• Wednesday Newsletter April 28th 2021

    KILMACANOGUE NATIONAL SCHOOL

    WEDNESDAY NEWSLETTER

    APRIL 28th 2021

    Dear Parents/Guardians and of course Boys and Girls,  

    Hard to believe it but the May Bank Holiday is practically upon us! Don’t forget that the school will be closed for just 1 day on Monday May 3rd. The weather has been colder than we would have liked this week, but none the less the children have managed to get out to play for parts of each day. Please get the children to wear their coats these days.

    May and June will see a return to the wonderfully hot days of summer we usually experience here in Kilmacanogue National School, so there will be lots more playing and activities outside.  I know that the teachers are planning lots of sports and fun and surprises for the children!!

    At this stage, many of the Parent/Teacher ‘meetings’ have taken place or are nearly completed whether via ZOOM or phone calls or emails. Thanks to everyone for being so facilitating because I know that it can be difficult arranging times as well as putting up with delays due to unsteady WiFi connection.

    Please feel free to keep in contact with your child’s class teacher throughout the school year, no need to wait for Parent/Teacher ‘meetings’………we are always here as a school community to help in any way we can.

    Following a conversation with Fr Bernard, parents/guardians are asked to avoid parking in the actual Church driveway leading to the front door of the Church. The children walk up the Church driveway and it can be dangerous with cars driving up and down alongside them. Please use the over flow car park opposite the Church near the traffic lights and the usual car park at the Community Hall. Many thanks for your support and understanding in this regard.

    Thanks as usual to everyone who is continuing to wear their face mask/covering and keeping the 2 metre social distance……..YOU ARE THE BEST!!

    We had a visit from an Inspector from the Department of Education yesterday, April 27th, to see how we were implementing the COVID Protocols as well as the Child Protection Procedures. She visited every single class and chatted to the children. She was very impressed with all the hard work being done by the children and their lovely Art work on display as well, of course, as the wonderful behaviour and good manners and respect shown by all the children. I am delighted to say that she was also very impressed with all the Protocols and Procedures we have in place to do with COVID -19 and Child Protection, all ensuring the Health and Safety of all the children and staff throughout the school.

    Could I remind parents/guardians to let the school know via email/phone call if your child is absent and the reason? Also, if there is any undue concern about your child’s health, please keep them at home and contact the doctor.

    Once your child is returning to school after having been absent for more than 2 days, please fill in the usual Declaration Form (a copy is attached to the email) or if this is difficult to download, then a simple email stating that your child is fit and well to return to school and that all HSE and gov.ie guidelines have been followed will be fine.

    The Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, sent an email to all the schools letting them know that dates for Religious Services such as Communion and Confirmation Ceremonies cannot be decided as of yet until the Government makes the necessary decisions re COVID.

    Archbishop Farrell wrote, ‘We have yet to receive clarification about the circumstances under which a return to public worship will be permitted under public health guidelines. However, apart from such specific guidelines, we must be cognizant of the foreseeable risks of social gatherings which typically follow such celebrations.’

    The children in the 2nd Classes and in 6th Class, who are making their Sacrament of Communion and Confirmation, are all preparing well for the great day and as soon as we know when and where these lovely celebrations will take place, I will let you know.

    Here is a selection of Art Work from our Senior Classes

    3rd Class Ms Montgomery-Quinn based on Earth Day

     

     

     

    Here is a selection of lovely Clay Pots made by 4th Class Ms Quinn

     

     

     

    This is a highly colourful and informative representation of the Parts of a Flower by 5th Class Ms Lynch

     

    And now for Miss Murray’s incredibly funny jokes! 😊 😊

    Why did the chicken cross the playground???………To get to the other SLIDE!!

    What do you call a dog that can tell the time???…………A WATCHDOG!!!

    Why did the teacher have to wear sunglasses in school????………..Because her students were so BRIGHT!!!

    Take care and stay safe.

    Best wishes always,

    Niamh

    Miss Niamh Murray (Principal)    

     

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