UPDATE FOR OUR FAMILIES
Our staff our taking turns to have an Easter break; spend some quality time with their families and a break from organising distant learning. Please look out for a message on your class dojo page.UNWANTED FREE SCHOOL MEAL VOUCHERS
Unwanted vouchers can be donated to The Big Help. Email any unwanted vouchers to sue.torpey@big-help.infoFOOD BANK UPDATE
Knowsley Foodbank are working hard to keep people in need fed. Please note using a foodbank requires a referral from local organisations with a voucher. Don’t visit the foodbank if you have symptoms – ask someone else to pick up your food.
Foodbank at Page Moss Baptist Church has closed. An extra session will be running on Friday 11am – 2pm at St Andrew’s Church, 3 St Andrews View, Kirkby L33 1ZF.

CHILDCARE
All childcare for Millbrook pupils will be led by Kirkby CE Primary School this week. Contact us on millbrook@knowsley.gov.uk if you require childcare or other support from school.

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Good News
Universal Infant Free School Meal Vouchers have now been order and paid for by school. You should receive a message early next week – follow the instructions to access your voucher.
Any problems please alert school using the email address:
millbrook@knowsley.gov.uk
APPLYING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS if you don’t currently get them.
Complete the Free School Meals form attached here and return to this email: benefits@knowsley.gov.uk.
School will be informed if you are eligible for FREE SCHOOL MEALS. School do not make this decision.

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Millbrook and Kirkby CE Primary Schools

Childcare Offer during the Covid -19 Pandemic April 2020

2nd April 2020

Dear Parents,

In the current unprecedented situation, Millbrook and Kirkby CE schools have been exploring ways that we can sustain our current childcare offer to keyworker children and manage our own staff well-being.

The two schools have both had to close at points in the last fortnight.  To try to insure that this situation doesn’t happen again, we will be joining forces for the month of April and possibly beyond.

Each school will take it in turn to host children from both schools, Week 1 at Kirkby CE, Week 2 at Millbrook and so on.  Both schools have on average had 2-6 pupils per day so the numbers won’t be too large and both schools will continue to practice social distancing procedures.

Parents should continue to book childcare through the methods they have been currently using. On the week beginning 6th April Millbrook children should present to the main entrance at Kirkby CE where the children will be welcomed alongside the CE children. The childcare offer will be exactly the same as is currently being run 8.50am – 3.15pm, no uniform, lunch provided (if required).  The following week beginning 13th April (Easter Monday) children should attend Millbrook CP School where the children will be welcomed by entering through the junior hall.  Follow the path on the left hand side up to the playground and the junior hall is on the right hand side.  The doors will open at 8:50am.

DATE HOST SCHOOL
WEEK 1 (WEEK BEG 6TH APRIL) KIRKBY CE
WEEK 2 (WEEK BEG 13th April) MILLBROOK
WEEK 3 (WEEK BEG 20TH APRIL) KIRKBY CE
WEEK 4 (WEEK BEG 27TH APRIL) MILLBROOK

 

Please insure that you notify your own school ASAP if you need to cancel any childcare you have booked.

In such difficult times it is great to see two schools working so closely together to continue providing the service that our community needs.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact either school.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jude Williams                                                                                        Mair Hindmarsh

Deputy Headteacher                                                                              Headteacher

Millbrook CP                                                                                         Kirkby CE

 

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Dear Parent / Carer,

We hope this letter finds you well.  As you are aware, school sites are now closed to the majority of children and staff and they are operating only as emergency childcare centres for those key children identified by the Government. Millbrook is closed until April 2nd due to staffing shortages.

In line with Government guidance, Knowsley Council has worked with the school to be able to support you to provide meals for your child during these difficult times.  Thank you for your patience whilst we have worked to resolve this matter.

If your child currently receives means tested free school meals(not Universal Free School Meals eligible to Reception to Year 2 children) and is not attending school during this period of time, Knowsley Council has made arrangements for you to receive food vouchers via a partnership with Wonde.com.  This will replace the previous arrangement of collecting a packed lunch.

These vouchers will be sent once a fortnight, in the first instance via TEXT or EMAIL to your mobile phone. Millbrook has used the most recent data on our school file to identify your EMAIL and TEXT details. Knowsley Council will fund this service until a Central Government scheme is up and running. For Primary School Pupils the voucher will have a value of £32.20 and for Secondary School Pupils the voucher will have a value of £32.90.

You will shortly receive a text message from Wonde to confirm which supermarket you would like to use your voucher in. The supermarkets currently available are ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s (however Wonde are adding more in the near future).  Apologies we have no influence over supermarkets that can be used.  We have made the LA aware that within the Kirkby Community there are limited supermarket accessible.

As Millbrook Primary School is currently closed please contact the school at millbrook@knowsley.gov.uk if:

  1. You have any questions about the message that you receive from Wonde OR
  2. Your child is eligible for means tested Free School Meals but you have not received a text from Wonde. It may be that your contact details are not up to date with school

Further updates about the scheme will be provided shortly both via:

Knowsley News (www.knowsleynews.co.uk),

class dojo https://www.classdojo.com

school website  http://millbrookprimaryknowsley.co.uk/

We hope that you are keeping you and your family safe and thank you once again for your patience and support.

 

Yours Sincerely

Jude Williams

Mrs J Williams

(Deputy Headteacher)

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WARNING 
DFE OR SCHOOL OR ANY AUTHORITY LINKED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WILL NOT ASK FOR YOUR BANK DETAILS. IF YOU ARE ASKED FOR BANK DETAILS THIS IS A SCAM. IGNORE AND REPORT THIS
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We will use Class Dojo, School Website and Twitter to send out general communications. We cannot respond to individual comments on any of these sites. This is due to a mixture of privacy and practicality.

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Following the announcement by Boris Johnson, schools are directed to close on Friday 20th March at 3:15pm. He has requested that we stay open – where possible – for Key Workers; though the main principle is “If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be” Do also note the following: “Scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.” Guidance for Schools Gov.Uk 19th March 2020.

Key Workers include: NHS staff, Police Officers, Fire Brigade, National security and prison staff, teaching staff, justice system staff, social care staff, delivering essential public services such as payment of benefits, food production and delivery workers and key public transport operatives. School have spoken directly with pupils considered vulnerable at this time.

Please see for below:

Emergency provision registration form Millbrook

 

Communication

Day to day communications from school will be made through our Class DoJo and Twitter accounts.

Twitter: @millbrookkirkby

Website: www.millbrookprimaryknowsley.co.uk