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

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.

Remote Learning – 5th & 6th Class, 22nd-26th February

Dear Parents & Pupils

I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed a few days rest over the mid-term break.  A plan of work for 22nd to 26th February in daily timetable format has now been emailed to you. 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 23rd February for Irish and the other on Thursday 25th February for English debating & novel discussion at 2.15pm 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. I implore you to please encourage your child to attend the Debating class on Thursday 25th. The success of this task is only possible with pupil involvement from both classes. Feel free to join in to listen to the pupils put forth their arguments and applaud their efforts!

Thank you all for your continued engagement and participation on Seesaw. It is simply fantastic to see all of the hard work the children are doing. Reminder: Please make sure pictures of written work are clear for me to be able to read and correct. Please also ensure the photo is placed the right way around and it is enlarged before sending as I cannot change it on my end once it is sent.

In the event that some pupils are getting through their school work and the activities on Seesaw quickly, attached to your email is a list of extension activities for their engagement if they wish in all subject areas.

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

Have an enjoyable week everyone and I hope to see you all soon!

Mrs Campbell

Remote Learning 5th & 6th Class, 15th-17th February

Dear Parents & Pupils

I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well. As we enter our sixth week of remote learning I am sure you are all looking forward to the mid-term break and a well-deserved rest from home-schooling and Seesaw. I have emailed a plan of work for 15th to 17th Feb 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 one Zoom class next week on Tuesday 16th February for Irish at 2.15pm. As always the final part of the Zoom class will be set aside for Questions & Answers the pupils may have on any of their work. Sincere thanks to you and to the pupils for making a huge effort to attend Zoom last week especially for the Debate. It really made a difference and the Debate was a huge success. Well done to everyone for the time and effort invested in planning, researching and delivering their argument. We look forward to our next debate after mid-term!

It was another wonderful week on Seesaw this past week and I am in awe with the quality and frequency of the pupils’ responses. They never cease to amaze me and I am very proud of all their efforts. Reminder: Please make sure pictures of written work are clear for me to be able to correct. There has been a huge improvement in this area.

I have now uploaded solutions to the Tables Champion book on Seesaw so please encourage your child to use these in order to self-correct their work from the beginning of remote learning.

We have a wonderful treat in store for the pupils next week. On Pancake Tuesday there will be a pre-recorded video on Seesaw which demonstrates step-by-step instructions of how to make pancakes. We may not get to indulge in school as we normally do but the next best thing is to attempt to make pancakes for ourselves given the fact that we will have all that we need at our disposal at home and cooking is not a skill we get to practise at school so I encourage you to take this opportunity to help your child to prepare, make and decorate pancakes. I am sure eating them won’t be a problem!! I am attaching a list of ingredients & equipment together with the method that will be demonstrated on the video so that all can be prepared and ready for Tuesday. Sincere thanks to Conor’s dad Greg Dowling for organising this for us. ALL cooking must be supervised by an adult.

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

I hope you all have a lovely mid-term break!

Mrs Campbell

School update

Good Morning everyone
As we start another week of remote learning I want to remind everyone about our very first zoom Art Class with Jo on Friday morning at 10am . Materials needed to make the Fairy/Elf doors include- 2/3 paper plates, 2/3 different colours of paint, 2 sheets of paper , pritt stick or sellotape. Please have all these materials ready for Friday morning. Also, congratulations to all the participants in our Talent show. I am working on your certificates and hope to have them ready for next Wednesday when we are having our “Goodie bag collection” at the school.
Stay Safe and have a wonderful week
Ms Whelan

Remote Learning-5th & 6th Class, 8th-15th Feb

Dear Parents & Pupils

It is hard to believe that we are starting our second week of February next week and our fifth week of remote learning but hopefully this means we are closer to returning to school and returning to something that resembles ‘normality.’ A plan of work for 8th to 12th Feb in daily timetable format has now been emailed to you. 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 9th February for Irish and the other on Thursday 11th February for English debating & novel discussion at 2.15pm 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. Can I please ask if possible to encourage your child to attend the Debating class on Thursday 11th. This is a new venture for us all and I would love if most of the pupils got involved.

Thank you very much for the wonderful level of engagement with Seesaw this past week. The children are working extremely hard and are making me very proud. Reminder: Please make sure pictures of written work are clear for me to be able to 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 extension activities have also been sent by email in all subject areas.

By now you will have received your appointment for Parent Teacher Meetings and so I look forward to speaking with all parents over the next few weeks.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and stay safe.

Mrs Campbell

Zoom Talent Show

What an amazing display of Talent Today

Congratulations and Well Done to our Participants

Lucy

Lauren

Katelyn

Tara

Erin

Eabha

Saoirse

Luke

Isobel

Neasa