Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I would like to warmly welcome you to Stackallen National School.  We are a rural school with a wonderful, vibrant and outgoing philosophy.  

In our school we strive to create a happy safe and child centred education.  To do this we rely on the support of all our parents without which we could not succeed.  We therefore look forward to working in partnership with you in the interest of your child’s all round learning and personal development. 

We have a wonderfully talented staff ( see School Structure) who are fully committed to ensuring that each child reaches their full potential while in our care. 

We operate an open door policy so please do not hesitate to talk to me or any member of staff should the need arise.

Beir bua agus beannacht,

Rebekah Rafferty, 

Maths Questionnaire

Welcome back! I do hope everyone had a lovely mid term break. As stated in the last newsletter, we are undertaking a self-evaluation of the teaching and learning of mathematics, in accordance with Department of Education guidelines, in the school. To help us with that evaluation, we would be very grateful for your views and opinions on matters in the questionnaire below. The questionnaire should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be used to inform the school self-evaluation process. 

Please copy and paste the link below to complete the questionnaire:



Many thanks for taking the time to complete the form.

Kind regards,



Information on Slapped Cheek Syndrome

Slapped cheek syndrome (also known as “fifth disease” or erythema infectiosum) is a type of viral infection that is most common in children, although it can affect anyone of any age. 

Slapped cheek syndrome usually affects children aged between six and 10 years. Most cases develop during the late winter months or early spring.

In children, the most common symptom is the appearance of a distinctive bright red rash on the cheeks. This is how the condition got its name.

Although many symptoms of slapped cheek syndrome are similar to other conditions, most cases can be diagnosed by examining the rash. Usually, no further testing is necessary in children.

What treatment will my child need?

Most children will not need treatment as slapped cheek syndrome is usually a very mild condition that passes in a few days. Occasionally it can last up to four or five weeks.

There is no specific antiviral therapy available for slapped cheek syndrome.

Symptoms such as headaches, high temperature or itchy skin can usually be treated with over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol and antihistamines.

Adults, especially women, who frequently develop joint pain with or without a skin rash, can use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as painkillers.

You will probably only need to contact your GP if one or both of the following occurs:

  • your (or your child’s) temperature rises to 39C or above

  • your (or your child’s) symptoms suddenly worsen

What are the causes of slapped cheek syndrome?

Slapped cheek syndrome is caused by a virus called parvovirus B19. Parvovirus B19 is an airborne virus spread in much the same way as the cold or flu viruses. It can be spread through coughs and sneezes that release tiny droplets of contaminated saliva which are then breathed in by another person.

It's very difficult to prevent the spread of the virus as people are most contagious before their symptoms begin, so they are unaware they are infected.

Once you've been infected you should develop a lifelong immunity and not experience any further symptoms.


There are three high-risk groups in which the parvovirus B19 can cause a much more serious infection and trigger a range of complications. These are listed below.

  • People with certain blood disorders, such assickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia. This is where the blood doesn't contain enough healthy red blood cells (anaemia) and infection can lead to a further and more severe loss of red blood cells.

  • Pregnant women without immunity. Parvovirus B19 infection can increase the risk of amiscarriage because the virus can cause severe anaemia in the unborn child. The overall risk of miscarriage after infection during pregnancy is thought to be less than 5%.

  • People with a weakened immune system (immunocompromised), either due to a side effect of treatment, such as chemotherapy, or from a condition such as HIV. These groups can experience prolonged, and sometime severe, symptoms of infection.

  • Older children and adults who develop slapped cheek syndrome may experience persistent joint pain once the skin rash disappears.

If you're in one of these high-risk groups and you have been in close contact with someone who goes on to develop slapped cheek syndrome, contact your GP for advice.

blood test may be recommended to see if you are immune to the infection. If you are not immune, treatment can begin immediately to prevent complications.

You may need to be admitted to hospital and in some cases, a blood transfusion is necessary.

In rare cases, being infected with parvovirus B19 can lead to meningitis developing.


At present there is no vaccination available to prevent slapped cheek syndrome. People who have already been infected with parvovirus B19 in the past are immune to another infection.

To prevent the spread of slapped cheek syndrome try to ensure that everyone in your household washes their hands frequently to reduce the chances of the infection spreading.

Advice for pregnant women

A pregnant woman should avoid contact with any infected child. However, in practice this can be difficult as a child can be most contagious before their symptoms begin.

So there isn't much you can do to prevent yourself from getting the infection. But if you have been in close contact with a child who then goes on to develop slapped cheek syndrome, contact your GP for advice.


Congratulations to all the 'Halloween Costume' Prize Winners!

Junior Infants: David Smith

Senior Infants: Setanta Burke

1st Class: Jack Maguire

2nd Class: Ramona Dineen

3rd Class: Saoirse Taaffe

4th Class: David Kavanagh

5th Class: Clodagh Matthews

6th Class: Thomas Carolan

Wonderful work went into all the costumes today, well done to everybody and a special thanks to the Parents Committee for providing all the treats for our party!

October News!

Well, the Spooky Season is almost upon us! A reminder that the mid term break is from Monday 27th to Friday 31st October inclusive. Our annual 'Dress Up' day will be on Friday 24th when the children can dress up coming to school if they wish, (no spray cans or bangers). We would really encourage the children to make their own costumes this year as there will be a prize for the best 'homemade' costume! The Halloween Party will also be on Friday, thanks to the generosity of the Parents Committee.

Congratulations to the girls and boys football teams who under the guidance of Mr. Morrison, Mr. Mc Donagh and Mr. Lynch put up great performances in the recent Cumann na mBunscol leagues. They showed great grit and determination on the pitch and represented our school impeccably. Many thanks to all the parents who very kindly volunteered to give lifts to these events. It would not be possible to attend matches and other outings without your continued help and support! Also many thanks to all those who braved the elements and stood on the side-line. Your encouragement is very much appreciated. Siobhan Downey, Rathkenny GAA Club, also provided the whole school with great coaching and skills for the last 6 weeks, we look forward to welcoming her back in the Spring!

We were delighted to hear the news that Mrs. Hanley and her husband had welcomed a new arrival, a baby girl, Grace, last week. We wish them much happiness at this very special time. Mr. Lynch is teaching 2nd Class while Mrs. Hanley is on leave and we hope he enjoys his time with us.

Parent Teacher meetings this year will take place in February. However, should you wish to speak to either myself or any of the teachers before this time, please either contact Gabrielle in the office to make an appointment or send a letter to the teacher with your request for a meeting.

At present we are undertaking a self-evaluation of the teaching and learning of mathematics, in accordance with Department of Education guidelines, in the school. To help us with that evaluation, we would be very grateful for your views and opinions on matters in a questionnaire. The questionnaire will be posted here next week and should only take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be used to inform the school self-evaluation process. 

Due to changes in the Department of Education and Skills on line data base, every school is now required to submit a copy of each child's BIRTH CERTIFICATE and their PPS number. Please fill in the form sent hope with the children, attach a copy of their birth certificate and return to the school before . Although we do currently have some of this information on file, we request that these requirements be resubmitted  and returned by Thursday 6th November

Hope the children all enjoy a well deserved mid term break!

** View our Whole-School Evalution Report ** 

(Carried out by inspectors of the Department of Education and Skills in October 2012 )

The Week Ahead!

Taekwon Do with Keith Matthews for all classes on Thursday!