NEWSLETTER APRIL 3RD 2020
Dear parents and students,
It is hard to believe that we are in the month of April and that Easter is approaching. Well done everyone on taking on your work at home and for engaging with the website and with See Saw.
It’s great to see samples of so many creative ideas on See Saw! I am really impressed!
We appreciate that it may not be possible for everyone to get to this work. Please remember that the work, while curriculum focused, is optional and we will look at ways of re-engaging with this work once we have a better idea of date for return to school.
I am drawing your attention to some resources from the Department (NEPs) which may be of interest to you and are currently available on the Department of Education website here.
- Advice for Young People While Schools are Closed
- Guide for Parents Supporting Children with Routines
- Plan for the Day
- Relaxation Techniques – podcast/document
- Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19: Advice for Parents and Schools
Setting Work after Easter
All work for students will be assigned, by class teachers, on the See Saw app.
The work will be a balance of offline and online work and will be scheduled a week at a time. Teachers will invite students to submit work at particular times during the week (taking into consideration that not all may have opportunity to access internet etc)
We ask that only work requested by teachers is submitted as this will facilitate more efficiency in approving/giving feedback on work.
Teachers will continue to engage with activities and work submitted on a daily basis giving feedback on requested work (some work will be self-correcting too)
SEN teachers will continue to post work for individual children, as before.
Please note that a child’s work is not viewed by other children; also we remind parents that work uploaded by children should be supervised by you.
Teachers may upload videos of work/explanations of topics or skills as part of their assignments; we respectfully ask that any work/video is not amended or shared with others.
Over the Easter period, I’m sure you will be busy doing your own activities and taking a break. Hopefully the weather will be good so that, while we can’t travel far, at least we may be able to get outdoors and get some fresh air. Enjoy it all!
I have put together a few ideas for to try (see below) should you be looking for some activities over Easter- completely optional!!
Firstly, I would urge everyone to try to keep up your reading over this time.
Remember, ‘Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light’. —Vera Nazarian.
I hope you can allow in lots of light through your reading and find new worlds to explore there. Reading is also a way that we can stay in touch with other people as we read about their worlds- so keep in touch with books!
|Introducing our School Easter Bonnet Competition
Design and create your own themed hat/Easter bonnet
|This is an art competition that I have been thinking about running for some time and now seems like a good time!
See the powerpoint attached for further information and inspiration.
I hope as many of you as possible, either individually, or as a family, will take part in this. Lots of prizes available!
|Make some flags:
|Flags For Frontline Heroes Campaign- google this for more information on making/flying flags to support those working on the frontline
|Literacy||Keep a diary of events and new activities you will try over Easter
|RTE School Hub
Continue with or look back over the lessons on the hub
|Reflect on Easter Season
|The Diocese has prepared some resources for each of the days of Holy Week
See attached resources
– Sing a Song
– Listen to music
|Why not revise some of the songs we did at assembly-
‘I Love My Life’
‘Drop in the Ocean’
Lyrics and backing tracks attached
|The Ark Cultural Centre for Children
|Keep up with Gaeilge
Give these themes a go!
Bain triail as na téamaí sin
|Some resources attached for juniors:
SOme resources for seniors:
|Can you solve the problem??
|NRich Problem Solving. Games to use at home (parents too!)
SO everyone, I hope you stay safe and well.
May Easter be a joyful time as we celebrate all those around us who care for us.
Ms Manley and staff