Dear Parents/Carers

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like that we find ourselves in September, long may the good weather continue! Wednesday 8th September is Our Lady’s birthday and our feast day. We were hoping to attend church for a small service but we have decided to postpone this and hopefully it can take place in October.

We will have a whole school picnic in the playground. Children can bring a packed lunch and blanket that day. A school packed lunch will be provided for those who require one.

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As mentioned previously, as a school we will be having a fundraising focus this month with all proceeds going to the Beatson Cancer Charity. Maisie and Callum came along to talk to the children last week about the charity and how their fundraising will support patients. The children had very creative ideas and each class will set themselves a fundraising challenge. This will all culminate on Thursday 23rd with my head shave. I have a Just Giving page set up and have edited it to include the other challenges that are taking place – see link below. Some classes are looking at a sponsoring event, some for donations and some selling. Staff are also getting involved in hill walks and steps challenges. All money raised will go into the same pot. These are some of the activities so far – we will keep you posted:

CHALLENGES

P1s – obstacle course in the playground
P2b – Dance-a-thon
P3b – Guess how many legos/jelly beans in the jars
P6/5 – Sponge the teacher
P6 – sponsored fancy dress fun run and a mile a day
P7/6 – library tidy and book sale
P7b – Sponsored Pyjama run at Botanics
19th Sept – Staff hillwalk http://www.justgiving.com/Christina-MacDonald8?utm_id=25

Notre Dame Primary

As you are aware we have had multiple positive cases of Covid in the school which has resulted in many absences of children and staff. We have been fortunate in securing other teachers to cover, however staffing has been stretched so please be patient with us in replying to calls and emails. Every class is up and running with Seesaw and there will be relevant work posted for those children who need to self-isolate. Please inform us if your child is absent due to testing positive or is isolating while waiting on results. DO NOT send your child to school if they or anyone else in the household (including siblings) are awaiting test results. As previously mentioned we are aware that common symptoms in children have been headaches or stomach ache, along with the more common symptoms of high temperature, cough and loss of taste and smell. Please look out for these symptoms in your child. We are erring on the side of caution and will call you if your child complains of any of these symptoms and ask for them to be collected. We would then advise that you book a PCR. If you at any time you are unsure of the guidelines on isolating etc please contact the school office who can advise you on the school guidelines. I thank you in advance for your understanding with this. Track and Trace are responsible for following up with close contacts. All we can do is issue you with a general letter informing you of cases in the school.

Can I also take this opportunity to ask you to continue to WEAR MASKS for drop off and pick-up, as you know the 3pm pick-up is very busy. On that note P2a will now exit from GATE 2 to help minimise congestion at gate 3.

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We plan to have a parent’s evening towards the end of the month and this will take place on TEAMS. For children new to the school we will get appropriate log-ins out to you very soon. More information to follow on this.

Our First Communicants have been preparing for the sacrament over the last few weeks, please keep them in your prayers. The celebration will take place on Saturday 18th September.

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A reminder to label belongings – every day we have multiple jumpers/jackets/lunch boxes/water bottles left in the playground and we are unable to return as there are no names on them – please help us with this!

I will keep you updated on school events as and when they change.

Take care!

Tina MacDonald