CNS Brain Break Week
Hello CNS pupils and Parents,
I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend. In recognition of the hard work that you have been doing over the past few weeks your Principal has decided to give you a BRAIN BREAK WEEK. This means we are taking a break from the usual academic work and giving you a list of other activities to do each day. You don’t have to complete everything in each list, do the amount that suits you. The teachers have worked together to make two plans- a Junior School Plan and a Senior School Plan. If you have children in both the Junior and Senior ends of the school, pick a small selection from each plan and do them together. There will be no need for regular updates from each teacher on Seesaw next week, however feel free to upload videos, photos or voice messages of your activities. This is a week for you to recharge and prepare for the last stint of work before the Summer holidays. Click the link below to access the plans
In lieu of sports day here are some sports day type activities you may wish to try at home
Winners of the CNS Short Story Competition.
I was blown away with the high standard of entries we received for our short story competitions, it made my job of trying to pick winners exceedingly difficult 😊. I spent hours lost in fascinating stories that took me from the past to the future. I entered scary houses, went deep sea diving, and went on journey with magically unicorns. Every single story was so amazing, I did not want them to end. We have so many budding authors in CNS and I can’t wait to read more of their work in the future. As C.S Lewis said ‘‘You can make anything by writing’’. I would like to thank everyone who entered. It is clear that you all put a huge effort into your story writing, and I am very proud of each and every one of you. Please find the list of the overall winners and outstanding story writers below. I will post certificate and prizes to all these children. The stories will also be published on the website. Well done again 🙂
Thomas McDonagh with The Sad Tortoise
Dirinn Biddlecombe with Evie’s Discovery
Robert O’Donoghue with The Suck In
Eleanor Lacey with The Discovery
Kate Abayawickrema with Race against the Clock
Lily Byrne with Lost in the Jungle
Lily McDonagh with Archie The Witch’s Cat
Eleni Limond with Supercoot
Odhran Biddlecombe with The Seire
Conor Laidler with The Aftermath
Joshika Angadu Kannan with Forest Trap
Aditi Kadam with An Axe
Mimi Leatham with Second Chance
Outstanding Story Writers
Holly Mae Leatham with The Story of Bub
Alvah Alfa with Pokemon Battle
Lily Hayden with Friendships
Rhys Byrne with The Day of Dogs!
Zach Simpson with A boy who loved sport
Emma McGann with The Secret Hideout
Nicholas Maag with Life of a Potato
Lily- Grace Hegarty-Cornish with The Dream
Isabel Booth with The Lonely Girl who makes a World
Josephine Cavanagh Curren with The house across the street
Lucas Kilbride with Shadow Knights and the Scarf of Winds
Juliet Gargan with The Heroes
Alannah White with Haunted
Oisín White with Lighthouse Larry
Charlotte Cooper with Ben’s Big Holiday
Robyn Connolly with Super Snail
Irina Andreeva with The Birthday Murder
Niu Niu Kong with The 12 Animals
CNS are running an Art competition. All entries must be submitted to Mrs. McMurdock (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the 17th of June. To submit an entry, you just take a photo of the piece of Art and e-mail it to Mrs. McMurdock but please keep your piece of Art as we want to display them in September. This art competition is for all pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class. The title of this competition is ‘School’. The pupils can create a piece of art using any materials that they like. It can be a picture, painting, model etc. I can’t wait to see all the different creations 😊
Buaiteoirí ó Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2020
(Winners from Seachtain na Gaeilge)
Just before the school was closed, we celebrated ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’. During these two weeks we had many different fun events and competitions. 3rd-6th Class took part in a Tráth na gCeist and the whole school took part in a poetry writing competition. Please find the list of winners below. Prizes and certificates will be given out with the books on Monday. Comhghairdeas mór daoibh go léir. Lean leis an obair iontach.
Tráth na gCeist (Rang a cúig agus sé):
Niu Niu Kong
Tráth na gCeist (Rang a trí agus ceathair):
Comórtas filíochta (Poetry Competition)
Isla Brennan (J.I)
Scott Lenehan (J.I)
Juliet Hutchinson (S.I)
Alec Travers (S.I)
Max Chiswick (1st)
Holly Mae Leatham (1st)
Alva Melissa Kenny (2nd)
Darragh Cullan (2nd)
Jayda Ozatlar (3rd)
Charlie Creagh (3rd)
Oisín White (4th)
Rebecca Pike (4th)
Ivy Brereton (5th)
Jack Hayden (5th)
Anna Qiu (5th)
Aoife Badua (6th)
Stephen Harcourt (6th)
School Books Collection on Monday 18th May
13th May, 2020.
We will have access to the school building on Monday 18th May. Staff will be present to organise books for collection.
We plan to have the books, in bags labelled with your child/children’s name on tables in the playground. They will be arranged at different pick-up points according to your child/children’s class. We will allocate time slots alphabetically.
For example ‘M’ for Moloney. You drive to the school between 2.00 – 2.30pm. You enter the playground. Stop at 1st table for books from infant class and then proceed around the playground stopping at other table for books from other classes as necessary.
We would ask that parents follow directions from William, who will be monitoring access to and from the playground as it is one car at a time at this point. We would also ask that parents remain inside their car at all times and that they come and go as quickly and as safely as possible. Please be aware that there will be a number of staff moving around in the yard – they will ask your surname and then place your books in your boot, observing ‘social distancing’.
We will be returning inhalers and epi-pens in the bag with your child’s books as we are aware that these have a ‘best before’ date and may be difficult to access currently.
We hope to carry out this book distribution as efficiently as possible, however we would also ask for your patience – it is not something we have done before and the school access is not ideal!
Hopefully all will run fairly smoothly and we will get the books out – I know that this will be a help to some!
If you are collecting books for another parent, please let the staff member at the pick-up point know and if you are unable to collect your books on that date and would like them, please let us know by email and we will try to arrange to get them to you at a later date.
Many thanks, in advance, for your continued co-operation in these strange times.
Stay safe and well, Kind regards,
Collection Times as follows:
|Families whose surnames begin with A & B||12.00 – 12.30|
|Families whose surnames begin with C,D,E,F||12.30 – 1.00|
|Families whose surnames begin with G,H,I,J||1.00 – 1.30|
|Families whose surnames begin with K, L||1.30 – 2.00|
|Families whose surnames begin with M||2.00 – 2.30|
|Families whose surnames begin with N,O,P,Q,R||2.30 – 3.00|
|Families whose surnames begin with S – Z||3.00 3.30|
Update from the school
1st May, 2020.
I hope that you and your families are staying safe and well at this difficult time. It seems incredible that as we approach the May Bank Holiday we are still in this ‘lockdown’.
It has been quite a challenge for all and I appreciate that the lack of school books has, for many compounded this problem. Advice to schools remains, at the present time, unchanged. This means that there is no access to school buildings for anyone. I hope that after 5th May, there might be an opportunity to access the school and distribute the books to everyone.
May I thank all those parents who took part in our short online survey. I realise that many were just ‘learning’ how to navigate ‘Seesaw’ and that for those with several children or those with less technical expertise this survey came before you had had a chance to fully engage with it. It did however give us some useful information – that most families had the ability and the devices needed to engage with the Seesaw App and that some found the plans on the website helpful. Feedback, from parents and pupils who are using Seesaw has been generally very positive. However we do realise that it works better for the older children who are able to work independently. Using it with younger children requires a great deal of time and parental support. I would like to thank all the staff for all the work that they have put into learning how to use this App. They are spending hours every day responding to queries and engaging as best they can with all their pupils. The many positive and encouraging responses they are sending to their pupils are being well received and it is motivating and encouraging for the children to know that their teacher is appraising their work. All of this is new and different, however it is lovely to see and hear from so many of our pupils via this platform.
It must be acknowledged that we cannot teach children remotely. A number of parents have asked about the provision of face to face or online classes via Zoom or similar. I have discussed the options at length with the Staff and the Board of Management and have attended a number of online webinairs provided to teachers on the options available. There are a number of concerns around timetabling, supervision, GDPR/compliancy implications mean this is not a viable option at this time. We will, of course, keep the matter under review and see if we are given any further advice from the Department of Education and Skills.
At present we are posting our work on the school website and on Seesaw. This allows the posting of video and audio messages and Power Points and is, I hope maintaining some ‘social contact’ with teachers.
The Special Needs Assistants are keeping in regular contact with the pupils they support. The Special Education Team are assisting the Class teachers with differentiated work which they are sending via email to parents. I appreciate that this is not ideal for anyone, we are, however, trying to be fair and equitable in our approach and doing what we can to provide for ‘distance learning’, not something we had ever considered or planned for.
I would ask that those who can, continue to encourage their children to keep up the great work that they are doing. We understand that for those who are working from home, particularly those with younger children, this is extremely challenging. We would ask that parents do what they can and what is practical for their own family circumstances at this time.
As always, the most important thing is to stay safe and well. If you need to contact your child’s teacher you may do this via email or the Seesaw App. If I can be of any help, you may contact me via email through the office email@example.com or my own email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Looking forward to seeing everyone back in CNS as soon as we can! ‘
We’re all in this together, stay safe and stay well!’
School Books Update
Following this evening’s (1/5/20) announcements – we will be permitted to access resources from the school from 18th May. We will put plans in place and circulate them to parents re the collection of books shortly.
Toe by Toe Guide
Toe by Toe Programme
A quick guide for parents.
The programme is a series of step –by –step activities contained in one book, with instructions for the teacher or coach (parent) provided for each activity. Each child has their own book and are very familiar with how they use it. However, even though the steps taken are small, they can all measure their progress day by day thus boosting their confidence and self -esteem as a result.
How to complete the grid. (see example, page 9 Toe by Toe)
- Record the date and month next to the previous day’s exercise.
- Progress is much quicker if the exercises are done on a daily basis but it doesn’t matter if you miss a day.
- These are the basic instructions. Each exercise has it’s own individual coaching tips which you will find on the opposite page.
- Tick the positives ( the sounds the child knows) and dot the negatives ( the sounds the child doesn’t know)
- Three ticks in a row (consecutive) are needed to complete the exercise. Each tick must be earned on a different day.
- Make sure to work on the negatives before you leave the page.
- Once started and dated, always complete the column.
- When your child comes to a page with sentences, if all the words are read correctly tick the box. If they are unable to read a word in a sentence, underline the word and tell them the word. When you come back to that sentence next day, if they know it put a bar ( / ) through the underline word with a pencil.
- Tick the box when all the underlined words in the sentence have been barred. Dates are not required. However you must come back to the underlined words until all the boxes have been ticked.
- Dividing words into syllables, the rule is: Start from the left, look for the first vowel, take the consonant to the right of it and divide. Your child can draw the dividing lines with a pencil. Twin consonants count as one letter. ( see examples page 63)
If you need any advice or support with Toe by Toe, please contact a member of the support team.
Short Story Competition in CNS
We are having a short story competition in Castleknock National School. This competition is open to all pupils from 1st-6th Class. The competition will be divided into three categories 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th, and 5th and 6th. You choose your own story title. The stories can be typed or handwritten. All entries must be submitted to Mrs. McMurdock by the 15th of May. Entries can be e-mailed to email@example.com. There is an eight-page limit for all entries. Please ensure that you put your full name and class with your short story entry. Illustrations can be included and remember to plan and edit your work. 1st and 2nd class can create a picture book or a simple short story. I am really looking forward to reading all of your short stories. There will be prizes for the best short stories, and they will be published online.
If you have any questions please contact me through e-mail.
Mrs. McMurdock 🙂
Seesaw in Castleknock National School
Here are some suggestions to try and make Seesaw run smoothly
Technical questions and questions on school work will be answered during school hours and feedback on pieces of work will happen later in the day when the majority of the work has been submitted.
Try and upload work in one message rather than separate pieces if possible and don’t feel under pressure to upload everything. Do what works for you and your family.
The work you upload is completely private. The only people who can see it are the class teacher and Miss Moloney. Any messages or comments are completely private also.
There are different ways to upload work. (Photos, videos, adding link, adding notes). If you need any help or support get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Letter from School Principal
20th April, 2020.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well and that you all had a lovely Easter.
I have been in regular contact with the Department re educational matters since the unexpected school closure.
We sent an email to all parents on 1st March asking if parents needed books and I arranged to get them to those who responded.
We were then informed that there was to be no access to school buildings at all. When questioned last week, the Department of Education said they would not go against the directive given by the Department of Health.
I spoke to our school inspector on Friday, she told me that further guidance would be issued to schools this week. I also understand that Minister Harris will issue ‘a roadmap’ for school openings before 5th May.
I know that this is all very difficult for everyone. We hope that the Seesaw App work well and that our pupils will be able to engage with their teachers easily. I am on all the Seesaw App for all classes so I will be keeping an eye on all the great work everyone is sending in! Send or upload your work as and when you can.
The most important thing for us all is to stay safe and well!
Best wishes to all,
An Post- Imagine Nation
An Post has teamed up with @KidsBooksIrel to bring you a free 24-page #ImagineNation playbook. Overflowing with activities from Ireland’s leading creatives you can download your copy here: https://www.anpost.com/AnPost/media/PDFs/ImagineNation-Playbook-April-2020.pdf
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
*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,
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:
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.
An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna
Department of Education and Skills
Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath, D01 RC96.
Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 RC96.
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.
Please find the links to useful teaching resources below. These can be used to help teach your child at home.
Epic!- unlimited books for kids
www.folensonline (register as a teacher, enter the school roll number and login code is Prim20)
www.edcolearning.ie/login (username- primaryedcobooks password-edco2020)
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.
super teacher worksheets
Dream Box learning Math
Apps : Math Puppy, Pop Math Basic Math, Photomath, BuzzMath, GeometryPad, Number Monster, Mystery Math Town and Math Workout
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.
-Listen to and watch TG4
-App and website- Cúla Caint agus Cúla 4
kodable- Coding for kids
P.E. with Joe Monday-Friday 9 a.m. live on YouTube The Body Coach TV
Smiling Mind- app
Cosmic Yoga- YouTube
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
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Loved this from Oliver Jeffers:
Take care everyone – keep cheerful & working hard!Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
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.
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
Jersey Day 2019 at CNS
We all wore our sports jerseys on ‘Jersey Day’ and raised €360.20 for Goal.
Well done everyone!