18th October 2018 Newsletter

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All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.

Monster Mash Fun Night - Friday 19th October 2018. Last chance to buy tickets

We would like to invite your child to a ‘Monster Mash Disco’ on Friday 19th October 2018. We will be having a Monster/ghouls/witch/wizard/ghost/pumpkin etc themed fancy dress party or children can come in their own clothes, if they prefer.

There will be a DJ, as well as dancing and party games, a drink and choc ice provided too.

Entry is by ticket only. The tickets are £4.00. We require tickets to be purchased in advance, so we have accurate numbers for the disco. School staff will supervise the children at the event. You can purchase tickets at the school office from Tuesday 2nd am until Friday 19th October 3.15pm.

Please note you cannot pay on the door for this event - so please purchase a ticket in advance!

The disco will start at 4.30pm and children must be collected by an adult at 6.00pm prompt.

If you have further questions, please see your child’s class teacher.

Secondary Transfer

Many of our Year 6 children and their parents have been busy visiting local secondary school either during the day and/or at specific Open Evenings to help them complete their application forms. Can I remind parents that, if you live in Dudley Borough, the closing date for applications this year is 31st October (during the half term holiday). It is really important that this deadline is met; failure to do so will jeopardise your preferences for your child.

Attendance Winners September

Well done to Class 1P, who won the attendance award for September with an amazing 98.48% attendance!

Recent events that have happened in school.

Thank you

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had an absolutely fantastic response to our Macmillan Coffee Morning raising a staggering £860! Absolutely amazing! Thank you to all who to all those who made this possible—to those who donated so many cakes and to everyone who supported by attending the coffee morning or cake sale. We appreciated your support and I know the money will be well used by Macmillan. Well done to Mrs Shergill, on winning the £50 prize for guessing the length of the vegetable roll! Thank you to Mr Baker and ‘singing club’ for providing the music and entertainment.

Peer Supporters

Our new team of Peer Supporters have made a fantastic start to the academic year and are helping to sort out worries in the playground.  Riley, Tyler, Mary-Kate, Abigail, Archie, Jessica, Amber, Ella, Mackenzie, Kyle, Ben, Ekam, Lana, Morgan and Ethan – Year 6, have been trained to listen to others and show empathy when others are having problems.  They each have a hi-vis jacket to wear and a Peer Mentor badge so can be easily spotted when on duty.  Keep up the good work!

Rights Respecting Champions 2018-2019 - Going for Gold!

Congratulations to our new RRSA Champions:

RC - Jessica S and Jacob P

RJ - Luca M and Rosie Mc

1P - Freya S and Frankie R

1H – Aurora A and Mason D

2C – Holly R and Henry M

2S – Lily-May Pand Luke J

34R – Leon Hand Olivia Mc

34AD – James Hand Poppy W

56O – Ekam S and Dominic W

56B – Alex Fielder and Ella May Parsons

These children will be working together to ensure that our rights respecting work is being embedded across the curriculum and they will be sharing their views and opinions with parents, the wider community and our local MP.  Well done to all those nominated!

Parents Evening

Thank you to all those parents who came to parents evening, both in school and Nursery. It is so important to have good relationships with our parents, so that home and school can work together to support your child’s learning. If you were unable to attend on the dates we held Parents evening, there are forms that we need you to sign. Could you please call at the office to update the GDPR information? Many thanks.

Poppy Appeal 2018 - 100 years on!

We will be supporting the ‘Poppy Appeal again this year by selling poppy’s and other related goods such as bracelets, key rings, rulers, pencils etc (priced at either 50p or £1. These items will be available to purchase every playtime in the hall, from Tuesday 23rd October until Friday 9th November.

Lunchtime fun! 24th 0ctober Harvest festival

This will be a themed menu for all the children to enjoy tasty mains and desserts eg Harvest festival sponge cake or pumpkin flapjack.it will be a fun day with prizes (children’s cook books) for lucky trays.

Absent children

In the last couple of weeks we have had several poorly children. The majority of parents are great at keeping us up to date and letting us know if their child will not be attending school and why. This is really helpful as we have to annotate our registers giving reasons for children’s absence. Can I remind parents of the procedure for ill children?

If you feel that your child has an illness which may warrant them remaining at home then you must:

Consider first of all whether you feel that your child would still be able to take part in the majority if not all of the school’s activities. In this case, you should still send your child to school. Should your child become unwell during the day and/or where the school feels that the child is no longer able to participate in school activities, the school will contact you to collect your child.

If you feel that your child cannot take part in the school’s activities and would be better remaining at home then you must contact the school as soon as possible on the first/each day of absence before 9:05am. When parents do not contact us by 9.05am the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea then they need to remain at home for 48 hours after their last ‘episode’. We are trying to reduce the spread of these illnesses - children return before the sickness has passed are often sick again and have passed their germs on.

Please read this newsletter for guidelines about the Norovirus bug which is extremely common at this time of year.

Norovirus - frequently asked questions

What are noroviruses?

  • Noroviruses are a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis (stomach bugs) in England and Wales, affecting between 600,000 and a million people in the UK each year. Norovirus is now the name given to the group of viruses that used to be known as Norwalk virus or small round-structured viruses (SRSV).
  • How does norovirus spread?

  • The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another. It can be transmitted by contact with an infected person; by consuming contaminated food or water or by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects where it can survive for many days.
  • This ability to spread easily means it often causes outbreaks in semi-closed environments such as hospitals, care homes, and schools.
  • What are the symptoms?
  • The symptoms of norovirus infection will begin around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected and the symptoms will last for 12 to 60 hours. They will start with the sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea. Some people may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs. Most people make a full recovery within 1-2 days; however some people (usually the very young, elderly or underlying medical condition) may become very dehydrated and may require hospital treatment.
  • How to identify someone with dehydration?

  • Symptoms of dehydration include passing little urine, a dry mouth, tongue and lips, sunken eyes, weakness, dizziness, headache. Some people may become irritable, confused or lethargic.
  • Infants and children may have fewer wet nappies or tears when crying. Their hands and feet may become cold, pale or mottled, and breathing can become rapid and shallow. If you think your child has these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately.
  • How is norovirus treated?

  • There is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its course. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • If you vomit, wait 5-10 minutes and then start drinking again, but more slowly, for example, a sip every 2-3 minutes.
  • Are there any long-term effects?

  • No, there are no long-term effects from norovirus.
  • Should I seek medical advice?

  • If you feel you require medical advice, call your General Practitioner, or NHS 111. Do not visit your GP, the Dudley Walk in Centre, or Accident and Emergency, unless for the reasons mentioned earlier, such as dehydration, or you feel it is absolutely necessary to do so.
  • If I’m suffering from norovirus, how can I prevent others from becoming infected?
  • There are many things you can do to prevent the spread of the infection.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet or changing nappies. Also ensure you wash your hands before eating food. Dry properly after washing.
  • Don't share towels and flannels.
  • Don't prepare or serve food for others until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea/vomiting.
  • If clothing or bedding is soiled, first remove any faeces into the toilet. Then wash in a separate wash at as high a temperature as the fabric will tolerate.
  • Regularly clean the toilets that you use with disinfectant. Wipe the flush handle, toilet seat, taps, surfaces and door handles with hot water and detergent at least once a day. If possible use a disposable cloth each time.
  • If you have a non urgent appointment at a hospital and are suffering from symptoms of norovirus telephone before attending.
  • If you think you are suffering from norovirus, do not visit relatives in hospital.
  • Stay off work, school, college, etc., until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Avoid contact with other people as far as possible during this time.
  • What can be done to prevent infection?
  • The most important thing you can do is wash your hands, and follow the steps above, to reduce the risk.
  • Where can I get further information?
  • Information on the infection can be found at:
  • NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/norovirus
  • Forthcoming events

  • 5th November - Lunctime Special - Bonfore Bonanza.  This will be a colourful, exciting, fun lunchtime experience for all the children.   The menu is full of the children’s favourite mains and desserts e.g. hot dogs, chocolate apples and toffee apple crumble.
  • Monday 5th November Back to school @ 8.50am – All children from Years 1 -6 to wear winter uniform.
  • I cannot believe how quickly half term is approaching.



    Mrs Miller

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