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Welcome to our Newsletter for week ending 22nd January 2021!

We've come to the end of another week and all has been well in school. Thankyou to parents who are bringing children in at the moment- by following our guidelines we can keep our school building as safe as possible. 

We have now received our first batch of 'rapid test' kits for staff to use, meaning that we can be secure in knowing staff in school are 'negative' and that we can take very prompt action should there be a positive test. It also means that we can get members of staff back in school quicker after taking a test. 

We know that health professionals and the elderly are receiving vaccinations now (fantastic news!) but please remain extra vigilant when in and out of school- if your children are in school, we really need you to be following the 'stay at home' rules. We want our school family to stay safe and get through this together.

Home Learning

Thankyou to the many families who completed the online survey about Remote Learning at the start of the week. We had a fantastic response and were able to get a good idea of what is working, what needs tweaking and what we need to change. 

Here's an overview...

  • most parents think the right amount of work has been set
  • most can access the work without too many problems
  • most would prefer to contact teachers via email
  • most say their children are OK at home and fairly happy
  • most parents said their child could access the Teams meetings without a problem
  • lots of parents said they'd like more paper based resources
When we asked about how parents were doing, there were lots of written responses ranging from loving the extra time with children to feeling very stressed and overwhelmed with it all. Obviously, we can't solve all problems, however we can look at the responses and tweak our remote provision to try and help in as many ways as possible. 
Some parents said they weren't really sure where to start with home learning each day. The best place to start is the Class Page on the Website- you don't need a log in or anything special, just 'google' Crestwood Park Primary and we'll pop up! Alternatively, you can follow the link here. On these pages you'll find teachers' 'Monday Messages' and these will tell you more about the work for that week. 
Some parents have asked for specific guidance/ advice - we will have contacted you if this is the case, but in case we missed you, email any member of staff and we'll get back to you. 
We may also be able to help you out with the loan of a Chromebook if you are struggling for devices. If you'd like to know more, please give us a call or drop us an email. 

Catching Up and Checking In!

Some parents have asked for more individualised contact from their teachers and a few have asked about Live Lessons or more 'live' contact. Although we are not going down the 'live lesson' route, we do think that 1:1 support will help some children and families, so we've asked teachers to make themselves available for 1:1 Teams Meetings. Your teachers will have already sent a message out, letting you know to contact them - if you missed it just email them and they will organise something for you. 

We've seen lots of children on the class Teams meetings which is great. Again, look out for information on class pages or sch.life messages for details of when your next 'catch-up' will be!

A Message from the Pastoral Team- Keeping our WELLBEING in Good Shape!

We hope you are all well and keeping yourselves fit and healthy. 
A great big thankyou to all of the children who have sent in their decorated hand; these will go towards our special display with the thought of keeping us all connected. There is still time to send yours in. You can either email them to spriest@crestwood-p.dudley.sch.uk or sredfern@crestwood-p.dudley.sch.uk or pop them into the school office. All you need to do is draw around your hand, cut it out and decorate however you wish. 
Be as creative as you like, we can't wait to see them.  For now take care, sending lots of love from The Pastoral Team xxx

Message from Mrs Cadman!

Hello everyone.
Thank you to those children who have had a go at my reading and writing challenges.  It's great to see the super vocabulary you are using to describe the images.  Please keep sending it in!
I would still like to know more about what you are reading, your favourite books and hear a page of you reading! Email them to me at acadman@crestwood-p.dudley.sch.uk 
Here's a poem suggested by Miss Cotter in the office - which is very apt at the moment.
Mrs Cadman x
Smiling Is Infectious
by Spike Milligan

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

TT Rock Star Super Stars!

Awards for outstanding effort go to:
Jessica Yr 6
Cooper Yr 5
Cooper Yr4 
Max Yr3
Molly Yr2 
Look out for your certificate in the post!
Congratulations also need to go to:
The Jones family 
Nadia Mendel 
Jacob Robins 
paige Lamb
Reece Lamb
Drew Hadley ....for solving week one's puzzle.
Also congratulations to Drew Hadley (again!), who also solved this week's lockdown puzzle.
Also a big well done to all those children who took part! The answer and a new puzzle will be on the website on Monday. 

If you can't remember your username or password or are having any problems, please email Mrs Morgan on gmorgan@crestwood-p.dudley.sch.uk

Happy Birthday!

The very best of birthday wishes are sent to all these children who have had their birthday since the last newsetter or will be celebrating this weekend. Happy Birthday to you all! 

  • Frankie (2)
  • Alyssia (4)
  • Nelly (2)
  • Georgia (6)
  • John (5)
  • Harrison (2)
  • Tilly (6)

School closing next at 1.00pm on Thursday next week...

Just a reminder that we are closing to all children at 1pm next Thursday (28th) so our our school community can pay their respects to Mrs Orme and her family, for her funeral. Could parents please ensure that children are collected by 1.15pm at the lastest (from the usual doors). Usual lunchtime options are still available on that day. 

Thankyou for your understanding and support. 

Have you got what it takes...?

Don't forget we've got competions and challenges to keep you busy during the lockdown, not to mention our 'virtual' talent show! More details can be found on our Learning from Home page but you can follow the link here too! So get your thinking caps on and get busy sending in your entires...we'd love to feature some on next week's newsletter!

Snowy Days!

What wonderful snowy photos from Eve, Jenson and Evan! Thankyou. It looks like you had lots of fun in the snow!

If you would like to share your outdoor adventure snaps with us, send them in via info@crestwood-p.dudley.sch.uk and we'll feature them in next week's newsletter.

Looking After our Community...

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Assemblies, A,B,Cs and SPARKS!

Today's A,B,C Assembly is available on our website in Pupil Pages or can be watched via the link  here. Don't forget we are also still looking for children who demonstrate our SPARKS values. This half term we are focusing on AWARE. If you have any nominations from home, send them in and we'll add then to the contenders for this half term's awards.

And finally,

We know that lots of you are continuing to find home learning a challenge- we hope that some of the tweaks we have made might ease some of your concerns. As always, please get in touch if you are struggling in any way. 

We're all hoping and praying that we can get back to some kind of normal soon- as soon as we know anything, we'll let you know (however any developments tend to be on the news before we're told!). Please be assured that as soon as we get the go-ahead for more or all children to be back in school, we'll do everything we can to support our families.

Keep safe over the weekend and look after each other.


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.

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