We have been asked for a reminder of the staggered school start and end times.
ODDS. begin at 8:40 am . The gates open ten mins before for ODD pupils only.
EVENS BEGIN at 9am. Gates reopen for this cohort at 8:50 am.
INFANT HOME TIME
ODDS are collected from external doors at 1:20. EVENS are collected at 1:40
REST OF SCHOOL HOME TIME
ODDS Home time is 2:20pm
EVENS. Home time is 2:40 pm
We appreciate it is inconvenient for families with siblings who have different start times BUT children who begin at the later time may NOT wait unaccompanied in the yards. There is no supervision between 8:40 and 8:50 as the teachers are all in class.
We appreciate your cooperation in making the transitions between home and school as safe as we possibly can.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL EARLIER THAN TEN MINUTES BEFORE THEIR START TIME.
World Book Day Ireland have created a catalogue of beautiful stories to share with your younger children. WHY NOT TAKE TEN MINUTES and share one from the story corner.
They also have a great selection of audio stories at this link
Parents of pupils who are returning to school on Monday March 1st MUST complete a return to school declaration before attending . This declaration will be available from 3pm on Sunday February 28th. We will send a reminder on Sunday. This is a requirement of the Department of Education .
After any subsequent absence including the Easter Holidays and May break, pupils will need to have this declaration filled prior to their return to school.
Day 3 saw The Fox read The Emperors Egg. We think the clue was a little easier but not everyone got it right ! So far Monkey has had the most guesses.
The next video is of Bunny and the clue is a colour you hear a lot about in school !
Half of our pupils will be back in school on Monday 👏👏👏👏 . They won’t continue with learning at home but they will still need to watch and guess online ! Bunny has a great story about Farmer Duck.
We are now on Day 2 of the Masked Readers and what a response! We are getting lots and lots of guesses. Thanks to all the parents who are sharing the stories with their children.
Panda was a little hard ! Lots of guesses for all 4 options.
Today featured Monkey and 95% of the guesses were for one teacher… we aren’t saying who though !
Tomorrow sees Fox reading the Emperor’s Egg. Could Fox be a male teacher? You will have to watch and listen carefully for the clue at the end.
Remember, you can still make a guess as to who Panda and Monkey are if you haven’t already… just one guess per pupil though!
Keep watching and remember the masks come off on World Book Day … and the prize winners will be announced…
It could be You .
Mr. Courtney has sent an email to parents today. Here are some points from the email.
All children in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and second classes will return to school on March 1st. This is fantastic news for us and we are looking forward to welcoming them back. We are currently analysing the Department of Education guidelines and our own procedures as we prepare for their return. Our Reopening Plan served the pupils, parents and staff very well last term and does not require huge adjustments.
Please read the updated edition and the Frequently Asked Questions on the school app. The routines and timetables for drop-off and collection will remain unchanged.
Our risk mitigation measures have been reviewed and updated. However, in view of the virulent nature of the new Covid 19 variants, we ask everyone to be particularly vigilant and for your co-operation especially with the following:
- Parents should not send children to school if they are close contacts of a person with COVID 19, are awaiting a test or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled from another country in the previous 14 days.
- Parents must complete a Return to School Parent Declaration Form on line AFTER 3PM on Sunday 28th February for children returning to school on March 1st and thereafter after any absence from class
- All parents are required to wear a mask both inside the school grounds and in the school vicinity due to the large volume of adults dropping and collecting children.
- Parents are asked not to congregate at or near school and to keep at least 2 m apart while waiting to drop-off or collect pupils
- Children from first class up are asked to bring a wash-bag to school. Details are on the school app.
- All communication with the school must take place by phone, online or via the homework journal.
We ask all parents to check out our school app where you will find useful information and tips on our school reopening.
We hope our pupils in classes from third to sixth continue with the fantastic work online. Mr. Courtney would like to thank all parents and guardians for their support of online learning over the past two months. We are eager to have all our pupils back in the classrooms as soon as possible. We can all support this goal and each other by observing the guidelines.
Remote teaching will end for all pupils from Junior Infants to 2nd class on Friday 26th of February .
If for any reason, you have any concerns about your child’s return to school please contact Mr. Courtney or your child’s teacher through the school office.
Well boys and girls, my adventures have come to an end!!
You’d think I would be sad but I’m actually delighted. I had such fun out and about learning all about the local history and geography of Castleknock. What an amazing place it is !! But I’m even happier that you are all returning to school.
I’ve been busy in the office today helping Ms.Mooney. She must be the busiest school secretary in the whole of Ireland !!
So I’ve a little quiz for you based on my adventures. The winner will receive a signed photograph of me…..and a night off homework ( I’ll have to talk to your teacher first though!!) Send your answers over the next week or so to email@example.com
1. What’s my favourite food?
2. What animals did I see on the second day of my adventures?
3. What is the name of the GAA grounds where St.Brigid’s play?
4. I learned to play a new game on Friday 5th February. What was it?
5. What is the name of the hill in Castleknock College?
6. What lock did I visit on 9th February?
I’ll see you all in school very soon boys & girls!
Oh I nearly forgot ….a very special thank you to my good friend, Mr Mac Cann who came with me on my travels everyday during lockdown. Mr. Mac Cann made sure I didn’t get lost or hungry and even helped me write my diary .
We have updated our Covid Response Plan as per new Department Guidelines . The plan can be viewed from your Aladdin Connect App Homepage or here
CLICK HERE TO READ THE PLAN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SICK STAFF AND CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
I’m so excited boys and girls!!! Some of you are coming back to school next week!!!! I can’t wait to hear the sounds of children having fun and learning in school again!
As soon as I heard the news, I decided to run around the school and check on all the Junior Infants and Senior Infants classrooms as well as the 1st and 2nd building.
I know that all the teachers are really excited for your return too.
I’m off to help Mr. Ivers and Ms. Mooney again today – they’ve lots to do to get the school ready for you!
Check in tomorrow for my final update!