Christmas Newsletter 20/12/16
Christmas is upon us. The air of anticipation and excitement is palpable. The Junior Infant Carol Service on Friday 16th December helped to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The message of truth, love and hope was in evidence in a very real way. Many thanks to Ms Butler, Ms McCullagh, Ms MacNamee, Ms Knightly and Ms Keena, who in a spirit of goodwill helped in the organisation of the event. The school will close at 12 o’clock on Thursday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 9th January 2017. Children are not required to wear their school uniform on Thursday.
The whole school community are amazed and grateful for the successful completion of the Buy-a –Brick campaign which has reached its target of €50,000.000. Thanks to everyone who donated so generously to the campaign. My sincere thanks go to all Parents Association members who have put so much work into organising and promoting the fundraising. In particular we, as a school community appreciate the commitment of the following people who have put their heart and soul into the campaign: Dee Griffin, Helen Connor, Linda McBride, Mary Flannelly and Regina Harnett. Also giving unselfishly of their time and expertise were Delma Byrne, Fran Cooke, Andre Corvin, Vinnie Crimmins, Rhona Dunne, Scott Griffin, Kirsten Herbert, Allwynne O’Connor and Brian Savage. I would also like to thank our own Mary Kingston who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on the project. It has been my privilege to witness a united community working together to achieve a common goal. We can look forward now to the completion of the building and its occupation by our current first classes, hopefully for the last term – all going well!
As part of our on-going efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the school we are concentrating this year on Physical Education. We are striving to achieve an Active School Flag which is awarded by the Department of Education and Skills to schools that demonstrate they teach a broad and balanced PE curriculum, self-evaluate current provision, and plan and implement improvements. Many thanks to Ms. Keena, Ms McCoy, Ms McCullagh and Mr. O’Connor who are giving of their time and expertise to guide us through the process. Check out our website www.naiscoilide.ie to see our Active School section which can be found under News and Events.
School Enrolments for 2017
The closing date for enrolling children for September 2017 is 31st January 2017. Application forms are available in the office and on our website. Parents will be informed in February regarding availability of places. Our Enrolment Policy is available on our website
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings will take place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th February. Parents/Guardians will be notified in advance of the date and time of their meeting. Teachers will endeavour to facilitate parents at times convenient to both parties.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools week will take place from Sunday 29th January – Saturday 4th February when Catholic schools give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic Education.
Late arrivals are asked to please use the door with the buzzer opposite Raheny G.A.A. to gain entry. We ask that you let your child proceed from this door on their own to their classroom. This will promote independence in the children but more importantly it will keep everyone safe. At present too many people are on the corridors after 9 o’clock and this presents a health and safety worry. We thank you in advance for your co-operation with this request.
Many Congratulations to Ms King on the birth of her baby son.
Dates for your Diary
Continuing thanks for all your goodwill and consideration throughout the year. Naíscoil Íde prides itself on its vibrant and fruitful relationship with parents and long may this continue. Please remember to keep in touch with what is going on in the school via our school website www.naiscoilide.ie
Finally can I wish everyone in the school community – Staff, Parents, members of the Board of Management and children – a very happy and peaceful Christmas, agus athbhlian faoi mhaoise dhaoibh go léir.