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Message to Parents / Carers

Dear parents / carers

We find ourselves in extraordinary times. I am writing this to let you know that you and your families are very much on our minds.

These are hard times and we will do everything we can to ensure that you continue to get the support that you need. We would love the children to be in school with us – we miss them so much! But the most important thing is for you and your family to stay safe.

As you will know, we have set up a new home learning system (on Class Dojo). It is so good to see so many of you using it already. It really has been heart-warming to see the children’s work and to get messages from children and parents.

It’s hard to know how long we will be in this situation. The news is constantly changing with regards to this.  Our moods and feelings about the situation are likely to change. It is natural for us to be up one day and down the next. I am sure that at points we have all felt fearful, confused, anxious and panicked. At the bottom of this letter, I have included some links to sites which might be helpful with this. It’s important that we try not to worry about the things that we can’t control. We just have to accept that they will be what they will be. Let’s all focus on the things that we can control and can change.

For families who are eligible for FSM, we are still awaiting information about food vouchers. A national scheme for this is being put place and we will be in touch as soon as we have more information on this. It is essential that we have a working email address for you, as this is how the vouchers will be sent.

If, during the period of the school closure, you are concerned about your wellbeing or safety, or that of another person, please ring us on:  07958739657 (Tracey) 07958738638 (Emma) or email us on admin@pakeman.islington.sch.uk, putting “Safeguarding Concern” as the subject of the email.  Just give your name and contact (do not include details of the concern in writing) and we will get back to you.

I would like to thank the staff who have been absolutely amazing.  Nothing has been too much to ask of them and they have given their time and support so generously!

Myself and all of the staff at Pakeman would like to send you our love and good wishes. We are thinking of you all and look forward to seeing you all again once this is all over. Keep safe.

With much love,

Lynne

Key Contact Information

During this difficult time, we understand the uncertainty can cause extra stress and anxiety, therefore we have set up some direct contacts for those of you who may need to speak to a member of staff. Please note these numbers will be in operation during the hours of 09.00am to 3.00pm – Monday to Friday only.

Tracey – 07958 739 657 For any matters relating to vulnerable families and SEN pupils and pastoral care.

Ann – 07375 997 419 For any matters relating to Free School Meals and vouchers.

Rebecca – 07851 227 879 For any matters relating to home learning and class dojo support.

Emma – 07958 739 638 For any other matters and matters relating to key worker provision and pastoral care.

Natalie – 07930 172 767 For any matters relating to home issues (housing, finances and/or anxiety) and pastoral care

If you would rather contact us via email, please use: admin@pakeman.islington.sch.uk

It is imperative that we have your up to date contact details, including emails addresses to ensure the lines of communication are as effective as possible. Please can we ask that you email us any changes or updates at the above email address (admin@pakeman.islington.sch.uk).

Living with Worry and Anxiety

Managing well-being at this time is key. Some things we can do are:

1. Turning off phone notifications, especially for news notifications. Setting some time aside to check the news but limiting it.

2. Misinformation and scaremongering. Looking out for fake and alarmist news and not sharing it. Getting my news from trusted sources (WHO, NHS)

3. It is important to check in with how you are feeling. If you are feeling low or anxious, the worst thing to do is to cut off. Monitor levels of stress. Giving yourself a number from 0-10. When stress levels start to rise (7,8,9 or 10) talk to someone. Ring a friend, a member of the family. Do not sit there in silence Talking helps!

Some useful information:

Coping During the Pandemic

Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

How to Talk to Children about COVID-19

Internet Matters – #Staysafestayhome