Trinity : News October 16th 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers

It is the last day of term one and watching all our Trinity Learners arriving at school this morning looking relaxed,  full of smiles and chatting to their friends is testament to all the effort put in by all our school community over the past weeks.  I cannot thank you enough.

Please see below for a few bits of information :

+ve case over the holidays

I so hope that none of our children test positive for Coronavirus over the holiday period.  If they do, please contact City of Edinburgh council on 0131 200 2000.   School will be informed and any close contacts identified as required. 

Halloween

Children are very welcome to dress up for Halloween on Friday October 30th.  We will have some adapted Halloween activities for the children to enjoy.

Hot Lunches

A hot lunch option is now available on Parentpay.  As we are unable to use our dining hall due to COVID – 19 restrictions lunches will continue to be delivered to classrooms and children will continue to eat in the classroom.  We are ever hopeful there will be no escaping veggie balls or cheesy pasta squahed into classroom carpets!

Front gate : P2

From Tues Oct 27th we are aiming to introduce an in and out gate system for the P2 pick up time.  It is hoped that this will help with distancing.   Please remember if collecting your P1 or P2 child we ask that only one adult enters the playground, wears a face covering if able to do so, adheres to a 2m distance from other adults and leaves the playground immediately they have collected their child.   These measure are for the safety of everyone – thank you.

Goodbye and Good Luck

We have a few families and Felicity Martin leaving Trinity at this time and we wish them all the very best in the future.  New Zealand, India, Spain, Dunfermline and Ferryhill Primary are all very lucky to get such fabulous people joining their communities.  They will all be a great  miss.

INSET day : Monday Oct 26th

School is closed to pupils on Monday 26th Oct.  Children return for term two on Tuesday October 27th.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on the 27th for term two and all the fun it will bring.  Christmas@Trinity is not being thwarted by a virus!   

I hope everyone has an enjoyable October break.

Jacqueline Scott

HeadTeacher

Please see below for a message from the house captains (shared at assembly this morning)

Dear Trinity Learners, Parents and Carers

We are the House Captains.  We want to tell you about the guide dogs we are hoping to sponsor.  Each house will get one guide dog.  It costs about £4 per month to sponsor each dog so if you can, please bring in any loose change on a Friday.  There will be dog money banks that you can ‘feed’ with your coins.   If you can do this we would be very grateful.  Any amount helps.

Thank you from the House Captains

Argyll : Thomas,  Fiona,  Oliver  

Craighall : Gabby, Rosa, Adriana

Melville : Isaac, Mari, Rachael

Royston : Finlay, Erin, Hannah 

P1 Home-learning

Have a go at some of these tasks at home this week if you can!

Literacy – Can you play ‘I Spy’ using the sounds we have learned in P1 so far (s,a,t,p,i,n)? Have a look inside and outside for things beginning with those sounds.
Numeracy – Practise counting collections of objects around your house and outside. Can you put them into groups to make it easier to count? What happens if you put them in a long line? Can you count them forwards and backwards?
Health and Well-being – have a look at your surroundings, from your window or if you are out and about. What can you see, feel, hear, smell? Can you draw a picture of what you see? Think about the colours you will use to show that it is Autumn.

Trinity News : Friday 9th October 2020

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Dear Parents and Carers

We have now been back at school for nine weeks and, whilst I had so hoped we were going to make it to the October holiday without a positive case, I was not surprised when we were notified yesterday.  Thank you so much to the families affected for their understanding and support.  The most important thing is for those involved to make a full and speedy recovery and we wish them well.  

These times certainly bring their challenges and, as I am sure you will appreciate, we are unable to offer a ‘premium’ service at the moment.   Everyone at Trinity is working hard to make sure that the children feel happy, supported and are able to learn but there are some things that cannot happen – we are working on a limited menu to quote a local restaurant!   To this end I wanted to clarify the children watching cartoons, if they want, whilst they eat lunch.   With staggered lunchtimes,  bubbles of children and adults who we are trying hard not to mix, limited PSA support and playground zones this helps in making sure that everyone has had their lunch and a chance to play outside.   I ask for your understanding with this.

Road Safety

Several children, particularly those in the upper years, are crossing directly from the end of Dudley Gardens to access Victoria Park.  Please can you remind children to walk along to the crossing patrol guide outside school.  Unfortunately it is not possible to relocate our crossing guide.

Pulling in and parking, even for a very short period of time, on the zig zag lines directly outside school continues to be a problem and is a danger to pupils.   Please stop and park safely for everyone.

Halloween

Whilst our usual Halloween discos will not be possible we are still hoping that the children can have fun and enjoy dressing up.   Children are welcome to come to school on Friday October 30th dressed in Halloween costumes, if they wish.  To minimise any possibility of infection please do not allow your child to bring in any props or items that they may share – wands and owls will have to stay at home for this year!   

Reporting to parents and carers

Feedback from our use of Twitter as a means of sharing what and how children are learning continues to be very positive.  Along with this some parents and carers will have received a written profile or progress information through One Note and / or a phone call from a member of staff.  Do not worry if you have not yet received either – staff are working through everyone between now and Christmas.  Any feedback and constructive criticism is welcomed.  Reporting to parents and carers will be an agenda item at our next Parent Council mtg on Tues 27th October.  

Staffing update

Felicity Martin, who has been with us as Interim Depute HeadTeacher,  will be leaving Trinity on Friday Oct 16th to take up a post as Depute HeadTeacher at Ferryhill Primary.  Mrs Martin has been a great support to staff and pupils in her time with us and has very quickly become a part of the Trinity team.  We wish her all the very best in her new post and look forward, at some point, to being able to meet together again.  

Many of you will know that Carly Pattinson went on maternity leave a few weeks ago.  She is now a very proud mum to Maisie.  We are looking forward to being introduced to Maisie on Teams next week.  

As we head into a period of further restrictions let’s hold onto being kind to ourselves and take each day as it comes. It is certainly quite a journey we are on.   I certainly couldn’t have predicted last October that a child in my school would pass me and say ‘I like your mask Mrs Scott’ without batting an eyelid!

I hope you have a restful weekend

Jacqueline Scott

HeadTeacher

P1 & 2 Reporting to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers

Reporting to Parents 
Between now and Christmas, you can expect a written update on your child’s progress and learning.   Each week, a small group of children will be the ‘focused’ children allowing us to observe your child closely while they play and learn to find out more about their interests and how they are progressing.  To reduce documents being sent home from school, we will be using Class Notebook on Microsoft Teams to share the written profile with you.   This will include snapshots to show your child’s learning as well as comments from the teacher and child relating to progress and observations.  You will only be able to view your own child’s profile.  A short (5 minutes) follow up parent consultation phone call will be arranged following the written profile.  You will receive an additional letter with all relevant dates specific to your child.Prior to the profile, there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have using the parent/carer communication page on Class Notebook. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the profile for you to include your comments.  
Your child’s Office 365 password will be sent home in Homelearning Jotters. Once you have accessed Microsoft Teams,  you will findClass Notebook.  For support with this, please see the attached written guide and video links below.  These will also be available on the school website, under the class page. If you continue to have problems, please contact myself or the school admin account for further assistance. 

How to access Class Notebook on an ipad:

https://youtu.be/4ItaBxpKEmI

How to access Class Notebook on an computer: https://youtu.be/DShJ87nQvDs

Weekly homelearning tasks will be posted on the ‘General’ channel on Teams from next week.  Primary one and two pupils will not be expected to complete homelearning online (unless during isolation periods).   Please use the learning at home jotter (sent home this week) to complete any written tasks. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks,

Cheryl Berthinussen

Depute Head Teacher

Trinity Primary School

0131 554 2062