Dear Parents,

Some important items for your attention:

Dates for your Diary:
17th March:        St. Patrick’s Day – school will be closed for that day only.
26th March:        Cake Sale – see below for details.
27th March:        Term ends on Friday 27th March at 12.30 p.m. and Summer Term starts on Monday 13th April, a normal school day.
16th June:        Sport’s Day – details to follow.

Please note that the Table Quiz (3rd to 6th Classes) has been postponed until May – actual date to be confirmed.
Advance Notice:    The PTA Committee are organising a “Wigs” social evening in Old Conna Golf Club on 6th June. Tickets, costing €20 each, will be available during the first week of Summer Term.

“Old King Cole”
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to make this production such an enjoyable and successful venture. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Rathmichael Church’s 150 years.  It was a lot of work and commitment but everyone who took part really enjoyed themselves.

New Technology
The PTA has kindly purchased five iPads for classroom work. The children are using them for individual and group work and they are proving to be a great success. Additional tablets may be purchased in the future.

Crinken Art Competition
Many thanks to all the pupils who contributed artwork to this competition. Rathmichael won the overall prize for the best art work sent in and the individual winners were Isabelle MacNeaney, Siomha Whelan,  Zoe Whelan, Anahita Aryan, Lauren McCleane, Matthew Beck and Zoe Clinch. Their art will be displayed in the Concourse.

Down Syndrome Ireland
This year we will be holding an Odd Socks Day on Wednesday 18th March to help raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.  A note will go out later in the week.

Pancake Day
Thank you to everyone who brought in €2 and had a delicious pancake on 13th February. We raised €412 for Trocaire. This charity was chosen as we are working on Global Citizenship in school to raise awareness of the world around us and what we can do to help others less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to the PTA Committee and its helpers for making the pancakes.

Active Flag Week
The school is once again participating in an important initiative to get pupils active. We are working towards an Active Flag (not dissimilar to the Green Flag but for physical activities rather than the environment). As part of this, we will be holding an Active Flag Week from 15th to 19th June  inclusive. This will be a fun-filled week of activities, involving parents and pupils and we would encourage everyone to participate. More information will follow. If you feel you can contribute, please call the Office.

Cake Sale
On Thursday 26th March there will be a cake sale in school, to raise funds for the P.T.A.  Last year this event was a great success and raised over €900 for PTA funds. On Wednesday 25th March as a homework item, all pupils will be given plates to fill with cakes, buns and biscuits. Pupils will be able to buy goodies during school so please give your child/children money (in small change denominations) to bring in on the day (teachers will advise appropriate amounts for each class). Also please give them containers to take the food home in. The sale will be open to parents from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the Crawford Concourse.  Please support this initiative which will help raise funds to support school activities. Funds raised will be allocated in a number of areas – new footballs, music equipment, additional iPads  and Active Flag initiatives.

End of Spring Term – Games and Swimming
Games will continue right up to the end of term but there will be no games on Friday 27th March and they will recommence on the first day of the new term, Monday 13th April.  A separate Games note will follow towards the end of Term.

Swimming for 2nd and 5th Classes will finish on the last day of this term, 27th March and 4th and 1st Classes will commence on Friday 17th April.  A separate note will go home to 1st and 4th Classes shortly.
As in previous years, we hope to have after school tennis coaching for 6th Class pupils next term, on a day to be confirmed and notes will go out in the next week.

Sports Activities during School Hours
The senior classes are participating in a number of sports activities in school hours. 6th Class play Tag Rugby on Mondays with Vic Ball of Leinster Rugby (5th Class played before the mid-term break), 5th and 6th Classes have Cricket on Thursdays with Caoilfhinn Rowan of Leinster Cricket and 3rd and 4th Classes have Football with Rory O’Hare of DLRCC and FAI (5th and 6th Classes played before the mid-term break).  The Cricket coaching sessions will be used to select a team to play in the Inter-Primary Schools Leprechaun Cup. We have participated in this before and the pupils always enjoy the games.

Football and Hockey Results
The Boys’ Hockey Team has played 6 matches in their division and won them all which is a fantastic achievement. They are now through to the semi-finals of the Primary Schools competition. The Girls’ Team has played three matches, winning two and losing one and has two more to play – this again is a great achievement. Well done to the two teams and to their coach Niall Denham.  The Football Team, in Division 2 of the Inter-Primary League, has drawn its first match and has three more to play. The team is coached by Conor Jennings.

I am delighted to advise you that Naomi Clarkson will be returning to teach music to pupils from 1st to 6th Classes during May. She will be preparing shows with some of the classes and details of these will be given at a later date. Provisional dates are: 3rd Class on 27th May at 6.30 p.m; 5th Class on 24th June at 6.30 pm and 6th Class on 17th June at 6.30 pm.

Martello Players
The Martello Players will be presenting “Nuts” by Tom Topor on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March in the School Hall at 8.00 p.m. For tickets please call 086 2633955.

Mobile Phones
We still need Mobile Phones and Cameras so please bring old phones/cameras into school and ask friends, relations etc to give you any to bring in also.

Many congratulations to Susan and Dale Crammond on the birth of Alanna – her big brothers are delighted too. Congratulations also to Rebecca Waugh and Eóin O’Ferrall on their recent engagement.

Caroline Senior
10th March 2015