RATHMICHAEL PARISH NATIONAL SCHOOL – NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2018

Dear Parents,

A Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to a second busy term of the school year.  On behalf of myself and the staff, I would like to thank you for the many generous Christmas gifts which you gave us. They are much appreciated. On everyone’s behalf I would like to wish Rosemary Allison a speedy recovery from a broken foot which will keep her out of school for a number of weeks.

Some important items for your attention:

Dates for your Diary:

26th January:

Tickets are still available for the Adults’ Table Quiz at 8.00 p.m. in Shankill Tennis Club. Please support the first P.T.A. event of the New Year.

14th February:

Valentine’s Day for Habitat for Humanity (pupils should wear a Valentine themed costume or  something red) and bring in €2 on the day to help past pupil Natasha Stanley to raise funds to go to Romania with Wesley College.  Natasha will bring Valentine biscuits into school for pupils.

15th & 16th February:

Midterm break (School will close for two days only.)

27th February:

Pancake Day for Pupils – proceeds will go towards a charity to be advised.

2018/19 Holidays:

Standardised Holidays: October 2018 mid-term break: from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November inclusive (5 days); Christmas 2018: school closes on Friday 21st December and re-opens on Monday 7th January 2019; February 2019 mid-term break: from Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February inclusive (5 days); Easter 2019: school closes on Friday 12th April and re-opens on Monday 29th April.

Discretionary Holidays: School will reopen for the start of the 2018/19 school year on Wednesday 29th August 2018 and will close on Tuesday 25th June 2019 for the Summer Holidays.

Advance Notice:

Open Day will take place on 23rd May 2018 and Sports’ Day will take place on 12th June 2018, during Active Week.

Promoting Good Hygiene Standards in School

The children will be receiving lessons on good hygiene practices and we would appreciate if this could be followed up at home – the need to wash hands properly would be a prime example. There have been instances of threadworms in the school which can easily be treated from the chemist. Due to the prevalence of flu and other winter illnesses at present, the children will learn about how germs are spread and what can be done to prevent this. As previously advised, if children are at all unwell please avoid sending them into school, (particularly if they have been vomiting, have flu like symptoms or have had diarrhoea or other tummy bugs). Please leave a sensible recovery time before sending the child back in – at a minimum 24 hours. We have a number of children in the school whose health would be seriously compromised if they catch any infections so I would ask for your co-operation in this matter. In conjunction with the promotion of good hygiene standards, we will be holding a Lice Eradication Day on 24th January to try and deal with this ongoing problem. This will be given as a homework item on that date. Would all parents please check children’s heads and act appropriately. This will have to be signed off in the homework journal which will be checked on 25th January. Junior and Senior Infants will be given a note for parents to sign.

Swimming

Swimming restarts this term on Friday 19th January for 2nd and 5th Class pupils. I would appreciate prompt payment of any outstanding swimming bills.

Games, Homework Club, Chess and Coding

All the after school activities restart today, Monday 15th January. I would request that parents collecting children after these activities do so promptly at 3.30 p.m. to allow the staff running these activities to leave on time.

M3 Money Club

The Money Club returns on Wednesday 17th January and all those pupils in the Club are reminded to bring their money and cards into school with them on Wednesday.

Core Credit Union Art Competition

Congratulations to Ellie Macdonald who came second in her age category in the recent Core Credit Union Art Competition. She will be presented with her prize shortly. Well done Ellie!

Driving into the School Grounds

It has once again been brought to my attention that those collecting pupils at 1.25 p.m. going home time are arriving far too early when the gates are closed for lunch time play and not only blocking the gate by parking in front of it but also forming a queue on the roadway. This practice must stop as cars sitting at the gate block the sole emergency access to the school and Stonebridge Road is far too narrow to allow cars to stop on it. This causes traffic chaos on the road and a serious accident will be caused. If you arrive and the gates are closed, please continue driving and come back when they are open, at 1.15 p.m. If the practice continues we will have to consider banning cars from entering the school grounds at this time. Please advise all collectors of this. This also applies for after school activities – please remember that the gates remain closed until games conclude at 3.30 p.m. If you arrive earlier, please park in the car park beside St. Anne’s School and walk in.

Unwanted Christmas Presents

Before you consign any unwanted gifts to the attic, I would ask that you donate any small items to the school which can be used as raffle prizes throughout the year. Also any empty hamper baskets would be very welcome. Please drop any such items into the Office.

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you to all our pupils and staff who wore festive jumpers on the last day of school and donated €2. We raised €300 towards the Crumlin Children’s Hospital’s Christmas Jumper Appeal.

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle raised €232 towards 5th and 6th Classes school trip to Donegal. Many thanks to you all for buying tickets and donating items. Congratulations to all the raffle winners.

December Handwriting Competition

Well done to all the children for making such a huge effort with their handwriting. In particular congratulations to our winners and most improved:

Best Boy Best Girl Most Improved Most Improved

Boy Girl

J. Infants Jamie Johnston Lara Kidd Milo Geelon Sofia Rocha White

S. Infants Max Lawless Sofia Kiriy Elliot Weldon Ava Rigney

1st Class Mylo Pust Ella Hayes Conall Staunton Lisa Murphy

2nd Class Nathan Ana Vallejo Hugo Melbourne Ginnity Kendra Barron

O’Sullivan

3rd Class Finn Harty Annie Gaffney Albert Bernon Emily Bruton

4th Class Matei Alanna Crawford Jamie Eaglesfield Madelina Spillane

Constantinescu

5th Class Daniel Murphy Imogen Stanley Aidan Gosling Rebecca Phelan

6th Class Jamie Miller Ruby Geelon Liam Mullins Tamara Grainger

Clothes Recycling Fundraiser

Please remember to keep old clothing items for our Liberty Recycling event that will take place later in the term – further information to follow separately.

Caroline Senior, Principal, 15h January 2018

PTA Notes

Happy New Year to you all and thanks for all your support last term. Please remember that each class has two representatives, responsible for contacting you and encouraging you to attend and where necessary, help at PTA events.

Adult Table Quiz

As advised, this will take place on Friday 26th January in the Tennis Club. This promises to be a very enjoyable night. Niall Carty will be compiling the questions and Paul Barron will be the Quizmaster. We will be selling tickets outside school in the mornings and at going home times or you may give money to your child and a ticket will be sent home.