Congratulations to the Green School Committee and their coordinators Ms McHugh, Mrs Sheridan and Mr O’Connor following the news that the school has received their ninth Green Flag, meaning that CBS Primary Dundalk is now among the schools with the highest number of Green Flags in the country. This is a remarkable achievement and it now means we proudly boast flags for Travel, Energy, Waste, Litter, Biodiversity, Green Homes, Global Citizenship- Energy and Global Citizenship- Litter and Waste and our new flag, Global Citizenship-Marine. Each flag is a two year cycle and the school first took part in the programme almost 20 years ago under the stewardship of current principal Mrs McKeever. Over the years the school has continued to add environmentally friendly routines with each new Green Flag and recently eliminated single use drinks bottles- a major source of pollution worldwide. Other developments include a state of the art rainwater harvesting system, motion sensor lights throughout the school and a revamped recycling and composting structure. The school is extremely proud of our environmental record and this flag is testament to the hard work and effort of the entire school community. Thank you to all staff, parents and children who have an active role to play every day in keeping the school environmentally aware.
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We have received a date for First Communion for the 2nd classes.
Date: Saturday 19th September in St Patrick’s Cathedral Dundalk
With current restrictions in the church both classes will receive the sacrament at separate masses.
12:30pm: Mr Jones current 2nd class
2pm : Ms Conroy’s current 2nd class.
First Penance will take place in the school(during the day) prior to 19th September.
Due to current restrictions, the sacrament will be a scaled down version of our ”normal” First Communion and and it will be a mass for the children and their parents, for the children to receive their First Communion.
Unfortunately the normal return visit to the school after mass will not be possible this year.
This date is confirmed , provided there is no escalation in the spread of Covid 19 and providing there has been no ”tightening” of restrictions.
As we get more details we will let you know immediately.
SCHOOL TEXT SYSTEM
Some parents appear to be having difficulty with the school texts.
If you are not receiving texts can you please email the school at email@example.com
Please include your phone number in the email, and we will double check that we have the correct number on the system.
We will be sending texts over the coming weeks in relation to school reopening and book lists/money.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Patricia Mc Keever
Please find below a link to information and resources for children preparing for preschool and Junior Infants
Please find attached the links to information on July Provision 2020
Please find below the link to the message from The President of Ireland to all sixth class students, as they come to the end of their time in Primary school.
Tusla Louth Meath in collaboration with Louth Children and Young Peoples Services Committee have developed an online safety resource that parents can use to help them talk with and keep their children and young people safe online during COVID 19.
Please click on the link below for more information on the updated version:
I hope you and your families are keeping well.
I just want to remind everyone that the teachers in CBS are now using the Seesaw Platform to ensure continuity of teaching and learning during the school closure.
On Friday 18th April, a text was sent with an email address for you to contact your child’s class teacher. To activate Seesaw you must contact the class teacher on the email provided.
If you are having difficulty in accessing the email address or did not get a contact email address , you can notify the office at
and we will try to sort out the issue.
Patricia Mc Keever
Parental worry; “Am I doing enough?”
HSE Clinical Psychologist Dr Jennifer Shore writes about how to focus on your child and what they need during COVID 19
One of the measures implemented to help protect society during the Covid 19 pandemic has been the closure of schools, preschools, Montessori, crèches, etc. Teachers and educators are designing programmes and schedules for learning at home, which can be very helpful for those children that are willing to sit down and engage with the work. However, for many parents, trying to get their children to do school work at home can be quite stressful, and can add to the worries they might feel and the demands of day to day living during the current restrictions.
Below are some helpful things to consider if you, as a parent, find yourself thinking “Am I doing enough for my child’s education?”
Focus on your child and what they need; firstly, you know your child! Hearing about what other parents are doing with their children does not mean you should feel under pressure about what you are doing with your child. The time you spend playing and interacting with your child, cuddled up on the couch watching a movie, allowing them space to play video games and talk to their friends can be just as important.
Consider the educational stage your child is at; whilst each school year is important, during a crisis – like the one we are experiencing now – it is important to remember whether there is a long term impact of your child not doing their school work now. For example, those that are in 6th year and waiting to sit their leaving certificate examinations may want to focus on their school work as they feel the outcome of the exams impact on their potential placement in a college course. Similarly, some in 3rd year who are due to sit the junior certificate exams may leave school after the exams and thus want something to show for their time in secondary school. Outside of these years though, does it really matter that, in the long term, your child may not be able to engage with the home programme?
Everyone is in the same position; when schools re-open and restrictions on daily life are eventually removed, every child will return to school with similar experiences – they will all have been at home, many may have been in some way affected by Covid 19, most will have missed their friends (though many won’t admit to missing school!) and all will need to re-engage with the school schedule. Teachers and educators are wonderfully trained and will be able to work out where each child is at and act accordingly.
There are also many ways you are already promoting your child’s development and learning without doing school work; activities like baking/cooking, gardening, art, household chores all teach your child valuable life skills for their future.
Focus on the basics; sleep, food, exercise and social contact are the four key routines necessary for you and your child’s well-being. By focusing on these, you are modelling to your child the importance of these routines as well as promoting your child’s resilience and ability to cope when life is challenging.
Survival is key; daily life has changed quite dramatically for many people. Some might use this time to learn new skills or do something they don’t usually do, and that’s great if it works for them. However, do not feel pressure to do what others are doing – do what works for you and your family. Remember, you are doing enough by simply focusing on getting through each day as best you can.
I hope you and your families got over the Easter holidays safely.
I want to say a big ‘’HELLO’’ to all the children. We hope you are being good and helpful at home and that you are trying to do a little bit of school work. We are really looking forward to seeing you all back at school when these restrictions are lifted.
As you are aware the school closure has been extended now until 5th May, with the following Guidelines being issued to teachers from the Department of education.
On Friday, 3 April the DES issued Guidance on the Continuity of Education in Primary and Post Primary Schools. The Guidance states
All schools and teachers, including teachers of students with special educational needs, should therefore be regularly communicating and engaging with students to ensure that there is continuity in their learning. Where possible, primary teachers should make every effort to engage with their students on a daily basis and post-primary teachers should do so on the days that they are normally timetabled for lessons with their students. In engaging with students, there should be a balance between the assignment of independent work, whether written or practical, online learning and other tasks in accordance with the learning needs of students and the resources available.
Following the guidelines the teachers in CBS are either going to use Class Dojo or Seesaw to engage with the children to continue learning.
Most classes will be using Seesaw, one of the online platforms recommended by the Department of Education .
Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool which allows pupils to store their work in an online space and gain feedback from their teacher. It can be used on a computer (PC) or tablet. It effectively enables teachers to set tasks or assignments and include instructions or templates for students to use at home.
The SEN (Learning Support Team) may co teach with some of the teachers and may assign work for the children that they normally teach.
You have been invited (by class text) to send an email to your child’s class teacher, to confirm that you give consent for your child to be added to the closed class group. You must give consent for your child to be added to the class Seesaw.
The Teacher will add your child to their group and follow up with an email to your email address with login instructions/codes. When you receive the email from the class teacher you need to download the Free Seesaw Class App and login.
Quick Start Guide for Students and Parents
1. Parents/Students should download the Seesaw Class app (free) or visit Seesaw.me
2. Choose I’m a Student.
3. Enter the home learning code received from the teacher into the Text Code box at the bottom of the screen.
We understand that Home-learning has posed challenges for many parents and guardians since the outset of the closure. We do not expect you to re-create school at home. The children may be feeling anxious and may be finding it difficult to keep up with structured learning, they can learn other life skills at home through cooking, baking, physical exercise, play and meditation.
We hope Seesaw will allow us to offer guidance, support and practical advice, to help you manage home learning and help you keep children’s learning on track during this unprecedented time while schools are closed. Remember you are not alone.
Teachers not using Seesaw will continue to use class Dojo.
The school office is closed but you can contact us via email
Patricia Mc Keever