Dear Parents ,

I hope this notice finds you and your families safe and well.It’s hard to believe we are in the final term of the school year, albeit in abnormal circumstances. Our teachers report that great efforts are being made by children to continue with schoolwork and they are being supported so well by parents.Well done to you all on that!

Mile buíochas

Once again we would like to thank parents for responding in such large numbers to our survey during the Easter holidays and it has helped our teachers adapt the home work accordingly.

Communication and the school

We are all anxious to assist families at this time as best we can so please continue to feedback information to either our teachers or support teachers. Check things with them by e-mail if you are not sure. The emphasis up to the end of this week is on providing a structure that children can readily follow with as much independence as possible. Contact with families will continue to be by e-mail contact with parents. This week we are working with the Professional Development Service for Teachers to provide us with a secure platform for online interactions with children and parents after May 5th.

We are still hoping that the excellent efforts that people have made to stay at home will bear fruit and that we may get back to school soon.

If you wish to contact me at this time please e-mail : principal@emons.ie. I’m not getting any phone messages in school so text me at 0872601523 if you have an urgent issue.

Message from Fr. Thomas Dooley P.P

Fr. Dooley and Fr. Hughes wishes all families well at this time and confirms that First Holy communion has been postponed. Resources will be available in due course on the diocesan website for schools and families : www.kandle.ie

New Junior Infants

Your induction day has come and gone but we wish to reassure you that we will organise a visit to the school as soon as is possible when we return.

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 12th . 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.

Admissions Policy

Lastly we need your help with our admissions policy .Under the 2018 Admissions to School Act, which was commenced by the Minister for Education and Skills this February, every school in Ireland must draft a new Admissions Policy. An important part of this process is consultation with parents. In particular, we would like parents to consider section 6 of this policy and the criteria for the selection of new entrants into the school. Should you wish to suggest an amendment or change to this section or any other, please e-mail your suggestion to principal@emons.ie.

Draft Admission Policy 

I wish you well during this challenging time. Hope everyone keeps safe!

Siniú,

Cyril Duggan

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