29 July, 2021
Wherever you may have found yourself over the summer break I hope that you have managed to find some time to relax, have spent time with your families and that you are ready for your child’s return to school next week on Tuesday (August 03, 2020) at 8am (or 9am for Nursery).
Our world continues to be an interesting place to be right now and has required, and will continue to require us to be adaptable and flexible as we navigate this new academic year.
At JVLR, for this academic year, we welcome 10 new teachers and 6 new assistant teachers. We have a total of 434 Primary students. We have a total of 76 Early Years students joining us this year and we have a total of 58 new Primary students joining us this year.
Over the last few days the full faculty and staff have joined for an orientation and professional learning programme.
On Friday 30th July, all parents will receive letters, via email, from your child’s teacher for this coming year.
The letter from the teacher will include a welcome from your child’s teacher for this year, and a tutorial from our IT team on how to use the platforms Managebac and Seesaw.
If you are a new parent to the school, you will have received an invitation from the Head of School to join him for a short orientation meeting on Monday 2nd August, 2021. This will also be an opportunity for new parents only to meet their new teachers.
Links to Meetings
On Tuesday 3rd August, we would like to invite all families (with their child) for a brief, informal meeting as a class, with your child’s teacher at 8am. For Nursery, the welcome time slot will be 9am. Your child’s teacher will let you know more information about this in their upcoming communications and how to connect to the first class call.
The first couple of weeks back to school are a settling-in time, and this year throws up similar issues to last year as we begin this academic year in an online learning environment. Please know that we understand some children are anxious at the beginning of the year, that some children don’t like change, that some will have forgotten what they have to do and that some will find it hard to concentrate after having spent the last weeks on holiday and out of their school routine! The first few weeks of school will focus on Social and Emotional well-being, getting to know our students and building relationships with families.
Pastoral care is a shared parent and school commitment; teachers will be scheduling Virtual Care Calls (VCCs) during the first two weeks of school and this will be an opportunity for teachers to meet individually with parents. A sign-up sheet for the VCC’s will be shared with you on Tuesday 3rd August.
I look forward to getting to know the new students and welcoming back our new families.
Please do reach out if you have any questions or concerns,
Head of Primary @ JVLR