Parent Council Update May 2022

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents, Parent Council meetings | Posted on 07-05-2022

Parent Council Meetings

Thanks to those that came to the last Parent Council meeting a few weeks ago:

  • For those that missed it, the PowerPoint – including Mr Orr’s presentation on home learning – is HERE.
  • The draft minutes are here however if anyone wants clarity on any of the questions / answers please email: lawprimaryparentcouncil@gmail.com  .

The final Parent Council meeting of 2021 / 22 is Monday 16th May at 7pm:

  • To get the Google link fill in THIS FORM.
  • To contribute to the agenda / ask a question please email us, add a post to the Jamboard or come along to our coffee morning.

Project Playground

We are trying to restock the playpod (please see the message below and attachment):

7 years ago a group of inspirational parents set out to make the playground at Law an inspiring and fun space to play. After lots of fundraising and support from our community they bought a container that acts like a giant toy box. It was named Charlies Pod after a Law primary pupil called Charlie Kay and the funds he had raised to support the project. The container was filled with recycled items that would otherwise go to landfill. These items were then used for loose parts play and the imaginations of children ran wild and free.  7 years on we want to relaunch Charlie’s Pod so the children at Law can once again enjoy loose parts play which has endless physical and mental health benefits. We will be training the P3 children in a week’s time which is really exciting.  So how can you help ? Well, we need to make sure the pod is well stocked. Do you have any waste products that could be reused? Do you have any items that could be recycled? If you do then let’s reduce our waste and support play in our community. Please see the attached poster to see the types of items we are looking for. Contact Melanie Kay on 07759423066 or email on kaymelanie185@gmail.com

DYSLEXIA INFO

This isn’t a Parent Council event, but we wanted to share this public event.  Join Sharon Hall and Dyslexia Scotland South East on Zoom for a whistle-stop tour of what dyslexia is and how you can support your child.  This free event will cover:

  • Dyslexia – what to look for, how it may affect your child
  • Homework – practical strategies and resources to use with your child at home
  • Building self confidence
  • Study skills – tips and tricks
  • Understanding the education system

Here is the link if you want to have a look:  https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/events/online-dyslexia-scotland-south-east-parent-masterclass

ONLINE SAFETY

Finally – if you missed it here is the zoom recording of the last Parent Info evening on ONLINE SAFETY: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/YcHdhERzwY93jkVbSIH1V8DZ2mhcKmThhAh7QJZEj1WtLvph4M2O4XqrAH-uNw9q.oIUjZYnVn9Ys5cca

COORDINATION TEAM

After 2 years it’s time for the Parent Council team to step down and our hope is to find a new team to take forward the coordination before the summer holidays so we can spend time with you to do a proper handover.  Please email us if you are interested in getting involved..

Best wishes

The Parent Council Coordination Team

lawprimaryparentcouncil@gmail.com

Free Dyslexia Event – Thursday 5th May

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents | Posted on 02-05-2022

Free event on Thursday 5 May. This event will NOT be recorded but similar events will be run in the future.

Join Sharon Hall and Dyslexia Scotland South East on Zoom for a whistle-stop tour of what dyslexia is and how you can support your child.

This free event will cover:

  • Dyslexia – what to look for, how it may affect your child
  • Homework – practical strategies and resources to use with your child at home
  • Building self confidence
  • Study skills – tips and tricks
  • Understanding the education system

Here is the link if you want to have a look

https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/events/online-dyslexia-scotland-south-east-parent-masterclass

Next coffee morning in the Lodge – Friday 6 May

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 02-05-2022

The next PC coffee morning is in the Lodge on Friday 6th May – 9am – near the table tennis tables.  Coffee and cake from Steampunk provided. Anything and everything up for discussion and matters raised can then be taken up by the PC Chairs with the school staff.

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents | Posted on 26-04-2022

 

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Dear Parents

7 years ago a group of inspirational parents set out to make the playground at Law an inspiring and fun space to play. After lots of fundraising and support from our community they bought a container that acts like a giant toy box. It was named Charlies Pod after a Law primary pupil called Charlie Kay and the funds he had raised to support the project. The container was filled with recycled items that would otherwise go to landfill. These items were then used for loose parts play and the imaginations of children ran wild and free.

7 years on we want to relaunch Charlie’s Pod so the children at Law can once again enjoy loose parts play which has endless physical and mental health benefits. We will be training the P3 children in a week’s time which is really exciting.

So how can you help ? Well, we need to make sure the pod is well stocked. Do you have any waste products that could be reused? Do you have any items that could be recycled? If you do then let’s reduce our waste and support play in our community.

Please see the attached poster to see the types of items we are looking for. Contact Melanie Kay on 07759423066 or email on kaymelanie185@gmail.com

Thank you in advance

Melanie Kay and The Project Playground Team

Next meeting – Monday 4 April (rescheduled)

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 02-04-2022

It’s time for our next Parent Council Meeting via Google Meets on Monday 4th April, 19.00 – 20.30.  Grab a cuppa and listen in as the Head Teacher and staff give feedback on any issues raised.

Sign up here https://forms.gle/XJKPxRgLg8wamocZA

All parents / carers are welcome to contribute to the agenda, though we encourage you to share possible solutions to any issues / concerns you may have:

 

Online Safety Information Evening – 27 April

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Information for Parents, School Council Events | Posted on 02-04-2022

On 27th April at 7pm, the Parent Council will be hosting an online safety information evening, run by the charity SWGfL, whose mission is to ensure that children ‘benefit from technology, free from harm’.  Their website can be accessed here https://swgfl.org.uk/.

The evening should provide parents with information about the current popular technologies and how their children use them.  It will discuss the pros and cons of being online and provide parents with advice, coping strategies and resources to help them understand and engage with their child’s online lives.

Please use the link below to register for the evening, which will be held via Zoom.

https://forms.gle/1t3QurNnNrw8nqAy5

The session is free of charge for all parents and carers as the PTA have kindly offered to cover our costs.  However, if you are able to make a contribution, please do – no donation is too small!  We plan to offer regular events for parents and carers, so the money will go towards funding future sessions.  Donations can be made using the JustGiving link below.

https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lawpta2022

PC Update

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 10-03-2022

Project Playground – this Sat (12th)

Thanks to everyone who came a few weeks ago – was great seeing so many parents and kids in the school again.  Second session is this Saturday (12th) – parents / grandparents are all welcome.  Kids too – Andy Berry from NB Wildlife will be on hand to help the kids make bug hotels.  We will be providing Steampunk coffee, Costa hot chocolate for the kids and Seriously Dough are donating boxes of doughnuts.  All the info is on this form – have a look and use it to sign up if you can make this Sat or the next session is next Sat (19th).  https://forms.gle/YKqafxykdrNPeduz6

 

Next Parent Council Meeting

Coming up this Monday (14th) at 19.00 via Google Meets.  The staff will answer any parent questions already submitted and Mr Orr is doing a presentation on homework / Google Classrooms.  All welcome.  To get the link please fill in this form.  https://forms.gle/ZFLcGXgkF552Mrzk9

 

Coordination of the Parent Council

After 2 years, the coordination team is passing on the baton.  A great opportunity for a small group of parents to create a team to work alongside the school.  It’s a great way to get to know other parents and a really privileged position as a parent to be able to work so closely with the Senior Management Team.  We would like to have the team in place before the summer holidays so we can work with you to ensure a smooth transition.  If you’re interested please drop us an email and we can explain more about the roles, time commitment etc.

 

Best wishes

The Parent Council Team

March meeting date and coffee in the Lodge

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 26-02-2022

Dear Parent / Carers,

It’s time for our next Parent Council Meeting via Google Meets on Monday 14th March, 19.00 – 20.30.  Grab a cuppa and listen in as the Head Teacher and staff give feedback on any issues raised.

Sign up here https://forms.gle/XJKPxRgLg8wamocZA

All parents / carers are welcome to contribute to the agenda, though we encourage you to share possible solutions to any issues / concerns you may have:

We meet with staff on 4th March after our coffee in the Lodge to go through any issues raised so please contribute to the agenda before then.

With thanks

The Parent Council Team

Next meeting dates

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 19-01-2022

Our next meeting will be held on Monday 14 March, on Google Meet.  Save the date!

Also, our next coffee in the Lodge is Friday 4th March at 09.00 – all welcome – meet near the Table Tennis tables.

Update from meeting 17 January 2021

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Posted by Caroline Danks | Posted in Parent Council meetings | Posted on 19-01-2022

  • The PowerPoint from last night is here https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IiNDGufSdslRf_o9nuAnicnI-qFEEdvi/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=112260792578022560108&rtpof=true&sd=true
  • To find out more about Five in a Row (and donate!)  https://www.fiveinarow.co.uk/
  • We are keen to organise some online parent info evenings and the first one we would like to do is one on online safety tips for parents.  Please email us if you know someone who can deliver this session (we have a budget for the right person).  We are looking for other ideas too – please add them to our jamboard https://jamboard.google.com/d/1n3vpCMN-ImIMeFZW15DWD7QMcsi579L1fDgcI4SlyJM/edit?usp=sharing
  • If you are interested in helping out with our plans for the playground we are looking for parents to get involved at the end of Feb / start of March – to plant trees, clear out the playground and help fix things!  Please email us or Michael ASAP as we can’t do it without your support  yournewfriendmichael@gmail.com
  • We are still looking for a parent to support the Junior Road Safety Officers – it’s a great opportunity to volunteer at the school to support a small group of pupils to help make a difference.  Please email the PC or the school office FAO Sally Penman if interested.  They have been looking for someone for a few months now, and it’s been disappointing for the pupils that no parents have come forward to support them.
  • Finally we have realised over the past 18 months that new parents starting at school are finding it very difficult when they first arrive.  We are hoping that a revamp of the parent handbook and website will help, but we have also identified a role that class reps can play in welcoming families.   They also facilitate communication between classes and the school via the Parent Council as many issues / questions are often shared by parents.  PLEASE email us if you can volunteer to be a class rep – the role is not very time consuming, it’s a nice way to get to know other parents and really does make a difference.  We are looking for reps for the following classes…

P1A

P2 – Mrs Lima and P2W

P2/3

P3W

P4L and P4K

P5G and P5M

all P6 classes

P7B and P7K and P7R

As always, please contact us if you want to get more involved or have any feedback on our meetings etc.

Best wishes

The Parent Council Team.