Returning to school after a combination of Chinese New Year, Spring Festival and enforced Covid restrictions, how do we prepare children for their return to MSB on March1? What routine is best for your family? Is it best to shower at night, so in the morning, you can wake up, have a glass of water, stretch, walk the dog, pack the lunches, eat breakfast, and then head out the door, calm and ready for a new day?
Whether you have a habit of showering or going for a quick run, follow that same morning routine for a day or two before your vacation ends. Getting up and going to bed at the same time as a typical school day reminds your body and mind of what you need to do, and on that first day back, you'll feel more ready and energetic. Be sure to factor in extra time for the commute. This will vary for many in our MSB community but those travelling significant distances need to readjust the body’s altered rhythm during break and online - learning, set your alarm, a few days before returning to school after extended vacation and Covid so that it won't feel like it came out of nowhere.
Gently ease into the first week, ASA’s will start straight away so on days where nothing is planned, go home early, to maintain self-care. Monitor for tiredness and adjust depending on how your child is coping. It won’t be long before the child and household has adjusted to the school week routine, stamina and perseverance.
The same is true for parents. If you have been home and are returning to work out of the home, these tips apply to all.
Getting back into the swing of things can be tough for anyone. But If you follow these tips, some of the hardest days of the school year will become some of the most enjoyable.
At MSB our students overwhelmingly love the structure of the school day, the stability of the classroom, the presence of friends, the food in the cafeteria, and the love, care and attention their teachers give them.
We have intentionally modelled our online learning to resemble offline lessons and as a side product will have pre-conditioned the students to ease the transition back to face-to-face schooling.
Welcome back! We have missed your children on campus and are excited to see them return to some sense of normalcy in what continues to be challenging times.
Should you have any concerns, please contact School Counselor Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org