Welcome to our weekly newsletter!
We've had another lovely week in school despite having to postpone Sports Day due to the bad weather. We've managed to rearrange the day- read on to find out the new date! As we are well into the Autumn months, please can we remind you that ALL children need a waterproof coat with them, ideally with a hood. We still go outside when there's a shower, so children need a named coat with them every day please.
Many of you will have seen the message earlier in the week informing you of our Ofsted inspection. Thankyou to all the parents who took time to complete the online survey; the responses were overwhelmingly positive- thankyou! We can't share too many details about the findings until the final report is published, but we're safe in saying that our children stole the show! The inspector was absolutely glowing about our pupils and couldn't praise them enough for their behaviour and attitudes and the pride that they clearly have in their school.
We hold our School Council Elections next week and then parents' evenings are in the final week of the half term- booking for this will be open on Monday afternoon. Go to the app/website and scroll down to 'Parents' Evening', then select the right session and book your slot.
Parent Voice Meeting - Update
Thank you to the parents who attended this morning’s meeting. Apologies if the time was not convenient for you. To try to cater for everyone, there will be two meetings next time. The first one is planned for 6pm on Monday 6th December and the other will be held on Friday 10th December at 9.00am, I hope you will be able to attend one of these!
One of the items on our agenda today was whether we would like the opportunity to purchase a Christmas card or mugs, coasters designed by our child. Parents did think this would be an ideal fundraiser so I am going to look into it!
If you have any further fundraising ideas or questions regarding the next meeting, please let Mrs Kennedy know when you see her on the playground, Alternatively, you can pop a suggestion into the parent box situated in our main entrance or send her an e-mail:
After School Sports Clubs and Lunchtime Clubs
Archery/Target Club for KS2 - 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Archery club will continue however, the next group of children will start their lessons from next week. Messages will be sent to children on Monday for those who have secured a place.
Multi-Sports Club for KS1 - 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Running Club for KS2 - 3.15pm - 4.00pm
Fitness Friday is back 9.00am - 9.30am.
This is a free club available for our children's families, please feel free to join us! We have lots of new fitness equipment for you to use.
Recorder Club on Tuesdays and Chess Club on Wednesdays.
A message from our Pastoral Team
Unfortunately we had to postpone our sports day this week due to the awful weather.
We have rearranged this for Thursday 7th April. The new date is on the calendar section of the app/website.
School dinner booking system - Reminder
Hot meal or packed lunch?
We are finding that some parents are booking their child's hot meal as well as sending them with a packed lunch to school. Please only do one or the other.
If your child has sandwiches from home the you do not need to book a meal of any type on the App.
Absence from school
It is important that you contact the school before 9.30am if your child is absent from school. If you know that your child will be absent for more than 1 day please cancel your school meal via the app by selecting 'No selection' from the drop down box. Refunds (if meals are paid for) are taking between 5-7 days at the moment but this process can be avoided if you cancel your child's meal.
A message from Mrs Cadman
Reading Ambassador Update
This week, the Reading Ambassadors have started to put a plan together – ready to share with the children in assembly. They have some incredible ideas and are passionate about promoting reading at Crestwood Park. Look out in next week’s Newsletter, where they will introduce themselves to you at home and discuss their ideas.
There are some fantastic websites out there to help with reading at home. Take a look at The Book Trust Website, which has some great ideas and strategies of how you can support your child at home with their reading.
If you want to share a story from home with me, please email me a photo or a video at email@example.com
I look forward to seeing what you are all reading at home!
'Crazy Hair' Children in Need!
We have decided this year that we will be having a 'Crazy Hair' day in aid of Children in Need. We have made this decision to try and alleviate parents'/carers' worries about buying 'Children in Need' merchandise for the day. We were hoping to leave the decision about the theme for the day to our new school councillors, but as they won't be in post until next Friday, we thought you'd appreciate the information now.
We would like children to wear their school uniform on this day.
More details about the day will be shared nearer the time.
Happy birthday to you!
We would like to say a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to...
Rosie, Ashley & Jenson who have celebrated their special day this week. We hope you all had a lovely day!
Secondary School Applications - Don't Forget!
All secondary school applications should be completed by 31st October 2021.
You can make your application online following the link below.
Alternatively if your are having any problems or need some support with this you can contact Dudley Admissions directly.
Phone: 0300 555 2345
Dudley Council Plus Office hours for telephone queries: Mon - Fri 8:30am-5:00pm.
Primary School Applications - Apply now
Is your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 they will be due to start primary school in September 2022?
You must apply for your child's place by 15th January 2022. Applications will be available from 1st October 2022.
To apply or your child's place please visit: www.dudley.gov.uk/admissions
When to get a test...and which one!
Lateral Flow Tests are for non symptomatic testing. PCR testing is for testing with symptoms.
Looking after our community
Look out for news of our Crestwood Park Acts of Kindness. As part of our Year 6's roles and responsibilities, they will be doing something in the local community on a regular basis. We are hoping that these acts help children to become proud of their local area, and our local area to be proud of our children. Look out for updates in next week's newsletter!
Thankyou for being cautious with COVID and acting swiftly when LFTs are showing as positive. We appreciate that it can be really difficult, especially with younger children, but it's helping to stop the spread.
Please take care over the weekend...and in the words of ELO that children sang so beautifully today, "hold on tight to your dream".
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of everyone in our school and at all times we consider what is in our children’s best interests. We work to ensure our children our safe and cared for and by doing this we are protecting their health and development and preventing them from harm. If we are worried, we will raise concerns, share information and take prompt action with the aim of ensuring families receive the right help at the right time.