Letter (12) 03032020

Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 12                                                         March 3rd 2020

Congratulations to Miss Monaghan and her husband on the occasion of their marriage last week. The whole school community would like to wish them Health & Happiness in their future life together!

Best Attendance:

Congratulations to Miss Tyrrell’s Junior Infants, who had the best attendance for the month of February.

Book Fair:

Our annual Book Fair took place the week before the mid-term break and it was a great success. Our sincerest thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time to run the book fair: Eiranne Heffernan, Mary Claire Doyle, Eileen Caulfield, Rachel Moore, Deirdre Leech, Joanne Melia Costello, Noelle O’Shea Hardiman, Karen Brackin, Susan Finnerty and Leona Coffey O’Brien. Without their assistance the Book Fair would not have been possible. Books to the value of €3,500 were sold! The school will get a 20% commission of approx. €700 which will be used by the Parents Council to fund different things for the children.

Confirmation Programme:

  • Congratulations to all the girls in sixth class who made their Confirmation the weekend before the mid-term break. The Parents Council very kindly financed a party last Monday to honour this special occasion.  
  • Photographs taken by Tim Brennan photographers were given to the girls last week. If you wish to purchase any of these photographs please send in the money to the office before the end of the week. If you do not wish to purchase any of the photos, please return the photos to the office asap.
  • It has come to light that there was a second photographer in the church on the day. This photographer was booked by one of the other schools, but it appears that they included some of our girls in the photos they took. We have not received proofs of these photographs yet, but they will be circulated as soon as we get them.

Engineering Week:

This week is Engineering Week. Ms. Tyrrell our Science Co-ordinator has organised a number of activities which highlight the importance of engineering in our world.

  • Junior & Senior Infants had Lego workshops facilitated by “Bricks 4 Kids” on Mon & Tues of last week. Many thanks to the Parents Council who financed these workshops for the children.
  • Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth classes took part in “The Dam Busters” workshops on Thursday of last week. Many thanks to the Parents Council who financed these workshops for the children.
  • Mrs Murray’s Senior Infants class are attending a show on Tuesday in NUIG entitled “Adventures in Engineering”. Many thanks to Parents Council who financed the bus.

World Book Day:

  • Thursday March 5th is World Book Day. The aim of World Book Day is to celebrate the joy of reading.
  • The children may come to school on Thursday dressed as a character from a book
  • The school has received the €1.50 “World Book Day tokens” for every child in the school. Caroline Sweeney of Easons Bookstore, Galway (mother of Isobel in Mrs Hennessy’s class and Eoghan in Miss Dolan’s class) will visit the school with all the World Book Day books and the children will be given the opportunity to exchange their token for a book of their choice.

Community Games:

The Community Games Swimming Competition is taking place this Sunday morning March 8th 2020 in Tranquility Leisure @ The Raheen Woods Hotel:

  • Registration from 7.30am with first race at 8am.
  • Entry Fee = €5.00
  • Under 8 / Under 10 / Under 12 / Under 14 / Under 16.

St Patrick’s Day:

  • There will be no school on Monday March 16th or Tuesday March 17th
  • The Community Council has invited the Medieval Town Band to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade and to perform a recital at the viewing stand.  The parade will take place on Tuesday March 17th, after the 11am mass.  Children from 2nd to 6th class have worked very hard for this event, so we hope to see your support by being present on the day.  Your co-operation in the following matters is an essential part of this day. All children in the band are requested:
  • To meet in the school at 10.00am
  • To bring their instruments
  • To wear their hair in plaits, if possible
  • To wear two layers; vests or t-shirts under their band uniforms
  • Children from 2nd up to 6th Class should wear their navy tights.
  • Children can be collected from the school straight after the Parade at 12.45pm.

Green School:

  • Planting in our new Poly Tunnel on Monday March 23rd
  • Travel Action day on Wednesday March 25th

Half Day for In Service training:

  • There will be a half day on Thursday March 26th to facilitate further staff training on the new Primary Language Curriculum. All children will go home at 1.15pm.

Aladdin Connect:

Scoil Chroí Naofa have been using a database called Aladdin for a number of years. We are now availing of a new feature, which will transform the way that staff and parents communicate, taking speed, efficiency and security to a whole new level. This will be done through a cloud-based platform and mobile app. Further details and more specific instructions will follow in the next week or so. With this in mind, please ensure that the school has your most up to date contact details.

Current Programmes:

  • Paired Reading is taking place between Ms Alani’s Senior Infants and Mrs Monson’s 6th class
  • The  Literacy Lift Off Programme  has commenced in Mrs Murray’s Senior Infants class.
  • The Maths Blast / Problem Solving Programme is taking place in Mr McDonald’s 3rd class
  • Stay Safe will be taught in all classes this term. Please see this link for more information: https://pdst.ie/StaySafeParents
  • Mrs Monson’s 6th class are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP)

Extra-curricular activities for Mar / Apr:

  • Mon: Sports Club for Junior Infants with Mr Hanley
  • Mon: Science Club for 1st class with Miss Tyrrell
  • Tues: Art Club for 2nd / 3rd & 4th classes with Ms Alani
  • Tues: Guitar club for 5th & 6th classes with Mr Naughton
  • Wed: Club Gaeilge for 1st class with Miss Feeney

General Reminders:

  • Coronavirus information: Please see attached letter from Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Office, Department of Health
  • Digital Consent: The legal age of digital consent in Ireland is 16. Should the school become aware of online activity which is causing a child welfare concern, we will be referring this matter to Túsla
  • Punctuality: The staff of Scoil Chroí Naofa consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that your child is in school by 8.50am (at the latest) to avoid constant disruption to morning prayers and to the beginning of the school day for teachers. Roll call is taken in the early morning, every day.
  • Attendance: The Education Welfare Officer held attendance clinics here in the school before the mid-term break. He reviewed attendance since his last visit.
  • School Uniform: Your co-operation to ensure that your child wears the full school uniform every day is most appreciated. Please remember to label your child’s uniform and all their belongings.
  • Head Lice: Incidences of head lice have been reported in a number of classes this term. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat immediately, if necessary. Long hair should be tied back.

Diary Dates:

  • Cash for Clobber collection booked for Tuesday March 3rd.
  • SPAR FAI 5s: schools soccer competition in Mervue on Wed Mar 11th
  • Do this in Memory mass: the next mass is on Sunday Mar 15th at 11am in the church
  • Mindfulness workshops: mindfulness workshops for Ms Alani, Mrs Murray & Miss Feeney’s classes on Friday Mar 20th
  • Easter Holidays: Monday April 6th to Friday April 17th
  • Cycling Workshops: 1st cycling workshop for 6th class on Thursday April 23rd
  • Swimming: The girls in 3rd class will attend swimming lessons in Raheen Woods hotel Mon May 18th to Thurs May 21st
  • First Communion: Saturday May 23rd at 12 noon

Is mise le meas

Fergal Naughton      

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