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Letter to Parents 19 October 2016

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the boys on the Senior Gaelic Football team who are through to the final and play against Holy Trinity, Donaghmede in Croke Park on Wednesday October 26th at 12.10.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the boys.  Many of our past pupils who went on to play very successfully at intercounty level have fond memories of when they played for the school in Croke Park.  We thank Mr. Clancy and Ms. Bouskine for their work with the team and also Mrs. Whelan and Mr. Gibson who worked with them last year.  It is intended to bring boys from 2nd class upwards to the match to support the team and we will issue details when bus prices are finalised tomorrow.

Enrolment 2017

The enrolment process for September 2017 will commence immediately after mid-term.  Over the last number of years we have had parents who overlooked putting down their child’s name for enrolment and didn’t realise it until they heard that other people had been given places.  Unfortunately, in some instances all the available places had been allocated by the time the omission was realised and people were dependant on cancellations into late August at times. If your child is due to commence school in September 2017 please check that you got an acknowledgement from the school or alternatively you can contact the Secretary at (01) 2851449 or by email at johnstownbns@gmail.com.

Sick Children

Over the last few weeks a number of children who were clearly unwell were sent to school.  Invariably we ended up sending them home.  However, in some cases “the bug” was passed on.  We would appeal to parents/guardians not to send sick children to school as it can be quiet upsetting for them being so unwell in a class setting.

Many children are coming to school with coats, or even jumpers in some cases.  We would ask that all children wear a coat/jacket to school as the weather can be changeable.

October Cake Sale

The annual Cake Sale which helps fund the Christmas Fair will be held on Friday, 28th October.  Parental help is essential on the day. This annual Halloween Cake Sale is hugely anticipated by all the children. Obair bhaile for Thursday 27th will be to bake or buy cakes, buns etc., these can be brought into school on Friday 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.

Recycling

Thank you for supporting our previous recycling ventures.  The next recycling day will be held on November 18th. Lenrec collect:-

new & used mens’, womens’ & childrens’ clothing,

shoes, belts, handbags, ties,

linens, household textiles,

stuffed toys & books.

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

Internet Safety

Internet safety for children is extremely important. In 2015 we were fortunate to have had Chatbudi visit the school and work with classes from 2nd to 6th during the school day and later that evening a very informative and worthwhile seminar was held for parents and pupils.  This year ZEEKO will visit on November 16th and work with classes from 2nd to 6th during the day. That evening they will run an Internet Safety Seminar for parents from 7.30p.m. in the hall and provide feedback from the children’s survey.  Please put the date in your diary as attendance at Internet Safety events has often been very poor and yet everyone who attends reports them being highly informative and beneficial.

CoderDojo DojoCon Conference Saturday 22nd October in Dun Laoghaire

As part of this tech conference, there are free events being run for parents and children in the dlr Lexicon.  Sam Kelly, renowned Social Media strategist better known as @Tweetinggoddess will be speaking in the morning, and Cyber Safe Ireland will be giving advice to parents in the afternoon downstairs in the Studio.  More details available on dojocon.coderdojo.com with free tickets bookable by clicking “Tickets” at the top of the page.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Cadogan

Principal