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Newsletter June 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

This has been a school year that we will all remember. I would like to pay tribute to the whole school community for all their incredible work in the last few months in what have been very challenging and difficult circumstances – teachers, staff, parents, Board of Management and of course the pupils. We as yet don’t know what the situation will be exactly in September but we all sincerely hope that we will be back to some sort of normality by that stage. As soon as we know more, we will let you all know.

Book Returns:   A huge thank you to all the families who have returned school rental books. We will be doing an inventory of those books early this week and may be in touch with you with regard to some outstanding items.

School Reports/Booklists:   We posted out all the school reports on Friday. If you don’t get your one by the middle of this week, please contact the school to let us know. We also have attached your child’s booklist for the coming year. Please note the €25 charge for book rental. We would ask those who can to pay online before the end of June. Otherwise, you can pay in September.

Classes for Next Year:   The staff have reviewed the school policy on class splits and have decided to stay with doing it by age. This will be kept under close review. Below is the class make up for next year. Please note that the teacher assigned to each class is provisional and may be subject to change. Junior Infants: To be confirmed. Senior Infants/1st: Ms McNally. 2nd: Ms Campbell. 3rd: Ms. Swinburne. 4th/ 9 pupils of 5th: Ms. Quinn. Rest of 5th/6th: Mr Byrne.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ms Marron well as she is moving on. She was a valuable part of our staff and we wish her every success in the future.

Sacramental Classes:   6th Class Graduation takes place on Thursday the 2nd of July at 7:00 in Kingscourt Church. First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday the 22nd of August at 11:00 in Kingscourt Church. There is no date yet for Confirmation. As soon as we hear of one we will let you know.

School Calendar:

School opening Tuesday September 1st.

Halloween Break: October 26th-30th

Christmas Holidays: School closing Tuesday 22nd December reopening Wednesday January 6th

February Midterm: Thursday 18th and Friday 19th.

St Patricks Day: Wednesday March 17th

Easter Break: School closing Friday March 26th, reopening Monday April 12th

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

June Bank Holiday: School closed Monday June 7th

Summer Holiday: School closed Friday June 25th.

We have not left any formal work for this week but I would encourage you to continue to do reading with your child over the summer. This is something we often state but this holiday we believe it is more important than ever to both listen and read to your child. We have left a fun activity for you to try out if you so wish.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday and we hope that we will see you all on the 1st of September.

Work for Mr Byrne’s Class

Information and work for week June 15th-19th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope that all of you are keeping well. We are anxious to get the school rental books back before the end of the year. This Wednesday the 17th of June we will be asking parents to return the books to the school. We have made up a list of books that each pupil should have from each class. We would ask that individual pupil’s books are put into bags and dropped to the school with their name clearly labelled on the bag.  A time is allocated for each class below and again you can drop all your children’s bags at the same time. If you are missing any books, please let us know when you drop off.  We would also ask you to search at home for any school library books which your child may have had. If you have any queries, please let us know.

This week we are giving work for the early part of the week only that is based on the books. From Wednesday, we will only be giving general activities. We have organised science and nature work for the latter part of the week.

Pupils will be receiving their end of year reports and book lists for next year early next week. We have also now got dates for the Communion and Graduation for 6th class which we hope will now take place on August 22nd and July 2nd respectively.

I would like to thank all those pupils who took part in our creative arts day. We will post the many creations we received up on the website this week. Hope you all have an enjoyable week and we will have one final note next week.

Timetable for book collection:

  • 10:00 – 10:15   Ms Marron’s Class
  • 10:15 – 10:30   Ms Galligan’s Class
  • 10:30 – 10:45   Ms Campbell’s Class
  • 10:45 – 10:55   Ms Swinburne’s Class
  • 10:55 – 11:05   Ms Quinn’s Class
  • 11:05  – 11:15   Mr Byrne’s Class

 

Homework and Book Returns List:

Week 12 – Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 12

Wk 12 – 4th Class – Ms Swinburne

Wk 12 – 3rd Class – Ms Swinburne

Week 12 Ms Campbell

Week 12 Ms Galligan

Junior and Senior Infants Homework 15 June

Science and Nature Day

Information

Letter to Communion Class 2020

Letter to 6th class parents about confirmation

Information & Homework June 8th-12th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to thank so many of you for sending pictures and videos to us of your Sports Day exploits. There were some fantastic pictures of the various activities and we will put some of these on the website over the coming days. If you haven’t already done so, please send them on. This week on Friday we will be having a Creative Arts day linking in with Cruinniú na nÓg which takes place on Saturday nationwide. This is a National Day of creativity for young people across the country with a whole host of free activities planned for the day. Details are all available on – line. We would again love if you could send on pictures to us of the pieces of art etc. that you get to do.

Next week we will be giving you details on the return of school rental books. There has been a lot of money spent on these over recent years and it is imperative that we get them all back. We would ask that this week the children ensure that all their books are gathered in a safe and orderly manner at home ready to be delivered back to the school over the next week or two.

Below we have laid out the school calendar for the coming year. Please note that this is provisional and may be subject to change. We don’t know yet from the government what the plans are for next year but hope to hear shortly so we can begin to make plans accordingly.

Finally, I will be in touch with the 6th class soon about end of year arrangements. One item I will ask all pupils from 6th and their parents to do is fill in the forms for secondary school titled “My Child as a Learner” and “My Personal Profile”. They are set out in their weeks work and also on the NCCA website. These are compulsory forms and form part of their Education Passport. Please ensure that they are emailed back to me at the earliest possible opportunity.

Finally, have a good week and I hope that you are all beginning to enjoy the little bit more freedom that we now have.

Year 2020 – 2021 Calendar

 

Week 11 Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 11

Week 11 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Week 11 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 11 Ms Campbell

Creative Arts Day

Week 11 Miss Galligan

Senior Infants Homework June 8

Junior Infants Homework June 8

Information & Homework June 2nd-5th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying the fine weather. Please find below the menu of work for pupils for the coming week. This week we are having our Virtual Sports Day and again you will find a link below directing you to a whole range of activities. We have timetabled the day for Friday, the forecast for which isn’t too bad. If Friday doesn’t suit you, you can do the activities on a different day. Parents can send photos and/or short videos of children engaging in different activities to muffschoolprincipal@gmail.com or to their own teacher’s email.

As usual, we would ask you to send in your child’s work to the appropriate teachers’ email. Have a good week and enjoy the Sports Day!

Virtual Sports Day Activities-Junior

 

Week 10 Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 10

Wk 10 – 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Wk 10 – 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 10 Ms Campbell

Week 10 Miss Galligan

Maths Miss Galligan

Senior Infants Homework June 2

Junior Infants Homework 2 June

 

Information & Homework 25th-29th May

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope you are all keeping well. Today we have not given out any work to pupils for Monday as this has given some teachers the opportunity to distribute some books that might help with work over the coming weeks. The menu of work has been set for Tuesday on. An item of major importance for the school is the return of school rental books. We have a list of exactly what books each class should have and we will set aside specific times for their return later on in June. If there are readers, school books that are finished or teachers have specifically requested their return, they can be brought back today. But the vast majority will be returned over a number of days before the holidays.

June is always a time of year in school where we engaged in a number of fun activities from school tours to Sports Day. Obviously these have been cancelled but from the week starting the 2nd of June on we are looking to take one day each week to engage in a fun learning activity. They will be held each Friday and the timetable, weather permitting, will look like this:

Friday June 5th: Virtual Sports Day; Friday June 12th Science/Nature Day; Thursday June 18th Creative Arts Day: We hope that these will allow the children to engage in fun school activities separately but as part of the whole school community. We will give more details of these closer to the time of each event.

End of Year Reports:   These will be posted out later in June. They will be based on how your child got on this year in class up to March the 12th although they may reference some aspects of the Remote Learning Experience.

Book Lists/Classes for next year:   The book lists for next year and the class composition with regard to their make – up will be released at the same time as the reports. There will be details of the book rental scheme attached as well.

Zoom Lessons:   Our three senior rooms have been engaging in Zooms lessons each week. Thus far they have been very successful and I want to congratulate both parents/guardians and pupils for their exemplary behaviour. They have been outstanding. We are introducing the following draft guidelines for pupils to continue to follow.

  1. Dress appropriately
  2. Be aware of your surroundings
  3. Mute your microphone when the teacher asks you to or if there is background noise.
  4. Leave keyboard alone
  5. Be respectful
  6. Don’t engage in chat function
  7. No food
  8. Stay seated and present
  9. Be patient – this is new for everyone!

Community Games Art:   We had great success in the recent Community Games Art Competition. Here is a list of the medal winners:

U-8 Girls: 1st Cáitlín Canavan; 2nd Aoibheann McCabe.

U-10 Girls: 3rd Nicole Lay

U-14 Girls: 2nd Sinead Carolan; 3rd Sophie Tully.

U-8 Boys: 1st Jack Taylor

U-10 Boys: 1st Liam Fitzsimons; 2nd Philip Curtis; 3rd Senan McCormack

U-12 Boys: 1st Aidan Curtis; 3rd Fionn Canavan

U-14 Boys: 1st Niall Gogarty; 2nd Nathan Sheridan; 3rd Liam Raymond.

Also those who would to make items from recycled paper or magazines, can click on the following video link to follow instructions: https://www.wevideo.com/view/1711215748

6th Class Graduation:   Unfortunately this is not able to happen in its usual form. We are going ahead with the Graduation Yearbook however. We will look at the various options going forward and will inform you of any developments in the future.

We hope you have a good week. If there are any queries about any of the work left below, please contact the teacher via e mail. Keep up the quality of the work sent in.

Homework

Week 9 – Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 9

Wk 9 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Wk 9 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 9 Ms Campbell

Week 9 Miss Galligan

Senior Infants Homework May 25

Junior Infants Homework 25 May

Distribution of school books.

Dear Parent/Guardian.

This Monday we will be distributing books/materials to help with your child’s learning for the remainder of the year. We would ask families to follow the timetable below when collecting books from the school. We would ask parents to park in the car park and walk to the school where they will be met outside by members of staff. We would obviously ask everybody to follow all guidelines from the HSE on Social Distancing. Each parent can gather all of their children’s books when they arrive. So for example if you have children in 1st, 3rd and 5th, you arrive at the time allocated for your youngest child (1st class in this case) and you will be given all three of your children’s books. We would ask you to take great care of these.

Also if your child is finished with some school rental books, they can be returned in appropriate boxes under the direction of class members. Please only return books that you are sure your child will no longer need (finished readers for example). We would ask you to make every effort to organize pick up of the books at your scheduled time. If you have to bring children with you, please ensure they stay in the car. If you can’t make the time given, please email the main school email address, muffschool@gmail.com, and we will try to organize a time later that day.

Children will have no work to do on the Monday so as to accommodate the collection of these books but will be given work for the remainder of the week.

Monday the 25th of May:

10:00 – 10:45 Ms. Marron’s class.

10:45 – 11:20 Ms. Galligan’s class.

11:20 – 11:50 Ms. Campbell’s class.

11:50 -12:10 Ms. Swinburne’s class.

12:10 – 12:30 Ms. Quinn’s class.

12:30 – 12:50 Mr. Byrne’s class.

Information & Homework May 18th-22nd

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope you are all keeping well. All of the teachers have set out a menu of work for the coming week. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting the relevant teacher. The volume of work that is submitted to us is a great signal of the tremendous work that you are putting in with your child, despite the numerous challenges that families face presently. We hope that you can keep this going for the coming weeks.

Teachers are able to access the building this week and this will enable us to prepare work from now until the end of the year for your children. Teachers will then be in a position to give out books, change readers, hand out photocopies etc. All parents can come to the school if they so wish on Monday the 25th of May. We will make a timetable for the various class groupings and will ensure that parents can collect all their children’s books at one time. There will be further information given out on this on Thursday/Friday of this week. We will make every effort to accommodate everybody and ensure that this process follows all social distancing and HSE guidelines.

Below I have also put up a short note for the parents of 6th class pupils with regard to the completion of the Relationship and Sexuality Programme for all the pupils in the class.

Finally a special word to both our Communion and Confirmation classes. Both may have been a little disappointed that they missed out on their big day over the last week. It will take place in the future and will be an even more special event when it does. Have a good week everybody!

Week 8 Mr Byrne May 18th – 22nd ’20

RSE Letter

Ms Quinn’s class work week 8

Wk 8 4th Class – Ms Swinburne

Wk 8 3rd Class -Ms Swinburne

Week 8 Ms Campbell

Homework 18 May Ms Galligan

Senior Infants Homework 18 May

Homework May 18 Junior Infants

 

Information & Homework May 11th-15th

Dear Parent/Guardian,
I hope all is well as we head into another week of work. The staff have left their menu of work below for all the classes. One thing many parents have reported back to me is how teachers providing feedback has really given their child a boost with regard to their work. We will continue to do so and would encourage parents to send on any work requested by the class/support teachers.

Schools have now been informed that staff will be able to access the building from the 18th of May.  This will allow us next week to come into our classes and begin preparing books, folders of work etc. for all the pupils for the remainder of the school year. We will begin to distribute these books the following week in a safe and organised manner. We will provide details to all families about the arrangements for this beforehand.

Fr. Gerry would also like to thank all the sacramental classes for their prayers and artwork they have given last week. Pupils can still send these into Fr. Gerry via email at info@kingscourtparish.ie.

If you have any query about anything regarding your child’s progress, please contact the school teacher at the e mail addresses listed below or the school on 087 1772709. Have an enjoyable week.

 

Week 7 – Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 7

Wk 7 – 3rd Class Ms Swinburne

Wk 7 – 4th Class Ms Swinburne

Week 7 Mrs Campbell

Week 7 Miss Galligan

Senior Infants Homework 11 May 2020

Junior Infants Homework 11 May 2020

Art Work

All new Art Work available to view on the May & June 2020 section to the left.

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