Email: info@stpatricksns.ie Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 6th November 2009
Staff Meeting
A Staff Meeting will take place on Monday 09 November.
All children will go home at 12.00noon.

Board of Management Parent Representative (Dad) Election
A meeting will take place in the school on Tuesday 01 December at 7.30pm to elect a parent representative (Dad) to the Board of Management. Nominations will be sought on the night. If there is only one nominee, he shall be deemed elected. If there is more than one nomination, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

Communion and Confirmation Programme Updates
A letter will be distributed this week with details and dates of your child's participation in Sunday Liturgy during the coming months. If you have any queries in relation to the rota please contact Mary GreeneByrne, Pastoral Care, St Mochta's Parish at (01) 8213218.

GAA Finals
Matches will take place on Tuesday. They are due to start around 1.30pm in Tir na nÓg park. Many thanks to all of our teachers in the local schools, the Transition Year students from CCC and especially Brendan Phelan (CHFC) for helping to organise the tournament for the children.

Dublin 15 Primary Schools Cross-Country League
We will be sending our Cross Country team to Porterstown Playing Fields (weather permitting) for the next set of races on Tuesday 17 November. The format for the day will be the same as the last time when the children took part. Please note that spectators/supporters are welcome to attend on the day.

Access to Classrooms After Hours
With the exception of those attending Extra Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after school hours. If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books and general belongings is not an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

  • He/She must speak to either Brendan or Graham who will accompany him/her to the classroom.
  • An adult must also accompany the child.

All school personnel have been made aware of this procedure and have been asked to ensure it is followed. This procedure has been put in place to prevent further loss or damage to school property.

Sick Children at School
As per page 19 of the School Booklet: "Please do not send sick children to school for the following reasons:

  • They are unable to cope with the demands of school when they are unwell.
  • All break-time supervision is concentrated entirely on the yard for safety reasons.
  • Infection spreads rapidly in the confinement of the classroom."

It is not necessary to telephone the school if your child is sick. Absence due to a minor illness should be advised in writing to the class teacher on your child's return, either by a note or in his/her homework journal.

The school should be informed however when there is an outbreak of certain contagious infections. Your G.P. will be able to advise you in this regard.

Science in School
Parents are invited to view the science work of 4th & 5th Class on Thursday 12
November between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. This work is part of the children's endeavour to procure a third Discover Primary Science Award. So come along to see some of the exciting experiments that have been taking place in our school!

Collections during Break time
If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during playtime (10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as children must be signed out through the main office before leaving the premises. Your cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

Christmas Fair
Volunteers are URGENTLY needed for the Christmas Fair which is due to take place on Sunday, 29 November. The fair cannot be staged without your time and support. Even an hours help would be greatly appreciated. Contact Marie on 087 9935551 or Karen on 087 4187253 or email stpatricksnspa@gmail.com if you think you can help.

Celtic Travelling Book Fair
The Book Fair will be in the school from Tuesday 10 November to Friday 13 November. Feel free to call in at dropping off (08.30am-9.001m) and collection times (1.00 - 2.30pm) to browse through the selection available. This is a great opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping! The more books you buy, the more books the school will receive to help to stock the school library. A limited number of leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board. From last year's experience, may we please ask that you enter only via the main entrance and exit only via the Blanchardstown Door? This will ensure a smooth flow of people through the Book Fair area which is quite tight.

You will have received the proofs of your child/children's photographs this week. Please complete the order form and return it in the envelope provided, by Monday 9th November. Late orders will not be accepted.

Extra Curricular Activities
German for Kinder
This fun, interactive course with games and songs gets you started with your first German. We meet Mondays, from 2.10-2.40 pm in the "Back Room". Fee till 8th Feb 2010 is 77 Euros. Contact Claudia Murray at 087-7739247 for further details. Vielen Dank!

La Jolie Ronde French Classes
French classes have been set up in here in St. Patrick's / Diswellstown Community Centre on Monday afternoons at 4pm, 4.35pm & 5.10pm & they will start this Monday 9th November for a term of 6 weeks (48 Euro). I have places left so please contact me to enquire / register. Classes are fun & excellent preparation for secondary school and suitable from Junior Infants up to 6th Class. Merci beaucoup! Sabine Maher 087 227 9027 or 01 442 8237

RAD Ballet, Modern and Tap Classes
RAD Ballet, Modern and Tap classes available: Wednesday 4-4.45pm Ballet 4 yrs to 6 yrs; Wednesday 4.45pm-5.30pm Ballet 7 yrs and up. (Both in St Patrick's National School). For information please contact Jenny directly on 086 3139049.

Junior Infants September 2010
Application Forms are now available from the office.
Registration will take place on 23, 24 and 25 November 2009.