Newsletter – 7th September 2020

Welcome back one and all! It was lovely to see how keen and happy the children were to come charging through the gates yesterday morning – their enthusiasm is fantastic, especially for most of the children who have been away from school for almost 5 months!

 

It has only been two days but I am amazed at how quickly our school community has adapted to the staggered drop off and pick up. Your children have slotted in to the new routines quickly and I hope they continue to adapt to the ‘new normal’ with similar success. I would also like to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to the parents/carers for your support of the new routines.

 

On that note, we are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency of these new guidelines, whilst remaining as safe as possible. I am aware that the pavement outside of school is narrow and busy, so to avoid congestion at the front gate, please enter the main gate, say goodbye to your children in the front car park away from the main gate, and exit through the single gate on to the London Road.

 

The fact that we cannot meet all the parents for face-to-face meetings is frustrating but unavoidable within the current climate. As well as contacting the office, parents can email their new teacher directly with any queries or concerns they may have. This can be done via the email addresses given to you before the summer break, as part of the transition videos.  For example, class 4GW’s email address is new4GW@chalkwellhall.co.uk . Please be patient with their response time, and they will get back to you as soon as possible after completing their teaching responsibilities.

 

Your child will be coming home today with a letter about Microsoft Teams – our new remote learning platform. While this is only to be used by those who need to isolate, we want to make sure everyone is familiar with the new system and we can identify any issues early on. The letter includes two short challenges for your child to complete on Teams, which help them to navigate key features of the platform.

 

We say a warm welcome to all our new Year 3 families and also to some new staff. Miss Bennett has joined us in the Year 3 team, and Mr Fleming has joined us in the Year 5 team.

 

The first of our in-school events will be celebrating ‘Roald Dahl Day’ on Monday 14th September which includes the option to dress up. Details to follow next week.

 

Thank you for your continued support.