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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 14th January 2011

Update on Pedestrian Walkway
A provisional date of 31 January has been set for commencement of works on the pedestrian walkway.

Friday Choir
There is no choir practice today (Friday 14th January). Choir starts back on 21st January. I look forward to seeing the children then to get started on the music for the concert in February in the National Concert Hall. Ms Meade.

CCC Open Evening for Parents of current 5th Class Children
An Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 19 January 2011 from 7.00pm-9.00pm in Castleknock Community College for parents of and children from our current 5th classes.

First Communion Preparation Meeting for Parents
The second meeting for parents of children preparing for 1st Holy Communion takes place on Thursday, 20th January, 2011 at 8pm in the Parish Centre.  This meeting will look at the importance of the Word of God.  At least one parent of each child must attend this meeting.

Chain Texts
It has come to our attention that a number of children from older classes are engaged in “chain texting”. We would ask all parents to discourage their children from forwarding “chain texts”.

Procedure for Entry to School Building
St Patrick’s N.S. opens for classes at 8.30am.  Once the class has lined up and is brought in, the door will be closed.  If your child arrives after the door has closed, they should follow the procedure below:

  • Children who arrive between 8.30 and 8.50am should make their way to the Blanchardstown Door, which is the first door on the right hand side of the school
  • If you arrive after 8.50am, please use the main entrance, as you must sign your child’s name into the Sign-In Book. 
  • In order to minimise disruption to the school day, parents are asked not to accompany children to classrooms at this time. 

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
It would be greatly appreciated that if you are dropping in any of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, etc., that they are all clearly marked with your child’s name and the name of the class teacher.

Labelling/Lost Property
The chance of returning lost property is greatly increased if items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Parents Course on Dyslexia
The Dyslexia Association of Ireland is organising a One Day Course on Saturday 29 January in the Holiday Inn, Pearse Street.  For more information, please see notice on the Parent Information Notice Board or www.dyslexia.ie.

Parents Association News

Happy New Year to everyone from your PA! Many thanks to all of you who gave your email address/phone numbers to us at the PA Stall at the Christmas Fair. We hope to get everyone's contact details ASAP so that we can pass on information to you at short notice, should we need to. Those of you who still wish to give us your contact details may do so by email to stpatricksnspa@gmail.com or just drop a note into the PA Post-box located in the School Reception. The Winner of the Raffle for the Voucher for €30 for the Blanchardstown Centre will be advised shortly.

Anti-Bullying Talk for Parents - 27 January @ 7.30pm (re-scheduled from December)
In response to parents' requests, the Parents Association Committee has organised for an expert speaker from Trinity College Anti-Bullying Centre to come and present to parents on the topic of bullying.   The talk will cover - what bullying is, the different types of bullying, signs of being bullied, what to do if your child is being bullied, what to do if your child is bullying others, collaboration with the school in resolving the bullying behaviour, cyber-bullying.  Please note the date in your diaries for this important event, which will be held in the school foyer.   

School Calendars & Tea Towels
A number of parents have expressed an interest in purchasing additional school calendars and/or tea towels.  If there is sufficient interest we will organise an additional print run.  If you are interested please text or phone Karen on 087 4187253 or Bridin on 086 3845931 by Friday 21st January.

Extra Curricular Activities

Art & Craft Workshops
There are limited places for new students for Spring Term commencing 17 January 2011.  For full details, please contact Blaithnaid O’Brien directly on 087 4123247.

Little Whiz Kids Computer Training New Term Module 1 Classes Commencing Monday 31st January @ 2.10pm - 3.10pm (8 Week Term @ €90)
For Queries/Bookings Please Ring (Irene @ 087 66 95920)   All places must be strictly pre-booked by telephone.  Website: www.Littlewhizkids.ie

French for Children
Bonjour et bonne année 2011! / Happy new year! 2nd term of French classes is starting this week.  I have a few places available for children from Junior Infants up to 2nd class on Saturdays or Mondays.  Pre-school programme can be run at your local nursery or Montessori school. Contact Sabine on 087 227 9027 and visit www.frenchforchildren.ie for more info. Merci!

Spanish for Children
New term of Spanish Classes (16 weeks!) starting this week. Whether starting Spanish in Secondary in the next couple of years - or as young as 3 and at a great age to start learning a new language, la Jolie Ronde Spanish classes (3 - 12 year olds) will be of great benefit to your children. Contact: marygalvin@upcmail.ie / 087 267 4809)

Krafty Kids Arts & Crafts Classes
Wednesday 4-5pm.  For information & bookings, please contact: Patricia 8213073 or Sheelagh 8203164. (Max 10 children)

Gaelic4Mothers, Aunties, Sisters, Grannies …
Almost 50 “girls” turned out for the first ever training session and the feedback was fantastic.  If you are interested in a bit of exercise and a lot of fun (no experience at all required) come along to Somerton All Weather tonight 9-10pm.  Any queries to Eilish 086 8901147.

Quiz
“How much longer does an ecolight bulb last?” For answer, see www.stpatricksns.ie.

St Patrick’s Parents for Business Network Directory
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Visit www.stpatricksns.ie for more information or see insert in your child’s Homework Journal.
Thank you to Matts Karaoke Mania & Kids Parties for their sponsorship of our Homework Journal.