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Friday, November 24, 2017

KNS Christmas Carols Concert - Ticket Reservations

Re: KNS Christmas Concert Tickets
                                                                                      24th November 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians,
We are pleased to confirm the dates for our KNS Christmas Carols Concert .The show will be on 19th&20th December 2017 as communicated in last week’s text and will start at approximately 12.40 pm on both days in our Green Room. This year there will be no evening show scheduled. The evening shows are biennial events and they generally coincide with bigger productions such as Christmas plays.
Tickets are limited and initially we will be offering two tickets to each family and any remaining tickets will be offered on a first come first served basis in the next week or two or when and if they become available . Parents will be kept informed. We would ask that parents/family members of Junior Infants – 2nd class students would attend Tuesday afternoon’s show and that parents/family members of pupils in 3rd – 6th class would attend Wednesdays show if possible.  We understand that this may not be possible for all parents and we will try to facilitate families as much we can.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes,
Kilcoskan National School
---------To be returned to Kilcoskan NS by Wednesday 29th November 2017--------
I would like to reserve 2 tickets for the Kilcoskan NS Christmas Carols Concert on Tuesday 19th December 12.40 pm -2pm /  Wednesday 20th December 12.40 pm- 2pm (circle the day please).

Child’s Name:____________________ Signed:___________________ 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kilcoskan NS November 2017 Newsletter


                                         Kilcoskan NS November 2017 Newsletter
                                                                                                         9th November 2017    

Dear Parents,
We hope everybody is well rested after the recent midterm break. Below are some news items to note this month here in Kilcoskan NS.
Best wishes,
Mr.Ciarán Caulfield, Priomhoide
·      October’s Harvest Fair: Thanks to all for supporting this recent annual school event which was a great success again – and thanks especially to those parents who baked / provided fruit and vegetables on the day. It was great also to have a past-pupil parent who now works in farming to present to our pupils on the day too!
·      Parents Association Annual General Meeting: Scheduled for Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 8pm in the school.
·      Christmas Cards: Tomorrow, Friday 10th November is the last date to order school Christmas cards designed by your child.
·      KNS beanie hats, caps, mugs and pens: Available for purchase from Monday 13th November as stocking fillers – or just as very cool gifts for friends and family. Samples can be seen and purchases made at reception.
·      Parking: Road safety and parking around the school have improved greatly in recent years. Thanks to all for this. However, a small number of parents still unfortunately park on the Keep Clear and no parking yellow zigzag lines. Please do not park on the zigzag lines or the Keep Clear zones. This is a matter of law and is obviously a safety issue. 
·      KNS on RTE TV: Over the midterm break, we were delighted to appear on the Today Show on RTE 1 TV. The clip which is still available on the RTE Player shows some of our infant pupils visiting Newpark Care Home back in September, during Positive Ageing Week. Thanks to Newpark for inviting us down for what was a lovely visit.
·      Christmas carols: This coming Monday 13th November we will announce the date for this year’s KNS Christmas Carols Concert.
·      After school activities: The Term 1 program is now up and running. Thanks to all staff for giving of their time voluntarily to run this program.
·      Feet First Friday: We’ll walk to school on Friday mornings from the Coolquay Lodge for the next 3 Fridays, up to 24th November, weather permitting. We depart the Lodge at 8.45am each Friday.
·      6th Class Confirmation Date: St.Canice’s Parish have informed us that Confirmation will be on Thursday 8th March 2018 in St.Margaret’s Church.
·      Shoebox appeal: We are extending the closing date for the annual  Team Hope Shoebox Appeal to Tuesday next, 14th November. As per the flyer, if you wish to be involved just pack a boys or girls shoebox with appropriate gifts for less fortunate children in other countries.
·     Class Resources system feedback and KNS Code information – please see the reverse of this newsletter for important information on these newly developing school systems.

Guidance Statement for Parents and Pupils on the KNS Code:
In primary school, pupils develop knowledge and skills to help them think. In Kilcoskan NS pupils don’t solely learn to think about Irish, English and Maths etc. Here, pupils are helped to develop values, knowledge and thinking skills with which to understand and in time reflect upon and control their thoughts, reactions and behaviours. Educational research shows that developing such self-awareness and thinking skills can help pupils to grow and flourish together. In talking with pupils about such matters daily, KNS staff use the language of the “KNS Code” which is:

·         Be kind to yourself and others.
·         Always do your best.
·         Think and make smart choices.

So, in addition to ongoing assessment of pupil class and homework, each day our pupils receive meaningful feedback to help them reflect upon their developing self-awareness and positive behaviours. Again, we use the language of the Code for such communications. To help our pupils self-reflect in this regard, teachers currently describe pupil behaviours as Excellent, Good or Needs Improvement. Having listened to parent and Parents Association feedback, to clarify the message, from next week we will add a sticker to journals explaining the KNS Code for all and we will enhance the stamp system by stamping “KNS Code – Excellent / Good / Needs Improvement”. The KNS Code system can be differentiated for pupils with additional needs and it has been devised in consultation with our National Educational Psychological Service Department of Education school psychologist. The KNS Code is part of the school’s recently revised Code of Behaviour, which can be read in full at www.kilcoskanbloggers.blogspot.ie

A Message re. the School’s Books and Resources Rental / Purchase etc. Scheme
We hope you will agree, having completed the first half of term 1, that the new books and resources / rental scheme has started very well and was an improvement on previous years. As we start the second half of the term, we now ask the parents of all children who chose Option 2 (ie. those who chose to purchase some of their children’s educational resources over the summer) to now send all of these resources into school. (Eg. glues / folders etc.)  Please label these before they are sent in. We will then keep them safely here, in individual bags, for when your child needs them. 

Along with the above request, may we also take this opportunity to ask you, the parents, for any meaningful feedback which could help us to refine and improve the rental / class resources system still further for this and future years. We ask you to email such feedback to kilcoskansecretary@gmail.com by next Friday 17th November - Thanks.

Please turn over to read the November 2017 school newsletter.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Kilcoskan NS to Close on Tuesday 17th October 2017

The Department of Education has instructed all schools to remain closed again tomorrow Tuesday 17th October 2017. Therefore Kilcoskan NS will be closed again tomorrow.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Kilcoskan NS will be Closed on Monday 16th October 2017 due to Weather Warning

Dear Parents, as per the Department of Education's instruction, Kilcoskan NS will remain closed tomorrow Monday 16th October 2017 due to the imminent Storm Opehlia. Here is a link to the Deparment's statement: https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2017-Press-Releases/PR2017-10-15b.html

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kilcoskan NS Harvest Fair 2017 Plans & Arrangements

                                                                                                              9th October 2017
Dear Parents,
In preparation for Harvest Fair this Friday, please note the following:
·        The KNS Harvest Show 2017 starts at 1pm on this Friday 13th October 2017 – all parents, grandparents etc. are welcome to attend. Each class group will perform a song / dance drama / piece or two and we’ll finish with our harvest sing-song. Our infants will go home at the usual time of 1.40pm. and school closes for all others at 2.40pm as normal.
·        Dress up – all pupils are asked to dress up on the Harvest / Autumn theme for this Friday (scarecrows / farmers etc.)
·        Making Scarecrows – if parents have old children’s clothes that they could donate tomorrow / Wednesday morning at the latest – solely check shirts and jeans / overalls / straw hats etc.  - that would be great to help us make scarecrows for Friday.
·        Conker Competition: As is tradition now in KNS, on Friday we hold our whole school Conker Competition during the morning too. Last year’s trophy winners and runners up are asked to return their trophies by tomorrow Tuesday at the latest, if not already done. We have lots of conkers in school already and thanks to all who have collected and donated so far. Please insure your child has at least 1 strung conker ready for the competition for this Friday.
·        Jams, breads, cakes, locally grown fruit and veg etc. – parents are asked to drop in any of these that we can sell at our fair by Thursday home time / this Friday morning.
·        If parents have any large plastic animals / milk churns / other harvesty or safe props that will help our school yard / garden area take on the look of a farm for Friday, please think about lending these to us on Thursday evening. They will be returned to you by Monday next.
Thanks and happy harvesting y’all!

Mr.Ciarán Caulfield, Priomhoide

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kilcoskan NS October 2017 Newsletter

Kilcoskan NS October 2017 Newsletter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5th October 2017
Dear Parents,
Below are the list of news items for the coming month up to the October midterm break in Kilcoskan NS.
Kind regards,
Mr.Ciarán Caulfield, Priomhoide

·         Well done to a group of our Junior and Senior Infant pupils who recently visited the Newpark Care Centre. The pupils met the residents, read some stories, sang some songs and got to meet lots of nice fluffy animals from Wooly Wards Farm!
·         Harvest Fair 2017: As stated in our September newsletter too, the KNS Harvest Fair will be held on Friday 13th October. We’ll have our Harvest Fair show again this year from 1pm and parents are very welcome from then to come and see the show. We’ll have a tea and coffee stall and a raffle too! As in previous years, pupils are asked to dress on the harvest / Autumn theme for the day – eg. as farmers etc. Parents are asked to drop in any home produced jams / cakes etc. for sale at the fair by Thursday at hometime / next Friday morning.
·         Reminder about October early closure for staff meeting: School will close at 1.40pm on Wednesday 18th October for all pupils, to facilitate a staff meeting. This is in-line with Department of Education procedures.
·         School closure 1 day early for midterm break: The Department of Education requires all teachers to attend further training in the New Primary Language Curriculum this school year. We have been informed that this is on Friday 27th October for Kilcoskan NS and therefore our school will be closed to pupils on this date. This means that our Halloween spooky dress up day will move to Thrusday 26th October – which also therefore will be the last school day before midterm break. School will remain closed for midterm until Monday 6th November.
·         Parent Coffee mornings: Our 3 remaining Thursday coffee mornings, organised to give parents an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers, are scheduled from 9-9.30am as follows: 3rd & 4th Class: Thursday 12th October, 5th & 6th Class: Thursday 19th October, Special Classes: Thursday 26th October.
·         Whole School Theme for October: After 2 very successful whole school assemblies last month on the theme of friendship, this month’s 2 themes are of course Harvest and Halloween.
·         September Sports Day a great success: Well done to all our pupils who participated in last week’s very successful KNS September Sports Day in St.Margaret’s GAA Complex. Thanks also to you the parents for organising pupil collection from the club.
·         KNS Christmas Cards: Our Parents Association is currently organising the KNS Pupil Christmas Cards. Each child will design an individual card, samples of which will be provided to parents in November. Following this, parents may choose if they wish to order the cards.
·         Feet First Friday: We walk to school every Friday, leaving the Coolquay Lodge at 8.45am.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kilcoskan NS September Sports & Activities Day

Re: Reminder about upcomding Kilcoskan NS Sports & Activities Day in St.Margaret’s GAA Grounds this Friday 29th September 2017
                                                                                                            27th September 2017
Dear Parents,
As previously notified to you, this is a reminder of our upcoming KNS Sports Day scheduled for this Friday 29th September. Please note the following:
·        Weather permitting, a bus will bring all our pupils to St.Margaret’s GAA Complex at 10am. If the weather is bad the event will be cancelled and pupils will stay in school for a normal day.
·        Assuming the event goes ahead, pupils will need to wear school tracksuits (as per every Friday), to bring their lunch as normal and we suggest an extra drink. If pupils wish and if they have them, they may bring football boots to change into for extra grip. If it’s very sunny, we suggest sun cream and a cap.
·        The infant events will have finished by 1.40pm and all other class events will finish by 2.40pm. Parents are therefore asked to collect their child at the usual times but to collect them from St.Margaret’s GAA Comlex and not school. We do not have transport provided to return pupils to school.  To help parents to find St.Margaret’s GAA Complex, there is a map on the reverse of this letter.
·        The school is covering the cost of the transport but we ask for a donation of €1 per child towards the cost of the bus hire.
·        Please sign below to confirm that you give consent for your child to go to Sports Day in St.Margaret’s GAA Complex and that you have arrangements in place for their collection from the St.Margaret’s GAA Complex at the usual home time.
Best wishes,
Mr.Ciarán Caulfield, Principal

---------------------Detach and return to Kilcoskan NS by Thursday 28th September 2017---------------
I give consent for my child to go to St.Margaret’s GAA Complex with the school for the KNS Septetmber Sports Day and I have arrangements made to collect my child from St.Margaret’s GAA Complex at the usual times.

Child’s Name:_______________________

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

KNS September Newsletter for Parents

KNS Newsletter September 2017
A Thuismitheoiri,
Failte ar ais ar scoil gach duine - we hope that everybody is very well settled back into the school routines again by now. Each month or bimonthly we issue a newsletter to keep everybody informed about goings on in our school and this is the first of the new school year. So, please take note of the information below.
Mr.Ciarán Caulfield, Priomhoide

·         Code of Behaviour – parents will note that in line with our new Code of Behaviour and following last year’s parental survey feedback, a behaviour report is now stamped into pupils’ journals daily. The full Code of Behaviour is available on the Principal’s Blog: www.kilcoskanbloggers.blogspot.ie and in hard copy by request from reception. Pupil behaviour is managed in line with the Code at all times throughout the school day.
·         Healthy Lunches: All new infant parents received a copy of our school’s Healthy Eating Policy – which was issued to all parents last year. This too is available at www.kilcoskanbloggers.blogspot.ie – please continue to abide by this policy to insure your child has a healthy lunch. Lunch waste is to be brought home.
·         KNS Active School Day: Noting that our June Sports Day had to be called off due to rain, as promised we have rescheduled an Autumn Active Day to take place in St.Margaret’s GAA Complex. The date is set for Friday 29th September. To avoid hassle for parents, weather permitting on the day, we will transport all pupils from Kilcoskan NS by bus to the complex at 10am. Pupils will stay at the complex for the day doing their events and activities.  We then ask parents to collect their children from St.Margarat’s GAA grounds – but at the usual home times. If the weather is bad, the event will be cancelled and due to other events coming up, we unfortunately won’t be able to reschedule. Of course, we will have the summer Sports Day in May / June 2018 too – when parents will be welcome to come as spectators and join in novelty events etc. too.
·         Harvest Fair: Back again this year on Friday 13th October. Harvest Fair is our annual celebration of all things to do with the harvest. We’ll have visiting speakers for our pupils, the conker competition and the Harvest Show. Parents will be welcome from 1pm. Pupils can dress on the Harvest theme for the day – more details will follow closer to the event.
·         KNS Garden Harvest: Last spring we planted lots of fruits and vegetables in our school garden. This week we dug up our leeks, beetroots, carrots and potatoes. The winners of our “KNS Potato Race” were 3rd & 4th class – which means they grew the biggest crop!
·         Our KNS After-School Extra Curricular Activities timetable for 1st to 6th class will issue later this month, to start in October.
·         KNS Whole School Educational Themes: Each month, like last year, we have a whole school theme which informs some of our pupils’ class lessons. We share our work on these themes at Friday assemblies in our Green Room / Seomra Glas every second Friday. The themes for the coming term are:

o   September: Friendship and back to school.
o   October: Harvest Fair and Halloween
o   November: Multiculturalism
o   December: Christmas

·         Halloween Dress-Up: All pupils are welcome to dress up for a Halloween themed school day on Friday October 27th, the last day before October midterm break. School will be closed from Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November inclusive. Note also that school closes on Wednesday 18th October for all pupils at 1.40pm as per the School Calendar.
·         Application Enrolment: Please submit any applications for junior infants 2018 to reception. The current closing date for applications is November and places will be issued promptly thereafter.
·         Garden upgrades and Yard: There is now a fence around the garden and a managed system for its use daily by pupils – 5 children per day per mainstream class can choose to be in the garden for breaks. Outside of break times the garden is an educational facility. The garden now has a meadow zone, a developing biodiversity and composting zone, a fruit and vegetable zone, a herbaceous border (flower bed), the intercontinental plants zone and an infant play area.  Pupils continue to play in class specific yard-zones at break times.
·         Book Fair: During the week beginning Monday 25th September, to encourage our pupils to read for pleasure, we will host a book fair in the school. This means that display cabinets of new books will line the corridors outside our classrooms for that week and pupils can view the books daily. With parents’ permission pupils may then buy a book if they so choose. This event was agreed in consultation with our Parents Association. Of course, there will absolutely no pressure on any child to buy a book.
·         Hand towels: Some of our class pupil toilets have automatic hand dryers but to insure all pupils’ hands are fully dried after washing, we ask parents to provide their child with a small towel / face cloth that can stay in their bags daily. 
·         New homework systems from 1st – 6th class (mainstream classes): Infant pupils have tailored homework arrangements which have already been communicated to parents. The new homework system is as follows:
Nightly (as per class level 1st – 6th): English spellings to be learned and put into sentences, daily section of English in Practice practise book to be completed. Maths: daily section of Mental Maths practise book and some consolidation work on the current class maths topic at teacher’s discretion (eg. division / length etc.), English reading: nightly, Gaeilge: currently at teacher’s discretion - whole school formal system to be communicated after Halloween. There is no homework on Fridays.
·         New assessment systems: All pupils this year will have an assessment portfolio for literacy, numeracy and Gaeilge. Samples of work will be put in this monthly and kept in class for the year. In literacy and numeracy especially this year, we are focusing on self assessment – meaning that pupils will increasingly come to know the criteria for good work themselves. For literacy and numeracy, from infants to sixth class, such criteria are on display in classrooms.
·         PE days for wearing tracksuits: Tuesdays and Fridays as before. From next week our Gaelic Games Promotion Officer will facilitate GAA games sessions with teacher during PE lessons on Tuesdays.
·         Coffee Mornings to meet teachers: Before midterm break, it is our intention to host a coffee morning for each class level to provide parents with an opportunity to meet fellow parents and their child’s teacher in informal setting. We will communicate specific dates for these early next week.

·         Feet First Friday: Escorted walk to school (as before) from the Coolquay Lodge at 8.50am starting Friday 22nd September. If parents wish therefore, pupils may be brought to the Lodge car park before 8.50am on Fridays – parents will be welcome to walk too!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Kilcoskan NS Code of Behaviour

Please click the link below to view the Kilcoskan NS Code of Behaviour:

Kilcoskan NS Code of Behaviour

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kilcoskan NS Teaching Team for the New School Year

Parents, we are pleased to inform you that the following is the teaching team starting in Kilcoskan NS this coming school year. We look forward to seeing all our pupils next Thursday 31st August 2017 at 9am. 

  • Principal Teacher: Mr.Ciarán Caulfield

  • Teacher Junior & Senior Infants: Ms.Rachel Brennan

  • Teacher 1st & 2nd Class: Ms.Valerie King

  • Teacher 3rd & 4th Class: Ms.Ciara Waring

  • Teacher 5th & 6th Class: Mr.Keelan Gallagher

  • Teacher Small Class 1: Ms.Patricial Finnegan

  • Teacher Small Class 2: Mr.Eoin Kelleher

  • Teachers in Learning Support / Resource (Revised Dept.of Education Model): Ms.Caroline McDonnell & Ms.Amy Casey

Friday, June 30, 2017

KNS Class Books for School Year 2017-2018 to be Purchased by Parents - All Class Levels

The following are the lists of class books to be purchased by parents for pupils at each of the class levels in Kilcoskan National School. The lists below should be read in conjunction with the classroom resources lists provided to parents in June 2017 - which detail the 3 options available to parents for acquiring their child's class resources and educational materials for the coming school year.

Junior Infants

Class books to be purchased by parents
English:                       Jolly Phonics – Phonics Pupil Book 1 - (Junior Infants)
Handwriting:              All Write Now and Practice Copy (Come packaged together) –
Folens – Junior Infants
 Maths:                       Cracking Maths and Number Practice (Come packaged together)

(Junior Infants) Gill and MacMillan

Senior Infants

Class books to be purchased by parents
English:                       Jolly Phonics – Phonics Pupil Book 2 - (Senior Infants)
Handwriting:              All Write Now and Practice Copy (Come packaged together) –
Folens – (Senior Infants)
 Maths:                       Cracking Maths and Number Practice (Come packaged together)
(Senior Infants) Gill and MacMillan

 First Class

Class books to be purchased by parents
English:                        Jolly Phonics – Phonics Pupil Book 3 - (First Class)
Handwriting:               All Write Now 1ST Class Workbook  – Folens – (First Class)
 Spelling:                     Spellbound (First Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (First Class)
Maths:                         Cracking Maths 1st Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (First Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Bua Na Cainte 1 (First Class)

 Second Class

Class books to be purchased by parents
English:                        Jolly Phonics – Phonics Pupil Book 4 - (Second Class)
Handwriting:               All Write Now 2nd Class Workbook  – Folens – (Second Class)
Spelling:                      Spellbound (Second Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (Second Class)
Maths:                         Cracking Maths 2nd Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (Second Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Bua Na Cainte 2 (Second Class)
Religion:                      Communion Book to be decided in September/October

Third Class

Class books to be purchased by parents
English:                        Jolly Phonics Grammar 5 Pupil Book - (Third Class)
Handwriting:               All Write Now Cursive Book A – Folens – (Third Class)
Spelling:                      Spellbound (Third Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (Third Class)
Maths:                        Cracking Maths 3rd Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (Third Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Béal Beo Rang 3 (third Class)

Fourth Class

Handwriting:               All Write Now Cursive Book B – Folens – (Fourth Class)
Spelling:                      Spellbound (Fourth Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (Fourth Class)
Maths:                        Cracking Maths 4th Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (Fourth Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Béal Beo Rang 4 (Fourth Class)

Fifth Class

Class books to be purchased by parents
Handwriting:               All Write Now Cursive Book C – Folens – (Fifth Class)
Spelling:                      Spellbound (Fifth Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (Fifth Class)
Maths:                      Cracking Maths 5th Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (Fifth Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Béal Beo 5 (Fifth Class)

Sixth Class

Class books to be purchased by parents
Handwriting:               All Write Now Cursive Book D  – Folens – (Sixth Class)
Spelling:                      Spellbound (Sixth Class) – CJ Fallon
                                    New Wave English in Practice (Sixth Class)
Maths:                       Cracking Maths 6th Class Pupils' Book
 - Gill and MacMillan
                                    New Wave Mental Maths (Sixth Class)
                                    Maths Table Book
Gaeilge:                       Béal Beo  6 (Sixth Class)