Newsletter 13.11.2020

13th November 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
 
For details of future events, please visit our website www.burroughgreen.cambs.sch.uk to view our calendar and our community noticeboard for local events and activities.
 
Children in Need
Thank you all for your generous donations this morning.  We will let you know how much was raised next week after the money has been quarantined and counted!
 
Reminder: 27th and 30th November
Don’t forget that BGPS is closed on Friday 27th and Monday 30th November.  We did not realise that there would be a global pandemic when we planned this long weekend, but we hope that you and your children can make the most of this short breathing space in what is otherwise a long and tiring Autumn Term!
 
Christmas Jumper Day / School Christmas lunch  
As we have done in the past, we will be supporting Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 11th December – if children wish to wear a Christmas Jumper they should bring a £1 donation. We will also have our school Christmas lunch on the same day. Please order your child’s Christmas lunch by the morning of Monday 7th December on the school grid app - https://app.schoolgrid.co.uk/
 
Reminder: Free School Meals
If your financial circumstances have been affected by the COVID 19 crisis your child could now be entitled to Free School Meals.
 
You may not be aware that there is a difference between Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Benefit Related Free School Meals (FSM).  All children in YR, 1 and 2 automatically receive UIFSM, but your child may also be eligible for Benefit-Related Free School Meals. If your child is in Y3, 4, 5 or 6 it is estimated that you could save around £450 per year in lunch costs.
 
There are also wider on-going benefits to your child throughout their primary school education if you register for Benefit-Related FSM.  When you receive FSM, you will also allow BGPS to receive a Pupil Premium Grant, which is extra money that we can use in a variety of ways to support children from families on lower incomes.  So, even if your child is currently in receipt of UIFSM (Reception, Year 1 or Year 2), we recommend that you apply for FSM if you are eligible. 
 
It is very quick and easy: just fill out the simple online application form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals   You will receive an instant response as to your eligibility status. If you are eligible for FSM the school will be informed within 3 days.
 
FSM Eligibility Criteria
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (unless you’re also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and earn no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit)
• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)
If you have any queries regarding this information, please call the Education Welfare Benefits team on 01223 703200 or email ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 
 
Amazon Wish List
We have added two new wish lists, one for SEND and another for playtime equipment. A big thank you to parents who have brought items from the wish lists, it is very much appreciated that you are supporting the school. You can find our wish lists here: 
 
PTA News 
 
PTA Meeting – our next meeting will be at 19.30 on Tuesday 17th November via Zoom. The agenda for the meeting is attached to this newsletter as is the Treasurer’s report. The details to join the meeting are below:
Meeting ID: 868 5688 8919
 
PTA News
Sponsored Wordathon - we hope that the children have enjoyed this event today and thank you for gathering sponsors! Please could any money for this be in by Friday 20th November
Bags2School - collection on Tuesday 17th November. Donations in black bags by 9am please. A gazebo will be in place outside the reading room for donations from Monday - Thank you
Online Auction of Promises - taking place from 8pm on Friday 20th November and closing on Sunday 6th December. We've had some wonderful pledges already - check them out at the link below!
There's still time to add a pledge yourself - do you have a skill or craft that you might be willing to offer? Let us know at bgptachair@gmail.com
 
Anna Hayesmore and the Burrough Green staff