I hope you and your families are keeping well both physically and mentally at the moment. The current situation is a strange one for us all with different families coping in their own unique ways.
As we approach Easter and what would typically be our Easter break, our teachers will not be sending work to students. They may give one or two small activities for children who may like to do them for fun. I urge you to relax as much as possible over the Easter break, let the children take a break too and we will be ready to go again once more in two weeks time. That may be back in school but could well be the continuation of home schooling.
At this stage, children have missed 15 days of school. While this seems like a lot of time, a good number of our students are engaging with their teachers online and completing work assigned. We are fully aware that home situations are different with access to devices or broadband an issue for some. With this in mind, could you please complete the survey below to give us some idea of what children have access to and the possibilities for us if this situation continues after Easter.
Work assigned by teachers is a guide for you as parents. If you can complete this, great. If not, do not worry or stress about this. However, please continue to engage with your child and use those interactions to teach them. Bake (measuring), do some gardening, use chalk outside to draw shapes and pictures, read, read, read!! Contact Grandparents by phone or video and ask them about the past (history), look at maps and other countries (geography), sing and dance (music and P.E.).
Again if you can, take a look at the school website (https://queenoftheuniversens.wordpress.com/useful-links-for-parents-and-teachers/) or school Twitter (https://twitter.com/qofuns) which both contain lots of links to guide you and help you to keep your children busy! As this is a strange time for them, play and fun is still very important and they are probably enjoying having the family together.
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Through the School Meals fund, we now have the capacity to help families of children in our school who might not otherwise have access to food. Guidance has been given to schools around the types of food items that can be included to support those in crisis, with items similar to that of a breakfast club.
The organisation of this procedure will be decided upon in due course to meet the demand of families who are in acute need of this support.
If your family needs this support for food provisions please contact the school in strictest confidence on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Paula Hughes on 086 0439172
To finish, thank you for your engagement so far. Hopefully things will return to normal sometime soon and we look forward to laughter ringing through the school halls again. Please fill in the form below and do not hesitate to contact myself or the teachers if you require support.
Wishing you every blessing for Easter.
Cathal Cole (please complete the form below)