18 September Newsletter 2020
Please ensure you regularly check the COVID-19 page on our website for the latest guidance – CLICK HERE
As a reminder please ensure that your children are healthy before sending them to school; refer to the guidance document for help – CLICK HERE
If you have kept your child off school because of cold like symptoms (that do not match COVID-19 symptoms), please inform the school straight away. The latest advice is to monitor the situation for 48 hours and that the symptoms have cleared before sending your child to school.
Please continue to communicate with us – we really appreciate your help during this pandemic
Arba Minim Sets for Succot
As Succot approaches, we are pleased to announce that, as in previous years, the school is able to offer sets of Arba Minim (Lulav and Etrog) at the price of £20 per set. This will include all necessary packaging. If you would like a set, please place your order and make payment via ParentPay before 24 September. The Arba Minim will be distributed from 12.35 pm – 1.30 pm on Thursday 1 October in the Synagogue. Please remind your child to collect their set that day. Responsibility cannot be taken for sets that are not collected.
If you wish to report an attendance issue relating to your child, please email as follows:
Years 7 – 11: email@example.com
Years 12 & 13: firstname.lastname@example.org
To report an absence on the day, please call 020 8206 3100 and press 1 for attendance. You will then be offered the following choices:
- To report a student’s absence in year 7-11, please press 1
- To report a student’s absence in years 12 and 13, please press 2
Change Of School Finish Times
Please note the following changes to the school finish times:
Monday 21 September 2020 (Tzom Gedalia) – Summer Friday finish
Friday 2 October 2020 (Erev Succot) – Winter Friday finish
Friday 9 October 2020 (Hoshanah Rabbah) – Winter Friday finish
Face Mask Donations
We would like to say a big thank you to the following companies that have generously supplied our staff with face masks for use in school:
Jewish Deaf Association (JDA)
Qing Culture and Art Foundation Taiwan
11 September 2020 newsletter
Change Of School Finish Times
Please note that on the following dates school will follow a Winter Friday finish timetable:
Friday 18 September 2020 (Erev Rosh Hashanah)
Friday 2 October 2020 (Erev Succot)
Friday 9 October 2020 (Hoshanah Rabbah)
Please can parents ensure that they remind their children to strictly adhere to wearing their face coverings whilst travelling on trains and buses. Most students are following the guidelines for their travel routines but there are some that need to be more vigilant. We thank you for your support with this and helping us to reinforce the message of social responsibility.
We have been advised by the local authority that their parking enforcement team will be operating outside the school and parents parking on the yellow lines may be ticketed.
We would also like to remind parents that the bus service is run by Sullivans Buses and any queries you have with the service should be directed to them. We would appreciate you copying us into that correspondence.
JFS Policy Update
Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation for the new RSE Policy. Please click here to view the finalised policy which is now in place.
Message from the School Medical Officer
A reminder to parents please to send in your child’s medication to school and to inform us if any medical conditions have changed.
Message from the Geography Department
All students who paid for copies of the geography journal ‘Wide World’ or ‘Geography Review’ last year in the Spring term, please can they collect their copies from Mrs Etheridge in the LRC. There are some excellent and topical geography articles that will enhance students’ learning. Please do ensure you have told students you have purchased this for them and that they know where to collect them from.
We will be placing a new order for magazines for the year ahead shortly and will place another message in the school newsletter then.
JFS Wellbeing Instagram Account
If you are not already, please follow @jfs_wellbeing on Instagram for lots of inspiring wellbeing related content!
Message from Caterlink
We would like to thank students and parents alike for your patience in these challenging times as we continue to tweak the delivery of hot and cold lunches in a quick and efficient manner for everyone’s safety. We are keen to secure a quick flow of lunch queue traffic and to ensure that students have a good nutritious selection of food available daily. There is a wide selection of foods with a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables to choose from as well as drinks and snacks.
4 September 2020 newsletter
Masks – At JFS all students and staff will be required to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth when inside the building, but not in the classroom. This is in addition to the requirement to wear masks on public transport, taxis, and if you are car-pooling with another family, unless they are exempt on health or equality grounds. If your child is exempt from wearing a face covering they are advised to carry an exemption card. For more details please click here.
For the small number of students who live within walking or cycling distance of JFS, you are encouraged to do so.Buses – I am pleased to confirm that free travel for secondary school students will continue, although it continues to be reviewed by the GLA. We are grateful to the London Jewish Forum who helped support the lobby to keep free travel in place.Please note there will be extra services on the 653, 683 and 688 routes provided by Sullivans. Capacity will be 60 students on a bus.In addition, TfL will designate some existing public buses as School Services, which would be prioritised for school travel and would operate at full seated capacity, as is permitted by Government guidelines for school bus services. Signs will clearly indicate that these are School Services and they are planned to operate on:
- Around half of all buses during school travel times on certain high-frequency routes
- All the extra buses we’re adding to lower-frequency routes
- All buses on existing TfL school services
The planned service changes are proposed to remain in place until at least the end of October, although could be subject to change.
Travel by Car
If you are bringing your child to school by car, please note that the roads around Kingsbury Circle and the Mall are likely to become highly congested. Please click here to view a map of recommended drop off points at a distance of between 0.5 and 1.0 mile from the school depending on the direction from which you are arriving. You are strongly advised to drop off your children at one of these points so that they can walk the rest of the way to school and minimise disruption. Similar arrangements should be made at the end of the day. All points have been chosen to enable drivers to easily turn around back in the direction from which they have come. Please help us retain good neighbourly relations.
Message From English Department
English book bundles need to be paid for via ParentPay. Please log in and you will see the ‘English bundle’ for your child/children.
Message From SEN Department
Please note that the SEND department is going to be a mixed bubble, so students are always welcome, however they should be wearing masks (unless they are eating lunch). If there is a sensory problems with a student wearing a mask please contact Miss Saffer via email.
Instrumental Lessons at JFS are continuing from the week commencing Monday 21 September 2020. Any students wishing to start learning an instrument should complete the attached application form and return ‘Form A’ only to Mrs Bellinger asap.Tuition is offered in a wide range of instruments with lessons being either 20 or 40 minutes long and for 10 weeks per term. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, lessons will be taking place as follows:
- SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER HALF TERM: Online lessons ONLY and outside of the school day.
- AFTER OCTOBER HALF TERM: Lessons to restart in school.
As Succot approaches, we are pleased to announce that, as in previous years, the school is able to offer sets of Arba Minim (Lulav and Etrog) at the price of £20 per set. This will include all necessary packaging. If you would like a set, please place your order and make payment via ParentPay before 24 September.The Arba Minim will be distributed from 12.35 pm – 1.30 pm on Thursday 1 October in the Synagogue. Please remind your child to collect their set that day. Responsibility cannot be taken for sets that are not collected.
‘Proper Content’ is creating a documentary for BBC One about religious celebrations, looking at the traditions and ceremonies that take place to mark key moments in the circle of life. An episode on Judaism will form part of a series about the four major faiths in Britain. If anyone is interested in being cast for the programme please click here for further information.