Good morning Loretto
I hope you all had a restful weekend getting used to the new safe way of living as we do our part in trying to minimise the spread of Covid19.
It is very important we all follow the rules set out by the government. They are just like our school rules Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Respectful.
BE SAFE is the most important and that means we can’t come to school or go out to play in groups.
We need to remember that we are all in this together and be kind to everyone around us-even though we might be fed up or worried.
For pupils -please do not use the google classrooms as a chat room-this is our online classroom so it’s there to help our learning and talk to your teacher.
For parents-you are politely reminded this is a learning platform and aprents should not log on without their child in attendance. Of course, please help your child but it is not a forum for parent discussion or asking the teacher individual questions. It takes a bit of IT admin and managing by each teacher.
Please be patient as teachers will most likely only be able to answer during school hours but they need some flexibility too as we adjust.
This week my home learning is for you to write and draw a prayer for everyone working and learning at home.
Help us to be safe, kind and patient with everyone at home. Help us to be a kind child, like the boy Jesus and a patient , understanding parent like our Mother Mary. Help us to follow the example of St. Joseph in caring for his Holy Family.
Lord Hear Us
The first Minister has today announced that it is her expectation that schools will close to pupils at the end of this week.
East Lothian Council have been putting robust plans in place. This will be a challenging and difficult time for all of us but we are committed to supporting you and each other.
Here in Loretto we are planning to support your children’s learning . Further details to follow .
Margaret Anne McBean
Sorry but we got late word that the Cross Country event for Mon 16th March has been cancelled on the advice of East Lothian Council due to ongoing concerns around Covid19.
Sorry for the disappointment but we need to follow guidance and help the effort in these unprecedented times.
Working with our parish we would like to encourage you to do something positive to help our planet. Every year the Church encourages us to fast as part of our Lenten observance. This year we invite you to fast by reducing your carbon ( or energy) consumption.
Here is an idea we can all try next week.
Use wax strips and reusable sandwich boxes and containers to take your lunch to school or work.
Thank you from Mollie and Lewis
World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March 2020. We are celebrating in Loretto with a number of activities! Lots of children are already speaking about the character that they will dress up as. There are plenty of characters that children can dress up as without going to any extra expense. We strongly encourage all children to do this rather than buy a costume. If your child is not interested in dressing up, they will need to wear their school uniform on this day as it is not a dress down day. Children will also be taking part in quizzes about books and drawing new front covers for books. It will be an exciting day!
Nursery enrolment: Enrol your child by 6 March 2020
Families with a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being encouraged to enrol their child in nursery before 6 March 2020 for 2020/21.
Older children, or those who have not yet registered for an early learning and childcare place, should also register by this date.
To register for a place:
- Visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/nurseryenrolment and find out about the different options available in council nursery settings from August 2020.
- 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.
01620 827872/01620 828786/ 01620 820186
Friday 7th February 2020
As is now an annual highlight, you are invited to join your child’s class to visit our Art Exhibition in school on Friday 7th February 2020. Each child in each class will proudly present their work. Each class will also visit the exhibition and get a chance to see the work of the other classes.
To allow safely for the number of people and space, we will operate a timetable of visits. Please come along with your child’s class. Of course, you may have more than one child in school and wish to stay for that class visit too.
As in professional galleries, there will be a small admission donation of £2 which will go directly to school funds. The school fund is used to subsidise school purchases, trips and travel. We thank you for your support. After we have enjoyed the children’s work the children will be able to bring these works home.
Fri Nursery will visit at 9am. Morning nursery children may visit with their parents at this time too.
P1 will visit at 9.30am
P2 will visit at 9.45am
P3 will visit at 10am
P4 will visit at 10.15am
P5 will visit at 11am
P6 will visit at 11.30am
P7F will visit at 11.45am
P7T will visit at 12 noon.
The exhibition will be in the downstairs corridor and the dining hall only. We would ask that prams and buggies are left outside the building to ensure our corridors are free flowing in the event of any emergency.
We hope you will enter into the spirit of our art in the community and sign in, in a creative way!
We are looking forward to seeing as many parents, friends and family as possible!
Margaret Anne McBean
Venturing Out CIC is an East Lothian based, not for profit organisation that delivers adventurous outdoor activities, in the School Holidays, for children aged 8 to 14. We run these activity programmes in partnership with East Lothian Council’s Outdoor Learning Service. You can find out the details of the February holiday programme here
Activities range from things such as kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding and rock climbing to coasteering, trail cycling and bushcraft. These activities offer the opportunity for children to build confidence, self esteem and resilience. These days also offer a great social setting for young people and a chance to interact with peers in different settings. More information can be found at ww.venturingout.org.uk/kids-activities
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas from everyone here in Loretto.
Thank you so much for all your kindness to myself and all staff.
We have had a lovely time with music, parties and Christmas crafts and fayre. It has been lovey to see so many parents in school and church with us. We love having you join us.To the panto and party helpers-we couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you for the generous donations to school fund of £226 from the Nativity. This will go towards transport for outings and events and little extras for the children.
Again thank you for your generous donations for Christmas Jumper Day to Save the Children of £152.50.
Our special best wishes to Mrs MacDonald and Mrs Peebles as they begin their respective maternity and career break. We wish you both a happy and healthy year.
School finishes tomorrow and starts again for pupils on Wednesday 8th January.
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