Highlights of October Parents' Association Newsletter
New Committee, Coffee Morning and Cake Sale (Oct. 25th) GAA Final in Croke Park
The new committee met for the first time and the election of Officer positions was first on the agenda.
Congratulations to Marjorie Boland (Senior Infants) who is our new Chair.
Welcome also to Paula Corrigan-O’Brien (Senior Infants) our new Secretary
Angela McEvitt (5th Class) is staying on as Treasurer.
Sincere thanks to all the outgoing officers and committee members who stepped down this year. We have lost a lot of experience - we hope to be able to call on them should the need arise.
See the link on our web page for the list of all class representatives. (www.mountsackvilleprimary.ie)
The committee will be working on the setting up of our various subcommittees over the next few weeks and we will update the website.
Dwayne McAleer (Junior Infants) and Caroline Guilmartin (4th Class) are our NPC-p (National Parents Council-primary) representatives for this year.
The next NPC Dublin North-west branch meeting takes place on the 6th November in the Skylon Hotel in Drumcondra. We will circulate more details of the talk nearer the time. We had positive feedback from the last NPC talk that took place in the Crowne Plaza hotel earlier in October so we encourage you to register and attend where you can.
Congratulations to the School GAA team (comprised 5th and 6th Class) who will take part in the Cumann Na mBunscol Finals in Croke Park on November 4th. The Parents’ Association have sponsored the buses to take the girls from 2-6th Class to support the team.
We wish the Very Best of luck to the girls - It’s a fantastic achievement and a credit not just to the girls in their first time in the competition but also to Ms. Chapman and Paul O’Brien and John O'Loughlin (St. Brigids Club Coaches) and to who manage the team. Fingers crossed we will bring home the trophy.
Mrs. Fahy has issued a questionnaire to all parents regarding the Numeracy and Literacy Strategy in the school. She would appreciate if you could complete and return to the school as soon as possible. The children will also complete a questionnaire in the school. The purpose of the questionnaire is to allow the staff and the department to evaluate the progress that is being made regarding the important Department of Education Strategy on Numeracy and Literacy.
Apologies for the delay regarding the Parenting Course - details will be confirmed really soon – we have been waiting for confirmation of availability of the instructor.
The Kidsmart machine donated by IBM has been delivered and is currently being set up in Senior Infants classroom. We look forward to hearing how the girls get on with this wonderful piece of equipment. For more information on the benefits of the Kidsmart Computer program please refer to the following link:http://www.ibm.com/ibm/responsibility/downloads/initiatives/COF03015USEN-KidSmart.PDF
Don’t forget the Cake Sale and Coffee Morning this Friday (25th October). Parents are welcome in the school for a tea/coffee at 9.30am where there will be cakes available to buy aswell (Please send in your cakes with the girls on Friday morning)
The girls will also be able to buy some cakes after the coffee morning ends.
Friday is also when the SAM MAGUIRE cup visits the school. It’s great timing considering how well the girls GAA team are doing! (The girls can wear their Dublin gear on Friday if they want to)
Reminder also to 2nd Class parents about the Do This in Memory meeting this Thursday (24th October) in the school at 8pm. This is part of the preparations for the girls First Holy Communion.
Board of management Report- Mrs. Fahy has advised that any progress on school renovations/extension has been quite slow. The school has had architectural plans drawn up but the funding for the plans is proving troublesome. We will report if there is any progress on this.
A new tracksuit has been proposed for next year – this will be confirmed along with the supplier in time for the start of next school year.
The New procedures on Anti-Bullying as recommended by the Department of Education have been circulated to the Board for review. It is expected that the current Anti-Bullying policy will be updated accordingly. We will report when this is available.
Junior Infant – photos. If you do not wish to purchase the entire package available Mrs. Fahy has advised that you can contact Frank Gavin directly and select specific photographs you require.
Ms. Fahy advised that the current Pupil Insurance policy currently provided by the school (via Allianz) provides for 24hour cover for your daughter. We hope to have more details on the policy contents for our next newsletter.
The Parents Association have agreed to provide funds to facilitate the staff ‘wish list’ - this funding will allow staff to purchase some educational games (for Junior and Senior Infants ) also some learning support tools, some new novels for class libraries and also some replacement lamps for the overhead projectors.
Current Funding of the PA allows us to facilitate these requests. We are in discussion as a committee to decide if we will run a specific fund-raiser this year to raise funds with a specific goal in mind.
As always if you have any queries on the above please do not hesitate to contact us on this email address.