Newsletter – 11th September 2020

We’ve made it to the end of the first week! While I am sure there are many tired children (and staff) out there, it really has been great to see how happy and ‘normal’ school life is beginning to feel like again. Despite the required separation of bubbles, we are still seeing playgrounds filled with children enjoying spending time with their old friends again and making some new ones too – even across the divides between each bubble’s play area.

 

This would normally be the time parents and teachers are catching up at the end of the day on how your child is settling in. As this is not currently possible within the current safety measures, we encourage any parents or carers to get in touch via the class emails (e.g. new3NM@chalkwellhall.co.uk) should you want to discuss something with the class teacher or just to get feedback on how your child has settled in.

 

Some topics are more appropriately dealt with over the phone, so if you would prefer this then please contact the school office or email the teacher to request a call at a mutually convenient time.

 

This week has been our first experience as a whole school in using Microsoft Teams, and we have been delighted to see so many of you logging in at home and uploading your spelling ‘assignments’ through the system. Particular congratulations to 6AD who all managed to turn in their homework through Teams this week, and they now get to celebrate this with an extra break time.

 

We know the week has not gone without a few technical hitches, but it has been really helpful to find these now so that we can resolve them quickly ahead of any future need to use the system more widely. Homework will continue to be primarily shared through Teams, so we ask that if anyone encounters technical difficulties, through lack of appropriate devices or login-related issues, to get in touch with the school as soon as possible.

 

Many of you will have seen the new blue barriers on the playground, which arrived on Monday. They are currently helping with the playground separation and our one way systems at pick-up time. However, the intended aim for those barriers is to create a safe, controlled space for football at break times once things return to normal. The picture below shows how we hope to be able to use the barriers ‘properly’ when we are allowed to do so.

 

 

Children had their first in-class celebration assemblies today, where certificates for ‘Maths Champ’ ‘Reader of the Week’ and our ‘Achievement Award’ for showing the school’s core values are all handed out. We also celebrate classes with the best attendance and punctuality across the school, which has been a very close competition this week for all the right reasons. Normally we would hold these assemblies as a whole upper or lower school in the hall, but it is also nice to see classes giving recognition to their own classmates for their achievements in these first few days back.

 

Postcards linked to our 6 core values are another way we like to celebrate children’s achievements in school, and these will continue this year in an electronic format. Parents will receive an email from the class teacher with the child’s postcard attached, so that it still keeps a little of the surprise for the child that they would have had when the normal postcards arrived through the post.

 

 

Date for the diary

The first of our in-school events will be celebrating ‘Roald Dahl Day’ next Monday (14th September). The day includes the option to dress up if your child wishes to.

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance so far this year is 96%. Well done everyone! Let’s try to maintain this high level of attendance and punctuality!

 

Thank you for your continued support.