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Laragh 2 Muff Newsletter May 2018

Sacramental Classes:   First Holy Communion takes place for 2nd class this Saturday at 11:00am in Muff Church. We would ask parents to ensure that they are in good time on the morning with the children. There will be a reception afterwards in the school hall. The Parents Association has asked for parents of pupils in 1st class to help out with this on the morning. Confirmation takes place the following Sunday at 3:00pm in Kingscourt Church.

The Enrolment Mass for pupils wishing to make their Confirmation and Communion next year takes place on Saturday June 9th at 7:30pm in Muff Church. Each relevant family will be given a list of Masses for next year.

The Graduation Mass for 6th class takes place on Saturday June 23rd at 7:30pm in Muff Church.

Information Meeting:   The meeting for parents of pupils going into Junior Infants in September 2018 takes place on Tuesday May 15th  2:10pm in the school hall.

Board of Management Meeting:   The next Board meeting takes place on Tuesday May 29th  at 8:00 pm in the school. The Board, under the chairperson Ciara Walsh, carries out a huge amount of important work during the school year in areas such as Child Protection, School Infrastructure, Finance and Curricular Development to name but a few. This time is given voluntarily and is hugely appreciated. Reports from Board meetings are available to view on the school website.

Standardised Testing:   The test dates this year are as follows:

Micra T : May 21st; 22nd & 23rd

Sigma T: June 5th; 6th & 7th.

These tests are a snapshot and add to the large amount of information that we as educators have collected on your child.  The result for pupils in 2nd, 4th & 6th class are put in the report at the end of the year.  All results are given out your annual Parent-Teacher meeting.

Swimming:   The next group to attend swimming lessons will be 2nd, 3rd and 4th class. They will go for a total of 6 weeks beginning on Monday May 14th.

Community Games Art:   Well done to all those who took part in the Cavan County Championship recently. Senan McCormack came first in his age group and now goes on to represent Cavan in the All Ireland Competition in Limerick at the end of the month. Congratulations to Fionn Canavan who finished 3rd in U10 and Tom Martin who was highly commended in the U14 category.

Boys Soccer:   Well done to the boys’ team who qualified for the county final in Cootehill recently. In their finals matches, they won one and lost two. Many thanks to Ms. Campbell and Gillian who accompanied the team.

Blitz:   Well done to our two teams who took part in the local schools blitz on Wednesday.

Girls Football:   The league for the girls begins this month. Training continues in school and on Tuesday after school.

GDPR: Our school is actively preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into effect of May 25th.  We take the care of the data that we receive from parents very seriously.  Our policy is on the website and will be amended in the coming weeks.

School Tours:   Below is a list of school tours for this year. The Parents Association subsidise the costs of these trips to the tune of €1,000.00. Further information on these trips will be given out closer to the time.

 

Class Tour Date

 

5th & 6th Class Glasnevin Cemetery, Croke Park Museum & National Aquatic Centre Wednesday June 13th
3rd & 4th Class Rathbeggan Lakes, Dunshaughlin. Thursday June 7th

 

1st & 2nd Class Dublin Zoo Wednesday June 13th

 

Junior & Senior Infants Causey Farm Thursday June 14th

 

 

School Calendar:   The school is closed next Monday  May 14th at 2:00 pm to facilitate a staff meeting. Below are a list of school closures between now and the end of the school year. The school will reopen after the summer break on Friday August 31st.

Referendum – Closed Friday May 25th

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 28th 2018

Spelling Bee 2018

Congratulations to Alana McElroy who was crowned Laragh 2 Muff NS Spelling Bee Champion 2018.  Well done also to Ross Smith and Darragh Farrelly who finished joint 2nd.  Alana went on to represent the school in the County final last Tuesday and performed superbly, getting through to round 4.

April Newsletter 2018

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter April 2018

Sponsored Walk: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported our annual fundraiser. So far we have raised €2878.00, with some cards and money still outstanding.   This money will be used to pay for school art supplies and also subsidise a number of events for the pupils in areas like drama, music, art and sport.

Sacramental Classes:   The final preparation Mass for Communion and Confirmation classes will take place on Saturday April 28th in Muff Church. The Retreat for 6th class will take place on Thursday May 10th. The Bishop has contacted Fr. Gerry asking for all 6th class pupils to have a Mass Missal and Rosary Beads for the Confirmation Mass. More information is available on the note attached for Confirmation pupils.

Congratulations: Well done to Erin Smith who had her poem published in a book by Columba Press, called “Fáilte Pope Francis”. This book contains work from pupils all over Ireland to mark the Pope’s visit in August.

Swimming:   The 1st, 5th and 6th class will continue their swimming for the month of April.

GAA:   With the weather hopefully going to improve over the next few weeks, football will begin for the girls starting next week on Tuesday April 17th. This will take place every Tuesday for the next while in Kingscourt Pitch from 3:30 – 4:30. All girls from 3rd to 6th class are invited down. The emphasis is on participation, enjoyment and improving skills. The boys will begin later in the month,

Soccer:   We have two boys teams participating in the Schools Soccer Blitz that takes place on Wednesday this week in Cootehill.

Community Games Art:   We had 12 medal winners in the Kingscourt Community Games  Art Competition.  All who placed in 1st & 2nd will attend the County final in Bailieborough Community School this Saturday April 14th at 2pm.  We wish them the very best of luck.

Under 8 Girls – 2nd Erin Lynch.

Under 8 Boys – 1st Senan McCormack, 2nd Liam Fitzsimons

Under 10 Girls – 3rd Erin Smith

Under 10 boys – 1st Aidan Curtis, 2nd Fionn Canavan

Under 12 Girls – 2nd Mairéad McCaul, 3rd Meghan Hurt

Under 14 Girls – 3rd  Katie Mae Lynch

Under 14 Boys –  1st Tom Martin, 2nd Sid Reilly, 3rd Ross Smith.

 

School Self Evaluation:   We are beginning to look at the area of spelling in the school as part of the new Language Curriculum. Please note that the end of year standardised tests take place the weeks of May 21st-24th and June 5th – 8th.  We would appreciate if you could inform us in advance, if your child will be absent during these weeks.

School Uniform/Possessions:   It is essential that children have their names printed clearly on all uniforms and possessions that they bring to school. We would just remind parents to make sure that their child is wearing the full correct uniform on the correct day and that they come to school with a full pencil case.

Supervision:  For insurance purposes, Parents should be aware that supervision is provided in the morning from 9:10 am or when the bus arrives – whichever is the earliest.

School Calendar:   Below is a list of dates for the remainder of the school year.

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

Referendum – Closed Friday May 25th

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 28th 2018

Easter Holidays 2018

Please note we will close for our Easter Holidays at 12:30 on Friday March 23rd, and will reopen on Monday April 9th.  We wish you all a very Happy Easter.

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018

Photos of our Irish Show can be seen in the gallery section below.

 

March Newsletter 2018

 

 Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter March 2018

Sacramental Classes:   The Confirmation Class have their Service of Light in Kingscourt Church tomorrow at 6pm. Frances Black will be speaking at the Mass. The Communion Class have a Mass at 7:30pm in Muff Church.

The final preparation Mass is on Saturday April 28th in Muff Church.

The 6th class will have their Confirmation Retreat in the Parish Centre on Thursday May 10th from 10:30am–12:30pm.

Communion is on May 12th at 11:00am in Muff Church with Confirmation taking place on Sunday May 20th at 3pm in Kingscourt Church.

Sponsored Walk: The annual fundraiser will take place on Friday March 23rd. Our 5th and 6th class will participate in the Muff 2K at the top of Lough an Lae. We would ask that families try to ensure that all cards are returned before the Easter Break.

Child Protection:   The Board of Management has now adopted new Child Protection Procedures for the school as required by the Department of Education. This involves a Child Safeguarding Statement which has now been published and is available to view on our website. The Parents Association have also been given a copy of the statement and it is available from the office. This document will be reviewed annually by the Board. If you have any queries, please contact the office.

We have also published two recent policies that have been reviewed on the website – one on Data Protection and the other in regard to Parents as Partners.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:   This takes place from Monday to Friday and, as ever, we’ll be engaging in a number of different activities. The emphasis in the school is on oral language and in using it in a variety of different circumstances both in and outside school. We would encourage you to listen to their “cúpla focail” during the week.

School Quiz Teams:   We had a very successful outing with our quiz teams at the recent Cumann na mBunscol competition in Cavan. Our senior team managed to place 4th out of all of Cavan and deservedly won a prize. Well done to all who took part.

Parents Association:   Our PA recently organised a very successful church collection. The committee is therefore able to once again subsidise swimming for the pupils. This significantly reduces the cost significantly of buses and pool hire each week. We would like to thank all those who organised and helped out on the day.

Swimming:   The swimming for 1st, 5th and 6th begins this Monday. The cost is €6 per child.

Calendar Dates:   Firstly I’d like to thank the members of the community who helped clear roads and entrances to the school so that we could open last Monday. It was a great example to the children of the importance of community spirit.

Please find below a list of dates for the new school year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

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.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons for 1st, 5th & 6th class will commence Monday March 12th.

 

Champion Twirler

 Congratulations to Sinead Carolan who was very successful at the National Twirling Championships recently.  Here she is displaying some of her silverware.

February Newsletter 2018

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter February 2018

Sacramental Classes: Many thanks to all the grandparents who contributed wonderful interviews in preparation for our Catholic Schools Week. Their contribution to our school community is greatly appreciated. Here are some important dates for the sacramental classes in the coming weeks:

Mini Lenten Novena – beginning Ash Wednesday February 14th, continues on Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th – all at 7.00pm in Kingscourt Church.

Saturday February 17th: 7.30pm in Muff Church.

Saturday March 10th: 7.30pm in Muff Church. (Confirmation children may ask their sponsors to attend if they wish).

Quizzes: Well done to our Credit Union Quiz team for their outstanding performances in the annual competition this year. Our Junior team of Niall Gogarty, Darragh Farrelly, Oisín Monaghan & Oscar Monaghan came second by just one point in their category while our senior team came fourth, two points behind the winner in their competition. Many thanks to Gillian who prepared the teams for the event. The next quiz the teams will be involved in is the Cumann na mBunscol quiz at the end of the month.

ePayments: We have received all the responses from families with regard to the introduction of ePayments. The school will be in touch in the coming days with the next steps involved for those interested.

Child Protection Policy: New procedures in the area of child protection have been issued to all schools. Staff will be receiving training for this on Wednesday February14th. The school will be closed for a half day at 12:30 on this day. The new procedures will be ratified by the Board of Management at our next meeting. They will then be issued to the Parents Association and will be published on the school website. We would encourage parents to look up this policy when it is finalised.

School Policies: The school is currently updating a number of policies, including Data Protection, Parents as Partners and Special Education. We will be consulting the P.A. in all these matters, particularly the “Parents as Partners Policy” in the coming weeks.

As part of School Self Evaluation the school is now looking at the area of Spelling in English. We will provide more information in this regard in the coming weeks.

Handball: Our Handball Team had an amazing day at the County Finals in Kingscourt last week. Charlie McCormack and Luke Madden won the U11 doubles and now progress to the Ulster Competition. Daniel Putnam won Silver in the individual U11 while John and Michael McKeon came 3rd in the U13 doubles competition. Many thanks to Brendan McCormack who accompanied the team.

Swimming: Swimming lessons will begin for 1st, 5th and 6th classes Monday 5th March. 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes lessons will commence on 14th May.

New Enrolments: There will be a meeting for parents of new starters in May. Please ensure that you send back the acceptance letter as soon as possible.

Children’s shoes: For health and safety reasons, if children are not able to tie laces, we would ask that they please wear shoes with Velcro.

Staffing: We would like to welcome back Ms. Cleary to Junior and Senior Infants.

School Calendar: Please find below a list of dates for the new school year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

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.

 

January Newsletter 2018

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. January Newsletter

Enrolment Week: Our Enrolment Week for this year takes place next week from Monday January 15th– 19th. We would ask that all Enrolment Forms are dropped back into the office before Friday the 19th at 3pm. Forms are available for collection from the office or can be downloaded from our website at www.laraghmuffns.com.

Sacramental Classes: Catholic Schools Week takes place from January 29th.  Important dates for Masses for our Communion and Confirmation classes are as follows:

Mini Lenten Novena – beginning Ash Wednesday February 14th, continues on Thursday February 15th & Friday February 16th all at 7.00pm in Kingscourt Church.

Saturday February 17th 7.30pm in Muff Church.

Saturday March 10th 7.30pm in Muff Church. (Confirmation children may ask their sponsors to attend if they wish.

 

Child Protection Policy: All schools have been issued with new Child Protection Guidelines. The school will therefore be shortly drafting a new policy in conjunction with the Board of Management, the Staff and the Parents Association. The government document is available to look at online.

Staffing: We will be welcoming back Ms. Cleary to Junior/Senior Infants in three weeks time. In the meantime Ms. Larkin will be teaching the class.

ePayments: You will find attached to this note information on ePayments. This is to gauge interest in whether parents would like to use online payments to pay for school activities such as swimming, tours etc. The note goes into some detail on it. Please send the note back with your answer to the survey by Wednesday January 17th.

Quizzes: We have begun preparations for the Credit Union Quiz which takes place on Sunday January 28th at 3pm in Kingscourt Community Centre.

English and Irish: This month often provides an excellent opportunity with shortened evenings to spend time listening to your child reading. Over the holidays, they may have received a number of books as gifts. We do notice the difference when a child is doing their own reading at home. It helps with their comprehension, vocabulary, reading fluency and general confidence. We also strongly emphasise the importance of oral Irish to the pupils. Encouraging them to say their cúpla focail and frásaí at home again helps promote a positive attitude towards the language and allows them to see its real uses. If these attitudes are instilled in the children early on, it does benefit them in later years.

Influenza: As I am sure many of you are aware, there is a relatively strong flu this winter.  We would encourage you to follow the HSE advice.  If your child has any symptoms they should be kept at home until they are fully better.  Also it is advised that you talk to your child about the importance of good hygiene, particularly in washing their hands.  Full guidelines are available on the HSE Website.

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

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.

 

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