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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 04th March 2011

Bogus Collectors
It has come to our attention that unauthorised individuals have been calling to houses collecting money for Trócaire. Please ensure you ask for appropriate identification.

World Book Day
World Book Day was celebrated yesterday 3rd of March. Every child in the school received a €1.50 book voucher. These can be exchanged in most book shops for special World Book Day titles or in part payment for any book. See www.worldbookday.com for more details and activities.

World Flags
Thank you to the parents who requested additional flags for our school display.
The following flags are currently on display (additional flags are in bold type):
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Male, Mauritius, Moldova, Nigeria, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
There are still a few more flags to be added in the coming weeks!

Parents Holy Communion Meeting
The next Parents Preparation Meeting for First Holy Communion will take place in St Mochta’s Parish Centre on Tuesday 15th March 2011 at 8pm.  The meeting will give you, as parents, a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation so you can help prepare your child to receive the Sacrament at the end of March.  At least one parent should attend this meeting. If you cannot attend please contact the Parish office at (01) 8213218.

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 items are clearly marked with your child’s full name and their class teacher.

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.

“Shave or Dye” in aid of Irish Cancer Society
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the “Shave or Dye” collection so far. Approx €1,500 has been collected so far at school.  It’s not too late if you still wish to donate!  No donation is too small and cash donations may be dropped into Reception up to Friday 11 March. To sponsor Ellen Spring, one of our students who shaved her head, please go to www.mycharity.ie/event/ellen.  

Crosscare Blanchardstown
Question and Answer Session with Educational Psychologist Grainne McKenna for parents of children with special needs, Monday 14 March 10.30am – 12.00pm.  Contact Rosemary on 8360011 to book a place.  Please see Parent Information Notice Board for further details about other Crosscare Events in March.

Parenting Courses
A number of Parenting Courses are being run by “Help Me To Parent” during the month of March. Saturday 12th of March - Parenting After Separation or Divorce running in Bewley's Hotel at Dublin Airport. Saturday 19th of March - Personal Development For Teenagers which aims to help teens to have better self confidence, communicate assertively and more. This course is being held in The Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley.
Weekend of 26th and 27th of March - Parenting Courses for Parenting Ages 1 to 6, 6 to 11 and Teenagers.  These classes will run in The Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley. For more detailed information, see www.HelpMeToParent.ie or telephone 087 6890582.

Girls GAA
“Yesterday we played a football blitz in Tir na nÓg.  We would like to say well done to all the girls who played, especially the 4th class because it was their first football match for the team.  The next match is on Tuesday 08 March at Tir na nÓg and everyone is welcome to support our school”. Molly and Lauren 5th class

Parents Association News

Uniform Survey Form
If you have not yet returned a Uniform Survey Form and would still like vote, extra forms are available from the office but must be returned by Friday 11 March to be considered.

Extra Curricular Activities

A new term of Badminton commences Friday 11 March (€25 for 8 weeks).  Any interested children (previous attendees and new children) should put their name down on the sign-on sheet outside the office. Priority will be given to children who have already attended.  

Downey Lanigan Academy of Irish Dance
Our Annual Féis (Irish Dancing Competition) will take place on Sunday 20th March (venue to be confirmed).  You will receive a note shortly with times, etc.

French for Chldren 3-12 yrs frenchforchildren.ie
Second term is going well and children enjoy learning! French native teacher is also providing 1-to-1 tuition assistance, small groups of young adults (grinds Junior Cert or Leaving Cert) or adults as per requirements. Prepare your holiday to France and revise essential vocabulary & sentences! Contact Sabine on 087 227 9027. Merci!

Spanish for Children
Mary Galvin, qualified Spanish Language teacher/lecturer teaching Secondary school children since 1990 and at Third Level (VEC/RTC/DIT) for 6 years - successfully & happily now teaching La Jolie Ronde Spanish classes since 2009, to Pre-School and Primary School children - undoubtedly the very best time to learn a second language - in St Patrick’s NS (and wider D15 area). For information on Primary School Courses (Sept – May) and on Junior & Leaving Cert Classes (all year round): Phone 087 267 4809 / 822 7629 or E-mail marygalvin@upcmail.ie. Many thanks.

Nursery Group returns to Tir na nÓg at 10.30am tomorrow.

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Homework Journal.
Thank you to All Water Systems for their sponsorship of our Homework Journal.