We missed our Educate Together Coffee Morning fundraiser singalong today. We missed the excitement of the half day closure for holidays. We missed wishing everyone a Happy Easter, Happy Spring holiday!
We missed 14 school days of regular class routines where the interactions between teachers, SNAs and children create the magic that makes DSPNS such a friendly, inclusive, happy educational environment where we nurture each person’s potential.

Below are some comments from parents that they would have been able to share face-to-face if we had our usual end of term gatherings. Isn’t digital communication great for keeping us in touch even at a distance! Thank you!

This is just a hello to say I hope you and yours are well and that we miss you all in DSP!
Thank you for all of the uplifting resources and messages – they mean a lot.
Stay safe
I wanted to just thank you and all at the school for all your are doing to try and accommodate the varying needs of students and their parents.  The tone of all the communication is so thoughtful and helpful. Thanks for all the work.
Please pass on our thanks to all the staff and wish them well.
Thanks so much for the work for X Class. 

Great ideas and really appreciate that it’s a page you can print easily without using too much ink. 

Also thanks so much for the encouraging words we get on the blog. 
I think we all go up and down in our emotions and it’s nice to hear that that’s normal and fine. 
Also good to hear that the most important thing is that we keep our jobs going if we’re lucky enough to have any now. 
Sometimes it can seem to us like the kids’ schoolwork is the priority not our work but it really isn’t unfortunately. 
 
Thanks a lot to all teachers, SNAs, principal involved (while juggling their own lives)
We have a two week break ahead. Our hope is that people can rest and enjoy some down time. The crisis is very draining on people’s resilience and energies.
We understand some children and adults prefer busy-ness and suggest that they choose from the many open-ended learning activities sent by teachers or from the links posted on the blog: https://www.dspns.ie/news/

Art ideas: https://ark.ie/news/post/the-ark-at-home

Maths ideas: https://dcbeagle.com

Maths Week Ireland spring break schedule:

  1. For next week we will maintain the morning family activity until Wednesday 8th  resuming daily from Monday 20th.  In the meantime there will still be lots of activities on the website for families..
  2. Targetboards will continue until Wednesday 8th resuming on Monday 20th.
  3. Our daily challenge will continue on social media at 12 noon each day. This is a popular daily event that families can do together.
  4. Our daily 24 puzzle will continue each day including Easter weekend
  5. Our recommended resource at 5pm will continue until Wednesday 8thresuming on Monday 20th