Can I start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and enjoyed the break. As we start back to school it is not the start any of us were thinking about. But we fully understand why the government has taken the decision and that the most important thing we do now is to keep everyone safe.
Work will now move online. We will be using Seesaw. Classes have been engaged with Seesaw since the start of the year and were engaged with a range of activities using this platform.
Teacher will assign work on Monday. You will get daily communication in relation to the work set for that day. You will also get daily feedback. Class teachers and resource teachers have been planning together to support children who attend resource.
The work is there as a support and will help give structure to the day. As always let your child engage with the work but never let it become a cause of frustration. It is strange doing school work at home, away from usual support of teachers and friends. If they don’t get all the work done, that is fine. Every family has their own unique set of circumstances. Remember that you can email the class teacher in relation to any issue. This communication is essential in supporting a child’s learning.
We all know that children love routine. The best advice I can offer is to have a daily routine in your house. You all know the importance of getting up and dressed, eating well and exercise. In school we would always have some form of movement breaks during the day. It is important that each child engages as best they can with the work as this supports the continuity of learning. For those of you who are old enough to remember the Mars ad, children need to “work, rest and play”.
The enrolment process will continue as normal. It is due to start on Monday the 11th. Applications can be emailed, posted or hand delivered. There will be a box just inside the front door of the school. They can be hand delivered between 10am and 1pm each day. The enrolment period will last for 4 weeks and closes on the 5th of February. t-2021.html
I will be in contact next week.
Take care and have a lovely weekend,
MESSAGE FROM PARENTS ASSOCIATION:
We are delighted to let you know that we finally completed the next stage of the yard upgrade. Over the weekend the painters arrived and completed
the wall mural on the 1st & 2nd yard wall.
The theme for this yard wall was Irish Mythical Legends.
We wish to convey our sincere thanks to all the parents who contributed to our Small Change Friday collection which is funding our yard upgrades.
This is a lovely legacy that you have all been a part of and contributed towards which will remain on the walls for many years.
We have attached some photos for you to see.
Many thanks and kind regards to you all
Scoil Na Mainistreach Parents Association
This year, as well as enjoying the all the amazing worlds you visit when reading books, Summer Stars is celebrating your imagination by running a short story competition.
Public libraries are calling on all 6-18 year olds to write a story, no more than 500 words, on An Unexpected Adventure. Of course, 6 year olds won’t be competing against teenagers! There are three age categories: age 6-9, age 10-14, age 15-18.
There will be 15 finalists in each category and one national winner from each category. Each winner will receive a Tablet and each finalist will receive a €50 voucher. That's a lot of great prizes and a lot of chances to win!
So let your imagination take you on an unexpected adventure and start writing today!
Terms & Conditions
Summer Stars is the public library national summer reading programme for children that runs from the 15th of June until the end of August. All children throughout the country are invited to join the adventure and to enjoy the fun and pleasure of reading and writing over the summer. Summer Stars is non-competitive and every child who reads even one book is regarded as having completed the programme – and it’s all completely free!
Activities for Summer Stars 2020:
Right to Read
The Summer Stars Reading Adventure is an element of the Right to Read initiative, which is co-ordinated at national level by the Right to Read Steering Group, chaired by the Department of Rural and Community Development. Right to Read is an annual programme to support literacy and reading development across local authorities and is led locally by the public library service. Key elements of the Right to Read service currently include a network of local partners supporting and co-operating in literacy and reading development activities and a series of annual reading activities including Spring into Storytime, Summer Stars, Children’s Book Festival and Family Time at Your Library.
The Great Isolation Activity Book has lots of fun ideas that you might enjoy
Click on link below to print
Special Education Resources
Oxford Owl free books
Free ebooks for children aged 3-11.
Oxford Owl Children's Activities
Lots of literacy ideas and activities based on age range.
Tips for parents when reading at home with your children.
A structured programme of word and spelling learning for children with dyslexia or literacy difficulties. (part 1)
A structured programme of word and spelling learning for children with dyslexia or literacy difficulties. (part 2)
A structured programme of word and spelling learning for children with dyslexia or literacy difficulties. (part 3)
Early Numeracy Skills - Letters
Ideas for working with letters. Suitable for emerging and young readers.
Early Literacy Skills - Words
Ideas for working at word level. Suitable for emerging and young readers.
Dolch Word games
Games to help with the learning of sight vocabulary.
Touch Type Read Spell
Structured and progressive touch typing course. (Account required)
An online Maths learning platform. The pupils of Scoil Na Mainistreach all have an account.
Ronitbird - Dyscalculia support
Games, gameboards, videos and teaching resources for children with numeracy difficulties.
Hit The Button - Tables games
Online game for developing speed with number facts.
Graded maths games for all children. Covers all areas of the curriculum.
Other SE Resources
Social stories on Covid-19/Covid-19 test for children with autism.
Language Builder Resource Kit
Free Language Builder ARIS Resource Kit for families faced with the challenge of educating and engaging their child with autism or other special needs at home.
Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy activities for all primary school aged children.
Tongue Twisters for children with speech difficulties.
Literacy and articulation activities.
Activities to Develop Receptive Language and Comprehension Skills.
Activities to Develop Expressive Language Skills.
Communication tips for parents
Developing early communication skills.
Ican Speech and Language resouce
Strategies for parents helping with speech and language skills.
Speaking of Speech
Downloadable games and worksheets for supporting children and young people with their speech, language and communication skills.
General Education Resources
Online interactive maths and numeracy games.
Online animated audio books. 1 month free account available.
World Book Online
Free online databases for children. Ideal for researching and project work.
Free audio books.
Access to David Walliams website where he is releasing a free audio book per day for the next month.
Mindfulness yoga for kids that promotes relaxation, flexibility and reduced anxiety.
GoNoodle movement breaks
Activity breaks, free dance, structured dance, mindfulness activities and much more.
Early literacy skills for young readers.
Language learning app ideal for brushing up on gaeilge.
Irish language website, provides glossaries, dictionaries etc.
Dublin Zoo is providing activity books on some of the featured animals in the zoo.
Resources and activities for learning across the curriculum.
PE with Joe Wicks
PE lessons with Joe Wicks every morning at 9am.
All Curricular Areas
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Social Environmental and Scientific Education (History, Geography and Science)
Community Games Art & Handwriting Competition.
DATE; Sunday 9th Feb.
VENUE: Scoil Na Mainistreach
TIME: Reg 1.30. Art first 2-3.30 followed by Handwriting at 4pm.
ENROLMENT FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
will take place in the on Wednesday 5th. and Thursday 6th. February
from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
This is an historic year for us as it is the first time that we are enroling boys and girls into our Junior Infants.
Please bring the following documentation with you:
Child’s Birth Certificate,
Current Utility Bill/s
(for other acceptable proofs of address see
Enrolment Policy on school websites).
We are looking for some help to find out how much people in Scoil Na Mainistreach know about Marine Litter. We would like you to help us by filling out a short survey here.
More sporting success on the playing fields for a Scoil Na Mainistreach past pupil. Conor Masterson scored a cracking goal for the 21's in their Euro Qualifier against Sweden last night. A brilliant header by Conor from a corner helped Ireland to a 3-1 win and sets them up for a great chance of qualifying for the Euros next year. Well done Conor and we look forward to seeing him continue his progress with Ireland and his Club QPR.
Huge congratulations to our past pupil Aaron Browne who has been named on the Electric Ireland Minor Football Team of the Year. A brilliant achievement in what has been an extraordinay year for Aaron on the GAA fields. In July he captained Kildare minors to a Leinster Final win over the arch enemies Dublin! Like all past pupils we are immensely proud of Aaron and his achievements and we look forward to seeing him represent Kildare for many years ahead and who knows help topple them Dubs in Leinster some day!!
This week's jackpot was worth €6,200 and took place on Friday 7th June. There was no winner of the jackpot. This weeks winners of the €50 were P Farrell and J Holmes. The numbers drawn were 1,6,24 & 25. If you wish to take part in our next draw, choose 4 numbers between 1 and 28. The cost is €2 per line. Please do not put your child's name on the envelope, as you need to be over 18 to play. We would ask parents to please support the lotto.
Our Maynooth Cycle 2019 in association with the Galway Cycle was a tremendous success. Over €2500 was raised by the pupils of the schools in Celbridge. Below we have top class drone footage captured by Adam and Cillian in 6th Class along with excellent pictures taken by parent in Scoil Na Mainistreach Mrs Rossiter.
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