April Newsletter 2018

Welcome back after our Easter Break. The year is flying by and what a term it has been. We had snow, ice, storms, county champions, table quizzes, grandparent’s day, healthy eating and much much more. We are all looking forward to another exciting last term and who knows what that will bring.

County Debating Champions: Well done to our debate team who for the second year running are county debating champions. They have been working hard for months now with our top debating coaches Ms. Connaughton and Ms. O’Donnell. Well done to all involved and good luck in the regional finals. We are all so proud of you all.

Lip Sync: There is a great buzz around the school and everyone is talking about the fun and excitement of the Lip Sync night. Tina Turner, Sister Aengus and Elsa from Frozen are making special appearance. This promises to be a great night and tickets (€10) are still available from the office and sponsorship would always be greatly appreciated. The night itself takes place on Saturday the 21st of April with doors opening at 7:30. Looking forward to seeing everyone there on the night in the Half Way House. Thanks to all who volunteered for acts and behind the scene workers. I might be looking a little different myself that night but you’ll have to come on the night to see!

Mindfulness Evening: Anxiety among children has become more prevalent over the last number of years. We in the school are acutely aware of the affects it can have on children with their schoolwork and their emotional wellbeing.  If mindfulness is to work for our children, we need to be practicing mindfulness at home and at school. Aoife Valley will be hosting a talk for parents on this Thursday the 12th of April on Mindfulness from 7-8pm. All adults welcome.

Mindfulness Week: This will be taking place from the 16th to the 20th of April. We will be taking time out during our busy day to practice mindfulness and be more aware of others.

Book week: Our deferred book week (because we are so busy) will be taking place from the 23rd-27th of April. We hope to use this week to give children a love of all mediums of writing during the week. On Friday we will have a “Dress up in your favourite book character day.” We are asking for a donation of €2 for the Irish Cancer Society to be brought into the school on the day.

Special Olympics: The school raised €110 for Special Olympics Ireland during our “Green Day.” Thank you for all your contributions.

Testing: These will be taking place during the month of May so please ensure that your child is in during these dates.

Attendance: When your child is absent from school the parent/guardian should write a note to the school explaining the child’s absence. The reason for this is to provide documentation to the Education Welfare officer to show a reason for your child’s absence.

Changed mobile phone/address: If you have changed address or changed mobile number please inform the school.

Website/Twitter: The website is in full flow and is full of information about the school and you can see how busy we are every day. We are trialing having our newsletter on the website. You will receive a text with the link on the website. This will cut down on notes being buried at the bottom of the bag and help save the environment in a small way.

Referendum day: The school is closed on Friday May 25th as the school is used as a polling station.

May Bank holiday: The school is closed for just the Bank Holiday Monday.

School Extension update: As you can see there is no building or start to a building yet. There have been issues with money being released from the department for the project. As soon as this happens we should see progress. I will keep everyone informed as more information becomes available.

School saving: This is open to children from 1st-6th class. Bring in money every Tuesday if you wish. All children who are taking part in school saving must have a post office account. When your savings card is complete bring it to the post office and lodge it into your account.

Muff youth Accordion band: Open night at St. Mary’s Community Hall, Muff on Thursday 12th of April at 7:30. All welcome.

Dancing classes: Dance classes will take place for every class from junior infants to sixth so make sure you have your tracksuit on Mondays.

Basketball: We have coaching coming to the school so every class will have a taster over the next number of weeks. Thanks to Daragh Lowth’s daddy who is a coach himself for helping us get it off the ground.

GAA: Every morning and lunchtime we have training for boys and girls Gaelic Football. Please make sure the children have boots and mouth guard to take part. This starts this Friday morning.

My door is always open,

Séamus

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