November Newsletter 2016
There is so much going on this month that I thought a brief note with all our news would be more beneficial to you for easy reading.
Classes 3rd to 6th enjoyed a visit from the author Jackie Burke on 9th November when she shared her experiences and signed bookmarkers and front cover posters from her series of books called “Grindlewood”.
The school choir performed beautifully at the re-launch of Super Valu’s new store (I believe we got a thank you mention on their website!) They kindly donated 25 pumpkins to the 6th class for carving so it was nice to give something back.
Well done to all the 5th & 6th class students who completed the last mile of the Kids Marathon Programme in Blanchardstown on that very frosty morning, 20th November. Thanks to Ms. Kelly & Ms. Blennerhassett for attending on their weekend and registering all.
Simon from Beann Eadair continues to come on Friday and is now coaching 3rd and 6th classes.
The basketball players will be participating in the regional finals in the National Basketball Arena on the 1st week in December (dates to be confirmed). The Board of Management will be funding a bus for all players to attend on the day, and we are looking forward to a great day out!
€1,779 in free books for our school at the Book Fair. Happy reading to all who purchased!
Thank you to all who purchased school photographs and ordered Christmas cards (due for delivery within the next 10 days). The school made a joint profit of just over €500 on these and this money will go towards funding “Get Smart Media” lessons for all classes in i-pad instruction (film making, programming and coding). Fiona is currently teaching classes 1st, 3rd & 6th and after Christmas the remainder of the classes will receive instructions.
Education & Lessons
Following our training day in Drumcondra Education Centre on October 27th in the new primary language curriculum, we have introduced a word wall (on the main corridor and on the prefabs’ notice-board) which displays a new word weekly and “frása na seachtaine”, an Irish phrase too. I’m delighted to be awarding “Principal Passes” (a night off written homework) for those students using these words and phrases during the week in various conversations.
Also in an effort to encourage oral language we are giving oral language homework along with an active activity on the last Thursday of every month (starting, tomorrow, Thursday 24th). Students will not be getting written homework on these days.
The late book in every classroom is proving to be very effective, with a large reduction in entries since we returned after the Hallowe’en break.
It’s obvious to all entering the school that we currently have no gates! Though we have two raised pillars and two fine capstones, the gates have been made and are being galvanised and powder coated, and will hopefully be in situ by Christmas!
We are delighted to welcome Rory (2nd class) and Fionn (4th class) Maher who have moved from Australia to our school; I know their fellow peers are delighted to have them in their class.
This Week – November 21st – 25th
All Christmas cards were ordered on Monday and we can expect delivery of these within the next 10 days.
We are accepting any “treasure chests” from today (Wednesday 23rd) until Friday, 25th @ 2.15 p.m. They can be dropped into any of the classes and I would like to thank anyone who has decided to participate in this optional charity event. Ms. Williams and I will be delivering them to the Darndale/Belcamp Centre after school on Friday.
Parent Teacher Meetings will take place in the Hall on Thursday, 24th starting @ 1.30 p.m. School closes @ 1.15 p.m. for all students on this day to facilitate the meetings. I know some of you couldn’t make the allocated time, but I’m hopeful we have facilitated you with a more convenient appointment time.
Christmas is Coming
Thank you to Robert MacNamara @ Expert Hardware (Darcey & Jarlath’s dad) in Baldoyle who will be delivering a real Christmas Tree for the school corridor next week.
As the Burrow Christmas Fair approaches, we will be accepting any donations of books and toys to the school corridor for the next few days (please ensure these are suitable for re-sale – nobody wants broken/dirty toys or jigsaws with pieces missing!). Some of our 5th class students will be enjoying the role of Santa’s elves on the day. The 6th class students will be going around the classes from Monday, 28th until Friday, 2nd with a large cuddly toy and a big jar of sweets for children to “guess the name of the cuddly toy” and to “guess the number of sweets in the jar”; it is 20 cent per guess. The winners will be announced on the day of the Fair! Christmas Fair Raffle tickets have been given out to the children today. Please return sold tickets to the school by Friday, 2nd December in time to be entered into the draw on Saturday, 3rd.
Looking forward to the Junior Violin Concert @ 11.30 a.m., on Monday, December 12th in the Hall. The school plays (Senior, 2nd, 4th & 6th) are on Wednesday, 21st December and our annual Carol Service @ 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s (Deerpark) on Thursday, 22nd December.
We have access to the school website and are updating it with school news, events, photos and information each month. Thank you to Ms. Ward in Senior Infants who has kindly taken this on!
The Community Garda will be in talking to classes 1st to 6th in the coming days about various topical issues such as road safety, internet safety and answering any questions the students may have.
We have an open door policy here at the Burrow; you are always welcome to call in.
Ms. Lynn Harley