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Collingwood Primary School, North Shields - Welcome to Our New School Website!

Newsletter April 2020

27.4.20

Dear parents and carers,

                                       It feels like a life-time since seeing you all – I’m sure that, like me, you are desperate for everything to get back to the hustle and bustle which used to be ‘normal’. I am glued to the news every day looking for a glimmer of hope that the horrors of the past weeks and months are passing at that we will be able to re-open our lovely school to your children.

However, we have to carry on with what we have been tasked to do and as soon as we are given any guidance on the way forward, I will be in touch immediately.

I wanted to let you know that from next Monday 4th May, we will be launching our new website. The address is the same as the one at the top of this letter and I hope that you will find it user-friendly and informative. Please continue to follow us on Twitter – the main feed is on the welcome page and the year group feeds are easily found on the year group pages. Communication has been challenging during this time but we have found that email, text and twitter have helped us to keep you in touch with the ever shifting challenges which have been presented to us. Therefore, it is now more important than ever that your email addresses are current and that you check them regularly for important information about such things as: vouchers, the government technology application scheme and google classroom logins.

On that note, I hope that you are managing to keep your children busy at home and have found the work posted on the google classrooms useful. There are also paper copies which many of you have collected from school. We intend continuing with these systems for as long as necessary and welcome any comments and feedback from yourselves. This week, we would like to turn our attention to changing reading (or ‘choosy’) books. So, if your child has finished their books, please bring them to school in a bag or packet (with the child’s name clearly displayed) and place them in the box for the correct year group. It would be very helpful if you could make a note in the home/school record book (or on a piece of paper) as to whether your child has found the books to be at the appropriate level or too easy or too difficult. We will be taking care to employ safe measures for staff to change the books and will send you a message to collect new books in a few days.

Both myself and other members of staff have spoken to many of you over the phone during the past 5 weeks and we will continue to keep in touch. Please don’t hesitate to ring school if you would like any advice or practical support that you think we might be able to offer - we have a number of outside agencies that we can sign post you to. Alternatively, please just ring for a chat at any time!

I hope that I will have some good news to share with you next time I am in touch. But for now, on behalf of all staff and governors, I would like to wish you all the very best - please keep safe and well.

Yours sincerely,

H Bland

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