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Closure Info/Links 2020

17/03/2020

We are doing our best to be prepared in the event of school closures.

Teachers have prepared some guidelines and work for children should this happen. All classes will be able to access work digitally through the seesaw app of which details have been sent home in bags today (Tues).

If your child is currently off you can call into the school to receive this information/resources from Wed 18th March from 10am onwards.

We will keep you updated as we receive more information - we will keep our website and twitter updated.

18/03/2020

Packs will be available to collect from our school foyer from 3pm - 6.30pm tonight. Most of our resources will be online through seesaw account. In your pack it will provide info on how to log into seesaw. If you are self isolating you could maybe ask a friend/family member to collect for you.

We still do not know if/when schools will close but be assured we are working very hard to have resources for you to access from home.

26/03/2020

Dear Parent/Carers

I hope you and your families are all keeping well?  These really are challenging times for us all and all staff are doing their best to keep your children learning and engaged.

Although we have provided home learning packs and have activities on Seesaw every day, we do not expect or want you to be creating hourly schedules for your children that cause any stress or excess workload for you or them.  There is so much sharing of online learning and activities for children, but this can be overwhelming too and we need to pace ourselves.

Teachers are providing daily activities which are revision, no new learning.  When we get back to school we will all have missed the same so please don’t worry and trust that we will pitch all new learning accordingly.  If you are having any problems connecting to Seesaw please drop me an email at – Headteacher@notredame-pri.glasgow.sch.uk

Don’t forget that our children may be scared right now.  They hear everything that is going on around them and their daily routine is going to be very different from what they are used to and they will pick up on your tension and anxieties too.  This is a new experience for all of us.  At the minute they may be enjoying the novelty of being off school but the reality of not being able to see friends and family will soon materialise and they, like us, will find this hard.

So we do not want to cause extra tension at home over home learning.  We need to make them feel loved and reassured that it’s all going to be ok.  So when you get the chance – cuddle up with a book, paint pictures, bake, plant flowers, watch a movie.  Try to have fun and spend time together as your child’s mental wellbeing is more important than their academic skills.  Children will always remember the way you made them feel – not what they did.

We are all in this together so please get in touch with me if you have any other worries or concerns and I will hopefully be able to support you.  Children who are entitled to free meals should be receiving their Farmfoods voucher through the post in the next week too.  Keep up to date with what’s going on through our Twitter page or check on the website.

Please stay safe and follow government guidelines to minimise infection.

Take Care

Tina MacDonald and all the staff of Notre Dame Primary.

 

03/04/20

Dear Parent/Carer

 

I wanted to write to you to express my gratitude for your support over the last few weeks.  You are all clearly working hard to ensure that your children are engaging with the remote learning that is taking place.  It has been wonderful to see a variety of academic and creative posts through the Seesaw app.  These are not easy times and I appreciate that life will be difficult for many of you at the minute due to having to work from home yourself or finding yourself now out of work.  Please drop me an email any time if you think the school can support you in any way.  We are all in this together.

Tomorrow marks the end of the Spring term and the start of our two week holiday.  These two weeks will hopefully allow all of our staff and children the time to begin to come to terms with what is happening in our world.  Please take the time to rest, physically and mentally, and enjoy spending some quality time with your family.  Teachers will not be posting any work during this time.

I want to thank all of the staff in Notre Dame Primary for their hard work and dedication, ensuring your children are engaged in learning, that they feel safe and feel connected.  Many staff have volunteered to be in school to look after the children of our critical workers so a big thank you to the teachers, support staff, catering staff, cleaners and our Janitor for making this work in a safe environment.

As we enter Holy week, a very important time for us in Catholic schools, I ask that you take time to reflect on what Jesus did for us and consider how best we can help one another moving forward.  Please keep those suffering from illness and loss in your prayers during this very worrying time.

May you and your family be blessed as you celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the joy of Easter Sunday and the promise of eternal life.  Sending best wishes to you this Easter.

Take Care and Keep Safe

Mrs Tina MacDonald

 

03/04/20 Decorate an egg competition

Our winners are:

P1a - Leah Rechnio

P1b - Clara MacDonald

P2/1 - Indie Boyle

P2a - Rania Hussain

P2b - Finlay and Ellie Stothers

P3a - Amy Pender

P3b - Julia Sorel

P4/3 - Calum Reilly

P4 - Blai Campos Esteve

P4/5 - Scarlett Dougan

P5a - Rosie Ward

P5b - Nuala Clinton

P6a - Nicole Singh

P6b - Aizah Razul

P6c - Daisy Rea

P7a - Laia Campos Esteve

P7b - Alice Fitzpartick

Congratulations to all of our winners and a big well done to all who took part.  Keep safe and have a lovely Easter.  Lots of love from Mrs MacDonaldheart

04/05/2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope you and your family are all well and coping during these challenging times.  The Notre Dame staff are all well thankfully and are missing your children very much.  The Seesaw app is running well and the majority of families have been able to access this and are uploading work regularly.  As I continue to say – please do not feel under pressure to complete all the activities teachers set – it’s there if you want it.  This is not new learning and your children will not fall behind, it’s just important to try and retain and revise what they have already learned and to keep in regular contact with their teacher.  Your children need reassurance at this time and it is important that we do not overwhelm them.  If you have not yet been able to access Seesaw or you think your child would benefit from a pack of work then please contact me at Headteacher@notredame-pri.glasgow.sch.uk and we will do what we can to support you.  Remember to try and use this time to be creative or try something new with your children and have regular breaks in the day and try not to stress. We understand.

Currently our school remains closed and our teachers and support staff are on a rota at Kelvindale hub to help look after the children of key workers.  A member of management will be at Kelvindale every Monday and Thursday should you wish to call and speak to us – 0141 334 5005.  No question is a silly question.  Please get in contact if you need support in any way and we will do our best to help you.  If any of your personal information changes please also let us know so that we can keep records updated. 

It is difficult to say what the future holds for schools and what school will look like once we go back. We just need to be guided by Government guidelines.  As soon as I know anything I will be in touch.

Miss Gellan and Miss Garcia have currently been working on putting our school talent show together and that will be coming your way soon.  Thank you to those of you who were able to submit the videos.  You are all in for a treat.  A May assembly has been posted today which sets the theme for the month and certificates will be sent out at the end of the month.

There will be no online lessons on Friday 8th bank holiday, Monday 11th in-service, Friday 22nd and Monday 25th, also holidays.

Please all stay safe and keep well and as we pray to Our Lady this month, we ask that she supports us all through this time and that the world becomes a better place at the end.

God Bless

Tina MacDonald

 

Update 22.09.2020

click HERE for Recovery Plan