Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We hope you enjoyed our Christmas performance today. Here are some photos.



Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Arts and Performance

Parents, please come to school Tuesday 18th for our Samba performance at 10.15am. You can see our arts and crafts display and have a cup of tea and a mince pie.

Santa will be giving us treats from 1.15pm and we can go home straight after that. See you there!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Homework Dec 10th

Junior Infants
Monday
·       Jolly Phonics book page 38
·       Paired reading

Tuesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 39
·       Paired reading
PE tomorrow
 
Wednesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 40
·       Paired reading
Thursday
·       Paired reading
Practise your numbers 1,2,3
Senior Infants
Monday
·        Class reading
·       Paired reading
·       Maths copy(numbers)
·       Spelling : “like”
  • Word list
Tuesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Sounds in Action p46
·       Spelling : “have”
·       Word list [
·       PE tomorrow
Wednesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Learn your 2 spellings
·       Maths copy (sums)
·       Word list[

Thursday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Sounds in Action p54
·       Learn your 2 spellings
·       Word list[

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Grinch!

We had great fun watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas today! Billis NS came and joined us, thanks to the International Fund for Ireland.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas presents for teachers

This year, as in previous years, the teachers are asking that instead of giving Christmas gifts to us, you would consider bringing in an item for a hamper that can be passed on to the needy this Christmas. We are also, as usual, collecting wrapped selection boxes for distribution by the St Vincent de Paul. If you wish to participate, please bring  the selection box, wrapped in Christmas paper,  into school by Friday 14th December. Thank you.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


All children from Junior Infants to Second class are being treated to a free performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas along with Billis National School tomorrow as part of the Catholic and Protestant Schools Project and funded by The International Fund for Ireland. The performance takes place during school hours in the Community Centre.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Homework 3rd December

Junior Infants

Monday
·       Jolly Phonics book page 35
·       Paired reading
Tuesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 36
·       Paired reading
·       PE tomorrow


Wednesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 37
·       Paired reading

 Thursday
·       Paired reading
·       Write your name 3 times. Copy the first one, then cover it and try to do the next two from memory.

Senior Infants
Monday
·        Class reading
·       Paired reading
·       Sounds in Action 44
·       Spelling : “only”
·       Word list
Tuesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       maths copy: numbers
·       Spelling : “old”
·       Word list
·       PE tomorrow
Wednesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Spellings: go over
·       Maths copy: number 7
·       Word list

Thursday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Sounds in Action p 45
·       Learn your 2 spellings
·       Word list

Friday, November 30, 2012

Playing with our friends

On Fridays the two Junior Infant classes get together for playtime in Mrs White's room and the two Senior Infant classes get together in Mrs Keaney's classroom.






Football stars

The boys of St Pat's College were in our class today to show us the cups they have won this year. They were encouraging us to play football too.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Congrats Aoife

Well done to Aoife, who correctly guessed the  number of sweets in the jar- 161!
Thanks for sharing them with us Aoife. They were yummy!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Green Schools

We're trying to get our third green flag, this time for saving water. We're learning about where our water comes from. We had a look at the well, the pump house and the septic tank on the school grounds.

Here's the well

In the pump house

This is the septic tank

class blog home

Monday, November 26, 2012

Paired Reading information for Junior Infant Parents

We discussed Paired Reading at the parents' information meeting last June, but here are some reminders just in case:

·        Paired reading is given each evening Monday- Thursday.
·        It’s called “paired reading” because the child and an adult read together.
·        Keep it relaxed and casual.
·        Make it an enjoyable time together, not a chore.
·        Allow your child to use the pictures as an aid to reading.
·        Don’t make your child “sound out” the words, just give them the word if they are stuck.
·        Parent to fill in the reading record (yellow book) every day.
What if?
·        My child is learning it “off by heart”?
This is ok. Learning “off by heart” is one of the early steps in learning to read. If it continues on into Senior Infants, then it will need to be addressed.
·        Is over-reliant on the pictures?
This too is ok in the early stages of learning to read. Pictures cues are important to early readers. If you find your child is still overly-reliant on the pictures by next Easter, then have a word with the teacher.
·        Goes off paired-reading?
This can happen for various reasons: perhaps the reading is too difficult, perhaps paired reading has become a battle. If this starts to happen on a regular basis, talk to the teacher.
·        Is not “getting it”?
A certain percentage of children will struggle with reading. Most of these will do fine in the long-run. The most important thing is that the parent doesn’t communicate worry or stress about this to the child. Paired reading is intended to be an enjoyable and confidence-building exercise, not a daily exposure to stress and failure! If you’re concerned that your child is not succeeding with paired reading, please talk to the teacher.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Homework 26th November

Junior Infants

Monday
·       Jolly Phonics book page 32
·       Paired reading
 Tuesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 33
·       Paired reading
·       PE tomorrow

Thank you for participating in the Parents’ Association Sponsored walk on Sunday. Please return any remaining cards as soon as possible.
Wednesday
          ·       Jolly Phonics book p 34
·       Paired reading

        Thursday
·       Paired reading       
  • Write your name 3 times (use capital for first letter only)

Senior Infants
Monday
·        Class reading
·       Paired reading
·       Sounds in Action p38
·       Spelling : “one”
·       Word list (read only)
Tuesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       maths copy: numbers
·       Spelling : “by”
·       Word list
·       PE tomorrow
Wednesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Spellings: go  "one" and "by"
·       Maths copy: numbers
·       Word list

Thursday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Sounds in Action p 39
·       Learn your 2 spellings
·       Word list

Jolly Phonics Sounds

Here's a video from You Tube (not Mrs White's voice!) with the 42 sounds of the English language, which we are learning in Jolly Phonics.


Vidoes of the Jolly Phonics songs are available on 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sponsored Walk



Thank you to everyone who returned their Sponsorship cards and money. Come join in the fun on Sunday. We'll be leaving the Killygarry Football Grounds at 12pm and walking down the Alacken Rd to the Community Centre. There will be treats and spot prizes for the children. It will be a fun, sociable event for all the family. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Homework November 19th

Junior Infants

Monday
·       Jolly Phonics book page 29
·       Paired reading (read the book with your child and sign the yellow record book)
Tuesday
·       Jolly Phonics book p 30
·       Paired reading
·       PE tomorrow


Wednesday

·       Jolly Phonics book p 31
·       Paired reading

Thursday
·       Paired reading
·       Write your name 3 times (use capitals for first letter only):
 
“Guess how many sweets in the jar” competition is 50c per go. (There is a photo of the jar on the class blog)
Please return your sponsorship card and money to the school by Tuesday 20th November. Thank you.
Senior Infants:
Monday
·        Class reading
·       Paired reading
·       Sounds in Action p36
·       Spelling : “they”
·       Word list (read only)
Tuesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       maths sheet (front)
·       Spelling : “go”
·       Word list
PE tomorrow
Wednesday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Spellings:“no,so”
·       Maths sheet (back)
·       Word list

Thursday
·       Paired reading
·        Class reading
·       Sounds in Action p 37
·       Learn your 4 spellings
·       Word list