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Half term catch up from Yewtree

Dear Parents and Carers,


I do hope you have all had a lovely half term despite the rather inclement weather. I managed to get out and about today with my twins. We went to Ashridge House and did the pumpkin trail which I have to say was rather pleasant. Even better that George fell asleep for the journey home only to wake when we went to get some Halloween gingerbread biscuits. 


Halloween is very different for us all this year and tomorrow we are going to wander around the area spotting rainbow pumpkins; for everyone we spot they get some sweeties in their bucket - I'm just hoping the weather holds!


You may have seen on Hemel Community Facebook page that tomorrow there is a Halloween motorbike parade driving around Hemel Hempstead starting at Maylands and touring the area. I am also hoping that many of you have taken advantage of the many eateries in Hemel Hempstead offering free lunches for those families who are entitled to free school meals. It is lovely to see the community pulling together during these difficult times.


I just wanted to remind you that school recommences on Monday 2nd November with the gate opening at 8.30am. Sherpa run a breakfast and after school club should you require wrap around care. Bookings are made direct with them.


I hope that you all managed to attend your virtual parent consultation. If you did not manage to attend and would like to have a chat with your child's class teacher please email them directly. The email address is on your parent booklet which was distributed just before half term.


At Yewtree,  we are all aware of the importance of regular attendance as that enables children to access the teaching sequence and make great progress. The whole school attendance statistic for the week before half term was 94.9%. An improvement on the previous week however still below the 96% attendance that the Government expects. It would be great to start the first week of the second half of term by smashing that statistic!


Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday


Have a lovely weekend


Tracy Prickett


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