30th April 2020 – Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers and children,

We hope this letter finds you all safe and well.  Whilst these uncertain and challenging times continue, we hope that the forecasted improvements in weather over the coming days will lift spirits.

It has been wonderful to see all of the wonderful work and home learning that has been shared via email, WEDUC and Twitter.  Your commitment to your learning has been exceptional and we thank parents for continuing to work so hard for their children’s future.

The teachers continue to upload work to the home learning page on our website weekly, so please do make sure you are checking this regularly for new challenges, tasks and learning activities.  Remember also that if you have any questions about your learning, you can contact your teachers through emailing them using their year group addresses below:

[email protected][email protected]
[email protected]abbey-tmet.uk[email protected]
[email protected][email protected]
[email protected][email protected]

The school office remains open daily so parents can also call between 9 and 3 if they have any general questions or would like to discuss their child’s learning on 0116 266 1809

Please remember that the school community is here for you!  Our staff are missing seeing the children daily; the laughter they bring and curiosity to brighten the darkest of days.  This is a particularly strange time for our Year 6 children.  Your teachers have been busy chatting with your secondary schools and planning how they can help with your transition. Please do not worry about this, we will make sure we tell them how great you all are.

For our youngest children starting in Reception or Nursery, we have lots planned to help with settling your children into school, albeit in a slightly different way to how we normally do.  You and your children will have opportunities to get to know your teachers online before September.  We will also be creating and uploading a virtual tour of our EYFS setting over the next couple of weeks for our new children. We will again share these through WEDUC, Twitter and our website.

Free School Meals

As you will be aware, the school have been working closely with government agencies to issue supermarket vouchers to the families of pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals.  We are aware that the system the government have invested in has led to lots of frustration for parents and school staff alike! Unfortunately, the website that schools have to use is very slow and has struggled to keep up with the National demand.  Despite this, we are doing our very best to issue these vouchers with Mrs Holland working in the early hours of the morning when there is less demand on the system.  We are now pleased to confirm that over 80% of parents who are eligible for vouchers have now been able to redeem these.  If you are still having difficulty accessing your vouchers or have not received your email, please contact the school office so we can sort this out one way or another.

If during this difficult time, your income or employment status has changed, and you think you may be entitled to supermarket vouchers for your children, then please apply online.  You can use the link below to go to the Leicester City Council website to apply:

https://www.leicester.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/grants-and-allowances/free-school-meals/

If you are struggling for food, or you know a family that is, there are organisation in Leicester that can help.  Please let us know if you need help with this and we will do our best to put you in touch with the correct organisations and charities.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] yourselves with concerns about a shortage of food and they will coordinate support in the local area to arrange a food parcel.

These are difficult and tough times for us all, in many different ways, so let’s help each other in any way that we can.

Please stay safe and well; and do let us know if we can do anything to help.

Best wishes,

 

Gary Aldred                                                 

Principal                                                       

Abbey Mead Primary Academy    

1st May 2020
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