Weekly Newsletter 26th August 2016

 

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • We started our week on Monday with an assembly inspired by the Olympics.
  • On Tuesday Primary 6A had a workshop with BBC Scotland about techniques for interviewing authors at the Book Festival.
  • On Wednesday Primary 7 were the first year group to visit the Book Festival and enjoyed a presentation from Miriam Halahmy.
  • On Thursday the first group of Primary 3 children started their Forest School experience.

 

Coming up

  • On Monday our assemblies will be themed on kindness.
  • On Tuesday all classes from Primary 3 to Primary 6 will be visiting the Book Festival over the day and will hear from different authors.  Some children from P6 will also be interviewing author Ross Montgomery for BBC Scotland.
  • On Thursday afternoon children from Primary 3a will continue their Forest School adventure.

 

Curriculum Evening/Meet the Teacher Event Wednesday 31st August 2016 7-8.30pm

  • A letter with details of this event was sent out this week.  We look forward to seeing you all at what I’m sure will be a useful and informative evening.  Please ensure you return the reply slip to confirm that you are attending.  The curriculum evening for the Nursery will be held on Tuesday September 6th from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and will include a presentation on e-journals.

 

Parking

  • As you may be aware additional double yellow lines have been painted on the Inch Park road.  As the school car park is not available for parking I would suggest that rather than entering the school/park driveway at all on-street parking then walking the rest of the way to school would be the best option for parents.  We have also unfortunately had complaints that parents dropping children off at breakfast club had been driving and parking unsafely.  Please help us prevent any accidents by using your car responsibly.  Many thanks.

 

Primary 3 dismissal

  • To ease congestion for parents waiting at the end of the day, from Monday P3 pupils will be dismissed from the doors nearest the bike shed.  As the P2 children will have already been dismissed from this door there will be more space for parents to gather to collect their children.   At the start of the day P3 pupils will still enter by the back door by the huts as usual as this enables the best flow of children within the school to their classrooms.

 

Reminders

  • Headlice:  Please check your child for headlice regularly.  Treatments are available from local pharmacies.
  • If your child is entitled to a packed lunch on a Friday and you do not want them to have this please inform the school office.  We currently have a large number of leftover lunches each week.

 

 

 

 

Dates for your diary

Wed 31st August               Curriculum Evening 7 – 8.30pm

12th October                       Parent Consultations 6-9pm

13th October                       Parent Consultations 3.45-5.45pm

17th-21st October              October Holiday

 

Weekly Newsletter 19th August 2016

Apologies for the delay in posting this.  We have had server difficulties over the last few days which are hopefully now resolved.

 

Dear all

We have now completed our first week of the new session and it has been great to see how everyone has returned so enthusiastically.  Our new Primary 1 pupils look extremely smart in their new school uniform and have settled in brilliantly.  We have also been delighted to welcome 10 other new pupils across the school.

 

For our staff we are delighted to welcome Ms Sarah Tawse and Mr Alex Ross to our teaching team, as well as welcoming back Mrs Emma Lyall from maternity leave.  In the Nursery Miss Sammy Smith and  Ms Julie Murray will be joining us and Mrs Elinor Hamilton joins our team of Pupil Support Assistants.  We also welcome Ms Anna Yorston as our MA Student Teacher for the year.

We have also had a number of improvements to our school building.  Our school hall is looking fabulous having been painted and replacement blinds installed.  Thank you to the Liberton Primary School Association for funding this.  We have also had a major refurbishment of our Nursery and it is looking fantastic.  Over the summer we had solar panels installed as part of the Solar Cooperative project.  This will benefit the school not only financially but also in terms of our eco-education work.

 

Coming up at Liberton Primary.

Book Festival

Children from P3 to P7 will be visiting the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  P7 will be attending on 24th of August and P3 to P6 will be going on 30th of August.  Please ensure you return the permission slips for these trips.  Parent helpers would also be very welcome.  If you are available to help please indicate this on the letter.

 

Birthdays

We know how excited our children are when their birthday comes around and we very much want to celebrate their special day.  However we have become concerned that increasingly parents feel that they have to provide sweets or treats for the class on their child’s birthday.  This has become a difficultly in school as it raises problems in terms of allergies, our commitment to healthy eating, social pressures on children and also cost to parents.  In consultation with the LPSA we have decided that from August sweets and other treats will not be given out to classes in this way.  Instead at the beginning of the year each class will agree a suitable way to celebrate birthdays, it may be with a special hat, or a song, or a privilege in the classroom.  Children from P1 to P7 may have very different ideas on what they like so each class will chose their own solution.  We appreciate your support in this.

 

Assembly on Mondays

This year we are changing our assemblies from Fridays to Mondays.  This will give us more time on Fridays for learning and teaching, particularly in numeracy and literacy.

 

Reminders

  • Car Park:  To keep our children safe the car park is not to be used for picking up or dropping off children.  Parking is available on the road going into Inch Park.  Thank you to everyone for adhering to this.  Already there has been a massive improvement this term.  DO NOT PARK IN THE DISABLED SPACES UNLESS YOU ARE ENTITLED TO DO SO.  We have a number of children who need to use these spaces and have found that they have been occupied by other cars.
  • Please return your EE2 permission forms and data check sheets to the office as soon as possible.
  • Please ensure that all money sent to the school is in a clearly labelled envelope.
  • Please ensure clothes are labelled.
  • We have been donated several footballs for use in the playground so children should not bring their own footballs to school.

 

*Parents & guardians of pupils who have left the school, please email the school office to be removed from the newsletter mailing list, thank you*

 

 

Dates for your diary

Wed 24th August               Benmore meeting for P7 Parents

Wed 31st August               Curriculum Evening 7 – 8.30pm

12th and 13th October      Parent Consultations

Weekly Newsletter 17th June 2016

 

Staffing update

Today you will receive information of your child’s teacher for next session.  We have a number of changes of staff after the summer.  Joyce Gorman will be retiring at the end of term.  Joyce has been a great part of our team for many years both as a class teacher and a Support for Learning teacher.  Celia Neilson will also be retiring this month.  Celia has been a Pupil Support Assistant for many years at Liberton Primary and has supported and cared for pupils both in the classroom and in the playground.  We wish them both the very best for the future.  We will also be saying farewell to Nicola Laing who will be leaving to take up a post at Leith Walk Primary and Jayne Henderson from the Nursery who will have completed her training as an Early Years Practitioner.  Carol Bremner will move to working part-time at the school and we will be using her talents in teaching art as a specialist teacher as well as class teaching next session.

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • Unquestionably the biggest highlight of this week was the awesome Primary 7 production of Back to the Future.  The children were truly outstanding in their performances to the school and to parents.  Well done to them all and to Andy Theakston, Helen Calvert and Kim Brodie for their work in putting it all together.

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Weekly Newsletter 10th June 2016

Highlights of the week at Liberton Primary.

  • Well done to all our Primary 6 pupils who took part in a Cricket Festival in Inch Park on Tuesday.  They put in a great performance.
  • On Wednesday children from the Liberton After-School Club put on a great drama show for the school.  Their version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was fantastic and the children all enjoyed learning their new dance.

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