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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 5th February 2010
Staff Meeting
There will be a Staff Meeting on Monday 08 February.
All children will finish at 12.00noon.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Further to last week's Newsletter and due to circumstances beyond our control, Parent/Teacher meetings will not be held on week commencing 08 March. Instead, they will be held on week commencing 15 March. School will finish for children at 12.50pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Wednesday 17 March is St. Patrick's day and the school will be closed on this day). Parent/Teacher Meetings will commence at 1pm and finish at 2.10pm on each of these days.

Cake Sale in aid of "Our Little Brothers & Sisters of Haiti (Charity No 11953)"
A Cake Sale will take place next Thursday, 11 February in aid of the above charity. It has been mostly organized by 6th Class children, with a little help from some teachers. Cakes and buns can be dropped into the servery/kitchen through the Diswellstown Door from 08.15am on Thursday morning. The cake sale is for the children of the school only but parents are of course welcome to bake. A raffle will be held at the end of the day for a big cake and some other goodies. A number of children have been asking how much money they should bring. A donation of €5 would cover a supply of cakes and buns and raffle tickets but of course any donation would be welcome. There will be no written homework on Tuesday and Wednesday evening so that the children can concentrate on baking!!

School Website
We have updated our website to make finding our "Information & Schools Policies Booklet" and also our current "Junior Infant Admissions Policy" and "Senior Infants-6th Class Admissions Policy" easier.

School Choir
There will be no choir next Friday 12 February.

Lost Property
Any property not claimed from the Lost Property press by today, Friday 12 February will be donated to Saint Vincent de Paul.
Collections during the School Day
If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during break times (10.20-10.30am and 12.00-12.30pm) as the children will be on yard at these times. All children must be signed out at Reception before leaving the school premises. This procedure includes collection of sick children. This procedure is in place for the safety and security of all pupils and your full cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

Photographs Policy
If you have not yet returned your child's form, please do so as soon as possible on the form attached to last week's Newsletter. Please note each form has an individual class code so forms distributed are specific to your child's class. We would greatly appreciate if Forms could be given directly to the class teacher only and not dropped into the office.

Swine Flu
The HSE are now in a position to offer pandemic vaccine to all students 5 - 18 years of age. This will be available at HSE mass vaccination clinics. More information, including a Consent Form, will be given to your child next week.

Phones for Boards
The Jack & Jill Foundation in association with Promethean are inviting schools to collect and swap unwanted mobile phones for a new Promethean interactive whiteboard. We have registered for this campaign. The deal is for every 300 old mobile phones collected, participating schools earn a 78inch Promethean ActivBoard. See www.phonesforboards.com for further information. A collection box is in place inside the main door of the school. Perhaps you could ask family and friends who may have received a new mobile phone for Christmas to help us to acquire a new Interactive Whiteboard for the school by donating their old mobile phone!

Luttrellstown Community College
The assessment for incoming First Years (September 2010) will take place on Saturday 06 February 2010 at 9.15am in Luttrellstown Community College.
An Information Meeting for parents of incoming First Years will take place here in the Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre on Wednesday 10 February from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Please note this meeting is for parents only.

Castleknock Community College
The assessment for incoming First Years (September 2010) will take place on Saturday 06 February 2010 at 9.15am in Castleknock Community College. Children should bring a pencil, rubber, sharpener and ruler and a small snack. They will be finished by 12.30pm.

Fingal Cross Country League
The new dates for this term are Tuesday 9 March and Tuesday 20 April. Races will begin at 11.30am on both days. Once again, the venue is Porterstown Fields/Park. All spectators welcome. Go neirí an t-ádh leo!

Parenting Courses
Information regarding Parenting Courses run by HelpMe2Parent is available on the Parent Information Notice Board and also on www.helpme2parent.ie.

Girls Gaelic Football
Congratulations to the girls football teams who played great games against St Patrick's S.N.S Corduff yesterday. Both teams played very well with one team being narrowly beaten by a point. Extra congratulations to the 4th class girls who played their first match for the school yesterday. We look forward to the next matches against St Francis Xavier's next week.

Extra Curricular Activities
Musical Theatre
A new term of Musical Theatre will begin on Tuesday, 9th February and will be of 10 weeks duration. Registration for existing students will take place on 9 February after class. For any new students who wish to join, please contact Toni Martin on 087 7913714 for more details.

Shreddies Dublin Parks Tennis
Information leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board.

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.

Touch-type, Read and Spell
Touch-type, Read and Spell is a computer based literacy course for children with Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. It is being run locally in Castleknock Community College on Wednesday afternoons for 1 hour during school term time , 2 classes, 3-4 p.m. and 4.30-5.30 p.m. To reserve a place, please contact Carol on 087 2868910 for further details. Why not check out the website www.ttrs.co.uk for further information on how the course might benefit your child.

Spanish for Children (3 - 12 year olds)
Don't miss out! Primary School is the right age for your children to be learning a new language (even pre-school (3+) classes are almost full now)!Learn Spanish the Jolie Ronde way - at St Patrick's NS - Tue, Wed & Thu (from 1.15PM on) and Sat from 9.30AM. These carefully structured, fun to be in classes, with native/near native standard accents for children to imitate, are proving very popular and highly successful. Contact 822 7629/087 267 4809 or marygalvin@upcmail.ie for further details/other venues & times and enrollment pack. Muchas gracias, Mary

French for Children 3-12 years
"Bonne Nouvelle les enfants!" / Good News children! My French puppet friends are here on two different times on Saturday mornings here in St. Patrick's to entertain you and make you learn great rhymes, words and songs in French: meet them either at 10.45 and 11.25! Current children love to the course and would love other friends to learn and laugh together! Suitable from 4.5 yrs up to 7/8 yrs. Younger siblings or friends can also attend the nursery class at 9.30 in St. Patrick's too ( from around 3 years + 4 years old + 5 years old if not in big school). Great activity for pre-schoolers and with a small price to match! Some parents have reported that children love the CD and will ask for the catchy songs to be played at home again and again and encore! Parents and younger siblings are welcome to stay in the class, very family friendly class on colourful rugs. Contact me today! Merci! More availability during the week also, all age groups (except pre-school). Suitable for all children, no previous knowledge of French necessary. My name is Sabine and my number is 087 227 9027 or 01 442 8237. Merci!

German for Kinder
There will be no German class Monday, 8th Feb. The new semester starts Mon. 22nd February. Join us for your free class at 2.15 pm in the Back Room. Open to newcomers! Fee for the 2nd semester (14 weeks) will be 98 Euro. For more details on the class call Claudia Murray at 087-7739247. Vielen Dank!