Friday, 5th November 2021
I hope this email finds you all well. It has been a fantastic week back in school with children settling down to their learning fantastically. Below are a number of important notices for this half term, so please do read them carefully!
Parents' Evening - Reception-Y6
As you will have seen from our email yesterday, we are now accepting appointments for our forthcoming 'virtual' parents evening sessions. You can book on our SchoolCloud website at: https://stedwardsromford.schoolcloud.co.uk/Auth/Parent We have already had over 40% of children book in during our first day... but that still means there are 60% of children without an appointment! If you need any help using the system, please do contact the Office or your child's class teacher.
Attached to this email is some information about key dates for Christmas. Information about individual events will be sent around nearer the time. We would encourage you to consider buying your Christmas jumpers sooner, rather than later, otherwise (like me!) you may be left trying to source one at the last minute.
One of our parents has, very kindly, offered to collect and redistribute any Christmas Jumpers that are now too small, in a similar way we do with PTA uniform. If you have any Christmas Jumpers that you no longer need, please therefore bring them to the School Office in the next two weeks. We will then prepare them to be distributed to those families who may find it difficult to be able to purchase new jumpers themselves this Christmas.
Shoe Box Appeal
Earlier today we sent an email about our school annual Shoe Box Appeal. Please consider if you are able to take part in this very worthwhile project, to help others. It is always excellent for our children to see the corridor full of boxes, reminding them in this Christmas season of the importance of thinking of others.
We are very fortunate to have such a wider range of instrumental teachers delivering peripatetic instrumental lessons at St Edward's. We are very proud of our strong musical tradition and learning an instrument is incredibly beneficial for children.
We currently have spaces for children to learn: guitar, voice, keyboard or woodwind. If you would like information or would like to sign up for your child for instrumental lessons, please do email: email@example.com
A reminder to parents that we politely ask parents not to walk through the Car Park, particularly at the start and the end of the day when collecting from clubs, even if the barrier is open. There are a number of health and safety concerns, involving moving vehicles, moving barriers and uneven surfaces which make this a pedestrian free zone.
We also remind parents not to park in the Car Park when collecting children from clubs. We leave the barrier open to allow free movement for those people using the car park for lettings, which generates a significant income for the school which benefits our children as a result of the money needed. Again, the more vehicles moving, the greater risk of damage or injury.
Finally, our number one priority in school is ensuring your children are happy and safe. This week, as we start each half term, children have been learning in our computing lessons about staying safe online. It is very important that these messages are reinforced at home as well as in school and that we, as parents, are ensuring that we are doing all we can to be vigilant and ensure our children use the internet safely. Mrs Richmond, who delivers our computing lessons (excellently!) has produced a short newsletter/fact sheet, which I have attached to this email. I encourage you to make the time to read this carefully.
WOW! That was a long one but, I am sure you will agree there is a lot of information to share as we start this new term. Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and prayers. I feel truly blessed to lead and be part of such a special community where our children learn, grow and thrive in such a fantastic way, with staff and parents who do all they can to ensure our children truly do experience Life in all its Fullness.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Chris Speller (Head Teacher)