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Fortnightly Bulletin 17th September 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians,

We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:

New start and finish times: An Aladdin app message was sent out to all parents on Tuesday detailing the changes to our start and finish times, which will come into effect from Monday next, 21st September. Please be advised that from Monday, school will finish for Cohort 1 at 2.20pm and for Cohort 2 at 2.35pm. The following changes will come into effect in relation to drop-off times from Monday:

Arrival window
Category of Parents
8.40am – 8.50am
Parents with one child only who is in Cohort 1
8.50am – 9.00am
Parents / childminders dropping off two or more children who belong to both Cohort 1 and Cohort 2
9.00am – 9.10am
Parents with one child only who is in Cohort 2
Parents / childminders with two or more children all from Cohort 1 (see box on previous page) can drop off between 8.40am and 9.00am.
Parents / childminders with two or more children all from Cohort 2 (see box on previous page) can drop off between 8.50am and 9.10am.
We are asking for your continued cooperation and support in adhering to these drop-off and collection times for the health and safety of all.

Contact Details: Please click into your child’s details on the Aladdin app and make sure all contact details are correct. We are asking all families this year to provide us with the contact details of a minimum of three people under the ‘Emergency Contact’ field in the Aladdin app (three people excluding the child’s parents). There are still a small number of families who have not yet done this and we would ask you to do it today if possible. Please phone the office if you have any difficulty adding / changing contacts / contact information.

Mercy Day: We will celebrate Mercy Day next Thursday, 24th September. As Bunscoil Bhríde is a Mercy school, Mercy Day is a very important day in the calendar of our school. We are proud of our strong Mercy tradition and ethos. Children in all classes will learn about Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Mercy order and will hear of how the Mercy Sisters brought education to Rathangan. Fr. Bill will celebrate a mass for the children of Second to Sixth Class to mark Mercy Day at 10am on Thursday and it will be livestreamed into the classrooms, with some of our 6th class girls taking part in the liturgy. We might even get the night off homework to celebrate!

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.

National Tree Day: National Tree Day will take place on Thursday 1st October. All classes will be learning about trees on this day. Living in Rathangan, we have the most fabulous woodland resource on our doorstep. We would suggest that you take the time over the next fortnight to explore the beautiful Killinthomas Woods with your child(ren). It provides a wonderful opportunity to explore with your child the different varieties of trees growing in our locality. See for more information on tree day.

Junior Infant Photographs for newspaper: The ‘Leinster Leader’ have been in contact to inform us that they will be sending their photographer to our school over the coming weeks to take Junior Infants class photographs for the ‘First Day at School 2020’ supplement in the newspaper. Please contact the school if you do not wish your daughter to be included in the photographs. It is our school policy (for Child Protection reasons) not to provide the names of the children for newspapers. All photographs will be taken in compliance with our Covid-19 Plan.

School Photographs: ‘County Photos’ (school photographers) have been booked to take individual / family photos of all of the children in the school and group photos of all the Junior Infants and 3rd class girls on Thursday 15th October. Details of this will be provided to parents in advance of the date. All photos will be taken in compliance with our Covid Plan.

Party Invitations: As it is not possible to invite all children from your child’s class to birthday parties, we would ask that children refrain from handing out invitations in school. This can instead be done outside of the school, in order to avoid upset to children not invited.

Student Council: This year’s Student Council is up and running. The first official meeting will be held outside tomorrow (adhering to all of our social distancing rules). The class representatives are: Amelia Shelley Curtis, Maya Casey, Orna Manning, Romy Hurley, Alice Beary, Hollie Fallon, Hannah Heffernan, Leah Kelly, Nevaeh Levingston, Julia Tyrrell, Aoife Flood, Rebecca Fallon, Áine O’Loughlin, Amy Jones, Siobhán O’Loughlin and Holly Doyle. We look forward to the Council’s valuable contribution throughout the school year.  Credit Union Poster Competition: Students will participate in the annual Credit Union Art Competition over the next few weeks. This year’s theme is ‘Imagine More’, so all entrants will have free rein to express themselves. Our pupils always create thought-provoking works and we usually have quite a few prize-winners.
 Dates for the Diary (these dates have been inputted into the Aladdin app calendar, which will be updated as events are added during the year):

  1. Saturday 3rd October: First Holy Communion for 3rd class girls at 12pm and 2pm
  2. Maths Week: 12th – 16th October
  3. School Photographs: Thursday 15th October
  4. Friendship Week at Bunscoil Bhríde: 2nd – 6th November
  5. Halloween Dress-up Day: Friday 23rd October (no props to be brought to school)
  6. Mid-term Break: School will be closed from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October inclusive
  7. Science Week: 9th – 13th November
  8. PT Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place this year on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th November. Due to the Covid restrictions and the directive we have been given to limit visitors to the school, all PT meetings this year will be over the phone, with teachers phoning parents at their appointed time. Parents will be given the opportunity to book their appointment slot on the Aladdin app during the first week in November. I will give you all advance notice of the date and time the link will go live, allowing you to book your appointment time with your child’s teacher. If you have any concerns regarding your child, please phone the office to arrange a meeting time with your child’s teacher prior to this date. Kind regards,
    Maria Rogerson