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Fortnightly Bulletin 9th January 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:

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 pabunscoilbhride@gmail.com

Upcoming Significant Days organised by the Parents Association for the
pupils of Bunscoil Bhríde 
January 9th January 2020 – 7.15pm7.15pm – Anti-Cyberbullying / Internet Safety Workshops with Ger Brick St Patricks National School – boys school 
29th January 2020 Grandparents DayVolunteers 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.
February 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. 
March 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 pabunscoilbhride@gmail.com 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.

Emails can be sent to customercare@kildarecoco.ie. The request should be addressed to the Roads Department of Kildare County Council.

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.