Information for Parents: 2.7.20

 

Thank you to all our wonderful families who have supported us so well as their children have come back to school, we very much appreciate it.

Another big thank you to everyone who is continuing to support their children at home with their home learning, you are doing a fabulous job and it has been really lovely to hear about your experiences.  If you have missed your phone call from school and would like us to try again, please email the school with a couple of suitable times.

End of Term Farewells

Please see timetable here for an indication of when your child will be invited to return to school for a catch up on Monday 20th July. This will include any Year 6 children who have not returned to school so far, who are invited at 2.30pm to say farewell.  We understand that not everyone will want to return, but we want you all to have the option. You will receive an email nearer the time, indicating which group your child will be in.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. Each year the Challenge is delivered with the support of public libraries and motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. This year the challenge has been launched as a digital activity to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers with children already at home.

The Challenge will run from June to September, launching with a week of activity from Monday 1 June and culminating in an official launch day of curated events on Friday 5 June 2020. The digital Challenge will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in treading related activities at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms

This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all different kinds of funny books!  Children can join the challenge on the Reading Agency website at: Summer Reading Challenge

Come on Myatt – we need you to contribute your ideas!

Don’t forget we’re looking for your ideas to help us:

  • Send us an interesting question (and don’t forget the answer) that we can add to compile a Myatt Garden family quiz;
  • Email us your contribution to the next Myatt Magazine. We’d love to have your book reviews, short stories, poems, art work, photos of your gardening, models, hobbies, etc. You could send us a favourite family recipe, a hilarious diary entry, jokes, riddles, a crossword, word search, recommendations for days out or an account of something you’ve achieved whilst we’ve been away from school. We’d love to include your work!

Support for families facing hardship

Lewisham Food Bank

Lewisham Food Bank support is available for any families that are facing financial crisis such that they can’t afford essentials like food. The crisis could be caused by increasing costs of having children at home, loss of income, reduced income, benefits delays and so on. They primarily provide short-term support and try to make sure that people are linked with agencies that can support them out of crisis. The Covid crisis has been particularly tough on families and they understand that the drain on resources increases as time goes on.

As the holiday approach and school will not be open, it is important that families are able to get food bank referrals during this time. There is now a new national food bank referral line run by Citizens Advice in partnership with Trussell Trust. As well as making food bank referrals, the staff on the line will also be able to discuss the caller’s financial situation and signpost to any agencies that could help with issues such as benefits and managing debt. The number is: 0808 208 2138

Lewisham Hardship Fund

Families who are struggling to afford food and fuel because of the Covid crisis, may also be able to apply for a new Lewisham Council Covid Hardship Fund. More information is available at: Lewisham Hardship Fund – Covid 19

 

 

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