Newsletter

24th October 2016

Dear Parents,

We are delighted to have lots of good news to report.

 Update on Staffing: We were successful in our appeal to retain our fifth class teacher. Ms. Michelle O’Brien will remain teaching in this school for the academic year 2016/2017.

Reading Eggs: We have decided to use some of the money raised by the Guess the Score Raffle to purchase the Reading Eggs Programme for all the children in the school for this year. Reading Eggs is an online programme designed to improve your child’s reading skills.  Your child can access Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress at home where parents can view their progress on line.  Each pupil will be given a Login Name and Password to access the programme. If pupils benefit from this programme we will consider adding the cost (approx €7 per child) to the school bill in the future.

 Cumann na mBunscoil Football:  Congratulations to our football team who have reached  the county semi-final of the Cumann na mBuncsoil Football Competition and will play Ahatubrid N.S. on this Wednesday at 1p.m. in Killorglin.  We will be leaving school at 12 noon sharp to travel to Killorglin.  We would appreciate help with lifts.  We wish the very best of luck to our team.  Go n-éirí leo.

I.T update: We are in the process of updating our computer room to have fourteen working computers with headphones.  These will be very useful for the Reading Eggs Programme.  We are also purchasing six iPads and hope to have wireless internet.

Hallow  E’en  Dress up:  All  classes  are invited to dress up in their Hallow E’en costumes on Friday 28th  October and bring in €2.  Money raised will be divided between Temple Street Hospital and Brú Columbanus – a small independent charity that provides” home from home “ accommodation for the relatives of sick children in Cork Hospitals and Hospice.   Many thanks to Trish Quigley from the 223 Club who is organising this collection. Please ensure all children are warm enough in their costumes for break times and that they can move safely.   No implements or sharp  objects are allowed for safety reasons.

School  Reminder: Thank you to all the parents who have paid their annual school bill and a gentle reminder to those who have not yet paid. In these tough times we are aware that this contribution may be difficult for some families.  Please let me know in the strictest confidence if paying is a problem.

  • 1 child €55 2 children €105          3 children  €140           4 children €170

This  bill includes Standardised Tests, Book Rental, Spelling Booklet, Pupil Personal Accident Insurance 24 hour cover, Art/Craft and Photocopying.

Pupil Personal Accident Insurance:  The cost of this is included in the school bill. Unfortunately pupils who have not paid the contribution will not be included in the Personal Accident Insurance.

Book Fair:  With the help of the Parents’ Association we are having a Book Fair in the school from 24th November to the 28th November.  During this time books will be displayed and pupils given an opportunity to browse and choose some books.  The Parents’ Association  will sell these books  to parents on 24th 25th and 28th November from 2p.m  to 3p.m. If older classes want to choose and buy the books themselves they can bring in the money. If any books are sold out they can be ordered and delivery is 48 hours approx. The Book Fair is also very beneficial to the school as we can choose books for the school library to the value of 60% of sales.

Garda Vetting:  Garda Vetting of volunteers, parents etc is now coming under a new system which is partly processed on line and partly processed via an application form.   Application forms are available in the school office.  We appeal to parents to become vetted if they are helping with transport, or assisting the school.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. Team Hope: This year we will again be participating in Team Hope Shoe box appeal. The school are waiting to receive the flyers to hand out to pupils giving all the information regarding the Shoe Box Appeal.  As soon as they are delivered to the school we will distribute them.                                                                                                                                                                                                     The organisers have asked us to mention that it is not suitable to include chocolate in the boxes.  The boxes will be collected from the school on 11th November.

Christmas Cards: The school is organising the Christmas Card fundraiser for the school again this year.  Each child will design their own personal Christmas Card and receive a sample card to show at home before there is any obligation to buy.  If you are interested in finding out more please check on www.christmas cardsforschools.ie.  Please don’t buy your Christmas cards until you see your child’s masterpiece.

Parent Teacher Meetings: Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Friday 11th November beginning at 3.00p.m. Children will go home at 2.30p.m. If children in Junior and Senior Infants are being collected at 1.50p.m. older siblings can also go at this time. The school cannot accept responsibility for children on the school premises during the meetings. Please make an arrangement to have your children looked after.

Mid Term Break: School will close at normal school times (1.50p.m. and 2.50p.m.) this Friday 28th October for midterm break and will re-open on Monday 7th November.

Date for your diary: Whole school Christmas Celebration will take place Friday 16th December at 11.30a.m. All are welcome

If you have any queries on school related matters do not hesitate to make an appointment to see the class teacher or myself.

Again my sincere thanks for your help and co-operation.

I hope you enjoy the Hallow  E’en   break  and  look forward to meeting you in the near future.

Kind Regards,

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Mary O’Sullivan   Principal