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Newsletter October 2017

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter October 2017

Sacramental Classes: The next Mass for our Sacramental Classes will take place on Saturday November 11th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Teacher Training: The school will be closed on Tuesday, October 24th. This is to facilitate teacher training in the new Language Curriculum which will be examining reading and writing in English and Irish.

Maths Week: This takes place from October 16th – 20th. The school will be running a number of fun activities for the children in relation to maths. The emphasis during the week is always on mental maths and problem solving – two of the most critical components of the subject.

Code of Behaviour/Attendance: These policies are under review currently and are available to read on the school website.

Literacy Lift Off: This intensive literary course for pupils is continuing in 1st Class until Halloween.

GOAL Jersey Day: This takes place this Friday. Children donate €2, and can wear in their sports jersey or a sporty looking t-shirt.  All proceeds go to the charity.

School Insurance: The school has sent off the forms to cover all those pupils who chose to ensure their children under the Allianz Scheme. It should be noted that pupils are not automatically insured should they have an accident in school. This is why we recommend that you take out insurance on your children.

Sport: The boys have won their first two matches and are progressing well in their tournament. The girls are continuing to train each Tuesday after school. Brendan is doing GAA with the 3rd and 4th Class at present.

We are also receiving some coaching in Tag Rugby for 3rd to 6th Class. This is provided by Ulster Rugby.

We have just completed the Cross Country Trials for the Cavan Championships. These take place on Wednesday October 18th in Killinkere.

3rd and 4th Class will be participating in a Futsal Tournament in November.

School Website: Our web address is www.laraghmuffns.com. It is well worth a view for school events, policies and work done by the pupils.

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

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 30th to Friday November 3rd inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 22nd. Reopen Monday January 8th 2018                                                February Mid Term – Closed Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th 2018

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 19th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday March 26th. Reopen Monday April 9th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 4th & Monday May 7th

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 28th 2018.

Laragh 2 (Muff) N.S. Newsletter October 2017

Parking: Over the last number of years the Board has taken a number of steps to try and alleviate the situation with regard to car parking. All families have signed up to the traffic policy that we introduced in conjunction with all the major stakeholders including the Gardaí and the County Council. The Board also purchased land to try and develop an extended car park. We applied for funding from the Department but have been unsuccessful thus far in obtaining these funds. The cost to develop these lands would be very significant. We are in touch with the council to try and see what other measures we may be able to implement to improve the situation.

The simple fact is that the road and car park are unable to accommodate the increased traffic which rising school numbers have caused. The priority of all involved is the safety of pupils arriving at and leaving the school. Having examined ways of ensuring this, it has been decided, again in conjunction with the relevant authorities and best practice from an insurance point of view is that a number of changes be made to our policy:

  • The main change is that at 3 o’ clock all teachers will walk their classes down to the school gate. The pupils will not be released until the adult that is picking up the child meets them at the school gate. The adult will then walk with the pupil(s) back to the car. This is what currently happens at 2 o’ clock. While this may inconvenience some it is being done to ensure that all pupils are escorted in a safe fashion back to their car.
  • No pupil should walk on the grassy bank down by the side of the road as this is extremely dangerous with the bank being uneven and a 15 foot drop to a river on one side.
  • No cars should ever park in front of or directly opposite the school gate at any time – morning or evening. This tends to happen more in the morning and has caused obstructions to vehicles and danger for pedestrians on numerous occasions.
  • All relevant adults who are involved in dropping off/ picking up adults should be aware of our car parking policy.

The most important component of safety at the school gate is driver behaviour. I would have to commend the vast majority of drivers who take such care in a hazardous environment. We will continue to speak to the children about their responsibilities but as we are all aware, sometimes children can make simple mistakes – hence the changes above.

The Board will continue to push for a long term solution and the Parents Association have offered their full support in trying to achieve this goal.

 

Newsletter September 2017

Muff N.S. 2017/18

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope that you had an enjoyable summer as we look forward to another school year. Over the coming days, we would ask you to ensure that the children get to bed at a reasonable hour as they get back into the routine of the school year. We especially welcome our new pupils in Junior Infants.  They will finish at 12:30 each day up to next Thursday. From next Friday September 8th they will go home at 2:00 as normal.

 

Below we have laid out the information that we feel will aid you as the year progresses.  Communication between class teacher and parent is an important aspect of school life. If at any stage you wish to meet one of the staff, please make an appointment in writing with the teacher concerned or contact the office and we will accommodate you.

 

We would also like to welcome to the staff Ms. Genevieve Burns and wish her all the best for the coming year.

Start of School Day: School begins at 9:20 and children should be on the premises at this time. It is important that students develop the habit of being punctual for school. Arriving 5 – 10 minutes late regularly is very disruptive for the class and in particular for the pupil who is late. On saying that, we would ask parents not to drop off their children at an inappropriately early time. For infant children we would encourage parents to drop them at the school gate to encourage independence. When picking up infants, the teacher will walk them down to the church doors where they can be collected. Junior Infants will go home at 12:30 for the first week.

Safety at the School Gate: Safety is of paramount importance when it comes to our pupils, parents and staff. We would ask all to continue to adhere to the school car park policy. No vehicles other than those of staff members and the school bus should enter the grounds of the school at any time from 9:00 – 3:10. Vehicles should not block or park at the school gate when dropping off/picking up pupils. It is important to discuss with your child how to walk to and from the school. I would ask parents to drive with extreme caution and at a crawling speed when in or around the school gate and car park. We discuss with the pupils how to arrive/leave the school. We would ask you to do the same. At all times, we would ask drivers to be patient and aware of pupils at all times. It is important that this matter is discussed with any persons responsible for picking up your child. The Board is continuing to work on long term solutions but there are no plans/funds to do so in the medium term We appreciate your continued cooperation with this matter.

Uniform: Pupils are expected to wear their full school uniform every day and the school tracksuit and runners on P.E. days and swimming days. P.E is on each Wednesday. Please find the school tracksuit form attached. It is essential that all pupils have their names on all items of their uniform. Each year the school collects a large amount of unclaimed school uniforms.

P.E: G.A.A. coaching will take place in the first term every Wednesday from September 13th???  Swimming will commence for children from 1st to 6th class later in the year. There will be no swimming for the infant classes.

Football: Gaelic Football for 3rd - 6th class boys will commence next Tuesday in Kingscourt football field from 3.30 to 4.30.  Girls will begin in a couple of weeks.

Attendance: Full attendance at school is of great educational benefit to the children. Last year we had 20 pupils who went through the school year and did not miss a day. We also had another 14 who only missed one day. This was an outstanding achievement.  In the case of an absence, a written note must be given to the teacher explaining the reason for the absence so the teacher has a written record. The roll is taken first thing each morning.  If a child has a dental appointment etc., and will miss the roll call, the teacher needs to be notified the day before.  The school is obliged by law to report any student who misses 20 days to TUSLA, the Child and Family Protection Agency. We are also obliged to report any pupils about whom we have concerns regarding attendance or for whom we have unsatisfactory or no explanations of their absence.  Regular absences of a day here and a day there have a significant impact on a pupil’s progress.  It is also important to stress that when a child is clearly sick, they should not be sent to school for obvious reasons.

Personal Property: Pupils should have their names printed on all their belongings; books, etc. Please ensure that pupils have the necessary equipment for class; pencils, rubbers etc. When students are missing these items, it can be frustrating for all concerned. These items were all laid out in the book lists.

Lunches: Our school has a healthy lunch policy. We are all well aware of the obesity problem at present in this country. Healthy eating habits start young and children should not have sweets, bars, crisps, fizzy drinks etc. We would like to commend the large majority of parents who adhere to this. We would also ask parents, as part of our Green Policy, to refrain from using tin-foil and to use lunch boxes instead.

Book Rental: A reminder to parents that the book scheme costs for this coming year is €20.   Over the summer a large number of additional textbooks were bought for the expanded rental scheme. A large thank you to all parents who have paid for this scheme so far. Our stock is increasing and we are able to fund replacement books also. For example in 6th class, parents only had to purchase 1 book. We would ask pupils to keep good care of these books.

Homework: Children are given homework each night from Monday to Thursday. It is very important that it is fully completed each night. Our Homework Policy on our website gives time guidelines for each class. We recommend that pupils do their homework in a comfortable quiet space as soon as possible.  Parents should check and sign it each night.   If there is a reason why homework is not complete, a short written note from a parent should be given to the teacher. If there is any difficulty with homework such as taking longer than the recommended time, please let the teacher know.

Reading: Reading is a hugely important aspect of school life.  We would strongly recommend that every child has their reading heard out loud at home each evening by an adult.  This helps, among other things, their fluency and comprehension.

Party Invitations: We would like to remind parents that no invitations for parties are allowed to be given out on school premises before, during or after school.

Insurance: We are providing an opportunity for parents to avail of Pupil Personal Accident Insurance. We would recommend that you take this up. The note attached explains what is involved. Price for the insurance is either €4.80 or €7.20 per pupil depending on the type of cover you want. Insurance is optional. If you require this insurance, please complete sign and date the enclosed note and return with payment to the office by Friday 8th of September.

Religion: Confirmation takes place on Sunday May 20th 2018 with First Holy Communion taking place on Saturday May 12th There will be a Mass for sacramental pupils on Saturday the September 30th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Calendar: Below is a calendar for the coming year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

School open – Thursday September 1st (Junior Infants will finish at 12:30 for the first week) Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 30th – Friday November 3rd inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 22nd; Reopen Monday January 8th 2018                                                February Mid Term – Closed Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th 2018

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 19th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday March 26th: Reopen Monday April 9th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 4th & Monday May 7th

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 28th 2018.

 

 

Welcome Junior Infants 2017-2018

Newsletter June 2017

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter June 2017

End of Year Reports: The end of year reports have been posted. If anybody hasn’t received their report by Wednesday of next week, please contact the school. The standardised test scores of students in Literacy and Maths are enclosed for pupils of 2nd, 4th and 6th as required.

Book Rental: Also enclosed in the envelope you should find your child’s booklist for next year. Once again we are adding to the Book Rental Scheme. We would ask parents to send in the book rental money before the holidays if at all possible.

Collection of Books: We will also be gathering up all rental books used this year. Please have a look around for any books that may have gone astray or library books that may have been left at home.

6th Class Graduation: Well done to all our 6th class students who had their Graduation Ceremony last week. We wish them all the best as they head on to secondary school.

Sport: The students had a fantastic day on their Sports Day. Many thanks to the Parents Association who provided the medals on the day. Swimming will be completed next Monday. Many thanks to Brendan McCormack for all his work this year with GAA coaching in the school.

Board of Management/Parents Association: I’d just like to thank both the Board and the PA for all their help with the school this year. They make an invaluable contribution to the school that is deeply appreciated. Thanks also to the Parent Association for their generous contribution towards Swimming and School Tour costs.

School Calendar: The school closes for the summer on Thursday the 29th of June. It is a half day with the school closing at 12:00.  The school will re-open on Friday the 1st of September. Below is the calendar for next year. Please note that some dates are subject to change.

School re-opens – Friday September 1st (Junior Infants will finish at 12:30 for the first week) Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 30th – Friday November 3rd inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 22nd – Reopen Monday January 8th 2018                                                February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 15th and Friday February 16th St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 19th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday March 26th – Reopen Monday April 9th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 4th and Monday May 7th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 1st and Monday June 4th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 28th 2018.

 

Finally, on behalf of the whole staff, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and safe summer.

 

May 2017

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter May 2017

Sacramental Classes: Well done to our Confirmation and Communion Classes for completing these sacraments over the last number of weeks. The success of these days is due to a large number of people within the school community as well as the different teachers involved. The most important aspect is the involvement of the pupils. They were outstanding throughout the process and are a credit to themselves and their families. Many thanks to all who played their part.

Fr. Gerry has provided dates for the preparation Masses for the 1st and 5th Class pupils for next year. The first of these is the Application for Enrolment Mass which will take place on Saturday June 10th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Finally the Graduation Mass for the pupils in 6th class will take place on Saturday  June 17th in Muff Church at 7:30. This is a new date as we had to change days.

Standardised Testing: The school will be conducting standardised tests over the coming weeks in the areas of English and Maths. These tests are a general guide on how your child is progressing in these areas and results are given out in the end of year reports in 2nd, 4th and 6th as required by the Department of Education & Skills.

Board of Management: The next meeting of the Board is on Tuesday June 13th . Agreed reports of the Board’s meeting can be viewed on the website. I would like to once again thank the Board for the work that they have carried out during the year.

Junior Infants: Many thanks to all the parents who came to the school for the information meeting for the Junior Infants starting in September. Parents will be informed in due course with regard to make up of classes.

Booklists/Book Rental: We are currently reviewing the book lists for next year and identifying books that could be purchased under the book rental scheme. Costs for parents are always of primary concern to us when we are outing these lists together. They will be posted out with your child’s end of year report.

School Tours: Below is a list of the school tours for the coming year. Please note that this year no electronic equipment such as phones, iPads etc can be brought on tour due to child protection and insurance reasons.

Class Tour Date

5th & 6th Class Dublinia, National Gallery of Ireland & National Aquatic Centre Wednesday June 7th
3rd & 4th Class Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre Thursday June 8th
1st & 2nd Class GR8 Entertainment in Castleblaney Thursday June 22nd

 

Junior & Senior Infants Causey Farm Thursday June 22nd

 

 

Drama: Children from Senior Infants, 1st Class and 2nd Class are looking forward to the production “There and back again – An Odyssey” in Ramor Theatre on June 9th.  The cost for this has been subsidised by the school.

IT Plan: The school is currently undertaking a review of its IT Plan and the needs in the school. We hope to be in a position to purchase some new equipment over the next few months ensuring that we continue our integrated approach with IT.

After School Care: Caroline Clarke has informed me that she is now taking names of people who wish to avail of the service in the Old School for this coming September. Please contact her on 087 1762628 or muffafterschool@gmail.com for more details.

Green Flag: We received our new Green Flag at a ceremony in Drogheda on Thursday. Well done to all who worked so hard to achieve this.

Sport: It has been a very busy time in the school for sport. Swimming is continuing for 5th and 6th class. The boys reached the final of the local 7 a side blitz. It was a tremendous performance from the lads. The girls played their school blitz this week. Many of the girls were playing in a competitive match for the first time. They produced some fantastic displays in their four matches. Many thanks to Ms. Quinn who coached the girls this year. We had the tag rugby coach in with 3rd, 4th and 5th classes and he will be coming back again in September.

Finally the School Sports Day is scheduled for Friday June 16th. More details will be distributed closer to the time.

School Calendar: Below is a list of dates for the remainder of the year. Please note that the school will close at 2:00 on Tuesday June  6th for a school staff meeting. Also we can confirm that the school will reopen after the summer break on Friday September 1st.

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

 

April Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter April 2017

Sacramental Classes: Our sacramental classes are preparing for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 6th class have their Annual Retreat in the Parish Centre on Wednesday the 10th of May. More details will be given to the children closer to the time.

First Communion takes place on Saturday the 13th of May at 11:00 in Muff Church. There will a be reception afterwards in the school hall for the families involved. The Parents Association are organising this. We would appreciate if some parents could help out, particularly 1st class parents as they will benefit next year. Please contact Mandy Lennon on 086 3320927 if you are available to help out.

Confirmation takes place on Sunday the 21st of May at 3:00 in Kingscourt Church. The 6th class have their Graduation Mass on Saturday the 24th of June at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Sponsored Walk/Muff 2K: On behalf of all in the school, I would like to thank every family for their generosity in supporting our sponsored walk. We managed to raise over €2700 which will be used in providing resources for the pupils in areas such as art, drama, music, reading and P.E. The day itself was very successful and a special “Well done” to our 5th and 6th class students who received their certificates on completing the annual Muff 2K.

School Tours: The following is a list of tours for this year and their dates. Each class will receive an individual note about their tour in the coming weeks. Many thanks to the Parents Association who subsidise each of the tours, therefore reducing the cost for all.

Class Tour Date

5th & 6th Class Dublinia, National Gallery of Ireland & National Aquatic Centre Wednesday June 7th
3rd & 4th Class Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre Thursday June 8th
1st & 2nd Class GR8 Entertainment in Castleblaney Thursday June 22nd

 

Junior & Senior Infants Causey Farm Thursday June 22nd

 

 

Parents Association: Our parents have organised a clothes collection for the 16th of May in the school. Bags can be left in the school on that day. Further details again will follow.

Junior Entrepreneur: Well done to the 5th and 6th class for completing their Junior Entrepreneur Project. Their ‘Matz4U’ company was a great success. Many thanks to all who supported them in their endeavours. A special thanks for Therese and Gillian who did a huge amount with regard to the production of the mats.

Sport: The girls will be starting their league in the coming weeks. The boys have a local 7-a-side blitz in May as well as an in–school league.

Our second group of swimming will be starting on Monday the 15th of May.

Well done to Rachael Farrelly who participated in the National Primary School Equestrian Championships in Mullingar.

Best of luck to Shay Kelly who will be representing Ireland in Karate in England next month.

Competitions: Well done to Aidan Curtis and Fionn Canavan who won medals in the Community Games Art Competition recently and now move onto the next stage. Also, well done to Kaci Kemp who came 3rd in the County Spelling Bee this week.

Green Flag: We have received word from An Taisce that we have been successful in obtaining our 2nd Green Flag – for Energy.  We will be presented with the flag at a special Ceremony in May.  Many thanks to all involved in helping us receive this flag, especially our Green School Committee.

Attendance: Well done to all those who have not yet missed a day.  Attendance this year has been excellent.  We would remind parents though that if a child is sick or unwell, they should not go to school.  Even if given medicine that morning, they usually fade and become unwell by lunchtime.

Standardised Tests: The annual standardised tests will take place during the following weeks:

May 8th – 12th

May 29th – June 1st

June 12th – 16th

It is important that children are at school on these days. These tests give both teachers and parents an indication of how their child is progressing, although there should not be too much emphasis placed on them.  If your family holidays have already been booked for any of these dates, please let the school know as soon as possible and we can accommodate your child.

School Calendar: Below is a calendar for rest of the school year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

Easter Time 2017

Easter Egg Hunt in Mrs Campbells

March Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter March 2017

Sacramental Classes: Well done to our 1st class on completing the Sacrament of Penance with Fr. Gerry. Many thanks to Ms. Campbell and Ms. Farrelly for preparing the boys and girls so well for the ceremony. Well done to all our Confirmation class for attending the recent Novena. The next Confirmation/Communion preparation Mass is on Saturday March 25th in Muff Church.

First Communion is on Saturday May 13th and Confirmation on Sunday May 21st. Please note our Graduation Mass is on Saturday June 24th in Muff Church.

Green Flag: Well done to the Green School Committee for organising Our Green School Action Day last week. It was a tremendous success with our 5th and 6th class visiting all the classes in costume. There they made a presentation on saving energy, sang our new Green Song and awarded prizes for best recycling and best classes at saving energy. We should be receiving a visitor soon to see how our initiative is going.

World Book Day: We celebrated World Book Day with a number of activities in the school. Each pupil received a book token and some of our Junior Classes dressed up as famous children’s characters. Reading is the most important part of homework each night. We would ask that you hear your child’s reading out loud each day. In a recent report, it was found that less and less children are read to at night with bedtime reading being replaced by screen time. All the evidence shows that this is not recommended in terms of development of children. In contrast, just 10 minutes of reading to your child each night can have marked benefits.

Swimming: Our first swimming session commenced this week. Many thanks once again to the Parents Association for helping subsidise the cost of the buses to and from the pool. This makes a significant difference to the price charged each week.

Friendship Week: We recently had Friendship Week in the school. The classes were involved in lessons that emphasised what it meant to be a good friend. Also we spoke about strategies that help you to maintain and begin friendships. Some of the art work related to it is available to view on the website.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: This week sees the beginning of Seachtain na Gaeilge. We will be engaging in a few extra activities culminating in our Seó ar an Chéadaoin seo chugainn.

Spelling Bee: Well done to Kaci Kemp who won our Annual Spelling Bee Competition in the school. She goes on to the County Final in Cavan in April.

Sport: Our 5th and 6th class are beginning training for the Muff 2K Cross Country Run this week. Football after school for boys and girls will start after the St. Patrick’s Day break.

School Calendar: Please note that the school will close at 2 p.m. on Monday the 27th of March to facilitate a staff meeting. Below is a list of school closures for the remainder of the year:

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 17th & Monday March 20th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 10th; Re-open Monday April 24th                                                     May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

Happy Valentines Day

Friendship Week February 13th – 17th

Its Friendship Week in Laragh 2 Muff NS this week – Please see the Friendship Week 2017 folder for all our artwork.

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