Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- New teachers: I am delighted to welcome our two new teachers; Laura O’Connor and Emma Dineen to the staff. Laura is teaching Third Class and Emma has begun working as one of our Special Education Teachers.
- Football Final!!!: Our U11 Gaelic football team travelled to Allenwood for their semi-final on Monday last, and recorded a decisive victory against Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock. The girls showed tremendous skill, determination and courage throughout the game, winning by three goals in the end. The ladies have now earned a spot in the Cumann na mBunscol U11 Football League and will face Kill N.S. next week, with the date and location yet to be confirmed. Well done to all the girls and their wonderful coaches, Ms. Frawley and Mr. O’Sullivan!
- Debating Win: I want to congratulate our school debating team (Nevaeh Levingston, Claire Condron, Alice Beary, Ava Haughan, Rosie Donnelly, Emily Waters, Alice Russell, Ailbhe Walford, Abbie O Donnell and Nadia Piesik), who have just beaten Twomilehouse N.S. in the first round of the Primary Debating Festival 2022/23. The debate took place this morning via Zoom, with our girls opposing the motion that “school uniforms should be a thing of the past”. Every team member put in such hard work and lots of preparation for today’s debate. The research and structure of the debates was a full team effort. Well done to the girls and to their mentors, Ms. Costello, Ms. Banks and Ms. Dillon. We look forward to progressing to the next round of the competition.
- Basketball: Basketball training with Ms. Dineen and Ms. Gleeson will resume on Thursday 10th November and will run on Thursdays from 2.30pm to 3.30pm in the school. We would urge all children from Fifth and Sixth Class to attend.
- Maths Week: Maths Week will take place nationally next week (17th – 21st October) and all classes in the school will be engaged in different mathematical activities to mark it. We would ask that you support us at home by playing Maths games with your child and pointing out to her the ways in which maths can be found and is used all around us. See www.mathsweek.ie for some ideas.
- Parents’ Association Calendar: I want to sincerely thank the wonderful members of our Parents’ Association who put in a huge amount of work yesterday organising and co-ordinating the taking of all of our themed class photographs. I also want to thank all of our parents for your support of our calendar. The children put in so much effort getting together props and accessories to for their themes. The photos will be fabulous and we look forward to seeing the finished calendar. I will put up an optional payment link (under the ‘Money’ tab) in Aladdin in the coming days for any of you who wish to purchase the 2022/23 calendar. I will send a Aladdin message when the payment link is active. All proceeds will go directly to reducing the cost of swimming lessons for Second, Third and Fourth Class pupils in the last term.
- Head Bumps: It is our school policy to phone home when a child bumps her head, however minor.
- Christmas Annuals: If you wish to order a Christmas Annual for your daughter (optional), please pay via the e-payment link that will be sent to all parents tomorrow (will be available under the ‘Money’ tab in the Aladdin app). The annuals are as follows: Jr & Sr Infants – Súgradh, 1st & 2nd – Spraoi, 3rd & 4th Siamsa, 5th & 6th – Sonas and the cost is €5 per annual. Please record the annual(s) you wish to order when you are paying on the app (‘Notes’ section). Multiple annuals can be purchased via the payment link. Payment must be made via the e-payment link by Friday 28th October. No cash accepted.
- Word Problem Wednesday: This year, we are placing a whole-school emphasis on the improvement of Mathematics Problem-Solving in our school and we are asking for the support of you, the parents in this regard. You will all have purchased blank copies as part of our booklists. The purpose of these copies is to encourage the children to visualise and draw out word problems. Many children, when faced with a word problem that might involve a number of steps, will give up if unable to get an answer straight away. We are encouraging them to slow down and to use the RUDE strategy (R – Read, U – Underline, D – Draw and E – Estimate). We want them to apply this strategy to all word problems and to visualise and draw out each question. All classes from First to Sixth will be taking home a Mathematics Word Problem / Puzzle every Wednesday. Please encourage your child to use the RUDE strategy when solving all word problems she encounters.
- Uniform: Please ensure your daughter is wearing the correct school uniform. Please note that full uniform (for 2nd – 6th classes) consists of the navy crested school jumper, blue shirt and navy trousers / skirt / pinafore. Leggings should not be worn in place of trousers. Children in 2nd to 6th class should only wear their school tracksuit on PE days; Tuesdays and Thursdays. Full uniform should be worn on all other days. We have some spare uniforms in the school. Please contact us if you wish to take some of these items of clothing. Hair that is long enough to be tied up should be tied up at school, and for health and safety reasons, only stud ear-rings should be worn at school. All other jewellery, including bracelets and necklaces should not be worn to school.
- Oral Language: The theme for the month of October is ‘Listening’. Communication and learning skills grow out of effective listening. Hearing and listening are not the same – listening is an active process of focusing on sound; hearing is passive reception of sound. Listening means focusing on some sounds and “tuning out” others. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you support us at home, by encouraging and modelling good listening, asking your child to follow oral instructions, playing auditory listening games and questioning your child often.
- 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 on Friday 28th October only. They will be collected from the school on that day.
- Parent-Teacher Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will be face-to-face this year and will take place over two afternoons / evenings, on Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th November. This is an ideal opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher and discuss her progress. All parents will book their chosen time-slots for their PT meetings via the Aladdin app. The booking system will open on Monday 24th October.
- A Spooky Walk/Non Uniform Day: As part of our Active School activities the children and teachers will go on a ‘Spooky Walk’ on Friday 28th October at 11am, weather permitting. This will be a non-uniform day and the children are invited to dress up in Halloween costumes if they wish, but they will need to wear warm clothes and sensible shoes for outdoor walking.We will walk to the Garda station and back to the school. We would love to see any parents / family members out to greet us on our walk. We are asking for an optional donation of €1 from children on the day, which will go towards providing a skipping workshop for all classes in the school this term.
- Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting (AGM): The AGM of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday 18th October at 7pm. All parents in the school are welcome to attend and we would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and to hear about what’s happening and what’s coming up in our school. If you are unable to attend, but would like to join the PA committee this year, please contact email@example.com
- Midterm Break: Bunscoil Bhríde will close for the midterm break on Friday 28th October and will reopen on Monday November 7th. We trust everyone will enjoy a well-deserved break after such a busy half-term term.