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 May 2011

New Pathway
The new pathway has shortened the journey to school.  As a result, some children are arriving before 8.20am.  Please time your child’s arrival for 8.20am or later.  Infant and First Class children should be supervised by a parent/guardian until they are collected from the line by the class teacher.  All cyclists must dismount at the outer gate and walk with their bicycles or scooters on the school grounds.

Tours Policy Review
We are currently reviewing the Tours Policy (Item No 28 in School Booklet, available to view on www.stpatricksns.ie).  If any parent would like to contribute to the review by way of comment, suggestion, question, etc., could they email info@stpatricksns.ie by Friday 13 May and mark “Tours Policy Review” in the subject line.

Trócaire Boxes
Trócaire Boxes can be returned to the school or the Parish Church.  The monies will be collected by Trócaire early on the morning of Friday 13 May.  Please do not send in Trócaire boxes to the school after this date.

Newpark Music Festival
Congratulations to Eimear Ryan (3rd class) who represented the school at the under 10 piano competition in Newpark Music Festival on Tuesday. Eimear was highly commended for her performance!

Trials and Training for School Santry Team
The children who have made it as far as the short lists for the sprint and relay events at the forthcoming athletics championships at Morton Stadium, Santry, have been informed. The final selection will be made next week as names have to be submitted by 14th May. The remaining “Knock-Out” Trials and Training Sessions will take place after school from 2.15 - 3.15pm on the dates below. It is a great honour for any child to be selected to represent the school at this very popular event and we expect those chosen to give 100% commitment to the team. Therefore, children must attend all trials and training sessions if they want to be considered for the team.
Dates: Friday 6th May, Wednesday 11th May, Friday 13th May, Friday 20th May and Friday 27th May.
Please note that training may be cancelled if the ground is too wet. Also please note that other dates may need to be added in order to prepare fully for the event. Children will be informed at school of any changes etc

Moving House? 
If you are moving house and your child will not be returning to St Patrick’s in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with the class teacher or the Main Office as soon as possible as it will be necessary for you to complete a Transfer Form.   We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon as possible.
Contact Details
It is essential that we have the correct address and contact details (e.g. home telephone, parents’ mobile numbers) for your child on our database in order for you to receive your child/children’s school reports, end of year letters, etc or to make contact with you if your child should fall ill during the school day. If any of your details have changed since the beginning of the school year, please complete a Change of Address/Contact Details Form, available from the office.

Parents Association News

Transition from Primary to Secondary School Talk For Parents

The transition from Primary school to Secondary school is one of those life events that most people can recall in some way or other.  The purpose of this talk is to outline the major changes involved for both children and parents so that the experience can be undertaken with minimum stress - for the whole family! Tom Casey, Teen Counsellor, Crosscare, will facilitate a talk for parents in St Patrick’s National School on Wednesday 18th May 2011 at 8pm.  The talk is aimed at parents with children in 5th and 6th class but all are welcome.

Sponsored Walk Money
If you have not already returned your sponsorship money, we would greatly appreciate if it could be returned by next Friday 13 May.  We will then advise the total raised.

Extra Curricular Activities

Your Spanish sentence for this week: ¡NO QUIERO MÁS CHOCOLATE, GRACIAS! (No key-air-o mas cho-co-la-te, gra-thi-as) “No more chocolate, thanks!” For information on Spanish Classes (LJR) for Primary & Pre-School Children (Sept – May) - undoubtedly the very best time to learn a second language - in St Patrick’s NS (and wider D15 area) and on Junior & Leaving Cert Classes (all year round) phone 087 267 4809 / 8227629, Email marygalvin@upcmail.ie, cf. www.spanishclasses4children.com

French for all!
‘’Bonjour les enfants et les parents!’’ Enrolment has started for September 2011 term here at St Patrick’s. Classes can also run in pre-schools where a free taster class can be arranged.  Exams are approaching & I can assist your teen with grinds. I am French native, Garda vetted, fully insured and above all enthusiastic! Contact me on 087 227 9027 Merci beaucoup! Visit www.frenchforchildren.ie

Tennis (2nd – 6th Class)
Please note that a new course of 6 tennis sessions with Karl will begin on Tuesday 10 May. The sessions take place from 3.05 – 4.00pm. The cost of the course is €20 and should be paid on Monday 09 May.

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Homework Journal.
Thank you to Euro Driving School for their sponsorship of our Homework Journal.