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October Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The Staff and Board of Management would like to sincerely thank you and all our pupils for your continued co-operation and support in preventing the spread of Covid- 19 in our school community. It is an uncertain time for all of us as the country enters level 5 restrictions, however the well-being of our pupils, parents and staff will remain our top priority as we endeavour to keep our school open.

Jersey Day: Thank you to everyone who donned their jersey on Friday 25th September in a show of support for the Rise4Daithí campaign. The total raised was € 510.80. We were delighted to have Dáithí check in with us on the day. It is fantastic that Dáithí will be coming home for a visit and we wish him the very best as he continues his journey. Keep it up Dáithí!!

Maths Week: Well done to all classes who shared some of their super maths activities with us on Facebook. Great fun was had by all.

Student Council: Congratulations to the newly elected Student Council: Caoimhe O Farrell, Darragh Carmody, Conor Carmody, Lucy Heffernan, Conor O Riordan, Mia McCarthy, Sarah O Riordan, Sean Kelly, Kate Ryan, Calvin Wallace, Paddy O Sullivan, Rossa O Leary and Keira O Loughlin.

Survey Feedback: Thank you to all who completed the online Parent Survey, we are overwhelmed by the kind words of encouragement, and acknowledgement of our efforts to ensure a safe return to school for all since reopening. In answer to some queries and concerns please note the following:

SeeSaw: In the event of a school closure, we will be using the SeeSaw platform to deliver the curriculum to students. Teachers will provide pre-recorded lessons for the core subject areas. Thematic planning will allow for cross-curricular links i.e. integration with SESE, Art, SPHE.

Instruction will be given alongside these video lessons and daily feedback will be given to students. This will facilitate all students to have equal access to the curriculum. Teachers will facilitate individual Zoom support lessons if a child has difficulty with a topic. Parents will be encouraged to contact the teacher should they require further support.

Car Park: To try to alleviate congestion in the carpark in the morning the following changes will be made after midterm: Teachers will park at the bottom of the car park and the same system of “drop and go” will operate directly outside the school gate. Cones will be laid out for the morning drop off system and removed before home time collections. Mr. Gilbourne will be in car park for a few weeks after midterm to assist with the smooth transition of this new system. We would appreciate that you ensure to inform grandparents/childminders of this change.

Home Time Collections: Thank you to everyone for your cooperation with the staggered pick up times in the afternoon for 1st -6th classes. Class teachers will continue to escort children to the school gate, we ask parents to stay at your car and children will walk to you via footpath.

At the Junior and Senior Infant home time can parents please stand at the footpath closest to your car to meet your child , this will ensure children do not walk between cars.

Pods: Social distancing is practiced as much as is practicable in each classroom, with each classroom being considered a bubble and each bubble divided into pods from 3rd-6th class. Changes to pods in 3rd-6th class will only take place at midterms, Christmas and Easter. (“It is recognised that younger children are unlikely to maintain physical distancing indoors. Therefore, achieving this recommendation in the first four years of primary school, is not a pre-requisite to reopening a primary school. The aim of the system within the school is that class grouping mix only with their own class from arrival at school in the morning until departure at the end of the school day. The Pods within those Class Bubbles is an additional measure, to limit the extent of close contact within the Class Bubble.”) COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools.

Books: Children have their own storage for books at their desk and each child has their own textbooks/workbooks. There is no sharing of books in school, therefore children can take their own books home each evening as they are the only ones handling them.

Parent-Teacher Meetings: Class teachers will arrange phone meetings with parents at the end of November. A schedule of times will be made available to book on Aladdin after midterm, you will receive a text when bookings are open. We hope to facilitate face-to-face parent-teacher meetings in the new year.

Covid-19: As we approach the colder months, please be aware that windows will be open in classrooms to provide adequate ventilation. Although rooms will be heated, we advise parents to ensure children wear an extra layer under their uniform. There will be additional outdoor time during the school day, please ensure your child brings a coat to school every day.  

If children display any Covid-19 symptoms, they must be kept home, and parents should contact their GP. If you are unsure whether to send your child to school any morning, please contact reception before sending them to school and we will help to clarify. Keep an eye on the Parent Info section of the school website where we have the most up to date information on recommended guidelines.

We must continue to work together in our efforts to ensure we keep our students, staff and community safe during this time. Wishing you all a safe, happy and very well-deserved break.

Your sincerely,

Majella Clarke, Principal.

September Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The staff and Board of Management would like to welcome all our pupils back after the long break.  We would like to extend a special warm welcome to our new Junior Infants: Will, Maia, Jack, Hana, Haidi, Ellie Mae, Diarmuid, Chloe and Aoife, and to Stefan who has also joined our 6th class. We hope you will be very happy in our school. 

Thank you to everyone for your support and cooperation over the last week, as we introduced new protocols to ensure a safe reopening for all, the kind words of encouragement were much appreciated. If at any stage you are unsure of anything don’t hesitate to contact us, via the options outlined below.

Aladdin Connect: We are delighted to have Aladdin Connect set up in the school. This system has many benefits including:

– Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages.

– Allows parents to directly message class teachers about appointments/early collections etc.

–Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information

– Allows parents to quickly and efficiently select preferred slots for parent teacher meetings (date to be confirmed)
– Keeping parents apprised of their child’s attendance

– Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card

Contacting the school: Any information regarding early collection/change to collection arrangements for children can be directly sent to class teachers on Aladdin Connect.

The school reception is available in the morning from 8.15-8.30 and the afternoon from 2.30-3.30. In case of emergency during the school day parents can contact the school mobile on 086-4106238.

Church Car Park: There is a “drop and go system” in operation in the car park. Please enter at the end and exit at the top of the car park. If parents need to park for any reason, please park at the end of the car park and walk up using the footpath. Please do not park or drop off at the top of the car park as we ask for this area to be kept free for staff to park in the morning. Please ensure that childminders/anyone collecting children are made aware of this arrangement. If you are unsure of this system, please contact Ms. Clarke.

Holy Communion and Confirmation: Congratulations to all who received First Holy Communion and Confirmation over the last few weeks. Thank you to Fr. Chris, Fr. Casey, Ms. Butler, Ms. Anglim and all the parents who helped make these celebrations possible during this difficult time.

E-payments: There is a high volume of schools signing up for e-payments this year, as a result there is a slight delay and our payment facility won’t be available on Aladdin Connect until early October, we will notify parents when this is available. The following payments can be made when this is ready: Book Rental:  That cost of Book Rental will remain the same again this year, €50 per child. Photocopying: Every year we try to keep our book list costs as low as possible. To be able to continue to do this, there will be a cost of €25 per family for photocopying. Pupil Insurance: If families wish to purchase Allianz Pupil Personal insurance the cost is: €6 – School Activities only or €9 – 24 hour cover.

First Holy Communion 2021: As guidelines continue to change during these uncertain times the advice from the Diocesan Office is that no date should be set at this time for First Holy Communion 2021. We will keep you updated as we know more.

Jersey Day: We will have a Jersey Day in school on Friday 25th September to support the Rise4Daithí campaign. Donations of €2 per child will be collected on the day. We wish Daithi well on his road to recover and are delighted to hear of his progress so far.

Covid-19: If children display any Covid-19 symptoms, they must be kept home, and parents should contact their GP. If you are unsure whether to send your child to school any morning, please contact reception before sending them to school and we will help to clarify. Keep an eye on the Parent Info section of the school website where we have the most up to date information on recommended guidelines.

June Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all healthy and keeping well, as we now approach the end of a memorable school year. Since our closure in March we have engaged with families via SeeSaw, Padlet, Text-A-Parent and the school website. Thank you to, staff, pupils and parents for their continued engagement and positive feedback as we all adapted to this this new way of learning.

Ms. Crowe: As Ms. Crowe comes to the end of her time with us we wish her every success in her future career. She was a wonderful addition to the school during Mrs. Kirby’s maternity leave. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Kirby back for the final week of the school term.

Communion & Confirmation: Bishop Leahy hopes to begin First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies in August. We encourage parents of Communion and Confirmation recipients to register at the following link, as requested by Bishop Leahy. http://www.martinstownns.com/2020/06/sacramental-registration/

Graduation: Graduation ceremony for 6th class pupils will be held on Monday 22nd at 11am on Zoom. A link will be sent to all 6th class parents.

Teacher Allocation: The following is the teacher class allocations for school year 2020/21:

  • Juniors/Seniors – Mrs. Kirby
  • 1st/2nd class – Ms. Anglim
  • 3rd/4th class – Ms. Butler
  • 5th/6th class – Mr. Gilbourne
  • Resource – Ms. Clarke
  • Learning Support – Ms. Thornton

Book Rental and Photocopying: The cost of Book Rental remains that same at €50 per child and photocopying charge will be €25 per family. Payments can be made when school reopens in September.

Refunds: Refunds for swimming and school tours have been issued. If you requested a refund and have not yet received it please email the school.

Clár Funding: We are in the process of submitting another application to resurface the church car park. As we were second on the list of applications last year, we would hope to be successful this year. We are also submitting an application for a school playground and all-weather surface play area. We will keep you updated on these applications.

Amber Flag.: We are delighted to announce that our Amber Flag has arrived. Well done to Ms. Butler and 5th and 6th class for all the hard work they’ve put in this year. We look forward to raising it when school reopens.

School Opening: School will reopen on Friday 28th August, this date is subject to change when the Government issues new guidelines.

New Entrants: We look forward to welcoming our 8 new Junior Infants when we reopen on Friday 28th August. Mrs. Kirby will be in contact with infant parents shortly.

Afterschool: Afterschool service is available from Sunshine Kids Kilfinane, homework time, home cooked warm snack, activities available each day.  Funding available for parents through National Childcare Scheme Contact Melissa for more information 0872726627.

Thank you to the Board of Management for their support throughout the year. Policies which were reviewed and updated this year include: Admissions Policy, Whistle-blower Policy, Substance Abuse Policy and Code of Behaviour.

We continue to pray for Daithi and his family every day, we wish him well on his road to recovery.

Best wishes to our 6th class, we wish them every success in secondary school. We look forward to their traditional return visit in September.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer, we look forward to welcoming you all back to school on the 28th August.

Majella Clarke, Principal.

Sacramental Registration

Please see the attached letter from Bishop Leahy with information on how children who wish to receive Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation must register online as soon as possible. Parents can opt-in for their child’s sacraments by completing the simple form on the Diocese of Limerick website www.limerickdiocese.org  or by calling the Limerick Diocesan office on specified days. 

Full details attached:

Home Learning Week 10

Dear Parents,

As June would usually be a time for revision and lots of fun activities in schools, with school tours and sports days, we have decided to implement to following plan of work with all classes for the coming month.

English and Maths revision for all classes each week. (additional formal class work available from class teachers on request)

Week 1: Science, see link below. (Thank you to Ms. Crowe!)

Week 2: Art

Week 3: PE

Week 4: Monday 22nd – Zoom Graduation (6th class only)

In the coming weeks we will contact you with a time and date when you can drop off school books and collect any items left in school belonging to your child/children. School reports will be available for collection on that day also.

Enjoy the long weekend, stay safe!