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Summer dates 2021, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 12th May 2021 @ 3:58pm

Grammar School Timetable for 2022 Admission, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th May 2021 @ 5:11pm

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Please find the link to the grammar Schools admission timetable for 2022. many of you have asked me and is it out late this year. Kind regards,

Mrs Nunwick

Y6 Information for summer term, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 4:04pm

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers,

As well as the class photos – full uniform please – we will be taking Leaver’s Photos. These are lovely individual portraits of your child and are usually a more casual pose than the autumn ones. Hopefully outside if the light is right. We put them together into a Leavers’ Year Book that we buy for all the children so that children can sign these at the end of the term.

While I am on the subject of Leavers’ we are hoping for a couple of things:

  1. If the covid roadmap is going as planned on 17th May, residential trips CAN go ahead so Robinwood will be on. They always keep all school bubbles separate from others anyway. Watch this space for more detail.
  2. We are not currently allowed to do performances, but again after 17th May, it is likely that it will be possible to have parents attending the Leavers’ Assembly outside in July. If it is we are buying big speakers and that will be a lovely event. Fingers crossed!
  3. Miss Isbister is sorting out the Leavers’ Hoodies. We will be asking parents and carers for a contribution of £10 and we will pay the rest of the cost.

Thanks,

Mrs Nunwick

Parents Evenings, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 19th Apr 2021 @ 3:37pm

Hello everyone,

Save the Date

Schools are still not able to have large events in school this term so I have managed to secure the Sevenways Methodist Church Hall again for full day ‘Parents Evenings’. We have had to get in quick as they are starting to get groups using the halls again. 

Monday 26th April – Year 6 (8.30 – 5.30)

Tuesday 27th April – Year 3 (8.30 – 5.30)

Friday 30th April – Year 4 (8.15 – 5.00)

Tuesday 4th May – Year 5 (8.30 – 5.30)

You will be able to see all your children’s work books and have a good chat with your teacher about their progress. You will receive their ‘Individual Assessment Summary’ showing their achievements in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.

A link to a google form will be sent by T2P for you to identify your preferred time band. 

You will then receive a text confirming your exact time later this week. We will have all Covid systems of control in place. You will be asked to wear a face covering on entry to the Hall, but may remove this if you wish when seated as we have the Perspex screens and we can ensure social distancing.

Please return as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

Mrs Nunwick 

Headteacher end of term update 1/4/2021, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 1st Apr 2021 @ 4:30pm

Hello everyone,

I hope you find this information useful for all the bits and bobs you need to know for next term. I will send a letter out via Parent Pay with dates on next week.

I have previously mentioned that we will be running extra year group sports and games lessons after school. These will start week beginning Monday 26/4/2021. You will sign up for those via Parent Pay (they are free) from Monday 19th April - we hope the whole year group will attend with a Sports Coach, Teacher and Teaching Assistant supervising. 

Have a lovely break and see you on the 19th April!

Warm regards,

Mrs Nunwick 

How to get lateral flow test kits for your household, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 22nd Mar 2021 @ 5:22pm

Hello everyone,

As I mentioned in Friday's Assembly, we have (mainly in Y3 and Y4) quite a few coughs, sore throats, colds and poorly tummies at the moment. We usually get these in October, so I'm thinking it is because the children have come back into contact after pretty much 3 months away from each other and don't have the immunity (note, I am not a Doctor!). The staff are doing the lateral flow tests twice a week, and the Government is now giving the kits free to all households with school age children to do at home if they like. I have pasted some information and links for you here:

"Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

OR you can get them delivered to your home. Here is the link to the form:

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Order by phone

If you’re eligible but you cannot order online, call 119.

Lines are open 7am to 11pm and calls are free."

I hope you find the links useful - some parents have used theirs to test their child when they have had a cough at the weekend - just as an initial indicator - and have kept me in the loop on info@mpjs-traffford.co.uk - thank you for that. 

Mrs Nunwick 

School Uniform Refresher March 2021 Focus on Accessories, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 16th Mar 2021 @ 12:13pm

Hello, I have enclosed the section on jewellery/hair etc. Pupils will be asked to remove jewellery today - put in named envelopes and taken home. If we believe that the item is valuable, we will store in the office for you to collect. Thank you for supporting us with our uniform and Health and Safety and Equality policies.

Jewellery, make up and nail varnish

  • It is encouraged that pupils do not wear jewellery to school, for health and safety reasons.
  • No rings, necklaces or bracelets are allowed in school
  • Should a pupil have pierced ears, very small, plain stud earrings should only be worn 
  • In order to comply with health and safety laws, earrings must either be covered with a plaster - provided by parents -  during all PE activities, or not worn on that day. All earrings must be removed before a swimming lesson
  • Watches may be worn to school (not smart watches), however, they must be removed before any PE lessons and please note that the school will be unable to take any responsibility for any jewellery or watches that are lost or damaged.
  • Nail varnish should not be worn in school

Hair

  • We recommend that hair should be neat and tidy and worn with no extremes of style or colour
  • Any hair accessories, e.g. bobbles, clips or headbands should be plain and in school colours of red, white, black, silver or gold, and of an appropriate size. No large bows, novelty headbands or large accessories are allowed in school
  • Long hair should always be tied back off the face for health, safety and hygiene reasons. 

Clothing and Items of religious significance

  • Head coverings should be plain and in school colours, not include pins and should be a safe length (able to be tucked into a top for PE for example)
  • A maximum of one item such as a kara is to be worn in school, and these should either be taken off or covered with a sweatband during PE for health and safety reasons
  • Jewellery or items that are not considered compulsory articles of faith should not be worn in school

Comic Relief Friday 19th March 2021, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 12th Mar 2021 @ 4:56pm

Hello everyone,

Thank you for suporting us this week - we have had a great week back!

Next Friday it is Comic Relief - Red Nose Day - and we want to support this as we do every year.

Everyone will dress up as a superhero (the theme this year) in their team colours if possible. Please do not spend money on this if you don't have any t shirts/costumes - a home made cape or mask for example is perfect!

Children will be creating their own masks in school in their team colours on Thursday afternoon.

We will be asking pupils to perform their jokes and comical stories for the rest of the school on Friday morning - so dust off your best jokes if you want to enter the competition - a prize for the winners!

We will be holding heats for a "Red nose and spoon race" during PE next week and we will run our final races on Friday. Lots of Team Points will be given out to racers and winners!

We ask for a contribution of around £1 for this charity event. You can find out more about Red Nose Day 2021 here:

https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/

 

First Day Back Review, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 8th Mar 2021 @ 3:51pm

Thank you for today! We had a ‘full house’. The day went very well – too quickly - and all the children had a smile on their faces. As usual, we review things after day one and we have a few things we need you to help us with at the end of the day please:

  1. As per the back to school sheet, at 3.15 pm Y5 and Y6 'walk home on their own' pupils leave. The remaining Y5 and Y6 pupils stay with teachers until their parents can be seen.
  2. At 3.25 pm, Y3 and Y4 pupils (and the remaining 20% of Y5 and Y6 who are collected by an adult) leave.
  3. I have now moved the Y4 waiting zone further away from the Y3 waiting zone. There are more parents in the lower junior sections so we need more space.
  4. Only one parent should be on the playground – this will reduce the numbers waiting.
  5. Please stand well back from the children – fill up from the back fence please. We can see you clearly.

I know it is inconvenient to have the staggered exit times, especially when you factor in Infant times too, but it won't be forever.

  • Can I also ask that any chrome books are returned tomorrow? Plus the CGP Science books, any reading books and records.
  • Y5 and Y4 have PE on Wednesday - they wear PE kits plus their red jumper/cardigan for other work.
  • Facebook Assembly will be back on at 10.00 am on Friday. It will be Year 3 this week in the hall.
  • We think that all Dinner Money issues on Parent Pay have been sorted now - please let the office know if you are still having a problem.
  • I have attached the blue 'covid guidance for parents' poster here (tells you what to do in different situations re: covid) and will send out paper copies tomorrow.
  • Here is the link to the blue 'covid guidance poster' in lots of different languages 
  • https://www.trafforddirectory.co.uk/kb5/trafford/fsd/advice.page?id=XKHdwMo4g0Y

I hope you find this information sheet useful. We want to make sure we are all safe and that we do not have to close Bubbles if at all possible. I have highlighted sections on the paper sheet where there has been the most common misunderstanding amongst parents at MPJS.

Best regards,

Mrs Nunwick

Celebration PLUS Question and Answer Session with the Head, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 5th Mar 2021 @ 11:43am

Hello,

The Question & Answer session about the full return of pupils starts after the assembly section and the pupils have sung their song - at 16 minutes if you want to go straight to the information section. Hope you find this helpful! Mrs Nunwick.

Arrangements Friday 5th March (Pupils currently attending), by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 3:42pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

We want to make sure that we are fully ready for all the children returning on Monday 8th March and so our last Google teaching session will be 1.00 - 1.45 pm on Friday for all children.

We ask that if your child can be safely looked after at home from 1.45 pm onwards, that they do go home.

We will open our playground for you as usual so just wait in your usual zone.

If you intend picking up a brother or sister from the Infants from you must inform their office so that they know who to bring from their classrooms out to you outside the main Infant entrance. Please observe social distancing whilst waiting.

For those children who cannot be safely cared for at home because of outside working commitments, they will be able to stay in school (childcare) supervised by a Teaching Assistant, until 3.30 pm.

We will be sending the children home with a slip later this week so that we know who is being picked up, who can walk home (Y5 and Y6 plus younger siblings) or if you have no childcare that afternoon and need your child to stay in school.

Thank you for your support. I hope your child has found this time in school enjoyable and that we have been of some assistant to you as parents and carers too.

Best regards,

Mrs Nunwick

 

Return to School 8th March 2021, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 25th Feb 2021 @ 5:06pm

Dear MPJS Parents and Carers,

Our wait is over and we now have a set date for all our children to return to school! This week, I am waiting for Trafford to share their plan with us and I am having conversations with staff about different aspects of the return to school - curriculum, timetabling, health etc. I hope to be able to share all this with you on Friday afternoon so that you can start planning and preparing your family for our return.

As usual, we will have a very strong Risk Assessment that protects us all. Covid cases per 100.000 people in Trafford are MUCH lower now than at any point in the autumn term (when were fully open), we have put the winter behind us now and we cannot wait to see all our lovely boys and girls again.

Attendance is compulsory for all pupils from Monday 8th March and, just like in September, we expect that we will see full attendance for those children who are fit and well. We did fantastically well in the autumn term, and actually our attendance rate was higher than the normal autumn term period.

Please contact me next week to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. You can set up a telephone appointment with me via the school office or email me on info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk as I can  read these emails out of school hours, email you back or give you a call back when I am next in school.

We are looking forward to 'suspending' remote learning and getting back to face to face learning - we have missed you all so much!

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at Moss Park Junior School

MPJS Tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Feb 2021 @ 8:58am

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Captain Tim. He inspired so many people and his message, "Tomorrow will be a better day" is such an optimistic one that many of us say to ourselves during this difficult period. The staff have read his story and Year 5 have sung one ouf our Values songs: Hope. Enjoy!

Pupil Guide to Remote Learning and Top Tips!, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 18th Jan 2021 @ 3:50pm

Hello MPJS Boys and Girls!

Please watch this handy guide to Remote Learning @ MPJS and see what top tips your teachers have given you to successd"

Mrs Nunwick :)

MPJS Virtual School Review & Next Steps! 15/1/2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 15th Jan 2021 @ 5:46pm

Hello, I've done a video update for parents and carers to talk about the new MPJS Weekly Timetable and to say thank you for all the work you are doing with the children at the moment. You have such high expectations of yourselves and your children - and I don't want you to feel under pressure. I will do a separate one for children over the weekend. Take care, Mrs Nunwick.

Important Information update for Wednesday 6th January, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 5th Jan 2021 @ 7:17pm

Please see important information for our first day of Virtual School and beyond.

National Lockdown and School Closures, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Jan 2021 @ 5:10pm

As per the announcement tonight, schools will be closed from tomorrow to all but critical workers and vulnerable children (those children with a social worker, Looked After Children, those children with significant special needs who have an EHCP assessment, young carers).

Because of the last minute announcement, Trafford have allowed all schools to be fully closed to all pupils tomorrow  (Tuesday 5/1/2021) so that we can plan all the logisitics for those who will attend school and those who will be remote learning from home. 

Tomorrow we will be:

  • Working out who needs to borrow extra tech equipment and getting hire forms sorted and arranging pick up (please complete the google form coming out in a minute)
  • Giving out stationery packs/whiteboards/markers etc. (these will be outside school spread out on tables for every child all day)
  • Giving staff time to convert their planning into a week’s worth of live lessons from their classrooms and set up google classroom activities for all abilities 
  • Timetabling and checking all log ins/access for pupils
  • Arranging bespoke learning for pupils working well below age related levels
  • Organise Critical Worker & vulnerable pupil attendance and arrange the classroom spaces
  • Distributing musical instruments out to pupils who will be doing zoom lessons with Miss Jones starting on Wednesday

Pupils can go on TT Rock Stars, Epic, My Maths and do any sort of reading they like too tomorrow.

We will contact you tomorrow with further details about the twice-daily registration sessions and live teacher-led lessons all children will receive from Wednesday 6th January 2020 and any relevant behaviour policy/attendance and safeguarding issues you need to know around remote learning.

I am so sad that we are having a national lockdown again – at such short notice. We have all been through so much together. The children have been through so much already in their young lives. It was so good to be back today and we’ve worked really hard to make sure school is safe - all based on our local Public Health information. However this is now a national emergency. At least we have the vaccines being rolled out as we speak, so there is light at the end of the tunnel this time. Let’s hope and pray that this short term national lockdown does make a difference, protects the NHS  and that we can all get back to normal sooner rather than later this term.

Take care of yourselves – you can contact us through the normal channels  tomorrow and beyond.

0161 864 1710

mossparkjun.admin@trafford.gov.uk

We will be in school all day every day so please use this email address during school hours.

If you need me out of hours please email me on info@mpjs-trafford.co.uk

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

Critical Worker Update, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 4th Jan 2021 @ 3:03pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

At this current time, school is OPEN to ALL pupils from today onwards - it was so good to see everyone's faces this morning!

You will know that this is a rapidly changing situation and we need to be prepared in case we are instructed to open only to critical worker and vulnerable children. 

Therefore, we would ask any parent that is considered a "critical" worker to complete the Google Form at the link below in order that we have the most up to date information as we are aware that some family circumstances have changed since the first lockdown and we have our new Year 3s. 

If neither parent is a critical worker, there is no need to complete the questionnaire.

https://forms.gle/LcyV1M9avnZZvfC48

There is a link below to the latest guidelines for who is considered a critical worker, please consult that before completing the form. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Children who are considered "vulnerable" would also be eligible to attend school and we will be in contact with those parents in due course and therefore these parents do not need to complete this form.

Children who attend school will be receiving the same lessons as those who are working from home. We will be sending out class focused google forms about your technology needs and we will be making sure every single child can access a chrome book or laptop at home.

Please be advised that in the event of another school closure, we will need to ensure that we adhere to social distancing within classrooms as much as possible as per the last lockdown and will therefore only be able to accommodate a maximum of 10 children per classroom.  If the requirement for critical worker places exceeds this number we will have no alternative but to prioritise parents based on their specific role and circumstances.

Sorry to have to do all this again but at least we are back in for one week as normal while our local cases are lower than the autumn term (!) and each day gets us all more prepared for any closure. 

Mrs Nunwick

New Year's Eve Message from Mrs Nunwick, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 31st Dec 2020 @ 4:52pm

Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all on Monday - let the New Year's Eve resolutions commence!

Tier 4 Poster from 31/12/20, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 30th Dec 2020 @ 6:36pm

I have attached the latest Tier poster for you. It's easy to understand and I hope you find it a handy guide. Mrs Nunwick :)

Help Over Christmas Holidays, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 10th Dec 2020 @ 11:16am

Tier 3 Poster from 2nd December 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 3:21pm

Please see a copy of the new Tier 3 rules for Greater Manchester starting midnight tonight. Hope it is useful for you. Mrs Nunwick.

Dates and Info for December 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 30th Nov 2020 @ 2:47pm

Moss Park Junior School Dates and Information for December 2020

Hello everyone, we are getting into that time of the year where we have lot of things going on so thought I would go through a few dates and items for you. Hope you find it useful.

Christmas Tree Decoration Assembly

Slightly different this year. Please bring baubles in from tomorrow. If you don’t have any that’s fine, we have lots of spares to choose from. We are going to record Y4/5/6 on Thursday 3rd December then at the end of a shorter FB Live Celebration Assembly on Friday 4th December, Year 3 will hang their baubles up and the youngest children in the school will turn the lights on while all the classes watch from their classrooms. Please join us: for those without Facebook, the videos will be on the school website later on Friday.

Christmas Post Box/Gifts for Teachers

Our Christmas Post box will be underneath the MPJs noticeboard outside school every morning for pupils to post their cards. Last Post day will be Friday11th December. We will hand out all cards on Monday 7th December and Monday 14th December. Some parents have asked me about presents for teachers – these are not expected (but we are always grateful) and we know the children get a thrill from handing them over! You can hand over presents as usual directly to teachers and we will just follow our common sense covid controls.

Our Charity Day/Non-Uniform Day – Friday 11th December

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We support this local charity every other year. This project run entirely by volunteers takes prepared hot food and snacks to rough sleepers in south and central Manchester. They do a cracking job helping our most vulnerable members of society. We’ve talked about homelessness in Assembly this week and the pupils have been really thoughtful and understanding. On Friday 11th December, pupils can wear: Christmas/seasonal jumpers or simply own clothes in bright colours and please provide a donation or two of:

  • Food – Canned food (canned meat, canned fruit or veg), rice, pasta, just add-water snacks (pot noodle type pots
  • Drink – Bottles of water, bottles/cartons of soft drinks/juices
  • Male/Female Clothing: Coats, waterproofs, jumpers, t-shirts, jeans, tracksuit bottoms, new underwear, socks, hats, gloves. All items must be clean & in wearable condition
  • Toiletries – Single packaged toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, baby or wet wipes
  • Sleeping bags – Clean sleeping bags always welcome

You can find more information about the charity here: http://maddogshomelessproject.org.uk/

Parents Evening Dates/Virtual Pantomimes

Thanks for all those families who have booked their slots. If you haven’t, there are still some spaces so just phone the office and they will try to fit you onto the lists. Each year group will be watching the virtual pantomime we have booked, “Cinderella”, with me in the hall as part of the day when their teachers are at Sevenways Church Hall.

Reminder of dates: Thursday 3rd December (Year 6), Thursday 10th December (Year 4), Friday 11th December (Year 5), Thursday 17th December (Year 3)

 

Party Days

Tuesday 15th December (Lower KS2) and Thursday 17th (Upper KS2)

These will be taking place in class/year group bubbles. Pupils can come in own clothes and stay in them all day. You will be getting a letter about party food contributions we are asking you to bring in. with a heavy heart, I have to say we can’t have the usual fresh food you lovingly make for us – samosas etc. We are going to ask for sealed packets only. TAs will make up and distribute party plates of food to the children so we can be covid secure and still have a good time.

Uniform Sale

We have reunited all uniform with names on to the children, but we still have lots of logo uniform with no name on! We have washed and ironed everything. It will be all hung up in the area outside school from 3pm each night in the last week. There will be an honesty box outside and feel free to take items – suggested donation £2 per sweatshirt/cardigan. Going forward… please label everything!

School Uniform/ PE Kit

All our children look smart most of the time and there is just the odd thing that may be slipping a bit. I am doing a uniform check tomorrow in assemblies. Just a reminder for you so you can re-stock at home if needed:

  • Fashion/coloured trainers are not allowed as a school shoe (black only)
  • Knee boots for girls (and boys) are not allowed in school. If your child wears them to school, you need indoor shoes to change in to as we do when it is ‘wellies weather’!

Please remember that pupils will wear PE pumps provided if there is not a reasonable short term reason for not having the correct footwear

  • Pupils must wear school jumper/cardigan on PE day. PE is indoors now until February half term so no need for hoodies etc.
  • White t shirt (preferably with school logo), plain black/grey/blue shorts or long joggers/leggings only for PE kit please (no football kits/bright colours)
  • We do not have a rule for what trainers your child wears on PE day – that is fine as the children stay in PE kit all day
  • Some children are coming to school without coats – if the temperature drops we won’t let the children out without a coat so please make sure they have a coat and gloves etc. for when we get a cold snap

We hope you are able to watch our Celebration Assembly on Friday so you can see the ‘big switch on’. We tell the children about how Winter Festivals around the world bring light to the darkness and at this difficult time we are living through, I know it will give all of our school community – of all faiths or none - a big lift!

Yours truly,

Mrs Nunwick and all the Staff at Moss Park Junior School

 

MPJS News Update 19th November 2020, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 2:41pm

Please take a moment to watch this short video - there is a covid update for you plus other info. Thanks, Mrs N

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