I hope you and your families are all well. These are difficult days and I know that life is stressful for everyone at the moment. Many of you are trying to work from home or may have financial or health worries, whilst trying to look after your children at this time.
As you will be aware, the Department of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed until 20th April 2020.
The teachers prepared learning activities and recommended websites for the children to help keep them occupied for the initial 2-week closure up until today. We hope you found these suggestions helpful, for those of you who had an opportunity to look at them.
Now that this closure will be extended until after Easter, teachers will be keeping in touch with their classes via SEESAW, for parents who wish to sign up. If you are having difficulty signing up please let us know via the email address below and we will assist you. Teachers will recommend activities on SEESAW which children may engage with if they wish. We will also post up ideas for activities on our school Facebook page.
Please do not place yourself under any additional pressure by feeling you have to teach your children or complete learning activities on top of everything else that is going on at the moment. It is vital that you look after your well-being and minimise stress at a time like this. Many parents and children are not getting to do “school work” and that is okay. Activities such as making Lego, reading, cooking, playing board games and getting exercise are all learning experiences. Your child’s wellbeing is far more important than academic work, particularly during this difficult time.
When school reopens, teachers will help each child settle back into school routines. No child will be “left behind” as a result of these closures.
The most important thing you can do right now is look after your own mental health and well-being, and that of your child. Remember, children are resilient and there will be many more learning opportunities for them in school in the years ahead.
Please stay well. If you wish, you may contact the school via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assuring you of the support of the entire staff at Scoil Mhuire,