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Newsletter

24th September 2020

Attendance

Thank you for making every effort to ensure your children are in school; most children continue to be in which is really pleasing.  We have updated the current guidance on what to do if you suspect your child has Covid-19 symptoms; this is on our school website under Parents Tab/Coronavirus Update under the Headteacher’s message.  The link is:  www.christchurchprimary.org/coronavirus-update/

 

Tik Tok Challenge Week:  Well done to everyone for a successful Tik Tock Challenge week this week.  We have given out lots of stickers!  Keep it up and we look forward to having another later in the term.

 

Please remember it is important that all children arrive on time for their allocated start time each day.  If your child does arrive late, they should enter school via the main school reception office and will be asked to sign in. 

Dates for your Diary              

Please note the following dates:

29th September                 *Y1-Y6 Parents’ Consultation Evening (telephone calls) 4pm-7pm – Surnames A – J

1st October                         Box Meal Day for School Census

2nd October                      Harvest Worship (in class)

5th October                       INSET DAY (school closed for ALL pupils)

6th October                         *Y1-Y6 Parents’ Consultation Evening (telephone calls) 4pm-7pm – Surnames K - Z

21st October                     Main School Photo Day

22nd October                    EYFS School Photo Day

23rd October                    Break up for Half-Term

2nd November                  Return to School   

 

*Reception Class consultation evening will be held week beginning 12th October – more information will follow shortly

Social Distancing

Thank you to everyone for continuing to regard the social distancing rules when accessing our school site.  A big thank you especially to our KS2 parents as it’s been a lot better around the playground gate this week.  We appreciate that lots of children are also being dropped off at the top of the drive and are walking into school which helps ease any parental congestion.

 

You will no doubt be aware that cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the Dudley borough.  Given this, we are now asking that all parents and carers wear face coverings when dropping off and picking up their children from school with effect from Monday 28th September.

We will be asking any visitors into school to also wear masks. 

 

Parents’ Consultation Evening

Please ensure that you return your completed and signed slip regarding your preferred time slot for your consultation telephone call.  If you haven’t received a letter (Years 1-6) please ask office staff.  Letters will be going out to EYFS parents shortly.

Box Meal Fun – Thursday 1st October

For school census day* on 1st October, we are organising a box meal for all children who opt for a school dinner on this day.  The box meal (similar to a McDonald’s happy meal box) will contain a cheese and tomato individual pizza and chips and there will be a variety of puddings available (jelly, ice-cream, cookies etc) and will be delivered to the children in their classroom bubbles.  *We’d like as many children as possible to take up a meal on this day as it would ensure that school receives funding which will be used for fabulous learning resources.  NB the box meal is the only meal option on this day.  Also, as we’re serving pizza on Thursday, Friday’s option will now be a chicken wrap (i.e. we have effectively swapped Thursday and Friday menus around).

Harvest Celebration

Our Harvest Celebration will be on Friday 2nd October in our year group bubbles.  We are once again joining together with Christ Church to support the Black Country Food Bank.  We are asking for donations of non-perishable food and toiletry items (e.g. tins of beans/vegetables, cereals, long-life milk, toothpaste, nappies etc) which can be brought to school with effect from week commencing 28th September.  There will be a collection box for donations outside the main school hall from Monday 28th September.  Please click on this link for further information: www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/support/donate

 

Reading

Thank you for continuing to read at home regularly with your child!  Please ensure your child has their book bag in school every day.  Children who read at home three times (or more) every week will receive a stamp in their Reading Record!

Times Table Rockstars!

Well done to all children who have been practicing Times Tables Rock Stars over the past few months.

 

New TT Rockstars’ classes have now been updated and battles can commence!  Children in Years 3-6 will receive their new logins and passwords over the next few days, so please look out for the letter.  

If children do not have access to a computer at home, please download the free 'Times Tables Rock Stars' app which allows them to play on a smart phone or tablet. Learning timestables is an integral part to children's understanding of mathematics, so please encourage your children to play as much as possible. Certificates and places on Leader Boards are also up for grabs! If you have any trouble with Rock Star accounts please email school at:  info@christ-ch.dudley.sch.uk and someone will get back to you.  

KS2 PE – ‘Active Mile’

Following the information on last week’s newsletter, we are delighted to confirm that Years 4 and 6 will have completed their first recorded time for active mile this week (Year 4 was on Monday and Year 6 will do theirs on Friday).  Next week they will be trying to beat their personal best!  All children's times have been uploaded to the virtual competition against local schools and we look forward to giving you the results next week!

 

Golden Book Awards

We will be sending out certificates this week which have been awarded for this month’s value of Kindness

 

Flu Vaccinations

We are pleased to confirm that the flu vaccination programme will take place this year in schools for children in Reception to Year 6.  We are waiting to hear from Vaccinations UK regarding the date and consent forms etc and we’ll let you know this in due course.

Playground Equipment

May we take this opportunity to remind you again that children should NOT be using the playground equipment in the mornings (or afternoons); we have a rota for use of equipment and all children will have an opportunity to use it within their bubbles.  I am delighted to tell you that in every year group our children are enjoying happy healthy lunchtimes playing socially distanced games and activities.

Free School Meals

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents and carers to check if they are entitled to free school meals and to make an application.  Even if your child prefers to have a packed lunch, there are many other benefits to having a FSM award for your child; e.g. school will receive additional funding which will go towards the cost of important resources and, of course, you may be entitled to receive vouchers or grab bags in the event of another national lock down.  To enquire and make an application, please speak to office staff or go directly to: 

www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/benefits/free-school-meals and complete the online form.

Contact Us

Please may we take this opportunity to remind all parents and carers that we continue to have an open-door policy here at Christ Church Primary School.  In line with Covid-19 infection control guidance, visitors into school will be by appointment only and should now wear a mask whilst accessing public areas on our premises (i.e. playgrounds, office foyer etc). We would still very much like you to contact us with any questions and queries no matter how small.  Please telephone our school office of email us and office staff will pass on all information, questions and queries to the relevant person.  If your query is more urgent or you feel it is important to speak to someone in person, please come along to the office window. We ask that only one person or one family steps into the entrance and while you are waiting, please maintain social distancing.

 

Telephone:  01384 818375

Email:  info@christ-ch.dudley.sch.uk

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