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Summer Holidays and Return to School August 2020
(547) Monday, June 29, 2020

Dear Parents

 

I hope you are all well.

 

I wish to thank you all for your support over these past few months. We have really missed you all and we are really looking forward to getting back to school in August 2020.

 

I wish to thank all of the pupils who have worked so hard since the lockdown and have kept their spirits up despite everything that has been going on around them.

 

Thank you to our staff who have worked so hard to keep everything going during this difficult time.

 

We are planning for the return to school at the moment as if everything is returning to near normal conditions at the school. We still await further advice and guidance from the Department of Education on school re-opening procedures. We are also aware that things can change on a day to day basis and we will keep you up to date if anything should change in terms of government advice.

 

What you will need to know for the return to school are the following:

  • School uniforms are available in the usual stores eg Dunnes, Lidl, Primark, Marks and Spencers. We use the navy tracksuit and white polo tshirt for PE days and the grey skirt or trousers with white polo tshirt and navy tracksuit jumper for normal school days. School crests will be available to buy in the school office when school re-opens in late August.

 

  

  •  School books are available to purchase online at many different online stores such as Eason.ie and schoolbooks.ie.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Thursday August 20th 2020. More details to follow. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will take place on Saturday 26th September 2020. More details to follow. At this point it looks like there will be up to 3 different services on each day. Each family will have one bench in the Church which can hold up to 6 people. Please read Monsignor Thynne’s message from yesterday for more information. It is on our website. We will send you a message if there is any further news.
  • School will reopen on Wednesday August 26th 2020 at 9am. Classes will run for the full day. School starts at 9am and ends at 1:40pm for Senior infants and at 2:40pm for 1st class to 6th class.
  • New Junior Infants will start on Friday August 28th and have been given their own timetable.

 

 

We hope you all have a fun filled, safe and relaxing  Summer holidays. Please keep an eye on our website for any updates. You can contact me directly on infostlukesns@gmail.com and I will try to answer any queries you may have.

 

Take care

 

Vivienne Bourke

 

 

 

 

 


 
Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation Message from Monsignor Thynne
(546) Sunday, June 28, 2020

THE SACRAMENTS OF HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION

 

The re-opening of our churches is a new beginning and is welcomed by people of faith.  During the lockdown, many religious events had to be cancelled or postponed.  We are now in a position to plan for the future. 

 

The proposed date to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation is Thursday 20th August. 


The proposed date to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion is Saturday 26th September.

 

It is important to remember that our experience of Mass and all liturgical events will be quite different as the guidelines set out by the public health authority are implemented.  Different ways in which the Sacraments can be celebrated that respect the health and safety of all involved are being examined. The Covid-19 virus means we have to learn new ways of being together in Church to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone.

 

Just as Ms. Bourke awaits government advice and guidelines on the return to school after the summer break, here in the parish we also await government advice that will further ease restrictions and hopefully, increase the capacity of our church. 

 

Let us now look forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 20 August with the boys and girls who have graduated from St. Luke’s NS.  Having graduated on 24 June in a simplified and meaningful ceremony, may they come together again to be enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

I look forward to meeting you all in the autumn.

 

Msgr. Eoin Thynne


 
Booklists 2020-2021
(545) Friday, June 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

A hard copy of the booklist for your child for the academic year 2020-2021 was sent to your home in the past few days. A copy of the booklists can be found at the link below.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PWKVhJLs7B7iWA80ekGzBZhRoEvuvJeW?usp=sharing

 

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Back to School 2020
(544) Monday, June 8, 2020

Dear Parents

 

We hope that you and your families are all keeping well.

 

We await government advice and guidelines on the return to school after the Summer break. As soon as we receive any news we will contact you all straight away.

 

The good news today about the lifting of some restrictions gives some optimism that the return to school should be able to take place in late August or September if the virus remains contained. No matter what happens over the Summer the return to school may look a little different to what we are used to. When we receive any further updates from the DES and government we will contact you in relation to opening dates and times.

 

In the meantime, a number of parents want to know if they should go ahead and purchase books/uniforms etc. We would advise that you should go ahead as normal and purchase the school uniform if you need to. The navy tracksuits, white tee shirts and grey trousers or skirts should all be available in the coming weeks in the larger retail outlets.

 

The school crest will be available to purchase from the school office when we re-open after the Summer holidays.

 

We are still finalising the booklists and we hope to have them up on our website in the next two weeks. 

 

The school reports will hopefully be posted out to homes by the middle of next week.

 

If you need any further information you can contact me directly on infostlukesns@gmail.com

 

Many thanks

 

Vivienne Bourke

Principal St. Luke's NS

 


 
New Junior Infants 2020
(543) Monday, June 8, 2020

Dear Parents

 

I hope you are all keeping well.

 

We have received no government guidelines yet on when or how we can re open the schools. As soon as we hear anything we will contact you straight away.

 

The news of restrictions easing across the country today is good news, and as a nation we seem to be moving in the right direction. I am optimistic that the new school year will be able to go ahead as planned but may look a little different than what we are used to in the past.

 

Some parents have queries in relation to the school requirements for the new school year:

 

Book money can be paid when the office re opens in August or September. We will notify you when this is possible.

 

School crests can also be purchased when the office re opens.

 

If your child has Special Educational Needs and you are waiting on news about SNA access - we have been told by the NCSE that we will keep our current SNA quota and this should be adequate to cater for the needs of all of the pupils with Special Educational Needs in our school. If we discover that more help is required, we will do a whole school review of our SNA allocation in October in conjunction with the NCSE. 

 

If you have any other queries, please don't hesitate to contact me directly on infostlukesns@gmail.com

 

Warm regards

 

Vivienne Bourke

 

Principal St. Luke's NS


 
Collection of School Books
(542) Monday, May 18, 2020

Collection of Books


-   It is really important that you collect your child’s books and materials as they will need them for the continued learning activities.

 

-   You will receive your allotted time for book collection via text from Ms Bourke. Do not share this time with anyone else – this is your time slot only. If you did not receive a text you cannot come to collect the books.

 

-   Your child’s books will not be available during other time slots.

 

-   Collection of sibling’s books will be done at the time of the youngest sibling which is the earliest time. 

 

-   Do not bring children to the school – only one person per household can attend.

 

-   We will be operating a one way system in the car park. Please park your car safely and do not linger to socialise with anyone else. Then exit the car park as soon as you have your books.

 

-    If possible we would prefer if you could walk to the school.

 

-    The side gate into Tyrrelstown Park will be open on the day.

 

-    There will be 2 metre social distancing markers on site that you must observe at all times – please follow the directions of staff members on site.

 

-    The books will be available for collection outside the front door of the school building -no other parts of the school building will be accessible.

 

-    Please do not come to the school if you have ANY symptoms of Covid-19, if you have been advised to self-isolate, if you have travelled abroad in the past 14 days or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

 

-    While we would love if this could be an opportunity to have a chat and catch up with you, this is not possible in the current circumstances and this process must be completed as safely and as efficiently as possible. We look forward to seeing you.

 

-    Further information regarding Covid-19 is available at https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/


 
Confirmation children present !
(541) Wednesday, May 13, 2020

 Dear 6th Class Confirmation Candidate,

 

We would like to give you the following gift as prepared by the 6th class teachers, Ms Glennon and Mr Galvin, to mark your Confirmation Day 14/5/2020. We will meet you all again in the future, hopefully, and celebrate the sacrament together.

 

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/cW2h4WuJKaQ 

 

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Different Families, Same Love Competition
(540) Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group are delighted to announce a revised format of the Different Families, Same Love competition to accommodate those learning from home.

The new format includes tailor-made resources that allow pupils to explore the topic and create their own projects from within the comfort of their own homes.

To mark the upcoming International Family Equality Day (IFED) and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) we are asking children to unleash their creativity and celebrate the diversity of people and families in Ireland.

 

 

https://www.into.ie/about/our-structure/associated-groups/into-lgbt-teachers-group/dfsl-competition/


 
Message from Monsignor Eoin Thynne: First Holy Communion and Confirmation
(539) Sunday, May 10, 2020

                     

Thursday May14 and Saturday May 16 should be special days for the boys and girls from sixth class and second class who were due to receive the sacrament of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.  It is extremely disappointing for the children, their families, the school and the parish community that these sacraments have to be postponed this year.  It is an occasion I know we were all looking forward to. 

 

Many people have contacted me wondering when Confirmation and First Holy Communion will be held.  The answer is I simply do not know at this stage.  Archbishop’s House has notified Ms. Bourke of the postponement and like so many others is awaiting clarification.  Our hope and that of Colette our Parish Pastoral Worker, is that we will be in a position to celebrate Confirmation and First Holy Communion Ceremonies in the Autumn, however, this will depend on advice from the Government, the Health Authorities and Archbishop’s House.

 

In the Government proposals, churches can reopen on July 20, but that does not mean we will return to the way things were.  Social distancing will be a requirement for some considerable time to come, so we are unlikely to see packed churches with family and friends.  Different ways in which the Sacraments can be celebrated that respect the health and safety of all involved will have to be examined.  We will do our best to ensure that whatever plan we adopt, will be a special and memorable occasion for the children. 

 

It has been a great privilege for Colette and me to engage with the boys and girls in Sixth Class and Second Class and their teachers – Mr. Galvin & Ms. Glennon, Ms. Yeates, Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Quinn & Ms. Burke over the past number of months in the School Preparation Programme.  We acknowledge their outstanding work and recognise also, the hours of rehearsals Ms. McGuane has spent in preparing the choir.  Let us look forward with joy to celebrating these sacraments when restrictions are lifted.

 

On Thursday May 14 and Saturday May 16, you may be assured of my prayers, as I will offer Mass for the boys and girls who will have to wait a bit longer to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the most precious gift of all, the Body of Christ.

 

Finally, I ask you to pray with your children, remembering those who are sick, all who care for them and all who are working so hard to keep us safe during these difficult times.

 

Msgr. Eoin Thynne


 
Message for Parents
(538) Friday, May 8, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are all well.

 

I just wanted to share our plans with you all so that you know what we are hoping to do in the coming weeks.


School cleaning and disinfection

We hope to clean the school once we are allowed back into the building on May 18th. This will take at least two/three full days to do a full deep clean. Only cleaning staff are permitted to enter the building during this time.


School books

We hope to contact all parents after May 19th to come and collect the school books for their children in small groups and one class at a time. We will send you a message with the time you are allowed to come to school as we cannot risk a lot of people turning up at the school at the same time. We need to manage this situation carefully, as you can imagine. We will get the books to you. Please wait until we contact you with a date and time for collection. We know it has been very difficult to do all of the homework online. Please continue to do what you can with your child's school work but please do not get stressed out about it. No one is going to check what you have or have not done so please do not worry. The work was always just a suggestion to help support home learning. The teachers will still use Aladdin Connect for the coming weeks to maintain their communication with you.

 

6th Class Graduation

We are going to try to hold a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate the 6th class pupils time with us. We hope to have a physical graduation ceremony in September as soon as government restrictions allow this to happen. The 6th class teachers are preparing for the virtual graduation at this time. We will be in contact with 6th class parents about this in the coming weeks.


Aladdin Connect

In the light of recent media reports about the dangers of using Zoom we have decided that all communication will take place for now through Aladdin Connect for everyone. We cannot take the risk that children may be exposed to child pornography which would be disturbing and have huge consequences on their mental health. We continue to look for safer alternatives and will use all of the features of Aladdin Connect for now.


Contact

If you are having any difficulty, you can contact me directly on infostlukesns@gmail.com and I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

I wish to thank you all - the Pupils, Parents and Staff,  for everything you are doing. 

 

Warm regards

 

Vivienne Bourke

 
 
 

 
Google Drive
(537) Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Some teachers may share activities with you through the following shared Google Drive. 

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10AXXRiGmBqVtQ7G2F3lc0QjeT64iQ2LP?usp= 

 

Stay Safe, Stay at home


 
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL THE LITTLE BUNNIES IN ST. LUKE'S
(536) Monday, April 6, 2020
There is a danger that Easter will slip by unnoticed due to the restrictions and self-isolation we all have to endure.  Without the lead-in to the Easter holidays and of course sharing Easter eggs with our school pals, Easter Sunday could be like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday.  
 
During this wonderful season of hope and joy, let us recall how much Jesus loves us.  Our belief as Christians is based on Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.  It is an everlasting sign of hope that gives meaning to our lives.  
 
Now more than ever we need hope.  Hope is the most beautiful gift we can offer to others.  Isn’t is encouraging to see so many looking out for one another and looking after their neighbours.  May this feeling of goodwill continue when life returns to normal.  
 
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the many people in the parish who are a sign of hope and offer assistance to those in need.  I compliment the staff who engage with the boys and girls through social media, in preparing lessons and uploading information on the website. 
 
To Ms. Bourke and Mr. Neary who continue to keep us informed and updated through regular postings on the school noticeboard.  
May we all do our bit to make this Easter special for someone by sharing that great gift of hope.  May we smile with those who smile, weep with those who weep and accompany those who are sad or lonely by letting them know we care. 
 
During this Easter time, I wish you smiles, sunshine and lots of treats and may you and your families be blessed with love, happiness and hope.  
 
Happy Easter everyone.
 
Msgr. Eoin Thynne 
 
 

 
Grow in Love: Message from Archbishops House
(535) Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

We hope you are all keeping well at this very difficult time.

 

Sr. Edel has been very busy, uploading lots of information on to the website.  You can access all this information through the following link: http://education.dublindiocese.ie/category/primary/grow-in-love-primary/

 

We absolutely appreciate that not everybody has access to printers, but Parents may also find it helpful when reading to their children or talking about Easter, etc.

 

Also, keep an eye on our blog which is updated on a regular basis:  http://education.dublindiocese.ie/category/primary/primary-blog/

 

Wishing you all well and keep safe,

 

Karen Brady

Education Secretariat


 
Fingal Sports Initiative
(534) Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hi folks,

 

I hope you are all keeping well. Just a quick update from the Sports Hubs and Fingal Sports Office.

 

We’ve been putting together a series of workout videos called ‘Fingal Digifit’ which can be found here; https://learning.fingal.ie/course/view.php?id=139. The aim of this online programme is to offer guidelines for people stay active while at home. We have also put together a series of skills challenge videos aimed at kids to develop different physical and sport skills which are posted daily on the Fingal Sports Office social media pages (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) Monday to Friday.

 

Also yesterday we opened up The Sporting Facts lessons & quizzes here; https://learning.fingal.ie/course/view.php?id=12. This is all about why sport and physical activity is an important part of community and life and is great for kids to work along to as part of their school work.

 

Thanks and stay safe,

Ciaran.

 

 

Ciaran Russell



 
Flag competition link
(533) Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hello everyone ! I hope you are all keeping well , washing your hands often and staying at home !

 

Please see link below to view flag competition entries submitted to infostlukesns@gmail.com 


https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/10AXXRiGmBqVtQ7G2F3lc0QjeT64iQ2LP 

 

Can you see your entry? Best of luck in the competition ! Stay safe, We will see you all again!

 

Warm regards,

 

Liam Neary

 

 

 


 
Flag competition entries
(532) Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hi everyone

 

You can look at the entries in the Kidzone Art & Crafts section on our Google Drive here!:

 
 
 
Keep sending your entries to me at infostlukesns@gmail.com
 
Thanks!
 
Vivienne Bourke

 
Flag competition
(531) Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hi everyone

 

I hope you are all well.

 

We would like every child to draw a picture of their country flag or favourite team flag and take a photo of themselves with it. If possible please put your flag up in your front window so all your neighbours can see it when you are finished!

 

Please send all of your photos to infostlukesns@gmail.com and we will post them on our school website. We will then pick the overall winners in each class group (Junior infants, senior infants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th).

 

These flags are to support our frontline workers and show our appreciation. So let's get busy and let's get creative. If you don't want to do a flag you can do something of your own choice to send a message to the frontline workers.

 

We have launched Aladdin Connect so that children can keep in touch with their teachers. Right now 280 families out of 406 families in our school are using it everyday.  If you are having any difficulty logging in to Aladdin Connect please contact me directly on infostlukesns@gmail.com and I will try to help to set you up.

 

Many thanks

 

Vivienne Bourke


 
School work from home
(530) Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Parents and Pupils

 

We hope you are all keeping well. We miss you all.

 

We just wanted you to know that in these difficult times we do not expect the pupils to do a full days school work. Even one hours work well completed will be enough to keep some structure in their day.

 

The teachers have sent home enough work to keep the pupils busy for at least two to three weeks. 

 

If you need help with the work or if you need a book from your classroom please email us on infostlukesns@gmail.com

 

We check this email account regularly and will try to help you in any way possible.

 

If you are struggling for food or supplies at this time please contact this email address too and we will try to get you help.

 

Please mind yourselves. Together we can get through this.

 

Warm regards

 

Vivienne Bourke


 
Saint Luke's at home support
(529) Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

We wish to assist you, as the prime educators, in supporting the education of your children in the home setting at this difficult time. Please see link below to resources and suggestions and links that you may find useful. The site will be updated periodically. We will also launch an App called Aladdin Connect in the coming days to enhance communication.

 

Please remember to remind your children about hand hygiene. cough & sneeze etiquette and social distancing. Keep safe , mind each other.

 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10AXXRiGmBqVtQ7G2F3lc0QjeT64iQ2LP?usp= 

 

https://youtu.be/5JYhm9oa-DM

 


 
Useful links for parents and children
(527) Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Please see links below to resources that will help you at home with the children.


Dabledoo Music


1 month free membership for parents


https://dabbledoomusic.com/p/parents-subscription-full-access/?

product_id=1122889&coupon_code=FREEMONTH


 Library/Borrowbox


Borrow Ebooks and Audiobooks for Free
Sign up here:
https://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library


Download app: Borrowbox
Or use this link to access Borrowbox


https://fe.bolindadigital.com/wldcs_bol_fo/b2i/mainPage.html?b2bSite=4817&fromPage=1


 Twinkl


• Packs of resources for each class
https://www.twinkl.ie/search?term=school+closure

 

• Free online subscription for 1 month for parents


https://www.twinkl.ie/offer


Enter code: IRLTWINKLHELPS


 Joe Wicks Workouts for kids


• Active 8


https://youtu.be/uqLNxJe4L2I

 

• 5 min move


https://youtu.be/d3LPrhI0v-w


 Learn Touch Typing


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access our Primary, Junior and Leaving Cert e-books, we have created three free accounts which you can use to access everything you need to keep you going over the coming weeks.


 

Maths games for all levels, junior to 6th available: ie.ixl.com

 

Kids Yoga:

www.cosmickids.com 

 

There are lots of suggestions on Pinterest too for bored children!

A VIDEO TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID19

https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0306/1120692-news2day-coronavirus/

Social Story

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