1 Apr 2020

Newsletter- 01/04/20

Kowloon Junior School’s latest newsletter is available to read now.

 

Dates for Your Diary

4 – 19 April                                           Term Break

Monday 20 April                                  First day of Term 3 – via Distance Learning

 

Dear Parents,

We have made it to the last week of the term and what a term it has been! We have all been on a steep learning curve as we transitioned to Distance Learning. We now have some very important messages to finish the term and to set up for success in term 3.

We have Two important videos for you.

The first summarises the term. It details the three enhancements for Term 3 (see “Setting the Scene for Term 3” below) and contains tips from experts to support your family over the holidays. The second is Mr Anderson sharing maths ideas also for the holidays.

Your feedback and suggestions have been very helpful as we planned the next stage of Distance Learning for the children. Many thanks to families who have sent in suggestions and provided feedback. In summary:

  • Term 3 will start with an intensive focus on student wellbeing;
  • Each class will have two teaching zooms a day with all classes starting by 9:00am. Exact times for zooms throughout the day and week will be sent by teachers on 17th of April in a simple to use document with all the zoom links for the week ahead;
  • Children are expected to attend class zooms as they would be expected to attend classes on a normal school day. This is important as we plan for regular learning and an eventual return to school and also to gather information for end of year reporting;
  • Zooms will be 30 minutes or more in years 3-6 with some developmentally appropriate variations in duration in Years 1 & 2;
  • Chinese zooms will increase to two a week for Years 4-6; and
  • Children will be expected to complete the learning set each week and teachers will track learning submitted and will contact parents if there are concerns. If the learning is overwhelming your child please talk with their teacher.

Please note teachers will not be available over the Easter break. They have worked incredibly hard and need some time to rest and recuperate and to prepare for Term 3. Teachers will recommence Distance Learning on Monday, 20th of April.

If you want the tips for making Easter easier and less stressful for your family, please watch the videos! There are also some important links to help families below.

We want to thank you for your unwavering support during these challenging times. Together we can achieve success for every child at KJS. Have a safe Easter and we look forward to connecting with children and families after the break.

 

Kind regards

亲切的问候,

सधन्यवाद

Neill O’Reilly

Principal

 

Supporting wellbeing in the KJS community during COVID-19

The coronavirus (now officially named COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and uncertainty around this can bring about fear, anxiety and worry with our students. It is important to remember our children are looking to us for reassurance and cues on how to react and respond. Our Parent Survey #3 in March indicates anxiety may be increasing for some students. So, how can we support success and wellbeing for our children in these unprecedented times?

Six strategies to build resilience, and have reassuring conversations with kids are:

  1. Stay Positive: Remember to keep calm. When you show anxiety or fear, your child will pick up on this and also feel nervous and afraid. Changes to the environment and routines can create unease. Having calm, panic-free discussions can ease emotions around these changes. Check-in on how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries rather than ignore them.
  2. Stick to the facts: It is important to have thoughtful conversations regarding the coronavirus to distil anxiety, worry or fear. Look at the facts. Consider your child’s age, processing, and emotions to determine how to frame these conversations to ensure your child understands. Let them know that the Hong Kong Government is doing everything they can and you are up to date on current information. Check-in on what your child is thinking and address their worries. Discuss that not everything they hear or see is real or factual. It can also be comforting to be reminded that doctors around the world are looking for ways to address the coronavirus and highlight positive news as well, for example over 79,000 people have recovered worldwide and between 95 to 99% of people recover.
  3. Consider media consumption and online exposure: When looking online, consider the source and fact-check to prevent fake news, and think before you share. Be mindful of how much media your children are exposed to and monitor and minimize how often they see content regarding the virus. Try to keep a healthy balance (both online and offline) in your daily routines and lifestyle.
  4. Eliminate stigma: It is important to be aware of how the coronavirus is explained to your children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Also, to communicate that if someone has a fever or cough does not mean this person has the coronavirus.
  5. Boost Your Coping Strategies: When anyone has change or uncertainty this can create some levels of worry or anxiety. When this occurs, it is important to use positive coping strategies to manage those emotions. As every person is different, so too are our coping strategies. Regardless, it is important to practice positive strategies to calm down or modify our thinking to improve our outlook and overall well-being. Coping strategies can include: mindfulness, singing, dancing, reading, drawing & colouring, music, movies, create a gratitude list, meditation, yoga, exercise, cooking/baking, talking to a friend or family member, or doing other activities that are fun or give you joy and make you feel good.
  6. Return To School Plans: Remind your child that KJS is safe and when we return children to school there will be lots of plans and systems in place to ensure they are safe, have fun and can learn and play. This helps to build their hope and optimism for the future

If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue conversations and provide care for your child. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to us at KJS.  We can then work with you and your child to make a plan on how to support them during this time. We have recently employed a new School Counselor with extensive clinical child psychology expertise to assist us to meet the needs of our children.

Suggestions to help you and your children with wellbeing: click here.

 

Library News

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we head off to Easter break, here are some resources that will keep you busy. The Library Team has added new resources to the Library Splat page and KJS Virtual Library.  You can access the page by clicking on the pink library button on the main KJS Webpage.

Please take time to explore the different pages. There are two pages that you will find useful:

The Online Resource PageThis page includes slides and videos on how to use online resources such as EPIC, Wheelers, Britannica, etc.

Fun and Helpful Websites – Due to the additional school closures internationally, more resources have become available. We’ve placed links to these on this page that does not require logins and passwords. Ones that require login information will be placed on the Library Splat page.

 

Live Author Storytelling Link

Authors internationally are offering live storytelling on different social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. A list has been compiled here. Due to some time zone differences, those that cannot be watched live, authors are archiving the posts which can be watched later. For ones on Youtube, I have put videos through a safe filter and posted it also on the Fun and Helpful Websites page of the KJS Virtual Library.

 

Epic Ebook

Emails have been sent to parents for unlimited access to EPIC digital library. NO credit card information is required. This means that students will be able to remotely access EPIC through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020). This offer is only available if parents join by teacher invitation link by email.

Our Library Team has already sent invitation links to Parents. Please note that after 3 months, normal charges will apply. If you did not receive an invitation link, please email library@kjs.edu.hk and we will resend these to you before the Easter break.

If you have any questions to the above, please email Ms. Lau at macy.lau@kjs.edu.hk.

 

 

ESF and Other Notices

Learn Coding & Programming At Home? No problem!

While it might be difficult to imagine a young mind learning something so seemingly complex, it’s definitely an attainable reality…! According to a survey online, 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing, yet only 8% of STEM graduates are in Computer Science. That’s a SERIOUS shortage of Computer Science majors.

Learning to code will increase your child’s odds of securing a lucrative STEM career, especially in a world where computing jobs are growing at over twice the national average. So, let’s unlock new tech skills and soft skills with joining one of our popular courses – Tech Explorer & Tech Adventurer. These newly launched online courses are suitable for students aged 10 to 14.

Learn More: http://www.esf.org.hk/Online-Coding-(Ages-10-14-years).html

Enrol Now: https://bit.ly/37IjBf7

 

Date:  2 March – 25 April 2020

Time:  Mon/Wed/Thurs  –  (3:45PM-4:45PM/ 4:45PM-5:45PM/ 5:45PM-6:45PM)

             Saturday              –  (11:30AM-12:30PM OR 2:00PM-3:00PM)

Venue:  At Your Home!

 

 

Student Success

The celebration of student success will channel to our Facebook page. You can find the school’s Facebook here. Please keep the photos and stories coming of our children shooting the AAROW’s of Success!

 

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