I hope you have a great week.
Please read notices below.
Keep up the great work
We are so encouraged by our community. While case numbers may be rising around us, our community has stayed strong and focused. This is exactly what is needed.
Let's focus on what we can do and keep doing it. Let's not get complacent or forgetful or less cautious.
Keep wearing the face coverings, keep washing hands, keep distancing, keep restricting movement as advised, keep following the one-way system and the staggered opening times.
All of this is working and helping each other.
That is all we can do. But done right, it makes a huge difference.
School finish times
Junior and Senior Infants finish school at 1.05pm.
1st and 2nd class finish school at 2.05pm.
Unlike last year, children not yet collected cannot wait with Nicola and our teachers are being delayed each afternoon, which is not ok - our teachers have a lot of work to do each afternoon to prepare for the next school day. It is very important that all children are collected on time every day.
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes finish school at 2.15pm. We allow these children to leave without being collected. However, many children know that their parents want to collect them. If that is the case, you must arrive on time to collect your child.
Homework and Seesaw
For the coming two weeks, every family in the school is practicing three skills:
- Daily activities list, as for last week
- Response using the drawing tool
- Distance learning skills
It may seem like there is very little homework given. That is because we want you to take the time to do it right, to have rich conversations as a family about how it is all done. By the end of October, the children should be more independent but right now, your input is needed.
Distance learning skills
Many parents - as expressed in surveys and other communication over the last 6 months - expect teachers to magically influence their children when they are working at home.
I wish we had that power!
At school, we spend so much time developing these skills.
We have tried to break it down so that you can do the same at home.
I highly recommend that you take 15 minutes today - before the children come home and look for you to do homework with them - to look at our Distance Learning skills page and to think about which one is most important for your family.
The tips may seem like common sense. What is really important is making that common sense be routine so that no-one has to think about it.
Once that happens, THEN is when rich learning will start.
Read all about it
- Golden Book Nominations last week
- An historic day
- Annual Admissions Notice
- Play in Orla's class
- Claire's class have a day out
- Ruth M's class make sets
- Sarah L's class visit the bug hotel
- Ruth Mc's class have funky fingers
- Laura's class celebrate kindness
- Deirdre's class meet Elmo
- Sarah C's class and Emer's class work in the outdoor classroom
- Lots of news from Lisa's class
- Amy's class spend time outside
- Martha's class wrote their own blog updates
- Aoife B's class interviewed an author