Dear Parents and Carers
Lammermuir Road wall replacement @ John Muir Campus
Please be aware that the brick wall at the back of Dunbar Primary Nursery is currently being replaced by a fence. There are temporarry lights on the road and the pavement has been moved on to the road during this work. It is anticipated to be complete by Tuesday 27th but be careful around access to John Muir Campus, the crossing to Lochend and the Nursery.
Dunbar Pumpkin Trail
As the end of October looms there is no doubt this year’s Halloween shenanigans will be a little different. In classes we have talked about alternative activities: playing gruesome games, planning a spooky menu, a sweetie swag hunt, a family show along with the usual dressing up, dooking and a treacle scone or two.
We would like to invite the whole community to take part in the Dunbar Pumpkin Trail. A lovely team online have created us a Dunbar Pumpkin Trail image that is attached. All you have to do is print it off, colour it in and display it in a window. Everyone can have fun spotting as many pumpkins as they can. How many will you find?
Watch out for these cheeky pumpkins wherever you go. The last time we looked there were over 170 different places taking part from Watford to Portobello.
Dunbar Library Services
Dunbar Library is currently available for click and collect and browsing by appointment.
If parents are looking for some books they can contact Dunbar Library and they can make up a bag to collect form the entrance of the library.
We want to continue to encourage children to keep reading and using Dunbar library. The library also offers the service if a parent wants to order some books for their child they can let them know interests, age and AR level and they can choose some books which may be relevant based on he information given.
Positive Behaviour Policy
In August 2019 the school implemented a draft Positive Behaviour Policy. With the disruption caused last year this policy is to be reviewed this session. Comments from parents on the policy would be greatly appreciated prior to full implementation. Details in how to comment will be available in the next couple of weeks.
Letter from Lesley Brown, Head of Education & Children’s Services
Letter from Police Scotland, East Lothian Council & Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
In the run up to bonfire night, Police Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Fire & Rescue are keen to keep everyone safe. In previous years we have seen firework-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) and disorder in this area, and we are asking for your help to prevent this occurring again. This year, we are also facing the added challenge of preventing the spread of COVID 19 within our communities. As a result organised fireworks displays and bonfires are unlikely to be permitted.
The Scottish Government is continually reviewing its COVID guidance and up to date information on what is and isn’t permissible can be found here https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
The full letter is available here:
A conversation with the Scottish People (online survey)
The ALLIANCE and Scottish Government are engaging people and communities across Scotland about their experiences of health and social care during COVID-19. Give your views at https://bit.ly/3o2NnV3
School Return Date
The school returns on Tuesday 27th October.
Teaching of PE at DPS
The current guidelines mean that all of our PE lessons have to be taught outside, and the set time of 2 x 1hour is a specific curriculum requirement of the Scottish Government. It is therefore essential that as we move into Autumn/Winter your child is dressed appropriately for taking part in these lessons.
From Tuesday 20th October if pupils have a PE lesson they must come in leggings or joggers/long sleeved t-shirt/Sweatshirt and a waterproof jacket. They should bring in their bag a spare pair of socks, joggers or leggings and t-shirt – these will be used if pupils get wet.
Please can I ask parents/carers to make use of the Uniform Exchange at the Bleachingfield Centre, where we have a stock of waterproof jackets, trousers, wellies, sweatshirts, etc.
Dress Down Day Friday 30th October 2020
There is a school ‘Dress Down Day on Friday 30th October – pupils can wear whatever they want but we are asking them all to bring a donation.
This money will be used for fundraising for the school – we are buying lots of outdoor PE and play equipment and we also want to add to our class libraries as pupils are requesting new novels and new authors and are going through our stock at a great pace – but great news in terms of reading skill!
Nursery Dress Up Day – Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October Donation.
Nursery Newsletter October 2020
Nursery Outdoor Classroom week – Monday 2nd November- Friday 6th November
International Outdoor Classroom Day: Outdoor classroom day is Thursday the 5th of November, so that week each Nursery room will be planning lots of outdoor activities and each bubble will visit the Beehive Nature Garden to start work developing the wildlife area. Activities will include building bug hotels and bird feeders, den building and hot chocolate around the fire pit. To enable children to fully experience outdoor learning it is important that they come to nursery with the appropriate outdoor clothing and a change of shoes and clothes. As part of the Celebration of Outdoor learning we will are setting you a sponsored family challenge to complete an outdoor activity every weekend during the month of November. Further information will be coming home with children the week of 26th October. All the rooms are spending a lot of time developing our outdoor areas and a big part of this is loose parts.
A MacRury, DHT.