Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Science Week: Science Week will take place next week and we look forward to celebrating it here in the school with lots of science activities taking place in all classes. On Monday we will kick off Science Week with a whole-school Science Show on ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, kindly funded by the Parents’ Association. All classes will visit the Science Show, which will take place in our school hall and we look forward to learning lots about bees and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Photographs of Science Week will be available to view on our website www.bunscoilbhride.ie
- Creative Rathangan workshop: The ‘Creative Rathangan’ workshop that was due to take place today for Ms. De Faoite’s and Ms. Coughlan’s Sixth Classes has been rescheduled due to the inclement weather and will now take place next Thursday. The workshop is being facilitated by local artist Monica de Bath and local ecologist/historian, Michael Jacob. The children will work in both Tannery Park and the library and will observe, imagine, draw, build and assemble a 3D Creature over the course of the day. We hope they enjoy this wonderful opportunity.
- Irish Dancing: Our four-week block of Irish Dancing lessons will begin for all classes tomorrow. All pupils should wear their school tracksuit and runners on these four Fridays. I want to sincerely thank Carmel Somers for giving so generously of her time again this year.
- Basketball: Our basketball team will have their first match of the season tomorrow against Scoil na Naomh Uilig. The girls of Sixth Class have been training with their coaches Ms. Ryan and Mr. O’Sullivan every Wednesday since September. We wish them the very best of luck.
- Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: A reminder to all those who wish to participate in the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: Shoe boxes must be brought into the school tomorrow ONLY. They will be collected from the school tomorrow. This is optional.
- Oral Language: For the month of November, our whole-school Oral Language theme is Giving and Following Directions. All classes will be engaged in activities based around helping the children to competently give and follow directions. This is something that you can quite easily work on at home with your child(ren). It is only through school and home working closely together that we can achieve the very best outcome for your child(ren).
- School Self-evaluation: This year we are focusing on Creative Writing as the topic for our school self-evaluation. We will be gathering data over the coming weeks on our performance in this area, with a view to developing a school improvement plan for Creative Writing. We are asking you, the parents, to complete a very short survey on your daughter’s attitude to Creative Writing (NOT handwriting). The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following link: www.shorturl.at/mvGZ9 . The link to the survey can also be found on our school website. Your assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated and the data you provide us will form the basis of our plan.
- Junior Infant photographs: Junior Infant pupils received the proofs of their photographs this week. Purchase is optional, but if you wish to purchase, the envelopes should be returned to the school next Friday 15th November only, as they will be collected by County Photos on this day.
- Confirmation Meeting for Parents: Fr. Bill will host a meeting for parents of children receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this year next Thursday night (14th November) at 8pm in the school hall.
- School Attendance Strategy: Our whole school attendance for the month of October was 95.9%, which is good – well done! I am eager to maintain and improve upon this level of attendance at Bunscoil Bhríde and would urge you all to support me in this regard. Túsla have launched the Education Welfare Services Every School Day Counts Campaign, which will run for the month of November. I have registered our school for this campaign. During the month we will place a focus on attendance and you will see posters around the school. Tips for parents are provided by Túsla on the following link: https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/SR6_Tips_for_Parents_(20_Day_Challenge).pdf
As you will be aware, we are required by Túsla to report in the event of a child being absent for 20 days or more. We are also required to maintain explanatory notes for all absences, including late arrivals and early departures from school. Please ensure you provide your daughter with a note in such circumstances. Our School Attendance Strategy is available to view on our website in the Policies section.
- Our Spooky Walk: Well done to all children and parents who put in such a fabulous effort in transforming themselves for our Spooky Walk on the Wednesday before midterm. We thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and were delighted to see so many of you out along our route to greet us. I would also like to thank you for your generosity on the day. €184.50 was raised, which, along with funds raised through our administration of the Pupil Accident Insurance, will go towards the funding of a skipping workshop for the whole school in the new year.
- Parent-Teacher Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place next Tuesday and Thursday, 12th and 14th November. This is an ideal opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss her progress. At this stage nearly all parents have booked their ten-minute timeslot to meet with their daughter’s class teacher. Please ensure that you arrive promptly at the time you have selected. If you are unable to attend the Parent-Teacher Meeting, please inform your child’s teacher as soon as possible.