Please click here for a printable Word version of our Newsletter for January 2018


Sick Children

At this time of year, there are increased levels of contagious illnesses in circulation. Please do not send your child to school if you are concerned that your child may be showing flu symptoms. Please visit the HSE website for a list of these symptoms or ask your GP or local pharmacist for advice.  

While we encourage all children to be in school on time each day, we ask that all parents use best judgement at this time.


Stay Warm!

During this time of very cold weather, please ensure that all children come to school wearing a coat or jacket. Also, please make sure that all items of clothing – including hats, scarves, gloves, etc. – have your child’s name written on the tags.


Mobile Phones

In accordance with our Acceptable Use Policy and Code of Behaviour, only children who come to school and/or go home on their own are allowed to bring mobile phones to school. If you do want your child to bring their phone to school, you must fill out and return a permission form. This is available from the office. Please note that the Board of Management accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal belongings.


Internet Safety Talk for Parents 

John Wills from Barnardos will be in our school on Tuesday, February 13th at 9am to speak to parents about Internet safety. All parents and guardians are welcome to take part and to learn more about this crucially important topic.


School Calendar Dates

February Mid-term Break: School closed on Thursday and Friday, February 15th and 16th.  ·      

St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday Weekend: School closed on Monday, March 19th. ·      

Easter Break: School closes on Friday, March 23rd at 12pm sharp and reopens on Monday, April 9th.  


Active Schools 

Well done to the children in Junior Infants to 6th class who make up our Active Schools Committee. They have been working very hard to come up with ways to get everyone more active by moving more. Before Christmas, they organised a video for #gaga (get Girls More Active) and they won a €500 gift voucher for McSport! Maith sibh!

Supervision of Children

Parents and guardians are reminded that the school opens at 8:50am every morning. The school starts supervising children from that time. Parents are also reminded that any children left either at the front door or at the back gate before this time are not supervised by the school.

Parents Association Savings Club

This successful savings club will start up again this Friday. Just call into the Parents’ Room straight after Morning Assembly every Friday morning. Every week for 14 weeks, you can put away a little money towards your children’s Book Rental Scheme fee and also your child’s uniform. So, if you save €5 every week, you’ll have €70. €10 a week means €140! 🙂

Any money you have saved will be returned on Friday, June 1st.    


Parents Meeting – January 30th at 9am

The purpose of this meeting is to elect one parent representative to our Board of Management for the remainder of its current 4-year term. As the rules for Boards of Managements state that there must be a gender balance, we need to elect one female parent or guardian.  We hope to see you there. 



Our Attendance strategy encourages all children to be ‘In School, On Time’ every day. However, if your child is absent from school for any reason, you must provide a written explanation when your child returns.

Please note that we are legally required to inform TUSLA, The Child and Family Agency if a child misses more than 20 school days in the school year.  


School Lunches

Please remember that if you want to change your child’s lunch order, you can do so by visiting If you make these changes by 12pm on a Thursday, these will go through by the following week.


Book Rental Fees 2018/2019

Please note that all Book Rental fees for the coming school year are due in full by Wednesday, June 6th. This fee covers all books, photocopying, materials and other class resources. The fees are staying the same as they have done for the past 15 years:  

One child:                                €50

Two children:                           €100

Three children:                         €145

Four children or more:               €135 

Non-payment of this fee by this date means that we will not be able to order anything for your child for the coming school year but you will be free to purchase everything yourself.


School Uniform

All crested items of clothing – jumpers, cardigans and tracksuits – can be bought from Grants Uniform, 7-9 Manor Street, D. 7. They are open Monday – Friday from 9am5pm.  Their phone number is 01-6791626. They will have a pop-up shop here in our school on Wednesday, June 6th if you want to purchase anything for next year. Otherwise, just go along to their shop whenever suits you.  


 …..What else is going on?…..

Our kind neighbours in Fitbit provided all materials and labour to paint our hall, giving it a much-needed face-lift. We thank them so much for this wonderful gift to our school community…. It couldn’t have happened at a better time as our whole school is focused on earning our Active Schools Flag with GoNoodle, 10@10, taster sports, Dance Zone in the yard and so many other great ways of keeping fit and healthy… Junior Infants have been covering the theme of ‘Fairy Tales’ and made their own delicious gingerbread men using Ms. O’Malley’s secret recipe…5th and 6th class have started this year’s boxing programme with Michael Carruth…Senior Infants are taking to their Literacy Power Hour like ducks to water…3rd class have been covering the Celts and made a beautiful presentation of Celtic knot work and torcs…3rd and 4th classes are warming up for the Six Nations as they enjoy rugby sessions with Ken from Leinster Rugby…all children from 1st-6th class are busy putting the finishing touches to their Write-a-Book project entries…



Sacrament Dates 2018

Confirmation:                 Sunday, April 22nd

First Holy Communion:    Sunday, April 29th

Both sacraments take place in St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row during Sunday mass at 11:30am. All families and friends are welcome to take part in these special celebrations.



Head Lice

 In order to keep our school as head-lice free as possible, all parents/guardians must carry out regular checks for head lice.  We suggest doing this least once a week.

For advice on how to prevent and or treat head-lice, your local pharmacist will be glad to offer advice.



… finally…

If you have any old newspapers at home or at work, please drop them into us. They are very handy for art classes, cleaning spills and even for oral language lessons! 🙂