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Newsletter June 2021

Muff N.S. June Newsletter 2021

Sacramental Classes:   We have a date for the First Holy Communion following advice given from public health bodies. It will take place on Saturday September 4th in Kingscourt Church. The 2nd class will have their First Penance service on Tuesday June 15th at 6:30pm in Kingscourt Church.

We have been given no date as yet for the Confirmation ceremony but needless to say when we know we will let you know. The 6th class will have their Graduation Ceremony on Saturday June 19th in Muff Church at 7:30pm. Parents will receive more details about this closer to the time.

School Events:   A number of events this year have been curtailed due to Covid such as our school tours. However we will be going ahead with our Sponsored Walk. A note with details was sent home with the Sponsor Cards on Monday. Families can make online donations if they so wish via our Aladdin ePayments System. We would ask that the cards are all returned. Thanks again for your continued support.

We will also be running a Sports Day among the classes on the 17th of June. They will remain in their class bubbles during the day as they take part in the various activities. Unfortunately, due to advice from the Department of Education, parents will not invited this year.

The West Midland Theatre Group will be performing an online interactive play “Treasure Island” for all the classes this week. The students will all get to see it from their individual classrooms.

Green Flag and Hanley Energy:   This month we are working hard, under the guidance of Ms McNally, to achieve our next Green Flag which is in the area of School Transport. The fact that we have a school bus and so many now cycling is a great plus in this regard. On a recent morning we had 16 pupils who cycled to and from school. All the classes will be doing work in this regard with the school receiving a virtual visitor from An Taisce in the coming weeks.

Hanley Energy have also been involved in a Bio–Diversity Project in the school. Every pupil has received a little bag of wildflower seeds as well as a high–vis vest. We have planted some of these seeds in the school garden and we know from talking to pupils that many have been planted at home as well. Many thanks to Hanley Energy for providing all of the above.

Testing/End of Year Reports:   We are completing our standardised maths tests this week. These scores will be on the reports of the pupils in 2nd, 4th and 6th as required by the Department. An explanatory note will also accompany the report.

The end of year reports for all pupils will be posted out on Friday June 18th. If you haven’t received them by the following Wednesday, please contact the school.

The book lists for the school year 2021/22 will be alongside the reports.

Car Park:   It has been brought to our attention that there have been a number of minor incidents involving cars in the car park in recent months. The safety of all – pupils, parents and staff – is of the utmost concern to the Board of Management. It has actively been seeking funding to solve this problem for a number of years. The planned solution is a very costly one that requires Central Government Funding. The relevant authorities have all been made aware of the obvious dangers as we see it. A letter detailing some of the more recent concerns brought to me by a number of parents will be sent pointing out once again that extra car park capacity is an essential need as we see it. But we do recognise that this issue is not unique to our school. So in the meantime, it is incumbent upon all of us to follow the traffic management plan that is in place. Covid has also had a detrimental effect in so far as the staggered release times have led to more footfall and longer waits at the car park. This is unavoidable. What we do ask is that all those who drop off and collect pupils from the school continue to stick to the main points of our traffic plan:

  • Drive with extreme caution around the school
  • Walk all the children in your care to and from the school gate
  • Do not park in the areas that we have asked be kept clear.

Summer Camp:  Caroline from Afterschool will be running 1 week of camp this year. It will be a week of sports, games, arts & crafts finished off with a much anticipated sports day on the last day!

Dates: July 5-9th   9-1pm daily.

Ages: 5-13

Cost: €65 per child – €5 discount for additional family members

Please contact Caroline on 087 1762628 to book your place.

 

School Calendar: The school will close for the summer on Friday June 25th at 12:00. It will re-open for all children on Monday August 30th.  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 August 30th (Junior Infants will finish at 12:30 for the first week)

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 25th – Friday October 29th inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Wednesday December 22nd 12:30 – Re-open Thursday Jan 6th 2022

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday 24th and Friday February 25th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 17th & Friday March 18th

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022.

World Biodiversity Day May 22nd 2021

Hanley Energy invited all the children to become a “Biodiversity Buddy” to celebrate World Biodiversity day this week.  They supplied each child with a High Vis Vest, Certificate, stickers and Wildflower seeds.

Newsletter May 2021

Laragh 2 Muff Newsletter May 2021

Final Term/Covid:   As we head into the summer months of school, it looks very promising in terms of schools hopefully all remaining open until the holidays. The recent fine weather has certainly been a help in enabling us to use the outdoors as much as possible. Again the cooperation of the whole community has been fantastic in terms of adhering to the guidelines with regard to Covid. We would ask you to continue to send in the Return to School forms for pupils when they return to school after any absence.

We will be having our Sponsored Walk and Sports Day and we will give you more details about this later in the month. Unfortunately for Sports Day, parents will not be able to attend as per guidance from the Department.

In terms of Communion and Confirmation, we are still not in a position to give you any dates of when they may happen. Needless to say as soon as we have any dates confirmed, we will let you know. If they do go ahead before the summer, they will obviously have various procedures and regulations that will have to be followed.

6th class will hopefully have a Graduation Ceremony before the end of the year and I will be in touch with parents from 6th class about plans for the end of the year in the coming days.

Despite some of these restrictions and limitations, I think it is important to point out that the school day is carrying on pretty normally with class work and break times. The children have adapted to the routines and we are looking forward to the last number of weeks with hopefully some fine weather to accompany it.

Meeting for Parents of New Junior Infants:   There will be an important meeting for parents of new Junior Infants via Zoom on Monday the 17th of May at 2:15. Parents will receive information regarding this meeting via email beforehand.

Standardised Tests:   Schools have been asked by the Department to carry out the Standardised Tests before the end of the year. These tests can be informative for both parents and teachers alike but it should be remembered that in normal times they are just a snap shot in how your child is progressing and are a part of a variety of assessment tools that we use. For teachers, they usually reinforce what we have seen over the year.

The tests were not completed last year with school being closed. This year it is important to say that these tests are not standardised. Children have missed a large chunk of the school year. But they will give us a rough idea of how children are progressing.

The tests will be done in the last week of May and the first week of June. Parents in 2nd, 4th and 6th will receive their child’s scores as per Department guidance in the end of year reports. A note will be attached explaining in more detail the difficulties with these tests this year.

GAA Coaching/Padraig Faulkner Visit:   We recently had a fantastic morning in the school when Padraig Faulkner came to school with the Anglo Celt Cup and his All Star Trophy. He spoke with all the classes and showed us the trophies. We are also carrying on with Benny coaching on Wednesday and Aidan McCabe on Friday.

Parents Association:  Obviously the work of the P.A. has been greatly affected by the restrictions in place this year. It has still been functioning though and we hope to have further details of plans in the near future.

Green Flag: We have been carrying on with our pursuit of our next Green Flag which is to do with travelling to school. Cycling has been a part of this and it has been great to see the number of students completing it. We are also looking forward to the return of our trainers who carry out Cycling Safety Course in the school in September.

School Calendar: Please find below school dates for the remainder of the year.

June Bank Holiday: School closed Monday June 7th

Summer Holidays: School closing Friday June 25th

Visit from All-Star Padraig Faulkner with the Anglo Celt Cup.

Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form

Return to Educational Facility declaration form (1)

Newsletter April 2021

Muff NS April Newsletter 2021

Return to School/Covid:  We are delighted to be welcoming all our pupils after the Easter break. Hopefully we will now have a straight run between now and the summer where we are all uninterrupted. It is important that if your child is absent that they bring back with them their Return to School form. Just a reminder that your child should not attend school if they demonstrate any of the following symptoms:

  • A dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Loss of sense of smell/taste

All pupils from 1st to 6th class should have their own sanitiser with them. Parents when picking up children at 2:00 and 3:00 should wear a mask at the school gate. The release times of the classes will continue to be staggered. We greatly appreciate your continued cooperation in all of these matters.

After School Care:   Caroline will be reopening the After School Care facility in the old school from today. Again for those concerned, we would ask you to follow all the protocols that she has in place.

Sacramental Classes:   As soon as Fr. Gerry has any details with regard to when Communion and Confirmation can take place, we will let you know. In the meantime, preparations will continue with the Grow in Love programme in class.

Homework:   From this week, pupils will be receiving their standard homework. It is important that this work does not cause difficulty at home. All work given should be within the time limits as set out in our homework policy. If the work is causing any difficulty, please contact the class teacher straight away. Once again, we would ask that you do reading with your child each and every night. This is the most important part of their homework.

Outdoor Activities:  The children have missed out hugely on sports and outdoor pursuits in recent times. On yard, they do get a great chance to run around with their peers and play games. Sport is hopefully returning at the end of the month and we would encourage all children to find the pursuit that they enjoy.

Junior Infants 2021:  We will be having a meeting remotely via Zoom for all parents of the incoming Junior Infants on Monday May the 17th.  We will contact parents with further details later in the month.

Staff Meeting:   We will be releasing all the pupils at 2:00 tomorrow Tuesday to accommodate a staff meeting.

School Calendar:   Please find below a list of dates for the remainder of the school year. We will let you know in the next newsletter the starting date for next year.

 

May Bank Holiday: School closed Friday April 30th and Monday May 3rd

June Bank Holiday: School closed Monday June 7th

Summer Holidays: School closing Friday June 25th

Easter Fun

Easter Egg Hunts & Egg and spoon races

 

Note to Parents – Friday March 12th 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to be fully reopening the school for all our pupils from Monday the 15th of March. It has been a long time off away from their teachers and their peers. I would like to say well done to everyone for all the work put into Remote Learning – it will stand to them on their return. But obviously, it is not the same as the classroom environment.

A priority on the return of the pupils will be to ensure that all the Covid procedures are followed by everyone to mitigate the risks for all of us in the community. The pupils themselves are well versed in what is expected of them. We would ask you as parents to continue to cooperate with our requests;

  • Please wear a mask when dropping off/picking up your child at the school gate.
  • Please adhere to the staggered drop off times that we had organised in the first term.
  • If you need to contact the school, please do so via email or phone.
  • Please ensure that all children from 1st class up have their own sanitiser.
  • Please ensure that all children bring back their Return to School form. It is available to print out here. Return to Educational Facility declaration form (1)

In terms of work, we have two weeks – minus St. Patrick’s Day – before the Easter Break and we will be very much reviewing the work we completed while off as well as moving on. The only homework that we will be setting the classes for the next two weeks is that of reading. We will be asking all our pupils to spend some time each day reading aloud to an adult at home. We feel that it is crucial that this is kept up. SPHE will hopefully address many of the wellbeing concerns that children may have after a second prolonged closure.

Our Senior Classes have a large amount of school books at home and we would ask that they return them all this week. The school has invested significantly in rental books and it is important that we get these all back in good condition.

Finally you will find a calendar for the remainder of the school year. There is no doubt that it will very likely be a different end of year in terms of a lot of the usual events that would normally take place at this time of year not happening. But, it is still fantastic to have all the children back in school where they belong and hopefully we can see out the year without any further interruptions.

St. Patrick’s Day: Wednesday March 17th

Easter Break: School closing Friday March 26th, re-opening Monday April 12th

May Bank Holiday: School closed Friday April 30th and Monday May 3rd

June Bank Holiday: School closed Monday June 7th

Summer Holidays: School closing Friday June 25th

 

Information and Homework March 8th-12th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to have had our Junior Classes back this week. It has worked out very well and the children are getting back into the daily routines of school life. We would like to thank you all for your cooperation in all the various procedures that we asked you to adhere to.

We have no official word with regard to the return of the remaining cohort of our pupils but we believe that Monday the 15th of March is the target date. Hopefully we will remain on track for that. In the meantime, remote learning continues this week for our 3rd to 6th classes. It is important that pupils continue to do the best they can to complete their work each day as it will stand them in good stead pending their return.

The Zoom Timetable will remain the same and again we ask that students engage with Seesaw in posting up work for teachers to correct. We will be in contact with you all once firm decisions are taken with regard to a full reopening next week.

Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable week.

A Byrne

Mr Byrne Week 9 – March 8th – 12th

Week 9 – Ms. McDonnell 4th & 5th

3rd Class – Week 9 Miss Swinburne

Homework March 1st-5th

Week 8 Mr Byrne March 1st – 5th ’21

Week 8 – Ms. McDonnell 4th & 5th

Week 8 – Miss Swinburne 3rd class

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