Parent Newsletter Tuesday April 8th

Parent Newsletter Tuesday April 8th

1 Reminder:   The school closes at 12noon this Friday, and reopens at 8.40am on Monday 28th April for our Spring Holiday.

2 Easter Camps: There’s a few places left in our Easter Camp ( Monday14th /Tuesday15th /Wednesday16th, 10.00am to 1.00pm, 30euro)… the teachers have put together a great line-up of Sports, Arts and Learning… plus lots of fun. Contact Lorraine 01 6904635 straightaway. ( details about Summer camps, June 30th to July 11th to be distributed imediately after Spring Holiday)

3 Healthy Lunches and Childhood Obesity: : While, no doubt, we are all lamenting the end for this year of the free school lunches,  huge thanks to all parents who have been sending Healthy Lunches to school with their children. As you are aware, there is a very serious issue emerging in Ireland with childhood obesity. To that end, we as a school , are trying to help you, as parents, to safeguard against this. Nationally, experts claim there is a 1 in 4 ( 25%) obesity rate amongst Irish children. My own crude observation amongst our own children, would be that there is a 1 in 8 ( 12.5%) obesity rate amongst the children in the school.

  • Lessons and Assemblies in all classes about Healthy Eating ( good foods/bad foods, making sensible  food-decisions, the virtue of water as your default drink, super foods, proper  food habits, healthy cooking,  critical analysis of food advertising etc)
  • The value of Exercise ( robust play-filled vigorous school-yard playtimes 40mins@day, walking to/from school when possible, pushing the upper boundaries of Physical Education times as allowed  by the DES, off-campus fieldwork,  lunchtime Sports Clubs, after-school Sports Clubs, Get Active Week.)

4 Change of date: Our Sports Day this year has had to be moved from Thursday 19th June, to the day before, to Wednesday 18th June in Ardgillan Park. I know that many of you make arrangements with work to be free this day, so I hope this is ample warning to you, and to remind all parents that they are welcome to join us on this fun-day which is part of our Get Active Week.

5  Reminder:  Many thanks to all parents in advance for paying the 140euro per child for each child who is returning to us for the 2014/15 school year. This money is payable to class-teacher/school office any time from  Monday April 28th and , please if possible, on/before Friday May 23rd.

6 The 6th Class Graduation Ceremony will take place on Tuesday June 24th at 11.00am. Parents of 6th class children are welcome.

7 Best of luck to our Boy’s Gaelic team who play in a semi-final versus a Ballymun primary school tomorrow ( Wednesday), if they win we can look forward to our first big-day out to a GAA Finals day in Parnell Park in May. Fingers crossed….

8 Literacy and Numeracy Testing: our annual Micrat-T ( Literacy) and  Sigma-T ( Numeracy) standardised testing will take place in the school in the week of Monday 12th to Thursday 15th  May. The results of these will be communicated to you in an end-of-year Progress Report Card in early June.  Please ensure that your children are in attendance at school for these dates.

 

Raffle Tickets

Would you be able to sell some tickets for our exciting raffle over the school break?  Maybe you will be visiting friends and family who would like nothing more than a chance to win a hotel break.  Or maybe you would just like a break for yourself.  If so, contact Liz Wall (treasurer) or any PA member and we will get you some tickets.  The draw will take place on Friday, May 2nd in the school.

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Selling Raffle Tickets in Millfield

Parents Association members were out again, this time over in Millfield Shopping Centre selling tickets for our fantastic raffle.

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Thanks to everyone who helped sell tickets and to the many customers in the shopping centre who bought them.  Thanks also to the management of Millfield Shopping Centre for facilitating us.

Tickets are still available from Parents Association members.  They are selling fast so make sure to get a few before the draw on May 2nd.

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