Jan. 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

We would like to ask each pupil to send an email to their class teacher with a brief message outlining how they are managing with their assigned workload. Please mention any issues they may have and a little update about how they are doing in general.

5th & 6th: homeworkcommons56@gmail.com
2nd, 3rd & 4th: homeworkcommons234@gmail.com
Jun. Infants, Sen. Infants & 1st: contactmsbarrett@gmail.com

We ask each parent/guardian to provide an updated email address that can be used for "Seesaw", an online platform that we plan to begin using on Monday 25th January. This address can be sent along with the above email. Once all updated email addresses have been received we will issue instruction on how to use this system.

We still have a number of laptops available for pupils to use during the lockdown to engage with online learning. Please email the school to arrange a suitable collection time.

Kind Regards,
Joe Cannon

7th January 2020

To Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the school staff I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and continued safety as we navigate our way through this pandemic.  With the school closed until the end of January each teacher will organise 3 weeks of work for all pupils.  This will be a combination of workbook activities, English Readers and online lessons (Reading Eggs/Eggspress, Mathletics, Mathseeds and Spellodrome - (5th/6th only).  All work will be corrected when pupils return to school and certificates will be awarded for online activities.

We have a limited number of laptops available if anyone requires a device in order to engage with the online lessons.  Please email the school with your request and we will arrange a suitable time for collection.

In preparation for a potential lockdown after Christmas, the pupils from 2nd – 6th took their homework folders home before the holidays with all the relevant books.  The homework packs for Ms. Barrett’s classes will be distributed on Monday 11th  at 11 a.m.  Please email the school to make alternative arrangements if this time/day doesn’t suit.  Please follow all covid guidelines while waiting in line to collect packs.


The following list of educational websites may be useful in supporting your child’s learning:

http://storybird.com (suitable for 3rd – 6th)
100 word challenge
https://world of David Walliams.combit.ly/Audio Elevenses (audio books daily for 30 days).
https://www.twinkl.ie (Home learning Hub).
National Geographic Kids
Arcademics – for access to games that practice tables at all class levels.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen (Amazon)


Joe Cannon








Jan. 7, 2021

Useful tips for homeschooling:

1. Get into a routine.
2. Devise a (rough) timetable for homework.
3. Regular P.E. breaks - short, fun activities to break the monotony.
4. Begin with a subject your child likes/enjoys. Mix it up and try not to do too
much at once.
5. Be creative- get children cooking (teaches numeracy, motor skills and
* Draw or paint something for a relative/friend they cannot see.
* Plant some seeds and nurture them.
6. Factor in "Quiet" periods :
* D E A R - Drop Everything And Read - 5 minutes to break a stressful lesson.
* Audio Books (e.g. David Walliams daily free book).
* Paired Reading with your child (or older siblings helping).
* Bed time stories.
* Read a story to your child.
7. Continue/Begin a diary/personal journal.
8. Teach them about nature, eg. dublinzoofun activity series.
9. Watch T.V. - RTE Home School Hub - 11.00 - 12.00 daily.
10. Use online resources.
11. Remember: You are not a teacher, your home is not a school. Take it easy
on yourself and your child(ren).

Letter to parents from Dr. Tony Holohan

Information on free flu vaccine for children (nasal spray)

Dec. 3, 2020

‘Then Sings My Soul’ CD comprises of hymns and songs sung by Roisín & Sara O’Donnell, which they recorded for St Mary’s Church, Killybegs, during the pandemic and which is now on sale for charity, all proceeds going to Killybegs Community Hospital Patients’ Comfort Fund. It’s available from the Parish Office, Killybegs, and in Curran’s Costcutters for €10. Your support would be appreciated.

Kind regards

Fr Colm

Nov. 3, 2020

Halloween photos have been added :)

When should I not send my child to school

A Parent's Guide to close contacts

The Commons NS Covid-19 Response Plan

Open Letter from the Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents

Kindness is catching

Information from HSE for parents

Back to school advice for parents

New Infants 2020

Letter to parents. 18th Aug. 2020


16th August 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian,

RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: -

Increasing Separation.  This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles.  Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods.  A pod is a group of children (normally 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. 

Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact.  There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms.  Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground.  We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.  Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: -


Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting.  We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment.  This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.

Le meas,


Joe Cannon,




Covid-19 - Letter to Parents & Staff

A message from Bishop Alan to the children who are receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion at this time.

To Parents - Letter from Minister Foley

Jul. 30, 2020

In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines we are providing an opportunity for parents to avail of an online payment system for book rental. While we encourage all parents to use this system, cash/cheque payments will still be accepted. This system is now ready to accept payments. Thank you.

A little Reflection.....

A message from Bishop Alan McGuckian for 6th Class

14th May 2020

Due to Covid-19 we must issue strict guidelines to all parents who wish to drop off their child (ren)’s homework on Monday 18th May.  For safety reasons we will allocate a 5 minute time slot for this purpose (allocated time will be sent via text) and put social distancing measures in place.  If you have any queries or questions etc, please send an e-mail to the teacher concerned and this can be dealt with on Wednesday 20th May when we will re-distribute books/work plans.  We will again issue time slots and allow time for a brief discussion.

Please observe the following measures:

  • Observe social distancing measures at all times.
  • Keep the visit brief.
  • Do NOT return text books to the school – only copies, workbooks or worksheets.
  • Follow the instructions for entering/exiting the school building.

Remember :

  • Only one parent in classroom at all times .
  • Do not take children into the school grounds if possible.


Main Building:


  • Mrs Rose:

                Please enter and exit through the door on right side of main entrance.


  • Mrs Mc Groary:

                Please enter and exit through the door on left side of main entrance.


New Building:


  • Master Cannon:

            Please use left ramp to enter the classroom and exit through emergency exit at the  side of main classroom.


  • Ms Boyle/Mrs Breslin:

           Please use right ramp to enter main building and exit the same way.


Parents for Master Cannon and Ms Boyle/Mrs Breslin can use the side carpark.


P.S.  Please do not feel obliged to attend on Monday.  However, if you are not able to drop off the homework, we would appreciate an email to the teacher/office letting us know.


Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.

Joe Cannon.


May. 8, 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well and making the most of our enforced lockdown. In line with the phased easing of restrictions, all teachers will be able to access the school buildings from May 18th. This will give us an opportunity to collect all the homework the children have been working on these last 8 weeks.
We plan to collect this work from 11.00 – 1.00 pm (Monday 18th May) and to distribute new assignments/extra books/corrected work on Wednesday 20th from 11.00 – 1.00 pm also. No homework will be uploaded on website for this week. Continue with Reading Eggs and Mathletics. If all goes to plan we hope to be in a position to do this on a regular basis. For safety reasons social distancing measures will be in place at the school and we would ask only one parent (no children) to come into the school grounds.

We are also providing a separate email address for each class teacher – for any questions/queries/concerns etc. you may have.

So until then, stay safe and please use the assigned homework as a guide only. We know that households are under a lot of stress at present so try to make the homework sessions fun and stressfree (for children and parents alike!!!).

Joe Cannon.

Apr. 30, 2020

We are currently reviewing our Admissions Policy and Admissions Notice (See below). If anyone has any suggestions/observations (Parents of pupils currently enrolled) please e-mail us at commonsns@gmail.com. Thank you.

The Commons N.S. Admission Policy

The Commons N.S. Admission Notice

Apr. 23, 2020

If anyone has any queries/concerns, please contact us on : commonsns@gmail.com

Apr. 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are probably aware, today is the day we would have been closing for Easter holidays and looking forward to enjoying two weeks of rest, relaxation and family time. Easter 2020 places us in very different circumstances but we must all stay positive and remain strong. So on behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter. There will be no extra work assigned for the holiday period so please enjoy the break and stay healthy and safe.

Joe Cannon,

Mar. 24, 2020

What we are currently experiencing with COVID-19 is unprecedented and the consequences and time over which it will play out are still far from clear. To that extent we must continue to deal with it in our own context and to the best of our capabilities. Our first responsibility is to do everything we can to prevent it spreading further by taking heed of H.S.E. advice and by following government protocol.

In order to further support the pupils with their learning at home each teacher has devised a list of suitable activities for their respective classes. Please note that we are aware of the stresses in many homes at the present time. We are also aware that all pupils have different abilities and learn at different rates. Therefore we encourage you to use these activities as a guideline but don’t feel obliged to complete all tasks. Be reasonable with your expectations and remember... You know your child best.

P.S. We would encourage each child to keep a diary of this unique event, get regular exercise and continue their Incredible Edibles programme for healthy eating.

Wishing you all continued good health. Stay safe and well.

Joe Cannon.

C.M.O. letter to Parents

Advice from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health to parents of school children re. COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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