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Spring Newsletter 6 [Friday 12th February]

Dear Parents & Carers


I would like to thank everyone at Woodlands for their time & efforts over the past half term: children, parents/carers, teachers working remotely & all the staff who have been in school. Everyone has faced this latest lockdown with such a positive manner; it can be easy to nit-pick & find fault, but the way our community has worked together, & made the best of a situation none of us wanted to be in, has been wonderful to witness. Over the half term break, I hope you manage to get plenty of rest, plenty of fresh air, & plenty of time to switch off, relax & recharge your batteries.


For World Book Day on 4 March, we’d like your children to create a “Book in a Box”. They will need a box, which can be a cereal box, shoe box or equivalent. Ask your children to choose their favourite book & decorate the box (inside and out) to represent the book:

  • draw, cut out pictures or make models of the characters or significant objects from the book;
  • they could recreate a particular scene from the book;
  • include interesting quotes from the text;
  • don’t forget to include the title and author of the book too;
  • make it as colourful and exciting as it can be.

Please send a photograph of their “Book in a Box” to your child’s class teacher via Google Classroom by 4 March. The photos will be posted on the class pages of the school website. You can create a separate “Book in a Box” for each child you have at Woodlands or you can produce one “Book in a Box” from your family – it’s entirely up to you. Feel free to Google “Book in a Box” for inspiration!
I’ve copied a link to the YOUNGMiNDS website with tips, advice & details of where to get support for your child's mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
I’ve also been asked to share (attached to this ParentMail) the following resources with you - they are a series of Social Emotional and Mental Health Posters which you may find useful to use with your children:

  • 8 ways to help children struggling during lockdown
  • 10 things to say instead of stop crying
  • The emotional cup
  • Anxiety presents itself in many different ways
  • The stress relief giraffe
  • Comforting at a distance
  • Helping your child back to school
  • Structure and Routine
  • Support your child’s wellbeing while schools are closed
  • Online Resources
  • Types of self-care
  • Managing stress
  • Emergency care wall
  • Self-care and mental health for kids

If anyone in your household does test positive for Covid-19 during half term, please use the emergency contact email to inform school. If it is a child who attends Woodlands, please provide the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Date symptoms began
  • Date & time of positive test

This email address should be used for this purpose only & I will endeavour to check the email account at each day at 6pm. This email address can also be found on the Contact Details page of our school website. In the case of a positive test, please also phone the school office & leave a message [01704 876444].
On Monday 22 February, the Government should publish its plan for how children will return to school from 8 March.

I’m off to lie down in a darkened room for wee while…

Take care

KD Williams


Last word

People said I’d never get over my obsession with Phil Collins…

But take a look at me now.