Issue 14 - Friday 4th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we enter the final couple of weeks of the Autumn term, school is starting to feel incredibly festive and in all classes you can sense excitement levels increasing as we approach Christmas day. This year at Parkfield it will look and feel slightly different as we can't plan and carry out many of the usual festivities. However, with Christmas parties, a filmed Reception Nativity, Christmas Dinner day (where children can wear their Christmas jumper) and Christmas Craft nights, we're doing our best to ensure pupils get the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy this magical time of the year.
Usually, at this time of the year we are preparing for the Christmas Fair which is always incredibly successful and provides some much needed funds for the school. Although this event can't take place this year, I do hope you can join in the Christmas raffle (details below) where some fantastic prizes can be won. The money raised will go towards a class set of ipads that we plan to purchase in the new year.
Again, I would like to thank parents and carers for their vigilance around coronavirus and keeping to the rules which helps keep the whole school community safe. A reminder that these include:
Your child should not attend school if he/she is unwell or has any COVID symptoms.
Your child must get a test if they are displaying any Covid symptoms. A negative result means they can return to school as long as they are well enough.
Do not send you child into school if anyone in the household has COVID symptoms or is awaiting a test result.
Self Isolate for 14 days if a member of the household tests positive.
Let school know immediately of any test results so we're able to act accordingly.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks as always for your continued support.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT NIGHTS
Next Monday and Tuesday we're holding our christmas craft nights for the whole school. They will take place between 3.15 and 4.15pm and children can be picked up from their usual door. If you would like your child to take part the cost is £3 and on the evening, whilst listenitng to Christmas music and drinking hot chocolate, they'll make a Chistmas craft that they'll get to take home with them. Payments can be made on school gateway or sent into the school office.
Monday 7th December: 3.15 - 4.15pm: Reception, Year 4 and Year 5
Tuesday 8th December: 3.15 - 4.15pm: Year 1, 2, 3 and 6
Please note that all monies raised will go towards subsidising the school pantomime trip , which is now taking place later in the year, and the purchase of additional iPads.
RECEPTION NATIVITY PERFORMANCE
Unfortunately, this year's nativity performance will not be attended by parents. Government guidelines, released yesterday, say that audiences are not permitted in tier 3 areas.
Like ourselves, you will be disappointed with this news but we will be producing a video of a performance that all parents and carers will be able to download for free.
A large number of our older pupils are spending large amounts of time on social media and at times, they're using it inappropriately. The link below is a 5 minute video on what you can do to help keep your children safe when using social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLSakcEJbak
We've also noticed that many of our pupils are playing the hugely popular game Among Us at the moment. Please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter where you will find a useful Parents Guide for the game.
HOME SCHOOLING PROVISION QUESTIONNAIRE
If your child or children have had to self isolate at any point since September, please let us know what you thought of the home schooling provision provided by spending a couple of minutes on the questionnaire found here: CLICK HERE FOR THE QUESTIONNAIRE
FREE CHRISTMAS QUIZ
Our annual Christmas Twitter quiz returned this week with a new question being tweeted each day. Children will have brought home an answer sheet for you to take part on. This year it will be free to enter - children can hand in completed answer sheets to their class teacher and we'll pick out two lucky festive prize-winners on Wednesday 16th December.
You will have recieved a letter with information this week on how to join in the school christmas raffle. Please do join in as it will help raise some much needed funds for the school. We're planning on using the money donated to subsidise a class set of ipads that we would love to purchase for use across the school.
A huge thanks to those local businesses that have supplied some great prizes for the raffle.
Although we're in the middle of a global pandemic, our whole school attendance continues to be excellent - proving that Parkfielders want to be in school! We've added an attendance section to the newsletter below to keep you informed of the levels of attendance across the school.
SELF ISOLATING PUPILS
Are reminder that self isolating pupils are able to join whole school assemblies on a Monday and Friday using the links below.
Monday Achievement Assembly at 10.10am https://zoom.us/j/93935292371?pwd=UmU3Q1VKZXIyQlFXTTh6MzJOcVVOUT09
Friday Achievement Assembly at 10.10am https://zoom.us/j/98045625355?pwd=SW9vVStTNFc4N1NhRDliNWxMY1Z0dz09
Children can bring in Christmas cards this Monday 7th December and Monday 14th December. Our covid safe way of delivering cards involves children posting cards to their friends in our Christmas postbox (which will come around to each class in the school). These will then be handed out on a Friday once the elves have sorted through them. Please ensure each envelope has either the full name or class of the child on the front to ensure they receive their card.
Unfortunately, due to the local restrictions of being in tier 3, we now know that the theatre that was putting on the Pantomime production for Y1-6 is unable to take place. However, as we believe the children would love the experience and we want them to enjoy the theatre we have rescheduled to attend the performances later on in the year. Dependent on the restrictions at the time, we hope to now attend the panto just before Easter. More information will follow but if you have already paid this will automatically be transferred over. For those that haven't yet paid, there's plenty of time now to pay the £10.
A reminder that our Covid-19 information page is being regularly updated and includes an up to date risk assessment. If you're unsure about the guidelines that are to be followed, the information will be on this page.
Overall Whole School Attendance: 96.1%
This week's Whole School Attendance: 96.8%
Our whole school attendance target for this academic year is 96%.
Year 1: 97.2%
Year 2: 97.9%
Year 3: 98.6%
Year 4: 100% *****
Year 5: 96.2%
Year 6: 97.4%
Early Birds and Busy Bees
Spaces are still available. Please contact the school office to book a place.
7.30am - 8.45am = £2.50, 8.15am - 8.45am = £1.50, 3.15 - 5.30pm = £8.00
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
EDGAR WOOD ACADEMY
Our pupils are going to have more choice of local high schools in future. Edgar Wood Academy was approved by the Department for Education to enter its pre-opening phase in summer 2019. The 11-16 state-funded secondary school will be operated by Altus Education Partnership which is also responsible for the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Rochdale Sixth Form College. The new secondary school is proposed to open in temporary accommodation in September 2021 with the permanent school building targeted for September 2022. The permanent site will be located on land at Bowlee, accessed off Heywood Old Road in the Middleton area of Rochdale.
As part of the pre-opening phase, the academy are very keen to receive feedback from local community members, parents and potential pupils, stakeholders, educators, professionals and providers.
For more information about the consultation, please visit https://edgarwood.org/consultation/ and you can submit any feedback through the following link: https://edgarwood.org/consultation-questionnaire/.
Our current Y6 pupils are able to apply for next September even if you have applied to other schools in the local authority. The following link has more information. https://edgarwood.org/apply/
Please visit the curriculum section of our website to find out about the learning that will be taking place in your child's class this next half term. https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/long-term-plans
At Parkfield we have always taught Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) but from this September 2020 the relationships and health aspect of the subject is compulsory for all schools to deliver. We have produced a 5 minute video (see below or on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsmjgr9LzU ) to explain the changes to the curriculum and welcome any comments or questions by completing the following online form: https://forms.gle/74cPzL3VmG2EAvbF9
Y6 BREAKFAST BOOSTER
We have had over twenty Y6 pupils each day attending our free breakfast booster classes, which is fantastic news. However, there's room for more! Please join us from 8.15am.
Staff are now wearing face coverings in all communal areas within the school to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This is because schools across the country are finding that transmission of the virus is high amongst staff. We ask for your support by continuing to wear face coverings on the school grounds and not coming to the school office unless absolutely neccessary.
HOME LEARNING FOR SELF ISOLATING PUPILS
If your child is at home self isolating work is being set via our online system 'Showbie' so that they can complete work in line with what their peers will be learning in the classroom. Teachers are able to comment and feedback on work that is submitted. For more information please visit the home learning section of the website - https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home-learning
PUPIL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
We've been asked to share the following link with families that are worried about their child's mental health and wellbeing due to the coronavirus. The website found here gives some great advice on how you can support your child at this difficult time: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/coronavirus/support-for-parents-families-and-young-people/frequently-asked-questions/
ROTARY CLUB SHOE BOX DONATIONS £1
For those families that would like to support the Rotary club with their annual shoebox appeal please send £1 in a labelled envelope into school and we'll send a shoebox home with your child. These can then be returned and then passed back to Rotary club where they send them to those children in need across the UK and Eastern Europe. They can be filled with items such as: toiletries, toys, socks, gloves, scarves.
SCHOOL OFFICE ACCESS
To keep staff safe in the current climate it is vital that parents and carers only come to the school office if it is essential. Money and letters can be placed in school bags which will then be collected by class teachers and messages can be taken via the phone or email. If you do have to enter the premises a facemask must be worn.
A reminder that school starts at 8.45 promptly and classroom doors are open until 9am each morning. Late arrivals after this time must enter via the main entrance.
BIRTHDAY TREATS REMINDER
Unfortunately, children are not be able to bring in any sweets/cake to share with their classmates for their birthday. As an alternative, we would be extremely grateful if they want to donate a book to their class library. Thanks to the many that have already donated something this year.
CORONAVIRUS INFO https://newsletters.parkfieldprimary.com/covid-19-information
A reminder that if anyone in your household displays symptoms of coronavirus, the whole household must self isolate and not come into school until that person has been tested and recieved a negative result. At school, self-isolation will not be classed as an absence and work will be provided for those that are at home. If you are unsure, please contact school.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
A reminder that to help reduce congestion we are asking:
Parents and children to stand in allocated areas
Only one parent/carer to enter the school grounds, where possible
Those that are happy for their child to walk onto the school site and wait on their own may do so (likely to be Y6 and 5 children)
Prospective parents can now apply for their child to join us in September 2021 by clicking here: http://rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/primary-admissions/Pages/apply-for-a-primary-school-place.aspx The application deadline is January 15th 2021.
PROSPECTIVE PARENTS - VIRTUAL OPEN DAY
If you are or know of any prospective parents for September 2021 please share the following link with them: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/admissions.html
HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KS2 CHILDREN
A reminder that children are welcome to bring in healthy snacks for morning break because we currently have no tuck shop up and running. Children in KS1 receive free fruit and milk. There is also no toast available for KS1 and KS2 on a Friday.
Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their full outdoor PE kit.
Monday: Year 3 and 4
Tuesday: Year 5 and 6
Thursday: Year 1 and 2
Please note: Reception do not require an outdoor PE kit. More information can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/uniform.html
SCHOOL PLACES AVAILABLE
For anyone who might be interested: Our school is almost full but we have a few spare places in Y4. Contact the school office for more details. There is a process with Rochdale LA to follow, but we can help.
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.
As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.
Health and Safety
Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.