There is a weekly Newsletter that goes home on Fridays. There are extra copies available from the office along with other information about school and local activities.
There is a Breakfast Club from 8.00am – 8.40am each day. The cost of breakfast club is £2. This is part of our new arrangements for care before and after school. Parents need to complete a slip if they want their child to come to Breakfast Club.
Sending Money in to School
Any money coming in to school must be in a labelled envelope. There is a box in each classroom for the children to put money in. Cheques should be made out to ‘Lionwood Junior School’. School dinner money should not be in the same cheque as other payments as we have to bank it separately.
Every child has a named cup or bottle which means they can have water at any time in the school day.
FAB (Fruit at Break)
Fruit is available for every child at break time and is free for all children. Children may bring fruit or vegetables from home for breaktime if they choose.
Children do not need to bring a pencil case and stationery in to school. The school will provide them with all the equipment they need. If they do bring them, they are responsible for them at all times. They may be asked to leave them in their tray or their bag at certain times of the day.
Toys and Games
Children are not allowed to bring toys and games to school. They are very distracting and can cause upset when they are lost or broken. This includes trading cards and sports equipment, such as footballs. Equipment is provided for playtime and wet plays.
Children may bring a packed lunch from home or may order a school dinner. These cost £1.95 per day or £9.75 per week. There is a choice of a standard dinner or a vegetarian option. During the warmer months, children may also choose a school packed lunch. Dinner money should be paid on Monday for the week or on the day the dinner is ordered. All outstanding money needs to be settled on Fridays when our books have to be balanced. If there are any outstanding payments, children will not be able to have a school dinner until the amount is cleared.
Arriving Late and Leaving Early
If a child arrives late for school, they must go to the office and sign in, letting the secretary know what they are having for lunch. Lunches can only be booked up until 11am. If a child needs to leave school before 3.20pm, they must be collected from school by an adult who needs to sign them out at the office.
Absence from school
It is very important that children attend school regularly and are on time. There is a clear pattern between under achievement and absence from school. If a child is ill, please let the school know that they will not be in school on the first morning they are away. This can be done by an adult in person, by phone, by e mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through another adult. If a child is sick, they should not come to school for 24 hours. If we do not get a message when a child is away, the secretary will phone to find out why the child is not in school. If a child needs time off from school for a medical appointment, please let the school know in advance.
From September 2013, the law has changed and does not allow for authorised time off school for any other reasons than illness or extreme circumstances. Schools cannot authorise absence for routine family holidays or any other avoidable reason for being off school. There is a new form to fill in if you think the absence is for exceptional circumstances.
It is vital that the school has up to date contact numbers for parents. There should also be at least one additional number listed at school in case of emergencies. If any contact details change, please let the school know immediately. If the care arrangements for a child change, eg if their parents are away on holiday, please let the school know who to make contact with.
Medicines in School
If a child needs on-going prescription medication (eg an inhaler), their parent or carer needs to complete a form from the office for the staff to decide where best to keep the medication and who will administer it. Inhalers are kept in the child’s classroom. If a child brings in cough sweets or suntan lotion, they should hand these in to be looked after and given to them when needed. This makes sure they are not taken or used by the wrong person.
If a child is well enough to return to school but needs medication for a short amount of time, parents may come in to school to administer the medication at the right times or they may complete a form allowing staff to administer the medicine.
Parents are asked to sign a form every year giving permission for children to go on trips in the local area. This stops us having to send out separate slips for each trip out of school.