Dear Parents and Carers,
The winter months, with cold, wet weather and short days can be tough on all of us, and this year is certainly no exception. This year in particular we need to make sure we are being kind to ourselves and kind to each other. Not one of us wanted to be where we are now in this lockdown and I can assure you, whenever we can, we will be ready to welcome your wonderful children back into school.
In order to be kind to yourself next week why not try:
Leaving time in the day for something that makes you happy or satisfied.
Find or create a quiet space for a short time- turn off the TV / radio.
Keep things simple – focus on the experience rather than the end product
Let go of the need for things to be perfect
Allow yourself to recognise when things are not going well and be compassionate towards yourself. This is a global pandemic and there is no normal.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
We are aware that there are a number of families who are struggling financially during lockdown who do not meet the legal criteria to be eligible for Free School Meals. If you would like your family to receive a food parcel from our school meal provider (or would like to be put in touch with the local covid support organisation) please contact your school office in confidence.
Deliveries are already taking place and we are here to help.
If you would like to make a donation to the local support organisation you can do it here or contact Louise Chamberlain on 07956 190291.
It's always good to make sure your children are safe online and never too early to start. Here are some Simple 15 minute activities families can do to support children's online safety at home. Packs are available for ages 4 to 14+. Parents can also watch the video guides on different online safety topics.
Bucks MIND are again producing resources to support families with their wellbeing. Their weekly newsletters for parents and children are attached with this newsletter - here and here. The themes this week are resilience and courage.
A reminder that Oxford Health have a 24/7 mental health helpline, available to everyone in Buckinghamshire.
Adults: 01865 904997
Children and young people: 01865 904998
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Over the next few weeks I will be joining some of the morning registrations so I can keep in touch with the children. I am looking forward to seeing the children and hearing how they are getting along.
You are all doing an amazing job and if you need support or guidance please reach out to us so we can work out what we can do to help each other.