Head Teacher’s Blog 21/05/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • The First Minister announced her road map for recovery from lock down due to Covid-19 today. The City of Edinburgh Council will inform our next steps. As soon as they come to us, I shall share them with you.
  • School App for Parents, we have emailed you the username and passcode for the app which you will now need to open it. The passcode will be changed on an annual basis, or as required.
  • We are very pleased P4, P5, P6 and P7 pupils are accessing learning through 365. Our teachers have noticed some children in these stages have not logged in. If you are unable to access 365 and your child is in P4, P5, P6 or P7, please email us at admin@brutnsfield.edin.sch.uk and let us know. 
  • We now have the usernames and passwords for the other classes, which will be emailed to you, if you don’t have them already. P1-P3 teachers will contact you to arrange the date for working with them on 365.
  • Mrs Ramsay is setting up a 365 Team for Junior Dukes, you will be informed when this is ready to start and the pupil support assistants will send messages to the children they work with too.
  • I am told if pupils, parents or carers are trying to access 365 materials from the Class Materials folder on the Teams App on an Android phone – you will NOT find it! Microsoft is working on this. To help, staff will load class materials in a separate folder which does show up on Android. Please let us know if this is an issue for you.
  • We have added to our website the City of Edinburgh Psychological Services Parent Information Sheet. The main goal is to stay healthy and happy. Learning can be creative and involve everyday tasks and activities and they offer advice and links to resources.
  • On Sunday Lilyah completed the last part of her fundraising activities for Cancer Research and has thus far raised over £900. She started in January by cutting her hair for Little Princess Trust (who use the hair to make wigs for those with cancer) and, instead of her swimathon which was cancelled due to Covid-19, she completed a biathlon in the Meadows on Sunday with a 5km run and 10km bike ride.If anyone still wishes to donate, they’re welcome to do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lils-and-leaf Congratulations to Lilyah- well done indeed
  • Free School Meals and Clothing Grants – applications for 2020/21 for the term starting in August 2020 have not yet opened. The City of Edinburgh Council will update their website and put a message on social media as soon as applications open.
  • School allocations for P1 and S1 places in August 2020: The City of Edinburgh Council aim to deal with all late placing requests received up to 03/05/20, including second choice applications, and write to you in the last week of May 2020. Applications received after 03/05/20 will not be dealt with until the end of June 2020. For further information please see the Council website: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolplaces2020
  • End of Session Reports: Teachers are preparing your children’s End of Session Reports. They will be emailed to you at the end of this term.
  • JGHS Hub School attendance: please remember to contact the Hub directly, or update your booking form if you are changing your requests for child care. If you are not using your place it is essential to text the Hub by 9.30am on 07894 708692, if you have not updated your online booking form. Please also remember to book for the week ahead by each Wednesday to allow us to organise correct numbers of staff. It is helpful to bring sun lotion should we be lucky enough for the good weather to continue.
  • Please send any questions, queries, concerns or compliments directly to the school and not the Parent Council. Thank you to all who already do this. This will ensure we use this information, as part of our self-evaluation. We shall be able to respond directly to you as well as planning next steps for the school.  We are all here to help. All emails should go to admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk and they will be sent to the best person to answer them.
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