

– Set up a STRAVA account and follow the link to our LASC STRAVA group https://www.strava.com/clubs/LASC

– Share with friends and family, get everyone involved in supporting you to raise funds.

– Run, skip, hop, jump, cycle or walk your way to glory!

Many thanks for donating and taking part in our fundraiser,

Help the LPSA raise funds for Liberton Primary School on easyfundraising.org.uk

With the Covid restrictions currently in place, we are not able to organise our usual fundraising events. One way you can still help us to raise money for the school is to sign up to our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/libertonprim/ – easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites that will donate to us (at no extra cost to you) when you shop online. Any funds we raise will be used to buy equipment and experiences that will benefit the children of Liberton Primary. Please sign up if you can – your support really will make a difference!

Weekly Newsletter 2nd October 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Some highlights from the classes this week: 

  • The P3 children from P2/3 enjoyed watching the cement mixer lay  the cement for the  new road being built in the playground. We learned how the cement mixer stopped the cement from setting inside the tank. We couldn’t believe how fast it came pouring out and the builders had to work fast to spread it over the foundations of the road!
  • P4a have LOVED the communication we have had with Edinburgh based artist Lucy Jones.  The class emailed her and sent her some questions- she replied with great detail and was very pleased to hear that the children were working on recreating one of her pictures – “Red Door on Malta Terrace”. Lucy also sent us some postcards through the post of other art work she has created. Photographs of the children’s artwork were also emailed to Lucy and she was very impressed! It has really motivated the children to speak to a “real life” (and alive) artist. One of our classmates (with her mum) even went down to the New Town to find the red door on Malta Terrace- it exists!
  • P5 have been enjoying running, jogging and walking ‘The Weekly Mile’ each Wednesday this term and have also been litter picking in the playground to keep our play spaces as tidy as possible. 
  • One of P7’s home learning tasks for this week is to login to office365, say ‘hello’ via Teams and watch the Internet Safety video we have posted there. Full instructions for logging in can be found on the Home Learning – P7 page. The video can be watched here https://vimeo.com/463883309

Home Learning

Our home learning information for this week has been uploaded to the home learning tab on our website.  These weekly sheets include an overview on what each class has been learning this week as well as suggestions for follow up activities.  

Flu Vaccinations

Well done to all the children for being so helpful and during the vaccinations on Tuesday.  The vaccination team were full of praise for our school community and particularly on the excellent behaviour of our children.  Thank you to Mrs McLaughlin for organising the day.

Parent Consultations

Our Parent Consultations will be held on Tuesday 3rd November 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 4th November 5pm to 7pm and Thursday 5th November 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  Parents will be able to select either a video call or a phone call and will book the appointments online.  Further information will be sent out once the new system has been set-up.

Local Neighbours

We have had concern raised from local neighbours about parents and pupils not respecting the gardens in East Clapperfield, Double Hedges and Orrok Park.  Please note any Private Grounds signs and do not take short-cuts across these areas.

Waterproof coats

As we head into Autumn please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.  Children will be outside playing in all but severe weather.

Parents approaching pupils

If you have a concern about something that has happened in school please let us know so that it can be dealt with.  We have recently had a number of cases of parents directly approaching children of other families and this has caused alarm, both for the children involved and their parents.

Help the LPSA raise funds for Liberton Primary School on easyfundraising.org.uk

With the Covid restrictions currently in place, we are not able to organise our usual fundraising events. One way you can still help us to raise money for the school is to sign up to our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/libertonprim/ – easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites that will donate to us (at no extra cost to you) when you shop online. Any funds we raise will be used to buy equipment and experiences that will benefit the children of Liberton Primary. Please sign up if you can – your support really will make a difference!

Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment is a new benefit being introduced by the Scottish Government to tackle child poverty. It is for low income families already in receipt of qualifying benefits. To start with, Scottish Child Payment will be available to families with children under six years of age only. We remain committed to rolling out this benefit to families with children under 16 years of age by the end of 2022.

Scottish Child Payment will open for applications in November 2020, with first payments being made from the end of February 2021. Low-income families with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week – equivalent to £520 per year. There are no limits on the number of eligible children supported by Scottish Child Payment.

We want to make sure both you and the families you support have all the relevant information you need about Scottish Child Payment before it opens for applications.

We will be running a series of virtual roadshow events throughout October 2020, and would like to invite you to join these. You can sign up to one of the events by following the links below.

Our roadshows are aimed at people who work with and support families who may be entitled to claim Scottish Child Payment. We will provide you with information about the eligibility criteria and how clients can apply for the Scottish Child Payment. You will have opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

How to book   

Our virtual roadshow events are free. You will need to book a ticket through Eventbrite. Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis.

Once you have decided which virtual roadshow you would like to attend, please click on the relevant link below for the relevant event information and joining details.

Tuesday 6th October 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Wednesday 7th October 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Thursday 8th October 2020; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Friday 9th October 2020; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Monday 12th October; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Wednesday 14th October; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Wednesday 14th October; 13:30pm – 15:00pm, please book here

Thursday 15th October; 10:30am – 12:00pm, please book here

Communication support

Social Security Scotland recognises that people communicate and engage in lots of different ways.

Information

Copies of the presentations for each event will be sent out electronically in advance. If you would prefer a hard copy, please let us know and we will send them these on to you. If you need these in an alternative format such as Braille or Easy Read please let us know.

Support at the event

If you require communication support at the event selected such as a palantypist, electronic note taker or British Sign Language interpreter, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can try and arrange this support.

We will do everything we can to have communication support in place, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee this if your requirements are not submitted to us.

If you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible, by emailing the team at NationalEngagementandPartnershipTeam@socialsecurity.gov.scot

King’s Buildings Virtual Tours

The King’s Buildings – the main science and engineering campus for The University of Edinburgh – has developed a new virtual tour that launches this weekend. The tour allows visitors to explore their buildings, take a look at some of their research spaces, discover what their staff and students do, find out about their history, and tackle a variety of interactive activities.

From Sat 26th Sept, you will find the virtual tour available through the following webpage, where direct access to some resources and information is already available:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering/news-events/doors-open-day-kings-buildings

They would be delighted to know what you thought of the tour, so that they can improve it in future editions. The options to provide your comments can be found through the above link. Tab

Weekly Newsletter 25th September 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Keeping our community safe

Thank you to the parents who have been taking extra effort to social distance and follow the systems for entering and leaving the school.  There has been a clear improvement in this and it is much appreciated, especially with the new government guidance of no more than two households interacting outside.  To keep our playground free for outdoor learning in the afternoons and to help with social distancing we ask that any parents who are waiting between the P1/2 dismissals and the P3 to P7 dismissal should do so outside the school grounds.  Thank you for your support in this.

Curriculum Presentations

Information on the curriculum for each year group has been posted on our website today in the class information tab.  If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch via email.

Home Learning

Our home learning information for this week has been uploaded to the home learning tab on our website.  These weekly sheets will include an overview on what each class has been learning this week as well as suggestions for follow up activities.

Flu Vaccinations

The flu vaccination team will be in school on Tuesday 29th September.  The team will visit each of the classrooms to administer the vaccinations to the children.

Parent Consultations

Due to current restrictions we will not be able to have face to face consultations as we normally would in October/November at our Parent Consultation Evenings.  In place of this we are hoping to arrange video meetings between teachers and parents during the week beginning 2nd November.  We are still finalising the technical aspects of this and will be in touch with further details over the next few weeks.

Waterproof coats

As we head into Autumn please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.

Nairns Biscuits Donations

Thank you to Nairns who have once again kindly donated a supply of biscuits and snacks to make sure that all our children have something to eat at breaktime.  We are very grateful for their generosity.

Help the LPSA raise funds for Liberton Primary School on easyfundraising.org.uk

With the Covid restrictions currently in place, we are not able to organise our usual fundraising events. One way you can still help us to raise money for the school is to sign up to our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/libertonprim/ – easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites that will donate to us (at no extra cost to you) when you shop online. Any funds we raise will be used to buy equipment and experiences that will benefit the children of Liberton Primary. Please sign up if you can – your support really will make a difference!

Royal Observatory Open Days – Online!

While we can’t welcome people on site at the Observatory this year, we are building a website which allows a virtual ‘tour’ of the Observatory site, with lots of photos, videos and activities about space for ages 5+, 12+ and adult. Through the weekend of 26th and 27th September, we’ll also be running live online events with our space experts, such as virtual planetarium shows, talks and #AskAnExpert on Twitter @RoyalObs. It’s all free, but live events must be pre-booked on www.roe.ac.uk/vdod2020.  

Weekly Newsletter 18th September 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Monday Holiday

The school will be closed on Monday 21st September for the Bank Holiday.  It will reopen for staff and pupils on Tuesday 22nd September. We hope you all have a nice long weekend.

Curriculum Evening

Unfortunately due to current restrictions we won’t be holding our usual Curriculum Evening this month.   In place of this our teachers have prepared a curriculum evening overview presentation which will be sent out to parents next week.

Home Learning

Our home learning will start next week with information being added to the website each Friday.  This format will continue the approach to home learning which was implemented shortly before our fire, decant and lockdown interrupted our plans.  An explanation of the policy is attached.

Parent Consultations

Again due to current restrictions we will not be able to have face to face consultations as we normally would in October/November at our Parent Consultation Evenings.  In place of this we are hoping to arrange video meetings between teachers and parents during the week beginning 2nd November.  We are still finalising the technical aspects of this and will be in touch with further details over the next few weeks.

Flu Vaccinations

The flu vaccination team will be in school on Tuesday 29th September.  The team will visit each of the classrooms to administer the vaccinations to the children.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club will start on Tuesday 22nd September.  In line with Covid guidelines children attending the club will be allocated into groups.  Elaine Miller is our new breakfast club manager following the retirement of Jane Hedley over the summer.

Meeting with staff

All meetings between parents and staff must be by phone call or video call.  Please call the office to arrange.  Parents should not be approaching staff at the beginning or end of the day and should be maintaining 2 metres distance at all times.  We are trying to keep our staff and community healthy and avoid your child being without their teacher for two weeks because they are required to self-isolate.

Arrival and dismissal

A number of parents have raised concerns that they feel unsafe in the playground and around the school due to parents not social distancing and not using the one way system.  Further signage will be put up to make the system clear and we hope that the temporary path will soon be installed.  Please show your care for all our school community by maintaining 2 metres between households.

PE Kit

Children are welcome to come to school in their PE kit on they days they have PE.  Children should not wear football or sports teams tops.

Waterproof coats

As we head into Autumn please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.

Liberton Primary School Association

Last night we held our first (online) LPSA meeting of the new school year – it was great to have so many Liberton parents/carers and staff join us to discuss the issues that affect our school community and to work together to improve our children’s school experience in these disruptive times. If you would like to join our mailing list and receive meeting reminders, minutes, etc, please get in touch at lpsa.communications@gmail.com; you can also find us on Facebook (@LibertonPSA).

Help the LPSA raise funds for Liberton Primary School on easyfundraising.org.uk

With the Covid restrictions currently in place, we are not able to organise our usual fundraising events. One way you can still help us to raise money for the school is to sign up to our easyfundraising page at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/libertonprim/ – easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites that will donate to us (at no extra cost to you) when you shop online. Any funds we raise will be used to buy equipment and experiences that will benefit the children of Liberton Primary. Please sign up if you can – your support really will make a difference!

Royal Observatory Open Days – Online!

While we can’t welcome people on site at the Observatory this year, we are building a website which allows a virtual ‘tour’ of the Observatory site, with lots of photos, videos and activities about space for ages 5+, 12+ and adult. Through the weekend of 26th and 27th September, we’ll also be running live online events with our space experts, such as virtual planetarium shows, talks and #AskAnExpert on Twitter @RoyalObs. It’s all free, but live events must be pre-booked on www.roe.ac.uk/vdod2020.  

Weekly Newsletter 11th September 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Moving in!

This week our P2B to P6 classes have moved into our Village classrooms and are settling into new routines.  The children and staff have responded to this brilliantly and it is great to see everyone learning in their new environment.  There are still some outstanding works to complete including toilets for the P2B and P2/3 classes.  These will be installed in the next few weeks and in the meantime a member of staff will escort children to use the facilities in the adjacent classes whenever they need to use the toilet. 

Arrival and dismissal

Thank you to everyone for being so helpful during drop off and pick up times.  Please ensure that you are using maintaining 2 metres distance between family groups whilst waiting to collect children.

PE Kit

Children are welcome to come to school in their PE kit on they days they have PE.  Children should not wear football or sports teams tops.

Waterproof coats

As we head into Autumn please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat with them and that is clearly labelled.

Digital Safety

Attached to this newsletter are information sheets for parents, which have been recommended by community police, on some of the apps that children may be accessing.

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) 

The LPSA is a group of parents, carers and staff who meet on a regular basis to talk about the curriculum, school and Council policies, local issues affecting the school community, and ideas and opportunities to enrich our children’s learning. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings – there’s no obligation to sign up to anything or commit yourself to any role, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on school issues and your ideas for improvement. 

Our first LPSA meeting of the new school year will be on Thursday 17th September, 7pm to 9pm, and will incorporate our AGM. Due to current social distancing requirements, the meeting will be online via Microsoft Teams.  If you would like to attend the meeting please email admin@liberton-pri.edin.sch.uk and you will be sent an invite link.

If there are any items you would like us to add to the agenda and discuss at the meeting, please email them to us at lpsa.communications@gmail.com by Friday 11th September. 

Test and Protect information in Community Languages

MECOPP have been working with Scottish Government to produce updated advice on Test and Protect information in community languages. They have produced voice-overs in community languages for the infographic which can be accessed here:

Cantonese version https://vimeo.com/446506886

Arabic version https://vimeo.com/446505126

Urdu version: https://vimeo.com/448831498

Reminders

  • A reminder to parents to maintain social distancing between households during pick-up and drop-off times.  Parents gathering at school gates has been identified as a particular risk for the transmission of Covid in the community.
  • Only come to the school office if you have something which needs to be physically handed in which cannot be given to your child e.g. medication.  All other contact should be made by phone.
  • All visitors to the school must wear face-coverings.
  • Nuts and products containing nuts should not be brought into school.

Thank you for complying with this and keeping our school community safe. \lsdlocked

Our new classrooms!

On Monday we move into the new classrooms in our ‘Village’.  Over the course of this week staff have worked extremely hard setting up and moving resources into place so that the rooms are all ready for our children.  These new classrooms will be our home while the main building is being refurbished and we are delighted with the space that we have been provided. 

The rooms are bright, very spacious and have been provided with brand new furniture.  All rooms have fully adjustable heating/air conditioning and there is video entry security system at all doors.  This excellent resource has been put in place by a brilliant team from the City of Edinburgh Council, Maxi and Portakabin. We would like to thank them all for all their hard work in supporting the school and making this all go so smoothly.

P2B
P2/3
P3a
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P4a
P4b
P5a
P5b
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P6b
P6c

Weekly Newsletter 4th September 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

Moving in!

On Monday we move into the new classrooms in our ‘Village’.  Over the course of this week staff have worked extremely hard setting up and moving resources into place so that the rooms are ready for the children.  These new classrooms will be home for the next year or two and we are delighted with the space that we have been provided.  The rooms are bright, very spacious and have been provided with brand new furniture.  All rooms have fully adjustable heating/air conditioning and there is video entry security system at all doors.  This excellent resource has been put in place by a large team from the City of Edinburgh Council, Maxi and Portakabin and I would like to thank them all for all their hard work in supporting the school and making this all go so smoothly.

There are still some areas of work to be completed, particularly with landscaping and the creation of an access road from Gilmerton Road.  It is hoped that these works will be completed in October.

Photos of the building will be posted on our website later today.

Arrival and dismissal

Arrangements for children and parents coming to school are as follows:

  • P1 classes and P2A enter by Gilmerton Road gate as before.  The car park entrance will still be closed during drop-off and pick-up times to allow for a one-way system for P1 and P2A parents.
  • P2B, P2/3, P3 and P4 classes should enter by the Glenallan Drive gate and line up on the grass facing the new village classrooms.  Signs are posted on the fence to show children where to line up.  Parents should exit via the double gates on Glenallan Drive (a temporary path is being provided but may not be in place for Monday).
  • P5 and P6 should enter by the Glenallan Drive gate and line up at the marked areas beside their classrooms.
  • P7 should enter by the Glenallan Drive gate and line up at Treetops as before.  The Inch Park gate will no longer be used.


Staff will be on-site on Monday morning to make sure that everyone knows where to go.

Children will be dismissed to the same areas as outlined above.

At present we still have no cycle or scooter parking facilities on site.  We hope to have these in place later in the term.

Family holidays during term time

I am aware that most families had their holiday plans for the Summer disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Scottish Government guidance remains that holidays, even those which have had to be rescheduled, should not take place during term time.  For this reason any such holidays will be recorded as unauthorised.  In line with Council guidelines the school will not provide homework or activities for children taking term-time holidays. 

Annual Data Check, KIC Form and Photography Consent Form

Please complete and return the above forms ASAP.  It is vital that we have up to date contact details for our children so that we can contact you in case of emergency.

Liberton Primary School Association (LPSA) 

The LPSA is a group of parents, carers and staff who meet on a regular basis to talk about the curriculum, school and Council policies, local issues affecting the school community, and ideas and opportunities to enrich our children’s learning. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings – there’s no obligation to sign up to anything or commit yourself to any role, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on school issues and your ideas for improvement. 

Our first LPSA meeting of the new school year will be on Thursday 17th September, 7pm to 9pm, and will incorporate our AGM. Due to current social distancing requirements, the meeting will be online via Microsoft Teams.  If you would like to attend the meeting please email admin@liberton-pri.edin.sch.uk and you will be sent an invite link.

If there are any items you would like us to add to the agenda and discuss at the meeting, please email them to us at lpsa.communications@gmail.com by Friday 11th September. 

Test and Protect information in Community Languages

MECOPP have been working with Scottish Government to produce updated advice on Test and Protect information in community languages. They have produced voice-overs in community languages for the infographic which can be accessed here:

Cantonese version https://vimeo.com/446506886

Arabic version https://vimeo.com/446505126

Urdu version: https://vimeo.com/448831498

Keeping everyone safe

  • Thank you to everyone for the continued response to our procedures and for following government guidance about seeking tests when required.  If your child has had a test which is negative please forward the email or a screenshot of the text to our admin@liberton-pri.edin.sch.uk.
  • Ventilation has been highlighted as one of the key factors in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid.  Guidelines state windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible.  As we move into Autumn we will have our heating on but it possible that our classrooms may be a little colder than normal and some children may prefer to wear sweatshirts rather than t-shirts.  We will continue to monitor this.
  • As before, if children become unwell in school with symptoms that are not Covid related, e.g. cold or sickness, we will contact the parents so that the child can go home to recover.

Reminders

  • A reminder to parents to maintain social distancing between households during pick-up and drop-off times.  Parents gathering at school gates has been identified as a particular risk for the transmission of Covid in the community.
  • Only come to the school office if you have something which needs to be physically handed in which cannot be given to your child e.g. medication.  All other contact should be made by phone.
  • All visitors to the school must wear face-coverings.
  • Nuts and products containing nuts should not be brought into school.

Thank you for complying with this and keeping our school community safe.

Weekly Newsletter 28th August 2020

If any of your family show any symptoms of Covid 19 (high temperature, new and persistent cough, loss or change to sense of smell) your child should not come to school.  You should book a test and the whole household should self-isolate while waiting for the result.

 

Getting ready to move

We are still on target for moving into our decant village on Monday September 7th.  Over the course of next week staff will spend time in the new building preparing the classes for learning.   I would like to commend the commitment and hard-work of our staff who are taking yet another move and set-up of a classroom in their stride.  Including moves for decoration last Autumn, this will be the 5th move for some of our staff in 12 months.  We will share new lining-up areas for classes with pupils and parents next week and we are also planning to introduce a one-way system for parents and pupils to access the school from Glenallan Drive.  Details on this to follow.  Next Friday we will publish photos of the Decant Village classrooms on our school website so families can see how the new rooms look.

 

Keeping everyone safe

  • Thank you to everyone for the great response to our new procedures and for following government guidance about seeking tests when required.  If your child has had a test which is negative please forward the email or a screenshot of the text to our admin@liberton-pri.edin.sch.uk.
  • Ventilation has been highlighted as one of the key factors in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid.  Guidelines state windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible.  As we move into Autumn we will have our heating on but it possible that our classrooms may be a little colder than normal and some children may prefer to wear sweatshirts rather than t-shirts.  We will continue to monitor this.
  • As before, if children become unwell in school with symptoms that are not Covid related, eg cold or sickness, we will contact the parents so that the child can go home to recover.

 

Reminders

  • A reminder to parents to maintain social distancing between households during pick-up and drop-off times.  Parents gathering at school gates has been identified as a particular risk for the transmission of Covid in the community.
  • Only come to the school office if you have something which needs to be physically handed in which cannot be given to your child e.g. medication.  All other contact should be made by phone.
  • All visitors to the school must wear face-coverings.
  • Nuts and products containing nuts should not be brought into school.

Thank you for complying with this and keeping our school community safe.

 

Annual Data Check, KIC Form and Photography Consent Form

There will be a brown envelope in your child’s bag today containing the above forms together with information on our Breakfast Club. P1’s only will receive the photography consent form, as we already hold this information for our other year groups. Please complete and return the above forms (even if there are no changes to the Annual Data Check) by next Friday 4th September. It is imperative that we have up to date contact details for our children in the current climate.

 

Flu Vaccinations

Please remember to return your child’s flu vaccination form.