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Newsletter 8 – July 2017

Dear All,

As we approach the end of term and another academic year at Samuel Lucas, it is a time for celebration and reflection. The reflection undoubtedly will bring mixed emotions as we say goodbye to Year 6 and to some members of staff. Ms Oke, Reception Teacher and Mrs Higginbotham who has worked at Samuel Lucas for a number of years as SMSA, leave us tomorrow and we wish them both the best of luck for the future. We also say goodbye and thank you to Miss Briddon who has stepped in to cover Mrs Hammacott’s role when she left at the end of May. We have also had news that Mrs Bannister will not be returning to Samuel Lucas following her maternity leave and we wish her well in her new job.

Sports Day

Thank you to all of you who came and supported the children on Sports Day. The weather was lovely and the children all enjoyed the day immensely. I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Smith from Rising Stars for helping us out and making sure that the day ran smoothly.

Lion King Production

What an amazing show the children put on! A special thank you to Mr Burgess and Miss Painter for all their hard work but also to Nicky Footer from the music service and a big thank you to everyone who was involved in putting the fantastic costumes together. The children did themselves and the school proud.

Athletics

On Tuesday 11th July our Athletics team travelled to Ridlins Athletic Stadium to compete in a variety of events against other schools from the North of Hertfordshire. The children were a real credit to the school and the team came 3rd overall. Well done!

Successful Transition Morning

Last Thursday the children enjoyed their first morning in their new classes with their new teachers. It was wonderful to also welcome the new members of staff – Mrs Schroder, Miss Morgan and Miss Gibson. The children seemed settled during the morning and September looks to be an exciting time.

Questionnaires

Thank you to all of you that have returned the completed questionnaire. A summary of feedback will be give out after the summer. It has been lovely to read so many wonderful positive comments.

Results

(National and Herts Data is still provisional at this stage and subject to minor changes)

EYFS :

Key Stage 1 :

Key Stage 2 :

‘Higher standard’ has been assumed to mean a scaled score of 110 or above.  However this will be confirmed by the DfE in the Autumn Term.

I would like to thank all the staff across the school, including our Teaching Assistants for all their hard work and commitment to giving the very best opportunities to your children.

Musical Success

Congratulations to all our children who have taken part in music lessons this academic year; your performances during the Open Evening were brilliant. I know a number of you have taken musical examinations and I hope you all continue to achieve and be the best that you can. We have been informed that the following children have been successful in their recent exams:

Alexander Starr Grade 2 Piano
Lydia Skuse Grade 1 Clarinet
Scarlett Lait Grade 2 Clarinet
Amelie Woolass Grade 2 Flute
Nathaniel Edwards Grade 3 Alto Saxophone
Ottilie Summerhayes Grade 3 Flute

Well Done!

Attendance

Attendance at Samuel Lucas continues to be good with our whole school figure at 97.2%. May I remind parents to avoid booking holidays or medical appointments during school times, especially during registration time, wherever possible.

Class % Attendance
Lilac 97.6
Willow 97.6
Hazel 96.9
Birch 97.4
Hawthorn 96.1
Oak 97.9
Elm 97.8
Ash 97.8
Year 4 96.9
Year 5 96.4
Year 6 96.7

Well done to Oak class who top the attendance table for this academic year!

Certificates will be given to all those children who have achieved 100% attendance.

Open Evening

I was immensely proud of the school and the children on Open Evening, thank you to all of you for coming to look around. It was fabulous to see the children’s work on display and to witness the children being so proud of what they have achieved this year. The school’s Hertfordshire Improvement Partner visited school the next morning and was really impressed by the broad and balanced curriculum that Samuel Lucas offers and even more so by how engaged children were in each other’s learning.

SLPA Picnic

What a fantastic event! It was so very well attended with all 500 tickets selling out. The weather held out and everyone had an amazing time. Thank you to all of the SLPA for their hard work and efforts not only for the smooth running of this event but for all that they do during the whole year.

2017/2018 Term Dates

Autumn Term (*INSET day 4th Sep 2017)
Tuesday 5th September 2017 – Tuesday 19th December
Half term – 23rd Oct to 27th Oct 2017

Spring Term (*INSET day 3rd Jan 2018)
Thursday 4th January 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term – 12th Feb to 16th Feb 2018

Summer Term (*INSET day 16th April 2018)
Tuesday 17th April 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Half Term – 28th May to 1st June 2018

*INSET Days 23rd & 24th July 2018
*Children do not attend school on INSET days

Diary Dates

Date Event
Monday 4th September INSET Day (no children at school)
Tuesday 5th September Children return to school
Monday 11th September Swimming starts for Year 4 Pine
Tuesday 12th September Swimming starts for Year 4 Larch
Thursday 14th September Year 3 trip to Celtic Harmony
Saturday 16th September A Team Rally – Wilshere Dacre
Monday 25th September Individual School Photos

Window Works and Kitchen Extension

I am very happy that the window walling works have all been completed and with minimum disruption to the school and the children. The kitchen extension works have begun and will be completed by the time the children return to school in September.

Final Farwell

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you and farewell to our Year 6 pupils. We are all proud of their time at Samuel Lucas and wish them the best of luck in their new schools.

Enjoy your summer holiday!

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Walk to School Week 15 -19 May 2017

Have you spotted a dinosaur or two in the area? Or lots of children walking to school? All over Hertfordshire school children are on the march, enjoying and participating in the National Walk to School Week, which runs from 15 to 19 May 2017 supported by the Hertfordshire County Council Road Safety in Schools Team Roadsafety@hertfordshire.gov.uk   A record number of primary schools have signed up, and children are walking or scooting to help the dinosaurs, Buster and Betsy, keep fit and active.

During the week, our friendly walking mascot dinosaur Buster  is travelling from the Triassic Period in South America, all around the world. He is going along the time line to meet up with gorgeous Betsy. She is a relatively young pink dinosaur from the Cretaceous Period.  

 

Walking to school helps make, and keep, children healthier and happier and more ready to learn. Also on the plus side, it can reduce pollution and congestion outside schools. Improved air quality reduces the incidence of asthma and other respiratory conditions.

 

Please encourage your children, if possible, to walk to school this week.

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Newsletter 7 – May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week is SATS time again for Year 6 and we wish all the all the best for the week. They will be coming and having a breakfast each morning to set them up for the day, thank you very much for the SLPA for supporting this.

Entrance Gates

Thank you for your patience during the period leading up to the completion of the gate works. The vehicle gates will now be closed from 8.30am until 3.30pm. If you need to access the school car park during the school day you will need to press the intercom button on the right hand side of the vehicle gates. To exit the car park, approach the gates slowly and they will open automatically. Please wait until they are fully open before you exit.

The main front pedestrian gate will now be closed all day, if you require access to the school office during the school day please press the intercom on the pedestrian gate. Once the office staff have spoken with you via the intercom they will release the gate which you will need to then push open.

We have completed these works for the safety of your children and to enhance our safeguarding culture. Please ensure when you are coming in to the school grounds or collecting from Playaloud that you do not let anyone else enter the premises that you do not recognise.

Park n Stride Scheme

We are now in receipt of a small number of parking permits to allow you to park on the top floor of the NHDC Lairage car park (next to Waitrose). The permit is valid for use during school term time only from 08:30 to 09:30 and 14:45 to 15:45.

If you would like a permit to use this car park please come to the school office and fill out a form.

Window Works and Kitchen Extension

We have been very lucky to secure funding to replace the windows and doors throughout the original school building and also to build a small extension to our school kitchen. The builders will be starting the works to the kitchen from the 22nd May 2017. The window and door works will be taking place, with minimal disruption, from Monday 12th June.

Baby Mead

Congratulations to Mrs Mead who gave birth a bouncing baby girl, Erin, during the Easter holidays. We can’t wait to meet her!

SLPA

Thank you to everyone who helps with the SLPA and for all your contributions and support as parents. We have been lucky enough to raise enough money to lay fake grass in the outside EYFS Reception class area which will enable the Reception classes to use their outside space all year round. The fake grass will be laid during the half term holiday at the end of the month.

Attendance

I am very pleased to say that attendance for this term remains high. As you know I carefully monitor all pupils’ attendance and you will be informed if your child’s attendance drops below 95%. If your child is late (classroom doors open at 8.45am – registration is at 8.55am) please ensure they come to the school office to register.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and have fun if you are going to the “Fair in the Square” tomorrow in Hitchin Market Square.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 6 – 31st March 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

The Easter holidays have now arrived and hopefully the sun will shine for the Easter break.

Outcomes

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to school to see the class outcomes. It was lovely to see all the children’s hard work on display and to see them so animated about their learning.

Football Rally

A Team

The A Team made it through to the finals and played amazingly well against Whitehill School. It was a very exciting match and very close and it all came down to a last minute goal scored by Whitehill School. The team should be very proud of themselves as they played brilliantly.

B Team

During the afternoon the B Team played a selection of other schools and displayed great teamwork skills. Although the team did not reach the semi-finals their effort did not reflect this result.

All the boys who played in the both teams were a real credit not only to the school, but to their families and themselves in their efforts and behaviour. Well done.

Staffing Update

Today we say goodbye to Miss Greenbank in Year 2. We would like to wish Miss Greenbank the best of luck with her new job. After Easter Mr French will be joining the teaching team and willbe teaching in Year 2. Mr French will also be the Phase Leader for Years 1 & 2 and we look forward to welcoming him to our school.

Mrs Hull will be returning from maternity leave to work with Mrs Johal in Year 1 (Birch), we would like to thank Mrs Johal for covering Mrs Hull’s maternity leave and for continuing to work with her to ensure continuity in the children’s education.

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief

We had a very bright and colourful school for Comic Relief day and would like to say thank you for your generous donations, raised £308.16 for the charity.

School Security

To further ensure the security and maintain a safeguarding culture in school, the school will be installing automated access control to the pedestrian and vehicle access gates. The quotation for these works have now been agreed and we are just confirming when the works will take place. This will mean that the pedestrian and vehicle access gates will be closed during the school day, with access to the school grounds via an intercom to the school office who will allow access to visitors.

In the interim to these works being completed, we will be putting a number lock on these gates and for access during the school day, we will be asking visitors to telephone the school office from the gates and a member of staff will allow manual access. Please bear with us during this time, your patience is appreciated.

Isle of Wight

A reminder from the school office that the total balance is due by Friday 21st April please.

Sainsbury Vouchers

Just a reminder that we are collecting Sainsbury school vouchers. The collection box is in the porch, by the school office, or you can send the vouchers in via your children.

Hertfordshire School Nursing Service

The School Nursing Service is provided by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, for children and young people aged 5 to 19 in mainstream schools. The service provides confidential support and advice on a range of health and wellbeing topics. Some of these include:

  • Emotional health
  • Lifestyle issues including weight management and healthy eating
  • Keeping safe.
  • Health conditions requiring support in schools.

The service also manages a local Health for Kids website, designed to deliver topical health messages and advice for children, parents and carers, through interactive tools and creative marketing materials.

Health for Kids – aimed at those aged four to 11 – can be seen, via

www.healthforkids.co.uk/hertfordshire

The website is kept updated with local information and events.

To contact a school nurse with any concerns, a referral form is available to complete online, via

www.hct.nhs.uk/forms/school-nursing-form.asp

I wish you all a restful Easter and thank you all for your continued support. We look forward to all the children returning to school, ready for their learning, on Wednesday 19th April at 8.45am.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 5 – 10th February 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

This half-term seems to have flown by and we have been very busy in school with our learning and creative curriculum. This week the children have been enjoying Feeling Good Week, they have engaged in a number of activities including a daily jog, yoga and a Kidz Fit session.

Internet Safety Day

This week we focused on internet safety. The children attended special assemblies learning about e-safety and participated in activities based on how to stay safe when using the internet. The following website: saferinternet.org.uk has lots of useful information as well as an on-line quiz, which you may wish to discuss with your child.

The following websites also offer useful information:

CEOP – www.ceop.police.uk/

ThinkuKnow- www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Childnet – www.childnet-int.org

Beat Bullying – www.beatbullying.org

Know IT All – www.childnet.com/KIA

 Insafe – www.saferinternet.org

We appreciate your help in keeping your children safe.

Message from the SLPA

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the setting up and running of the three discos. These were enjoyed by all and a great success. Thank you for supporting the school. Our next event is the Adult Quiz Night on 24th March, further information regarding this will follow after half-term. The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt is on Friday 31st March and details will be sent via Parentmail nearer this time.

Our SLPA page on the school website is now updated with blogs regarding our events so please do have a look and read what we have been up to. To access, just click on the following link: http://samlucas.herts.sch.uk/our-community/slpa-blog/

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 21st February at 8pm (venue to be confirmed).  If you would like to know more about us or want to join us please come along, we always welcome new members.  If you do have any feedback for us or want to know any information about us you can contact us on the following email address: enquiries.slpa@gmail.com.

NSPCC

Last week, the children in both KS1 and KS2 enjoyed assemblies led by the NSPCC as part of the ‘Speak out. Stay Safe.’ campaign. They delivered key safeguarding messages including who to talk to if they have a worry and the work of Childline as a means of support.

As they have offered the assemblies and workshops for Y5 & 6 free of charge, we thought a good way to say thank you would be to raise some money for the NSPCC so that they can continue supporting children around the country. Each class will be taking part in an activity during Feeling Good week, which we are asking for your support in sponsoring.  Forms have been given out and we are encouraging all pupils to ask relatives and friends to sponsor them to complete these activities. The deadline for returning your form is Tuesday 21st February. Please give whatever you can to support the vital work the NSPCC do to keep our children safe.  Thank you on behalf of the NSPCC.

Absences from school

If your child is unwell please notify the school office as soon as possible if they are going to be absent from school. If you leave a recorded message please state the exact reason for your child’s absence and the nature of the illness, not just that your child is unwell; this helps with our attendance records.

Twitter!

You can now follow Samuel Lucas School on Twitter. Follow us @samlucasJMI.

Parent Consultation Evenings

Just a reminder that Year 2 parent consultation will be taking place on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th March. Reception, Year 5 and Year 6 parent consultations will take on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March. More details of how to book a time slot will be available after the half-term holiday.

Family Support Worker Service

If you are finding raising children challenging or frustrating at times, then you are not alone; for many people, parenting can be a lonely and difficult job.

If you feel that you would like to speak to someone other than family or friends, we can refer you in strictest confidence to the Family Support Worker Service.  There is a team of people with a wealth of experience, who work alongside families by giving practical support and user friendly parenting strategies.  The Family Support Workers also offer Hardship Support and are authorised distributors of:

* Food Bank Vouchers for emergency food parcels

* Community Wardrobe Vouchers for uniform, clothes and shoes

* Shoe Vouchers (Where need is identified they can provide vouchers for children requiring school shoes)

* Holiday Activities (Through the support of local organisations and fundraising, they have paid for children to attend holiday activities with participating providers)

We also send out regular information regarding free courses that are accessible to parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Difficulties and some which are suitable for all.  Please remember to tell us if your child has a younger or older sibling who has additional learning needs as the impact on family life can be significant.  Any information that helps us have a better understanding of your child can only be helpful.

If you would like further information, please speak to Mrs Barley directly or email the school office and mark your message for her attention. Any communication will be treated with the utmost confidence.

Sainsbury Vouchers

Just a reminder that we are collecting Sainsbury school vouchers. The collection box is in the porch, by the school office, or you can send the vouchers in via your children.

Outcome Dates

EYFS ”What a Wonderful World” Wed 29th March 9.30am – 10.00am or 10.00am – 10.30am
Year 1 “Out of the Toybox” Tues 28th March 9.00am – 10.30am
Year 2 “This is our House” Tues 7th March 1.45pm – 3.00pm
Year 3 “Building the Bronze Age” Thurs 30th March 1.45pm – 3.00pm
Year 4 “Ruthless Romans” Thurs 23rd March 1.45pm – 3.00pm
Year 5 “Building Kingdoms” Thurs 30th March 9.15am
Year 6 “The Land of Fire & Ice” Wed 29th March 1.30pm – 2.10pm or 2.30pm – 3.10pm

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March 2017. Children may come to school dressed as their favourite book character.

School finishes at the normal time on Friday. I hope you all have a lovely, safe half-term break and we look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 20th February 2017.

Just a reminder that are you are all invited to come in and find out more about what your children have been learning. Dates are:

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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Newsletter 4 – 16th January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to a new term and Happy New Year to you all, it is lovely to see the children back in school ready to learn.

Term Dates

You are invited to come in and find out more about what your children have been learning. Outcome dates, to which parents are welcome to attend, are:

EYFS Early Years Hall “What a Wonderful World” Wed 29th March 9.30am – 10.00am or 10.00am – 10.30am
Year 1 Year 1 classrooms “Out of the Toybox” Tues 28th March 9.00am – 10.30am
Year 2 TBC “This is our House” TBC TBC
Year 3 KS2 Hall “Building the Bronze Age” Thurs 30th March 1.45pm-3.00pm
Year 4 KS2 Hall “Ruthless Romans” Thurs 23rd March 1.45pm-3.00pm
Year 5 KS2 Hall “Building Kingdoms” Thurs 30th March 9.15am
Year 6 KS2 Hall “The Land of Fire & Ice” Wed 29th March 1.30pm–2.10pm or 2.30pm– 3.10pm

Please check the calendar on the school website for upcoming events.

New School Staff

I would like to welcome Mrs Ferridge, the new School Administrator and Mrs Cosgrave, the new School Business Manager, to our staff team. I hope they both enjoy working in the Samuel Lucas school office.

Exciting News

I am sure you will join me in congratulating the safe arrival of Mrs Andreas’ baby, Charlotte, who arrived in time for Christmas.

Lost Property

Please ensure your children’s uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with their names. We do our best to re-unite children with their missing belongings but can only do so if we can identify who they belong to.

We will be putting out lost property items in the KS2 playground, after school, on Friday 20th January (weather permitting). If it rains this will be inside in the KS1 gallery area. If your child is missing any uniform, please come and take a look. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of after this date.

School Closure in the Event of Bad Weather (Everbridge)

We will always try to keep the school open and only close if we don’t have enough staff able to get to school or if we consider the school site unsafe.

If we are open and it does snow, children will be able to go out at playtimes and lunch times if they are dressed appropriately – in particular footwear.

The information below shows the ways in which we will communicate any necessary closure due to bad weather. Please check regularly for updated information as follows:

We will send a message via Everbridge – If the school is closed for any unscheduled closures (e.g. snow, flood, broken down boiler) we will send a notification out using this system.  To sign up please go to https://member.everbridge.net/ index/892807736725489  and click the “Sign Up” button at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions, you will then receive notifications of closures by SMS and email.

If the school is closed, BBC Three Counties 103.8fm/92.1fm/90.4fm/630mw/1161mw, Heart 96.9FM or 97.6FM and 106 Jack FM radio stations will be notified and should broadcast a message accordingly.

You will also find information about any school closure on: http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/schlife/schoolclose/

SLPA DISCO

You should have now received a letter in your eldest child’s bag this week for the SLPA Disco on Friday 3rd February. The closing date for returning your reply slips and money is Friday 20th January.

Sainsbury Vouchers

Just a reminder that we will once again be collecting Sainsbury school vouchers from 25th January. The collection box will be put in the porch, by the school office, or you can send the vouchers in via your children.

Willow Classroom

Just a reminder to parents to please close the white front door behind you when coming in or out of Willow classroom, thank you.

Free School Meals

I just wanted to remind you where to check for eligibility for free school meals.  Here is a link to the web site: https://beta.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/at-school/free-school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx.

This funding enables the school to claim for additional funding known as Pupil Premium funding for the year, to support your children’s learning, whether they are an infant child or a junior child.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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UPDATE: Procedures for notification about school closure due to snow

The information below shows the ways in which we will communicate any necessary closure due to bad weather.

As always, we will not put a message out if the school is open. Please check regularly for updated information as follows:

We will send a message via Everbridge – If the school is closed for any unscheduled closures (e.g. snow, flood, broken down boiler) we will send a notification out using this system.  To sign up please go to https://member.everbridge.net/ index/892807736725489  and click the “Sign Up” button at the top right hand side of the page on the grey strip and from there follow the instructions, you will then receive notifications of closures by SMS and email.

If the school is closed, BBC Three Counties 103.8fm/92.1fm/90.4fm/630mw/1161mw, Heart 96.9FM or 97.6FM and 106 Jack FM radio stations will be notified and should broadcast a message accordingly.

You will also find information about any school closure on: http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/edlearn/schlife/schoolclose/

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Newsletter 3 – 13th December 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

We are coming to the end of a long and busy term and it appears to have flown by. We are looking forward to a well-earned rest. School is a very exciting place to be this time of year. So many Christmas activities are going on; lots of preparation and rehearsals for our Christmas plays and carol concert.

We look forward to seeing you all at our performances. We will be donating money this year to North Herts Sanctuary for the Homeless. There will be collection buckets at the end of each Christmas performance.

We thank you for your Harvest Festival donations. We raised £372.00 for Youngminds: a charity that supports mental health and wellbeing for young people.

Term Dates

Just to remind you that the term will end on Wednesday 21st December at 2pm. The first day of term for the new children is Monday 9th January.

Staff Goodbyes!

We will be sad to say goodbye to Mrs Millar, who will be leaving us at the end of the term. Mrs Millar has done a very efficient job in our school office for a number of years, and we wish her every happiness for the future – thank you Mrs Millar. A new office team will be joining us in the New year.

We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Dulai. Although Mrs Dulai has only been with us a short while, she has fitted well into our teaching team and we will miss her. It is Mrs Dulai’s intention to move back to her home town. We wish her every success for the future. We are pleased to announce that Miss Painter, our Deputy Headteacher, will be teaching Year 5 next term!

Exciting News

I’m sure you will join me in congratulating Mrs Mead, who is expecting her first baby. She will be leaving to go on maternity leave in March. We have appointed a new teacher, who will also be a member of the leadership team as Key Stage One leader. Mr French will be joining us initially to cover Mrs Mead’s maternity leave.

I hope you all have a relaxing but Merry Christmas, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Yours sincerely,

Tracy Thomas – Headteacher

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UPDATED: Prospective Parent Visits for Reception Classes 2017

If you would like to come along to one of the visits listed below, please contact the school office by email: admin@samlucas.herts.sch.uk or by telephone: 01462 456737 to book a place.

Date of Visit Time
Monday 14th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 15th November 2016 FULL
Monday 21st November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 FULL
Thursday 24th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 29th November 2016 FULL
Tuesday 10th January 2017 FULL
Tuesday 10th January 2017 2.00pm

There is a limit of 10 families per visit.

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