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Information & Homework May 5th – 8th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As I am sure you are all aware of now, schools have been told that they will not be able to reopen until September. This is obviously news that none of us wanted to hear but we will have to just continue to adapt as best we can to the situation. From the quality and the amount of work that has come into teachers via the various tools we have provided, it is clear that many of you are doing a remarkable job in very challenging circumstances. This will benefit your children come next year and we ask that you all continue to do your best in the next number of weeks. Remember to look at the list of work provided as a menu of work. If you have any queries, please contact your teacher via the email addresses given.

We as a staff are very anxious to be able to access the school building so as to change books, resources etc. and organise for parents to pick up and drop off different school books in a safe and organised manner. As soon as we get confirmation that we can do so, we will let you know. We would ask that the school books the children currently have are looked after. The vast majority of these are school rental books and both the school and parents have contributed a lot of money to these over the last number of years.

We have attached a letter from Fr. Gerry with regard to the First Holy Communion pupils.  We would ask all parents of 2nd class pupils to read this letter closely.

We have been very lucky with the weather and it has been fantastic to see photos sent in of a number of pupils involved in learning with regard to outdoor activities like gardening, farming, sport etc. We also have received a huge amount of artwork which is available to view on the website. Please continue to engage in these very important activities. Wishing you all a healthy and happy week.

First Holy Communion 2020-Letter From Fr Gerry

Homework:

Week 6 – Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 6

Week 6 4th Class Ms Swinburne

Week 6 3rd Class Ms Swinburne

Week 6 Ms Campbell

Homework 5th May -Ms Galligan

Senior Infants Homework 5 May

Junior Infants Homework 5 May 2020

Admissions Policy

Please note our new Draft Admissions Policy, as required by the Department and the Patron,  is now available to view in our School Policies section.  Any queries, please contact the school.

Confirmation

Letter from Fr Gerry – Confirmation

Information note April 27th -30th

Dear Parent/Guardian.

I hope that you are all keeping well. This week is the last week before the May Bank Holiday. As per our school calendar, we were due to be closed on this coming Friday, the 1st of May as well as the Bank Holiday Monday. Pupils will not be asked to complete any tasks on these days. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the fantastic contributions that the pupils have been sending to the teachers. Feedback from both staff and pupils has been very positive and many of the pieces of artwork have been put onto the website.

From the work that we have seen, it is very clear that many of you have been doing an incredible job in sitting with your children and seeing that they attempt to complete much of the work given to them. We would like to commend you for this – it does make a difference.

The senior classes (from 4th to 6th) have all engaged in a Zoom Lesson. These, while never being able to replicate a normal classroom, have been beneficial. The pupils’ attitude and behaviour during these lessons has been exemplary. Just a reminder that the school Code of Behaviour applies in these lessons too.

I would also take this opportunity to recommend two things that are on TV each day. The RTE School Hub which is on daily at 11:00 has had some terrific lessons on it suitable for all ages. Also on TG4 each day at 10:00, Cúla 4 has some lovely pieces in Irish. We will attach an information sheet on the topics and class levels below.

Fr. Gerry has written a letter to all parents of communion pupils outlining his plans to mark the occasion, which obviously has had to be postponed. We have sent this by email.

If anyone has any queries, please contact the teacher via the given e mail address or you can contact the school via e mail or on 087 1772709.

Art Work

Click into March & April 2020 to view more fantastic Art Work.

Information & Homework for April 20th -24th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I sincerely hope that both you and your family had a restful break and got to enjoy as much of the good weather as you could. We were blessed to have sunshine and no rain for the past fortnight. As we return to the final school term, it seems likely that we will be all engaged in home schooling for a significant proportion of that time. With that in mind, there are a number of key points that I would like to emphasise.

First and foremost is that all anybody can ask is that you do the best you can. We are well aware of the many challenges involved in trying to get children to sit down and do work at home when there could be parents working, more than one child to work with, demand on devices, very young children to be looked after, difficulties with a certain topic etc. and that is assuming that everybody is safe and well. The last thing we are looking to do is cause undue stress and pressure.

With that in mind, you should regard work assigned to pupils as a menu rather than something that has to be completed from top to bottom. The work is set by teachers to be class appropriate and should be completed generally in a couple of hours at most. If it is dragging on, you as the parent and primary educator should call a halt to proceedings. Routine is key and if I may pass on a little piece of advice, I would treat each weekday as if the school is open – have the children ready for school (if you can) at normal school time to start work. Even make out a timetable and try to stick to it. Once again, I can’t emphasise enough the importance of play, particularly with younger children. Getting outside, physical exercise, household chores are all worthy learning exercises.

We have been examining ways that teachers can interact further with pupils at home in terms of offering support and engaging with them. Many pupils e-mailed their work to the individual teacher addresses and we would ask those who have done that to continue to do so. If you haven’t availed of that yet, please try to do so this week. Some 6th class pupils engaged in a Zoom lesson with myself which went very well. We are still examining the pros and cons of such software which is more suited to older pupils. This week we will be inviting pupils from 4th to 6th to engage with their class teacher in a lesson on Zoom. More details are on the individual worksheets left by Ms. Quinn, Ms. Swinburne and I. But again, we are at an early stage of evaluation.

We are also examining some Learning Management Systems such as Seesaw, Google Classroom and WebEx to see what is most appropriate for our school context. These are being used on a trial basis with a small number of pupils over the next two weeks and as we receive further information on them we will be in a better situation in terms of deciding which we will be using, if any, going forward.

We are conscious that all of the above mentioned requires broadband, available devices etc. and that not everybody has that available to them. We will continue to be in contact with those pupils and if there are any issues you can e mail the teacher, the school or ring the school mobile on 0871772709.

The staff are very keen to distribute more school books to households from the various classrooms. However, under current HSE guidelines we can’t just do that at the moment. As soon as this restriction is lifted we will try to organise a safe way for families to obtain these books.

Above all, we want you to realise that we are here and available to support you and your child in their learning and well-being. If you have any concern, worry or query about anything relating to your child, please don’t hesitate in contacting your class teacher for advice and/or guidance. Keep safe and we will be in touch again next week.

 

Week 4 – Mr Byrne

Week 4 – Miss Quinn

Week 4 – 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Week 4 – 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 4 Ms Campbell

Week 4 – Miss Galligan

Week 4 Senior Infants Ms Marron

Week 4 Junior Infants Ms Marron

Junior Infants Sun, Hat, Fun Wordsheets

Easter Art

Don’t forget to check the fabulous Easter Arts & Crafts work.  Click into March & April 2020 on left hand side to view.

Information & Homework for March 30th-April 3rd

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope everyone is keeping well. Below you will find the programme of work for your children for this week, the last one before the Easter holidays. I know I risk repeating myself but we would ask you as parents to exercise common sense when trying to complete these tasks. We are very conscious that every home situation is different and that every child is different. We are also aware of the wide range of internet access, the quality of this access and the availability of devices. What we do not want is to add to anxiety levels in households. Many people feel under enough pressure as it is. On saying that, children engaging in this work can help provide a routine and keep them active for a while each day. This week all teachers will be providing e mail addresses for pupils to send on samples of work and for parents to contact the teacher with a query if they feel the need to do so. The staff are currently researching further options for after Easter if required – both on and off line. Parents will be kept informed of developments here.

The most important thing that we would ask the children to do is to keep to the guidelines as laid out to all of us in terms of staying with our own families, social distancing and washing their hands. If they can manage these tasks, they will have fulfilled the most critical aspect of their day.

I think it’s also important to say that there are many learning opportunities outside of the core work given. Last week we spoke of art, music and P.E. But there are fantastic skills that can be developed in terms of spending time with your children doing puzzles, jigsaws, baking, gardening in the fine weather we have been so lucky to have thus far, chores around the house, board games, playing with siblings and much, much more. This learning is equally as important as the work we give. RTE are doing classroom teaching each day from today at 11 am.

On other matters, Fr. Gerry has been in touch to say that as of now, the dates for Communion and Confirmation stand. This is obviously an evolving situation and there may well be a need in the future to cancel and transfer dates. We will let you know if there is any change.

If you wish to contact the school, you can e mail muffschool@gmail.com or contact the school mobile on 087 1772709.

Have a safe and happy week and we will be in touch again shortly.

Teachers Email addresses:

muffschoolprincipal@gmail.com
msquinnmuffschool@gmail.com
msswinburnemuffschool@gmail.com
mscampbellmuffschool@gmail.com
msgalliganmuffschool@gmail.com
msmarronmuffschool@gmail.com
mscarolanmuffschool@gmail.com
mceneaneymuffschool@gmail.com
mrsmcloughlinmuffschool@gmail.com

Homework

Week 3 -Mr Byrne

Ms Quinn’s class work week 3

Week 3- 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Week 3 – 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Ms Campbell week 3

Ms Galligan – Week 3

Junior Infants Week 3 Homework – Updated

Senior Infants Week 3 Homework – Updated

Easter Art Project

 

Information & Homework for March 23rd-27th

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I hope that we are all keeping well in these challenging times. We are closed for the coming week obviously and it seems highly likely as I write this that we won’t be back until after Easter at the earliest. There is also the possibility of a prolonged closure. In any event, all schools are being kept informed by the Department of Education and the H.S.E. about what procedures and expectations are in place in the future. The staff have once again left work for all the pupils to complete. This can be accessed here on the website.

Teachers often remark about how resilient children are in the face of adversity and I’m sure many of you are seeing that already. We find that routine can be of great help for all concerned when trying to sit your child down to do some school work. For example, setting time aside first thing in the morning would be the ideal time to get work done. We would also state that where possible, parents/guardians check over the work and at this stage even correct if they can. Pupils need feedback about what they have done to ensure that they feel it is worthwhile. This is much easier said than done with many parents working, trying to mind siblings etc. Plus as in class, some pupils finish tasks much quicker than others. All anyone can do is their best and the greatest gift anybody can demonstrate at the moment is common sense.

We are examining ways in the school that we can enhance students’ learning from home. This will invariably involve the use of I.T. Again we are very conscious of the quality of some internet connections, the availability of tablets, laptops etc. , supervision and many other issues. We also are acutely aware that the priority of everybody will be the health of all members of the family – particularly those who are more vulnerable. But we will be exploring ways of interacting with classes online in terms of both teaching and correcting work. We hope to have something in place in the near future and we’ll be providing provide further information on this.

With that in mind, this week we will be giving suggestions with regard to P.E., art, music etc. as well as the core subjects. Parents know their children best so as teachers are setting work for the class in general, we will leave it to you to exercise your judgement on whether your child needs to do less or more. We will be back in touch next week and if you have any queries please call the school or e mail us at muffschool@gmail.com.

 

Work in General:

P.E.   Getting children outside to play is very important – once they are following government guidelines with regard to groups and social distancing. On Youtube each morning at 9:00 you can look up “The Body Coach” who will be doing a 30 minute session suitable for all primary children indoors.

Reading:   The libraries have made available e books for children to read on line for free. You just need to sign up with them and provide an e mail address. Many books have already been borrowed but there are still plenty available for all ages. This is particularly useful if the children are telling you they have read all the books in the house! In terms of learning, this is the most important thing your child can be doing.

Music:   Dabble Doo Music have made their program free for parents for the month for all interested.

Art:   If any child wishes to send in art that they do of any description to the school, we will add it to the gallery on the school website. They can take a picture of it and e mail it to this address – muffschoolprincipal@gmail.com

Homework

Week 2 – Mr Byrne

Week 2 – Miss Quinn

Week 2 – 4th Class Miss Swinburne

Week 2 – 3rd Class Miss Swinburne

Week 2 – Ms Campbell

Week 2 – Ms Campbells PDF sheets

Week 2 – Miss Galligan

Week 2 – Senior Infants Ms. Marron

Week 2 – Junior Infants Ms. Marron

 

Homework Week 16th – 20th March

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Below each class teacher has laid out some work for each class that can be completed each day. Again we would emphasise the importance of reading with your child each day. We would also encourage older students to take this time to explore independent learning.

As is the case in class, the length of time to finish the work will vary greatly from student to student. We would ask parents, who know their children best, to exercise common sense in deciding how long a student should spend at each topic. We would encourage parents who have time to look over their work. Teachers will correct work on the school reopening. If you have any queries, please contact the school at muffschool@gmail.com.

 

Week 1 – Mr Byrne

Week 1 – Miss Quinn

Week 1 – Miss Swinburne

Week 1 – Ms Campbell

Week 1 – Miss Galligan

Week 1 – Miss Marron Junior Infants

Week 1 – Miss Marron Senior Infants

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