December 4th 2020 Rhagfyr 4ydd

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

PTA Activities – Many Christmassy PTA Activities have been planned, with details below. There will also be a quiz for the pupils in the last week as well as a special tombola in each class. Huge thanks to Lucy Purvis and her team for their work in helping bring Christmas to life in these strange times.

PTA ‘Toilet Roll’ Competition – Please see the image attached to the email, regarding details of a PTA competition challenging our pupils to design a Christmas decoration. One winner will be decided per class. Please tweet entries to @rhosstreet or email the PTA on rhosstreetpta@gmail.com.

PTA Raffle – If you have any unsold tickets, please return them to the office, so they an be passed on. If you require any more, then please let us know.

PTA Photos – PTA ‘Lockdown Class of 2020’ photos. £5 for an 8×10 print. Order by December 14th to receive before Xmas. Please send money in an envelope, indicating which class you require and how many copies. Thank you to the PTA for sorting and to Emma Phipps for the fabulous photography.

PTA Festive Hunt – A Festive Hunt has been organised for all in the local community. The theme is ‘12 days of Christmas’ and 12 images will be hidden within 12 of Ruthin’s shop window displays. The forms will be available at the Candy Shack or for Rhos Street pupils to request from their teacher. £1 per form. The activity will run from this weekend and all entries are to be handed in by 8th Jan to either the Candy Shack or school, after which a winner will be announced. All correct entries, who have the right shop names against each of the 12 days of Christmas, will be entered into a prize draw. Thanks to Sam Matischok for organising. Good luck and enjoy!

Christmas Jumpers – We are holding a Christmas Jumper Day next Friday, so I expect to see all manner of knitwear! If anybody wishes to make a donation on the day, then we will pass them on to Save the Children. There will also be some Elf Based activities, including finding out everybody’s Elf name, as well as the chance to colour in elf hat designs.

Congratulations Mrs Lewis – Congratulations to Mrs Lewis and family on the arrival of a baby boy. Tom Wyn Lewis was born on November 6th. It’s lovely to have some good news to share with you all! I hope Tom enjoys his first Christmas!!

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week are Oskar, Mollie, Lukas, ArloJ, CharlieG, CharlieR, Eliza, Leila, Isla, Katelyn, Leala, Oscar, Aidan, Emi-Lee, Megan, Leo and Rebecca. Well doe to them all.

Year 3 and 4 Isolation Squad – It has been very strange here in school this week. We’ve been missing Years 3 and 4 like mad! The school is not the same without them and we can’t wait to have them back. Aidan and Emi have already been mentioned for their efforts above, but Mrs Hughes and Miss Price also want to give a mention to Tommy, Willow, DanielR, Jade, Sofia, MiaK, IsabellaW, EmilyD, Fletcher, Alys and DanielB for their efforts at home too. I hope everybody isolating has worked hard! See you soon!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

November 27th 2020 Tachwedd 27ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Face Coverings – As I informed you earlier this week, the change in Welsh Government guidance states that parents should wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up their children. May I thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Home Learning – Attached to the email is an image that specifies how you are able to use an XBox or a Playstation to access home learning resources. If you were to purchase an accompanying keyboard that is compatible, while using the controller as a mouse, then your child has a valuable alternative to playing Fortnight!

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week are Aliza, Drago, Harry, Leila, Isaac, Alexander, Lola, Eliza, Charly, Max, Jade, CharlieE, Shreya, Jay, Ruby and Chloe. Well done to them all.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

November 20th 2020 Tachwedd 20fed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Anti-Bullying Week – There have been some lovely, worthwhile activities taking place this week as the school supported Anti-Bullying Week. Odd socks were de rigeur on Monday, while various discussions have been taking place in classes throughout the week. This morning, our online assembly drew all the themes together, making the whole initiative a very positive one with a strong message.

Children in Need – A huge thank you to the school community for its fantastic support of our Children in Need activities once again this year. A total of £570 was raised.

Snack – From Monday, we will revert to buying, preparing and sharing snack ourselves for the pupils across the school. Food will of course be prepared safely. We will return to the old system of requesting a £1 contribution per week.

Training Day – The additional training day carried over from the beginning of the Autumn Term has now been allocated. It will now take place on January 5th. The updated date list is attached to the email.

Punctuality – I would be grateful if everybody could ensure that all pupils are inside the building by 9am. There has been an increase in late arrivals over the last couple of weeks and your cooperation would be appreciated.

Christmas – Plans for Xmas are afoot. Each class will perform and record a short item which will be shared. The PTA also have some lovely ideas for Christmas activities. Despite the circumstances of 2020, we want to try and have a special Rhos Street Christmas!

PTA Chocolate – Huge thanks for your chocolate donations. Your support is appreciated so much!

Students of the Week – Students of the Week were Emily, Evan, Ayla, Isla, Jacob, Hannah, Ruben, Amelia, Mia-Rose, Merry, Cadie, Finley, Cayden and Leo. Alys also received a Welsh Award. Well done to them all.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

November 13th 2020 Tachwedd 13eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Children in Need – We’ve had a great day here in school, all in the name of Children in Need. Spots, stripes, pyjamas and all manner of outfits were seen today. Some lovely activities also took place and the children have had lots of fun. Thank you for your donations. The total will be shared when it’s all counted.

PTA – Despite all the Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, the PTA are busy in the background thinking of fundraising ideas and activities for the children. Next Friday will be a PTA own clothes day and if anybody is able to send in chocolate as a donation for PTA prizes then we’d be very grateful. The PTA are also organising a Xmas raffle and if you have any prizes that you are able to donate, then once again it would be appreciated. Please see Lucy Purvis, Julie Brixey, Jenny Johnson or pop into the office if you are able to help. When we finally have our new yard built, we will of course be investing in some outdoor resources and the PTA money raised will go towards those purchases.

Craft Fair – A Covid-19 safe Craft Fair is taking place outdoors at Ruthin Gaol on Sunday 15th November 10am-4pm. A great opportunity to support small local businesses, as well as a chance to get out with the family following the recent lockdown.

Anti-Bullying Week – Next week, there will be activities taking place in class and on Monday, everybody is invited to come into school wearing odd socks to celebrate how it’s good to different.

Lost Property – We have an accumulation of items in school which we would normally lay out on a table at the front of the school for people to claim. Covid-19 restrictions now make this impossible, I’m afraid. If you are looking for a particular item of clothing that has been mislaid, please pop into the office to claim it. At the end of term we will donate all remaining items to charity.

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week were Sam, Louie, Neve, ArloJ, Piper, Penny, Charlea, Joe, Ryan, Scarlet, Poppy, Leo, Tyler, Jolie, Elliott and Xavier. Noah was also awarded a Welsh certificate. Wewll done to them all.

Children in Need Colouring Competition – Well done to Freya, Louie, Rayne, Claire, Leon, Charlotte, Stacey and Lexie who were selected as winners in the colouring competition.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

November 6th 2020 Tachwedd 6ed

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

With the US Election, Bonfire Night, plus Wales coming out of lockdown as England enters theirs, it’s been a very apt time to hold ‘Have Your Say’ week as we consider the implications our votes have on the people that govern us. Activities and discussions have taken place in class and my online assembly focused on Wales, Britain and America’s systems of allowing its people to have a say, make a difference and engage with current affairs. Personally, it’s astounded me that my youngest son, who usually talks of nothing but football, Tik Tok, Fortnight and YouTube came to me last night and asked if all the postal votes in Pennsylvania had been counted yet, so there is certainly interest! We live in historic times and I hope the pupils appreciate that fact and will look back, remember and tell their own children about it in years to come.

Gydag Etholiad yr Unol Daleithiau, Noson Tân Gwyllt, a Chymru yn dod allan o ‘lockdown’ wrth i Loegr gychwyn un eu hun, mae hi wedi bod yn amser addas iawn i gynnal wythnos ‘Have Your Say.’ Mae gweithgareddau a thrafodaethau wedi digwydd yn y dosbarth ac roedd fy ngwasanaeth ar-lein yn canolbwyntio ar systemau Cymru, Prydain ac America o ganiatáu i’w phobl ddweud eu dweud. Yn bersonol, mae wedi fy synnu bod fy mab fy hun sydd fel arfer yn siarad pêl-droed, Tik Tok, Fortnight a YouTube wedi dod ataf neithiwr os gofyn a oedd yr holl bleidleisiau post yn Pennsylvania wedi’u cyfrif eto! Rydym yn byw mewn cyfnod hanesyddol a gobeithio bod y disgyblion yn gwerthfawrogi’r ffaith honno ac y byddant yn edrych yn ôl, yn cofio ac yn dweud wrth eu plant eu hunain amdani.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth

Nursery Registrations for Reception Class – Some Parents of Nursery pupils still need to register their child for next September’s Reception Class. Please complete your applications if you are yet to do so.

Ventilation – As part of our measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 in school, we are required to keep windows and external doors open to increase ventilation. This, as the weather gets colder, impacts on the temperature of the building, so I would recommend an additional layer on the pupils in order for them to stay warm while we try to keep everybody safe. We will endeavour to strike a sensible balance between temperature and ventilation.

Children in Need – A Covid-safe Children in Need day will be held next Friday. Please see the poster attached to the email for details.

Remembrance – Next week is Remembrance Week. The poppies and other items will be available in exchange for a donation to The British Legion. There will be class activities as well as two minutes’ silence held at 11am on Wednesday.

Harvest Donations – Thanks again for your Harvest food donations. They were handed over to Ruthin Food Bank this week and their representatives were very grateful.

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week were, Theo, Oliver, Daisy, Chima, Eva, Charlea, Lucas, Maisie, Alex, Henry, Romeo, Seren, Jay, IsabellaT, IsabellaW, Ben, Miley and Toby.

October 23rd 2020 Hydref 23ain

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

We reach half term with a sense of déjà-vu hanging over us. We now re-enter a period of lockdown and although school will be closed for the holiday, we will reopen for all pupils as normal on November 2nd, despite all other restrictions remaining in place for another week. I am pleased our doors will remain open following the break, so that we can continue to build the momentum established so far over the autumn term. The children continue to settle back to full time education well, following such a long spell away from the classroom. I hope the parental consultations and the preliminary information sent beforehand has been useful in enabling you to support and encourage your child to progress over the coming months. The partnership between home and school has become ever more important in these testing times. All the staff have had much to contend with as we readjust and react to ongoing demands and guidance. They are all to be congratulated for their efforts in difficult circumstances. I am as ever, very grateful to them all as I’m sure you are too. They endeavour to keep everybody safe while still educating our pupils to the customary high standards. I hope you enjoy some good quality family time over the next week and although activities away from home will be limited, I’m sure the opportunity for some rest and recuperation will be welcomed by many. Have a lovely week, please stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Rydym yn cyrraedd hanner tymor gydag ymdeimlad o déjà-vu yn hongian drosom. Rydym nawr yn ailymuno â chyfnod o gloi i lawr ac er y bydd yr ysgol ar gau ar gyfer y gwyliau, byddwn yn ailagor i’r holl ddisgyblion fel arfer ar Dachwedd 2il, er gwaethaf yr holl gyfyngiadau eraill sy’n aros yn eu lle am wythnos arall. Rwy’n falch y bydd ein drysau’n aros ar agor yn dilyn yr egwyl, fel y gallwn barhau i adeiladu’r momentwm a sefydlwyd hyd yma dros dymor yr hydref. Mae’r plant wedi parhau i ymgartrefu yn ôl i addysg amser llawn yn dda, gan ddilyn cyfnod mor hir i ffwrdd o’r ystafell ddosbarth. Rwy’n gobeithio bod yr ymgynghoriadau rhieni a’r wybodaeth ragarweiniol a anfonwyd ymlaen llaw wedi bod yn ddefnyddiol i’ch galluogi i gefnogi ac annog eich plentyn i symud ymlaen dros y misoedd nesaf. Mae’r bartneriaeth rhwng y cartref a’r ysgol wedi dod yn bwysicach fyth yn yr amseroedd cyfredol. Rwy’n gobeithio y byddwch chi’n mwynhau rhywfaint o amser teulu dros yr wythnos nesaf ac er y bydd gweithgareddau oddi cartref yn gyfyngedig, rwy’n siŵr y bydd llawer ohonoch yn croesawu’r cyfle i gael rhywfaint o orffwys ac adfer. Gobeithio y cewch wythnos hyfryd, arhoswch yn ddiogel a byddwn yn eich gweld yn fuan!

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth
Free School Meals – Welsh Government has confirmed that holiday provision for families with pupils on the free school meals register will continue up to and including the Easter holidays 2021. For further information regarding eligibility, please visit https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/education-and-schools/grants-and-funding/free-school-meals.aspx

Harvest Activities – We have been unable to hold our Harvest Service this year, due to Covid-19. However, class Harvest activities, have been taking place and we collected food donations in aid of Ruthin Food Bank. Thank you for your contributions. Please visit our Twitter page for more information and photos.

Students of the Week – Our Students of the Week were: Abigail, Eliza, Billy, Nimrod, Darcie, Eliza, Annabelle, Mia Rose, Joe, Ryan, Jay, Leighton, Willow, Maya and Declan.

PTA Halloween Competition – Thank you for all the entries in this competition. A winner was selected from each class and they were as follows: George Williams, Ayla Derbyshire, Henry Musgrave, Thea Littler-Healy, Sofia Argentieri, Daniel Begg, Kian Thomas and Chloe Galeandro. The entries of all pupils who submitted by yesterday’s deadline were displayed on screen in today’s assembly. Thank you to Lucy Purvis for organising the prizes plus the treat that all the pupils in the school received today from the PTA.

Hello Yellow – Thank you for your donations on Hello Yellow Day. We raised £181.77 for Young Minds UK. You can see lots of crazy pictures and videos on our Twitter feed.

Operation Bang – Please refer to the document attached to the email for information sent by North Wales Police regarding ensuring safe Halloween and Bonfire Night activities.

Year 6 Brynhyfryd Open Evening – I hope our Year 6 pupils found the Virtual Open Evening held by Ysgol Brynhyfyd last night of use.

‘Have Your Say’ Week – The first week after half term will be a citizenship week. Our pupils will be familiarised with the British parliament in Westminster, Welsh Senedd in Cardiff and also get to discuss the forthcoming Presidential Election in the USA.

Remembrance Week – During the following week we will commemorate Remembrance. We have poppies and other resources provided by The Royal British Legion, that pupils can bring a donation in exchange for. Also, the image attached to the email also highlights Remembrance activities being held at St. Peter’s Church.

Children in Need – We will be supporting this annual event once again this year. It takes place on November 13th. Details of activities will be shared straight after half term.

Covid-19 – Over the half term break, if you have any information to share regarding any Covid testing in your families, I’d be grateful if you could keep me informed by email. The school is required to react to any positive Covid-19 tests quickly and to liaise with the Test, Trace, Protect team to contact all those who subsequently need to self isolate. Your cooperation here would be appreciated.

October 16th 2020 Hydref 16eg

Dear Parents and Carers / Annwyl Rieni a Gwarchodwyr,

Hello Yellow – It’s been an emotional day here in school. A day full of smiles, laughs, reflections plus a few tears too – and all in the memory of Jill, who we remembered fondly today on the anniversary of her sad death. It was also the day we officially opened ‘Jill’s Bench’. The bench has been placed in a lovely location – in the garden area here at Rhos Street School. The area was made ever more special by the beautiful colours, flowers, balloons, lanterns and newly laid plants, that over the coming years will grow and bloom and blossom. Thank you to Mrs Davies and Year 5 for their brilliant work – it looks really special. The bench surrounds a very old oak tree, which will have stood here for many, many years. The Oak tree is one of the most loved trees in the world, and is a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge. Oak is often associated with honour, nobility and wisdom, so it is a very apt tree as a home for this special bench that’s been placed around it.

It will be a place of friendship where people can meet, be happy and laugh, or indeed be a place of comfort where you can talk about how you feel to someone. It will also be a place to remember Jill and look at a plaque bearing her name and a sentence that says that “Her laugh, smile and memory will always be here at Rhos Street School.” It’s a place to remember her with a smile and be happy, because that’s what she would have wanted.

We’ve had a lovely day, wearing yellow, telling jokes and taking silly pictures and it was really special to welcome Jill’s daughters, Amy and Michelle to share the moment with us. They were also pupils here at Rhos Street School many years ago, so it was particularly poignant.

Students of the Week – Students of the Week were Louie, Sylvia, Verity, Paige, Raine, Amelia, Max, Scarlet, Mia Rose, Mia, Melissa, All of Year 5 and James. Well done to them all.

Parental Consultations – Please refer to the email I sent on Wednesday afternoon regarding the parental consultations. By sharing this information from my perspective before the consultations, it will allow teachers to specifically discuss your child’s progress and needs going forward on the night, rather than have to explain the extensive information in that email.

Halloween Activities
– A PTA fundraiser has been organised for the last day of term. Pupils can bring £1 and dress up in Halloween costumes. I’d be grateful if they do not bring additional props. There is also a drawing competition and details are included on the attached image. Entries cost 50p. A template to colour in will be sent home with Nursery and Reception, the older pupils have a free choice of drawing a Halloween themed picture on a sheet of A4. A winner from each class will be selected, while all entries will be rewarded with a small treat.

Flu Immunisations – These will take place on Monday.

Local Parking – Please take care with your vehicles when using local roads and estates to park in order to drop off your pupils. Many thanks.

Sanitising Gel – Please can Infant children not be sent to school with their own anti-bacterial gel. As they are being sold in all sort of colours and designs, we are concerned they will be misused. Some pupils have skin rashes so have their own gel and that is fine. Please ensure the class teacher is given the gel to look after.

Yours sincerely / Yn gywir,

Bryn D. Jones, Headteacher / Pennaeth