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Letter from School Principal

7th April, 2020.

Dear Parents and pupils,

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter at this strange time! I hope that everyone is staying safe and well.

It is looking likely that the school closures may continue after the holidays. With this in mind, the staff have been how best to support our pupils with their learning. We have discussed a number of online platforms and have decided to trial one. We are going to try using ‘Seesaw’ as a means of communication between teachers, pupils and parents.

We would ask that parents sign up with ‘Seesaw’. Teachers will upload weekly plans for pupils and both pupils and parents can communicate, through ‘Seesaw’ if they need help, information or support with their work. Pupils will be able to send their work to their teacher and teacher will be able to provide feedback on that work directly to pupils.

We will continue to upload weekly plans onto the website. Using ‘Seesaw’ is optional. In different times we would be sending home forms seeking consent. However, in the current climate, we have decided to assume that all will participate unless a parent wishes to ‘opt out’. This is, absolutely your own choice. Plans will continue to be on the website and parents should do whatever they feel is appropriate for their own children. As a school we are trying to offer support, not add to stress. Should you chose to opt out, please email the office office@castleknocknationalschool.ie by Friday, 11th April. (This will give the teachers time to set things up for the new term which begins on Monday, 20th April).

Sending you all our very best wishes,

Kind regards,

Ms Moloney.

*Don’t forget to email your pictures/photographs to us for our ‘Good News Board!’

Seesaw FAQs in relation to setting up an account can be found here

IPPN Message to Parents March 2020

Click here to view the IPPN message to parents

Microsoft Online Classes

Details on an initiative by Microsoft to provide online classes are available here

27th March, 2020

Dear Pupils and Parents,

I hope that you are all keeping well during this difficult and uncertain time.                                                 

I am sure that all of my pupils are keeping up with the work that their teachers have set for them and that they are all keeping positive and being helpful at home.

Class teachers have either sent work plans for next week or are doing so over the weekend. Easter Holidays begin the following week.

Class teachers will be sending emails and new plans each week if there are further enforced closures. We would ask that everyone does their best so that we are all making some progress at this time. We do understand that for some it can be more difficult, do YOUR best! There are lots of websites and Apps available online and there are plenty of audio books available too. RTE2 will have an Educational Programme on from 11am, Monday to Friday – a novel way to go to school!

Whilst we are closed, the Board of Management and I have been busy, as has William. We are using this time to get some repairs done and some changes made in the school building.  (There may be something new to see when we all get back to CNS!)

Please take care of yourselves and stay well – remember to wash your hands and to keep physical distance! Take time to phone or write to your Grandparents and anyone you know who may be on their own. We are checking emails daily so get in touch if you need our help. Keep an eye on our website for news and updates.

I have put a ‘virtual’ Good News Board on our website. I miss seeing you all and I know you miss seeing each other. I thought that you might like to email some photos of yourself with some of the great art/ poems/ baking/ gardening/exercising/helping that you are doing and we could put them up for everyone to enjoy – we might great ideas from each other!

Stay well, Happy Easter & hope to see you all soon,

Ms Moloney.

School Transport Applications must be made online at www.buseireann.ie

Bus Éireann – View Ireland Bus and Coach Timetables & Buy Tickets Select Dates and Time. Depart date. Depart time www.buseireann.ie

by 24th April.                                                                                                                     

  (Remember our school is listed under its Irish name : Scoil Náisiúnta Cnuacha).

School on TV

RTE will broadcast ‘School on TV’ from Monday the 30th of March.

The “home school hub” will be aimed at first to sixth class pupils and will be broadcast on weekday mornings from 11am to 12 noon.

Department of Education

In the current climate of uncertainty, the Department of Education and Skills appreciates that students, staff and parents are being affected in various ways by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are equally aware that there are many students and parents in Ireland for whom English/Irish is not their first language.

With this in mind, the Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English which you can access below:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-translated-resources/

The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

It is vital that this information reaches the students and parents who need it most. Given the important role you play in your own communities around the country, we are asking you to share this information in a way that is appropriate to your school community.

The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we encourage you to check it regularly.

We hope this information will be useful and that it will make important information more accessible to everybody.  

Thank you very much for your continued efforts in getting these important messages out there. It is much appreciated.

Pearse Ó Caoimh

Higher Executive Officer — Communications.
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An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna
Department of Education and Skills

Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath, D01 RC96.
Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 RC96.

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T +353(0)1 8892304

Here is a useful resource on how to talk to your children about Coronavirus and tips on how to stay positive during this difficult time.

http://castleknocknationalschool.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid-19-Wellbeing-for-Children-and-Young-People-CYPSC-March-2020-FINAL.pdf.pdf

Please find the links to useful teaching resources below. These can be used to help teach your child at home.

Literacy

www.readingecb.org

www.seussville.com

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.phonicsbloom.com

www.letters-and-sounds.com

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

www.teachyourmonstertoread.com

www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/index.html

www.vooks.com/

www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

ReadWriteThink.org

Learninga-z.com

Storybird.com

Scoilnet.ie

Pobble. Com

Epic!- unlimited books for kids

www.abcya.com

www.funbrain.com

www.readingeggs.co.uk

www.pbs.com

www.starfall.com

www.storyonline.net

www.folensonline (register as a teacher, enter the school roll number and login code is Prim20)

www.edcolearning.ie/login (username- primaryedcobooks password-edco2020)

https://johnboyne.com/short-story-competition/

oxfordowl.co.uk

twinkl.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch

https://go.brainpop.com/accessrequest

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

listen to audio books.

Encourage children to write their own stories or keep a daily diary.

Online story time from Lucan library at 3 p.m. daily.

Numeracy

www.mathletics.com

www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://ttrockstars.com/

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

super teacher worksheets

Dream Box learning Math

www.khanacademy.org

prodigygame.com

mathisfun.com

easytoreadtimeteacher.com

scoilnet.ie

schooldays.ie

twinkl.co.uk

Apps : Math Puppy, Pop Math Basic Math, Photomath, BuzzMath, GeometryPad, Number Monster, Mystery Math Town and Math Workout

Gaeilge

áiseannasgaeilge.ie

scoilnet.ie

schooldays.ie

twinkl.co.uk

Glór na nGael- Irish stories for children

-Audio books as Gaeilge- An Siopa Leabhar

-board games as Gaeilge can also be purchased at ‘An Siopa Leabhar’ or online. Games like ‘Aibítir na Gaeilge’ are great for learning Irish phonics.

www.isfeidirliom.ie

-www.teanglann.ie

-www.smartycatgames.ie

-Listen to and watch TG4

-App and website- Cúla Caint agus Cúla 4

SESE

www.askaboutireland.ie

www.switcheroozoo.com

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

www.highlightskids.com

www.natgeokids.com/uk/

https://ed.ted.com

scoilnet.ie

twinkl.co.uk

www.explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/

Technology

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/project/games/

https://blockly.games

code.org

kodable- Coding for kids

www.theacademyofcode.com

thinkercad.com

typingclub.com

Nitrotype.com

www.ictgames.co.uk/

Activity Ideas

Irisheducationrightsalliance.blogspot.ie

FAMLY.co.uk

www.gonoodle.com

www.discoveryplaytime.ie

Mystery Science

Timeforkids.com

https://www.verywellfamily.com/absolutely-free-activities-for-kids-2997490

https://www.education.com/activity/

P.E. with Joe Monday-Friday 9 a.m. live on YouTube The Body Coach TV

Smiling Mind- app

Cosmic Yoga- YouTube

www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

www.plprimarystars.com

Dear Parents & Pupils,CNS is closed until 29th March as we try to delay the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
We hope that everyone stays well and that we will all be back to school as usual before too long.
Teachers have emailed parents with some work to keep everyone busy after St. Patrick’s Day. There are also lots of websites which have fun & interesting topics to work on.Class plans have also been uploaded to our website. 
Should the closure be extended we will upload and email more plans, don’t worry. Elaine & I will be checking emails if you have any concerns. Bear with us if there is a delay getting back to you. 
Senior Infants – there is an additional large sized PDF document to download which you will find on the Website (www.castleknocknationalschool.ie)

Here are some useful links to keep everyone busy and motivated;
Twinkl have a code for full free access for parents for 30 days. CODE:  IRLTWINKLHELPS [14/03/2020, 11:58:32] Jen Corcoran: https://twitter.com/sarahwebbishere/status/1238521677467791361?s=08 [14/03/2020, 11:58:32] Jen Corcoran: Go Noodle: A huge selection of free videos, including dancing, exercise, meditation, reflection activities. Something for everyone. https://family.gonoodle.com/
Nessy:  Sign up for the free 1 month trial of Nessy. Nessy programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type. Visit https://www.nessy.com/uk/
Prodigy Maths: This is a free maths challenge game suitable for pupils from 1st to 6th class.  https://www.prodigygame.com/
Hour of code: This site gives access to a wide range of coding activities for all levels. Many are free (some require a subscription). https://hourofcode.com/ie/learn
Top Marks website:  Huge selection of learning games covering all the curricular areas.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
10@10: daily 10 minute exercise videos – https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/
Oxford Owl: the Free e-Library from Oxford Reading Tree. Read a new book every day. Book titles suitable for 3 – 11 year olds.  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-for-kids-while-inside-because-of-the-coronavirus?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeedtasty&ref=bffbbuzzfeedtasty

Indoor Activities For Kids Stuck At Home Because Of The CoronavirusHow you play the game is really up to you! A couple options: A) Kids can work together to see how many times they can hit the balloon back and forth without it hitting the floor, B) Kids can stand …www.buzzfeed.com

Loved this from Oliver Jeffers: 
https://www.facebook.com/oliverjeffersart/photos/a.391765256611/10156586435571612/?type=3

Take care everyone – keep cheerful & working hard!Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Ms Moloney

Principal

Bhí gach duine ag an gceolchoirm ar fheabhas. Bhí a lán daoine cumasacha páirteach sa seó. Bhí sé ceolchoirm den scoth.

Bhain rang a Trí agus Ceathair taitneamh as Tráth na gCeist.

Bhí Tráth na gCeist ag rang a cúig agus sé inniu. Bhain gach duine sult as.

Bhain rang a Trí, Ceathair, Cúig agus Sé taitneamh as an gCéilí inniu. D’fhoghlaim siad na rincí, Ballaí Luimní agus Droichead Átha Luain.

Bhí Céilí ag Naíonáin Shóisearacha, Naíonáin Shinsearacha, Rang a hAon agus rang a Dó inniu. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as na damhsaí éagsúla.

Bhí tionól Gaeilge againn an seachtain seo do Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí sé bunaithe ar an téama ‘Mé Féin’

CNS are following guidelines issues by the HSE regarding Coronavirus but some parents are finding this resource useful to explain what Coronavirus is to their children: http://castleknocknationalschool.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/coronavirus-2.pdf

Scríobh gach rang ‘Leabhar Dánta’ do Sheachtain na Gaeilge.

We were very lucky to have a visit from Jenny Copeland today, she told us all about her journey up to the top of Mount Everest. It was fascinating to get to see video clips and photos of her climb. We also really like looking at the equipment she needed for her climb.

Pancake Tuesday-Máirt na hInide

Thank you so much to our wonderful PA for all the delicious pancakes today.

The children have been taking part in Food Dudes. This programme aims to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables.

Bhí go leor páistí ag Ciorcal Comhrá an seachtain seo. Beidh sé ar an Mháirt do rang a 5 agus 6 agus ar an Déardaoin do rang a 3 agus 4 an seachtain seo chugainn.

Today we had some native Irish trees and hedging planted at our school. They look great and we are looking forward to watching them grow….

Bhaineamar sár taitneamh as ár gcéad ‘Ciorcal Comhrá’ inniu.

Junior & Senior Infants went to ‘Storytime’ in Blanchardstown library. They loved going on the bus! Everyone got a library card and brought a book home to read.

Don’t forget the PA coin collection! Our box is in the front hall…

A big thanks you to all those who collected Aldi’s Rugby Stickers before Christmas – our new equipment has just been delivered!

6th Class Carol singing at St Ann’s as part of the Annual ‘Black Santa’ appeal for charity.

Santry Athletics

Look at our amazing ‘Maths Hats’!!

Math Week 2019 at Castleknock National School was a great success. The children had great fun making math hats.

Halloween at CNS

At Halloween we all dressed up – it was great fun!

Jersey Day 2019 at CNS

We all wore our sports jerseys on ‘Jersey Day’ and raised €360.20 for Goal.
Well done everyone!

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

The now annual Shoe box Christmas present appeal for children in Africa is well underway at the school. Any donations much appreciated.

Diocesan Schools Service

Some representatives from6th Class attended the Diocesan Schools Service in Christchurch Cathedral on 17th October.



The Sam Maguire Cup visit


The Sam Maguire Cup visited CNS on Tuesday, 5th November!
We were all dressed in blue for the occasion…



Active Schools

This year we are working towards our Active Schools Flag!