Issue 30 Brighstone Buzz – 29th May 2020

Karen News, The Buzz

Dear parents/carers,
I hope that you are all having a wonderful half term in this glorious sunshine! You will be forgiven for wondering why you have
received the Buzz this week with it being half term, but we thought it important to send it out today with the plethora of
information that has come out recently, as well as all the changes that are taking place.
We have had some key worker children in during this week and they have been getting up to all sorts of fun! Today they have
been pirates, ahoy me hearties! They have made pirate hats and treasure maps, and have been singing jolly sea shanties.
On Sunday 31st May it is the Christian festival of Pentecost. Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the
disciples of Jesus after his ascension from earth to heaven on Ascension Day. It always falls on the seventh Sunday after
Easter. Pentecost means “fiftieth day”, as it is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, the 50th day of the Easter season. We would
normally take part in Pentecost activities as a school, so we thought that you might like to carry out some of the activities
yourselves at home. Please see the attachments for some fun activities to do.

COVID-19
Following the Prime Minister’s confirmation in yesterday’s briefing, on Monday 1st June we will open our doors to more year
groups. You have received letters about our plans and procedures, which are also available on our school website, alongside
further advice and guidance from the DfE. The staff have been working hard to ensure the classrooms meet this guidance for
social distancing and hygiene measures, while also making sure that the learning environments still remain inviting, colourful
and child-friendly.

Please be reminded of the following:
 There will be a one-way system in place for mornings and afternoons, and the back gate will be open between 8.15am –
8.30am for you to arrive with your child. Both gates will be closed at 8.30am, and will reopen at 2.40pm for collection
at home time.
 We would ask you to follow government advice to Stay Alert and maintain social distancing while you are waiting for
the gates to open.
 For those children who are in the ‘bubble’ for key worker children or vulnerable children, please use the library door.
This will avoid congestion around the Y3/4 classroom door by the gate.
 The office foyer remains closed to parents due to the fact that social distancing is difficult to achieve in the small space.
However, you can ring the office on 740285, text or email with any enquiries.
 Your children will be very keen to see each other again, but we ask that they remain with you when lining up, rather
than going to play with them. However, instead of physically hugging, they can give each other ‘marshmallow hugs’ (a
bit like the ‘marshmallow claps’ that we do in school) – hugging from a distance!
If you feel like you may change your mind about bringing your child back to school, please be aware that we will need a week’s
notice to enable preparations to be made, and to ensure that we have enough staff. In the case where bubbles reach full capacity, there will be a waiting list in place until such time when we may be able to create a new bubble, if staffing levels allow.

If you would like further information or if you have any questions, you can refer to the letters and links on the school website,
or contact the school.
We thank you for your understanding in these matters, and we hope you enjoy the rest of the half term!
Best wishes,
Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone Team

29th May

Pentecost Creative tasks

Picture Challenge – Pentecost