Pancake Tuesday in Infants

We have a tradition here in Donaghmoyne to make pancakes in school together on Pancake Tuesday. Unfortunately we were not in school this year, but that didn’t stop us!

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.

School Update

Hello Parents and Students,

We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. As we settle in to our first week of remote learning we wanted to touch base to say a very big well done and thank you to you all for your participation so far. We know this is not an ideal situation and we would all rather be at school, however at the minute that is not possible. We would ask parents to bare with us as this is challenging times for everyone. We are constantly taking on board concerns and queries from parents and doing our very best to accommodate you all in any way we can. Any new form of learning always presents challenges but by working together we can overcome these.

As always the well being of our students is our priority. I would like to remind parents that Joe Wicks has PE lessons for students on his YouTube channel, The Body Coach TV, on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 9am.
Similarly, Donna Dunne Fitness has daily 10 minute exercise programmes on her Facebook page at 9am and 12 pm, suitable for all students.

We really miss seeing all the children’s faces and hearing from them all so we have decided to organise a whole school Family Zoom quiz on Friday 15th January at 12.30pm. We would love to see as many families as possible taking part, Mammy’s and Daddy’s included. All you need is some blank paper and a pen/pencil to write down your answers. If you wish to take part, please make sure we have an email address to send the zoom link to on Friday morning before the quiz starts and please email mswhelan2020@gmail.com with your email address and let her know you will be joining.

Looking forward to seeing you all then, take care.
Ms Whelan & Staff

Remote Learning – Junior and Senior Infants

Hello boys and girls,

I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break. I am so excited that, even though we cannot go back to school just yet, we can still learn lots and lots from home! Your parents have probably already explained to you all that teacher will be sending you lessons and you will complete them at home. Some of the lessons will be on Seesaw. Imagine getting to do your schoolwork on an iPad or laptop – lucky ducks! How amazing is it that we can learn in the comfort of our own homes!

Just like in school, I am always here to help you. If you’re finding something really really tough you can send me a voice message or note on Seesaw, or you could ask your Mammy or Daddy to email me.

I want you all to try your very best all of the time. You all work so hard in school, please work hard at home too! Listen to your parents and be patient with them. I am so proud of you all!

I have sent an email this evening with your work for this week. If your parents did not receive this, they can email me on msatkinson2020@gmail.com

We will be chatting online through the week – I can’t wait!

Ms Atkinson.

Aistear

Our infants have been having lots of fun learning through play by following the Aistear Curriculum.

Halloween in Junior and Senior Infants

We have had lots of fun preparing for Halloween this October.

We learned about the history of Halloween and spoke about the different traditions that we have at home at Halloween. We also discussed how to stay safe at Halloween, especially this year! We learned a new Halloween rhyme, ‘Witches Witches!’ and had a Halloween Dance Party outside!

For art we created beautiful pumpkins from clay, have a look at the fun we had in the process!

 

The children also used Halloween themed playdough mats to make their own Halloween creations. Have a look at our spooky names below.

 

Finally, we held a Halloween themed colouring competition. Well done to our winners JJ and Robyn!

 

Wishing you all a safe and happy mid-term break. Well done to our infants on all of their hard work this term!

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!