Crossgates Primary School

Kiln Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL16 3HB
Contact: Mrs. J. Norton - Headteacher
Email: head@crossgates.rochdale.sch.uk
Mrs. L. Richards - Business Manager
Mrs. L. McGuigan - School Administrator/Clerk to Governors
Mrs. E. McMahon - Deputy Head/ SEND Co-Ordinator

01706 654573

office@crossgates.rochdale.sch.uk

Weekly Newsletter

 

Please click on the date of the letter to view:

 

 

8th April 2022

1st April 2022

25th March 2022

18th March 2022

11th March 2022

4th March 2022

18th February 2022

11th February 2022

4th February 2022

28th January 2022

21st January 2022

14th January 2022

 

 

 Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                               8th April 2022

 

Reminders

  • WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR CHILD’S PACKED LUNCH OR SNACKS AND ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUT INGREDIENTS.
  • Extended day– 15 - 4pm – will continue after Easter.

Monday

-

Finches, Sparrows and Owls 1 & 2

Tuesday

-

Wrens (Yr 1)

Thursday

-

Falcons, Eagles & Kestrels

 

 

 

  • Yr 5 & 6 Swimmingwill resume on Tuesday, 26th April. Please ensure your child has their kit and all jewellery is removed. Year five will be back by 3:20pm each week, traffic permitting.
  • We are still a WOW school – walk at least once a week. Thank you.
  • Payments for school meals and Before/After school club and guitar tuition, MUST be made in advance.  If for any reason payment cannot be made, please contact the school office or myself.  As a school we cannot afford to amass any debt.

You can pay by:

Paypoint barcode (please see the office if you need another copy).

                 Online with a card.

                 Over the telephone by card.

 

  • Please do not park or drop off on the zig-zags outside school. They are for the protection of all children in school.
  • If your child is absent from school for any reason you must notify the office before the start of the school day. Thank you.

 

I just want to thank you for all your support over the last two challenging years, I really do appreciate it. This term has been the toughest yet with Covid cases and staff absence. Thanks to the dedication and flexibility of my staff, we have been able to keep face-to-face teaching going throughout the term.   Please continue to support us by keeping children at home with symptoms, washing hands before they come to school and not bringing anything other than their lunchbox and book bag into school, many thanks.  Your children have worked extremely hard this term and made great progress. They are tired now and need to recharge their batteries ready for next term.

 

HOLLINGWORTH LAKE

Next term we will be starting our activities at the lake again:

Tuesday, 3rd May             –           Eagle class will visit the lake for water sports

Wednesday, 4th May        –           Kestrel class will visit the lake for water sports

Thursday, 5th May           –           Falcon class will visit the lake for water sports.

More information will be sent after Easter.

 

SATs WEEK

During the week beginning Monday, 9th May, our year 6 children will be involved in SATs tests.  It is very important that all children are in school during this week as tests can only be taken on certain days. It is also important that they are in school every day leading up to the SATs. SATs week is a good week in school and we aim to make it as enjoyable as we can. Year 2 SATs are also carried out in May. These will be completed on various days throughout May.

  

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

You may have noticed that we have yellow signs outside school to say that the equipment must not be played on without the supervision of school staff. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. I know it is tempting, but please keep your children off the equipment. It is also really important that you still leave the school grounds as soon as you collect your child. We are still trying to avoid congestion outside. Thank you.

 

START AND END OF THE DAY

After Easter, the start and the end of the day will go back to normal. Some of you will have never experienced this!

Pre-covid, the school day was 8:45am – 3:15pm and we are returning to these times.  In the morning, doors will be open from 8:45am. The children will have a 10-minute window to be into school by 8:55am, when learning will start.  At the end of the day, the whole school will finish at 3:15pm.  In the morning, the children can arrive on the playground ready for the doors to open. Please do not congregate around the doors and please do not arrive on the playground before 8:40am.

At the end of the day, please still stand away from the class doors to wait for your child, just as you have been. To ease congestion, Robins and the Finches will be let out first.

All your children are really independent now, let’s not lose this. If your child is happy to go onto the playground on their own, as they have all year, then let them continue to do this. Many thanks for your support and patience over the last two years.

 

COVID

As you know there are no longer any free tests. You may still have some at home, if you have, use them when needed.

I have emailed the new risk assessment today.

 

The advice is now:

Adults, with symptoms and a temperature – isolate for 5 days and return to work from day 6.

Children, with symptoms and a temperature – isolate for 3 days and return to school on day 4. They must not return with a temperature.

Anybody with positive test should isolate for 5 days.

The key point seems to be the temperature and staying away from school and work until it has gone.

I hope this makes sense.

 

NON- UNIFORM WEAR YELLOW AND BLUE

As you know, today was non-uniform wear yellow & blue day to coincide with raising money for the Ukraine appeal again. We have set up a Just Giving page and the link is below if you would like to donate. Many thanks for your support.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crossgates-primary-school1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=crossgates-primary-school1&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5cc14a13e18a4d96b52993ef7f78e082.

 

CROSSING, STOPPING/PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL

As you know, we have a Crossing patrol outside school. We ask that you use this service to cross the road; it is extremely dangerous to cross the road between parked cars. There have been several instances with children leaving school from the carpark exit and running straight across the road.

Also, can we remind parents that they must not stop or park on the zig-zag lines outside school, block or reverse in the entrance to the car park or block local residents’ driveways. Our residents do get very frustrated if they can’t leave their driveway.  The same rules apply to taxis dropping families off, tell the driver where to park please. Surely, 2 minutes driving up the road and turning around is better than injuring a child. Please make outside our school a safer place for all. Thank you.

 

EASTER HOLIDAY

Just a reminder that we finish for Easter today and return to school on Monday, 25th April - 8.45am for an 8.55am start.

 

I hope you have a fabulous break and thank you again.  

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in ringing school.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                                  1st April 2022

 

Reminders

  • WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR CHILD’S PACKED LUNCH OR SNACKS AND ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUT INGREDIENTS.
  • Extended day– 15 - 4pm.

Monday

-

Finches & Owls 1 & 2

Tuesday

-

Wrens (Yr 1)

Thursday

-

Falcons, Eagles & Kestrels

 

 

 

  • Yr 5 & 6 Swimmingnot on next week. It will resume on Tuesday, 26th April. Please ensure your child has their kit and all jewellery is removed. Year five will be back by 3:20pm each week, traffic permitting.
  • We are still a WOW school – walk at least once a week. Thank you.
  • Payments for school meals and Before/After school club and guitar tuition, MUST be made in advance.  If for any reason payment cannot be made, please contact the school office or myself.  As a school we cannot afford to amass any debt.

 

You can pay by:

           Paypoint barcode (please see the office if you need another copy).

Online with a card.

Over the telephone by card.

  

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Monday, 4th April - Owls 1 Fire Safety trip. Children will need a packed lunch from home unless a

                                 school one has been ordered.

Wednesday, 6th April - Class photographs. Children must be in full school uniform.

 

START AND END OF THE DAY

After Easter, the start and the end of the day will go back to normal. Some of you will have never experienced this!

Pre-covid, the school day was 8:45am – 3:15pm and we are returning to these times.  In the morning, doors will be open from 8:45am. The children will have a 10-minute window to be into school by 8:55am, when learning will start.  At the end of the day, the whole school will finish at 3:15pm.  In the morning, the children can arrive on the playground ready for the doors to open. Please do not congregate around the doors.

At the end of the day, please still stand away from the class doors to wait for your child, just as you have been.

All your children are really independent now, let’s not lose this. If your child is happy to go onto the playground on their own, as they have all year, then let them continue to do this. Many thanks for your support and patience over the last two years.

 

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

You may have noticed that we have yellow signs outside school to say that the equipment must not be played on without the supervision of school staff. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. I know it is tempting, but please keep your children off the equipment. It is also really important that you still leave the school grounds as soon as you collect your child. We are still trying to avoid congestion outside. Thank you.

 

COVID

From today, there are no longer any free tests. You may still have some at home, if you have, use them when needed.

 

The advice is now:

Adults, with symptoms and a temperature – isolate for 5 days and return to work from day 6.

Children, with symptoms and a temperature – isolate for 3 days and return to school on day 4. They must not return with a temperature.

Anybody with positive test will isolate for 5 days.

The key point seems to be the temperature and staying away from school and work until it has gone.

I hope this makes sense.

 

NON- UNIFORM WEAR YELLOW AND BLUE

On the last day of term, Friday 8th April, children can dress in yellow, yellow and blue or their own clothes and wear their Easter hat if they have one.

We also want to coincide this day with raising money for the Ukraine appeal again. We have set up a JustGiving page and the link is below if you would like to donate. Many thanks for your support.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crossgates-primary-school1?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=crossgates-primary-school1&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5cc14a13e18a4d96b52993ef7f78e082.

 

CROSSING, STOPPING/PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL

As you know, we have a Crossing patrol outside school. We ask that you use this service to cross the road; it is extremely dangerous to cross the road between parked cars.

Also, can we remind parents that they must not stop or park on the zig-zag lines outside school, block or reverse in the entrance to the car park or block local residents’ driveways. Our residents do get very frustrated if they can’t leave their driveway.  The same rules apply to taxis dropping families off, tell the driver where to park please. Surely, 2 minutes driving up the road and turning around is better than injuring a child. Please make outside our school a safer place for all. Thank you.

  

EASTER HOLIDAY

Just a reminder that we finish for Easter next Friday, 8th April and return to school on Monday, 25th April.

I hope you have a great break.

  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in ringing school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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 Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                               25th March 2022

 

Reminders

  • WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR CHILD’S PACKED LUNCH OR SNACKS AND ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUT INGREDIENTS.
  • Extended day– 15 - 4pm.

Monday

-

Finches & Owls 1 & 2

Tuesday

-

Wrens (Yr 1) will be cancelled next  week.

Thursday

-

Falcons, Eagles & Kestrels

 

 

 

  • Yr 5 & 6 Swimming – Next Tuesday 29th March will be the last one until Tuesday, 26th April. Please ensure your child has their kit and all jewellery is removed. Year five will be back by 3:20pm each week, traffic permitting.
  • We are still a WOW school – walk at least once a week. Thank you.
  • Payments for school meals and Before/After school club and guitar tuition, MUST be made in advance.  If for any reason payment cannot be made, please contact the school office or myself.  As a school we cannot afford to amass any debt.

You can pay by:

         Paypoint barcode (please see the office if you need another copy).

Online with a card.

Over the telephone by card.

  •  Just a reminder for parents of children attending Kingswood – we will return to school on Saturday, 26th March at about 3:00pm, traffic permitting.  Children must be collected by an adult.

 

 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

WKB 28th March – World Autism Acceptance Week.

Wednesday, 30th March – Autism coffee afternoon – CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Monday, 4th April – Owls 1 fire safety trip.

Wednesday, 6th April – Class photographs.

Friday, 8th April – Yellow day and Easter hats.

  

KINGSWOOD

Year 4 have gone to Kingswood today. We will return tomorrow, hopefully by 3pm. I will send a message when we leave the centre. All children must be picked up by an adult. The carpark will be open for you to park in. Thank you.

  

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

You may have noticed that we have yellow signs outside school to say that the equipment must not be played on without the supervision of school staff. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. I know it is tempting, but please keep your children off the equipment. It is also really important that you still leave the school grounds as soon as you collect your child. We are still trying to avoid congestion outside. Thank you.

 

NEW CARETAKER

On Monday, our new caretaker will be starting. His name is Mr. Sloan and you will see him around school. Mr. Ashworth is retiring at Easter after 13 years. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

 

COVID

We have had many new cases in school, both children and staff. It has particularly affected the younger children and their staff.  I have sent warn and inform letters to the classes involved. I know the guidance has changed, but if you can test your children that would be great. It just helps me to try and control the outbreak in school.

Our risk assessment is on our website. If positive, the advice is still to isolate for at least 5 days and complete a test on day 5 and 6. Please continue to let us know if your child is positive, thank you.

 

     Don’t forget, the clocks go forward this weekend.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me via the school office. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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 Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                                18th March 2022

 

Reminders

  • WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR CHILD’S PACKED LUNCH OR SNACKS AND ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUT INGREDIENTS.
  • Extended day– 15 - 4pm.

Monday

-

Finches & Owls 1 & 2

Tuesday

-

Wrens (Yr 1)

Thursday

-

Falcons, Eagles & Kestrels

 

 

 

  

  • Yr 5 & 6 Swimming – Continues every Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their kit and all jewellery is removed. Year five will be back by 3:20pm each week, traffic permitting.
  •  We are still a WOW school – walk at least once a week. Thank you.

 Many thanks to everybody who has donated for Red Nose today or towards the Ukrainian appeal, it is very much appreciated.

 

 

DOWN SYNDROME DAY

Monday, 21st March, is National Down Syndrome Day. To celebrate in school, we will be wearing odd socks for the day. During the day the children will find out about Down Syndrome and listen to some success stories of children with Down Syndrome.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Friday, 25th March – Year 4 residential to Kingswood.

WKB 28th March – World Autism Acceptance Week.

Wednesday, 30th March – Autism coffee afternoon.

Monday, 4th April – Owls 1 fire safety trip.

Wednesday, 6th April – Class photographs.

Friday, 8th April – Yellow day and Easter hats.

 

 COVID

We have had new cases in school. I have sent warn and inform letters to the classes involved. I know the guidance has changed, but if you can test your children that would be great. It just helps me to try and control it in school.

Our risk assessment is on our website. If positive, the advice is still to isolate for at least 5 days and complete a test on day 5 and 6. Please continue to let us know if your child is positive, thank you.

  

KINGSWOOD YR 4 RESIDENTIAL TRIP FRIDAY 25TH – SATURDAY, 26TH MARCH 2022

You should have already received a letter giving final details, but I have sent it again.

 

  

DINNER MONEY/BEFORE, AFTER SCHOOL CLUB/GUITAR TUITION PAYMENTS

Unfortunately, there have been several instances of non-payment of fees recently. If you have received a message about outstanding fees, please note this must be cleared in full before our return to school in January. Payments for school meals and Before/After school club and guitar tuition, MUST be made in advance.  If for any reason payment cannot be made, please contact the school office or myself.  As a school we cannot afford to amass any debt.

You can pay by:

Paypoint barcode (please see the office if you need another copy).

Online with a card.

Over the telephone by card.

Thank you so much for your co-operation.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me via the school office. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                            11th March 2022

 

Reminders

  • WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTENTS OF YOUR CHILD’S PACKED LUNCH OR SNACKS AND ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUT INGREDIENTS.
  • Extended day– 15 - 4pm.

Monday

-

Finches & Owls 1 & 2

Tuesday

-

Wrens (Yr 1)

Thursday

-

Falcons, Eagles & Kestrels

 

 

 

Dinner money/before and after school club/guitar tuition payments - Please ensure these are paid in advance. As a school we cannot afford to amass any debt.

You can pay by:

Paypoint barcode

Online with a card

Over the telephone by card

 

  • Yr 5 & 6 Swimming – Continues every Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their kit and all jewellery is removed. Year five will be back by 3:20pm each week, traffic permitting.

 

  • We are still a WOW school – walk at least once a week. Thank you.

 

It has been a very exciting week in school. 27 eggs in incubators arrived on Monday and we now have 23 chicks in Robins, Wrens and Sparrows. Before the chicks go to the farm, each class will have some time with the chicks.

The School Councillors have started their work on being a plastic clever school. Their campaign is called ‘Crossgates Against Plastics’. They have delivered their first assembly and will be working across school encouraging recycling and trying to stop using single use plastics.

The School Councillors have also planted a tree this week for the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’. It is a birch tree at the front of school. You will see it has a protective cover around it and a beautiful plaque made by Miss Clayton. Trees are being planted all over the country to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Please don’t allow your children to play around it whilst waiting to come into school, thank you.

 

 

DOWN SYNDROME DAY

National Down Syndrome Day is on Monday, 21st March. To celebrate in school, we will be wearing odd socks for the day. During the day the children will find out about Down Syndrome and listen to some success stories of children with Down Syndrome.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Monday, 14th March – 6pm zoom SATS information meeting for year 6 parents only.

Meeting ID: 895 3610 4496   Passcode: 300945

Wednesday, 16th March – Welly Wednesday – Robins, Wrens and Sparrows

Friday, 18th March – Red Nose Day – wear red and donate to the Ukraine appeal or Red Nose Day.

Friday, 18th March – Owls 2 fire safety trip

Monday, 21st March – Down Syndrome Day

Friday, 25th March – Year 4 residential to Kingswood

WKB 28th March – World Autism Acceptance Week

Wednesday, 30th March – Autism coffee afternoon

Monday, 4th April – Owls 1 fire safety trip

Wednesday, 6th April – Class photographs

Friday, 8th April – Yellow day and Easter hats

 

COVID – Please follow the most up-to-date guidance. Our risk assessment is on our website. If positive, the advice is still to isolate for at least 5 days and complete a test on day 5 and 6. Please continue to let us know if your child is positive, thank you.

 

UKRAINE APPEAL

As a school, we have decided to support this appeal rather than donate to Red Nose Day; but it is completely up to you which fundraising you wish to support.

The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.

 

To make a donation please visit:

https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal

 

or the Red Nose Day appeal.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me via the school office. Thank you.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                   4th March 2022

 

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