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Information & Homework for March 23rd-27th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope that we are all keeping well in these challenging times. We are closed for the coming week obviously and it seems highly likely as I write this that we won’t be back until after Easter at the earliest. There is also the possibility of a prolonged closure. In any event, all schools are being kept informed by the Department of Education and the H.S.E. about what procedures and expectations are in place in the future. The staff have once again left work for all the pupils to complete. This can be accessed here on the website.

Teachers often remark about how resilient children are in the face of adversity and I’m sure many of you are seeing that already. We find that routine can be of great help for all concerned when trying to sit your child down to do some school work. For example, setting time aside first thing in the morning would be the ideal time to get work done. We would also state that where possible, parents/guardians check over the work and at this stage even correct if they can. Pupils need feedback about what they have done to ensure that they feel it is worthwhile. This is much easier said than done with many parents working, trying to mind siblings etc. Plus as in class, some pupils finish tasks much quicker than others. All anyone can do is their best and the greatest gift anybody can demonstrate at the moment is common sense.

We are examining ways in the school that we can enhance students’ learning from home. This will invariably involve the use of I.T. Again we are very conscious of the quality of some internet connections, the availability of tablets, laptops etc. , supervision and many other issues. We also are acutely aware that the priority of everybody will be the health of all members of the family – particularly those who are more vulnerable. But we will be exploring ways of interacting with classes online in terms of both teaching and correcting work. We hope to have something in place in the near future and we’ll be providing provide further information on this.

With that in mind, this week we will be giving suggestions with regard to P.E., art, music etc. as well as the core subjects. Parents know their children best so as teachers are setting work for the class in general, we will leave it to you to exercise your judgement on whether your child needs to do less or more. We will be back in touch next week and if you have any queries please call the school or e mail us at muffschool@gmail.com.

 

Work in General:

P.E.   Getting children outside to play is very important – once they are following government guidelines with regard to groups and social distancing. On Youtube each morning at 9:00 you can look up “The Body Coach” who will be doing a 30 minute session suitable for all primary children indoors.

Reading:   The libraries have made available e books for children to read on line for free. You just need to sign up with them and provide an e mail address. Many books have already been borrowed but there are still plenty available for all ages. This is particularly useful if the children are telling you they have read all the books in the house! In terms of learning, this is the most important thing your child can be doing.

Music:   Dabble Doo Music have made their program free for parents for the month for all interested.

Art:   If any child wishes to send in art that they do of any description to the school, we will add it to the gallery on the school website. They can take a picture of it and e mail it to this address – muffschoolprincipal@gmail.com

Homework

Week 2 – Mr Byrne

Week 2 – Miss Quinn

Week 2 – 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Week 2 – 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 2 – Ms Campbell

Week 2 – Ms Campbells PDF sheets

Week 2 – Miss Galligan

Week 2 – Senior Infants Ms. Marron

Week 2 – Junior Infants Ms. Marron

 

Homework Week 16th – 20th March

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Below each class teacher has laid out some work for each class that can be completed each day. Again we would emphasise the importance of reading with your child each day. We would also encourage older students to take this time to explore independent learning.

As is the case in class, the length of time to finish the work will vary greatly from student to student. We would ask parents, who know their children best, to exercise common sense in deciding how long a student should spend at each topic. We would encourage parents who have time to look over their work. Teachers will correct work on the school reopening. If you have any queries, please contact the school at muffschool@gmail.com.

 

Week 1 – Mr Byrne

Week 1 – Miss Quinn

Week 1 – Miss Swinburne

Week 1 – Ms Campbell

Week 1 – Miss Galligan

Week 1 – Miss Marron Junior Infants

Week 1 – Miss Marron Senior Infants

infant ideas

March Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter March 2020

Sacramental Classes:   The next Preparation Mass for the 2nd and 6th class is Saturday March 21st at 7:30 pm in Muff Church. The Annual Retreat for the Confirmation pupils will be on Thursday March 23rd. Darren Butler will be hosting this event. He will then be guest speaker at the last Preparatory Mass. All Confirmation pupils are asked to invite their sponsor with them to this Mass. Confirmation takes place on Sunday May 10th at 3pm in Kingscourt Church. First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 16th 10am in Muff Church.

Health/Hygiene:   The HSE and the Department of Education have been in contact with all schools with regard to the current health situation. They will advise all schools in matters going forward. From a school point of view, it has provided an opportunity to remind the pupils of the importance of washing hands and carrying with them their own tissues–basic hygiene recommendations that we reinforce constantly with our students each and every year.

SPHE:   The Social Personal and Health Education policy is available to look at on our website. This subject is taught to all classes throughout the school year. It covers a wide area of topics under the strands of Myself, Myself and Others and Myself and the Wider World.

Under the SPHE umbrella, the Stay Safe Programme is taught to all classes every year. This is a critical part of educating and informing children about a wide variety of child protection issues from bullying to keeping safe, internet safety and matters of inappropriate interactions with adults. We will be beginning this part of SPHE over the coming weeks and it will continue right up until June. In 6th class we will be continuing to engage with the Relationship and Sexuality Programme (R.S.E.). This year, class teachers will carry out the full programme and there will be no outside agency invited in to talk to the pupils.

Each class also directly or indirectly, addresses the topic of bullying. We emphasise the importance of inclusion, respect for all and treating people as they would like to be treated which is a central part of our school ethos. We also discuss resilience and the ability to take minor setbacks, incidents or disagreements as a part of life. Coping with, and using strategies to overcome these, is central to a pupil’s development. All of these skills are taught at age appropriate levels.

Finally it also engages the pupils in the whole area of self–care in terms of diet, water safety, the environment around us etc. These all feed into the same area of well–being which is a term we hear more and more of. The subject is one that very much teaches life-long skills and attributes that we hope all our pupils will use long into the future.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   The 6th class will receive their Mid Term Self Evaluation Reports later this week. We would ask all parents to have a good look at them and have a conversation about them with their child. The end of year reports are handed out in late June. If there is any issue with your child that you feel you need addressed then you should contact the class teacher via the school office or by a written note to make an appointment to see the teacher. Once contact has been made, we will schedule a meeting for the parent to meet the teacher. This is the appropriate and agreed way for issues to be discussed per the School Code of Behaviour.

Opening of New Play Area:   We have had to change the date for the official opening of our new play area. It will now take place on Friday the 3rd of April at 10:00am. Please note that this is the day of the Easter Break. We will give out more information closer to the time.

Quiz Teams:   Well done to all the quiz teams who participated in the recent Cumann na mBunscol quiz in Cavan. There were over a hundred tables at the quiz and the teams performed admirably.

Gyproc Saint Gobain Donation of Laptops:   We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gyproc Saint Gobain for the donation of a brand new laptop computer for each class room. This very generous donation will be of huge benefit for classes in that it will allow students to conduct more independent work and research. It will also allow for students to look up areas of interest. Many thanks to the parents who helped organise this and once again, our sincerest thanks to Gyproc Saint Gobain.

Debating Team:   Our Debating Team under Ms. Quinn has had an outstanding season reaching the County Final last week, which was held in Monaghan. The motion in the final was, “We’re not doing enough to reduce food waste”. The team were brilliant on the day and were very unlucky to miss out in a very tight contest. Our speakers Reece, Mairéad, Sophie, Orlaith, Daniel and Niall represented our school admirably and were supported excellently by all in 6th class. The skills and confidence they acquired should be of great benefit to them in the future.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:   Our annual Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place next week. We would encourage all to use their cúpla focail in the coming weeks and listen to their children doing so.

Lego Workshops:   Our recent workshops went extremely well and the children enjoyed the engineering aspect of the activity.

Sport:   Swimming lessons are going very well. Kells Pool is newly refurbished and provides an excellent amenity for the students.

Brendan McCormack is continuing to coach individual classes in the school.

Best of luck to Charlie McCormack and Luke Madden in their All Ireland Handball Competition this Saturday in Kingscourt. They succeeded in getting there after victory in the Ulster Championships earlier this month – in itself a fantastic achievement.

School Calendar:    Please find below a calendar for the remainder of the school year. Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 16th & Tuesday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 6th – Re-open Monday April 20th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 1st & Monday May 4th

June Bank Holiday –Monday June 1st

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 26th 2020.

February Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter February 2020

Sacramental Classes:   The ceremony of First Penance takes place on Wednesday February 19th at 2pm in Muff Church. First Holy Communion takes place on May 16th at the earlier time of 10am this year. Confirmation is on May 10th at 3pm. The next preparation Mass for the Sacramental classes is March 21st at 7.30pm.

Green Flag:   The Green School Committee is working towards our next Green Flag which relates to travel. We had a visit from the Green School Officer of Cavan Co Council out with us this week. Well done to Sophie Yore on her Green Code Slogan of “If you live too far, share the car.  If you live too near, get your feet in gear” which won our competition last week.

Debating:   Well done to the Senior Room who, under the guidance of Ms. Quinn, won their debate against Finnea N.S. They have now qualified for the County Final which will take place in a couple of weeks. Well done to all concerned.

Handball:   Our Handball Squad had a great day at the recent County Championships in Kingscourt. Liam Raymond just missed out in a tiebreak in his match. Daniel Putnam came 2nd having reached the final. Daíthí Yore won the Junior Championship and Luke Madden and Charlie McCormack won the Senior Double Championship. Daíthí, Luke and Charlie all go on to the Ulster Championship this week in Belfast. Thank you to Brendan for accompanying them.

Credit Union Quiz:   Well done to both our quiz teams who had an excellent night at the recent quiz night. Our junior team of Kate Lennon, Oscar Monaghan, Harry Reilly and Alana Gogarty finished second in their contest, just one point off first. Our senior team of Niall Gogarty, Mark Lennon, Oisín Monaghan and Daniel Morris came fourth, also missing out on second and third by just one point. Many thanks to Gillian who prepared the teams.

GAA:   Ms. Galligan’s and Ms. Quinn’s classes are currently receiving GAA coaching from Brendan each week. Girl’s football training will begin in early March after school on Wednesdays.  More details to follow soon.

Swimming:   The school will begin swimming lessons in Kells from next week. There is a swimming note attached for those classes starting next week.

Play Area/New Classroom Opening:   This takes place on Friday March 13th and we will give further information on this shortly.

Lego Workshops:   We have organised Lego Workshops, for all the classes to take place on February 25th & 26th. .

School Calendar:

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 20th February and Friday February 21st

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 16th & Tuesday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 6th – Re-open Monday April 20th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 1st & Monday May 4th

June Bank Holiday –Monday June 1st

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 26th 2020.

January Newsletter

Please click on the link below to access our January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020

Talk on Cyber Bullying for Parents

Paula O’Connor will give a talk on Internet Safety in St Joseph’s NS Kingscourt, next Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm.  Parents of Laragh 2 Muff NS have been invited to attend.

Enrolment week

Enrolment week Monday 13th – Friday 17th January.

 

December Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter December 2019

Sacramental Classes:   Well done to both the Confirmation and Communion classes, indeed all pupils who very generously left a substantial amount of non–perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul. The next Preparation Masses are as follows:

  • Saturday February 8th 7.30pm
  • Saturday March 21st  7.30pm
  • Saturday April 25th   7.30pm

Youth Choir:   A Youth Choir is being established for Muff with all children welcome from 2nd class right up to secondary school. Karen Smith has made contact with the school to organise dates. They will initially be performing on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a meeting for parents of interested children with regard to Child Safeguarding issues in the church on Tuesday 7th January at 8p.m. The children will then have their first practice on Wednesday 8th January at 3pm in the church.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   All our class teacher meetings concluded in the last month. Many thanks to all for attending appointments on time and ensuring the evenings ran smoothly. The feedback was also very positive.

Board of Management: The first meeting of the newly constituted board took place last week. The agreed report is available for viewing on the school website. The Board carries the huge responsibility of managing the school and we are deeply indebted to the members for taking on the next four year term. The members are: Ciara Walsh (Chairperson), Aonghus Byrne, Cherri Campbell, Joe McCabe, Laura Reilly, Jacqui Lynch, Leon Duffy & Robert Jones.

Debating Team:   Ms. Quinn accompanied Mr. Byrne’s 5th and 6th class to Coronea N.S. in the latest round of the school debating competition. The pupils were arguing the motion that mobile phones should be banned for children. Fortunately for us we came out on top on this occasion to make it two wins out of two this year. The next round will be in the New Year.

ePayments:   Our ePayment Scheme finally got going last week and has proved very popular with many of you. It is a very simple and secure way of paying for items such as tours and swimming that crop up during the year. It also means less cash in the school which we most certainly welcome. If you have any queries with regard to it, please contact the office.

Swimming Gala:   We had a large squad of nearly 20 swimmers competing at the County Swimming Championships last week. It was a hugely enjoyable day and we had a number of successes including gold for Daniel Putnam, bronze for Senan McCormack and Bronze for our Senior Relay Team. Well done to all the swimmers for conducting themselves in such a brilliant fashion on the day. Many thanks as well to all the parents who attended and provided lifts.

Sport:   Despite the bad weather, it has been a very busy few weeks on the sporting front. Our 3rd and 4th class attended a Futsal Indoor Tournament with Ms. Swinburne and did extremely well. 5th and 6th were at Virginia Rugby Club at the Annual Tag Rugby Blitz. They performed fantastically well despite the bitterly cold weather. We have just finished up cycling with Mr Byrne’s room. This six week programme focused on how to cycle on the road safely and linked in nicely with our Green Flag Application for next year. We hope to get more classes to participate in this programme in the upcoming terms depending on availability.

Literacy Lift Off:   This has just concluded with Ms. McNally’s 1st class. It concentrates on pupils’ literacy skills in reading, writing, oral language and spelling. Over the coming months, it is critical that parents continue to involve themselves with their child’s reading. Reading is so critical to their overall academic development.

Green Flag:   Our Green Flag Committee has begun the process of preparing the school for the application for our next Green Flag. The theme of the Flag is school transport and is something we will be examining in a number of ways over the coming months.

Parents Association:   The P.A .would like to thank all those who both purchased Christmas cards and donated clothes for the recent clothes collection. Santa Claus will be making an appearance in the coming days also on foot of an invitation from the P.A.

Drama:  The children hugely enjoyed the festive production of Aladdin that was on in the school last Friday. There are a number of home grown dramas taking place next week and we hope that some of you will get to attend these plays.

Deputy Principal: We wish Ms Campbell congratulations on her recent appointment as Deputy Principal.

School Calendar:  Please find below a calendar for the remainder of the school year. Please note that these dates may be subject to change.

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th12.30pm – Re-open Monday January 6th 2020

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 20th and Friday February 21st

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 16th & Tuesday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 6th – Re-open Monday April 20th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 1st & Monday May 4th

June Bank Holiday –Monday June 1st

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 26th 2020.

 

Futsal 2019

Well done to our boys and girls futsal teams who played in the Cavan Schools tournament in Cavan on November 22nd.

Bike Green

Mr Byrne’s 5th & 6th class enjoying the Cycle Right Programme.

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