Midterm is Thursday 19th and Friday 20th and we will also be closed March 16th and 17th for St Patrick's Day.
We are starting a new fundraising drive this week which we hope you will support. All funds raised are hugely important to the running of the school and help improve your children's experiences in school. Our new initiative is a Copper Trail where families are being asked to donate 1c, 2c and 5c coins. Lynette has made us a fantastic poster of a leprechaun with his pot of copper coins and a rainbow with a colour for each school level from junior infants to sixth class. At the end of the initiative we will see which level has raised the most funds, but we hope that the children enjoy seeing their level gain stickers for the rainbow! The trail is designed to put as little pressure on families as possible by asking you to donate only copper coins, and we are grateful for every donation no matter the amount.
Food Dudes are in school at the moment and will be visiting all classes in the next couple of weeks. Food Dudes is a programme developed in Wales to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. The programme has been shown to be effective and results long lasting across the primary age range, regardless of gender, school size, geographic and socio-econmic factors. We hope you will support the programme and encourage the kids to try the various fruits and vegetables on offer. For more information visit their website here.
The next round of Junior Achievement is happening shortly. Junior Achievement Ireland offer programmes teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. The programme runs right through secondary level school and helps students develop the skills they need to succeed in a changing world. All programmes are taught by business volunteers recruited from supporting organisations who are fully trained. For more information check out their website here.
The Green Schools "Big Travel Challenge" is now open and we are taking part by asking students to cycle to school if possible until February 19th. Cyclists must have a lock for their bike and a helmet. The challenge is to promote sustainable modes of travelling to school during the month of February. Our school will be judged on the increase of students who cycle during this period and the overall winning schools will receive a cash prize of €1000 to be used for their Green Schools Travel programme, with category winners each receiving prizes of €500.
On the theme of travelling to school we would like to ask parents/guardians to ensure that very young children are not walking to school unaccompanied. We do not allow children from junior infants to second class go home without being collected by an adult or as part of a group including older children and would advise the same for travelling to school in the mornings. The school cannot be held responsible for children before 8:50 am.
Parents are asked to read and become familiar with the school policies, especially the Anti-Bullying Policy and Code of Conduct. All policies are on the main school website and can be viewed here.
Plans are ongoing to move the newsletter to a paperless format. If you have not yet provided your email to the school it would be appreciated if you could do so.
Dublin Community Games operates in local communities, providing opportunities for young people to develop in a safe environment. It caters for young people aged 6 – 16 years in a programme with a strong emphasis firmly placed on fun, participation and creating community spirit. Our school has in the past entered students in different events but in order to continue we need a strong commitment from parents to help out, especially with lifts to and from events. A facebook page has been created which you can click here to like and you can visit the community games website also.
Our parent classes are ongoing. Maths is currently running for parents of children between junior infants and first class. These classes aim to help you to help your child and ensure you understand the way your child is learning.
Our St Ronans Strutters are out walking every Wednesday and new walkers are always welcome. Last week the Strutters walked over 9000 steps!
The next meeting of the parents group is on Thursday February 5th at 9:00 in room 23. New members are always welcome!