October 21, 2016

Hallowe’en Newsletter 2016


Dear Parents,


Now that Autumn is upon us and we are all settled back into the routine of school, I would like to fill you in with information on upcoming events, a few thanks yous and all we have been doing since our return in September.


Firstly, congratulations to Ms. Leagh Stewart on the birth of her daughter, Lucy Elizabeth, on September 29th.


A reminder that the school will be closed on Thursday, 27th October as the teachers will be attending seminar training in the new primary language curriculum.


We have reached record results with our W.O.W. (Walk On Wednesday) and the competition to win the “Silver Sketcher Award” is so intense! Thank you all who have encouraged the children to walk, scoot or cycle every Wednesday and hopefully the mornings will stay dry and bright so we can continue the success of this initiative throughout the winter months.


Each year we endeavour to select three child-based local charities (one per term) to run an event for.  This term we will be doing Treasure boxes for the Darndale/Belcamp  Childcare Centre – (slightly different to the usual shoebox appeal; details to follow with list of recommended items to include in mid November for distribution in early December).


We are continuing with our “Artist of the Month” this year; It is a lovely incentive for the students to have their art work displayed in the corridor.



Students have completed their Christmas cards for “Design a Card” and these have gone for printing and will be ready for sale in mid November.



The P.A. in connection with the two other local schools are selling tickets for “Back to the Scary Back”, a social event in the Summit @ 8 p.m. on Saturday, 22nd October.  There are some tickets remaining if you fancy a night out!


The P.A. are also running a Hallowe’en Expo in the Hall from 6.30 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 26th October (there is no charge for this).  Every child will have some Hallowe’en art on display and I hear there will be spooky games and lots more, so please do come along to enjoy the artwork and join in with some fun!



THANK YOU!                                                            


We raised just over €3,000 at our Annual Book Fair.  This is an amazing total to reach and it’s fantastic that 60% of this goes back into our school libraries.  Thank you so much to everyone who supported this.  We had some marvellous costumes for our favourite book characters on Friday – some very creative ones this year and I know the teachers struggled to pick only two winners per class (they won a book of their choice from the book fair).  Thank you to our visiting storytellers especially Karen McSweeney (Saoirse Rose’s Mum) for inspiring all our juniors to be creative.


We are delighted to welcome Graffiti Classics to the school on Monday, 24th October – they will be performing some fabulous music for us on their string instruments.  Thank you to a very generous family who donated money to pay for this lovely event for the children.


We received a very generous donation from the Quinns (Feargal & Nicole’s family) and we purchased 16 i-pads for every student to have access to for their learning.  A huge thank you from all at the Burrow for this; the students are very excited to be doing some “fun stuff” through education on these after the Hallowe’en break.


3rd class completed their cycling programme with the School Cycling Safety Team – thank you to the P.A. for funding this.


We have purchased a new interactive whiteboard and projector for 5th class as it was our oldest one and it needed to be replaced as it was no longer working – the P.A. very kindly funded this.


Students from 4th class represented the school at the Annual Diocesan Church service in Christ Church last Thursday.  Thank you to Mr. Fogarty  for driving some of the children.


We are most grateful to the P.A. for offering to fundraise for our costly annual subscription for mathletics and spellodrome.  As part of our school self evaluation plan we have been focusing on improving spelling in English and time in maths.  This is our third year reviewing spelling and our second year with “time”.  The children having access to these on line activities both in school and at home is hugely beneficial (unfortunately only for classes 1st to 6th).





There is a late book now in each class room and the children write in their name, the date and the time they arrive, should they be late on any occasion.  This is also to be used if they have an appointment and arrive to school during the school day – they can write in the reason and thus be excused for being late.  The Exeat book is with Heather and if there is a time when you need to take your child out early from school, please notify Heather and she will complete the details.


Could I please remind parents not commit road traffic offences and to take due care when mounting the footpath and pulling off.


Unfortunately for all our dog lovers, we can no longer welcome dogs on our premises (except Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs) – they must remain outside the school gates.



SPORTS DESK                                                 


5th and 6th class have enjoyed some great training sessions with Aidan from Leinster Rugby here on Wednesday mornings.  They will be participating in a rugby blitz on Friday, 28th October (during school time) at Suttonians. This blitz concludes their training for this season.


Simon  Lambert from Beann Éadair GAA has been coaching 1st and 4th classes and we hope he’ll return after the break to take some more classes.


3rd to 6th classes will be competing in a running league with Fingal in Newbridge Demesne, Donabate and the first event is this Thursday, 20th October (bus will be provided to and from the event).





Monday, 7th November –

Past pupil, Emily McMullen, a 2nd year student in Church of Ireland College of Education will be on teaching practice for three weeks  with 4th class and Caoimhe Faighnan from Marino College will be in 5th.


Friday, 11th November between 1 p.m. and 1.30p.m. –

The school choir will be singing in Super Valu, Sutton  for the “Re-launch of their newly refurbished store”.  As this is during school time, teachers will accompany them to and from SuperValu, however we would love your support on the day if you are thinking of getting a few groceries at this time!


Thursday, 24th November

We hold our parent teacher meetings on in the School Hall starting @ 1.30 p.m.  School closes @ 1.15 p.m. for all students on this day.  You will be notified of the time of your 7 minute slot on our return in November.  We endeavour to run siblings slots together or as close to each other as possible.


Monday, 12th December @ 11.30 a.m.

Junior to 2nd class will perform a short festive Violin recital, any parents free are very welcome.


Wednesday, 21st December –

School plays will be performed in the Hall by Senior Infants, 2nd, 4th and 6th class.  Full dress rehearsal for the school students only on Tuesday, 20th December.

Parents, please note the time for your class (these are of course, approximate).


Senior Infants 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Second Class 9.45 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Fourth Class 10.45 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Sixth Class 11.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.


Thursday, 22nd December –

Annual Carol Service in St. Mary’s Church, Deerpark @ 11 a.m., led by Junior Infants, 1st, 3rd and 5th classes.

Children will be dropped to school as usual and we will walk up to the church together.  Children must be collected after the Carol service from St. Mary’s Church (approx. 12 Noon).


Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe Hallowe’en, and see you all back after the break on Monday, 7th November.


Ms. Lynn Harley