Welcome back to school! We would like to pass on our good wishes to you all for a happy and healthy New Year and, as always, we look forward to working with you in supporting your children here at school over the coming year.
I would also like to welcome our new staff: Mr Jonathan Hornsby who is our interim Deputy Head Teacher and is teaching in Y6; Mrs Julie Tate who will be teaching in Y2 and will be our new English Lead and Miss Sally Reynolds who will be working across the Trust.
Please check here for the latest up-to-date information, or please check out our latest Newsletter for any up-coming events.
We want to keep you informed!There is always lots going on in school and whilst we are limited at the moment, we do want to keep you updated and also share with you many of the activities and learning that happens all of the time.As well as newsletters every other Friday –sent via our app, and posted here on our website ,we also useTwitter and Facebook to share information and photographs. Our calendar on the school website is also populated with events that are planned.
Twitter–look for @clevescross and click ‘follow’. It’s a great way of sharing our school life with you.
Communication with class teachers
It is strange not being able to build face to face relationships with parents, especially as children move into their new classes. We do want to keep channels of communication open though and therefore we are keeping our class emails going – the same ones that you used during lockdown. So, if you have a questions, information or would just like to give some feedback to your child’s class teacher, please use their direct class email. They are all in the same format:
Year 1 –firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2 –email@example.com
Year 3 –firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 4 –email@example.com
Year 5 –firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 6 –email@example.com
These emails are an ideal way of keeping in touch with class teachers, but if you do have urgent information to pass on, please always telephone school to ensure this is dealt with in good time.
I have been asked by some parents about the wearing of face coverings on the yard at drop off and collection times. While this is not a recommended additional measure from the Local Authority or Public Health Education, we would welcome additional extra precautions being taken.
Thank you for your continued support.
Parents Questionnaire – Voucher Winner
Thank you to everyone who has responded to the parent questionnaire. As I said previously, we do value your feedback and it does help us to move the school forward.
We have picked a number at random from the questionnaires that were completed by midday on Monday and the winner of the £25 Asda voucher is Martha’s mam in Reception class. Well done Bryony!
You will be able to collect your voucher from Monday.
Thank you once again to everyone who took the time to complete it.
Start times – a reminder
We have been trialling the ‘soft start’ this half–term and it seems to be working well. We will continue with this next half–term but just wanted to remind everyone that children should be in school at 8.55am – this is when school starts. We are going to ring the bell in school and this will remind staff of the time as well. If you arrive after 8.55am, then please go to the main entrance and sign your child in.
Nursery children – start times are different for Nursery compared to the rest of the school so there would be no need for you to bring your child to the main entrance unless they were significantly later than their arrival time e.g. had attended a medical appointment.
Thank you for all of the kind donations for Harvest. We took them to St Luke’ Foodbank this morning where they were very gratefully received. It is still a very challenging time for many of our community and I know the food will be very
welcome. We held the raffle draw this morning. First prize of the fantastic food hamper was won by Cruz and Kai’s mum. Second and third prizes of a bottle of wine and a bottle of prosecco were won by Thomas and Ruby’s mum and Stephen’s mum. I think we will let you choose – whoever gets to school first to claim their prize, can have their choice of bottle! We managed to raise £157 in the raffle so thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets.
Mr Marshall Memorial Fund
We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Mr Marshall’s fund – last Friday’s collection was around £245 which just shows how much people thought of him. We are currently looking into what we can get in school in his memory and will let you know as we have decided on something.
MacMillan Coffee Morning 1.10.21
Thank you so much to everyone who came to our MacMillan coffee morning today.It was fantastic to welcome so many of you into school.We have raised a staggering £780.64 for MacMillan
.We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to Mr Marshall’s memorial fund. We are hoping to buy a seat / bench in his memory, to have in our school grounds.
If you’d still like to make a donation, please send this into school in an envelope.
The winning raffle ticket is blue strip 191-195. Please call into the office to claim your prize.
Safe Return to School
Year 5 – Ben Kate, Ella
Year 6 – Riley, Evie
We’re delighted to have been able to support last week’s comic relief efforts. Thank you for your donations. We raised a total of £294 to donate to the fund.
Friends of Cleves Cross Primary Virtual Balloon Race
Learning Trust Competitions
Please check out the following link regarding the latest Cleves Cross Learning Trust Art and DT competition:
A huge well done to all of the entries of the Art and DT competition. We had some fabulous entries, and it was lovely to see everyone trying new techniques and materials to create ‘A view from your window’. We were all blown away with the entries and found it very difficult to choose just 3 winners. Our first-place prize goes to Blake Stephenson in Year 5 who produced a fabulous sketch of his view, we loved the detail and simplicity of your piece. Well done. Our second-place prize goes to Beau MacDonald-Morris in Year 3 who created a very colourful inventive piece of artwork using different beads and materials. We loved your creativity. Well done. Our third-place prize goes to Joshua Blackett in Year 1 who created a view from a submarine window, we loved your imaginative spin on the competition. Well done. We also want to say a huge thank you to all of the Staff and Adults who took part. Our winners are Mrs Wall who used Disney to inspire her digital art and Sarah McGillycuddy-Clark who drew a view of Bray Beach in Ireland. Thankyou for everyone’s effort and prizes will be waiting when we get back to school!
Latest Parent Information
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Recording Live Teams Lessons
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Parent information re Closure January 2021
School will remain open to vulnerable children (those with a social worker) and the children of key workers. If you need to, please refer to the App to request a place.
Critical Workers Guidelines
To review the latest Government guidelines regarding what is a Critical Worker please checkout the link below:
Useful links to access support during lockdown
- Energy Advice Programme – need help with energy costs?
- County Durham Families Information Service
- Mental health and Emotional Support
- Durham County Council Covid-19 support
- Free Employment Support Service
- Foodbank Information
Blended Learning (Remote Learning)
The DfE (Department for Education) have asked all schools that where a class, group of pupils, or individual pupils need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or there are local or national restrictions requiring pupils to remain at home, schools are expected to provide immediate access to remote education.
As a school, we have decided to start using ‘Microsoft Teams’ to access learning whilst at home. It will be used every week for home learning (Assignments) and messages. Microsoft Teams will also be used to support any child that has to remain at home while self-isolating. If your child is self-isolating you will be contacted by the school to inform you that daily home learning will be in your child’s Microsoft Teams Class, ready for them to access. This is our first step on our journey towards ‘Blended Learning’ – teaching children in the class and at home, if needed.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a free Microsoft App/site that aims to simplify creating, distributing and assessing learning in a paperless way. Teachers can use Microsoft Teams to send announcements to entire classes, share resources, lesson notes, inputs, diagrams, and home learning. Children can use it to access work covered in class in school, at home or on the go and complete home learning. Parents can use some of the features of Microsoft Teams to help engage with and support children in their home learning. It is a free resource that can be accessed from any device connected to the internet – laptops, desktop computers, tablets or mobile phones. If you do not have the technology for this, please contact the school office.
Microsoft Teams has a number of different uses and benefits:
- Teachers can use it to set classwork/home learning tasks.
- Teachers can upload and save files which children can access both in and out of school.
- Frequently used website links can be shared on Teams which allows pupils quick and easy access.
- Microsoft Teams is a FREE website/app which is part of the free Microsoft suite of educational resources (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Forms etc.) This can be downloaded free from your regular app store. (It can also be accessed through a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox).
- Children can discuss classwork/home learning and can collaborate together on tasks.
- It encourages and develops our children’s digital literacy – many organisations, places of work, universities and secondary schools also use Microsoft Teams.
- Children can upload work for the teacher to see and feedback on.
- In each class Team are links to their regular useful websites, i.e. Spelling Shed, Conquer Maths, Times Table Rockstars, and more. This is to make it easier for the children so that they can access school links all from one place, Microsoft Teams.
Children will be shown in class what their ‘Team’ looks like, so please waste no time by logging in with your child’s unique username and password. This will be in your child’s Home Learning Journal (Years 1-6). Reception will mainly complete home learning through Tapestry. If you do not have your child’s login details for Teams, please contact their teacher.
We appreciate that this is a new way of teaching and learning for everyone, the teachers have been busy learning and practising different aspects of this in preparation for this new way of teaching. We anticipate that there may be aspects of this that will require adapting as we all become more proficient in ‘Blended learning’. We thank you in advance for your patience with this as we work together to support your children’s learning.
Children in Need
Thank you for your kind contributions towards this worthy cause. We managed to raise £258.70!
The children have really enjoyed learning about Harvest this half term! We hope you enjoy the video!
Thank you for your kind donations which we have now passed onto St Lukes Foodbank.
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