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Dear parents and guardians,
I hope that this letter finds you all well and that you are coping with the new situation we all find ourselves in.
As you are probably aware the meeting for parents of new children for our 2020 Junior Infant class, scheduled to take place on Thursday 7th May, has to be cancelled. As it looks like social distancing will be with us for some time, it is most unlikely that I will be in a position to reschedule the meeting. The main purpose of the meeting is to give you a sense of what our school is like and in particular how we teach your children. It also gives you a general overview of our ethos and the day to day activities of the school.
The Department of Education will decide when the school will re-open and will provide guidance to us on social distancing within the school setting. With this in mind I would like to inform you that the school has been planning a safe return for the staff and children alike and will be in a position to provide such a return when the time comes.
I will be in touch with you later this Summer with clear guidelines for your child to attend school. This will include a chance for you and your child to visit the school before their official start time. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school on its new phone number 0863873544 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
While the restrictions are in place in our school the children will not be asked to wear their uniform. When they are lifted the school will ask the children to wear their uniform once again.
We very much look forward to meeting you and your children, hopefully at the start of the new school year.
Please email the school by return stating that you have received this email.
Eoin Ó Donnagáin
I send this note to you today at an unprecedented time in our country. I hope it finds you well and that you are adapting to our new circumstances. I hope the work set for your children is helpful in both keeping them occupied and providing them with a routine.
Please do not feel that your child has to finish the work which is being sent to you via Aladdin. Such work is a guide and may indeed open other areas of learning and interest for your child/children. If the allocated school work is a form of stress in the home, I strongly recommend that it is stopped and replaced by interactive educational sites. Your child’s wellbeing is far more important than academic work particularly during this difficult time.
Fallons and Folens now have their school books free on line. Alternatively the children from 1st class to 6th class could tune into RTÉ’s Home School Hub tomorrow at 11am.
In order to maintain a routine for children the school intends to send your child/children some work over Easter. It will be, as it currently is, totally optional, as the circumstances in every home are different.
If you wish to contact the school please do so by phone at 086 3873544 or through email. email@example.com
We wish you well and look forward to the day we see you all again in school.
I write to you during these very uncertain times and on behalf of the whole school community I hope you are all keeping well. As our Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, we are now in the calm before the storm and we must pull together by staying apart.
With this in mind it is most important that we get the balance between learning and home schooling correct. A lot has been spoken about whether children should or should not participate in home schooling. Having listened to many people and read many articles about it, the decision as to whether the children participate or not rests with you their parents/guardians.
The advice from the school is that no undue pressure should be put on the children regarding schooling. Taking everything into account I wish to draw your attention to the following.
- Every Monday morning at 8:50am for as long as the school is closed your child’s teacher will Aladdin you a week’s programme of work. There will be no obligation on the children to finish the work as the circumstances in each family home will differ especially if the virus comes to our community.
- You will be able to contact your child’s teacher through Aladdin.
- You can contact the school by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The school’s phone number for the duration of the closure is 0863873544.
- There are many educational website available to everyone and the advice is to use them only if you feel that they are appropriate and suitable for your child’s learning.
- For instance if you google search ‘Long Division for a 12 year old’ the information, exercises and youtube explanations are endless and generally age appropriate. The same goes for every aspect and subject of the curriculum.
- Finally I enclose a list of useful websites which has come from the Irish Primary Principals Network for all the children in Ireland. It is free and merely a guide if you wish to use it. http://bit.ly/covid19learningmenu
Please remember that the school is always there to support the children and if you wish to contact us please do not hesitate to do so.
In the meantime take care of yourselves and keep safe.
Parents of children from senior infants to 6th class were sent the 2019/2020 booklist today, Tuesday 25th June, via the Aladdin Connect App. The facility to pay online will become available on 1st July and will allow families to make several smaller online payments throughout the next two months.
Parents of children from the incoming junior infant classes will also be sent the booklist on 1st July, along with a password to set up the Aladdin Connect App. (Please refer to your Welcome Pack for full instructions).
Parent/teacher meetings are to take place Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th November.
Prize winners of raffle held in Supervalu, Rosslare Harbour, Saturday 27th April 2019
Kelly’s Hotel voucher Kieran Heffernan
Arc Cinema voucher Robyn Casey
Mirror Image Hair voucher Jim Begley
Supervalu voucher Marcella Ferguson
Claire Carthy Foot clinic voucher Jim O’Connell
‘All Birds have Anxiety’ book, Evolve Play Therapy Michael Clancy
Pretty Cuticles by Paula, Mobile Nails voucher Anne O’Brien
Simply Homemade 12 Cupcake voucher Kerena Ferguson
Wooden jigsaw from Evolve Play Therapy Mandy Quirke
Cook Book Mary Murphy
Glen Fuels €50 voucher Sarah Holden
D & G Gift Set from Selskar Pharmacy Savannah Cousins
Hamper from Lloyd’s Pharmacy Emma Kehoe
Rosslare Community Centre 1 year Family Membership Hazel Brezina
Selection of CDs Jimmy Boyce
Hurl and Boot Bag John Nugent
Child’s Gift Bag Sue Condron
Skateboard Theo Wickham
Painting Mick Crowley
Wine Breda Haughton
Dairy Milk Chocolates Liz Rowe
Lily O’Brien Chocolates Georgia Cosstillo
We would like to thank all sponsors, ticket collectors, organisers and everyone who supported the raffle and helped in any way. Your support is very much appreciated.
4th, 5th and 6th class pupils were delighted to receive a visit from one of the Rosslare Harbour customs officers today, 5th April, …. and Defor the dog. The children were delighted to hear about how customs dogs are trained, their working day and their ‘professional’ life. We would like to thank them very much for a very informative visit.
The school celebrated National Autism Awareness Day by holding a special assembly on Tuesday 2nd April. The children signed while singing along to the song ‘This is Me’. They wore blue clothes to school and each child received a special ‘blue nose’. Thank you for the donation of €1 per family, proceeds will be given to our Special Awareness Committee.
Spring cleaning in Kilrane and Rosslare Harbour was uppermost on the agenda in many households last weekend. The clothes collection was very successful and the bags were collected on Wednesday. Once again we would like to thank you all for your support.
Due to the Confirmation of 6th class pupils being held today (21/03/2019) with Bishop Denis Brennan in St. Patrick’s Church, Rosslare Harbour, we will celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Day on Friday 22nd March 2019.
Many educational activities will take place on Friday which outline the inclusive nature of Kilrane National School and the support we all give to our children with additional needs.
Don’t forget that children wear odd socks to school on Friday!