20th April 2020
I hope that you all had a pleasant and, considering the circumstances, safe Easter with your loved ones. We as a staff in C.B.S. Primary School fully understand and appreciate that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone. It goes without saying that the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community is number one. I’d like to point out that the intention of this note is not to cause further stress amongst families but merely to help boys with trying to keep some sort of normality and indeed routine in their daily lives. I understand that this may be particularly difficult after the Easter break! I’d like to bring the following points to your attention.
- Similar to previous weeks, teachers have prepared a week’s work for the boys starting today. You will notice that this week’s work has been assigned per day. This means that the boys have a list of work to do each day. If you do have a query about the prescribed work, teachers (class and special ed.) will be available through the email addresses attached (school contacts). Teachers will endeavour to reply to your email as soon as possible. It is imperative that contact is only between parent and teacher for child protection reasons.
- Teachers would like to provide feedback to the boys based on the work that they have completed. This may help in motivating your son to get the work done also!! Rather than putting parents under pressure to photograph every piece of work their son completes, we are asking that you send us work that your son is particularly proud of or work that he may find quite difficult so that teacher can help out. The teacher will then reply to the email he/she receives. I’d also like to point out that this isn’t compulsory but teachers would like to touch base with the boys and this is a nice way to do so. We would like to praise and acknowledge the work that the boys are doing.
- Some teachers may be using learning platforms such as Seesaw and Dojo. You may receive communication from your son’s teacher about such platforms. They will further aid with communication. Teachers may also ask you to sign up to websites such as Studyladder or Spelling City. Again, these are to help with your son’s learning.
- We, as a staff, want to help families as best we can. Of course, one aspect of this is from the educational side but, above all else it is important that the wellbeing of our pupils and their families is supported. To this end, you may receive a call from one of the staff in our school just to touch base. Furthermore, supports from NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service) have been published and you can access these resources at the following link https://www.education.ie/covid19/wellbeing/
- As already mentioned, work will be emailed to parents. It will be also posted on the school website www.cbsprimarykilkenny.ie under the ‘latest news’ tab. All notes will be posted on the website also.
- We ask that any school work done at home from now on be put into one copy. Boys should clearly label the work in this copy. Work prescribed from a workbook can be completed in the workbook. If a teacher has emailed you worksheets for your son to do and you don’t have access to a printer, the work can still be done in a copy.
- As I’m sure you are aware, RTE are running a programme on RTE 2 called ‘RTE Home School Hub’ every morning from 11am – 12pm. A catch up programme is also on later on in the day at 4.15pm. TG4 are starting a programme tomorrow at 10am called ‘Cúla 4’. Here, school subjects will be taught through Irish. It would be good for the boys to pick up some of the vocabulary on this programme. To help with getting some exercise and activity into your son’s day , TJ Reid is running a PE and GAA Skills class every Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm on Facebook. Also, Donna Dunne runs a fitness class for children at 12pm everyday on Facebook. I have to say that it was great seeing so many boys out walking/running over the Easter break and of course, social distancing at the same time!!
- General notifications will be sent to you by text using our textaparent service. Please note there is a textaparent app which is free to download also.
- If you have any general queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Teachers are also available to be contacted during school hours on their own email address that has been provided. Furthermore, if we can support in any other way at all please contact us. Your call/email will be handled with sensitivity and in a most confidential manner.
Whilst the work assigned is important, you as parents are best placed to judge the quantity of work suited to your son. Can I reiterate we don’t want to cause any additional pressure or stress on families in what is a difficult and anxious time for everyone. We will keep you informed of any updates as they become available to us. Please take care and stay safe.
Below are some important notices for your attention during the school closure.