Autism Awareness Day 2021

There was a sea of blue in St. Michael’s N.S. on Friday 16th April as we celebrated our first annual Autism Awareness Day on Friday 16th April. The children in each class took part in various lessons throughout the day to raise awareness about autism. They learned what autism is, how to communicate with someone with autism, and how we could make school life easier for someone with autism. We wore blue on the day in support of autism awareness.

We also completed a whole-school collaborative art project which you can view below. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. It also shows that although we all have different personalities and abilities, we all fit together to create one amazing school community.

The children engaged really well and learned a lot! Well done boys and girls!

 

School Holiday Arrangements 2021/2022

St. Michael’s NS School Holiday Arrangements 2021 / 2022

School re-opens on Thursday 26th August 2021

Halloween (Mid-term) break 

From Monday 25th to Friday 29th October (5 days)

Re-open on Monday 1st November.

Christmas Holidays

12 noon (½ day) on Wednesday 22nd Dec to Wednesday 5th Jan 2022 (10 days)

Re-open on Thursday 6th Jan 2022.

 

February Mid-term break

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February (2 days)

St Patricks Day Thursday 17th March
Bank Holiday Friday 18th March    (2 days)

Easter Holiday
12 noon (½ day) on Friday 8th April to Friday 22nd April (10 days)

Re-open on Monday 25th April

 

May Bank Holiday
Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd May (2 days)

June Bank Holiday
Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th June (2 days)

Summer Holiday
Close at 12 noon (½ day) on Thursday 23rd June

Please note- it may be necessary to change or add school closures during the
school year. In the event that this occurs, we will notify parents in advance.

Easter in 5th & 6th Class

5th & 6th Class made very creative Easter Egg baskets filled with lots of yummy treats!!

Congratulations to the pupils who won the Easter Egg Competition, I hope you enjoy your prize!!

Cáisc Shona daoibh go léir!!

A visit from the Easter Bunny

We had a very special visitor to our school on the 26th March.. The Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny brought Easter eggs for all of the children; it was such an exciting end to the school term.
A huge thank you to our Parent’s Association who managed to contact the Easter Bunny to arrange the visit.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter break!

Zoom Art Session

We created these beautiful Spring Wreaths during our art class with Jo on zoom last week. It is so wonderful to see that Spring is finally here!

Return to School for all Pupils and Staff

Dear Parents and Students,

We can confirm that the Department of Health and the HSE have reaffirmed that the gradual phased reopening can proceed as planned. The next phase of return is on Monday March 15th for all primary school children in 3rd- 6th class. This is wonderful news for everyone, student, parents and staff and we are very excited to welcome all the boys and girls, Mrs Campbell and Ms Mc Connon, back to the school building on Monday. However, we can not take this lightly. All measures that we have put in place to protect our school community must be rigorously adhered to. Everyone must play their part in following safety measures.

Below are a list of important safety measures that we would ask parents to pay specific attention to, in advance of our opening on Monday

  • Junior / Senior Infants & 5th / 6th class enter and leave the building via the main door and leave the grounds via the small main gate.
  • 1st / 2nd & 3rd / 4th class enter and leave via the bottom door, and leave the grounds via the big gates.
  • Home times will be Staggered again, from Monday 15th March. This will not impact on Junior/ Senior Infants as they leave at 2pm. 1st/ 2nd class will finish and leave the premises at 2.50pm, followed by 3rd/ 4th class at 2.55pm and finally 5th ? 6th class at 3pm.
  • Please fill in and return your child’s Return to Education form before Friday. This was emailed to all families prior to the first phase of return. If you do not have a copy, email debbyoffice2020@gmail.com . PLEASE NOTE- If your child is absent from school at any stage between now and the Summer holidays, a return to Education form must be filled in prior to their return. This applies even in the event that the student has only been absent for one day. This is a Department of Education rule and must be adhered to. I would advise all parents to ensure they keep an email copy of this form which can be filled in and returned to the school via email, when the need arises.
  • Please ensure your child’s school bag and pencil case are machine washed in advance of returning to school. If possible, we would ask that this is repeated every weekend.
  • Use antibacterial wipes/ cloth to clean books, copies, pencils before returning to school and nightly.
  • Please ensure your child has all the required resources including a new glue stick, rubber, sharpener, whiteboard marker, pencils, colours, rulers, spare copies etc. Children will not be allowed to share these items.
  • Please make sure your child has a wash bag containing soap and a hand towel with them at school daily. Replace the hand towel nightly
  • You may provide your child with their own sanitiser if you wish.
  • Your child can, if they wish, wear a mask in school
  • Please do your very best to wash your child’s uniform nightly. We understand that this can be very time consuming and therefore we are happy for you to alternate between the uniform and school tracksuit. We will also allow students to wear alternative clothing on days while parents are trying to dry uniforms.
  • Please only communicate with staff via email or phonecall. Although I will be greeting the children in the morning and seeing them off safely in the evenings, I will no longer be able to engage in impromptu meetings with parents. This is to protect myself, the staff and the children I interact with throughout the day.
  • Please do not congregate outside the school gates. This is unfair for the children who have to walk past adults to enter and leave the school.
  • Please always wear a face covering when outside the school
  • Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of Covid, have been identified as a close contact or are awaiting a test.
  • Please remind your child of the one student in the bathroom rule- where possible we will try to uphold this as it is impossible for us to ensure distancing and prevent children interacting while in the bathroom
  • Please remind your child of the importance of hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette and the importance of avoiding physical contact with others.
  • Teachers are conscious of cross contamination between items being taken from home to school and vice versa and therefore they may decide to limit the books being sent home weekly.
  • MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL– please work with us on this and be patient. I can assure you all that our priority every day will be to protect your children. We will not take risks, we will always do what we feel is in the best interest of our students. We want to keep our school doors opened, and need everyone working together to help achieve this.

Stay Safe.

Regards,
Ms Whelan.

Remote learning-5th & 6th Class, 8th-12th March

Dear Parents, Boys & Girls

I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well. A plan of work for 8th to 12th March has now been emailed to you in daily timetable format. As always please do what you can and reduce or extend your child’s work to ensure it is suitable for their needs and ability. Hopefully next week will be the last week of remote learning and the long awaited return to school will go ahead as scheduled for Monday 15th March!

There will be another two Zoom classes next week, one on Tuesday 9th March for Irish and the other on Thursday 11th March for English but at a different time of 12.30pm on both days. During our Irish Zoom we will do a quiz, ‘Tráth na gCeist’ so I would ask that all pupils taking part have a pencil/pen and piece of paper in front of them. Our English Zoom class will focus on poetry and Novel work. As always the final part of each Zoom class will be set aside for Questions & Answers the pupils may have on any of their work.

Seachtain na Gaeilge, an International Irish language festival, runs from the 1st -17th March. As a result there will be a greater emphasis on Seachtain na Gaeilge activities in the plans for Irish next week. The pupils may choose to engage in some or all of the suggested activities in an attempt to encourage them to use and have fun with their native language. Lots of online events for Seachtain na Gaeilge are taking place which can be accessed by following the link https://www.energia.ie/snag-2021

Sincere thanks once again to all the boys and girls for their continued dedication and participation on Seesaw. I know this may be becoming a little more challenging as time goes on so I truly appreciate their interaction until we become reunited in our classroom very soon.

As always if you have any questions, queries or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact me on my email address.

In the event that some pupils are getting through their school work and the activities on Seesaw quickly, I have outlined a list of extension activities in all subject areas in my email to you, if they choose to engage with these.

Stay safe everyone and I look forward to seeing you all back in our class very soon!

Mrs Campbell

Remote Learning-5th & 6th Class, 1st-5th March

Dear Parents, Boys & Girls

I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well. Some positive news at last with the phased re-opening of schools so hopefully remote learning will be coming to an end in two weeks but for now we all need to exercise just a little more patience. A plan of work for 1st to 5th March has been emailed to you in daily timetable format. As always please do what you can and reduce or extend your child’s work to ensure it is suitable for their needs and ability.

There will be another two Zoom classes next week, one on Tuesday 2nd March for Irish and the other on Thursday 4th March for English but at a different time of 12.30pm on both days. As always the final part of each Zoom class will be set aside for Questions & Answers the pupils may have on any of their work.

World Book Day will take place on 4th March. As a result there will be a greater emphasis on reading and reading related activities in the plans for next week. I have removed the Reading Zone & other English work in order to give the pupils greater time to read for pleasure and derive maximum enjoyment from the suggested World Book Day activities. They may choose to engage in some or all of the suggested activities however the main focus will be on reading as reading for pleasure is one of the single biggest indicators of a child’s future success.  All templates for Seesaw activities will be attached in a separate email should you wish to print instead of editing on Seesaw. Additionally part of our Zoom class on Thursday 4th will be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the joy of reading by inviting the pupils to ‘Share a Story’ or a short account of their favourite stories/books that they have read either this week or in recent times. In preparation for this I would ask that the pupils prepare a short summary account of their favourite book. The pupils are also welcome to get in role and dress up as their favourite character for Zoom if they wish but this is optional. Alternatively if they wish to dress up for World Book Day at home they can send me a photo on Seesaw. As the main focus is to read this week and read for pleasure then feel free to capture some photos of your child reading, perhaps get inventive and read in extreme, funny or unusual places!! Send all photos via email and I can collate a collage for everyone to view. World Book Day tokens will be distributed to everyone on our return to school. I understand that every household is busy and the struggle of home-schooling and juggling many tasks is very real however I would implore you all to put a greater emphasis on reading next week for the week that is in it. If books are in short supply at home there are a number of alternative options for sourcing reading material:

  • Carrickmacross library is operating a delivery service on Tuesdays but calls need to be made in advance as they are limited to the number of deliveries they can make
  • Many books are available online on useful websites such as Get Epic (getepic.com) and Oxford Owl (www.oxfordowl.co.uk)
  • There will be a folder available on Seesaw also next week with links to audio books. Audio books can bring life and depth to children’s reading experience, encouraging all readers regardless of ability, to access and share the incredible world of stories. Further audio books can be accessed on the following link https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/

Follow the link https://www.worldbookday.com/events/ for some extra special free digital events organised for World Book Day 2021. An exciting cast of authors, illustrators and hosts have a selection of Live ‘Share a Story’ events as follows:

  • Wednesday 3rdMarch, 10.30am – Books that Make you LOL!
    Starring: Humza Arshad, Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton (Football School), Jonny Duddle and Zanib Mian
    Hosted by Kenny Baraka, motivational speaker
  • Thursday 4thMarch, 10.30am – World Book Day special– Bringing Reading to Life
    Starring: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks and special guest Rob Biddulph
    Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter
  • Friday 5thMarch, 10.30am  – Books and the Real World
    Starring: Sita Brahmachari, Jess French and Katherine Rundell
    Hosted by Jessie Cave, actor and podcaster

Each event will last approximately 30 minutes. You can find out more about each event by following the link   https://www.worldbookday.com/events/. All events are live but will remain on YouTube to watch if the times above are not convenient. In addition you can check out the Author & Illustrator Academy on https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/ which beams inspirational lessons to help the pupils meet the creative minds behind some of their favourite books. Each lesson includes downloadable activities, creative challenges, resources and extracts to go with each video.

Thank you to all the wonderful pupils for their continued dedication and participation on Seesaw. Reminder: Please make sure pictures of written work are clear for me to be able to read and correct.

As always if you have any questions, queries or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact me on my email address.

In the event that some pupils are getting through their school work and the activities on Seesaw quickly, a list of suggested extension and differentiation activities have also now been sent via email.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy your week!

Mrs Campbell

School Re-Opening Monday 1st February

Dear Parents and Students

We are absolutely delighted with the announcement that primary schools will commence a phased reopening from Monday 1st March. We are extremely excited about welcoming all our students back over the coming weeks. We would like to thank you all for your hard work and participation in our remote learning over the past two months and would urge any students from 3rd- 6th class who are not returning for two more weeks, to remain focused and try your very best to partake in seesaw until you return to school. We know for many families that this phased approach may be challenging, with some siblings working from home and others attending school. However, this is a step in the right direction and one that will hopefully see us all, back in school full-time, for the remainder of the school year.
We have decided to extend our zoom art classes for an additional two weeks to include, Friday 5th and Friday 12th March. A perfect way to keep the home-school link alive, with some students zooming from home and others zooming from school. The children have really enjoyed taking part in these classes and we hope they continue to engage in them in the coming weeks.

Below are a list of important points that we would ask parents to pay specific attention to, in advance of our opening on Monday

  • Please fill in and return your child’s Return to Education form before Friday
  • Please ensure your child’s school bag and pencil case are machine washed in advance of returning to school. If possible, we would ask that this is repeated every weekend.
  • Use antibacterial wipes/ cloth to clean books, copies, pencils before returning to school and nightly.
  • Please ensure your child has all the required resources including a new glue stick, rubber, sharpener, whiteboard marker, pencils, colours, rulers, spare copies etc. Children will not be allowed to share these items.
  • Please make sure your child has a wash bag containing soap and a hand towel with them at school daily. Replace the hand towel nightly
  • You may provide your child with their own sanitiser if you wish.
  • Your child can, if they wish, wear a mask in school
  • Please do your very best to wash your child’s uniform nightly. We understand that this can be very time consuming and therefore we are happy for you to alternate between the uniform and school tracksuit. We will also allow students to wear alternative clothing on days while parents are trying to dry uniforms.
  • Please only communicate with staff via email or phonecall. Although I will be greeting the children in the morning and seeing them off safely in the evenings, I will no longer be able to engage in impromptu meetings with parents. This is to protect myself, the staff and the children I interact with throughout the day.
  • Please do not congregate outside the school gates. This is unfair for the children who have to walk past adults to enter and leave the school.
  • Please always wear a face covering when outside the school
  • Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms of Covid 19, have been identified as a close contact or are awaiting a test.
  • Please remind your child of the one student in the bathroom rule- where possible we will try to uphold this as it is impossible for us to ensure distancing and prevent children interacting while in the bathroom
  • Please remind your child of the importance of hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette and the importance of avoiding physical contact with others.
  • Teachers are conscious of cross contamination between items being taken from home to school and vice versa and therefore they may decide to limit the books being sent home weekly.
  • MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL- please work with us on this and be patient. I can assure you all that our priority every day will be to protect your children. We will not take risks, we will always do what we feel is in the best interest of our students. We want to keep our school doors opened, and need everyone working together to help achieve this.

Stay Safe

Regards
Ms Whelan