Bakers Rd., Co. Cork- Roll No.16681Q

Messages from Acting Principal- Ms. Herlihy

24th May 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim pupils, families and friends- It’s a beautiful day for the celebrations and I hope you are enjoying yourselves!

SPHE/RSE Programme: We are in the final term of this school year and almost the final month. Each year we do aspects of our Relationships and Sexuality (RSE) Programme at this time of the year the children are considered most ready developmentally for the content. This year we ask that you would complete a number of lessons with your child/children on some more sensitive parts of the programme over the next few weeks. The lessons are available here: http://charlevillecbsprimary.ie/rse-resources/ Worksheets will be provided via email to you directly (and via that page on the website) over the next few weeks.  All parents have access to the programme from Infants to 6th class so you can see the language to be learned at each stage and how the programme builds up each year. It is up to you how you present this information to your child and to decide how much your child is ready for or capable of understanding. It may take you longer than the time frame given – just work through it at your child’s pace. We would ask that the 6th class children would complete the programme as it is expected that they have this information before they go to secondary school.

If you have any difficulties with this please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher to discuss the issues.

Creative Schools Week+  June is coming with a lovely bank holiday to look forward to. As you know we will miss some annual events this year such as Active School Week, our creative schools activities, our school tours, end of year parties and activities etc. So instead of book work for the first six school days of June we are going to have a Creative Schools Week. It will take place from Tuesday the 2nd of June to Tuesday the 9th of June. It will include a menu of activities and the children will pick at least 4 items from the menu each day (along with the SPHE/RSE Programme). We look forward to seeing their creative and artistic endeavours over that week. The plan will be up online for Tuesday the 2nd. Hope your child has a fun week choosing the activities they would like to do! Thanks to Ms. Minogue and the creative team of staff for organising this!

Reports: School reports will be released via Aladdin on June 16th. As you know, standardised tests were not administered this year but other than that, reports will be written up in the same manner as always i.e. teachers will continue to refer to the DES guidelines and use the template provided by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

SESE & SCHOOL FILM PROJECT: Mr. Neenan, our resident nature expert, is very happy to take all your questions about native birds, trees and wildlife so send these onto your teacher for homework this week. The film is coming along nicely. Don’t forget to send videos (birds, wildlife, your questions) to 4thclasscbs@gmail.com via google drive or sherlihy@charlevillecbsprimary.ie  via OneDrive.

Autumn: School premises re-opening to pupils: I know that it’s a topic that is probably playing on all our minds but there are no clear guidelines yet from the DES regarding the re-opening of schools to pupils in the Autumn. I was speaking with a senior inspector during the week and she assured me that these guidelines will be issued well in time for the necessary preparation to take place. We live in hope that we will receive these in a timely manner as promised, as I know that the uncertainty is causing a lot of worry for everybody in our school community.

Work is prepared for all the classes via the website, TEAMS, OneNote and SEESAW and will be ready as always for 9am on Monday.

All the best to you all- stay safe and well!

Sinéad Herlihy

15th May

Dear Parents,

Today is International Family day (thanks for heads-up Ms. Owens) and what a day to celebrate it- I hope you are all getting the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company in the fab sunshine!  Attached is a family acrostic poem template that was shared already with the younger classes but everyone might have a go. Don’t hesitate to share pics of these with your teachers!

From the 18th of May and for the next few weeks, we will be able to have more phone contact between the teachers, SNAs and all of our pupils. Please fill out the relevant form at this link to help us make arrangements that might suit everyone: http://charlevillecbsprimary.ie/questionnaire-for-parents/

Please continue to email me directly principal@charlevillecbsprimary.ie  if there is anything important that you wish to speak to me about (and I can arrange a follow on phone call).

Genius Scan- Ms. O Leary has recommended a very useful free app named Genius SCAN. The teachers are making great use of it! It allows for pictures taken within the app to look like actual scans. This would also be useful for you as parents (or the boys) to take high quality pictures of their homework to send back to us. The file is easy to share back with us via email, upload or even send straight to One Note. I am attaching a ‘How to’ video here if you would like to avail of it: https://youtu.be/GMpCMixsRN8

Keep the questions coming!!! Mr. Neenan, our resident nature expert, is very happy to take all your questions about native birds, trees and wildlife (please send these in an email to: tneenan@charlevillecbsprimary.ie (written questions) or as a video (pupil asking the question to sherlihy@charlevillecbsprimary.ie).  We will then broadcast a live interview (featuring your questions, videos and pictures) with Mr. Neenan as soon it is ready. So start thinking, taking pics, recording (birdsongs!?), filming and writing!

Work is prepared for all the classes via the website, TEAMS, OneNote and SEESAW and will be ready as always for 9am on Monday.

All the best to you all- stay safe and well!

Sinéad Herlihy

8th May 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all enjoying the fab sunshine. Firstly, we will give our 2nd class boys a collective shout-out today, as tomorrow would have been their First Holy Communion. We say a prayer for them, their families, their teachers, Canon O’Mahony, Fr. Sheehan, Sr. Martina, Jackie and Eileen Hanley and the community volunteers, who have helped them all year and we look forward to celebrating your special day at another date. I believe that 2nd class boys are to receive a treat soon in the post, courtesy of your teachers, Ms. Owens and Ms. O’Leary. Thank you for this lovely gesture!

Active Schools week was a great success- and some pictures of the boys at home were featured in the Vale Star this week- well done everyone. There might be more in next week-keep an eye out! Donagh in 2nd is now a TV star, making his debut appearance on RTE School Hub showing off his hurling skills… There is a video clip attached. Everybody, keep the videos coming, the more the better for our final film!

The staff are always thinking of new and exciting ways to deliver lessons online to you all. Mr. Neenan, our resident nature expert, is happy to take all your questions about native birds, trees and wildlife (please send these in an email to: tneenan@charlevillecbsprimary.ie (written questions) or as a video (pupil asking the question to sherlihy@charlevillecbsprimary.ie).  We will then broadcast a live interview (featuring your questions, videos and pictures) on the week of the 18th May (also the closing date for questions). So start thinking, taking pics, recording (birdsongs!?), filming and writing!

From the 18th of May, we will be able to have more phone contact and possible video calls (if you wish) between the teachers, SNAs and all of our pupils. We will contact you all nearer the time to make an arrangement that suits everyone. Also, if anyone needs print-offs or resources- this can all be organised too.

The Student Council have been contacted by Mr. Cagney via Office 365, and he hopes to get your ideas for any fundraising that we could do as a school for any group or people (your choice as always) who are in need at this time. So again, thinking caps on!

Work is prepared for all the classes via the website, TEAMS, OneNote AND SEESAW and will be ready as always for 9am on Monday.  Teachers have made some custom made quizzes for you all for next week. Here is a video where you can learn to make these yourselves. It is very useful to learn how to make your own online questionnaires/surveys/ quizzes as these are easily shared with friends and family. Check it out: https://youtu.be/olifc451Dto

I am sharing this on Aladdin but I am going to put all general announcements from the school available on the website too, as I understand that Aladdin can sometimes have a nasty habit of signing out after a few seconds and this can be irksome. As always, everything that is really important is posted already, on the website.

All the best- take care and enjoy the fine weather!

Sinéad Herlihy

5th May 2020

Message from Ms. Sheedy:

Thank you to all of you who participated in Active Home Week and sent in your videos and photos. We love seeing what you have been getting up to at home.

Message from RTE Home School EXTRA

RTE have advised that they received a huge response in relation to their call out for #ActiveHomeWeek videos. Because of the Bank Holiday weekend, and the Friday submission deadline, they were unable to have everything ready for today, as was the original plan.  

RTE have promised to fit in as many videos as they can into tomorrow’s show, and also into other shows throughout the week so stay tuned! Fingers crossed someone from your school will be featured.

So make sure to tune in throughout the week.

Children/young people need 60 MINUTES of physical activity every day. Now that they are started it would be great to keep the habit of daily exercise going. A chart can be a great motivational tool for children and adults too!

I have included ‘undated’ versions of the challenge charts here and your teachers will include them in your weekly Notebook going forward.

Finally, Active School Flag have asked if you could please complete this short 3-minute survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACTIVESCHParents

Thank you all for your positivity and engagement. Continue to stay safe.

Ms. Sheedy