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Information Note September 2019

Muff N.S. 2019/2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope that you all had a very enjoyable break as we look forward to the beginning of a new school year. It has been a busy time for the school with the completion of our new classroom and substantial work done on the new school play area. We hope that pupils will benefit from these works for many years to come.

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 this week. From next Monday September 9th they will go home at 2:00 as normal.

As per usual in September we have laid out what we feel are important pieces of information with regard to the school and your child for the coming year. If there is any issue that you have a concern with, we would ask that you make an appointment to see the teacher by contacting the office. Each month your child will receive a newsletter which we would ask that you read to keep yourself informed with events in the school. These are also published on our school website www.laraghmuffns.com.

We would like to welcome to the staff Ms. Swinburne who will be teaching 3rd and 4th class and Ms. McLoughlin who will be working alongside Ms. McEneaney in support teaching. Ms. Campbell is on leave for September and we are delighted to have Ms. Farrelly back to teach 2nd class for the month.

Building/Play Area: The new classroom has been completed. Ms. Quinn’s class will be its first occupants. The play area has its surface put in place but there are still a number of items to be installed. Children, though, will be using it from today. There will be an official opening of both later in the term. We would remind you that children should not be in school grounds after school unless they are part of Caroline’s After School Club.

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. Equally, we would ask parents not to drop off their children at an inappropriately early time. Supervision is provided from 9:10 or when the school bus arrives-whichever is earlier. When the building was going on, this system worked very well and we are looking to receive the same cooperation in this matter for the coming year. 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.

Attendance:   Full attendance at school is of great educational benefit to the children. Last year we had 11 pupils who went through the school year and did not miss a day. We also had another 10 who only missed one day. This was an outstanding achievement.  In the case of an absence, a written note must be given to the school explaining the reason for the absence so the school 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 to report to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, any pupil who we have concerns about, regarding attendance or their explanations of absences. It is standard to report pupils who miss 20 days or more.  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.

Holidays during School Year: In recent years, last year in particular, there has been a marked increase in pupils being taken out of school to go on family holidays. The school, while completely understanding the financial reasons for doing so, cannot condone this practice. In particular there were a significant number of pupils who were missing in the last week of May and the first week of June. This is the time that the school is required to conduct standardised tests. When pupils miss these dates there is significant organisational and teaching impact on staff and pupils in trying to accommodate these pupils completing their tests on their return. We will no longer be in a position to guarantee that pupils who miss these tests while on holiday will be able to take them at a later date. All schools are required by the Department to promote and ensure good attendance and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

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. No vehicle should ever try to access the new play area. 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. It is important that this matter is discussed with any persons responsible for picking up your child. We are hoping to hear this term from the Department about improving car park facilities for the school.

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. It is essential that all pupils have their names on all items of their uniform. The amount of unclaimed clothes we have at the end of each school year with no names on them is staggering. Tracksuit order forms are enclosed should you wish to order same.  The policy on tracksuit bottoms is that they must be plain navy – there should be no markings/stripes etc. on them. Please return completed form to office by Friday September the 6th.

P.E: 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 tomorrow. This will be taking place in the school from 3:05 – 4:00 and take place each Tuesday until Halloween. Girls football will also start shortly.

After School Care:   Caroline will be running the After School Club in the old school. She will be available for anyone who is interested to sign up.  She provides care from 2:00 onwards. Please find the note attached.

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.

Book Rental:  A reminder to parents that the book scheme cost for this coming year is €25.   Over the summer a large number of additional textbooks were bought for the expanded rental scheme. 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. We would ask pupils to take good care of these books.

Contacting School:  Gillian works in the office four days a week.  She is not in the office on Tuesdays.  Please be aware of this when contacting the school.

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 immediately.

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.

In School Self Evaluation we will be looking at the area of handwriting for the coming term.

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 discourage yogurts as they can cause a considerable mess. 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. In terms of drinks, we would ask you to avoid single use plastic bottles.

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 highly recommend that you take this up as a number of families have found it beneficial over the years. 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 Wednesday September 18th.

Religion:  Confirmation takes place on Sunday May 10th 2020 with First Holy Communion taking place on Saturday May 16th 2020.  There will be a Mass for sacramental pupils on Saturday September 28th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

School Photographer: Memory Lane photographers are coming to the school this Thursday September 5th.  Please ensure you children are in full school uniform. Copies of the photographs will be sent home along with a pricelist. You are under no obligation to purchase any of these photographs, and photographs that are not required should be just returned to the school.

School Website:   You can find a huge amount of information on the school on our website www.laraghmuffns.com. This page includes policies, upcoming events and samples of children’s work.

School Calendar:   Below you will find a provisional calendar for next year. Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change.

Staff In-Service day – Closed Thursday October 3rd.

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 28th – Friday November 1st inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th – 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.

Information Note June 2019

Laragh 2 Muff NS Information Note June 2019

Sports Day:   Well done to all on the Sports Day. A great day was had by all.

Parents Association:   Many thanks to the PA for their work all year. Once again they have made a tremendous contribution to the school and it is deeply appreciated.

School Reports:   All reports should have been collected from the office today. If for someone reason you were not able to collect them, they are ready for collection on Monday.

Booklist/Book Rental:   Each report should also contain your child’s booklist for the coming year. If you don’t receive one, please contact the school immediately. We would also ask, if possible, that book rental money that is due be paid before the end of June. Our stock of books is increasing each year. We would also ask parents to have a look at home for any school library/rental books that may be lying around. Each year a number go missing that have to then be replaced.

Classes/Staffing:   The classes for next year will be the following:

Junior Infants/Senior Infants

1st class on their own.

2nd class on their own.

3rd/4th, 4th/5th and 5th/6th. The two classes that are being split are 4th and 5th. Parents of pupils in those classes will find a note attached stating which class grouping their child is in.

Ms. Farrelly will be retiring after 33 years of service to this school. There are really no words to describe the incredible impact she has had on our community in that time. Her passion for her profession and the students that she teaches is immense. She has made an indelible impression on the lives of so many people, young and old in Muff. They have benefitted from her love of learning, her dedication to teaching and above all her kindness and generosity to those she taught. She will be greatly missed by all of us and we wish her every health and happiness in her well earned retirement.

School Calendar:   The school will close for the summer on Thursday June 27th at 12:00. It will re-open for all the children on Monday September 2nd. Below you will find a provisional calendar for next year. Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change.

School re-opens – Monday September 2nd (Junior Infants will finish at 12:30 for the first week)

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 28th – Friday November 1st inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th – 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 Thursday June 26th 2020.

June Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff Newsletter June 2019

Communion/Confirmation: Well done to all those who completed their First Holy Communion and Confirmation over the last month. Both days went extremely well. Thank you to all the parents who helped out with the reception on the day of Communion. Once again, it added to a very memorable occasion. The Enrolment Mass for next year’s sacramental classes will take place on the 28th of September.

The Graduation Mass for our 6th class will take place on Saturday the 22nd of June at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Testing:   The standardised tests are finishing up this week. As per Department of Education guidelines parents of pupils in 2nd, 4th and 6th will receive their child’s sten score in the reports at the end of the year in both English and Maths. All scores are given to parents at next year’s Parent/Teacher meeting. These tests are a useful guide in letting us know the academic progress of the children but play only a very small part in terms of providing us with any new information.

Write A Book:   Well done to all the pupils from 3rd to 6th who participated in the Write A Book competition this year. Every pupil received a certificate and the prize winners received their medals at an awards ceremony on Tuesday night in The Cavan Crystal Hotel. The winners were: Alana Gogarty, Alana McElroy, Aoibheann Shiels, Ben McEntee, Ciarán Cooney-O’Reilly, Daniel Morris, Erin Smith, Harry Reilly, Helena Reilly, Kate Lennon, Katie Rooney, Lauren Cundelan, Mairéad McCaul, Mark Lennon, Mikey Putnam, Niall Gogarty, Orlaith Reilly, Philip Tierney & Sarah Reilly.

School Building/Play Area:   The building of the new classroom should be completed for the start of the new term. We also are hoping for the Play Area to commence building over the summer.

It has been brought to our attention that a number of people have been using the school field/yard as an area to play on after school time. Children should only be on school premises if they are at school or are attending Caroline’s after school care. We have received advice on this matter from Allianz, our school insurer, who make this point very clearly.

School Tours:   Our Infant classes had a wonderful time at Causey Farm. 1st and 2nd class are going to the Crystal Maze tomorrow while 5th and 6th are going to Dublin on Monday. Finally 3rd and 4th go to Tanagh on Wednesday. These tours have all been subsidised by the Parents Association.

End of Year Reports:   The school reports will ready and can be collected by parents at the school office by parents on Friday June 21st.

Book Lists/Book Rental:   The book lists for the pupils for next year will be sent with the reports. We will also look for the Book Rental money for 2019/20 at that time. The cost is €25.00. This scheme is constantly being added to and updated as we continue to try and minimise costs for parents. It is also imperative that all books that are part of the rental scheme are returned to the school in good order. Books that are lost will have to be replaced. So we would ask you to search at home for any school book that may have gone missing over previous months.

Green Flag:  Ms McNally and members of our Green Flag Committee received our new Green Flag at a ceremony in Dublin.  We will be raising it in school over the coming days.

Sports: Well done to Ms Quinn and our girls football team on a fantastic performance in their league.  They improved with each game and made great progress.  Very well done to the boys team who won the local 7-a-side blitz defeating St Joseph’s Kingscourt in the final.

Sport’s Day:   This will take place Friday June 21st. As is customary, parents will be able to come and watch the fun races that morning between 9:45 and 11:00. We will give more details closer to the time.

Parents Association: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the P.A. for their efforts this year.  They have been proactive and of great support to the school.  Thanks to all the committee for their efforts.  It has been greatly appreciated.

School Calendar:   The school will close for the summer on Thursday June 27th at 12:00. It will re-open for all the children on Monday September 2nd. Below you will find a provisional calendar for next year. Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change.

School re-opens – Monday September 2nd (Junior Infants will finish at 12:30 for the first week)

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 28th – Friday November 1st inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th – 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 Thursday June 26th 2020.

Debating Team

Community Games Art Winners

Mighty Mouth

Ms Marron’s & Ms McNally’s class took part in the Mighty Mouth programme this year. They all received there certificates at a presentation ceremony on March 13th.

March Newsletter

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

Congratulations to Michael & Charlie on getting an Ulster Silver Medal in the Cumann na mBunscol Ulster Finals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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