A message from Ms Slavin
Dear Pupils of Scoil Mhuire,
We all miss you at school and know that you are all missing one another enormously.
I am writing to say thank you for working hard at home over the past few weeks, and ask you while both our lives have been put on ‘pause’, to continue to be the very best you can be until we can take ‘pause’ off, and we can press ‘play’ again.
As well as doing your school work, it is also important for you to do your best to help around the house, to act with kindness, and to show love to those around you…you all know how powerful a well-timed smile and hug can be!
I am also asking you to continue to be brave, if you have any questions about these tricky times, please do not keep them to yourselves and worry, please ask an adult. Part of an adult’s job is to protect you and reassure you that things will get better. We cannot tell you when they will get better, but they will get better. There are lots of great doctors, nurses and scientists who are working hard and performing little miracles every day to make sure that things will get better and then we can begin to press ‘play’ once again. In the meantime, take care, stay safe and continue to practise social distancing until we are all back together again.
Keep well !
With every good wish ,
Here are some work, ideas, messages and resources directly from our teachers for the Covid19 closures.
Junior & Senior Infants – see the ClassDojo
Some further activities and ideas here Junior/Senior Infants
First & Second
Ms. Ryan’s Padlet of work for her class
Ms Kinsella’s class work is all here on this Padlet. She asks parents to please read the cover letter first. Ms Kinsella is on ClassDojo. Please check this regularly and contact her if you are not connected. Please contact her at email@example.com with any questions.
Work for Ms Clarke’s second class group.
Ms Hogan has some suggestions for her class HERE
The latest Padlet from Ms Coffey for Ms Hogan’s Maths blast group (May25th)
Third & Fourth
This is the latest Padlet of work for Ms McCarthy’s class. Please scroll down through the padlet to find the new work as Ms McCarthy has left last week’s work on the padlet for children to finish working on.
Ms McCarthy class work is all here on this Padlet 1 . Here is the second Padlet 2 of work for her class. She can be contacted by parents at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions or queries. Please check ClassDojo for regular updates.
Ms Higgins – see ClassDojo. Miss Higgins has added a new Padlet with the latest work for April.
Fifth & Sixth
Mr McDonagh has all the work for his class on their kidblog
Ms. Cotterell has created a ClassDojo account for her class and needs parents’ email addresses to add on anyone who hasn’t yet joined. A class text was sent out at the beginning of the week so this is just a gentle reminder if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. Ms. Cotterell will give you guidance on how to sign up through email. Please contact her at email@example.com . Ms Cotterell’s class work is on on her Padlet .
A new Padlet of work from Ms Murphy for after Easter. Ms. Murphy reminds her class to use Kiddle for safe searching when they are doing their project. Ms. Murphy would like parents to know that if they have any questions or queries about her pupils’ work, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Ellard has created these padlet links with lots of learning games and activities in one handy place. Click for
Learning Support and SEN
Message from Mrs Morgan for her groups: I’m interested to hear how my pupils are getting on with their work at home. If I can help or if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you at email@example.com.. Mrs Morgan also has a message for parents of children with SEN.
Ms McGrath has some ideas for her pupils and the Power Hour classes. She can be contacted by parents looking for advice or support on keeping literacy going at home at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Children’s Emotions at this Time
Advice on Dealing With Childrens’ Anxiety
We are living in unusual circumstances at this time. These are trying times for all children but especially so for those children who experience anxiety on a regular basis.
The National Education Psychological Service have shared this resource. We in Scoil Mhuire are here to support your child at this time. If you feel you need the support of your child’s SEN teacher, or your child’s class teacher, around anxiety, please do contact us. As you see from the advice that follows, it is important to address anxiety and put supports in place. If you feel this is an issue for your child, then please seek advice. There is support for your child! My email is email@example.com
Resource for parents – Free Stress control programme from the HSE Health and Wellbeing starting Monday 11th May. See www.stresscontrol.org for the details.
HSCL – Ms Power
Some resources from Ms Power:
- Coronavirus_ABookForChildren : An Information book for children
- Pandemic Parenting – Trying something different” from Madeleine Connolly, Senior Social Worker with Lucena.
- Parents Resource page on the Government Website
- “In this Together” mental health advice and ideas
- “Lets Play Ireland”, a range of play resources for parents
- TUSLA “Ten things you could do today!” ideas resource
- A Parents’ Guide to Device safety
- Dublin CYPSC Covid-19 Wellbeing Resources April 2020
- a list of family supports available in the local area from TUSLA – Parent Supports
- setting a daily routine Advice on structuring your day during school closure
- a child-friendly resource pack for any children experiencing anxiety caused by what they are hearing in the news at the moment Covid Information Resource pack for kids
- Information on Barnardos National Parent Support Service Response to Covid-19 Pandemic. Further information here.
- advice from the Department of Education about Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Advice for Parents and Schools (1)
- Social Stories for children in foster care For Younger Children and For Older Children
- A Guide for Parents supporting children during the School closures from the Department of Education and a Sample Daily Plan for families
- Ten Things you can do today-Tusla
- Coronavirus/COVID19 Social Narrative for Autism
- Coronavirus Exlained for
- Parents Guide– Keeping teens safe during COVID-19 restrictions, this resource has been developed by Foróige click here
- Parenting Tips- 4 videos developed by South Dublin Partnership and Tusla Prevention Partnership & Parenting Support. 4 the Family is a series of 4 sessions offering simple tips to families around the areas of Play, Parenting, Health & Technology. These may be useful to some families at this time. Thanks to Joy Shaughnessy and Mary O Brien for preparing these and sending them on, these are listed under parenting resources on the information hub page please click here.
- Jigsaw a 1800 helpline number and service can be accessed by young people between 12-25, regardless of whether they live in a Jigsaw catchment area or not. The number can also be used by parents and guardians if they are concerned about a young person’s mental health. Contact Details click here. 1800 JIGSAW (544729) Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1pm- 5pm. SMS 086 180 3880. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
- Happy Talk Language Pack – this week’s language pack is all about using your imagination – Happy Talk “Off the Train” (4-8 years) – attached and links below
- Stress Control – free online course open to parents and others, run in conjunction with HSE and NHS. It is due to be repeated from Monday 11th May.
https://stresscontrol.org/ The Youtube link for the videos is https://www.youtube.com/
- Dealing with Bereavement
‘The Invisible String’ story book is excellent for supporting new children through bereavement. This may be a particular issue for children who lose grandparents during this time.
Letter from Ms. Slavin to the Scoil Mhuire Community, March 2020
Here we are after a few unusual weeks, and what a journey it has been for all of us! A strange time…. when you have had to stay and learn at home, when your mums, dads & grandparents have had to step into our shoes and become your teachers! It would be too easy for me to say to you all that things will soon be back to normal and that we will all soon be back at school. The very least you need at the moment from me is the truth. The truth is that neither I,nor anyone, knows when we can all see each other again. Who knows? This ‘Adventure’ may last another few weeks, or it may stretch out to become a month or two. However what I can tell you is that we- your teachers, all the other staff and I- are all thinking about you every day, missing you every day, and praying that you and your families stay safe and well. WHEN, not IF , but WHEN life returns to normal, we shall welcome 🙏 you all back into our school with open arms. In the meantime please remember that you can make life at home a little easier for everyone by helping…. making your bed/ trying not to argue with your sisters and brothers/ and just listening to your parents & grandparents & then smiling at them & telling them you love them. Finally please remember that if we continue to show LOVE , FRIENDSHIP and RESPECT we will have HOPE. Carry on being heroes and enjoy the‘ Adventure ‘.
With every good wish, Ms. Slavin.