Welcome to the newsletter for week ending Friday 27th November
Another Friday night is here and another super week in school! Children have been working hard on their History Curriculum Study Units for some time now but as an extra treat this week some classes were joined by important historical figures such as Samuel Pepys, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus ....all through the magic of Zoom! We hope that the children enjoyed these extra special visitors...we are aware that some of the things we would normally want to do to enhance our curriculum are restricted at the moment and learning 'outside of the classroom' with trips and visits is not possible. To make up for this, teachers have been working hard to help bring history 'alive' in the bubbles!
Donation's instead of Christmas Cards
Christmas Jumper Day and Reindeer Run - 14th December
Please see flyer above with more information!
For this event children will complete the Reindeer Run on our Mile Track so on this day children can wear jogging bottoms and trainers along with their christmas jumper.
We are so excited for you all to take part in this event - YOULE have a TREE-mendous day!
We know that making school lunches can be challenging not knowing what to put in, or you want to try something different but not sure what to try. Below we have attached some information which might give you a few lunchbox ideas!
And whislt we're talking about lunchboxes...we are a HEALTHY EATING school and hope that you would support us in this - therefore can you please refrain from putting sweets in luncboxes please. Thankyou.
Christmas is coming....!
Although we're experiencing tricky times, we want to make sure our children have a range of fun and exciting Christmas events to look forward to. We are also mindful that Christmas is another strain on finances so we have thought very carefully about what we are asking parents to contribute to.
Here is a summary of what we have planned so far...(look out for more details about each event nearer the time).
WB 30th November- Christmas Crafts for Years 3,4,5 and 6 Children will spend each afternoon creating a Christmas craft to bring home and enjoy.
WB 7th December- Breakfast with Santa Children will be able to come to school an hour early, to enjoy a festive breakfast and receive a gift from Santa himself!
WB 7th December - Christmas Crafts for Reception and Years 1 and 2
Friday 11th December- Christmas celebration filming day On this day, all classes will have their Christmas 'performances' recorded, ready to be shared with families via the website.
Monday 14th December- Christmas Jumper Day and a Reindeer Run for all children More details will come nearer the time (but there won't be any pressure for parents to buy new jumpers at all).
Wednesday 16th December- Christmas Dinner Day!
Thursday 17th December - Class Christmas Parties
Friday 18th December - Our 'Christmas Celebration' will be shared with families via the website.
Our school calendar is nearly here!
The Crestwood Park school calendar is nearly here and will be ready for you to order very soon for £6 each.
Our calendars feature self-portraits of each child on their birth month; we have received a draft in school and they look amazing...an ideal easy present for friends and family!
For each calendar sold, school will make £3 which will help to boost our funds for the 'extra' activities and treats we like to give our children. This will help make up for the lack of other fundraising events such as the Autumn discos and film nights.
In anticiaption of your support- thankyou!
Christmas Craft Competition - Friday 4th December
On Friday 4th December, the school council will be running a Christmas Craft Competition!
If children want to take part they can make their Christmas Craft at home and bring it to their classrooms on the 4th December. It will be free to enter and all crafts will be used to help decorate our school hall. There will be a prize for the best craft from each class!
We can't wait to see your Christmas creations!
Reading at Crestwood Park
I would love to hear about your favourite books – you may want to write it down, draw or picture, take a photograph or even film yourself with your favourite book! Tell me why this book is your favourite – so that we can share these with our whole school.
I look forward to hearing all about your favourite books – you can send me them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help?
Reception class would like some medium sized wooden cable reels to use in their 'Little World' and outside areas. If anyone is able to source and donate these, we would really appreciate it!
Many thanks for your support!
Primary Admissions 2021
If you have children who will be starting school in September 2021 can you please make sure that admissions forms have been completed and sent to Dudley Admissions Service by 15th Jaunary 2021.
COVID-19 cases are continuing to soar in Dudley, and now the borough has the highest figures in the West Midlands.
Unless the number of cases starts to fall, local restrictions could remain in place post lockdown, and in the run up to Christmas.
Residents are being urged to follow the national lockdown rules.
See the latest figures on our data dashboard www.dudleyhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/localoutbreakcontrolplan
For advice and information on coronavirus visit including testing locally www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus
Looking after our Community...
We know that home is not the safest place for everyone right now. If you feel frightened by the person you live with, we want you to know help is available.
Recently we’ve seen that the lockdown has put pressure on new couples, who have moved in together at an early stage in their relationship to avoid separation. Without having enough time to get to know their new partner and spot any warning signs, some of them now feel trapped. This can feel worse if there isn’t the usual support from family and friends nearby.
If you need help and support, there is Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for people in Dudley. The number is open to victims, families and professionals and helps people get to the right service as quickly and easily as possible when support is needed.
If you need to leave your house to escape an abusive situation, no matter what level of lockdown, you are allowed to do so. If you need to go somewhere, local refuges are open and are taking people in.
We know women, men and members of our LGBTQ+ communities can all suffer domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is there to support everyone – you can call them on 0808 2000 247.
Of course we are always here to help. If you are worried about your own safety or the safety of a member of your family, a friend or neighbour, get in touch with us.
If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, call 999 and we will get officers to them as soon as possible.
If it isn’t safe to talk out loud, you can make a silent 999 call by typing 55 after the call is answered.
Alternatively you can avoid talking on the phone by using Live Chat. We have specially trained officers who can provide support and practical assistance and help keep you safe - even in periods of isolation.
Below are some of the charities and organisations that provide help and support to people in Dudley. For a full list visit: No Excuse for Abuse
Dudley Domestic Abuse SPOC (single point of contact)
Black Country Women’s Aid
24 hour helpline: 0121 552 6448
Text or WhatsApp between 9am-9pm weekdays
07384 466 181
Dudley Council Housing
0300 555 2345
Adult Social Care
0300 555 0055
Children’s Social Care
0300 555 0050
Out of hours social care for adults and children
0300 555 8574
We also know that children often suffer in households where there is domestic abuse. If you are concerned about a child, you can get advice, Live Chat our staff and report abuse to us using this link - https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/child-abuse
Alternatively you can talk to the NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Together we are a community – let’s spread the message that no victim is alone.
Year Five Class Assembly
Very well done to the children and teaching team in Year 5 for a marvellous class assembly. It is available to view on our website/ app. Go to 'Our School', 'Pupil Pages' and then 'This Week's Assemblies' or click the link here . If you can't see the assemblies, then you're not logged in. Once logged in, the week's assemblies will appear!
We're always noticing children doing the right things in school; this week particularly we've seen so many children helping one another out, so many acts of kindness and super manners. Although the academic side of school life is incredibly important, we also know that how children behave and their attitudes towards others really makes a difference to how they get on in life. We use our SPARKS to constantly remind children how to behave in and out of school- see if they can tell you what each letter stands for!
Look after each other and have a safe and peaceful weekend everyone. See you all on Monday!
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.