Welcome to the newsletter for week ending Friday 11th September
We've had another super week with children spending their last few days with their 'old' teachers and TAs and in their 'old' classrooms.
We are really pleased with how children have settled into the routines and we are sure that once they 'move up' on Monday, they will get used to things really quickly.
Thankyou also to our families for working hard to keep our school a safe place for all. We know that things are changing every day- we want to reassure you that we are constantly checking and evaluating our proceedures so that you can all feel happy about sending your children in. Our Risk Assessment is updated regularly and this is always available on the website here .
Lots of children have come back to school with lovely new bags and lunchboxes- unfortunately some of these are rather large and children are struggling to store them in cloakrooms.
Please send your children in with the minimum number of bags and extra belongings. We provide all equipment so there is no need for any pencil cases etc. Also, please discourage your children from bringing in any toys as we are trying hard to limit the number of items going between home and school. Thankyou
We are keen to get our children's education back up to speed as quickly as possible, so from next week homework will be set as normal. Tasks are set on a Wednesday and need to be completed by the following Monday for all year groups. Details of the activities can be seen via the sch.life App or on classroom windows.
Reading books will also be sent home with children from next week, so please look out for these in children's bags!
Good Luck Miss Johnson!
On Thursday this week we waved goodbye to Miss Johnson (our Year 3 Teacher last year and SENCo) as she has now begun her maturnity leave. We are sure you will join us in wishing Miss Johnson and her family the very best as they prepare for their baby's arrival and we can't wait to see the new addition to the family soon!
Assemblies will continue to be recorded until the COVID situation changes. This includes Friday 'ABC' assembles and any other celebrations. Assemblies for the week will be on the website. Go to 'Our School' then 'Pupil Pages' or follow the link here .
Harvest Assembly is still going ahead in school and classes will soon be practising their contributions. These will be recorded and posted on the website. (Our annual update forms are coming out next week and if you have any concerns about your child featuring on the website, you can tell us about it on the form).
Crestwood Park Bake Off is happening! Get ready to bake and bring goodies in on Thursday 24th September! Cakes will be available to buy the following morning between 8:45 and 9:30am on the playgrounds. Children will then have their own MacMillan Coffee Morning within classes- we're really sorry we can't have any parents in the building- we are sure you understand why.
Keeping our WELLBEING in Good Shape!
We are aware that at this time of the year, many children will develop minor colds and coughs. After being away from other children for so long and with the weather being rather mixed, it is inevitable that some children might have a runny nose etc. However, in these circumstances we appreciate that parents will feel very concerned if their children appear poorly.
To ensure that school stays a safe place for all, we want to remind you of the process to follow if you feel your child might be unwell.
If your child wakes up with a raised temperature (38 degrees or above), a new continuous cough or a loss of usual taste or smell...
1. Call school to inform us that they are staying at home
2. Call 119 to request a test or book a test online via the NHS website or by clicking here
3. Inform us of the test result as soon as possible
Whilst your child is at home awaiting the test or the result, we will provide you with school work which will need to be collected from the school office.
We know that this can cause lots of worry and inconvenience, but it is the only way we can ensure that our school is a safe place for all.
Don't forget that our kitchen is fully up and running and we can offer hot meals every day. Some of next week's options are... All Day Breakfast, Roast Chicken, Chicken Wraps, Cottage Pie, Fish and Chips...
And look out for the Baguette Bar in a couple of weeks which is back by popular demand!
Wednesday is our photo day. As we can't have lots of adults in school, we are altering the plan for the morning slightly.
Photos for families with siblings at other schools or pre-school siblings These will be taken between 8am and 9am. The number of people in the hall will be restricted and we ask that only parents of very young babies come in to the hall. If you would like your children to have a picture taken at this point, please make your way to the back of the hall (via the KS2 playground) and please be prepared to wait outside (even if it's raining- sorry!).
School Photos All individual, sibling and class photos will be taken during the school day as usual.
Please look out for a card that will come home with your child, with the details of how to view and buy the photos on-line.
We are keen to start some after-school clubs as soon as possible but before we make any arrangements, we want to see how parents are feeling about children joining in.
Please have a look at the questionniare from Mr Barnett here that will help us plan any after-school clubs when we are given the go-ahead.
Nearly New Uniform!
Thank you to all those families who have donated uniform that has been out-grown. Please look out for Mrs Tonks on a Monday afernoon, who will be setting up 'Nearly New' stalls on the playground. Please, please don't be afraid of taking anything that fits your children- we really want this good quality clothing to be passed on!
Reading at Crestwood Park
Reading at our school remains a priority and we are always keen for children to be reading at home as much as possible.
On Sunday, it's Roald Dahl Story Day and we thought you might want to have a look at the website here for some things to do over the weekend.
Any unwanted planters...?
We are looking to plant some bulbs etc and are looking for any unwanted large plant pots (suitable for outdoor use). If you've got anything you would like to donate, please let us know!
Thank you for all your positive comments and messages- we know that these are strange times for you all and we will contuinue to do our best to keep worries at bay. However, if you ever have any concerns or queries, don't hesitate to get in touch.
Your children's new teachers are looking forward to welcoming their new classes next week- keep an eye out for messages from them on the new class pages on our website!
We hope you all have a good weekend, look after each other and stay safe... and don't forget to drop children off at their 'new' classroom doors on Monday morning!
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.