Support from the Start May Digest

Lots of useful and interesting information again this month SftS May19

Baby Massage Haddington .

Support from the Start is the network in East Lothian, of parents and carers, practitioners and professionals working in partnership to create the best start in life for our children. SftS happily shares information and awareness around events, opportunities and our own work that helps to support this. Each cluster area has an active group and love meeting new folks interested in developing ideas in their local area.

 

Active Schools

A message from Laurie Daborn, Active Schools Co-ordinator.

Hello All,
 
Hope you had a great break!
 
Activity Timetables are now at your schools. Thanks for everyone’s help in getting these to the children as normal.
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Laurie
 
Laurie Daborn|Active Schools Coordinator
 
East Lothian Council | Knox Academy | Pencaitland Road | Haddington | EH41 4DT |  T: 01620 823 387 | 
M: 07976 376 615
 
 
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Building with lingo – competition

Would you and your children like to take part in this? A fun competition through Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.

Competition closes 3rd May, so time to think up and share your entry.

Pourquoi non?

 

School Payments – The Easy Way.

What? Signing up to SchoolPay system.
Why? Parents / Carers, Schools and ELC are working in partnership to cut down unnecessary expense and to streamline payments easily for parents – improve efficient use of staff time and maximise resources at school and council level.
How? Follow link on PPS Edubuzz home page – and follow the information in this clip above. (viewers will be taken to external You Tube link for ELC channel).

Please sign-up if you haven’t already done so and help us to use the school budget and staff time far better – not to mention the ease of paying for most families.

Fond Farewell for Ronnie Golightly

Happy Retirement Ronnie!

 

Today, 5th April is the start of the Easter holidays, but also the day PPS says a fond farewell to Ronnie Golightly, school janitor and friend to all the pupils.

Ronnie’s Retiral

 

He’ll be sorely missed by the PPS family of children, staff and parents / carers, but we all wish Ronnie a wonderful retirement, doing things he loves and with family and friends.

Song for Ronnie

Pupils, parents and staff shared their love and appreciation with cards and gifts and song.

Zero Waste and BIG PICK shops

MIIXER cic – The Big Pick shop (formerly Store 21) on Musselburgh High Street re-opened on 16th March, permanently. 

ELC and community are working together to help our community, so schools and other parents / carers can help support families by sharing this information.

In addition to the wonderful bargains to be had daily, with pre-loved clothing, footwear and much more available in store, there is a keen desire to help families who are in particular need.

School uniforms and wellies are free every day and anyone requiring a suit for interview will also be assisted in the same way.

To help these families, on a particular day of the month, kids’ clothes/shoes will be free. This will be trialled over the first 3 months to ascertain demand – and ability to meet demand. A referral system (or similar may be created depending on result of the trial). Ask school staff for more information if you, or someone you know, may really benefit from this – and, of course, we are all encouraged to think about donating and buying in general, to help support this endeavour.

“So many of us can hit difficult times – and footwear /clothing for children is always expensive and ongoing, so it’s great to have so many recognising the problem and working together to do all that we can to manage. MIIXER, the East Lothian School Uniform Bank and Carefree Kids, along with Support from the Start’s Kindness Funds, Kindcycle East Lothian and the work of East Lothian Welcome’s Refugees volunteers, are based on the ‘old school’ way of  people helping people in a neighbourly way.  Many clubs and groups are keen to support members too, and ensure children and young people are never turned away through lack of funds or support. With Haddington Tennis Club a great example of the Haddington Sports Hub, supporting children, if necessary, with footwear and not just loan of racquets and providing balls and coaching. ”

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure ELC says; This is a third sector initiative that works in partnership with ELC Waste Services. From my perspective this is a fantastic opportunity to tackle deprivation and would welcome you sharing this opportunity to the families for whom it is most appropriate, to ensure it’s a targeted success.

 

Communication – Keeping in Touch

Every little helps….so we are keen to encourage as many parents as possible to sign up to the blog.

Instructions can be found below.

Subscribe to Edubuzz. It’s as easy as pie. 

Missing news from school is never good – and searching through lots of old emails or facebook posts can take up precious time too. Need a solution?

Head over to PPS Edubuzz blog https://www.edubuzz.org/pencaitland/ and look for the Subscribe by Email box.

  • If on a computer / laptop it should appear towards the the top of the home page on RHS.
  • If you search on a smartphone, you will probably have to scroll to the bottom of the home page to find it.
  • Fill in your preferred email address – and then click subscribe. You will have to confirm that you are a genuine human afterwards, as is the norm, but just verify and you will have new info pop into your email, as easy as pie!

Worth it for the 60 second weekly update alone!