WELCOME TO THE HSCL PARENT’S PAGE!
Keep an eye on this page, as well as the Homepage ,for details on upcoming events , classes , clubs, workshops etc.These will more than likely take place in Term three due to Covid restrictions. Unfortunately, the Parent’s Room is closed until further notice so there will be no access to the Parent’s Library or the Stories For Bedtime. I will keep you updated in this.
If you would like to share any Christmas Traditions that you have from your own country , please email me . I think it would be lovely to share all those wonderful cultural traditions .
Useful websites for Parents:
www.webwise.ie (How to deal with Cyber bullying)
parenting24seven.ie – look for the articles on:
- using attention to improve behaviour,
- 3 tips to help your child in times of stress
- Positive Parenting.
loveparenting.ie-There is a nice article called ” Promoting Parent Self Care And Self Compassion”
Our Parents and their kids, have been cooking up a storm at home , with healthy ,easy and affordable recipes inspired by the cookbook “101 square meals”(safefood). Please feel free to add your own recipes and photos by emailing me . The more ideas the better!
Download your copy of 101 square meals here and try some of these recipes for yourself. If you want your own copy, come to me as I still have some left.
Caroline and her son Jamie Kerley (First Class) ,have been baking Wholemeal Bread (pg 106) and Banana Bread (pg 110). Looks delicious!
I baked the Banana Bread muffins (p.110). They went down very well with the kids ! I used less sugar than in the recipe to make them a bit healthier. I kept a few in the freezer to have for Christmas day breakfast as a treat.
Online Exercise Classes for Parents are starting on Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 9am! Zumba with Louise and Fitsteps with Rebecca.Contact Elizabeth if you are interested.
Please see attached poster regarding our Virtual Bookclub for Parents . Email Elizabeth if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the link below to download the school’s Homework Policy. Pay particular attention to Appendix one “The Role of the Parents” , as this lists some useful guidelines for a calmer , more successful homework time ! Also click and download the Homework Tips for Parents document below that.
Useful Cyber safety links: cybersafetyireland.org and www.webwise.ie have advice for parents regarding screentime, online safety and false information.
Maths Problems for Maths Week!
- Mary has twice as many brothers as sisters,while her brother John has twice as many sisters as brothers.How many children are there in the family?
- Amy,Liam,Samira and luke meet up.Each person shakes hands with every other person once.How many handshakes are there in total?
See more at mathsweek.ie/2020/maths-at-home-activities
Some useful links for any Back To School anxiety:
www.gov.ie supporting wellbeing at school communities
NEPs (National Educational Psychology Service) also has a wellbeing webinar and a wellbeing toolkit on their website.
Tips for Parent’s on getting your child settled back to school:
- Establish and maintain a good morning routine
- Get up early enough to avoid rushing
- Make sure they go to bed on time and get enough sleep (according to The Sleep Council, 3-6yr olds need 10-12 hours of sleep per day,older children need 10-11 hours)
- Include a healthy , filling breakfast as part of the morning routine
- Walk to school if possible. This will help with their concentration levels in school
- Have a treat on Fridays to mark the end of the week (movie night,games night etc)
- Listen to any worries they may have, acknowledge their worries and stay calm
- Try not to pass your own stresses and anxieties on to your kids(this may be difficult at times)
- Remember: Things will get easier once they are settled into their school and homework routine.
Please click on and download links below for more Parenting tips on Back To School.
Click on the link below for tips on encouraging good attendance at school:
Please click on the link below for useful tips on teaching independence to your Junior or Senior Infant.
Parents’ delicious recipes to try:
Healthy Garlic Chicken Kiev, by Gill Hyland
Pan fry flattened chicken with olive oil or knob of butter.
Blitz a cauliflower in a blender until you get a couscous like consistency
Melt coconut oil on a high heat in a pan.Stir fry the cauliflower for about 4 minutes.
For the Kiev sauce topping: mix together a generous knob of softened butter,three crushed cloves of garlic and half a bunch of chopped parsley.
Spoon this into the pan with the chicken ,baste and turn until the chicken is SMOTHERED in garlicky lovliness.
serve up the rice, top with the chicken and spoon over the butter. Finish with chopped walnuts and the rest of the chopped parsley.
If you have any delicious and healthy recipes that you would like to contribute to our hscl page , please email Elizabeth at email@example.com.
Gill’s Flapjacks (Click and Download link below)
Delicious recipes from our Recipe Club (Click on link below and Download)
Tips for Parents of Junior Infant children:
- Children need plenty of rest after the excitement of school. Make sure they go to bed early.
- Show a continued interest in whats happening in his/her daily adventures.Listen to all the stories but don’t pester your child with questions.
- Try not to compare your child with other children especially while he/she is listening.
- Be careful not to criticise the Teacher in the child’s presence as it might demotivate the child.
- When it comes to homework-plenty of patience and praise is needed!
- Children may forget to give you important messages , so please check their school bag daily.
- www.schooldays.ie is a good website, as is helpmykidlearn.ie
- Walk or cycle to/ from school if at all possible. The fresh air and exercise will help your child concentrate better in the mornings and it will re-energise your child after a long day in school.
- Remember to label everything clearly from pencil cases to jumpers and coats, as they can and will go missing!
- Please see link below on tips for teaching your child independence
Finally, enjoy your child’s first year in Harold’s Cross National School!
SOME HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS:
- Day one:Small break-yogurt, plum. Big break-tuna wrap with mix pepper and sweetcorn.
- Day two: Small break-pear,milk. Big break-pasta salad with chicken-chick peas.
- Day three: Small break -mixed veg sticks and hummus. Big break-pitta pocket with cheese , lettuce and relish. fruit salad.
- The key is to introduce variety and keep lunches interesting.Involve your child in preparing the lunch(this might save you time in the long run). Drinks should be milk or water and encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Please note that we have a no egg and nut policy in school due to allergies.
I have some leaflets and a small number of recipe books in the parent’s room for more healthy food ideas. If you would like to donate some healthy recipe books to the parents library , we would be delighted! (When the Parent’s Room is reopened)
LETS REDUCE OUR SCREEN TIME:
- COUNT how many hours your child is spending on the screen (including television)
- REDUCE the amount of time your child spends on screens gradually
- MONITOR the content
- Encourage PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES to replace amount of time spent on screens
- Take out the BOARD GAMES for rainy days
- Join the LIBRARY
- Encourage screen free PLAY DATE
- click on the link below for tips on how to teach your child independance
Role of the Home School Liaison Teacher:
The aim of the Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) is to promote partnership between home, school and the community and to ensure that every family participates fully in the school scheme. Harold’s Cross NS recognises the role of parents as the primary educators of their children, the influence of the home environment and seeks to promote a partnership between school and parents and the local community.
- The HSCL teacher is available to discuss on a personal level, matters of concern with parents .
- Listen,encourage, support and offer suggestions on how parents can support their children.
- Offer free courses for parents.
- Offer one to one support to parents on how to get the best from their child’s learning.