January Newsletter 2018

12th January, 2018 | by Caroline Colleran | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised


January Newsletter 09/01/18


Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all!!  It was great to see all the happy, smiling faces back in school again on Monday morning!   We also have some new families to welcome into the school community and I know that they will be made feel very welcome.

New Principal: I’m delighted to tell you that our new Principal has been appointed.  Mrs. Caroline Colleran will join us on Tuesday 23rd of January.  We look forward to welcoming her here to this wonderful school.

Junior Infant Enrolment 2018: We will be having our Junior Infant enrolment for 2018/19 on Thursday 8th February from 9.30-11.00am in the school.  If you wish your child to start school this coming September, please attend on that date to complete an application form.  Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, a utility bill for proof of address and your child’s PPS number on the day.  If your child has special needs please inform the school immediately.  This is to ensure that their needs can be catered for in September.

Staff Changes: Ms. Moran has gone on maternity leave.  We wish her the very best and hope to see her back again soon.  Ms O’ Dwyer will take over Ms. Moran’s class.  I myself will go back to Learning Support when Mrs. Colleran takes up her new position later in the month.

Flu: As you may be aware the flu season is in full swing unfortunately.  Remind your child of good hygiene practices and if you believe your child has the flu, please keep them at home.  See the website for more information.

Yard: Please ensure that your child is not on the yard before 9.05am as supervision only starts then.  It has been noted that some children have been left in the yard unattended very early in the morning.  This is of serious concern to the school and we ask parents to please not do this.  Also the mornings and evenings are very busy times outside the school.  Please drive carefully in the vicinity of the school and please ensure that your child is dropped off in safe places.  The safety of our children is our priority collectively.

Appointments:  If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment through the office.  Unfortunately for supervision reasons teachers are not able to meet parents without a prior appointment.  If your child forgets their lunch/books/gear etc report to the office and we will make sure your child receives it.

Peace Proms: On Tuesday the choir went to the Peace Prom workshop in the National Sports Arena. It was a great morning and we had great fun practising the songs and moves for the main event which is on Sunday 4th February at 8pm.  The event is nearly sold out, so make sure you purchase tickets soon if you intend on going.  A massive thank you must go to Ms. Phelan for working so hard over the last few months with the choir preparing them for this event.

Christmas Fair: The children’s Christmas Fair collected a whopping €2,600.  It was a fantastic event and was a credit to the children and their teachers.  All the money raised will go to our local St. Vincent De Paul.  Thanks to all for contributing.  Also thanks to all the teachers who helped organise and inspire and encourage the children to put on a fantastic day.

Healthy Eating:  Reminder to all that we have a healthy eating policy in the school.  Milk/water are the preferred drinks and children are encouraged to bring in fruit and vegetables as part of their lunch.  Also cereal bars and anything with nuts are not allowed.  Please see the school’s website for more information on that.

Irish Dancing: with Carmel has commenced again this year for 6 weeks.  The cost is €6.  Please send the money in as soon as possible. Thank you.

Debating: The 6th Class debating team are now in the quarter finals of the Kildare Debating Festival.  The next round of the debate will be held on January 26th  in Scoil Bhríde, Clane.  Best of luck to the team.  I know they will do us proud! A big thanks to Ms. Mangan also for working so hard with the team and for bringing them this far.  It’s a credit to all.

Sacraments: As you are aware the church in Straffan was badly damaged during floods in November.  Work is currently ongoing to repair the damage.  A decision will be made shortly with regards to what will be happening with the Sacraments.  Once I have this information I will let you know.

After School Classes:  They will return on Tues Jan 23rd –Thurs Mar 1st for 5 weeks. (Skip the week of Midterm break.)  Registration will take place on Friday 19th of January at 9am.  It will be run on a first come first serve basis and the full amount will need to be paid on the day to book a place.  Please also try to have the correct amount on the day as change will not be possible. The classes are as follows:

Teacher Class Day Price
Ms. Hanlon Sewing (3rd up) Tuesday €45
Ms. Carr Italian (2nd up) Tuesday €40
Mr. Langton Chess (3rd up) Tuesday €40
Ms. Mulroy Little Athletics (Jnrs-1st) Tuesday €40
Ms. Byrne Cooking (3rd up) Wednesday €45
Ms. Moriarty Painting (1st up ) Wednesday €45
Ms. Fahy Dance (Jnr-2nd) Wednesday €40
Ms. Hanlon Spanish (3rd up) Wednesday €40
Mr. Keane Film Club (2nd up) Thursday €25
Ms. Fahy French (3rd up) Thursday €40
Ms. O’ Dwyer Music (3rd up) Thursday €40


Reminder: The school will be closed on Monday 22nd January to facilitate training for the New Primary Language curriculum.


Happy New Year to you all!




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