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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

https://theautismeducator.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf


 
Aladdin Connect
(526) Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
Our school is delighted to announce that we will shortly roll out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes.  
 
The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc  via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App
 
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school's communication with  parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child's education by:
- Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
Allowing schools to gather permission(s) from parents
- Allowing parents to quickly and efficiently select preferred slots for parent teacher meetings 
- Keeping parents apprised of their child's attendance
- Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
- Allowing parents to view what items their child had for homework today
- Keeping parents up to date on what library book their child is currently reading and if it is due/overdue to be returned
- Allowing parents view their child's approved report card
- Giving parents the option to opt in to share contact information with their child's classmates’ parents via the Parent Privacy option for the class list.
- Allowing parents to view their child's latest standardised test results
 
Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
- Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
- Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
- Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent
 
You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.
 
In the next few days, you will receive a text message containing your registration link. There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. If you choose you may share your own contact details with other parents of children in the same class as your children, but please be reassured that this information will not be shared unless you choose to share it. Once you are registered you will be sent a text with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience.
 


In preparation for this please let the school know if your phone number has changed recently.

Please note: If there are any personal concerns, or legal provisions in place regarding giving access to Connect to any parent/guardian of your child please contact the school in confidence to discuss or restrict access as required.
 
We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Your class teacher, the secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have via our new email address infostlukesns@gmail.com.

 
Yours sincerely,

 

Vivienne Bourke

 

Principal

 

 
School Closure Covid 19
(525) Thursday, March 12, 2020

12 March 2020 - Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure from Friday 13 March, of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning all schools will be asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.

Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.

Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning. 

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:

“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.

“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.

“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, from tomorrow until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.

“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening.

“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do maters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”

The Department of Education and Skills will remain open and will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time.

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.

ENDS

Note for editors

The Taoiseach has announced that these measures will take effect from 6pm Thursday 12 March



Please keep an eye on our school website for further updates 


 
School Closure Covid 19
(524) Thursday, March 12, 2020

12 March 2020 - Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure from Friday 13 March, of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning all schools will be asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.

Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.

Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning. 

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:

“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.

“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.

“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, from tomorrow until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.

“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening.

“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do maters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”

The Department of Education and Skills will remain open and will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time.

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.

ENDS

Note for editors

The Taoiseach has announced that these measures will take effect from 6pm Thursday 12 March


 
Twinkle free access !!
(523) Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian (s)

Twinkl is a fantastic resource website that I use in the classroom.

 

Twinkl are now offering parents and teachers One Month FREE access to Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. This is a great opportunity to do extra work with your child at home over Easter or during any absences.

This will allow parents and teachers unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class.

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. 

 

Accessing this offer on Twinkl.ie will allow parents the opportunity to access PowerPoints, games, songs, rhymes, stories, worksheets and much more for every area of all subjects on the curriculum from junior infants to sixth class.

 

Please make sure to click the Junior/Senior option for suitable work for Junior Infants.


 
COViD-19 advice
(522) Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Please see link below to advice on COVID-19 and how to talk to our children

 

 

https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2020/03/Talking-To-Children-and-Young-People-about-Covid-19-Advice-for-Parents-and-Schools.pdf 

 

 

 

More advice can be found here

 

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html#4 


 
Parent Contact Information Update
(521) Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear Parents,

To keep your child safe, please make sure that if you have changed mobile phone number(s) recently, or home address, that you inform Kate, our school secretary, of the change.Please ring the school at 018856015.

 

Sincerely,

 

Liam Neary

Deputy Principal


 
Save The Bees
(520) Tuesday, March 10, 2020

SuperValue launched an initiative "Save The Bees". You/families/friends can collect "Save the Bees" cards in SuperValu when you spend €30! Bring them into school to add to the collection poster, which will be placed at the Green School wall on the ground floor and be in with a chance of winning a share of €50,000 for our school!

Posters will be placed around the school for more information on bees and children are encouraged to create posters, poems, songs etc. to share their knowledge and care for the environment. 

More information on bees: 

https://supervalu.ie/real-people/save-the-bees

https://soroptimistireland.com/beeplus_teachers.pdf

A classroom guidebook and student bookmarks are available for each class who wants to learn more about how to save bees. Please reply here if you would like one of the guides or speak to Michaela.

Garden Committee


 
Covid-19 Virus : Advice from DES for parents
(519) Friday, February 28, 2020

Dear Parents

 

Please read the letter in the following link (https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/National-Emergencies-Public-Health-Issues/CMO-Letter-to-Parents.pdf) which includes safety advice in relation to the Covid-19 virus.

 

Many thanks

 

Vivienne Bourke

Principal St. Luke's NS


 
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