8th June 2020
Dear Parents / Guardians,
Creative Schools Week: Ms. Minogue, the teachers and I are all VERY impressed with all the boys’ creative and artistic endeavours over the past few days! Please keep it up. Clearly your child has had a fun week! Continue to share your pics and videos- a short film will be made! There are some dance videos also on their way to you shortly. 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. 6th class reports will contain their results in previous years for use by their prospective secondary schools.
6th Class teachers have put together a learning pack for our 6th class to complete (as they prepare to transition to second level) and these will be sent out via post tomorrow. We ask that our 6th class pupils take the time to work through these activities in the coming week and if they have any queries for the school, please feel free to contact us. In these difficult circumstances we want to make the transition for our 6th class pupils as smooth and as positive as possible. We will be in contact very soon with 6th class parents regarding our online graduation on Monday 22nd June.
Book Rental & Pupil’s belongings:
The board of management have decided that the collection or exchange of books are only to take place if necessary this term. This means that on the 19th June, 6th class parents will have a choice to come to the school, return their books and receive their deposit (or you can choose to wait until late August).
All other classes will keep their book rental text books (stored away safely at home) over the summer. Be assured that all your son’s belongings will be minded and stored safely here at the school.
Autumn: School premises re-opening to pupils:
A senior inspector from the department that I was speaking to recently emphasised the need for ‘completion of important instruction’ (possibly missed out on, during the closure) when pupils return to school. She also advised that Sept/Oct should be a time for lots of active and outdoor learning in order to enhance social cohesion, well-being and language development. With this in mind, all teachers will be preparing many different resources and learning materials for the new year. I think that there is a general understanding that the approach to teaching and learning will reflect our new reality, and be guided by practicalities and common sense.
Early next week, all parents will get a list of items that your son/s will need when they return in the new school year (this will not include workbooks as of yet- these will be organised through the school in September). It will take into account pupils’ belongings here, unfinished copies etc. You will also receive notification of payment for the book rental scheme and photocopying costs.
SESE & SCHOOL FILM PROJECT : Mr. Neenan’s nature film is nearly ready and features all your nature questions- looking forward to sharing the link with you when it is ready early next week!
Work is prepared for all the classes via the website, TEAMS, OneNote and SEESAW and will be ready for 9am on Wednesday.
All the best to you all- stay safe and well,
Creative Schools Week+ – June 2020
Here is a message from Ms. Minogue:
We know that you have all been working very hard for the last few months so we decided for the first six school days of June we might do something a little bit different. We are going to focus on doing lots of creative activities and we hope that you will do at least 4 of the activities each day. You can do more if you wish. The days have been coloured coded so that you know that all the work assigned for e.g. Tuesday June 2nd will be in yellow, Wednesday June 3rd will in green etc.
Schedule of activities are available here: http://charlevillecbsprimary.ie/creative-school-week-2020/
Please send videos or photos each day to your teacher so he or she can see what activities you are doing.We ask that you please do the work on the SPHE/RSE Programme uploaded to the website last week with your parents.
Don’t forget to fill in the worksheet at the end of the document each day so that you can record the activities you have done and email it or take a photo and send it to your teacher by Friday 11th of June. If you have any queries please email me at: email@example.comHope you all have a relaxed and safe week and don’t forget to have some fun!!!
Parents please note that there are a number of links to the internet so you may need to supervise some tasks
Thanks to Ms. Minogue and the creative team for all their hard work. Attached are details of Murrays opening hours and appointment arrangements for school uniform fitting. More announcements will be made at the end of this week but for now, continue to enjoy what remains of the fine weather.
All the best,
24th May 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com (written questions) or as a video (pupil asking the question to firstname.lastname@example.org). 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!
8th May 2020
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: email@example.com (written questions) or as a video (pupil asking the question to firstname.lastname@example.org). 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!
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.