School re-opening Monday 1st Feb

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

Art Class Friday 26th Feb

Parents , please check your emails for access to the list of resources and zoom link for this weeks Art class.

Halloween 2020

We had great fun this Halloween in St. Michael’s National School. We took part in ‘Trick or Treat for Temple Street, and raised over €300 for this fantastic cause. Thank you to all for your donations!

We also held a socially-distanced fancy dress parade and fancy dress competition. Congratulations to our winners – Erin, Tiernan, Sophia, Tara, Neasa, Killian, Jamie and Emily.

 

We have an amazing first term here in St. Michael’s National School. We look forward to seeing you all in November!

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Congratulations to all students who took part in, and successfully completed, our Summer Reading Challenge 2020. This was the first year of our Summer Reading initiative and it has been wonderful to see the children to eager to take part! Our successful participants were awarded with medals for all of their hard work. Well done boys and girls!

Graduation 2020… With a Difference!

After over three months apart, the students, parents, families and staff of St. Michael’s National School came together today to show the most amazing display of solidarity and community spirit in saying farewell to their 6th Class students.
Tiernan, Lauren, Jessica and Eimar received one of the most remarkable and memorable send offs St. Michael’s N.S. has ever seen. They were showered with gifts and treats as they stood and waved farewell to all of their peers who came and took part in the parade. What a wonderful way to finish their eight years in primary school.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone, especially the Parents Association and our wonderful staff for making this day possible.
Thank you to all our families who came out in support.

Enjoy a safe and happy Summer holiday everyone. We look forward to seeing you all in September!

World Book Day 2020

We were blown away by the effort made by all the children for World Book Day. They really made their favourite stories come to life. We had a parade to show case all the costumes and the children completed some fun activities in each of the classes.

See all the pictures below including our winners from each class who received a prize!

Well done everyone – We appreciate everyone’s effort to make World Book Day so much fun!

The Winners were: Lauren, Caoilte, Oran, Maggie-May, Calum, Cormac, Lucy and Tom – Well done!

 

Pancake Tuesday in Mrs. Mc Guirk’s Room

Today (Tuesday 25th February 2020) we had a Pancake themed day in our classroom.

1st, 2nd and 3rd class learned about the origins of Pancake Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday. We also learned how to sequence steps in making pancakes in our Irish lesson, and we completed maths challenge cards linked to the theme of pancakes. We also played a maths dice game with the theme of pancakes. We got active and sang ‘The Pancake Song’ and added in some cool actions. We composed our own acrostic PANCAKE poems. We learned about the way Pancake Tuesday is celebrated in other countries.

The children also got the chance to sample some delicious pancakes, courtesy of some of our parents who volunteered their time to come in and cook for them.

Christmas Fun at School!

We had a very special visitor at school today. The children were very excited to see Santa. They performed some Christmas songs and poems that they have been learning in class. Santa had a gift for every child which  can be enjoyed over the holidays.

Our Christmas jumper competition was a success. Well done to all those who made an extra effort, Winners received a beautiful Christmas book – see pictures below.

On behalf of everyone here at St. Michael’s, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. See you all in 2020.

 

Ice-Cream at School!

Have you ever seen such beaming smiles before? Not unless you got an ice cream at school from the Ice Cream Van! It goes without saying from these little faces that everyone enjoyed their surprise! Thank you to the Parents Association for organising and funding this.

Ice Cream Van

On Monday 24th June 2019 we were very lucky to have an ice cream van visit our school. This was a wonderful end-of-year reward for the children after all of their hard work during the 2018/2019 school year.

Well done everyone!