Dear parents, carers and children,
I hope everyone had a restful half term break, despite the restrictions and the weather. Everyone has been working so hard over the past
few weeks that a chance to pause and recharge was well-needed and well-deserved. One of the best parts of my job is standing at the gate
welcoming all the children every morning with their bright, cheerful smiles. Now that we have had confirmation of schools reopening to all
children from 8th March, I am looking forward to seeing everyone back with their sunny smiles and enthusiasm—I know that the children
are eager to see all their friends and teachers in person again. I hope that you all had the opportunity to read the letter/email that was sent
out on Monday 22nd about the reopening of schools. As stated in that correspondence, further information will follow next week, regarding
logistics and practical arrangements.
Over the past few weeks, people have shown resilience, flexibility, perseverance, courage and a range of other values and
learning behaviours when tackling the many changes that have taken place. There will be a big focus on these when all
children return, along with the learning behaviours of collaboration and independence. To help your children get used to the
change of being back in school again, it might be beneficial to restart some of the routines again; for example, getting them
up at the usual time for a school day. You may also want to see if their uniform still fits! We have new and second-hand uniform available to purchase if needed.
This year, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 12th March (rather than the national date of Thursday 4th March). This is so we can celebrate it together when all the children are back. We have chosen the theme ‘Everyday Heroes’ because everyone is a hero in their own unique way, and this has been especially so over the past year of the pandemic. In return for a donation,
children are invited to come dressed up as an everyday hero from a book; this might be a character who has shown bravery and courage, resilience, overcome a hurdle, and so on. It might be from a book about people who help us. It might be a story about mums or dads. It might be a book about a real person or a fictional character. It might be an historical person or a living person. The choice is yours! Throughout the day, the children will be taking part in a range of activities about these books, including thinking about what qualities and actions make these people a hero. Children are also invited to bring in some of their books that they would like to swap. Please bring these
in before Wednesday 10th to allow time to quarantine them before Friday 12th. See the flyer in this Buzz for more information.
What’s your secret superpower? On Friday 19th March we will be celebrating Red Nose Day. The theme for this day is
Superpowers! In return for a donation, children are invited to come dressed up as a superhero; this could be a well-known
superhero or one they have made up. Bring out your inner ‘Helps-Everyone Girl’ or ‘Resilience Boy’, ‘Mr Amazing’ or ‘Super
Giggles Girl’. (You could even wear the same costume for both of these days…) Throughout the day, the children will be
taking part in a range of activities around superpowers (class, bubble, or individual), such as the values of collaboration,
courage, resilience and kindness, or practical superpowers such as epic dance moves or brilliant balancing!
The sun is shining and the forecast is looking bright for the weekend, so I hope you get the chance to get out and about in your local area.
With very best wishes,
Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone team