Hi all,
See below for a summary from the Parents Association meeting held in January 5th 2015.
 
The Policy committee are due to meet in January to confirm the SNA and the Anti-bullying policy. 

Parental Involvement:  Each class teacher will be issuing a standardised letter in the next few weeks – this will inform parents about what is to be covered in class and include some helpful links and also the school homework policy for you to assist your daughter.

Car Park Safety - The Board of Management are issuing a letter to each parent to inform them of the rules of the car park. The safety of the girls is paramount and we ask that everyone takes extra care when using the school car park. Try to reverse into your car park space and always be patient.
 
We look forward to School website which is expected to launch by the end of January.
 
Buildings Committee
A committee made up of Board of Management, and Parents Association is meeting to submit an application to the Department of Education for funds to expand the school. The classrooms especially along the corridor are particularly tight in space and we hope this application will be successful in order to ensure ongoing health and safety concerns regarding space etc.
 
We hope to be able to generate local political support to help the request so if anyone can offer ideas/suggestions please send them into us at pa.scoilmhuire@gmail.com if you think you can help.
 
Book Rental Scheme
 We are looking to guage interest in setting up a book Rental scheme.  We need to understand what is involved and canvass other schools to see how it works. If you are interested please let us know and if there is enough interest we will try to progress this. Again please email us with your views.
 
School Funding.
Mrs. Fahy would like to thank those who have sent back the voluntary contribution of €100(approx 45 families have sent it back)
 
If you have chosen to set up a direct debit to the school Mrs. Fahy has requested that you let her know so she can identify the payments each month and issue you a receipt. Just drop a note into Monica with your name and your daughter’s name if you have done this.
 
We have started a discussion with Mrs. Fahy on the possibility of establishing a finance committee to use the available skills from the parent body to assist the BOM with regard to school finances. Let us know your views.
 
A date for the 6th Class end of term afternoon will be confirmed closer to the date so that the parents can be invited to attend.
 
6th Class Memory Books. Each year the Parents Association and the Board present each 6th class girl with a Memory book. The memory book will  contain class photos from when they were Junior Infants, their Communion and Confirmation photos and also an individual photo that Mrs. McCarthy will organise.
Helen Mohan (6th Class rep) will start collecting (informal)digital photos from the parents and we will try to include as many of these as possible
 
Social Committee
 
Christmas Raffle. Thanks to everyone for their work on the Christmas raffle and for the sponsorship that was raised for the prizes and selection boxes that each child received.
 
Ticket sales raised a total of €707. Sponsorship raised a total of €560 cash. We will put a list of sponsors on our website.
 
Our next event is to take place on Friday February 13th – Red Day. Coffee Morning/Book Sale/Raffle
 
We are planning a  busy day with a coffee morning, cake sale and second hand book sale. We are also planning a raffle with some prizes left over from the Christmas Raffle. If you want to donate a prize please contact your class rep.
 
We will send a note closer to the day requesting books – childrens/adults books can then be dropped into the school. Half of the proceeds from the event on February 13th will be donated towards the Cluny Order work in Haiti
 
As always if you have a couple of hours to spare that morning to help the Social committee with teas/coffees/selling books/cakes please let us know.
 
We plan to start at 9.20 – 10.15 with coffee/books and cake sale for parents. Raffle tickets will be sold in advance to the girls and will be sold to the parents on the morning of the 13th. Raffle will take place at 10am
 
Fund Raising
We have provisionally scheduled a sponsored walk/Family Fun Day for May 17thThis is our key fundraising event this year. We’ll let you know the plans closer to the date. If you want o tget involved PLEASe contact your class rep as we will needs as many volunteers as possible to make the day fun but also to generate much needed funds for our committee.
 
 
Parenting Course
Places are now full for the 1st Parenting Course which is scheduled on Feb 23rd (and the subsequent 2 Mondays) from 7.30pm in the Castleknock Hotel.
 
A nominal charge of €15 will apply to the course and the Parents Association are subsiding the remaining costs.
 
 
We can schedule a second course later in the year if there is enough interest from parents. Again let us know by email if this is something you are interested in.

PA/BOM/Staff
The Parents Association are planning to meet up soon with the members of the Board of Management and members of Staff to generate discussion amongst these three important pillars of the school community. It's important that each area of the school community is working to support each other. We hope that by building and developing these relationships that our girls will be better served by each group. You can drop a note to us here atpa.scoilmhuire@gmail.com and let us know your views.

Website
We have put some fun photos of the girs from way back in October in their Halloween costumes - see the link below and try to recognise your daughter.


We are hoping to re-juvenate our website soon - if you have any ideas or expertise in this are please contac us here and you can help our Information sub-committee.

Thanks
Information Committee