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Five Elms Primary School Newsletter January 2020


Whilst we will try to recover lost property, the school cannot be held responsible for any missing articles. All losses should be reported to your child’s teacher and any property found should be handed into the school office or handed to your child’s class teacher. To ensure that your child has any lost items returned to them, please make sure all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name and class.

Reminder:  Rookesbury Park Activity Centre

For those parents of Year 6  children who will be attending the Rookesbury Park residential trip from 3rd to 5th June 2020, may we remind you that the balance for the cost of the trip needs to be paid in full by FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2020.  Please ignore this reminder if you have already paid in full. 




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 Safer Internet Day 2020, will be taking place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, when - once again - we'll join forces across the globe to work "Together for a better internet"


The campaign will focus on what makes up your online identity – such as the facts or characteristics about you, how others perceive and interact with you, as well as how online services identify you. It will also look at how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.

We will look at whether the internet allows young people to express themselves, or if they feel limited in who they can be online. By opening up conversations around online identity, we aim to inspire young people to support each other in being who they want to be.  What Five Elms will be doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet": "Free to be me: exploring identity online". 

We will mark Safer Internet Day (SID) by educating children in the school about how to get "Together for a better internet" and explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.   There will be special assemblies, lesson and drama activities which will explore identify online.   Year 5 and 6 Drama groups will be presenting their drama to children and parents. More information about the drama performances for parents will be released closer to the time. For more information about Safer internet day you can visit:  https://www.saferinternetday.org/web/sid/home

 Dagenham Food bank has been operating for over 6 years, helping to meet the needs of those in the local community who don't have enough resources for basic essentials, even food.  They work closely with local care professionals to identify those in need, and are able to provide short term relief and support as well as signposting people to organisations able to help solve the longer term problem.  If you have a crisis and need confidential help or access to Foodbank vouchers, please speak to Mrs Reid in the office.


Have you downloaded the SchoolPing App!  School Ping is an app which has helped to improve communication between schools and parents/carers.   School stats show that 50% of parents at Five Elms are already using the School Ping App.  The advantage of using the app is how easy it will be to book your preferred parents evening appointment slots. You can book it immediately and directly, no delays and it’s paperless! In order to facilitate this service, the majority of our parents/carers must have access to the school Ping App.  At the moment we are somewhat limited to the apps’ use due to its low take up by parents.  School Ping is a free App, downloadable from the App store or Google Play.  If you do not have access to a smartphone, you can also receive messages via email or by logging in to your account on the web.  If you'd like more information, please visit the school website.


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