Category Archives: School News

Padlet

There is a huge number of very useful educational resources available online. We have created a Martinstown NS Padlet account, where parents can access links to many of the educational websites, games, activities, videos, workbooks etc. suitable for Junior Infants – 6th class, all on one page!

Martinstown National School Padlet

Home Learning Week 4

Dear Parents and Pupils,

We would like to welcome you all back after the Easter break. We hope that you are all keeping safe and well. Hopefully we will be able to get back to school again soon in the meantime we look forward to reconnecting with you all again albeit through an online platform.

We are delighted to be able to engage with pupils through the platform Seesaw. Seesaw is new to both teachers and pupils so do bear with us while we get familiar with it. We would ask that Seesaw be only used for the uploading of assigned work from your teacher and that pupils do not use it for uploading personal content i.e. personal photos/videos that are unrelated to assigned work. This is to ensure the online safety of all pupils.

Here’s how it works – Your class teacher will email you to invite you to join their class. Teachers will upload activities for their class on a weekly basis. These activities will have instructions for pupils. Once pupils have completed work, they can save it to their journal where teachers will be able to view and give feedback. Should pupils have difficulty with any assignment they can ask their teacher for help. Teachers will give feedback and respond to queries on a daily basis between 11am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Please email your class teacher if you are experiencing any difficulties with logging in or engagement with Seesaw.

For those who don’t have access to Seesaw, please click on the class teachers links below for week 4 Home Learning plan of work for each class.

Looking forward to getting started with Seesaw.

Yours,

Ms Clarke, Mr Gilbourne, Ms Anglim, Ms Butler and Ms Crowe.

Ms. Crowe

Ms Anglim

Mr. Gilbourne

Ms. Butler

Easter

A Chairde,

I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. We find ourselves in an unprecedented emergency situation which has left all of us sailing in unchartered waters. I want you all to know that none of us know what is the right or wrong thing to do in this surreal world that has now become a reality for us all. We are working to try and support you as parents and primary educators through creating a distance learning programme for our pupils. But ultimately, we urge each of you to keep perspective throughout this time of emergency. Our key focus at this time is to ensure that families are safe and happy. We have to look after “happy” and “safe” before we look at “learning” so please don’t feel under pressure! Engage as much as you can. Not every family will be in a position to participate in Home Learning activities. As a staff, we understand this and value every family’s decision equally. There is no obligation on families to complete the activities we will suggest. Everyone’s main focus should be on keeping safe and healthy.

We don’t know when this will be all over and the last thing we want is for parents to become overwhelmed. We will have a new section on our website which will include useful websites and tips for parents. We will have the Seesaw app up and running after the Easter break where we as a staff will be there to support you along the way. Please be assured that when we are back to normality, we will be adapting the curriculum as necessary in order to support your child’s learning and no one will be at a disadvantage.

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter break and I hope to see you all soon.

Le Gach Dea Ghuí agus beannacht Dé oraibh go léir,

Majella.

Seesaw Parental Consent

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to share with you that our school will be using Seesaw (http://seesaw.me), a secure online journal where students can document and reflect on what they are learning. Your child will be able to add completed tasks (including photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings) to their Seesaw journal and teachers can add and view work assignments.

In order for your child to use Seesaw, the app needs your child’s name in order to be able to associate work like their photos, videos or voice recordings with their account. Seesaw only uses this information to provide the service and doesn’t advertise in Seesaw, create profiles of students, or share or sell your child’s personal information or journal content.  You can read more about their strong privacy promises here: https://web.seesaw.me/privacy.

Under an EU law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order for your child to use Seesaw, the school must get your consent. For more information on GDPR, please visit https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/reform/rights-citizens

We hope that your child will enjoy using Seesaw to document and share their learning.  Please email martinstownns@gmail.com indicating your consent to add your child/children to Seesaw. eg.. I give consent for my child/children, listed below, to use Seesaw for class activities.
Student Name: ____________________________ Parent Name: _______________________

Following receipt of parental consent, class teachers will then send each class an access code. We hope to have this fully implemented for week 4 of Home Learning should school closures be extended.


Home Learning – Week 3

Dear Parents,

We hope that you are all well and healthy at this time. Teachers have been busy collaborating to compile a plan of work for each class, these plans aim to support pupils and parents with home learning. This work is not mandatory, it is simply a suggested scheme of work for the week, as we are mindful that many families are going through a difficult time at the moment adjusting to the new norm. Please see a designated list of work for each class level below. This list will be updated on Monday of each week during the closure. (In line with the normal school term.) Should you have any queries contact martinstownns@gmail.com.

Ms. Crowe

Ms. Anglim

Mr. Glibourne

Ms. Butler

Covid-19 Announcement

Please be advised following the announcement from Leo Varadkar, as of 6pm today all schools will close from tomorrow until the 29th March.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

School Events:

The following school events have been postponed:

  • Mass for the First Holy Communion class – Sunday 15th March.
  • First Confession – 19th March
  • Swimming – 13th, 20th, 27th March
  • FAI tournament – 23rd March

Rescheduled dates to be confirmed.

Religious Sacraments going ahead:

Confirmation is going ahead as planned on 7th May. School will be closed on this day, members of the school choir to attend Confirmation mass at 10.30.*

First Holy Communion 9th May.*

*This is subject to change.

Work for pupils from teachers:

Juniors, Seniors, 1st class: Ms. Crowe has sent home a booklet of work with instructions for completion.

2nd Class: Ms. Clarke has compiled a programme of work to be completed during school closure.

3rd – 6th Class: Mr Gilbourne and Ms Butler have compiled a schedule of work for their classes and required books are being sent home.

While work has been assigned to children during the closure we encourage parents to assist children with their work as best they can, at a set time each day. Any difficulty with work will be fully revised with pupils upon return to school.

We again remind parents to be mindful of their conversations with children regarding Covid-19. In an effort to minimise anxiety in children, it is best keep information factual, and continue to encourage good hand hygiene and personal space.

We will keep parents informed of any new updates via TextaParent as we get them.

Covid-19

The following information has been provided to school from the Department of Education:

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Public health doctors are available to liaise with schools and advise on precautions if staff and/or students have any concerns.

Anyone who has been to affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit http://www.hse.ie/ for advice.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

As further advice or information is provided, it will be issued to schools and posted on the Department’s website.

Travel advice for all Irish citizens is provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Note – The Covid-19 affected regions are listed as mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Iran and the following regions of northern Italy – Lombardy, Veneto Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont.

Please see attached a letter to parents, and posters which are on display in our school.


We would also like to direct your attention to a child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme last week, that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with children.

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0306/1120692-news2day-coronavirus/