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Parent Council EGM notice

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
I hope that you all enjoyed the long weekend!  In wonderful Scottish fashion we’ve had bright sunshine, rain and hail – four seasons in one weekend (or one day).

Your Parent Council has been busy over the past few months, starting the year with the Quiz Night in January which raised nearly £1000Many thanks to all participants and sponsors for your support, and to the events and fundraising group for their amazing efforts!  The events and fundraising group also ran the Easter Disco for the kids last month.  If you’d like to get involved or have any ideas for future events, help is always welcome, and you don’t need to be a member of the Parent Council in order to get involved.  It’s a great way to get to know each other, and contribute to your kids’ experience at the school too.

Improving the outdoor space at the school is a priority, and has been for the past few years, however progress has been limited due to uncertainties around the upcoming school expansion and renovation, which is scheduled to be completed by August 2021.  In the meantime, small improvements have been made in the garden – we’ve had a generous donation of soil from Caledonian Soil, and the planters at the back have now been re-planted with donated herbs and vegetables, thanks to the hardworking playground group.  There are also donated planters at the front, which need to be filled with soil and planted.  If you’re able to help the playground group either with labour (adults and kids welcome to help!) or by donating surplus seedlings or plants that have been split, that would be wonderful!  Plans are also underway to replace the broken basketball hoop and relocate it to the rear of the school where there’s more space.

The next meeting of the Parent Council will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), where the adoption of the proposed updated Constitution and Equality and Fairness Policy will be voted on. The EGM is being held at 7pm on Tuesday, 14th May, at The Crown, East Linton.
 
Thank you to all parents who responded to the consultation on the draft Constitution and Equality and Fairness policy.  Your input has been taken into account, and the updated documents, along with the notice of meeting and agenda can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or visiting the Parent Council page on Edubuzz.

https://www.edubuzz.org/eastlinton/files/2019/05/Notice-of-EGM-with-agenda-and-documents.pdf 

 
As always, any parents and carers of children at the school are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP either via the event page on facebook, or by emailing elpsparentcouncil@gmail.comPlease also feel free to get in touch via the parent council’s email address at any time with feedback, suggestions, concerns or questions.  Please note that all Parent Council members are unpaid volunteers with other commitments, so while we will do our absolute best to respond quickly, we may not always be able to do so.  Your patience is very much appreciated!

It may be that we can help, or alternatively we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can.  We’d love to hear what your priorities are for the school, and how we can all best support the kids to have a positive learning experience.

 
Many thanks,
 
Trace Ward
Chair, East Linton Primary Parent Council

Heroes of the Week

Presenting our Responsible Heroes this week. They have all shown that they can take responsibility for their own learning and can be responsible citizens. Well done everyone! Be proud!

 

John Muir – Conserving Day!

We have had another wonderful day outdoors in our local community for the CONSERVE part of our John Muir award. First, we collected litter in the park and field next to our school to conserve the environment there. P5 couldn’t believe it when our litter weighed a stone! We were shocked and will now encourage other not to drop litter. Then, P5 returned to the river. While there, we learned about Native, Non-native and invasive species and their impact on habitat. We also learned how dangerous some plants can be.

P5 want to say a huge thanks to Sam, our ranger, for being so full of knowledge and enthusiasm. It has really helped  to focus on the importance of being kind to our world. P5 showed great respect outdoor and should be so incredibly proud of themselves…they have even managed to convince Miss McKay that the outdoors are not so scary after all.

School News

Great excitement in school today for Red Nose Day – thank you for your support ! We all learned at assembly about where our donations go, as well as having a bit of fun! If you would like to recycle your red noses you can bring them back to school or take them to the customer service desk at any branch of Sainsburys.
 
At assembly we again celebrated those who have gone “over and above” and those who have shown the Learning Power of Respect. Leaflets about our Learning Heroes have gone home in school bags this week.
 
It has been another busy week. P1, P4 and nursery are all very focused on being Eco warriors just now, with some amazing learning and collaboration happening.So far we have saved over 100 plastic bottles from use from Friday packed lunches – well done P1-3 families! We are about to install a compost bin in the playground for all those apple cores and left over bits of snack at playtimes.
P1s and P5s have been out and about in our village exploring sustainability issues.
 
P7 complete their level 1 Bikeability training today , with P6 starting on Monday – we are very grateful to our parent volunteers and to Philppa Barber from ELC Outdoor Education team for helping to make this happen. Our friends from Belhaven Bikes are coming in again on Monday to safety check P6s bikes.
 
On Tuesday I had the great pleasure of watching our P4s at their swimming lesson – so wonderful to see skills and confidence growing with each and every one of them.
Mrs Gibson has been to a conference looking at the use of technology to help our learners and we are experimenting with a trial of a new writing support app over the next week or so. Miss McKay and I attended a briefing on the ELC policy for assessing and supporting children with additional needs.
 
Our nursery staff received another very positive visit from our ELC support officer. We are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Purves on Tuesday morning.
 
Next week Miss Stewart will be taking full responsibility every day in P2 – we thank Mrs Gibson for teaching P2 on a Wednesday.
As a staff we carried out a moderation of progress in number session, looking at evidence gathered of children’s progress and how this enables us to make sound professional judgements  https://twitter.com/EastLintonPS/status/1106476998778589184