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Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter March 2019

School Building:   We hope to commence building of the school this Friday when the school is closed. When construction is taking place, there will be an obvious impact on the school in terms of parking and noise. The health and safety of all staff, pupils and visitors is the primary concern. So again we would remind parents that children should not be left at the school before 9:10 when supervision is provided. We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

Fundraising:   Our Camel Race Night takes place on Saturday April 13th in Murtagh’s Bar. I would appreciate if all cards could be returned by Thursday March 21st. There is more information on both our school website and the Facebook page “Muff N.S. Play Area.”

Closures:   We would remind parents/guardians that the school is closed this Friday the 15th of March and again on Monday for the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday. We are also closed on Friday March 22nd for a staff planning day on the new Language Curriculum.

Sacramental Masses:   The following dates are the last two preparation Masses for the Communion and Confirmation classes. Please note that all the Confirmation Masses will now take place in Kingscourt Church at 6:00 on the following Saturdays.

30th March

Saturday Vigil Mass in Kingscourt-6pm – Confirmation Class

Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff- 7.30pm – Holy Communion Class

6th April

Saturday Vigil Mass in Kingscourt -6pm – Confirmation Class

Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff – 7.30pm – Holy Communion Class

The date for First Holy Communion is Saturday May 25th with Confirmation taking place on Sunday May 12th.

Sport:   Well done to Michael McKeon and Charlie McCormack on their efforts in the recent All Ireland Handball Competition. The boys were representing Ulster in the finals and played outstandingly in a top class competition held in the brilliant facilities of Kingscourt Handball Club. Many thanks to Brendan and all those who helped out. It was a fantastic day for all involved.

Swimming will continue this month for all pupils from 1st – 6th class. Brendan is continuing his coaching with Ms. Marron’s and Mr Byrne’s class.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:   This is taking place all this week. We will have our annual “Seó sa Halla” on Thursday. We would encourage you to engage your child in cúpla focail during the week. The emphasis in our school is on using as much spoken Irish, in as many situations, as possible and, of course, in enjoying using the language.

Board of Management:   There is a meeting this Tuesday at 8:30 in the school. The agreed report to parents is available on the school website.

Mighty Mouth:  Pupils in Ms McNally’s and Ms Marron’s room have been taking part in the “Mighty Mouth” programme for the past few weeks. There is an award ceremony this Wednesday at 1.30pm, where they will receive a certificate for all their hard work.  Parents are invited to attend.

School Calendar:  You will find the full list of closures below:

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 15th and Monday March 18th

School Planning Day – Closed Friday March 22nd

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 15th – Re-open Monday April 29th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 6th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 31st and Monday June 3rd

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 27th 2019.

Cumann na mBunscol Quiz

Best of luck to our three quiz teams in the Cumann na mBunscol Quiz in the Kilmore Hotel Tuesday 19th February.


Mid-term Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter February Mid-Term 2019

Handball:   Our Handball squad under the tutelage of Brendan has had huge success over the last couple of weeks. John McKeon won silver in the Cavan County Championships in the singles competitions. Our Junior Doubles team of Daithí Yore and Michael Putnam and our Senior Doubles team of Michael McKeon and Charlie McCormack both won gold and qualified for the Ulster Championship. Daithí and Michael won two out of four games here. Michael and Charlie qualified for the final, where they beat Monaghan and have now qualified for the All Ireland Tournament, in two weeks, which is being held in Kingscourt. Well done to all, and many thanks to Brendan and others who helped with lifts etc.

First Penance:   The ceremony takes place on Wednesday at 2pm in Muff Church. All parents of 2nd class pupils have received a note from Ms. Farrelly.

School Building:   We are hoping to start the build of the new classroom in early March. Once we have received confirmation a note will go out to parents about it. While we are delighted that building is imminent, it will have a fairly significant impact on the school while construction is on-going. There will be vehicles coming in and out of the school grounds, materials being transferred etc. Therefore we would ask parents again not to drop their children at school before 9:10 as school policy has always stated that no supervision is provided in our school up until this point or until the arrival of the school bus which is usually after this time. There are obvious health and safety concerns with pupils arriving well before this time when building is going on.

Quizzes:   Well done to our Credit Union Quiz teams who performed tremendously well in the recent competition in Kingscourt. Our Junior team of Oisín & Oscar Monaghan, Daniel Morris & Logan Kierans tied for second and ended up third while our senior team of Daniel Putnam, Mark Lennon, Niall Gogarty & Darragh Farrelly finished a point behind the winners in a tie for third and were placed. Three teams are taking part in the Cumann na mBunscol quiz on Tuesday in the Kilmore Hotel in Cavan.

Green Flag:   Well done to Ms. McNally and our Green School Committee who had their Green Flag Assessment from Cavan County Council last week. The day went extremely well and we hope to hear the results from the council in the coming weeks.

Swimming:   Swimming will start for the school on Monday 4th March. 1st, 2nd, 3rd   and Ms Campbell’s 4th classes will go for the first 6 weeks. Once again a note will be given out closer to the time.  Aquatics are an essential part of the P.E. Curriculum and all pupils are expected to attend all session. If there are any issues, please let the school know beforehand.

 

Parents Association: Many thanks to the Parent Association and all who supported the Church Collection this weekend.

Debating:   Well done to Reece O’Reilly, Helena Reilly & Niall Gogarty in Ms. Quinn’s 4th and 5th  class who participated in their second debate of the year with Aughadreena N.S. It took place in our school and once again the class produced a terrific display.

Spelling Bee:   Well done to John McKeon who won the Annual Spelling Bee competition in the school. He now goes on to the County Spelling Bee later in the year.

School Closure and Calendar:   Please note that the school will close on Friday March 22nd for a school planning day. You will find the full list of closures below:

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 21st and Friday February 22nd

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 15th and Monday March 18th

School Planning Day – Closed Friday March 22nd

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 15th – Re-open Monday April 29th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 6th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 31st and Monday June 3rd

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 27th 2019.

Handball Squad 2019

Well done to our brilliant handball squad on their performance in the Cumann na mBunscol Cavan Championships in St Pat’s College, Cavan on Wednesday.  John McKeon won silver being beaten in the U-13 singles final.

Michael McKeon & Charlie McCormack took gold in the U-13 boys doubles, and Daithi Yore & Mikey Putnam took gold in the U-11 boys doubles.  They will now go on to represent Cavan in the Ulster Finals in Belfast on Wednesday.

Best of luck boys!

Credit Union Quiz Teams

February Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter February 2019

Sacramental Classes:  First Penance for our 2nd class students will take place in Muff Church on Wednesday February 20th at 2pm. Our 2nd and 6th classes have the following Preparation Masses before the dates of Communion and Confirmation:

6th March:     Ash Wednesday in Kingscourt

9th March:    Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff

30th March:  Saturday Vigil Mass. in Muff

6th April:      Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff

Grandparents Day:   We would like to express our appreciation to all the grandparents and parents who came to the school for our Grandparent Day celebration. It was a wonderful occasion for the pupils to be involved in and their mini-assignments, involving bringing in old and interesting items, were a big hit with the grandparents. Many thanks to Gillian and Alison who helped out on the day and to Fr. Gerry who conducted the service.

Fundraising Committee:   We had a very productive first meeting last week with regard to our fundraising drive to pay for a new play area for the children. There will be a further meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 to finalise arrangements for the opening fundraiser. Again all are welcome to the meeting and all help would be hugely appreciated when it comes to running and supporting the actual fundraiser. There will further information given out following our meeting this Wednesday.

Building:   Construction of the new classroom is due to begin next month. The building is due to be completed before the start of the next academic year. The building itself will obviously have disruption associated with it that the Board of Management and staff will plan around, to minimise the effects on pupils learning.

Green Flag:   We are having the inspection for our next Green Flag in the coming week or so. Our Green School Committee is hard at work preparing for this and our classes have completed a number of activities all around the theme of water and water conservation.

School Self Evaluation:   We are carrying on with our work with regard to spelling while also reminding the pupils to use their spoken Irish throughout the day.

Child Protection:   We are reviewing the school’s SPHE policy which will be ratified by the Board in the coming weeks. This is an integral part of the school’s Child Safeguarding Procedures.

Credit Union Quiz:   The Credit Union quiz took part in Kingscourt Community Centre yesterday. Well done to our Senior Team of Darragh Farrelly, Daniel Putnam, Mark Lennon and Niall Gogarty, who finished in 4th place after a tie-break round.  Our Junior team of Oisín Monaghan, Oscar Monaghan, Daniel Morris & Logan Kierans finished in 3rd place after a tie-break for 2nd place. Super performance by both teams!

Sport:   Our handball squad is going to the County Championships this week. Brendan is returning to coaching on Friday of this week. He will coach Ms. Marron’s and Mr Byrne’s classes.

Attendance:   Our school attendance is generally very good with a large number of pupils having missed no days. If the child is sick they should be kept at home. If the child is absent a written note must be provided for the school.

School Calendar: Please find below a list of dates for the coming year. Please note that some dates are subject to change.

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 21st and Friday February 22nd

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 15th and Monday March 18th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 15th – Re-open Monday April 29th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 6th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 31st and Monday June 3rd

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 27th 2019.

Grandparents Day 31st January 2019

Thank you to all the Parents and Grandparents who came in to school for Grandparents day.  The children showed them their “old and interesting” items that they brought in from home, which went down a treat!  Many thanks to Fr Gerry for the lovely service on the day.

Fundraising

A Fundraising Meeting will be held in the School on Wednesday January 30th at 7.30pm.   

Green School Water Action Day

Our Green flag action day took place on Wednesday 16th January.

January Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter January 2019

Sacramental Classes:   Our 2nd and 6th classes have the following Preparation Masses before the dates of Communion and Confirmation:

6th March:     Ash Wednesday in Kingscourt

9th March:    Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff

30th March:  Saturday Vigil Mass. in Muff

6th April:      Saturday Vigil Mass in Muff

Staffing:   We welcome back Ms. Farrelly to 1st and 2nd class. Ms. Marron will be teaching our infants class for the remainder of the year.

Enrolment Week:   Next week, January 14th – 18th, is our Enrolment Week for new pupils starting in September 2019. All parents who are interested can pick up an enrolment form from the office or download a form from www.laraghmuffns.com. All forms should be returned to the office before 5:00 on Friday the 18th of January.

Fundraising/Building:   Construction of our new classroom will begin in March and should be completed well in advance of classes returning in September. The new room will be situated at the front of the school on a portion of the current school yard. As a result we were would like to extend the school yard onto a section of the grass pitch so that pupils could use it all year round. However, we have not secured enough money from the Department to complete this part of the project. Therefore we are looking to take on a fundraising drive over the next 12 months to try and raise enough finance to provide our pupils with what we feel is this essential playing space. We are acutely aware of financial pressures that many families face. However we haven’t had any major fundraisers in many years and we feel that it is a worthy project to undertake.

Over the next number of weeks we will be inviting the Parents Association, the Board, staff members and the school community to come together to come up with possible ways forward. All ideas and help are welcome.

Green Flag:   Our Action Day will take place on Wednesday the 16th of January. Ms. McNally and the staff will be organising events for the pupils on the day. This is the latest event in our search for the 3rd Green Flag related to water conservation.

School Self Evaluation:  We will be implementing our SSE plan on spelling over the coming months. The plan is available on our school website.

Sport:   Well done to our pupils who participated in the recent Swimming County Championships in Cavan: Sophie & Daithí Yore; Harry Reilly; Liam Smith; Senan McCormack; Sineád Carolan; Philip and Emma Tierney; Nathan Reilly; Niall Gogarty and Luke Madden.

Congratulations to Liam and Sophie who were medal winners.  A special word of thanks to the parents who accompanied the children and supported them on the day.

School Calendar:  Please find below a list of dates for the coming year. Please note that some dates are subject to change.

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 21st and Friday February 22nd

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 15th and Monday March 18th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 15th – Re-open Monday April 29th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 6th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 31st and Monday June 3rd

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 27th 2019.

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