Parental Letter – Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Parental Letter – Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Yet another half term starts and we are still not all back in schooltogether. We continue to reach out to all our children and families through the weekly phone calls and respond to the class emails. Thank you to all the children who have sent their postcards back it has been lovely to hear what the children have been up to.

Following the announcement late last week, Rochdale Council has said schools will not open for more pupils until the 15th June at the earliest. It is currently our plan to invite Year 6 in on the 15th June and hopefullyYear 1 the week after, however, this may change. We will keep you informed and provide notice when children in set year groups are able to return.

To support social distancing in school;we have set up our classrooms with only 10 desks in each room, provided markings on the playground to help separate the children and have prepared areas for parents to wait in when dropping off and collecting children. Other more detailed measures will be outlined as the yeargroups begin to return.

We do NOT expect children to wear uniform in school before September. However, children will need to ensure they have suitable footwear for playing outside (trainers are best) and they must be able to manage their own shoelaces, if worn. If it is hot, please send your child with sun cream on and a hat. Children should have their shoulders covered, no vest tops or summer dresses with straps to avoid sunburn. We have seen an increase in the number of children in the vulnerable and key worker children groups attending school; to support this we have made the following arrangements-

From Monday 8thJune

  • Key Worker children and vulnerablechildren should be in school every day. The government advice now states that if they are entitled to attend they should attend;this is a change from the previous advice.
  • Set start and finish times. We ask that Key Worker and Vulnerable Children arrive at 8.30amand are collected at 3.30pmfrom the playground. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
  • Hot Meals –the week of the 8thJune may be the last week hot meals are served but these must be paid forunless your child is on Free School Meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals. Please arrange a bank transfer or send the money in with your child in a sealed envelope.
  • The School Office –We will not be allowing parents into the main entrance unless they havebooked a meeting. We will be encouraging all parents to contact school via phone or email for the vast majority of contact.

Stay Safe,

Mr R Walthall

Headteacher

Parents Letter – Thursday 21st May 2020

Parents Letter – Thursday 21st May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I had hoped to be writing to you this evening to inform you that Governors had agreed plans for the phased return of more pupils following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 8thMay. Unfortunately, late last night we received notice from the Local Authority (LA)that they wish to ‘quality assure’all risk assessments for all schools across the borough.We had already informed them of our plans and whilstwe appreciate this additional level of support,obviously this new arrangement will take additional time.

It is therefore with regret that I inform parents that the earliest any children may return will be Monday,8thJune.At this stage we will be planning for year 6 only and then year 1 the following week. Obviously,the delay in our timeline does not factor in any changes in government advice that may occur so I am afraid these are not concrete plans.

I share your frustration and anxiety around the current situation and can only emphasise and apologise that these things are beyond the control of the staff and Governors at Stansfield Hall.

When we are allowed and the time is right, we will return to school in as safe a way as possible. Our current plans include keeping the children in small groups of no more than 10 in a room known as bubbles with split playtimes and lunchtimes etc. Once we have our arrangements approved by the LA, I will share these with you. In the meantime, we plan to open over what would have been the half-term holiday, for vulnerable and key worker children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.

If we are able to reopen to more children before summer, we will NOT be asking children to wear school uniforms and there will be other significant changes in drop-off and collection times for the different year groups that we will insist parents stick to. We will have different times for parents with children in different eligible year groups.

At this stage we will not be able to answer individual questions but if you wish to email your questions to earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk and we will use them to produce a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide when we publish our full plan.

In the meantime; please keep safe, keep in touch, and if you think we can help in any way, email, or phone school.

Take care,

Mr R. Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – 11th May 2020

Parental Letter – 11th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Another few weekshave passed under lockdown and we continue to reach out with phone calls to all our families and offer any support we can.

Last night, our Prime Minister announced that there may be a phased re-opening of schools from the 1stof June. We know no more than you as to what that will look like or how it will be managed at this stage. Please try not to worry: we are working with our Local Authority to start to plan any return to school in a safe and controlled way but until we know exactly what the government expects us to do. School is only open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. As and when we have further news and a clear plan, we will share this with you. In the meantime, please keep your children safe and at home.

Thank you to the parents who completed our online form. It was lovely to hear from so many of you and to hear how the staff phone calls are helpful. I know the staff is enjoying catching up with the pupils. Please keep an eye out on the post over the next few weeks as certificates for Timetable Rockstar Battles, Accelerated Reader and letters from class teachers are being sent out. This month’s story Time Magazine should also be arriving soon if it has not already done so. To ensure you get your certificates, please keep reading and doing quizzes at home. This week, we have set up a TT Rockstar battle between Years5 and 6 and Years3 and 4 to finish on Friday.

I would like to remind families that, if your circumstances change and you feel you may now be eligible, you should apply for Free School Meals using the application form on the Local Authority website or by using the link on the ‘Coronavirus’ page of the school website.

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email ourearlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk.All these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – Thursday 30th April 2020

Parental Letter – Thursday 30th April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

Another week in lockdown and the wonderful weather seems to have turned a little more typical for this time of year. We all continue to do the best we can under these difficult circumstances. No one person has the answers and no one idea will suit everyone but we too are trying to do the best we can as a school to serve you our families and pupils. For this reason, I am writing to ask you to complete our online survey so that we may best understand the impact of our actions on you as a family. I repeat the mantra “Do some reading and maths every day and some writing when you can” but other than that do what you can.

Please complete the Survey here or on our website.

For those parents who are expecting food vouchers as part of the universal free school meals scheme I canonly share your frustration. The system has had school staff all over the country held online for hours every day overthe recent weeks and Stansfield Hall is no exception. We are trying very hard to make this work for you and I thank our staff for their hard work and you for your patience. Please check your junk emailand contact school on the email below if you still need any further support. I know the staff have enjoyed chatting with the children since we started calling to talk to them last week and we will continue to do so.

If you do need any extra activities or work in addition to the work set on our school website every week, the Renaissance Learning site has eBooksthe children can read, TimesTable Rockstars is available as is BBC Bite Size with a range of activities.

I would like to remind families that, if your circumstances change and you feel you may now be eligible, you should apply for Free School Meals using the application form on the Local authority website or by using the link on the ‘Coronavirus’ page of the school website.

Over the coming weeks we expect teachers to be able to write to pupils and pupils to reply. This will be done when your child’s class teacher is in the school building so not all pupils will receive a letter in the same week.

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care,

Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Parental Letter – 20th April 2020

Parental Letter – 20th April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

As we continue in this new world of “lockdown” and School Closure I find it strange not to be writing a welcome back letter but instead writing to update you on how we will be contacting you and the children over the coming weeks. These are difficult times for many, some of you will be embracing the warmer weather with opportunities to do things as a family you do not usually have time to do and others will be desperate for this to end. I am sure many of you will be feeling somewhere in between. The huge range of emotions and feelings we are going through are natural and keeping in touch with friends, family and school through phone calls are ways that we can help each other with the challenges we face. We are all doing the best we can.

We will continue to set work and place it on our School Website every Wednesday as part of “Web Update Wednesdays”. I also remind you of the class email addresses we set up so that you can share the fantastic things you have been doing at home with your child’s class teacher and when appropriate this can be shared with the whole school on the web site as well. The BBC have released BBC Bitesize programmes for primary age children to help educate them in all areas of the curriculum. We hope every family has now received their Storytime Magazine for April and many children will be looking forward to the May edition.

From this week, I will be asking class teachers and teaching assistants when they are working in school to phone families and speak to the children in their class in addition to our weekly contacts with all families. This means that most parents will get a call every two out of three weeks when staff will want to talk to your children. We are not “checking up” on how much work you have done with them but on how they are and encouraging them to do some reading and maths.

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Rochdale’s Children’s Services are running a community project and need our help!

Rochdale’s Children’s Services are running a community project and need our help!

Dear Parents/Carers

Rochdale’s Children’s Services are running a community project and need our help!  

As a result of all the beautiful artwork children have done in support of the NHS and other keyworkers, they are asking young people to draw some images to share some of the stay home messages and also some supportive messages to go in with the food parcels they deliver to shielded residents, some of whom won’t be getting a lot of contact with people and these drawings could really cheer them up during a difficult time.  Some of the messages could be;

  •  Thank you for helping save lives and protect the NHS by staying at home
  • We know isolation is tough, we’re here for you, thinking about you and doing our bit to make sure we save lives and protect the NHS
  • There are lots of people from the council, police and NHS, as well as community volunteers, here to help and support you. If you need help and support contact 01706 923685.
  •  Social distancing is so important – stay 2m or more away from others when you go out for essential supplies or exercise

Or of course, you are more than welcome to come up with your own messages to those in isolation!

Please send pictures of the artwork to earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk by Tuesday 21st April so we can return to the Local Authority.

Thankyou for your support in this uncertain time and please remember to contact school on 01706 378273 if you need any advice or support.

Parental Letter – 3rd April 2020

Parental Letter – 3rd April 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

At the end of another strange week, I just wanted to keep in touch with everyone.

School remains closed although open for critical worker’s children across the “Easter Holidays” (Except the Bank Holidays when we will be closed). A reminder that children coming into school during the Easter Holiday should bring their own packed lunch as meals will be provided in school.

Information for Free School Meal Children (based on benefit entitlement) has been posted on our Website about continuing to collect a “grab bag” from school or how to apply for the supermarket vouchers.

After Easter, we will continue to phone every family at least once a week, we may even manage to check in with a few of you over the next two weeks as well. These calls are merely to check in and see how you are and to keep in touch. We are not checking up on whether the children have completed work or not, as I said in the letter last week, these are unprecedented times and all families will be doing what they can to manage these new temporary arrangements. Keep up the amazing work you are all doing.

Storytime Magazine. We have taken advantage of a special offer and purchased a monthly subscription for every family to receive a StorytimeMagazinethrough the door once a month. Please encourage your children to read them or share them with your children and enjoy them during this period of ‘lockdown’ when they arrive.

Please keep in touch using class emails

willowclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

sycamoreclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

mapleclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

elmclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

birchclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

FREE access to Kaizen-Do’s VIRTUAL Karate classes

FREE access to Kaizen-Do’s VIRTUAL Karate classes

Kaizen-Do, the company that deliver our Karate for Concentration classes in school, is offering three live, daily, VIRTUAL classes Monday-Friday (10am, 2pm, 6pm) and one on a Saturday morning (10am). The virtual classes are delivered via software called ‘ZOOM’ and parents/guardians should find it very easy to set up.

To take up the offer all you need to do is one of the following:

  1. Simply call us; 07739 746 836 and tell the team member who answers the phone that they are a school student and would like to access the virtual classes

OR

  1. Send us a text message on the number above or email (team@kaizendokarate.com) explaining the above

OR

  1. Message them on their Facebook group; Kaizen-Do Karate and ask to access the virtual classes

We hope this helps to keep you active during these challenging times.

Wednesday 25th March – COVID-19 Update Letter

Wednesday 25th March – COVID-19 Update Letter

Dear Parents / Carers

These are unusual times and as such we are all doing the best we can. Each and every one of us will manage the weeks ahead in our own way. Schools were closed last week with very little notice and were also expected to operate as emergency childcare for critical workers within the COVID-19 response.

I appreciate that some families will want as much work as possible at home to represent a school day and to support their children academically as much as they can. I am also aware, that some parents will have limited access to technology, may have larger families and will, to be quite blunt, “want to survive”. The pressures and strains of being a family in “lockdown” under these uncertain times are immense and I certainly do not wish to add to that. As a school, we wish to support you in any way we can. For this reason, we are setting up class emails so parents/carers are able to communicate with the relevant class teacher.

We will be posting additional work and ideas to keep children busy, on our school website under the class pages, but please follow these basic principles –

-Something is better than nothing

-Little and often

-Do your best

To this end, I am fully aware that any games, craft or fun activities, watching any BBC children’s programmes and doing PE with Joe at 9 am on YouTube will benefit your children. Completing the work we set will help too but not if it causes massive amounts of stress to your whole family, think about how much of it you need to actually do. The children need to do some reading and maths daily and some regular writing a few times a week. Anything else is a bonus.

As I am sure you can appreciate, the skeleton staff in school are currently busy providing childcare to children as well as monitoring those at home. As a result, there may be a delay in replies you receive to emails. We will aim to reply to emails every Wednesday at the latest however, teachers will reply during the working day as and when they are able to.

This is a good opportunity for teachers to share resources and ideas with you and for you to ask questions and even just show us what you are getting up to. If you send images of your child’s work or activities and give us permission we will try to get as many as we can on the school website. Obviously, we will not be able to post all but sharing some may help keep connected as a school community during this time.

Please can we ask parents to email their child’s class email address with the name of their child so that the class teacher has a correct email address so teachers can respond and keep in touch, if you have more than one child you will need to email each class individually.

We will keep our class pages up to date every Wednesday and ensure class teachers have checked their emails on our “Web Update Wednesdays”.

willowclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

sycamoreclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

mapleclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

elmclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

birchclass@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk

If you are struggling with anything else and want any support or advice that you feel we as a school may be able to help with then please email our earlyhelp@stansfieldhall.rochdale.sch.uk all these emails are managed by myself and our staff.

Take Care, Stay Safe

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.