This summer we’re going to get silly! The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 will feed the imaginations and create a greater sense of togetherness through the joy of reading. For 2020 we are delighted to present the ‘ Silly Squad’. This year thee Summer Reading Challenge can be done entirely online. Taking part is easy!
● Children sign up to our easy-to-use website and create their own profile at sillysquad.org.uk from 5th June onwards.
● They set their own challenge to read any amount of books during the Challenge, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction; in digital or print format; from e-book lending through the public library service or from what they already have at home.
● Each time they finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
● Families are encouraged to join in and ‘Get Silly’ with downloadable activities, games, quizzes and more. With new content to enjoy each week, the fun will continue throughout the summer to keep families engaged.
● They receive a downloadable certificate once they’ve completed their challenge!
*** In addition, East Lothian Library will give a free book if you read 6 books, and write a short, one-sentence review for each book, and the school with the best engagement will win an author visit or £175 worth of books for their library.***
I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe. Thank you to everyone in our school community for their continued help and support, in addition to your patience and understanding.
East Lothian Council has commissioned a ‘Parent/Carer Survey’ to establish parents’, carers’ and children’s thoughts and feelings about returning to school in August 2020. The survey can also be accessed via Twitter.
For those parents/carers who have difficulty accessing IT, you can collect a paper copy from the office in our Infant Campus. I encourage as many parents/carers to complete and submit this questionnaire as the information will be of great help when planning and preparing for our return in August 2020.
Please refer below to the message sent by Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer, to accompany the survey.
‘Our Head Teachers and school staff are currently progressing their plans to welcome children and young people back into school in August. To help us get this as right as we can for children and young people we would appreciate your views. We would be most grateful of you could complete this short survey regarding your child’s return to school in August by Monday 15 June 2020 – 4pm’.
Mr Goodbourn has been selected as a winner of an Active East Lothian spotlight award due to his commitment and enthusiasm with our running club. He has been volunteering his time over the last 4 years. Our running club runs before school and also during school time and gives our young people a chance to run round a planned route in our nearby park – This has been a great benefit to our school and the children who attend.
·Download a nursery registration form from the website.
·Complete the form and take it to your preferred (first) choice nursery. You should also take your child’s birth certificate.
·If you are choosing a blend of more than one provider, apply to your council nursery first and then speak to your funded provider – private nursery, childminder or community group – about what hours you would like from them.
·Make sure your application is in before 6 March 2020. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but they will not be considered in the first allocation process. Please get in touch with the Early Years and Childcare team if you have any questions or you can’t register by 6 March 2020.