Covid-19 Information

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Parents/ Guardians

 

We hope you are all well and staying safe at this trying time. As a school staff, we are working together to ensure learning can continue. We are eager to support both students and parents in any way possible. The following measures have been put in place,
  • The school (resource room) will be open on Friday 27th March from 10am-12pm to facilitate parents collecting children’s books/ belongings. In line with social distancing requirements, we would ask parents to approach the room from the door facing the road. There will be a designated waiting point marked on the footpath and parents are asked to only approach if there is no other parent waiting.
  • Teachers have already sent work packs home for the children. For now, we ask that you continue to help and support your child work through these packs up until Friday 3rd.
  • Mrs Mc Guirk has set work for next week (this can be viewed on post below or also on her own class page).
  • There will be NO work expected to be completed from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April, as these are the Easter Holidays. School work can resume from Monday 20th 
  • Teachers will commence setting work each week from Monday 20th April, for as long as necessary. Each teacher will upload their class work under their individual class section on our website.
  • From Monday 20th April, teachers will also provide an email address to parents. This can be used by parents to seek guidance/ advice on work which has been sent home.
The health and safety of all our school community is our priority at the minute and we do not want to cause any additional stress or anxiety. Our message to our students is very clear- we ask everyone to get on board and try their best with the work provided. Do what you can, as best as you can, but don’t become overwhelmed or worried if there is something that you can not do. This is a very new way of learning for us all but we are in it together and we can get through it. Our message to our parents is- try strike a balance between physical exercise and schoolwork daily. Encourage your child but know when it becomes too much and please do email us if there is anything we can do to help. Good luck!!
From all the staff

 

Please Click Links Below to view various information on Planning at home, Pupil and Parent Advice surrounding Covid-19 and Relaxation Techniques.

 

 

Mrs Mc Guirk’s Homework for Week 30th March -4th April 2020.

 

Dear Parent(s),

Please find attached link below to additional homework sheet(30)-click on link to be completed after homework sheet (29) and also any other relevant worksheets which you have been given previously. See attached link below for additional activities -click on link to be completed by different classes. I hope everyone is well during this very difficult period and I hope to see you all again soon.

Thank-You ,

Karen Mc Guirk.

  • I have also included photocopy of Irish Reading for May (2nd-3rd Class) to be put in display folder incase it is needed at a later date.

  • I have also included photocopy of poem for May to be stuck in poetry copy incase it is needed at a later date.

Homework Sheet (30) -Date 30th March -4th April 2020.

Homework Sheet 30 – Click on Link

Additional Activities  -Click on Link

 

See Link Below also which will bring you to the Covid -19

page which includes various fun activities which can be completed in your spare time as well as various websites you may find

useful for educational games and activities.

COVID-19 – Click on Link

COVID-19

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Hello parents,  boys and girls! We hope you are well at this very difficult time. We are thinking of you all and your families and we hope you are keeping yourselves occupied during your school absence.

Here is a link to information on talking to children and young people about Covid-19.  https://www.education.ie/covid19
and here is the link to the video of  the chief medical officer’s interview with RTE News2Day which is quite child friendly.  https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0306/1120692-news2day-coronavirus/

You have already received homework which we hope you are completing without difficulty.  Below you will find some other activities which you may find useful during your time at home. You will also find some useful website names which include many educational resources and games.

We will continue to stay in touch with any further updates we receive in regard to additional school closures or extra work to be forwarded to pupils.

The Staff of Saint Michael’s National School.

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Useful Websites -Click to Access:

https://www.scoilnet.ie/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/

https://www.storyberries.com/

https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

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 good!

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The Winners were: Lauren, Caoilte, Oran, Maggie-May, Calum, Cormac, Lucy, 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.

First Confession 2020

Six special pupils celebrated the Sacrament of Penance on Tuesday 25th February 2020 in St. Lastra’s Church, Donaghmoyne. Well done to the three girls and three boys in Second Class for their respectful and prayerful participation on the night. Every one of them should feel very proud of their efforts, both in preparation for and during the ceremony. The school choir sang beautifully and made the night a memorable one for the First Confession class. A massive thank-you to Father Daly for celebrating this special occasion with us.

We hope that the children enjoyed this special ceremony and that they will look back with fond memories of this special night.

 

Chinese New Year 2020 in Mrs Mc Guirk’s Room

 

Chinese New Year or ‘Spring Festival’ is China’s most important festival and holiday time. Chinese New Year 2020 is celebrated between 25th of January and 4th of February 2020  and celebrates the year of the Rat.

The children have been busy learning about the Chinese New Year at school.  They have been learning about the history of the Chinese New Year, the traditions and how it is celebrated. They also learned about what animal year they were born in and how that animal is supposed to mean certain things about their personality.  The children put all their knowledge on paper when they completed various teacher designed activities around the theme of the Chinese New Year!

To complete the lessons on the Chinese New Year, the children completed lovely dragon masks to celebrate the occasion!

 

Saint Brigid’s Day in Mrs. Mc Guirk’s Room

This week we have been busy learning about Saint Brigid. We learned lots about her childhood and the important things she achieved throughout her life.  We learned about the importance of her cross in protecting our homes from fire.  We sang a song in her honour and completed beautiful pictures using various materials to decorate Saint Brigid’s Cloak.

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.