Dear Parents and Carers,
Good afternoon and what a lovely sunny day it is!
Apologies for not communicating to you over the weekend, I had to invest some 'parent hours' this weekend and I have to say my French (which I haven't studied since I was 14) is improving and I now know all about the colonisation of Canada. Because I like to keep myself busy, I have enrolled in the Executive Leadership Programme which has meant that I have had to do some study.
Welcome to week 7, this is our final week before we break for half term next week. Last Friday you should have received your child's report. If you haven't received it please check their bag and then give us a call. Included within the envelope is the Registration Certificate. This informs you of your child's attendance statistic. At the end of this half term, I will be monitoring attendance and team members will be writing to parents where attendance is below 93%. The Government expects a 96% attendance statistic and we are all aware the impact a lack of attendance has on our children making good progress and achieving age related outcomes. Our whole school attendance for last week was 94.5% which was a dip on the previous week. I appreciate we are working in different times and we are all protective of our school community however if your child is well enough to be at school it is important they are here.
This week at Yewtree is parent consultation week. I know many of you have signed up for a MSTeams consultation slot. This does mean that you are not required to attend school site for the meeting this year. If you have not booked your slot please contact the office who will be able to support you with the process. The school report will be the starting point for the conversation and this is a great opportunity to find out how they have settled back into 'Yewtree life' and if your child needs catching up due to the school closure what can be done as a collaborative approach.
This week we continue our pupil outcome meetings. This is where I or a member of my SLT, meets with the class teacher and we discuss every single child in the class. We look at their current attainment, progress and what that child needs to move them forward. It is lovely as this is an opportunity for me to really get to know your children. After half term I plan to get into classes and watch the children in action!
It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of this half term; as they say time flies when you are having fun!
As always, if you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions just drop me an email or speak to me when I am 'out and about' on the playground.