Litir ón Phríomhoide ~ Tearma 3

Litir ón Phríomhoide ~ Tearma 3

19ú Aibreán 2020



A Thuismitheoirí agus a Pháistí,



Hope you and all your extended family are keeping safe and well and that you had a happy Easter and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

I would like to thank all the parents and guardians for all the support you have given your children at home. It is not an easy task to balance all the tasks you now have to complete at home as well as trying to keep healthy in both mind and body.

Tomorrow, April 20th, we would have been due to go back to school. However, as you are aware the school closure period has been extended until further notice. In this regard, we will need to continue our distance learning. Again, as we did prior to Easter, each teacher will post a menu of work for their class to choose from on our school website - http://gaelscoilbhuncranncha.ie/ under “Ag Foghlaim sa Bhaile”. This menu contains a mixture of curricular activities, in-door and out-door options as well as suggested activities from useful and interesting websites, RTE Home School Hub and a host of free activities now on-line.

Being a difficult and unique situation for all, I would once again like to stress that there is no pressure on parents/guardians to supervise the completion of all the suggested work . Every child is being asked to do their best to complete the work they can, enjoy the suggested activities, take the opportunity to read as much as possible and hopefully enjoy the outdoors with the hope of continued good weather.

Thank you for responding to the survey Ag Foghlaim sa Bhaile which has helped inform some changes.

Almost half of you said that you would liketo be able to contact the teacher and now you can at the following email addresses;

muinteoirpiarasgsbc@gmail.com (Múinteoir Piaras)

muinteoirpolgsbc@gmail.com(Múinteoir Pól)

muinteoirterrigsbc@gmail.com (Múinteoir Terri)

muinteoirciarangsbc@gmail.com(Múinteoir Ciarán)

muinteoirliosagsbc@gmail.com(Múinteoir Líosa)

muinteoirsiuiningsbc@gmail.com(Múinteoir Siúinín ~ Special Education)

muinteoirciaraMhicgsbc@gmail.com (Múinteoir Ciara ~ Special Education)

muinteoirciaragsbc@gmail.com (Múinteoir Ciara - Special Education - Returning from maternity leave)

This will ease home-school communication and feedback from teachers.

In response to your survey feedback, we are introducing an on- platform called Seesaw in some classes for term 3. The app based platform will complement the work being outlined in our school website and will allow some interaction between pupils and class teacher. We understand that it may not be appropriate or practical for your child to engage with this platform. There is adequate work on the website to ensure that progress can be made and that work can be completed by all pupils. If your class is going to be engaged with the online platform called Seesaw, class teachers will send you a text containing a unique learning code. All you need to do is follow the steps below:




  1. Go to https://web.seesaw.me/ on a computer (or install the seesaw Ios or the Android app) Click “Log in” on top right hand corner of homepage.
  2. Click “I am a student”
  3. Type in Home learning code (which you will have received from teacher)
  4. View Announcements and Activities assigned by your teacher.
  5. Post to your Journal in response to work assigned by the teacher.
  6. Remember, the code is like a password N.B. Keep it safe !!!




I have added a separate page on our website called “Seesaw Info” giving further information for parents/guardians with an FAQ section. There is also a facility for Special Education Teachers to be involved with their students.



Under an EU law called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in order for your child to use Seesaw, the school will need to get your consent. To make life easier in the present circumstances and to avoid administration issues, please send an email to me at gsbc1999@gmail.com if you do NOT consent to your child using Seesaw.




Finally, as teachers and for me as Principal, we will continue to miss your smiling faces in the school playground each morning but we are hoping that as soon as it is possible, we will once again welcome you back to Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha to continue your learning journey.

Go dtí sin, tabhair aire agus bí slán

Le dea-ghuí,

Úna




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