NUACHT NA CÁSCA – AIBREÁN 2011

EASTER NEWSLETTER

Tuairiscí Scoile / School Reports:

As is our custom, we are issuing our annual School Reports at Easter time, rather than at the end of the school year. In this way any parents who may have concerns arising from the report, will have the opportunity to discuss their concerns with their daughter’s present Class Teacher. Your daughter’s Report will be posted out to you. 

Book Fair:

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the parents who helped us to run our recent Book Fair. Thanks also to all who supported the Book Fair. We raised €6,435.09 this year which entitles us to books to the value of €3861.05 for class libraries and  the school library.

I cannot emphasise how important it is to encourage your daughter to read.  Read to her, read with her, encourage her to read on her own.  Discuss the books and share opinions.  This  improves literacy significantly and will be of huge benefit to your daughter.

Charity Donations:

Despite the present recession, our school community have made some very generous donations to good causes this term.

The girls dressed up for World Book Day and  €451.42  was collected. We donated this to the  Laura Lynn Foundation.

6th class girls held their “Bake sale” and a total of €1642.21 was raised.  This money will be donated to Nyumbani, Focus Ireland, Barretstown House and The Dogs’ Trust.

Míle buíochas for supporting these fund-raising initiatives. Letters of thanks were also sent to the school by all the charities concerned.

World Book Day

The girls all participated in writing a book review and  the prize winning entries are on display in our corridor.   Each winner received a book token at our presentation in the hall and they read out their winning entry to the rest of the school. Comhghairdeas a chailíní!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

The girls dressed in green for Lá Fhéile Pádraig and we also had a Comórtas Ealáine (art competition).  The girls illustrated an Irish frása and we have displayed them around the school.  We encourage you  to use them – ask your daughter what one she illustrated!  

  • Nach deas an lá é: Isn’t it a nice day
  • Nach fliuch an lá é: Isn’t it a wet day
  • Nach fuar an lá é: Isn’t it a cold day
  • Tá brón orm: I’m sorry
  • Tosaíonn na bláthanna ag fás: The flowers begin to grow
  • Déirigh go maith liom: I got on well
  • Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin! : There’s no place like home!
  • Slán go fóill: Goodbye for a while
  • Tóg go bog é: Take it easy
  • Comhghairdeas: Congratulations

Cispheil/ Basketball

Comhghairdeas to Belgrove A basketball team as they have just won their semi-final!! They will now represent us in the final in May.  Maith sibh a chailíní!  Táimid an-bhrodúil asaibh!

Tráth na gCeist / Quiz

Well done to our school quiz teams especially our 6th class girls, Áine Williams, Róisín Troy, Clíona McMahon and Hannah O’Connor,  who represented us at the National Parents Council Quiz. 

Músaem na Scoile / School Museum

The children have been busy collecting old artefacts at home for our school museum.  Each class is getting a chance to view our artefacts this week.  Parents are welcome to visit our museum on Thursday 14th April from 2.00pm to 3.20pm.  Míle buíochas to those who were kind enough to lend items for display.  It has been a great experience for the girls. 

Ealáine / Art

Thanks to the artistic skills of Lesa Marsh who has worked with our fourth classes, we now have a triptych   based on the Bull Wall, Clontarf to display in the school.  The girls learned the ancient skill of batik and participated fully in the creation of these beautiful works.

Trócaire Boxes:

If you are returning your Trócaire Box through the school, please do not send it in until after the Easter Holidays. Please return it by Thursday, 5th May as Trócaire will be collecting the boxes from us then. After that, you will need to return them to your local church.

Éide Scoile / Uniforms:

Holiday time from school is always a good time to ensure that your daughter’s school uniform is in good order. The girls have also been asked to remind you to make sure that jumpers and tracksuit tops in particular are clearly labelled with your child’s name. During the warmer weather in the coming term, these are sometimes taken off and left down somewhere and it can be very difficult to find the right owner without clear labelling.

We remind you also that regular uniforms are the required daily wear and ask that all parents respect and follow this school policy. Please remember that when tracksuits are worn, they should be accompanied by a white polo-shirt. A top of any other kind should not be worn to school.

As the summer term approaches, we remind you that white or navy socks are part of the required uniform.

National Education Welfare Board (NEWB):

I would like to send a timely reminder that it is a requirement for schools to report absences of 20 days or more to the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB). Under this arrangement, we must also categorise the reason for each absence. I remind you therefore how important it is that you send a written note to the Class Teacher explaining why your daughter has been absent, on every occasion. The absence note should be on a separate page, and not in your daughter’s homework journal, because the Class Teacher will have to retain it for reference.

We know that you are very aware of the importance for your daughter of not missing school. However, holidays during term time added to days missed unavoidably through illness can add up to quite a few absences over the course of the school year.

In respect of holidays during school time, we remind you that it is not the policy of the school to set ‘holiday work’ for pupils. 

Bí Glas / Be Green

Ellen Doyle and Tara Storey represented us at the Green Schools Award Ceremony in Croke Park on 10th March.   They collected our 2nd green flag which is for “Energy”. Our first one was for “Litter and Waste”. Well done to all the girls on the Green School Committee for their hard work and also to the school community for making the award possible.

Our aim now is to reinforce what we have set in place before we move on to apply for our third green flag which is for “Water”.

We reduce   We re-use  We recycle  DO YOU?

Turais Scoile / School tours 

Míle buíochas to the Parents Association for the help in funding towards school tours.  We appreciate it.

Saoire na Cásca / Easter Holidays:

We remind you that the school will close on Friday, 15th April at 12.00 noon and will reopen on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011.

We wish all our parents and children a very Happy Easter!

Le gach dea – ghuí,

Anne McCarthy, Príomhoide