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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


 
Health advisory
(518) Monday, February 3, 2020

We have had 2 reported cases of Influenza B in our school community. Please see link to advice from HSE 

 

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/hcaiamr/flu/winter-flu-advice.html


 
New Board of Management
(517) Tuesday, January 28, 2020

BOM St. Luke's NS

 

Hi everyone

I would just like to announce the new BOM members for 2019-2023:

 

Chairperson: Martin Kavanagh

Patron's Nominee: Monsignor Eoin Thynne

Parent's Nominees: Mary Egan and Raymond O' Neill

Teacher's Nominee: Sean Mc Keown

Community Nominees: Roderick Clifford and Ludmila Teslaru

Member by right: Vivienne Bourke

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms v Bourke (Principal)


 
Saint Luke's NS send help to Malawi
(516) Tuesday, January 21, 2020

We have made a little video about what has been bought with the money that St. Luke's has sent to Malawi. (500 E from last year's water walk & 100 E from the Christmas raffle)

Some of our classes saw the presentation about the Water project last year.

 

Please remember to be grateful for what you have, your family, your friends, your home, running water, electricity................. 

 

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZrxTLEiKs

 


 
Closing times 20th December 2019
(515) Friday, December 13, 2019

Dear Parents

 

Closing times Friday 20th December 2019 are as follows:

11:50 for Junior and Senior infants and

12:00 for 1st,2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

 


 
Christmas Raffle 2019
(514) Monday, December 9, 2019
Dear Parents, Guardians and Children,

St Luke’s annual Christmas raffle will take place on Wednesday 18th December 2019. Tickets cost €2 each or three tickets for €5.00.

Tickets can be purchased at the front door between 8.45 - 9am daily and also from room 5 between 1.45 – 2.45pm daily.

There will be an opportunity to buy tickets on Thursday 12th December during the Christmas concerts.

Prizes include toys, food hampers and vouchers for local shops.

Many thanks for your continued support.

A special thank you to Mary Egan and Sharon Geraghty, our two wonderful parents, who have collected lots of toys and gifts for the raffle. We really appreciate everything you have done!

Warm regards

Vivienne Bourke
Principal St. Luke's NS 

 
Christmas Concert Timetable 12th December 2019
(513) Monday, December 9, 2019

We are really looking forward to welcoming you to our Christmas concerts this year.

 

Date: 12th December 2019

Venue: School Hall St Lukes NS

 

Please note there will be no parking on site.

 

Seasons greetings from All of the pupils and staff at St. Luke's NS

 

 

Junior Infants

 

9:10

1st Class

 

10:00

Senior Infants

 

10:40

2nd Class

 

11:30

3rd Class

 

12:00

4th Class

 

12:40

5th and 6th classes

 

1:45


 
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