Dear Parents ,

I hope you are your family are safe and well. We ask our school community to remember in their thoughts and prayers , Ms. Breda and her family whose husband Michael sadly passed away this week after a long illness.

Please see some important notices for your attention.

Video Calls 

It is our intention to set up online class group chats with children in your child’s class next week (2nd to 6th classes only).The purpose of the chat is for children to talk to their teacher and other classmates from a well-being point of view. We request that an adult be present or nearby when this chat is ongoing.

This chat will take place on a secure platform called WebEx. The online classroom can be accessed by using the link sent to you by your teacher via Komeer. If you choose to access the online classroom by phone you will need to download the Cisco WebEx Meets app. There is no cost to download the app, or to attend the classroom chat you’ve been invited to join.

In order for your child to attend the chat you need to confirm that you have read through the guidelines below and consent to their participation on the basis of the guidelines.Consent may be granted by replying YES to this message on or before Saturday 9th May at 5p.m.

Teachers will schedule pupils for the group meetings and forward that schedule on Sunday .

General guidelines for video calling:

Grandparents Day

Every second year in May we celebrate Grandparents Day in Emo National School. It is a day for celebrating the connections between the generations and a day our teachers, pupils and grandparents really look forward to. We could not be celebrating it at a more appropriate time. The self-quarantine experience has taught us many lessons, including the importance of spending precious time with our families and the vulnerability of older people among us.

We may not be in school for this year’s Grandparents Day but all that means is that each child tries to make a special effort to celebrate their Grandparents. We’re requesting children to help us put a collage of positive messages about our grandparents together that we hope we can publish on our website on May 15th. So click here for a template. The template contains a section for a picture of your grandparents and the second section provides an area for your child to write a note/ message to their grandparents. When they have completed the task and are happy with their efforts just upload the finished page to the same  link or e-mail them to principal@emons.ie .

First Holy Communion

This should be a special weekend for pupils in 2nd class who were due to make the First holy communion on this Sunday. We are already looking forward to gathering together for those very happy occasions again in the future. In the meantime, Bishop Denis has recorded a message for the children who were preparing to celebrate their First Holy Communion in the coming weeks. That video can be watched at  https://www.facebook.com/KANDLEi/videos/284722092537437/

Kind regards,

Cyril Duggan

Principal