January 15th Newsletter

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January 15th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Friday, 15 January 2016, 2:58 PM


As you may know, the government gives a grant each year to schools to enable them to provide free hot meals for our infant pupils.  The amount of money depends on the number of children who stay for a school dinner next Thursday, 21st January.  This is the Spring Census Day when the Department of Education collects data to determine funding for the following financial year.  I would like to maximize our school’s claim for infant meal funding by having all, or as many as possible, of our infant pupils having a hot dinner.  A separate letter for the Unicorns and Pixies is attached and includes a slip to sign and return if you are willing to support the school next week.


Lunch on Thursday, 21st Jan, will be chicken korma, rice and naan bread or a jacket potato with a choice of fillings (beans, cheese or tuna).  If any pupils in Key Stage 2, who are currently on packed lunches, would like to try a hot dinner, they cost £2.20 per day to be paid on Monday.



Inclement Weather

I am sure you will have noticed the drop in temperature last week.  Although no signs yet, there is always the possibility of snow.  If in extreme cases the school did need to close you would receive a text message as soon as a decision had been made.  This information would also be included on our school website, Twitter, both The Bay and Radio Cumbria radio stations and the Evening Mail website.  The decision to close school would never be taken lightly.  If enough staff are able to travel safely into school then we would open as usual.  However, if your own travel arrangements would pose a risk then we would understand your decision for your child not to attend.




On the whole Lindal and Marton Primary School has a very good attendance rate.  However, now that we have completed one full term and are two weeks into the Spring term already, it is time to review the attendance of individual pupils across the school.   Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life.  If your child’s level of absence is of serious concern you will receive a letter advising you about improving attendance.  We understand that absence is often a result of illness which cannot be helped.  Even where this is the case, a letter will still be sent home to persistent absentees because all absence, whether authorised or not is an issue.  We have a duty to ensure that parents understand the impact that poor attendance has on pupil progress, friendships and social interaction.











Dojo (merit)


Alexander Smith

Levi Constantini

Molly Satterthwaite


Yasmin Boyde

Henry Ellis

Esmee Pybis


Joshua Walker

Imogen Hill

Abigail Darby


Dillon Wilson

Lucy Doyle

Jamie Mortlock Jackson



Diary Dates




Year 5   working with the School Nurse


Phonics   meeting for Year 1 parents, 5pm (details to follow)


Bat and Balls   skills at Dowdales for Year 2, 3:45pm (optional)


Key Steps 1   (Yr 1&2) competition, Dowdales, 9:30-11am


Key Steps   2&3 (Yr 3-6) competition, Dowdales, 1:15-3:30pm


Break up for   Half Term


Back to   school


Yr 5/6 trip   to Forum 28 (Savoyards performance), 7pm


Young Voices   (Choir only)


KS1 trip to   Forum 28, The Gruffalo’s Child, 10:30am


Year 3/4   Residential to Waterpark


Yr 5/6 at   Forum 28 for UDance