Tennis coaching for Junior and Senior Infants will begin next Tuesday 9th March and run for 8 weeks, at a cost of €10 per pupil.
Due to COVID-19 measures, we are asking you where at all possible to please use Databiz, our online payments system, to pay for tennis lessons. Log in at databizsolutions.ie/login with your username and password. Please contact Ciara 042-9337187 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problem using Databiz.
If you choose to pay in cash, exact money only should be sent to the school in an envelope marked with your child's name.
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I hope you and your families are well at this time. We look forward to welcoming your child back to the school building on Monday March 1st. In preparation for this, we require a completed School Parental Declaration Form with respect to your child, returned to us by Friday February 26th at 3pm. This form should be accessed and completed online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXWLfigdnxydpnKu90cI5mHlSbFdgo4iPPE6BjaRAd0KTejg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Starting and finishing times are as before; assembling in the school yard from 9.10-9.20am, weather permitting. Hometimes are 2pm for junior and senior infants, 3pm for 1st and 2nd classes.
Michael Lynch's have advised us that their shop on Clanbrassil Street is open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm for any school uniforms required.
I would respectfully ask that there is no congregation of parents at the school gate in the morning or afternoon. Public health advice at this time is that face coverings be worn in all public places. We will have cones in place to mark where parents should stand when waiting to collect pupils from junior and senior infants. Senior infant parents may stand along the fence and collect from the main gate. Junior infant parents may stand at cones at either side of the small gate outside 3rd class.
Thank you as always for your continued support.
If your child returned a Christmas Card design this year, his/her sample card will be sent home TODAY. As the sample cards were delayed, the closing date for orders is Tuesday 17th November.
If you wish to purchase cards, gift tags etc. with your child's design, by far the easiest way this year is to use the online ordering system by the designacard.ie company. We would ask you to use this method where possible please.
On the back of your sample card, you will see a QR code which you can scan with your smartphone to log in directly to the order system. Alternatively, you can go to login.designacard.ie/ordernow and log in with your child's name and unique reference number found on your sample card.
For siblings, you add to this first order by entering the sibling's name and reference code.
The steps are given below:
Only if you cannot use the online ordering system, you may send cash/cheque to school with your child. Please return the sample card, and the exact money only, in the envelope provided .
The closing date for orders is Tuesday 17th November. Late orders will incur delivery fees of €6 (charge by designacard.ie).
If you have any queries, please contact Ciara in the school office.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Due to traffic congestion in the Community Centre car park, and in the interests of safety, we will now operate a one-way system in the mornings and at home time.
We ask that you enter via the gate furthest from the community centre (at the opposite end of the playground from the one that is usually used), and exit via the usual gate beside the playground. Signs will be placed at these points to guide you.
We also remind you of the one way system that operates in the church car park. Please see the maps below for guidance.
Your co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Welcome New Parents and Guardians!
We hope you are all keeping safe and well.
We are sorry we have not been able to host our parents evening for new entrants at school this year as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions. We are hoping to organise a ‘meet and greet’ for small groups in the school grounds in due course (following HSE guidelines). This will be an opportunity for you and your child to visit our school, to meet Ms Tansey and Mrs Kirby, and get a feel for our school environment in preparation for starting school on Wednesday 26th August.
We have created online presentations and videos which will provide you with lots of important and useful information on our school and the Junior Infant classroom.
This post includes:
We have created a separate blog post for our new Junior Infants to explore with videos of our current students, school activities and a message from Ms. Tansey. We posted that blog just before this one, it can be found by scrolling down or following this link: https://www.kilkerleyns.com/school-blog/special-videos-and-messages-for-our-new-entrants-2020
We hope you find the blog posts useful and informative!
Hello boys and girls!
This blog post is for our incoming Junior Infants. The post includes:
1. Hello from Ms Tansey
2. What is it like to be in Junior Infants? Interview video
3. Our school open day video
4. Familiar faces!
We hope you enjoy the videos. We can't wait to meet you!
Link to information videos for Parents/Guardians: https://www.kilkerleyns.com/school-blog/information-for-the-parentsguardians-of-our-new-entrants-2020
Please note that Fr Gerry and Fr Brian have a new improved webcam service for viewing live Mass and other ceremonies.
You can view by going to Our Lady Queen of Peace Pastoral Area website here, or alternatively directly from the churchmedia.tv website here.
Weekend Masses are being LIVE STREAMED from Kilkerley at 6pm on Saturdays and Knockbridge at 11:30am on Sundays. Mass is also being celebrated on weekdays at 9:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Kilkerley.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Covid 19 has brought about many changes to our society and to family life and practices. One of these has been the reliance on social media to keep in touch. While social media has many advantages, it can also have disadvantages when not used correctly.
In February, our teachers conducted internet safety awareness lessons with their respective classes. Over the next two weeks, teachers will revise these key messages with their classes. It is very important that you and your child engage with these lessons.Apps such as Snapchat and Tik Tok are recommended for children aged 13 years and over. If your child is using these platforms then you need to be aware of this.These platforms can often be the setting for hurtful name-calling, verbal abuse and bullying.
As parents, we have a responsibility for educating and supporting our children in the correct use of the internet and social media platforms, as well as protecting them from accidentally causing hurt to themselves or others through what they post on social media platforms.
Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.
As we near the end of the final term, we are mindful that Sports Day is an event that many children look forward to. We wanted to provide families with a way of bringing the fun and excitement of active challenges and games into their homes, so we discovered the Virtual Sports Day website, created by Sligo Education Centre.
Here is the link to the homepage: https://sites.google.com/holyangelsns.ie/virtualsportsday/home
This site has suggested events for you and your family to take part in, to host your own sports day or sports week at home.
The activities are as follows:
Under each of these headings there are three activities, requiring varying levels of competency and skill.
Activity 1 is generally suited to classes from Junior Infants to 1st class, Activity 2 for 2nd to 4th class and Activity 3 for 5th and 6th. You can choose what activities and what level suits your family best and there are videos to show you how to perform the activities.
Under the DOWNLOADS button you will find a planning template for your events, as well as equipment lists (using everyday items). There are even lively soundtracks to get you motivated!
We hope that you enjoy practicing new skills and being active together in this beautiful weather. We would love to see pictures and videos of what you get up to so please email or Tweet your events!
Reel Life Science are challenging you to create a one minute video about anything Science or STEM related. The contest is open to students all over Ireland representing their Primary school. Videos should be no longer than one minute in length and can be live action or animated in either English or as Gaeilge. You could win €1,000 for the school! You can find out more information on their website: https://reellifescience.com/ Get those wonderful thinking caps on and devices out! The closing date is May 29th.
For guidance on film making (not that you guys need it!) there are lots of great lessons and videos on the Fís Film Project website:
Niamh Shaw, an aspiring astronaut from Dundalk, is working with Macalla Teo TV production company who are making Home School Hub for RTÉ.
Home School Hub Extra is the user generated kids takeover show on RTE2 every evening. Ahead of Earth Day on April 22nd, we are asking kids to send in short videos (20-30 seconds) about how they are trying to save the planet and the environment, e.g. recycling, saving water, washing hands, anything at all you can think of. All you have to do is take a video with a phone (just make sure the phone is turned sideways so that the video is in landscape format) and email it to email@example.com
Agri Aware, Ireland's agri-food educational charity have relaunched their popular primary school programme Incredible Edibles and opened it up to families to participate during this time of isolation and school closures.
Since food has been flying off the shelves in many supermarkets across Ireland, Agri Aware are encouraging families to learn all about where that food comes from and the importance of consumption of Irish fruit and vegetables, for a healthy balanced diet.
There are five tasks to complete in this Family Challenge, on topics such as food origin, identifying Irish food, planting, cooking and healthy eating week. Any parent can sign up their kids for free and on completion of the 5 tasks, may be in with a chance to win some prizes worth up to €175.
Parents are simply asked to take pictures of the worksheets given and write a simple description on what they did for each task. There are also two levels to facilitate different abilities of learning, beginner and advanced.
To sign up to this free project, or for more information, visit: www.incredibleedibles.ie
With so many children and families staying safely at home during this difficult time, regular work and schoolwork is happening across many households in Ireland. In order to help children and their families focus on positive, hopeful messages, Make-A-Wish has put together some fun ideas for children and their families to do. These can be used as part of either the school day, or as part of family time at home. These materials are free for you to access and share.
Some lovely ideas here you might use over the Easter holidays before schoolwork begins again!