Notice Board

Dear Parents & Guardians

We are approaching the end of our first half-term in school. As we do so, it is with a sense of both relief and gratitude- both in equal measure! 

Product Recall of Hand Sanitiser in some schools

The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine last night, 22 October, issued a product recall notice on ViraPro hand sanitiser PCS100409.  You may have heard or seen this recall on National Media last night or this morning. We would like to reassure Parents that we do not use this product in CNS and we are not affected by this recall.

Gratitude to the School Staff 

We are very grateful to all the staff who have worked so hard not only to open the school safely, but to ensure that it remains a safe place for all of to work and learn. 

High Rates of Covid-19 in our Community 

Needless to say, we continue to be very alarmed at the high rates of Covid-19 infection and transmission in our wider community. The entire country has been placed into the highest level of alert, Level 5, and will remain at that level for the next six weeks at a minimum. 

There is no doubt that we are facing into a very perilous time in our community. The rate of increase in the spread of Covid-19 must be brought right down, and this must happen now. If it continues to escalate at the current rate of transmission, it is surely only a matter of time before the continued safe operation of schools is called into question.  

Need for Parental Vigilance during Mid-Term Break 

As our children go home for the mid-term break, we are anxious to ensure that they continue to be safe. In order for this to happen, we are going to be asking parents to make very difficult decisions: 

  • To stick to public health advice 
  • Not to organise visits to other households 
  • Not to organise sleep-overs or play dates with other households 
  • Not to travel beyond a 5km radius from home 
  • Adults wearing face coverings, as required 
  • Continuing to encourage good hand hygiene and respiratory health among all members of the household 

We need to have everyone on board! 

These public health guidelines are there for the protection of all of us.  

Yes, they are difficult and yes, they are challenging for all of us. But if we do not commit to following them- each and every one of us- it will mean giving in to the increased transmission of the virus, and allowing it to go un-checked throughout our community. 

We want to appeal to you all, as our partners in the education of our precious young people, to take every step possible to drive down the transmission of the virus.  

We want to re-discover the sense of solidarity that was there in the months of March and April when we were all in this together.  

Please, please adhere to the guidelines, keep your children safe during the Halloween period, and in doing this, help to ensure that our schools remain open and safe for everyone. 

Stay Safe!

Kind regards

Sandra Moloney

Principal

We had great fun in CNS this week celebrating ‘Maths Week’

Goal Jersey Day

Tree Day 2020

Today, 1st of October was Tetra-Pak Tree Day. RTE News2day visited Castleknock National School. Éanna Ní Lamhna came too. She told 3rd Class all sorts of interesting facts and stories about trees. We told her about all the native trees we have planted in our playground and how important they are to the environment.

Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett was at school too! She was delighted to meet us all and she planted an Irish Cherry Tree in our yard to celebrate our 300th Anniversary. We are looking forward to having blossoms in springtime and cherries on our tree next summer. Click here to watch the kids in action.

Coats

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The weather is quite changeable and in line with HSE Guidelines, we are trying to get the children into the yard as much as possible for outdoor pursuits. Please ensure your child is wearing warm clothes and a waterproof coat as the weather changes. Please remember to mark your child’s name clearly on each coat.

Kind regards

Sandra Moloney

Principal

Projects and Art competition entries

We have asked all the children that completed projects and art for the competition to bring them into school as we would love to put them on display.

School Readers

Children from infants – 3rd class will be getting school readers shortly. The reader must go home in a plastic folder. Please ensure your child sanitises their hands before using the reader. When the reader is returned to school it will be kept in a box for 73 hours before it can be used again. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Today we had our first zoom Assembly. We are back together but staying apart!

Birthdays.

We have received a number of enquiries about Birthdays. This year pupils are not permitted to bring birthday cakes or baked goods to school. However, we do understand that a birthday is a special day particularly at present when a party is not an option.

If you wish to send an individually wrapped treat for each child in your child’s class you are welcome to do so.

Please find the stationery and book rental forms below;

Stationery and book rental- Infant classes

Stationery and book rental- 1st-6th Class

Covid-19 advice for parents

Dear CNS Parent/Guardian and staff member

We are writing to you to provide an update regarding our upcoming return to school for the 2020/21 scholastic year. It goes without saying that we are living and operating in an ever changing and evolving world. Covid-19 has forced us to completely re-evaluate how our school functions as we balance the continued education of our children with having the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff as our primary focus.

Firstly we would like to acknowledge and thank all of our incredibly dedicated staff for their efforts to finish out last year’s school year. 2020 should have seen us celebrate our 300th anniversary but instead saw us closing our doors during the school year for what was surely the first time in that 300 years. Family, pupil and staff routines changed overnight and despite everyone experiencing a range of emotions associated with a real-world emergency everyone pulled together like never before.

It has always been and will continue to be our commitment to offer every child and every staff member a safe, high-quality learning environment.

So what’s next?

Thursday August 27th will see the commencement of the 2020/21 school year.

The CNS staff have gone to great lengths to optimise the school layout to comply with Government return to school and social distancing measures.

Additional cleaning and protective measures have been put in place.

We will require all families to complete a “Return to School Health Declaration Form” – this will be emailed to all families and also available to download directly from the CNS School website – https://castleknocknationalschool.ie/

We will also be expecting all families and staff to comply with Government guidelines with regards to restriction of movements and not to attend school if you:

  • Feel unwell.
  • Develop any of the signs or symptoms as per HSE guidelines. (https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/symptoms.html)
    • Fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above).
    • Cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.
    • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.
    • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
  • Are in close contact (live with or have spent more than 15minutes of face to face contact within 2metres of an infected person in any setting) of a confirmed or suspected (displaying symptoms but not yet tested), even if you feel well.
  • Arrive into Ireland from a country that is not on the COVID-19 green list as advised by the Government without having undertaken the mandatory 14 day “restricted movement” period. For example, the 12th August, 2020 is the latest date of return to Ireland, to allow for your child’s safe return to school on 27th August, 2020.

It is the responsibility of all of us as parents/guardians to ensure we comply with the Government guidelines. If in any doubt then do please keep your child safe at home.

We have little doubt that all families will do their utmost to comply with the Government guidelines. In the unlikely event that a member of staff is made aware of a student who is not compliant with the above guidelines the BoM have directed that the school should immediately contact the relevant parent/guardian and request that the child be removed from the school.

As per the Covid-19 response plan if a child is not able to attend school in this instance the class teacher (and/or the learning support teacher, where relevant) will suggest activities to support the child’s learning at home.

We can all agree that we are in a challenging time. This is a unique situation, one that none of us has faced before. It is the unprecedented nature of this situation, which has created this challenge. Despite the challenges ahead rest assured that the CNS staff and BoM are committed to providing the best possible education in the safest possible environment to our children.

Let us continue to offer each other support and care as we navigate this together.

Canon Paul Houston.

On behalf of The Board of Management.

August, 2020.

Please find our Return to School Health Declaration form for all pupils.

Please read our Covid Response Plan for reopening CNS.

Please find our Parents Guide to SeeSaw attached.

Back To School Plan.

What parents need to know.

Our main aim is to prevent the risk of infection coming into the school and we cannot do this without your help.

You should not under any circumstances, send your child to school if they have:

  • A temperature
  • A cough
  • Any loss of smell or taste
  • A sore throat
  • Breathing difficulties or chest pain.

If you are in any doubt whether you should send your child to school or not please err on the side of caution.

Measures to keep your child safe:

  • The school day will start at 8.20. It will finish at 1 p.m. for infants and 2 p.m. for all pupils in 1st-6th class.
  • Parents are not allowed in the school building without organising a meeting through the school office first. If you need to collect your child early please phone the school office when you arrive and your child will be brought out to you.
  • Parents/ visitors must sign the contact log if they enter the school building.
  • We ask that parents/ minders wear masks or face coverings when dropping and collecting their children. If you would be more comfortable with your child wearing a face covering, they are free to do so.
  • If you child becomes ill in school with any of the covid symptoms they will be moved to the isolation room and you will be contacted immediately. They will be cared for and remain in the isolation room until they are collected. Please do this promptly.
  • Please ensure all your contact details are up to date. (We would also ask that you leave another contact in case you are unavailable.)
  • Pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd Class will be seated in groups/pods, these will be a metre apart. 3rd-6th class will be seated a metre apart.
  • Break times will be staggered, and pupils will only play with their own class. Pupils from the split class will be permitted to play with their whole class group when outdoors.
  • The school will be cleaned by contract cleaners, following all government guidelines, daily.
  • Children will be required to use their own resources were possible i.e. pencils, scissors, glue etc and sharing of resources, particularly from 3rd to 6th will not be allowed.
  • Staff will maintain a regular cleaning routine of all resources and materials that will be used by different pods/classes.
  • Details about after school activities will be distributed in September.
  • School payments should be paid through the online payment system.
  • The Lunch Bag scheme will not be available in September, we will reassess this towards the end of the month.
  • Unfortunately, we have had to remove the class library’s from the classrooms so the children are allowed to bring in a novel from home.

How can you help?

  • Check your child is well before bringing them to school.
  • Do not enter the school building without getting permission from the office. All adults on the school ground should wear a face covering.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher by note or through the office.
  • Make payments to school via the online payment system.
  • Do not allow your child to bring any personal items that are not necessary into school.
  • Do not loiter around the school at drop off and collection times. Please observe the one-way system around the school building. It is strictly drop and go.
    • Classes 2020-21.
  • In order to fit all of our children in school every day, we have had to create an ‘extra class’. This class will be based in our GP room.
Junior InfantsMiss Hannah McGuckin.
Senior InfantsMiss Katherine Deane.
1st ClassMiss Sarah Culbert.
2nd ClassMr Damien O’Connell.
3rd ClassMiss Ingrid Duncan.
4th ClassMiss Kelly Caldbeck.
4th & 5th ClassMiss Emma Furney.
5th ClassMs Sharon Leopold.
6th ClassMiss Holly Gray.

Miss O’Brien will not be with us this year. However the children in 1st Class will all know Miss Culbert well. I will contact parents in 4th and 5th Class separately to let them know which class group their child will be in. (All 4th Class and all 5th Class will be on the yard together for breaks.)

Mrs. McMurdock (SENCO) and Miss McNutt will be in support this year.

Thank you for your cooperation as we try to embrace the new normal. Stay safe and well.

Sandra

What Children Need to Know:

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Slán Rang a Sé

It was an emotional but joyful celebration as we said goodbye to 6th Class at our drive in graduation. It is hard to believe that you have finished in CNS and have done so in the middle of a pandemic. This is not the way we wanted to finish but you will have great stories to tell in the future. We would like to thank everyone who made this day possible and special. We are very proud of each and everyone of you. We wish you all the best in the future and please don’t forget to come back and visit. ‘You are off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting….So get on your way’ (Dr. Seuss). Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir sa todhchaí. Slán ó gach duine i CNS.

Castleknock National School.

July, 2020.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

It is planned that when we receive Department of Education Guidelines that our new school year will commence with a full return, for all pupils on Thursday 27th August 2020.

On the children’s return, we will be concentrating on the need for the pupils to have the time and guidance to be able to respond to the new routines in a calm and organised fashion. We want them to feel safe and welcomed back to school in a comfortable and reassuring way.

 Please be advised that parents are not permitted within the school building, unless by prior appointment. If you wish to speak to a teacher or member of staff, please do so by email or by appointment made via the office.

Arrival to School

All children will be arriving to school at the usual time of 8.20am. We would ask that parents avoid crowding around the gate and that they encourage pupils to enter the yard quietly avoiding groups.

  • Junior Infants will enter school through the fire exit door, via the patio area outside their classroom.
  • Senior Infants will enter through the fire exit to their classroom which is located to the right of the school building.

We will be operating a one-way system around the side of the building to avoid congestion. Please follow the arrows.

  • First Class will enter through the fire exit door in their classroom . This is located on the side of the school extension.
  • Second Class will enter their classroom via the fire door which is in their classroom, to the rear of the extension.
  • Third and Fourth Class will enter through the doors of the new extension.
  • Fifth and Sixth Class will enter through the main doors.

Departure from school

  • Junior and Senior Infants should be collected promptly at 1pm by their parent/guardian at their classroom door as usual. Siblings should not run freely around the yard.
  • First and Second Class should be collected by an older sibling, parent/guardian at their classroom door.
  • Third – Sixth Class should, where possible leave the school yard and meet their parents at the gate or at the carpark.
  • Please do not linger on school grounds when dropping children to school/collecting children at the end of the day in order to follow social distancing rules. We would remind parents that, those using St Brigid’s carpark refrain from crowding around their school entrance as we are reliant on their co-operation for the invaluable use of their facility.

After School Clubs

The DES Guidance refers to children in school being contained within their own class ‘bubble/pod’. Therefore, it may not be possible to run the After School activities. We will keep this under review..

Return to School and the Classroom

The first day for each class will include a thorough orientation on the new protocols for hygiene and movement around the school.

For our Return to School Arrangements children in every class will provide a plastic storage box with a lid to hold their books and personal resources for their sole use. Children should bring in a pencil case on the first day and leave this in school. Under current guidance there will be no sharing of resources within the classroom. If there is a need for some personal items, this can be discussed with the Class Teacher.

Children from Infants to First Class are asked to have a change of underwear, socks and tracksuit bottoms/leggings in their school bags in case of toileting accidents.

We ask that children in the younger classes be able to open and close lunchboxes and drink bottles unaided. You could have a picnic in the garden or at the park using the lunch box/drink bottle for some practice! Over the Summer children can also practise zipping up their coats, tying their own shoelaces or wearing Velcro runners that they can open and close themselves.

The use of outdoor spaces will become a priority when we return and we would ask that children wear runners to school each day to facilitate PE classes taking place on any given day rather than on specific days.

We ask you to continue to practise good cough/sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene including the correct use of hand sanitizer with your children. Remind them of the important times when they should wash their hands. Click on the link to teach good handwashing habits.             

Windows in classrooms will be opened to ensure a healthy circulation of air in classrooms. Internal doors, where possible, will also be left open to aid ventilation.

We still await guidelines from the DES and I would ask you to be aware that many of the arrangements may be subject to change as current scientific advice and guidance may alter. Should things change I will advise you of new arrangements.

Thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and patience.

Kind regards,

Sandra Moloney. Principal.

Our CNS Picnic, Apart but Together!

Book lists for the 2020/21 School Year

2020-21 Junior Infants Booklist

2020-21 Senior Infants Book List

2020-21 1st Class Booklist

2020-21 2nd Class Booklist

2020-21 3rd Class Booklist

2020-21 4th Class Booklist

2020-21 5th Class Booklist

2020-21 6th Class Booklist

Art Competition

I would like to thank everyone who took part in our Art Competition and I want to say a massive well done to each and every one of you. I was blown away by the fantastic creativity and talent. It made by job of trying to pick winners extremely difficult. All entries will be published on the website. I would also be incredibly grateful if everyone could keep their entry so we can display them in the school in September. I hope everyone continues to paint, draw, and model because we have so many budding artists in CNS. As Walt Disney said ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. Please find the list of winners below, I will post certificates and prizes to all the winners.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Mrs. McMurdock

Junior Infants

Jhanusree Angadu Kannan

Jamie Gleeson

Claire Osman

Senior Infants

Senan Hosford

Michael Griffin

Juliet Hutchinson

1st Class

Emma Shine

Ella Melbourne

Dirinn and Caolán Biddlecombe

2nd Class

Emma McGann

Rose Laidler

Rian and Isobel Mulligan

3rd Class

Jayda Ozatlar

Saoirse Biddlecombe

Donagh McGovern

4th Class

Rebecca Pike

Odhran Biddlecombe

Eleni Limond

5th Class

Alex Metcalfe

Conor Laidler

Joshika Angadu Kannan

6th Class

Victoria Good

Stephen Harcourt

Ada Marsh

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

Brain Break Week

In lieu of sports day here are some sports day type activities you may wish to try at home

Some sport activities to do 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 🙂

Mrs. McMurdock

Overall Winners

1st Class

Thomas McDonagh with The Sad Tortoise

Dirinn Biddlecombe with Evie’s Discovery

2nd Class

Robert O’Donoghue with The Suck In

Eleanor Lacey with The Discovery

3rd Class

Kate Abayawickrema with Race against the Clock

Lily Byrne with Lost in the Jungle

Lily McDonagh with Archie The Witch’s Cat

4th Class

Eleni Limond with Supercoot

Odhran Biddlecombe with The Seire

5th Class

Conor Laidler with The Aftermath

Joshika Angadu Kannan with Forest Trap

6th Class

Aditi Kadam with An Axe

Mimi Leatham with Second Chance

Outstanding Story Writers

1st Class

Holly Mae Leatham with The Story of Bub

Alvah Alfa with Pokemon Battle

Lily Hayden with Friendships

2nd Class

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

4th Class

Lucas Kilbride with Shadow Knights and the Scarf of Winds

Juliet Gargan with The Heroes

Alannah White with Haunted

Oisín White with Lighthouse Larry

5th Class

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

Art Competition

CNS are running an Art competition. All entries must be submitted to Mrs. McMurdock (amcmurdock@castleknocknationalschool.ie) 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.

Buaiteoirí (Winners)

Tráth na gCeist (Rang a cúig agus sé):

Emily Abayawickrema

Killian Bohan

Ruairí McGovern

Niu Niu Kong

Senin Singh

Míla Devillard

Tráth na gCeist (Rang a trí agus ceathair):

James Harcourt

Tom Hendron-Kenny

Lily McDonogh

Kate Abayawickrema

Grace Reeves-Smyth

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.

Dear Parents,

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,

Sandra.

Collection Times as follows:

Families whose surnames begin with A & B12.00 – 12.30  
Families whose surnames begin with C,D,E,F12.30 – 1.00  
Families whose surnames begin with G,H,I,J1.00 – 1.30  
Families whose surnames begin with K, L1.30 – 2.00  
Families whose surnames begin with M2.00 – 2.30  
Families whose surnames begin with N,O,P,Q,R2.30 – 3.00  
Families whose surnames begin with S – Z3.00  3.30  

Update from the school

                                                                                                                1st May, 2020.

Dear Parents,

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 office@castleknocknationalschool.ie or my own email principal@castleknocknationalschool.ie.

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!’

Best wishes,

Sandra Moloney.

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 amcmurdock@castleknocknationalschool.ie. 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.

Dear parents.

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,

Sandra Moloney.

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 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!