Welcome to our Newsletter for week ending 19th March 2021!
Another Friday is upon us and I’m pleased to say that all seems to be settling down after the excitement of our first week ‘back’. It’s been great seeing the children getting stuck into their learning and as we said last week, we can really see how children have developed different skills whilst they’ve been at home. Of course, many children now have some gaps in their knowledge and understanding; this weas anticipated and completely inevitable after such a disrupted twleve months; please be reassured, we are fully prepared and underway with our recovery curriculum, for those children who need it. Please ask if you have any questions.
Thank you to parents who expressed an interest in the Governor vacancies- we are very pleased to say that we have two very interested parents and will shortly be able to share details with you.
As we head towards the end of term we are thinking about Easter and ways we can involve children and families with this special celebration- keep a look out on next week’s newsletter for more details.
Don't forget to take a look at our very special Mothers' Day Assembly. You can find it on the website - the link here will take you to the right page- but remember you need to be logged in to the website or the app to see the assemblies.
Red Nose Day 2021
Thank you to everyone who kindly supported and donated in aid of Red Nose Day!
We have raised £225 so far!
We are delighted to let you know that we are able to offer fitness and running clubs again to children in KS2. You will have received your letters this week.
KS1 - look out for your letters after half term!
We are having to organsise sports clubs a little differently so we can keep our children safe and in their assigned bubbles - we hope you understand!
Message from Mrs Cadman ....
Last week the children chose a virtual story time with a member of staff to watch during our book day. We would love to build up our story time collection, with the children of Crestwood Park reading a story. If you have a favourite story – please send in a video of your child reading and we can add it to our story time web page.
The very best of birthday wishes are sent to Paris, Callum, Daniel and Leo who have all had their birthday this week. Happy Birthday to you all!
Today's ABC Assembly!
Today's ABC Assembly and our special 'Mothers' Day Assembly' are available to view on our website in the usual place or you can watch them via the link here (but you'll need to be logged in to see assemblies this week as we 'password protect' anything that features our children).
Our uniform is now up and running on the Totally Uniform website if you’d like to take a look- they have just received our first stock order in store!
Raring to go magazine
Please find attached Raring to go magazine below!
The magazine is full of ideas to keep families entertained at home, as well as information on clubs and attractions that are starting to open up again.
There are some lovely contributions from local children, as well as features on gardening, reading and craft and plenty of competitions to be won.
Head Lice Reminder
We have had a few cases of head lice in school; we ask that you check your child's hair over the weekend and treat if necessary.
We are aware of a very good website giving information on head lice:
Please take the time to have a good at this website as there is a variety of information you can access and suggestions of how to try and control the spread of head lice.
Keeping our Wellbeing in Good Shape
have any worries or concerns. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Mrs Priest - email@example.com
Mrs Redfern - firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at the link for this great app below- it's specially designed for children and could really help with managing feelings during this transition back to school.
Looking after our Neighbours.
Do you know someone in our community who would appreciate a message from school?
We would like you to nominate someone who lives in the local community but has no connection to our school. Do you know someone that would appreciate a kind message from the children at Crestwood Park? Please email your nominations to Mrs Cadman - email@example.com
Accessing symptom-free COVID tests
Accessing symptom-free tests
Parents and carers and anyone else living with a school age child or young person are among the priority groups being given access to free home lateral flow testing kits to test themselves.
Information on how to access these can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff
All are strongly encouraged to have a lateral flow test at a local testing site prior to starting home testing, to know how a test is undertaken.
Twice weekly testing will help detect hidden asymptomatic cases and help keep pupils and staff safer in school.
Anyone unable to do home testing can go to one of the Dudley lateral flow testing centres. These are at Dudley Leisure Centre, Saltwells Education Centre, with pop-up sessions at Holy Trinity Church Community Centre in Wordsley, Lifecentral Church in Halesowen, St Andrews Church in Sedgley, St James Church in Wollaston and the Salvation Army Church in Lye.
There is also testing at more than 30 pharmacies across the borough. For details on where you can get a lateral flow test and to book visit www.dudley.gov.uk/symptom-free-testing
Parents and carers can also visit www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirusparents for more information on both symptom and symptom-free testing and the other symptoms residents are now being encouraged to take a precautionary test if they display.
The lighter mornings and evenings are hopefully helping everyone to remain positive and really look forward to the relaxation of COVID restrictions over the Spring and Summer months- thank you for continuing to support us by wearing face masks, sticking to the one-way system and keeping to one adult per family- the last thing we want to do is have to send Bubbles home, just as children are beginning to settle!
As always, please keep talking to us if you have any worries; whether it’s a small query, a bigger concern, related to school or otherwise, we are always very willing and happy to help- we know that happy families help to support happy children!
Take care, have a good weekend and stay safe.
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.