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**This are unprecedented times and will cause difficulty and stress for many, if not all families. Bernardos have set up a support helpline for parents feeling under pressure.

Phone 1800910123 from 10am to 2pm. Monday to Friday. You can also email parentsupport@barnardos.ie

 

19th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
Our school is delighted to announce that we will shortly roll out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes. The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to some of your child’s details via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App
 
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school’s communication with  parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child’s education by:
– Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
– Allowing schools to gather permission(s) from parents
– Allowing parents to quickly and efficiently select preferred slots for parent teacher meetings 
– Keeping parents apprised of their child’s attendance
– Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
– Allowing parents to view what items their child had for homework today
– Keeping parents up to date on what library book their child is currently reading and if it is due/overdue to be returned
– Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card

We will be gradually implementing the features of this app as it will take time for both teachers and parents to get used to it. We will only use the features which we feel are suitable for our school, starting off with the information below:

Student Details   Parents can see their childs’ name, class name and teacher name
Noticeboard   Parents can see any notices sent to their children’s class
Texts   Parents can see a copy of all texts they have received
Books   Parents can see any library books currently on loan

 

Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
– Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
– Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
– Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
– Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent
 
You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.
 
In the next week, you will receive a text message containing your registration link.  There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school’s Connect experience. Going forward it will be the main form of communication from the school, notes and text messages will be no longer used.

In preparation for this please let the school know if your phone number has changed recently.

Please note: If there are any personal concerns, or legal provisions in place regarding giving access to Connect to any parent/guardian of your child please contact the school in confidence to discuss or restrict access as required.
 
We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Ciara (the secretary) or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.
 
Yours sincerely,

Orla Hanahoe

Principal

 

 

17th March 2020

Home Learning (COVID-19)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to give you a few ideas of things you can do to help your child to learn. Our suggestion is that you give your days some routine and maybe dedicate an hour or two to schoolwork. These are just a few extra general ideas for you. Teachers will also upload things for their class to do on our new Learn at Home Section of our website.

Like Project Homework, you can pick as many of the activities below over the 2 weeks. Every subject is covered below and some require the help of family, some can be done on a computer, but most can be done on your own. Each activity has an explanation so click on it to read more.

Some of the activities below have a link to click on for more information. Others link to a website with further instruction. There are lots of teachers outside of the school making YouTube videos, Instagram Stories, and all sorts of other ways to help your child learn each day.

Keeping Active Literacy SESE Arts Numeracy
HIIT Workout Skype with a Relative Family Tree A Sketch a Day Play Mathletics
Go Noodle The Daily News The History of my Family Learn a Musical Instrument Maths Worksheets
Mindfulness Session Irish Times Peace Puppet Show Make a cool pattern
Get Outside Read a book with a parent/family member My Holiday Who is your favourite artist? Board Games with Mathematical Thinking

Body and Mind

HIIT Homework

Stick on your favourite upbeat playlist and try out these exercises one after the other. To give yourself a bigger challenge, do each circuit twice or three times or more!

Session 1 – 5 x 25

Session 2 – legs moving

Session 3 – up and down

  1. 25 jumping jacks
  2. 25 squats
  3. 25 seconds run on the spot
  4. 25 push ups
  5. 25 seconds plank
  1. 30 seconds run on the spot
  2. 30 seconds high knees
  3. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  4. 30 seconds butt kicks
  5. 30 seconds jog on the spot
  1. 30 seconds jumping jacks
  2. 30 seconds mountain climbers
  3. 30 seconds run on the spot
  4. 30 seconds plank
  5. 30 seconds burpees!

 

OR

 

Have a family disco – stick on your favourite tunes and bop around the room for 20 minutes!

 

Get Outside

Try out as many of these exercises outside (keeping social distance!) that you can and tell your teacher which ones you’ve done.

 

●     Cycle your bike for 10 minutes   

●     Go for a walk

●     Ride your scooter for 10 minutes

●     Draw your own hopscotch with chalk and play

●     Throw a ball against a wall and catch

●     Create your own obstacle course

●     Run for 5 minutes

●     10 minutes of free play outside

●     If possible walk home from school one day

 

●     Jump on your trampoline   

●     Walk your dog

●     Bubble bashing – get someone to blow bubbles for you to try and burst all of them

●     Do 3 laps of your house or up and down the hall 10 times

●     Keepie uppies – how many can you do in a row?

●     Skip sideways up and down the garden 5 times

 

 Skype with a Relative

This can be a nice idea if you have a family member who may have to self-isolate or who you may not be able to visit. It’s a way for children to use oral language and it might be a nice kind of game to play to keep boredom away.

 

Ideas include:

  1. Play 20 questions – take turns in thinking of an object and the other person can only ask questions which have a yes or no answer.
  2. A-Z – Pick a topic and take turns in naming something beginning with A then B then C and see if you can get to Z Without skipping any letters.
  3. The Big Interview – child prepares 10 questions they’d like to know about the relative and then asks them
  4. More ideas here: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-vocabulary-games/

 

Irish Times

Even if you can’t speak Irish, there are some great ways to pick up some vocabulary. One really easy activity is to pick a topic, for example: food, household objects, colours, and so on, then write down 20 words associated with that topic in a list. Next go to https://www.focloir.ie/en/ and translate the words. The great thing is that almost every word on the website has an audio recording of it so you can listen to how to pronounce the words! As a family, you could try and learn a few words every day!

 

For more advanced speakers, how about doing any of the tasks in the grid through Irish? The news is probably the easiest one to do as Gaeilge.

 

Another idea is to use your duolingo account https://www.duolingo.com/course/ga/en/Learn-Irish to learn some Irish – 5 to 10 minutes a day and who knows how fluent you’ll be when you get back! Your Parents/guardians could even sign up for an account themselves

 

The Daily News

This task can be done with any age from Junior Infants to 6th class. It can be done in a number of ways but here is a suggestion for 2 different age groups:

 

Infants to 1st Class 2nd Class Upwards
●     Child tells you the news they have for the day. Stick to things in their own life rather than focusing on the news on the radio or TV.   

○     The day, the date, the weather outside

○     1 or 2 things they did yesterday

●     Write down what they tell you on a whiteboard or piece of paper.

●     Child either types out what you’ve written or copies it down in a journal or copybook.

●     You can create your own little newsroom on the kitchen table or you can use Green Screen apps on an iPad and record your child reading their news.

●     You can send the video to loved ones to keep in touch.

●     Child writes/types their news as well as news happening outside the world.    

●     You can create your own little newsroom on the kitchen table or you can use Green Screen apps on an iPad and record your child reading their news.

●     You can send the video to loved ones to keep in touch.

 

Read a Book with a Parent

Snuggle up on the couch and spend ten minutes reading for no other reason than the joy of reading a book. Of course, there are loads of benefits to reading every day but what a nice time to drop everything for a short time.

 

Family Tree

 

Make your family tree with your child. You can do this digitally or by hand and you can go back as far as you want!

 

BIGGER PROJECTS

 

These instructions are for these projects:

  • The History of my Family An extension of the Family Tree Project – tell us about your family
  • Peace What does peace mean to you? How will we get there?
  • Who is your favourite artist? Tell us something about your favourite artist – A singer? A painter? A poet?
  • My Holiday Tell us about your last holiday

 

Here are some ways you can produce it for your teacher

 

  1. Write it!                        Make your project on paper and bring it to school. (No bigger than A3 please!)
  2. Type it!                        Using Google Docs, make your project adding text, images and maybe video
  3. Build it!                        Using whatever materials you want, build and make your project
  4. Present it!                    Make a Google Slideshow about your project
  5. Make a Book!             Use Book Creator on an iPad or Chromebook to make a book about your project
  6. Video it!                       Grab a phone and hit record then send it via Classroom to your teacher
  7. FlipGrid it!                    Your teacher might have set up a question on Flipgrid. Log in with the code he/she gives you.
  8. Your way!                    Present your project in whatever way you want – whether it’s a virtual tour or even a podcast, do what you like!

 

You can do this project in Irish or English.

 

 

A Sketch A Day

 

If you have a copybook or sketchpad, this would be useful but you don’t really need anything except paper and a pencil. Your job is to create one sketch a day for the duration of the project. The only catch is you have to pick a theme. Choose from:

 

  • Healthy Foods
  • Happy Things
  • Things that need batteries
  • Famous People
  • Objects that are usually red

 

Learn a musical instrument

 

Do you have a musical instrument at home? If not, it’s not too expensive to get yourself a tin whistle, recorder or even a ukulele. It’s never been easier to learn with loads of apps and websites to bring you along the way.

 

Tin Whistle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdUH1QZvEm8

Piano / Keyboard: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJOfTzSYW-9q2WSmGH1CNjmP3–2qaXN5

Ukulele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bTE5fbxDsc

 

Puppet Show

 

Making a puppet show can be a fun way to spend some time and there’s lots of different ways to do it now.

 

  1. Make a sock puppet – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-mfUBQE3_s
  2. Make finger puppets – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eq370x_lvo
  3. Make an online Puppet Show – Puppet Pals App

 

The main thing is to write the scripts and record them! If you have a puppet show stage, great; if not, use a table to hide underneath!

 

Mathletics

 

Log in to your Mathletics account and play for 5-10 minutes. https://www.mathletics.eu

 

 

Cool Patterns

 

Patterns are everywhere – some of them simple like the sequence of a traffic light and some of them are really difficult like the swirls on a snail’s shell. Your job is to make a pattern using any medium you want. You could knit a scarf in 2 different colours or you could build a tower using Lego with different patterned levels. You could even write a long sequence of numbers that follow a pattern. Be inventive and try and think of something someone else might not do.