Letters to ParentsNews

Letter to Parents 17 October 2018

Dear Parents,

As per holiday schedule the school will be closed for mid-term from Monday October 29th to Friday, November 2nd (inclusive). As notified earlier the school will also be closed on Friday, October 26th owing to the Presidential Election and Referendum.  Normal school closing times will apply on Thursday, October 25th.

October Cake Sale

The annual Cake Sale which helps fund the Christmas Fair will be held on Thursday, 25th October.  Parental help is essential on the day. This annual Halloween Cake Sale is hugely anticipated by all the children. Obair bhaile for Wednesday 24th will be to bake or buy cakes, buns etc., which can be brought into school on Thursday morning. Sincerest thanks to all those who continue to support us so generously with their contributions. Novelty Halloween cakes are, as always, particularly welcome for the raffle on the day. If you are in a position to help out at the Boys’ Cake Sale please contact Angie Byrne 0876339346. Please be aware that we are a nut free school so avoid nuts or nut related products when baking. In the past parents of children with allergies have baked/purchased an item to send in specifically for their own child so they still feel included.

Substitute Teachers

Currently, there is a chronic shortage of substitute teachers across the entire country.  We are fortunate that we have a staff whose overall attendance rates are very high.  Unfortunately, on occasion people may fall ill or may be absent for other reasons e.g. bereavement, attendance at inservice etc.  Sometimes teacher absences are substitutable but on other occasions they are not.  Every possible effort is made to find a substitute teacher, where applicable, but where we are unsuccessful in our efforts and have exhausted all other avenues we have very little option other than to “split classes” and give the children work to do.

Dogs in the school yard

Other than guide-dogs there should be no dogs in the school yard at any time.  There are obvious health and safety reasons and the danger that a child may be bitten as happened earlier in the week.  We would appreciate your fullest co-operation in this matter.

Lenrec Recycling

Thank you for supporting our previous recycling ventures.  The next recycling day will be held on Thursday, November 15th. Lenrec collect:-

New & used mens’, womens’ & childrens’ clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles, soft toys.

Your support is appreciated.  Items can be dropped into the school nearer the collection date.

Sports

Congratulations to our Senior Gaelic football team who were unfortunately beaten in the semi-final of the cup recently.  They did exceptionally well and won 4 matches in a row.  Thanks to Mr. Clancy, Mrs. Mulholland and Barry for all their help with the team.

Congratulations to Nathan Clarke (Mr. Clancy’s class) who won the Kick Boxing Competition, held in Bristol Academy in the 28kg competition last weekend. Well done Nathan.

Tap Tastic Less Plastic

At the moment we are experiencing a problem with the amount of “green waste” being generated in the school that our giant size green bins cannot cope with.  A huge volume of plastic bottles end up in the recycling bins.  In an effort to reduce the volume of one use plastic after midterm we are going to try to eradicate the use of single use bottles in the school.  We will be encouraging the use of re-useable bottles on a daily basis.  We trust all parents/guardians will support us in this venture.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal