October 2015 newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

We are all nicely settled back into school life by now. A big welcome to our new Infants– William Delaney, Neal Lazenby, Ian Mc Cann, Evan Stacey, Felix Lynch, Kyle Lazenby, Noel Nordens, Jayden Gaffney,  Kia Forde, Beth Dowling, Heidi Dowling, Claire Kingston, Céilí Rourke, Lauryn Cole and Luca Mos. We also welcome Sam Massey and Quincy Macharia into 6th class. Well done to all the new infants who have adjusted to Big School so quickly and are working very hard!

Swimming is up and running again for 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th classes until the Halloween break, and for infants, 3rd and 4th classes for six weeks after Halloween.

Two members of the Irish Defence Forces visited our school on Weds 16th September to present us with an Irish flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation. We plan to raise the Irish flag beside our green flag and to frame and display the proclamation in our school.

Student Placement We would like to welcome Louise Hendy to the school. Louise is a 2nd year student in CICE & will be joining Mrs Deane, 3rd and 4th class, on observation in October, and on student placement for three weeks in November.

PA AGM The Parents Association AGM will take place on Monday 12th October at 7.15 pm. The guest speaker on the night is Kildare Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh, who will be speaking about Road Safety and your Child, after the AGM, at 8 pm. We strongly urge all parents to attend the AGM. It is a great opportunity to learn about the work the P.A. does as well as any recent developments in our school.

We will be having a Dress Up Day on Friday 24th October in support of the Kildare Hospice on the Curragh so now is the time to start planning your outfits! Our school will be taking part in the MS Readathon this year. This will involve the children reading lots and lots of books in aid of a very worthwhile cause so we hope that it will be well supported.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who are coming in to listen to the children reading in small groups or who have volunteered for the Word Wasp programme. Your support is much appreciated and it is a great help to both teachers and children.

We have recently invested in five new laptops, with the help of the Board of Management. This brings our stock to fifteen and will be of great benefit to the pupils for activities such as literacy and numeracy games as well as project work. We would like to thank the Board of Management for their support with this.

A reminder to all parents that a photographer will be taking photos for the school calendar on Tues 29th Sept. Infant pupils will be staying until 2.20 pm on this day. Children are to attend school in full uniform and will change into costume during the day.

A reminder that school will be closed for midterm break from Mon 26th to Fri 30th October.