Hi All! We are just delighted to get so many emails to our teachers and hearing about how all our pupils are getting along. Thank you so much for that! We really working together to find the best ways to keep in touch with you.
We have had a really good response to our suggested assignments on Aladdin. We have stressed the importance of setting up a good routine for each day. But we don`t want the Mams and Dads to be under too much pressure either.
Please get in touch with the class teachers-they're delighted to help and contact details are on all of their blogs.
Here we are at one of our Zoom meetings! We're all meeting regularly. Just like you we miss meeting one another face to face but we know we have to stay at home for now so, just like you, we meet online, whatsapp and email. But we would still prefer to meet each other and all of you in person!
Meanwhile our garden is growing in school! Brian took these pics. He is watering the plants every day. Our onions are really coming on. And, if you hover over the pics, you might find the weeping willow tree which the Students Council were presented with at their last meeting.
And here's our Communion class from last year! The First Holy Communion was scheduled for the 16th of May. Just three weeks away! Lots of parents have been asking us when it is going to take place. We promise we will let you know as soon as we know!
In response to feedback we have got from Mams and Dads, we made some changes to our assigned work for our boys. We have been contacting parents to see how they have been faring out this week and have also created a survey to get more responses.
Anyone filling this survey will remain anonymous. We really want your honest responses. You can flesh out that reponse in the comment section. We're keen to do the best for our boys, even from this distance, and need your feedback on the challenges and on what's working well.
The survey will be sent via Aladdin. If you cannot access Aladdin please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, head on over to our fantastic blogs! Lots of ideas there...and keep those pics rolling in!
Welcome back everybody after the Easter break! I hope you all had a lovely time in the sunshine. We've all been doing just GREAT with social distancing and hand washing so it's been good to hear that Ireland are doing so well in flattening the curve and preventing a lot of suffering from Covid-19! Still, we've got to keep up the work.
And hopefully keep up all the learning too!
...has been working his magic, delivering suggested work for every class. There were a couple of technical glitches with Aladdin's magic lamp this morning but they have been sorted now. If you have any Aladdin issues contact email@example.com
We're still happy to get feedback and pics at that email too. But we also have beautiful class blogs on our website! You can drop over there to look at them and each blog has an email address for parents to contact the class teacher directly.
The teachers really want to add lots of pics of your son's activities on their blogs too, so email them on directly to the teachers please. It can be a great motivator to see your work up online!
So how is your new routine going today? We hope you're mixing up the more challenging work with fun stuff.
We hope you're getting lots of exercise. Don't forget Joe's live sessions on TV and also on youtube.
And enjoy this really lively and inspiring series of programmes from TG4-a fun way to learn Irish!
If you've missed any programmes from RTE's Home School Hub you'll get them here It's on at 11am every week day morning.
And remember there also has been no better time to enjoy nature. You will learn a lot from getting out there watching wildlife, drawing what you see, or taking pictures.
Why not add them to your journal of this very special time in our country?
The very best thing you could do right now is get an ordinary blank writing copy and use it for your own daily observations on what is happening around you. You can keep that diary for yourself to look back on in years to come. Or you and your parents might be interested in the following project from Meath County Council....
Meath County Council are very interested in receiving diaries from everyone-children and adults-on life in these times. These diaries will be a great source of history for everyone in years to come. Read all about this initiative here.
Don't forget......SET UP A SCHEDULE for your weekdays!
Include exercise, art time, English and Irish, Maths, Science, prayer time, quiet time.
A random act of kindness!(or two!)
Now, head over to your teacher's blog for lots more suggestions on activities that you can fit into your routine this week.
Our teachers are all beavering away meeting together online, working on their blogs, responding to emails and planning for the future. And thinking of you all!
Are you getting out and about? It can be difficult to stay away from your friends and your relations but why not focus on some gardening over Easter?
Check out the Incredible Edibles website for free resources and gardening tips!
We have been just thrilled to see the work that you boys have been doing at home for the past while. Don't forget to switch off over the Easter break and relax. The teachers will have lots more activities for you to work on and will post them via Aladdin Connect on the 19th April in time for your new routine to kick off on Monday 20th.
And your parents can email your teacher directly about what is working well for you, and what you are finding difficult. Plus pics of any activities you want to share on the class blog.
Of course lots of the activities you have been doing are just great fun! Lots of you have really enjoyed Science experiments just like these two brothers here. Some of you have enjoyed baking and cooking. And, of course, Art and Music have been popular activities too.
You will need more indoor activities than usual for this Easter. So keep playing away with the activities you enjoy over the Easter break.
Of course the reason for the Easter break is to celebrate Easter! You might like to follow the story of Easter here on youtube
Don't forget to do a few chores for Mam and Dad every day. Every little helps!
And, most of all-smile whenever you can! You smile brings happiness to everyone!
I can see some of you boys are growing and changing so much in just couple of weeks. Great to hear about the progress you have been making!
Click on this link for twenty five Easter Craft Ideas! And have lots of fun indoors!
Wash your Hands
Keep your Social Distance
And enjoy your Easter Eggs!
Along with sharing some of our families' pics today, we've got a fresh crop of links and ideas to keep you going right through the Easter holidays!
We are definitely living through astonishing times. Huge, huge changes are happening all around us-and to us! If you haven't started already, get your own blog or journal going to record the day to day events.
Or just sign up for the initiative from our local History Society and Millmount Museum!
They would LOVE to get a story, a poem or a drawing from you about what you are doing during this Corona Virus Emergency. Ask your Mam, Dad or guardian to submit it via email-details below!
You could always do a session of birdwatching in your garden. Some of you guys are already keen birders. If you put out a few crumbs or nuts for the birds its amazing to see what birds you can attract. But put the food up high and close enough to a tree or a bush where the birds can shelter. Then you can play this game of Bird Bingo!
And here's a really popular birder and artist: Don Conroy. He's on TV and also on youtube. And, if you think we've mentioned him before, well, you're right! We really like what this guy does and we think you will too!
Just click on the links below!
There's lots of free maths games here
And David Walliams reads his stories at 11 am every day here.
Click on the link below for a raft of free worksheets.
These boys are keeping up with their Gaeilge, Music and the fitness through RTE's education hub. Their Mum joined in the fun too! We're just waiting for the photo to prove that though! :-)
You don't have to print sheets off either-why not make your own? It's amazing what you can do with a blank sheet of paper! Some GREAT maths practice here!
There's lots of resources for all parents on the NCSE website. It also includes support for Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and a great social story for children on the Covid-19 virus.
I havejust got to say... I love this! What a time we're are having now-with a right mix of the good and the bad and the challenging for all. But can also be a great time for family. It's a great time to pull together, get all hands on deck AND create a memento of this time together.
So, you might like to keep a journal, write a poem or draw a picture to remind you of this unique time in our history. Or just get your paints out and put all hands together.
Check out our class blogs here everyone! The teachers have been busy getting their blogs set up. You'll be able to send on your pics and your activities to your teacher right away!
Pics intended for publishing on the blog MUST be sent by parents or guardians.
Your identity or address will not be shared online.
Teachers are also on hand to answer questions or queries via email, tomorrow and after the Easter holidays.
Email Addresses at the end of yesterday's blog post here!
They will upload the next round of suggested activities for their classes on Sunday 19th April via Aladdin Connect so you're all good to get back into your learning routine from Monday 20th April.
THANK YOU! for the great response for pics and project yesterday!
Here's the news today.....
Great to see you trying different techniques at work and at play....
Cutting, colouring, drawing, reading, digging...
...learning is even better when it's FUN!
Why not Sing Your Tables?
Use whatever books you have in your schoolbag or at home. Or what you can find online...
If you haven't got all of your school books, remember to check out for FREE books online at CJ Fallon and Folens.
Our school roll number is 18762D-you may need it to access some sites.
It is really wonderful to see you following an interest that gives you joy and pleasure. And what better pleasure is there than the taste of home made bread? Hmmmm.... now if only we could convey the aroma on this blog!
But at least we can follow the story! Click on the link above to see some fantastic descriptions and also the science behind this bread making project!
Weaving Wellbeing has been a wonderful addition to the curriculum in our school. It's great to see you writing about your emotions! And writing your own book is great for your imagination and creativity.
And look at this as a Lego project on Social Distancing? Well done to that football team!
We know you are finding new ways to play on your own. It's kinda sad that we cannot be with our play mates right now. But it's the right thing if we are to help everyone to keep healthy. Thanks guys for the great pics!
Tips for Parents:
The National Educational Psychological Service have developed tips to help parents during this challenging time. The Plan for the Day document and Relaxation Techniques document can be downloaded here or from the files below.
We have had lots of feedback and encouragement from you parents over the past two weeks via phone and email. It has been a challenging time for all as we try to stay well and also keep up with our good routines.
Our teachers have set up temporary emails for queries about assignments. We have also got class blogs on our school website. The teachers would LOVE to receive photos for those blogs from their class pupils. So send them on to their class email.
Junior Infants firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Infants: Seninfsdonacarney@gmail.com
First Class: email@example.com
Second Class: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Class: email@example.com
Fourth Class: firstname.lastname@example.org
And, as always, your comments and pics also welcome here email@example.com