Good morning, Prep School,
It’s Monday 1st June and it’s the first day of the last half term of the summer term!
It is a strange day really – one that I face with excitement, nervousness and sadness. Some of you, I am sure, are feeling the same.
I am excited as we are finally partially returning to school today. Some of our Swans and Cygnet children will be back in school today, along with the majority of our Reception classes. Later in the week, we are also welcoming back Year 1 and Year 6. I am excited to see you all, catch up on your news, see your parents, see the teachers and get back to some sort of normality. I am very excited not to be working from my dining room all day, every day and I am excited to get your classroom education back underway. I am also excited that Mrs Soen is back, she makes the best coffee . . .wink, wink!. . .(so do you Mrs O’Keeffe – missing you!).
I am nervous though as well as it is going to be a different term than I am used too. The school won’t be the same and all the lovely events that we usually do are going to have to be somewhat different (don’t worry though, we will still make them amazing!). I am also a bit nervous about returning to school since lockdown has been eased a little. I have the same feeling in my tummy that I do at the end of the summer holidays – I know it is only because I am now used to a different routine and way of working but as soon as I step through the front door and see everyone’s smiling faces, I know I will be fine.
I am also sad as I know some of you are remaining at home. I know it will be a few more weeks until there is a possibility of seeing you all in school again and I know how hard it is for you to be at home when some of us are back. I know that you are missing us and your routine and I can assure you, we are still missing you! Just because you are at home, it doesn’t mean we have forgotten about you. Your remote learning will continue, the Bennett Bulletin will continue and all your Zoom sessions will continue, in fact, you will get even more of them! I am still going to do Merit assemblies via Zoom so we can all still be part of the celebration and I am hoping to be in as many of your Zooms as possible.
So as you can see, today is going to be a day of mixed feeling and emotions – but that’s ok. So however you are feeling, that is ok too. Remember whether you are in school or at home – you know where we are if you need us at all.
So each day I promised I would be sending you a life skill task to complete and also a joke, poem, picture, fact or reflection. Here we go for Monday 1st June:
Life skill of the day: Can you change the batteries in something e.g. the TV remote control?
Day of the year themes: ‘Say Something Nice Day’, ‘Thank Goodness it’s Monday Day’, ‘Go Barefoot Day’, ‘World Milk Day’ and ‘Table Top Day’.
June is also ‘Care For Your Grandparents Month’ and ‘Audiobook Month’ – what great things to celebrate!
Thunk of the day: Remember, Thunks are unusual questions that are designed to make you think. There are no right or wrong answers -just your answer. The only rule is that you must be able to justify and explain your answer. You cannot just say the first thing that comes into your head. Really think about the question and discuss with your family!
Question: If I lose my memory, am I the same person?
TOPS activity of the week: Can you find an audiobook and listen to it to relax? Maybe share this book as a family or listen to it alone for a bit of downtime. I know I will definitely be taking part in this activity this week! I love reading and I love being read too. Sadly it doesn’t happen as much now I am an adult. That was one of my favourite things when I was a classroom teacher – listening to the children read!
Quote of the Day: “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein
Sleeps til Santa: 207
Have a lovely Monday, everyone. I hope to see you all this week, either in the flesh or remotely!
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs Bennett 😊