Spring Newsletter 2021
We are now in our Summer Term and delighted to say that all of our pupils are back in CNS.
We continue to wash hands and sanitise at every possible opportunity and to date we remain Covid free.
Please be aware that although the weather is improving, with open doors and windows, classrooms are chilly. We would ask you to dress children appropriately for example a warm hoodie/fleece is still needed most days.
May I remind parents that they need to have trophies and cups engraved and return them to the school office. If you or someone you know has a school trophy or cup at home, could you ensure it is returned to school as soon as possible.
As many of you are aware Mrs McMurdock has not returned to school and she continues to work remotely. We have been fortunate to have Ms Scannell filling in for us on Mondays and Fridays. Ms Scannell is an experienced teacher and she has been helping out with benchmarking pupils and delivering lessons under Mrs McMurdock’s guidance. We plan to have another fully qualified substitute, beginning in May to work with Mrs McMurdock’s groups. She will work under the direction of Mrs McMurdock and follow her plans closely. It will also allow some flexibility to provide cover for meetings and to assist with assessment as needed. I would like to thank Mrs McMurdock for all her work via Zoom – not easy! However it has worked well for her groups as she knows them well and they look forward to seeing her ‘on screen’! Thanks also to our team of SNA’s who have helped facilitate this. All IEPs and Support plans will be reviewed in May. Mrs.McMurdock will be in touch with those parents to organise zoom meetings.
Thank you to our new PA who have organised an ‘Exercycle’ challenge for next week. Pupils have been given sponsor cards and allocated team colours. We would ask for your support with this venture and look forward to cheering or teams on in the yard during active week.
Our school website has been completely overhauled and updated. Many thanks to Mrs McMurdock and her husband for doing this for us. Our old website was struggling to cope with the volume of posts we were uploading. We are updating the website weekly so that parents can check it to see what is happening in each class during the week.
Pupils from 1st -6th Classes are taking part in this 6 week programme via Zoom. They are learning about design, their community or starting up a business and they are finding it fascinating.
This programme takes place this term. Please make sure to sign and return the worksheets as they come home. This is a very important personal safety programme and we were unable to complete it last year due to school closure.
Sadly we do not know when cricket will return to school. Phoenix Cricket Club have provided details of their upcoming summer camps for all ages in July (see attached flyer for more details).
Many thanks to all those who have paid their voluntary contribution. It is not too late if you have forgotten to do so!
To date we remain ‘covid free’. May I thank parents who have kept their children at home when they have complained of feeling unwell, and urge all parents to do the same. Erring on the side of caution has helped limit the spread of all the usual bugs and colds too.
We have had swift nesting boxes installed as part of a joint project funded by Fingal County Council and Castleknock Tidy Towns. We are hopeful that some swifts may take up residence in our yard – we will be watching as swifts return to our shores!
We are hoping that Elaine will be able to take class photographs for Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 6th Classes, in a ‘Covid safe’ manner over the next few weeks. Details to follow.
The carpark at the front of the school is strictly for STAFF ONLY. We have had a number of incidences lately where cars are pulling in at the front and reversing out into the road putting children and parents using the footpath at risk. This cannot continue.
Dates for your Diary.
May Bank Holiday – Mon 3rd and Tue 4th May school closed.
Newsletter December 2020
Parent teacher meetings will not take place this term. However, we are aware that parents are anxious to know how pupils are getting on this year. The staff have written ‘Autumn Reports’ for all our pupils. These include details you would traditionally have received at our Parent Teacher meetings in November. Each child will bring home their school report on Monday 30th November.
Our thanks to Joyce Grainger who visited the school via Zoom to explain how to take part in Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox appeal. If anyone would like to participate the details are available online and a virtual box can be sent this year (www.teamhope.ie)
Christmas 2019 Shoe Box Appeal
Many thanks to parents who have paid their Voluntary Contributions of €125 per pupil (capped at €250 per family). It will be put to good use as the cleaning and heating bills are considerable with Covid-19 regulations. If you would like to check if you have paid please contact Elaine in the office by phone or email.
Goal Jersey Day
Thanks to everyone who supported our Goal Jersey Day recently. We raised €311 euro towards this worthy cause.
Virtual Panto at The Helix – ‘Sword in the Stone’
The PA have kindly agreed to sponsor a virtual trip to The Helix Panto ‘The Sword in the Stone’ which will take place on Friday 18th December during school hours.
Christmas Jumper Day
This will take place on Friday 11th December this year in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. We will be joining in the fun here in CNS and contributing €2 each to this worthy cause as we wear our festive woollies to school on that date. Look out for pictures on our website!
Many thanks to the PA who have funded a number of Zoom workshops for our pupils. We hope to host zoom workshops on the subject of ‘Online Safety’ for pupils from 3rd-6th Class before Christmas. Our Christmas cards are on their way and will be sent home to everyone who ordered shortly. We would ask that children do not exchange Christmas cards in class this year due to Covid.
The PA have also organised lovely CNS Hoodies for 6th Class – they all look so smart!
Virtual Santa Claus Visit
The PA are in contact with Santa Claus and plans are underway for his ‘socially distanced’ visit! This year instead of games and toys we will be adopting animals from Dublin Zoo for each class. Thankfully they will only be in CNS via Webcam.
As I write this newsletter I am reminded of all the ‘usual activities’ at this time of year. Sadly so many will not be possible. We will, however, be doing all we can to make this a special Christmas too! No Christmas plays or Carol Service this year, however we will be putting regular updates on the website to mark the occasion.
We have a lovely new sign at our gate and we are hoping to mark our 300th Anniversary by putting in an ‘Outdoor Classroom’. I have approached the Phoenix Park and they have promised to give us tree stumps to use as seats. Fingal have promised to give us some bark to put down underfoot. Would anyone be able to help out with collecting tree stumps our bark? Would anyone have any contacts who might give help/ advice around removing turf and soil in order to create our new outdoor space? It seems that the school is going back in time with a plan to teach the children outdoors when possible!
Irish Food from A-Z
Congratulations to Dr Vanessa Woods (Aunt of Hugo, Max & George) who launched her book ‘Irish Foods from A-Z’ in CNS last week and it was featured on RTE News2Day. This is linked to the Primary Science Curriculum and will be distributed to all primary schools in Ireland shortly.
Short Story Competition
If anyone has an entry for the short story competition, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 11th December.
Thanks to CNS Staff & Parents
My thanks to all the staff and parents for their help & support in keeping the school ‘Covid free!’ We will be sending home ‘Covid-19 Return to School Health Declaration’ forms with all pupils at the break.
Dates for your Diary
Christmas holidays begin on Tuesday 22nd December at 11.30am and we re-open on Wednesday 6th January.
May we all stay safe and well and enjoy a wonderful Christmas!
OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
As we look forward to our mid –term break, we look back over what has been a busy month! We are all experts in cleaning and sanitising. Happily we are all safe and well.
Tree Day Well done to 3rd Class who had a visit from the Tree Council of Ireland on Thursday 1st Oct with Éanna Ní Lamhna and representatives from RTE News2day. Minister for land use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett also attended and planted a tree to mark 300 years of CNS. The event was filmed and featured in RTE News at 6.01 News and News 2Day TV programme where 3rd class proved to be very knowledgeable.
Money Matters: Thank you to everyone who has paid their Book Rental and Stationary money already. May I remind any parents who have not paid their Fees (Junior/Senior infants €70 and 1st-6th €60) to do so as soon as possible. Elaine will be issuing receipts shortly to all who have paid. If you are unsure if you have yet paid please contact Elaine in the office to confirm (Tel 01-8202611). It is imperative that fees are paid this year as costs this year are spiralling!
Goal Jersey Day will take place on Wednesday 14th October. Please contribute €2 for our Goal Collection. There will be a box for coins at the door of each classroom (beside the sanitisers). We would like to support this Charity as they have been badly affected by Covid restrictions.
Community Garda Our Community Garda will visit the school on Monday 12th Oct. He will speak to 4th and 4th/5th about Halloween and safety.
Supervision Please remind all pupils that climbing on fences/gates & cycle racks is strictly forbidden. Please be respectful of St Brigid’s school and do not enter their yard or ours before1pm and 2pm at pick-up time.
Coats May I remind all pupils to wear/bring coats to school as the weather is quite inclement and please make sure they are clearly named. All pupils will be out in the yard at break if at all possible. We recommend that no shorts are worn by pupils after midterm. Many thanks to Parents for wearing Facemasks and Coverings on the grounds of CNS– it is appreciated!
In these uncertain times we are not sure how Halloween will be safely celebrated this year. We cannot host our usual competition and assembly. However we are aware that the children really enjoy the ‘dressing up’. We will have fancy dress on Friday 23rd Oct as usual. However, this year we will not be allowing any masks or accessories – a costume and face paint is fine. The P.A. will be providing some treats and our thanks, as ever, to them for their support.
Parent /Teacher meetings cannot take place in the usual way this year. We will be sending out written reports on children’s progress in November.
This year we will be unable to go out as we usually do so the P.A. are funding some workshops for Junior and Senior Infants via Zoom with artists on 21st and 22nd October. We are really looking forward to this.
A big thank you to parent Dr Grace O’Keeffe who insisted 4th and 4th/5th Classes to tell them about the history of schools in Ireland, particularly the history of CNS. It was fascinating! Well done to our pupils who wrote a letter a letter of invitation and thanks.
6th Class will have a virtual workshop on Climate Change on Tuesday 20th October. We are looking forward to this.
Virtual Tour of Dublin Zoo
1st and 2nd Class will take part in a Virtual tour of Dublin Zoo in class on Wed 11th November.
Mid Term Break! School will be closed from Friday 23rd October at normal closure times and will re-open on Monday 2nd November. Buses will run as normal on that day.
Stay safe and well!!!
Newsletter Nov/Dec 2019
We have been selected to host Student Teachers on placement in Junior Infants and 1st Class. We are delighted to welcome them to CNS and we know our pupils will enjoy their time with us. Any queries, please speak to the class teacher as they remain with pupils and have overall responsibility during this time.
Retirement & Appointment of Staff Members
Best wishes to Mrs Kelliher and Mrs Reid who retired earlier this term. The BOM hosted a lunch to mark their retirement. Both teachers kindly presented a cup each to the school for presentation at our Annual Awards Ceremony in June. The ‘Reid Cup’ will be presented to the best team overall at Sports Day. The ‘Kelliher Cup for Literacy’ will be presented to the pupil who has worked hard and made great progress. We are delighted to receive these cups and look forward to presenting them in June.
Congratulations to Ms Aoife McMurdock who has been appointed Deputy Principal. I am delighted to have her as part of the Management team and we wish her well in her new role.
Annual School Carol Service
The Carol service takes place in St Brigid’s Church, Castleknock on Sunday 15th December at 11.30am in St Brigid’s Church. The Parent’s Association will provide refreshments in the Parish Centre following the service. The school carol service will be in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital and St Brigid’s Parish. We are looking forward to a lovely morning and all classes are working hard preparing for it. Our school choir will be performing also. Many thanks to all for their hard work.
Sixth Class will be singing carols outside St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street on Thursday 12th December from 11am-12pm. This annual event raises money with ‘Black Santa’ and supports many local charities.
Good luck to First, Second and Fourth classes. Their wonderful plays will take place on Tues 17th December beginning at 7.00 p.m. They seem to get better each year. Many thanks to Aoife our Drama Teacher and all the staff for all their hard work.
This year we filled 118 shoe boxes for distribution to needy children in Africa or Eastern Europe. Many thanks to all who contributed shoe boxes for this very worthy cause.
Parent Teacher Meetings
We would like to thank parents for attending the recent PT meetings and for your patience if left waiting after your scheduled time.
Book Rental & Stationary
Thanks to the majority of parents who have paid their Book Rental and Stationary Fee of €60 per pupil (€70 for Junior Infants). All receipts have been given at this stage. If you would like to check if you have paid please contact Elaine in the office 01-8202611.
Last month we had yet another visit to CNS by members of the G.A.A. team and the Sam Maguire Cup during assembly.
Hour of Code
2nd Class pupils will take part in an ‘hour of code’ hosted by DCU students on 26th November.
Internet Safety Workshops
These will take place for all classes on 6th December. Many thanks again to parent Jenny O’Connor for doing this.
This year 6th Class participated in a ‘Goal Workshop’ and on ‘Jersey Day’ we raised €358 for Goal. Well done to all our pupils who supported it.
6th Class will tour Farmleigh on Wed 27th Nov. Many thanks to Lorna Leatham for organising this for us.
May I remind all parents that car parking is not permitted in the car park in front of
the school at any time. This is reserved for staff only. There is ample car parking available to the rear at St. Brigid’s N.S. Please be respectful of our neighbours when
on St Brigid’s Property.
A big thank you to the team of parents, grandparents and past parents who came to school to help teach knitting. Many thanks to pupils who knit dozens of Christmas decorations which were sold at the Parish Winter Fair.
On Wednesday 13th November, 5th and 6th class completed the final mile of their Marathon in Morton Stadium, Santry. They each received a T Shirt and Medal. Well done to all.
Some members of 5th Class will take place in a ‘Europe Quiz’ in Blanchardstown Library on Wednesday 27th November. Good luck to them this week!
If your child is unwell, please keep them at home, particularly if they are vomiting, it is recommended that they remain at home for a minimum of 24 hours generally and 48 hours post-vomiting. Bugs and germs multiply very quickly in warm classrooms and it is difficult to avoid infection or re-infection. Please remember to sign in/out in the office if late and return Absent Forms when returning to school after an absence.
Please remind all pupils to bring coats to school during this spell of very cold weather. Please make sure they are clearly named.
Many thanks to The Cycling Safety School who are teaching Cycle Safety Skills to 6th Class this term.
Many thanks to our hard-working Parents Association. As part of Science Week, they organised a CSI Forensics workshop for all classes.
The PA also held a Movie Night in the Parish Centre on Saturday 23rd Nov. This was well supported and greatly enjoyed by all. They are busy planning fund raising activities such Christmas cards. They will be providing refreshments after our plays and our carol service and we appreciate their support. Special thanks to those who are retiring from the P.A. in January. We look forward to their AGM in January. More details to follow.
Our new Board of Management commences its new term in December. Many thanks to the outgoing Board for all their work on behalf of the CNS. It is very much appreciated.
Christmas Jumper Day
We would like to invite pupils to wear Christmas Jumpers to school on Thursday 19th December. This was great fun last year and helped us all get into the Christmas spirit! We are not asking for donations at this event this year as we will be sending a donation to Temple St Children’s Hospital following the Carol Service.
Santa & School Closure
We look forward to our annual visit from Santa on Friday 20th December. School will close on that day at 11.30am and re-open on Monday 6th January. May I thank all the staff for all their hard work and dedication to CNS. I would like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.