PFS 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

PFS 2021/22 PENTECOST TERM NEWSLETTER

GRATITUDE

We are most grateful to God Almighty who made it possible for us to finish well in the 2021/2022 Academic Session. We thank God for His grace and mercy, may His name be praised forever, Amen. We particularly thank our supportive parents for being there for us.

The just concluded Academic Session recorded a series of interesting school programs,

This includes Community Day, Skills Acquisition, Colour, and Cultural Day.

During the Community Day program, we had a lecture on Security Consciousness, ably led by SP Olarewaju Odadele who encouraged and motivated the pupils to always cultivate an effective observance attitude. They were all impactful and successfully implemented. We appreciate all our parents for their immense support during these events.

  • NEW PUPILS

Again, we appreciate our dear parents who introduced new pupils and their families to the school. We pledge total commitment to ensuring that our pupils are exposed to modern teaching and learning practices.

  • UNIFORMS

Parents are encouraged to always keep their ward’s school uniforms clean and ironed at all times, and should endeavor to buy new uniforms as we resume school for the new Academic Session. The approved School footwear is a Black Shoe, PFS customized socks and a white canvas to be worn with the sportswear on Fridays. Our Tuesday wears remain the approved Ankara for the week with black sandals footwear (No high hills or canvas).

  • HAIR-DO

All pupils should adhere to all authorized hair-do as per school regulations and standards. Please be reminded that beads and attachments of all kinds for our girls and any punk haircut for our boys are strictly prohibited.

  • PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES

All required payments should be paid to the bank directly and school receipts collected for all teller or cheque transactions. A receipt will not be issued for any cash payment to the school office until bank authentication is received. The pupil’s name and class should be written in the depositor’s column/space of the bank teller. School fees can also be paid at Schools Account Department via the POS System with your ATM Card. School fees should be paid completely at the commencement of each term. All parents are encouraged to pay up school debts in order for the affected children not to be hindered from writing subsequent examinations.

  • DISCOUNT

Parents who introduce pupils to the school will be given a 20 percent discount on the tuition of their ward.

  • FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE

This is to bring to your notice that the LASG 2022 Placement Test/First School Leaving Certificate Examination will take place on the 16th of July 2022 Saturday. Pupils should come in their school uniforms by 7 am for the FSLC Exams.

CENTRE: Festac Senior Grammer School, 41 Road Festac Town.

  • P T A MEETING

The Parents Teachers Association meeting was held on Saturday, 2nd July 2022. The following were deliberated and decided upon:

    • Parents are to ensure that school fees are completely paid before the resumption of the Midterm Break.
    • Online Notes will soon take effect.
    • The Solar project is ongoing with full installations, as such, parents are to pay a minimum of ₦4000, which will be included in the 2nd term bills.
    • SAHO: Noncompliance with the school’s policies will attract a stay-at-home order (SAHO); and a sum of ₦1000.
  • COMMON ENTRANCE

The outcome of the External Common Entrance Examination and Potasfield College Entrance Examination recorded a success, as our pupil did meritoriously well. Meanwhile, the First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLC) date will be announced as soon as possible. We are leaving no stone on turned in preparing the children for a better result.

  • SUMMER LESSON

Summer lessons will commence from the 1st of August to the 30th of August, 2022. This will include academic and extra-curriculum activities such as indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, vocational skills, and games. Please note that during the summer classes, there will be no school transportation. For more inquiries, please contact the office.

FEES: PG – ₦10,000; other classes a flat rate of ₦12000.

DAYS: Monday – Thursday

TIME:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm please note that we also intend to use this period for REMEDIAL COACHING FOR OUR PUPILS Concerned.

CRECHE: We wish to inform our old and intending parents that the Crèche/ Daycare will be open from 15th July to 12Th September 2022(8 Weeks).

The hours of operation will be:

Normal:       7:30am – 2:00pm      =  ( ₦1,000.00 per day)

Extension:   7.30am – 6.00pm      =  ( ₦1,500.00 per day)

For more inquiries, please contact the office

  • POTASFIELD COLLEGE

We encourage parents to identify with our Secondary School by registering their wards/children into our Potasfield College. There are discounts available for the wards of our children and those introduced by our esteemed parents. We appreciate our parents who have consistently been partners in progress.

We will continue to say a big thank you, especially to those of our parents who have gone out of their way to publicize our school and are also introducing new parents who have subsequently enrolled their kids and children into our school. Please note that all Potasfield Foundation School pupils already given admission into Potasfield College have been granted an additional discount bringing down the ADMISSION FEES.

May the good Lord continue to bless you, Amen.

  • CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate all our Parents and Staff who put to bed during the term/session. We also congratulate all members of our staff, who had their weddings during the session. May God bless your homes.

  • RESUMPTION DATE

School resumes for Christmas term 2022/2023 on 12th September 2022. Attached is the Programme of Activities for the Christmas Term. Please kindly go through the schedule and ensure compliance. We will communicate changes if any when they come up.

The Christmas term fees can be paid into any branch of GT Bank.

NAME OF ACCOUNT:       POTASFIELD FOUNDATION SCHOOL

Bank:                                       GTBank

ACCOUNT NUMBER:         0130702536

School Fees are to be paid the first week of resumption directly to the bank. Please parents should endeavor to pay with the child’s name as the depositor. After payment has been made, the teller should be presented to the office for proper documentation.

Once again thank you for partnering with us to make the best out of our children.

On behalf of the Management and Staff of Potasfield Foundation School, we wish our dear parents a Wonderful Summer Holiday.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS TERM CALENDAR 2022/2023 ACADEMIC SESSION

Remain blessed of the Lord.

Sited By

 Adebisi O. E. (PFSchools HeadTeacher)

 

PFC 2021/22 PENTECOST TERM NEWSLETTER

APPRECIATION: We are grateful to God for His Grace and Mercy that saw us through this term.

The Pentecost term which commenced on Monday, 25th April 2022 ended well on 15th July 2022.

We also want to use this medium to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Parents for their commitments throughout this academic session. May the good Lord reward your labour of love.

9th GRADUATION CEREMONY AND END OF SESSION ACTIVITIES: The College Graduation and End of Session Activities came up on 15th July 2022. We thank and also appreciate everyone that stood by us in Prayers, Moral and financial support that made it a success.

Our special thanks to those that sponsored some of the awards. We are indeed grateful.

 BECE / WAEC/ NECO: The BECE (Junior School Certificate Examination) was conducted from Wednesday 8th June –Wednesday 15th June 2022. WAEC Exams of the College started on Thursday 19th May and ended Thursday 23rd June 2022. This was followed by NECO Exams from Tuesday 5th July, ending Thursday 11th August 2022.

 INTERNAL EXAMS: The Internal Exams of the College were conducted from Monday 4th July to Wednesday, 13th July 2022.

We observed lots of improvement in the academic performance of our students including those that were placed on remedial during admission due to poor performance in the key subjects. Permit us to let you know that by the special Grace of God, we have observed that the moral standard of the students is maintaining an upward trend.

 2022/2023 COLLEGE ENTRANCE: The College Entrance into JSS 1 for the 2022/2023 Academic Session was done on Saturday 21st May 2022. Please note that the admission exercise is ongoing. The Entrance Forms are still available in the school office at the cost of #10,000.00 and exams can be conducted on the day of purchase of the form.

 We wish to remind you that incentive on your child’s /ward’s tuition fees for the introduction of new parents to our school is still on.

UNIFORM: Please, we re-emphasize that corporate black leather shoes to polish and plain white canvas including our customized socks are the approved school footwear. Also note that it is part of the School Rules and Regulations to purchase uniforms (be it top or down), Ankara, or community day T-shirts from the school. Uniforms made outside the school are regarded as mufti and will not be allowed. Students caught wearing such would be given a “STAY AT HOME ORDER” and will not be allowed back in school until there is full compliance.

 REMINDER

  • SCHOOL FEES PATTERN FOR EXTERNAL EXAMINATION CLASSES: As per our practice, we wish to sensitize the parents of our students in external examination classes about the mode of payment of fees for the next academic session (2022\2023) as shown on our 2022/23 Pentecost term bill. The payment pattern for fees is twice for the academic year and is as follows:
    • SS3
      • FIRST TERM: first term fees + books + WAEC Exam fee+ NECO fees+ 50% of third term fees
      • SECOND TERM: second term fees + 50% of third term fees
      • THIRD TERM: NO SCHOOL FEES EXCEPT GRADUATION FEES WHICH ARE TENTATIVELY ₦35, 000.00
    • JSS 3
      • FIRST TERM: first term fees+ books+ BECE (Junior WAEC fees) + 50% of third term fees
      • SECOND TERM: second term fees + 50% of the third term
      • THIRD TERM: NO SCHOOL FEES EXCEPT GRADUATION FEES WHICH ARE TENTATIVELY ₦30, 000.00
  • HAIRDO: The school’s hairstyle for boys remains brushed hair. The girls’ hair style recommended by the head girl has to be adhered to. Punk, galas, various line shapes, etc. are not permitted for boys. Beads, attachments, etc. are not allowed for girls. Each student must be decently and moderately dressed at all times.
  • BUS SERVICES: Please be informed that the school bus would not wait for more than 3 minutes at any home/pick-up location. This is because any delay will affect other students that utilize the school bus service and in turn affect the arrival of the bus which is 7.30 am. Therefore, we wish to appeal to our parents to prepare their wards/children in time as the school bus will no longer wait for students for more than the allotted time.
  • PARENTS TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION: The Meeting of Association was held on June 8th, 2022. It was agreed that 7,500.00 should be paid per annum per student and this would be included in the second term fees. At the meeting also, it was agreed that henceforth, parents will be carried along during the cultural day celebration of the college.

Equally, as discussed at the PTA Meeting, we maintain that parents should dress decently when coming to school so that the students cannot be confused but adhere to the dressing modalities of the school.

  • COMMUNITY DAY’S T-SHIRT/BLUE JEAN:  We hereby remind our dear parents/guardians that ripped/torn, patched, or crazy jeans are not acceptable on our community days.
  • BOARDING: We wish to inform you that our boarding facilities are still available for interested parents, Admission is on a first come first serve basis.
  • SUMMER ASSIGNMENT: Please note that summer assignment is available for all students in their class Whatsapp groups. The students are to do the assignments and submit them on the first day of resumption.
  • HOLIDAY COACHING: The College would be organizing Holiday Coaching normally called Summer Lesson. This will include vocational skills, Computer Training, Teaching, Educational Technology, and other varieties. It is paid before service for everyone.

The details are as follows;

DATE:          Monday 1st–Tuesday 30th August 2022 at the school

TIME: 9 am-1 pm

DAYS: Monday-Thursday

FEE:             15, 000.00 for PFC/PFS Students

OTHERS:       ₦15, 000.00

PAYMENT OF FEES:  All payments must be made to the bank directly and school receipts collected for any teller or cheque transaction. Receipts will not be issued for any cash payment to the school office until bank authentication is received. Cash payment is at the owner’s risk as the school will not be held responsible if payment is not duly reflected in the bank statement.

Teller/cheque numbers should be clearly stated on the receipt. Student’s names and class should be written in the depositor’s column/space of the bank teller. Kindly pay your child’s/ward’s fees on or before resumption day. All school fees should be paid into any Zenith Bank branch:

ACCOUNT NAME: Potasfield College.

ACCOUNT NO:     1013483345

RESUMPTION: The date of Christmas term resumption is Monday 12th September 2023.

We wish to acknowledge your immense contribution in bringing us this far in our pursuit of academic excellence. Your profound patronage cannot be over-emphasized. We are once again very grateful and wish you all a wonderful and peaceful holiday.

Remain blessed by the Lord.

Sited By

 Igbokwe T.C (Pfschools Principal)

PFS 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

We thank God for His mercies and protection throughout the Easter Term. Our ability to weather the storms and challenges of the term has indeed been by the help and grace of God.  In spite of Covid-19, alongside other attendant issues including security and spiraling inflation in the country, we are glad to report that we have made progress both academically and spiritually. Likewise, we do appreciate you all for keeping faith with us throughout the Term.

This Easter term has been a wonderful term with academic, social, and cultural performances. The programs have impacted positively on the pupils. We pray that our children will continue to improve academically so as to become the best among their contemporaries both within and without our immediate environment.

SCHOOL PROGRAMMES:

COMMUNITY DAY: The Community Day was observed on the 22nd of March 2022. The Area E Police Command Festac Town represented by SP Olanrewaju Oladele gave the lecture. He spoke on SECURITY AWARENESS. He also fielded various questions from the pupils. The children benefited from the talk as they were enlightened on how to be safe and secure in our challenging environment.

PRACTICAL: The Upper Primary Department had practicals in various fields e.g.  Popcorn and fruit juice preparation, clay molding, and planting of crops. These activities exposed them to know how to be creative.  The Nursery Department carried out fruit day practicals. We appreciate parents for their support in helping the children with items for these practicals.

FRUITY DAYS: The introduction of fruit days has been a success. We want to appreciate our parents for complying with the requirements for Tuesdays and Thursdays when fruits are added to the meal for our children. We implore all parents who are yet to do so to kindly comply as the health benefits are enormous.

COLOUR DAY: Our Colour day was observed on February 14th, 2022. All Pupils and Staff wore red and blue attires. It was a very colorful and exciting day for all participants. Pupils and staff exchanged gifts. The activities of the day were to portray that Pupils should love Christ as Christ Loves us.

CULTURAL DAY: The School also observed her Cultural day on the 7th, of April 2022. Pupils were dressed in different cultural attires. There were also various displays of traditional dishes, cultural songs, and other cultural presentations. Prayers were said in the various indigenous languages. A talk titled “Our Cultural Values “was also delivered. We appreciate the facilitators who came to grace the occasion.  To our wonderful parents who took out time to prepare various Nigerian and African delicacies, we say a big Thank You.

PTA: The Parents Teachers Association meeting was held on March 26th, 2022.

Highlights include:

SCHOOL DEBT: The house encouraged parents to pay up all outstanding debts in order for the affected children not to be hindered from writing subsequent exams.

  • School Homework Organizer: It was further stressed that parents should always go through their Child’s School Homework Organizer.  This is very essential and becomes an additional medium for necessary information.
  • Hygiene and Cleanliness:  Parents are to keep up with high hygienic standards, ensuring cleanliness at all levels. In the same vein, pupils should be properly dressed in the recommended school uniform and attire for each day.
  • Sick Pupils: In as much as the school is working relentlessly to ensure that the pupils are in a conducive learning environment, it was resolved that parents should as well partner with the school as they take proper care of sick pupils; making sure they are well and healthy before coming to school.
  • PTA Levy & Account: The PTA account is operational.  Parents are to pay a stipulated PTA fee of ₦5000. This falls due to payment on the resumption of every second term.

FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE: The First School Leaving Certificate Registration ends on 30th April 2021. Parents should please note that any child who does not meet up with both the financial obligations and academic requirements will not be registered by the school. Parents should endeavor to pay up to avoid a late registration penalty.

FEDERAL COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: This is to bring to your notice that the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for the 2021/2022 Academic Session comes up on 23rd April 2022. Examination Centre: Festac Senior College, 24 Road, Festac Town. Time: 8.00am

POTASFIELD COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: Potasfield College Entrance Examination holds on 7th May 2022. All Basic VI pupils are to participate. Basic 5 pupils are also encouraged to participate so as to expose them to an external exam. Registration is still in progress and the entrance fee is ₦10, 000.00.

SATURDAY LESSON: The Saturday lesson continues on 15th May 2022. This will enable our pupils to continue adequate preparation for the FSLC.

DAYCARE/CRÈCHE: We wish to inform our parents that the Daycare Department will be open from 8th – 15th April 2022, and re-open on 19th -25th April 2022.

Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm.Interested Parents should contact the office.

TRANSPORTATION: We wish to inform our dear parents whose children and wards use School Bus Services that due to the runaway inflation, the management has reviewed transportation fares slightly upward.  Parents and guardians are reminded about the NO PAYMENT, NO TRANSPORTATION POLICY OF THE SCHOOL. For further clarification please contact the office.

GRADUATION: We want to use this medium to notify our parents as regards the End of Session Activities/Graduation Ceremony that normally comes up at the end of Pentecost Term (3rd Term) of each academic calendar.

Please as per our normal tradition for this program, our pupils are to pay as follows:

GRADUATING CLASSES: Nursery II: ₦17, 500.00, Basic VI:  ₦22, 500.00 Other Classes ₦6,000.00

Graduands are expected to dress in a black suit, sky blue shirt, and black bow tie for the boys, while the girls are to put on sky blue ball gowns.

FEES: We appreciate our Parents who have diligently endeavored to pay up the fees despite the harsh economic condition. God bless you real good. Please, we wish to inform our parents that due to the prevailing high rate of inflation (18%) officially in the country, the cost of running the school has increased substantially. In order to stay afloat and maintain our services, the school fees have been reviewed upward by 10%. We appeal that you bear with us and we assure you that we do not take your patronage for granted in these trying times. We really count on your goodwill.

The third term fees can be paid into any branch of GT Bank. Attached is a GT Bank Slip.

NAME OF ACCOUNT:       POTASFIELD FOUNDATION SCHOOL

Bank:                                       GTBank

ACCOUNT NO.:                    0130702536

The account name and number have been printed on them. School Fees are to be paid first week of resumption directly to the bank. Please parents should endeavor to pay with the child’s name as the depositor. After payment has been made, the teller should be presented to the office for proper documentation.

SCHOOL RESUMPTION: The school resumes on April 25th, 2022 for the Pentecost (Third) Term.

We thank you for your continuous patronage. Remain blessed and have a wonderful Easter celebration.

Sited By

 Adebisi O. E. (PFSchools HeadTeacher)

PFC 2021/22 EASTER TERM NEWSLETTER

GRATITUDE

We give God all the glory as of the Easter term which took off on the 10th of January 2022 and ended well on the 7th of April, 2022.

To the glory of God, students were exposed to academic as well as co-curricular activities within the school environment despite all the security challenges all over the environment compounded with the spiraling inflation pressures.

PROGRESS: The Easter Term Examinations were conducted between 25th March and 4th April 2022. We are glad to report that all went well and our children are increasing in knowledge academically, socially, spiritually, and morally.

COMMUNITY DAY: The College observed three Community Days this term. Each of which a resource person was invited to give a talk on the following;

  • ADOLESCENT CHALLENGES – PUBERTY
  • LIVING A LIFE WORTHY OF EMULATION (For Junior Students) & CAMPUS LIFE (For Out-Going SSS3 and other senior students)
  • SECURITY AWARENESS: Senior Officers of the Nigerian Police Force Area ’E Command’ Festac sensitized the students on the security challenges in society, the need to be sensible and conscious of the security issues as per their immediate environment and location. Students were equally taught some safety tips and how to protect themselves when facing security challenges.

CULTURAL DAY: Our Cultural Day was observed on Wednesday, 6th of April, 2022. The sports houses of the school to which students belong were translated into geographical zones of the country. It was indeed a great day for the students. Parents prepared the cultural food and dressed the children in the cultural attire of the Geopolitical Zone they found themselves in. It helped the students to acquire additional knowledge of the culture of other geopolitical zones they have been hearing about.

PTA: The PTA meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd February 2022 being the Open Day of the School as agreed by parents previously. The meeting started at 10:10 am and ended at 12:45 pm. The turnout was quite impressive as we recorded an attendance of 152 people.

 The highlights include;

  • PARENTAL INFLUENCE ON CAREER CHOICE: Parents were encouraged to allow their children to choose their career path under their guidance and that of the Lord God Almighty.
  • BUS DELAY: Bus will not stay more than two (2) minutes in each house.
  • LATE FOOD TO SCHOOL: Parents were encouraged to wake up early for adequate preparation to avoid bringing food to the school at odd times.
  • SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT: It was agreed during the PTA meeting that each student should pay ₦10,000.00 for the Solar Project to assist the school as requested. Those yet to comply were urged to do so.
  • SSS3 AND JSS3 EXTERNAL EXAMS CLASSES FEES PATTERN: Parents were reminded about the payment pattern of fees for students in external exam classes. External exams classes pay school fees twice as follows:
  • SSS 3 – FIRST TERM: First-term fees +books+ WAEC exams+50% of third term fees.

SECOND TERM: Second term fees +50% of third term fees

THIRD TERM: No school fees are to be paid except the graduation fee of ₦30,000.00 only.

  • JSS 3 – FIRST TERM: First-term fees +books +BECE (junior WAEC fee) +50% of third term fees

SECOND TERM: Second term fees +50% of third term fees

THIRD TERM: No school fees are to be paid except ₦20,000.00 for graduation is to be paid.

  • PTA ACCOUNT FUND: Deliberations and suggestions on how the PTA Account should be funded and how much should be paid by each parent were referred to the PTA Chairman and Executives to discuss and revert to the PTA.
  • UPLOADING NOTES ON-LINE: After much deliberations on the right time to upload notes online, for students to copy, it was agreed that notes will now be uploaded Friday mornings to enable parents to monitor properly what the children are doing during the weekend. Parents were equally advised to buy desktop rather than giving the children phones or laptops that aids them to visit unauthorized sites easily.

The next PTA comes up next term on the 8th of June, 2022 being the Open Day of the College.

END OF SESSION/GRADUATION CEREMONY: Please in keeping with our normal tradition, the payment for this year’s End of Session /Graduation activities that comes up on 21st July 2022 is as follows:

Graduating Students:     SS 3   –   ₦30,000.00        JSS 3 – ₦20,000.00          Non graduating students  – ₦7,000.00

2022/2023 COLLEGE ENTRANCE: The College Entrance Examination into JSSI-III & SSI-III for the 2022/2023 Academic Session comes up on Saturday, 7th of May 2022. The cost of the Entrance Form is Ten Thousand Naira only (₦10,000.00).

Time:    9.00 am prompt.

Venue:  Potasfield College Hall.

Parents should please note that the agreed discount on tuition for the introduction of a new Parent/Student into the College is still on. Please we rely on you for the publicity of the College.

For enquires, contact the Admission Office, Potasfield Organization.

FEES: We appreciate our Parents who have diligently endeavored to pay up the fees despite the harsh economic condition. God bless you real good. Please, we wish to inform our parents that due to the prevailing high rate of inflation (18% officially) in the country, the cost of running the school has increased substantially. To stay afloat and maintain our services, the school fees have been reviewed upwards by 10%. We appeal that you bear with us in these trying times. We count on your goodwill and assure you that we do not take your patronage for granted.

ACCOUNT NAME:       Potasfield College

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 1013483345

BANK:                           Zenith Bank

We urge that you go through the Pentecost Term Programme taking note of important dates and events for the term as this will enable your full participation (View Download Below).

On behalf of the Proprietor, Management, Staff, and Students of the School, we wish you a Happy Easter Celebration.

DOWNLOAD THE PENTECOST TERM ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2022

Remain blessed by the Lord.

Sited By

 Igbokwe T.C (Pfschools Principal)

Welcoming Students Back to School During & After School Closures

Welcome Back to School, Students!

Someone once said, ”without teachers life would have no class.” In the age of school closures, hybrid, and remote learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this quote surely seems appropriate. As a teacher of K-12 students for the last year and a half, you know that your duties have gone way beyond your job description, as you wear many hats and play many roles that include coach, friend, therapist, and tutor.

So, when you welcome back your students after a school closure, what tips would be helpful to alleviate their fears and anxieties to make them feel more at home? To get more insight on what students and parents are dealing with, you can start with this Helping Your Child with Back to School Anxiety During Coronavirus lesson and read on to learn more about starting the school year off on the right foot.

A Warm Welcome Starts Right at the Door

Since you’re going to want your students to feel welcome and appreciated this year, why not greet them with a warm smile and a hello right at the door if instruction is being provided in person this semester? This simple act might:

  • Increase student engagement
  • Reduce unruly behavior
  • Set a positive tone

Asking Parents Questions

Since parents are most assuredly going to be asking you a lot more questions than normal at ”Back to School Night” this year, why not have a set of questions ready for them to help this process? Examples of questions you could ask include:

  • How can we get your child to not mind wearing a mask each day?
  • What are some things you can do at home to prepare your child for class?
  • What can I do to make you feel more comfortable sending your child to my classroom?
  • What can you as parents do to add value to my classroom teachings this year?
  • What does your child enjoy most about coming to school each day?

Masks, Masks, Masks!

Now, there is no masking the fact (pun intended) that students are going to love wearing masks about as much as you announcing a surprise math quiz. One thing you can do is try to make the entire process sort of a fun game. Since children all the way from kindergarten through high school love superheroes, you can remind them that many of their favorite action stars wear masks too.

You can even have contests and allow your students to design their own superhero masks. If that doesn’t strike their fancy, children could create face masks with animals on them. Some students are even designing masks that look like their own faces!

The Elephant in the Room

Let’s move right on to the unavoidable subject! Regardless of whether children are returning to school online or in person, they are going to want to talk about the coronavirus. Should you talk about the pandemic with children? This decision will probably end up being determined by each school district. If you are allowed, be candid with your students and address any pressing concerns. You are probably going to spend a lot of extra time talking to parents too, as the latter will want to be reassured that their children are going to a safe and effective learning environment each day.

Discipline and Structure: More or Less?

When your students begin classes via distance learning or in person, at first your tendency may be to go easier on them because of all that they have been through this year. However, you may find that you will want to actually be a bit more disciplined and structured in your classroom. Students may test your limits and see what they can ”get away with” due to a relaxed atmosphere.

Getting Along With Other Teachers

When you welcome students back to school, as a teacher you will want to set a fine example of someone who is calm and in complete control. In that case, it is a good idea to avoid getting into arguments with other teachers about the coronavirus.

After all, every educator is going to have differing opinions about the state of affairs of the world and what is the best way to ”cure” them. A better option would be to meet with fellow teachers and ask the question, ”how can we all work together this school year to make life better for all of our students?”

Make a Video

This is the digital age, so making a ”Welcome Back” video won’t be too difficult for you if you can’t meet with students and parents in person. You can then share it online where everyone can view it. Don’t forget to mention the coronavirus pandemic and how you will make adjustments to allow for a positive experience this school year.

Online Extracurricular Activities

Lastly, you are going to want the students to get involved as much possible in your school, but they aren’t going to be allowed to meet in large groups. One great idea is to hold online extracurricular activities. See what creative ways students, parents, and teachers can work together to design fun concepts.

Supplemental Learning

A large concern among teachers and parents is how prepared students will feel coming back to the classroom after remote learning. Some subjects may have been more difficult for some students to stay on track and make progress in their studies. As part of welcoming back students, more thorough assessments on where students are at with each subject can help you understand which students need help the most.

One way to promote learning and help students get caught up is with supplemental online tutoring and learning opportunities. For example, in science and math, students can brush up on introductory biology or algebra topics.

You can also recommend tutoring for students such as a math tutoring service and engage parents in the conversation to get their student up to speed.

The start of the school year – especially after Covid closures – is a great time to assess your students and provide supplemental learning opportunities.

Lesson Summary

Welcoming students back to school after a school closure can be a tense situation, but with some positive strategies and tactics you can make it a good year for your students. It is not a bad idea to greet each student with a smile and a greeting at your classroom door if you’ll be teaching classes in person. If permitted, talk frankly with students about the coronavirus. Compile a list of questions to help parents with this transition back to school. Try to make wearing masks a fun experience for the students. Consider having slightly more discipline and structure this school year, and set a good example by not arguing with other teachers. Finally, also consider making a ”Welcome Back” online video and holding online extracurricular activities for students.

Resource from Study.com

Helping Your Child with Back to School Anxiety During Coronavirus

How Do I Help My Child Cope With Anxiety?

Author Karen Salmansohn once wrote ”no amount of anxiety can change the future.” Indeed, these words certainly seem applicable to the coronavirus pandemic as we all struggle with the prospect of the upcoming school year, regardless of whether students will learn in a brick-and-mortar setting or remain home and learn remotely.

And if parents are anxious and fearful of what lies ahead, just imagine what is going through our children’s minds!

However, children can be stronger and more adaptable than we think sometimes. Therefore, it is up to us to instill in them both confidence and self-efficacy so they can cope with anxiety and make the most of their educations.

Identifying Anxiety

To start with, if you’re going to help your child cope with anxiety, you must first identify the condition. The lesson titled What Is Anxiety? – Definition, Symptoms & Causes goes into greater detail, but some initial signs to look for include:

  • Bursting into tears for no apparent reason
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Clinginess
  • Headaches
  • Lack of concentration
  • Negative comments
  • Quickness to anger
  • Restlessness
  • Stomachaches

Preparation Tips

For students who are nervous about on-site school, rehearse the trip to school by walking the actual route a couple of times or driving the school bus route with your student. If your teen drives to school, allow them to traverse the route and even find a parking space. Go over where your child will hang their coat, where they will eat lunch, and when they will be allowed to use the restroom.

For students who are nervous about online school, design a schedule so they can actually ”see” what is going to happen during the week. Before you even start, use Skype or Zoom to do a practice run to make them feel more comfortable with software used by their school.

People tend to fear the unknown, so by addressing as many variables as possible, you can reduce the entire family’s anxiety to manageable levels. Further, you can gently guide kids through an anxiety-producing situation by telling a ”social story”, which explains how things will take place. Don’t be afraid to be honest with children and ask if they have any questions or pressing concerns that are bothering them.

Multi-tasking Versus Mono-tasking

Have you ever witnessed your child studying while they were simultaneously watching television, typing on a laptop, and talking on a cellphone to a friend? Admittedly this talent is impressive, but some scientific research now suggests multi-tasking can cause a host of negative side effects, including anxiety, fuzzy thinking, and even IQ drops.

On the other hand, mono-tasking involves doing only one task at a time until it is completed. Studies suggest this methodology can actually result in reduced anxiety, sharper thinking, and increased concentration levels. Whether your student is learning entirely from home or tackling homework after school, encourage your children to focus on one task at a time.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Sometimes it’s not so easy to just tell others to relax and not be anxious. If that is the case, meditation and mindfulness may be the ticket to help you and your child deal with the stressors of the coronavirus outbreak. Mindfulness is based on the concept of ”living in the moment” as well as being aware and conscious of things around you.

One simple mindfulness exercise to help your student relax involves squeezing and releasing each muscle in the body. They hold each muscle tight for a few seconds and then move on to the next one. Additionally, instead of rushing through their next meal and looking at their cellphone while eating, they could chew slowly and enjoy the experience, observing and smelling their food first, and taking a few seconds between each bite.

They can also meditate with their eyes open, half-closed, or closed. Advise them to sit with as little stress as possible on the body and avoid letting their mind race back to all the stressors of the day. Instead, they can focus on a pleasant spot like a quiet beach setting.

Exercise

While there are many choices for exercise that may reduce anxiety, many experts believe any aerobic exercise that elevates the heart rate is an ideal choice. Help your child aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise at least three times per week. Good choices include:

  • Cycling
  • Dancing
  • Jogging
  • Swimming

Still another option for reducing anxiety is a series of yoga poses. Make sure your student starts out with the beginner poses first and doesn’t push to the point of injury.

Music

Which music is right for you and your children to reduce anxiety? That’s not an easy question to answer because everyone’s mind and body are unique, and when it comes to music everyone has personal tastes. However, many scientists feel certain songs are more relaxing and soothing than others. Two popular suggestions include ”Weightless” by Marconi Union and ”Electra” by Airstream. Many people respond well to classical or jazz music, and it is probably best to avoid fast-paced music with heavier beats. Still another choice is to listen to soothing music with the sounds of ocean waves, waterfalls, or rain added in the background.

Don’t Try to Navigate Anxious Waters Alone

The last thing you want to aim for during these troubled times is to try and go it alone, as trying to do too much will almost certainly increase your own anxiety levels. After all, in the computer age you have plenty of social media connections to stay in touch with others. You will want to stay connected with your children, other parents, teachers, physicians, and other people in your community. Remember, they are feeling anxious and stressed too.

Seeking Professional Help

If all else fails, there is absolutely no shame in a child (or parents) seeking professional help for dealing with excessive anxiety. If you are sheltered in place at home, the burgeoning field of telepsychiatry may be something to consider. Before the school year even gets underway, it might not be a bad idea to go online and learn about some of your telehealth options for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to Get Ready for School

Getting into a routine of preparing for school the day and night before makes getting up and getting ready in the morning much easier. Getting ready for school doesn’t just involve waking up and getting dressed. It also includes getting your assignments done, organizing your school supplies, and having a good attitude as you start the day. By preparing in advance, you’ll have more time in the mornings to sleep in or eat breakfast, and you won’t be as rushed or stressed so your school days will always be off to a good start.

Part1

Preparing the Night Before

  1. Pick out your clothes. If you pick out your clothes the night before, you’ll save yourself a lot of time in the morning. Choose clothes that you’ll feel comfortable in throughout the day. If it’s cold out, remember to select layers so that you can put on a jacket or sweater if you need to.

    • If you wear a uniform to school, you can still lay it out so that you’ll know where it is and can be sure you have a clean uniform ready to go.
    • Make sure your clothes fit within any dress code that your school may have.
    • Lay the clothes out on a chair or dresser so that you can find them easily.
  2. Take a shower. Showering every day is part of good hygiene. By showering at night, you wash away any sweat or dirt that’s accumulated during the day. You’ll wake up feeling fresh and ready to go, and you won’t need to spend time showering in the morning.

    • If you need to do something to your hair at night, make sure to take care of this, as well. Some people sleep in curlers or tie their hair up in a rag at night.
    • Make sure to also brush your teeth and take care of any other matters of personal hygiene as well.
  3. Pack your backpack. Double check that all of your books and homework are in your backpack. There’s nothing worse than getting to school and realizing that you’ve left a permission slip or an assignment at home. Look through all of your papers and your calendar to make sure you have what you need.

    • You can ask your parents to double check your backpack and make sure you didn’t forget anything. Sometimes they might be able to help you remember something that you forgot.
  4. Set your alarm clock. Make sure you set your alarm clock to when you want to wake up. Allow 10-15 minutes more than you think you need for your morning routine. This will ensure that you have plenty of time and can get ready without feeling rushed.

    • If you’re used to pushing the snooze button a lot, you’ll want to set your alarm clock for even earlier, to allow for some snoozing.
    • Check to make sure that your alarm clock works before you rely on it!

Part2

Getting Ready in the Morning

  1. Wake up. This one is often more easily said than done. Try your best to get up when your alarm first goes off. Get out of bed as soon as you can. This will help your body and mind to wake up and will help you avoid falling back to sleep.
    • It is better for your level of alertness to wake up after the initial alarm goes off. Using the snooze feature doesn’t help you wake-up.
  2. Eat breakfast. Eating breakfast helps you wake up and feeds your brain with energy for your day of school. Try to eat something packed with protein and some complex carbohydrates to keep your energized until lunch.

    • Morning protein sources can be eggs, breakfast meats, yogurt, or milk or a milk alternative like soy or almond milk.
    • Reach for whole grain toast or cereal such as oatmeal or muesli. Fruit is packed with fiber, which is important to a healthy diet as well.
    • There are many breakfasts that you can make in large batches at night and freeze for quick reheating in the morning.
  3. Practice good hygiene. Brush your teeth well and floss if that’s part of your routine. You can also wash your face, brush your hair, and do anything else that’s part of getting ready to start your day.[7]

    • Some people wear makeup or put products in their hair before school.
    • If you wear contacts or a retainer, you may need to have special routines dedicated to cleaning and putting in those items.
  4. Get dressed. Put on the clothes that you laid out the night before. Look in the mirror to make sure that everything looks right. You can make adjustments if you need to, but don’t get caught up creating a whole new outfit. You’ll start to run behind.
    • Check the weather when you get up. You may need to pack an extra sweater or a raincoat if there’s bad weather that you didn’t plan for.
  5. Take everything you need. Hopefully, you’ve already assembled your backpack full of necessities and either packed a lunch or prepared to buy lunch. Gather what you need and double check that you have everything.[9]

    • It can be helpful to designate one place in your house where you keep your backpack, lunchbox, coat and shoes. That way, you have everything in one place in the morning.
    • Check with your parents to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
  6. Head out the door. You might be getting a ride, walking, or catching a bus (local or school). However you get to school, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there. You can’t control if the bus is late, but you can control whether you’re on time to catch the bus.

    • If you woke up 10-15 minutes before you absolutely needed to, you should have a little extra time.

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