Dear Parents / Guardians, We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
Aladdin Connect: As you will be aware we have just launched Aladdin Connect for our school. This is a wonderful facility, which provides parents with secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, reports cards etc. via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App (details of Aladdin Connect were emailed to all parents in December). All parents received a text message on Monday from the school, which provided the link to allow you to register and view all of your child’s details. We would ask that all parents follow this link and that you validate your mobile number when you do so. This will ensure that all messages from the school will pop up on your phone, eliminating the need for text messaging or emailing. Going forward, teachers will be using Aladdin Connect to send reminders / requests / information to parents about events in their classes. Your mobile number must be validated on the app to ensure you receive these messages. Please contact the office if you have any queries in relation to Aladdin Connect.
Dates for the Diary for this term: All important events and dates for the diary for the remainder of the school year can be found by clicking on the calendar icon within the Aladdin Connect app. Please keep an eye on this calendar as events will be added throughout the year.
New staff: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new teachers; Ms. Niamh Fahy and Ms. Eimhear Desmond to our staff. They are teaching Junior Infants and Sixth Class respectively.
Internet Safety Talk: Ger Brick will deliver an internet safety talk for all parents in Rathangan Boy’s National School tonight at 7.15pm. We are strongly urging all parents to attend. Ger engaged our 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils in an internet safety workshop here in the school just before the Christmas break and I can testify to the fact that it was incredibly informative. As a staff we were quite shocked and concerned with the amount of pupils accessing social media apps, who were unaware of privacy settings and unaware of the dangers of accessing some of these apps. We believe it is vitally important that all parents attend this meeting to help to inform themselves of the dangers that the internet can pose and to hear all about the most common apps currently being accessed by children nationally and the potential dangers they pose to our children. Information is power and you will leave this meeting with a much greater understanding of how to keep our children safe while accessing the internet.
Credit Union Quiz: The Credit Union Schools Quiz will take place on Friday 31st January at 7pm in Rathangan Boys’ School. We have enjoyed great success in this competition over the last number of years. All pupils from Third to Sixth Class will take part in a quiz in the school next week to determine our teams. Please practise some quizzes with your daughter in preparation.
Stay Safe: Senior Infants, Second Class, Fourth Class and Sixth Class will begin the Stay Safe programme in the next fortnight and will continue with the programme over the coming weeks. I would like to remind you again about the importance of discussing the issues covered in class with your child at home. The lessons covered over the course of the programme are as follows: Feeling Safe and Unsafe, Bullying, Touches, Secrets and Telling and Strangers. More information about the programme can be obtained on the website; www.staysafe.ie
Relationships and Sexuality Education (R.S.E.): R.S.E. lessons will begin in Junior Infants, First Class, Third Class, Fifth Class and Sixth Class in the next fortnight. (Sixth Class will begin RSE lessons once they have completed the Stay Safe programme.) You will all receive a letter next week detailing the content to be covered with your child’s class and it would be very helpful if you could discuss what is being learnt at school with your daughter(s) at home. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries you may have.
Bake Sale for Sr.Celine: Well done to the Sixth Class girls and their teachers, Ms. De Faoite and Ms. Coughlan, who organised a wonderful Bake Sale in December in aid of Sr. Celine’s Brazilian Fund. A total of €661.95 was raised from the Bake Sale. I would like to sincerely thank all who contributed so generously and provided us with so many delicious baked good and prizes.
Toilet Bag: Reminder – all children must have a small bag at school containing a small face cloth/towel for the drying of hands. There is no need for soap, as soap dispensers are located in all toilets. Please remember to change and wash this towel regularly.
Enrolments for 2020/21: We are now enrolling for September. Closing date for enrolments to Junior Infants for the 2020/21 school year is Friday 31st January. Enrolment forms have been distributed to the playschools / crèche in the town and are available from Catríona’s office. Completed forms must be returned to the school no later than 31st January.
New Enrolments: We are delighted to have welcomed in a number of new pupils to our school this week and during the last term. As you will be aware lots of new housing estates are being completed in the town and this brings lots of new families into the community, who we warmly welcome. Unfortunately our enrolment figure as of the 30th September has meant that we are on course to lose a teacher for the coming September, which would mean larger class sizes for all our pupils next year. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) use the date of 30th September to determine teacher numbers for the following academic year. As we have had so many new enrolments since 30th September and look set to welcome more new children to the school in this term, we are now well above the number that had been required to maintain our teacher. We are now in a situation in which our only course of action is to appeal the loss of the teacher. If you are aware of any new families living in the area who intend to enrol children in our school, we would be grateful if you could ask such families if they would inform us of their intention to enrol their child as soon as possible to strengthen our appeals case to the DES and try to ensure we maintain our current staffing level.
Rugby: Gráinne Bowe, a community Rugby Officer with Leinster Rugby will begin a block of rugby coaching with Mr. O’Sullivan’s Third Class and Ms. Ryan’s Fourth Class on Fridays, beginning next Friday 17th January. The girls should wear their tracksuits on Fridays.
Bug Hotel: I would like to sincerely thank Michael O’Connell, one of our parents, who has very kindly made and delivered a brand new Bug Hotel to our school garden. It looks absolutely fabulous and we look forward to checking out all of its new guests as they check in!
The Lunch Bag: If your child is absent and lunch has been ordered and arrives for her, we will send this lunch home with a sibling where possible. Alternatively you are very welcome to come in to the school before 10.50am to collect the lunch.
Oral Language: The theme for the month of January is ‘Questioning’. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you, the parents support us at home, by encouraging your child to pose fully-formed questions and ensuring that they have knowledge of and make use of all the question words (What? Why? Where? When? Who? How? etc.). We would also encourage you to discuss with them what they’ve learnt in school on this topic.
Names on Uniforms: Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly marked on her uniform and tracksuit jumper.
Late Arrivals/Early Departures and Absences: Children arriving late to school or leaving early must be signed in/out by an adult. All absences must be explained by a note presented to the class teacher upon the child’s return to school, or alternatively, by selecting the reason for absence on Aladdin Connect (in which case a note will not be required). We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. The sign in/out folder is kept outside the office just inside the main entrance.
Coming to school: Reminder – we are not responsible for children before 9.00am. You are asked to drop your child(ren) to school as close to 9.00am as possible. We will provide supervision for children and open the school on wet mornings at 8.50am. There is no supervision or shelter for children before 8.50am and we would ask that you do not drop them off before this time.
School Closure: The school will close tomorrow to facilitate staff inservice in the new Primary Languages Curriculum. Please note the school will also close on Monday 24th February to facilitate inservice. All of these dates are marked in the Calendar on the Aladdin Connect app.
Kind regards, Maria Rogerson
Bunscoil Bhríde Parents Association Newsletter
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas Holidays.Santa’s visit on the 20th December 2019 was a great success, thank you to all those who helped out on the morning, it was greatly appreciated.
The Parents Association are looking to rebrand. The rebranding was discussed at the 10th December 2019 and 7th January 2020 meetings. It will be on the agenda for the next meeting and a decision will then be made. We would love to get parents feedback on the rebranding of the PA.
The next PA meeting is due to take place on Tuesday the 11th February 2020 at 7.30pm in the school. All ARE VERY WELCOME TO ATTEND.
We would like to thank the Secondary School representatives Ali Mc Cormack and Bernie Sexton for attending our 7th January 2020 meeting to answer parents’ questions on transitioning from primary school to secondary school, it was very helpful and informative.
If you are not able to attend the Parents Association monthly meetings but would like to be involved or just to get more information please email the Parents Association on email@example.com
Upcoming Significant Days organised by the Parents Association for the pupils of Bunscoil Bhríde
9th January 2020 – 7.15pm
7.15pm – Anti-Cyberbullying / Internet Safety Workshops with Ger Brick St Patricks National School – boys school
29th January 2020 Grandparents Day
Volunteers are needed to help handing out tea & coffee to the Grandparents. If pupils could bring in baked goods for Grandparents Day that would be greatly appreciated.
Volunteers are needed in early January to help out with the collection of reeds and the making of the St Brigid’s Crosses.
1st February 2020 St Brigid’s Day
Volunteers are needed in early January to help out with the collection of reeds and the making of the St Brigid’s Crosses. Father Bill has kindly offered to bless all of the St Brigid’s crosses for us. The crosses will be on sale from this date.
20th March 2020 Odd Socks Down Syndrome Awareness Day
An Odd Socks Day even will be ran this year to raise awareness of Down Syndrome
Garda Vetting forms can be downloaded from the school website or are available at the school reception.
If you are able to help out with any of the above events please contact the Parents Association – by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the school directly.
Our Christmas Calendar fundraiser was a huge success. Thank you to all who gave up their time to help out with the making of the calendar.€1110 was raised from the sale of the calendars which will go towards subsidising the cost of swimming for the 4th and 5th class pupils of 2020/21.
We would like to ask all those who believe a Pedestrian Crossing is needed at/near the location of the girls school to email / write into Kildare County Council to request this to be installed or safe access to the school to be reviewed.
Alternatively letters can be sent into Kildare County Council –
Kildare County Council, Roads Department, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 X77F
A template for a written submission will be sent home for those who would like to return the letter signed to the school. All signed submissions received will then be hand delivered to Kildare County Council.
We are in contact with the crèche, the boys school and the secondary school to also get behind this request to Kildare County Council. Hopefully by doing this and with a large number of requests we may get some road safety measures done for the town of Rathangan and for our students.
In the template we have also included a request for a crossing / upgrade of the existing crossing for use by the crèche for safe access to the boys school.
Please feel free to copy this written submission and have all members of your household sign a separate written request.
The more requests Kildare County Council get for these pedestrian crossings etc the better our chances of getting much needed improvements for Our Town. Note : any issues / defects / requests for improvements to any part of the County Kildare can be logged via the fixmystreet website.