Mailbag 19 March 2020


Mailbag 19 March 2020  Plain text version for Google Translate

School Closure letter - You should have received this by email earlier today.


Paul, the Lollipop Man, will be retiring tomorrow after 18 years’ service! We will have a proper send off for him once all this is over but we know that parents and children will want the opportunity to thank him and show their appreciation. If children would like to send a card, his address is 9, Balmain Street.  A parent has kindly set up a PayPal Money Pool here to collect for a retirement present for him. 


Key Workers - At time of writing, we are still waiting for the Cabinet Office to publish firm guidelines about which children will still be able to attend school and what the arrangements will be. It seems likely that, in two-parent families, BOTH parents will need to be key workers to qualify. We will let you know as soon as we have the details. Please note that Breakfast Club and Early and Later-gators will not be running for anyone.


Free School Meals - Chartwell will be providing a weekly food hamper for every child who is registered for Free School Meals (not Universal Free School Meals). We will be in touch with details of where and when these can be collected as soon as we know. Presumably, they will be delivered if the family is in isolation.


Learning at Home - If you don’t have a computer or tablet at home for your child to work on, please let us know. We may be able to help.


New email address for home learning queries - - You will have read about this new way to contact your child’s teacher in today’s letter. Can we stress that you need to put ‘FAO [teacher’s name]’ as the Subject?  And please note that this address is only for home learning questions. Enquires about anything else should be sent to


Our Website seems to have ground to a halt for the time being. All the schools in the country with websites hosted by eschools must be frantically uploading information today! Please bear with us. Normal service will resume soon. 

In addition to the Learning at Home tab we are setting up a Hillcrest Social tab. We want children AND adults to know that Hillcrest is still here and that you’re still an important part of it!

This will be a place for photos, videos, messages, children’s art, suggestions for activities, invitations to meet ups in the park, birthday greetings - whatever! If you would like to contribute something to share with the school community, please email it to Juliet at


Reading Eggs & Mathletics logins and Seesaw QR codes - If children were in school yesterday, they should already have been given these. If they weren’t here, you can pop in to pick them up or, if you are self-isolating, we can drop them in to you. Please let us know.


Children who use Nessy and Learning Village can still access them online from home with their codes.


A Jigsaw freebie for families - Expecting that children and families are likely to be spending more time than usual together at home in the coming weeks, Jigsaw have provided some of their Families Programme materials for free. You can download and share the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two of the sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Puzzles and are suitable for children aged 5+.  Click on the link below.   Password: Home

Speech & Language Therapist, Emma England has contacted the school to say that they will be offering a telephone helpline for schools and parents next week. It will be manned daily from 9 - 4 on 0300 125 6279.


PE Kit - If your child hasn’t already done so, they should bring their kit home tomorrow. If they’re not in tomorrow, you can either pop in to pick their kit up or we’ll just look after it until school re-opens.


Look out for further updates tomorrow.