Updates for parents during the Covid-19 school closure

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,
We hope that all families are keeping well. Here are some important dates and updates.
Kind regards,
Noel Loftus

Diary Dates

Wednesday 3rd & Friday 5th June @10.30amTransition Programme video calls for 6th class pupils via Google Meet. All pupils received a link to the events.
Week beginning Monday 8th June – Virtual Sports Day on a day selected by you during that week. Watch out for an email from your child’s class teacher with everything needed.
Monday 15th June @ 2.00pm – End of School Year Mass via webcam from the Cathedral. All families are invited to join in by going to www,achonrydioceses.org >> Daily Masses >>Ballaghaderreen
Tuesday & Wednesday 16th & 17th June Collection of Rental text books given to your child last September (1st Class to 6th Class). All families will receive an email from the class teacher with the collection details.
By Friday 19th June – Report cards, Booklists 2020/2021 & School Calendar 2020/2021 will have been received by all families.
Wednesday 24th June @ 1.15pm – 6th Class graduation ceremony via Google Meet. All 6th class pupils and their families are invited to join in. You will receive a link to the online event closer to the date. Thank you to the Parents’ Association who will distribute the Class of 2020 hoodies, certificates and attendance awards to the homes of pupils before the event.
Friday 26th June – Final school day before the summer holidays begin.
Monday 31st August – Provisional date for the start of the new school year for pupils. More information to follow when the Department of Education & Skills updates us on the protocols required to safely reopen schools while adhering to the social distancing requirements in place at that time.


Delivery of Pupil Food Boxes by FreshToday
• Batch 4 (3 week parcel) covers 25th May – 12th June
• Batch 5 (3 week parcel) covers 15th June – 3rd July
Using home eircodes, boxes should now be delivered directly to the door for most families.
Distance Learning
Teachers will continue to assign suggested work to all pupils during June. Pupils are expected to engage with this work and submit completed activities insofar as they can. That said, teachers will gradually reduce the quantity of the assigned work as the month goes on. An increasing use will be made of video calls (Zoom & Google Meet), outdoor related activities including sport and project work/ investigation work.
Look here to see samples of the great work being done by our pupils since schools were closed on 12 March. Please continue to share photos and videos with us.
We thank those pupils who are regularly submitting work. We are also very grateful to you for encouraging and supporting your child’s distance learning. Please contact with your child’s teachers or myself if you have any questions or need help.
Teacher appointments
Ms. Christina Hennigan will join our school as a new permanent teacher from 2020/2021. Ms. Hennigan was appointed recently because of growing pupil numbers in the school. Two other teachers will be appointed shortly for 2020/2021.
Our teachers for 2020/21
• Junior Infants – Ms. Jennifer McCann
• Senior Infants – To be appointed
• First Class – Ms. Orla Higgins and Ms. Claire Corrigan (job-share)
• Second Class – Ms. Catriona Groarke
• Third Class – Mr. Damien Connolly
• Third Class – Ms. Christina Hennigan
• Fourth Class – To be appointed
• Fifth Class – Mr. Fallon
• Sixth Class – Mr. Satchwell
• Special Education Teachers: Mr. Helen Curran, Ms. Rosanne Deeney, Ms. Clare McBrien, Ms. Catherine Coyle, Ms Majella Basquil Regan
• Home School Community Liaison: Ms. Michele Igoe
Payments to the school
From 2020/2021, you will be able to make cashless payments to the school via our website e.g. Book Rental money. Your payment will be processed by Paypal. More information to follow.
Policy drafts
You are invited to submit queries or comments on the school policies labelled ‘Draft’ on our website.

School contacts: Reminder
Teachers & Principal – direct email addresses
Home School Community Liaison: Michelle Igoe @086 793 0566
School secretary: Margaret Cunniffee @ 094 986 0646

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