Rook’s Nest Academy Newsletter – #45 20th November 2020

Rook’s Nest Academy Newsletter


Issue 45 – 11th November 2020

Dear Parent/Carers,


Thank you!

We have had some fantastic fundraising events this half term raising £445 for Children in Need and £205 for our Spend a Penny Project. Our next “Toilet” collection will be on Friday 4th December.






We are also having a raffle to raise funds:

The Luxury Pamper Hamper has items from Body Shop worth over £50. To have a chance of winning, parents can purchase tickets for £1 by sending their money in with the children on Friday 27th November. We will put the child’s name on the tickets and draw the raffle the same day. This will avoid us sending tickets or anything home. The staff have also been contributing Christmas goodies so we can have a food hamper raffle later in the term.

Thank you for your continuing support.


Dates for the diary.

Luxury Pamper Hamper Raffle Friday 27th November

Nursery, Reception and Y1 children will get the opportunity to experience balance bikes on the 1st and 2nd December, in school time.

“Spend a Penny Project” Friday 4th December.

Christmas Dinner Day Wednesday 9th December. All children, whether they are having dinner or not, can come in their festive clothes as we will use this day as our Christmas fun day.

Wear your Christmas Jumper on Friday 18th December. A donation to the “Spend a Penny Project” is optional.

Break up for Christmas Friday 18th December. Let’s hope we can make it a festive fortnight and return to school on Monday 4th January (all being well!!)


Catch up on pupil progress.

We can’t hold the usual parents’ evenings this year so we are doing something slightly different. All parents will receive a short note telling them how their child is getting on in their new class. If afterwards parents still have specific questions they would like to ask their child’s teacher a 5min zoom appointment can be made for either Monday 7th December on Monday 14th December. Parents will need to contact the Academy, through the Headteacher email, with the teacher they would like to meet with, the questions requiring answers and a rough time indication for the meeting (between 3.30 and 6.00). The relevant member of staff will then contact the parents with the invitation to join.

We hope parents appreciate this as an alternative to our usual way of working.


Christmas Cards

Due to the current situation we have decided that we would be introducing unnecessary risk by allowing children to bring in Christmas cards this year.

We therefore ask that children do not bring in Christmas cards but instead bring in a donation which can be sent to a food bank to support families experiencing financial difficulty and the homeless over Christmas (tins etc.). We are going to show the KS2 children how to send electronic Christmas cards to friends so the children will not miss out completely.


Relationship Curriculum

We are looking at using a PHSE programme to deliver the required RSE Curriculum (Sept 2021). I would be interested in some parents looking at the materials in a sort of working group with me. Governors have already been sent the materials to give their consent to the content but it would be nice to have parental input as well. If you are interested then please contact me at the Academy.


Wrap up for Winter

We are required to keep the school well ventilated due to the pandemic. This does mean with the change in temperature it can be a little cold. We are happy for children to have layers under their uniform and should absolutely be wearing their winter coats etc. for the playgrounds.



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