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

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Wednesday January 23rd 2013

Newsletter by Email
It is our plan, going forward, to distribute our weekly Newsletter by email. We will be emailing this newsletter to every parent for whom we have an email address.  If you do not receive the email, please email info@stpatricksns.ie with “Newsletter” in the subject heading, together with the names of your child/children and we will update our database with your email details.

Snow Entry & Exit Arrangements
Children are asked not to arrive into school until after 8.30am. Entry will be via the “New” Pedestrian Entrance only. Please use the fences on each side of the walkway as support.
Entry Arrangements
All Infant and First Class Children will enter via the Luttrellstown door and go directly to their classrooms.
All Second to Sixth Class Children will enter via the Coolmine door and line up outside their classroom.
Exit Arrangements
1.10pm Infants via the Luttrellstown Door
2.10pm First Class – Luttrellstown Door
Children meeting brothers/sisters or attending after school activities should go to the hall.
Middle Floor – Porterstown Door. Children meeting brothers/sisters or attending after school activities should go to the hall.
Top Floor – Coolmine Door. Children meeting brothers/sisters or attending after school activities should go to the hall.

Senior Infant Book Covering
Many thanks to our ’helping hands’ and senior infants parent volunteers who helped to cover our new readers. We received more offers than needed in the end. Thanks to all who covered and offered!

Catholic Schools Week 2013
St Mochta’s Church will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2013 this Sunday with special masses at both the 10.30 and 12 o’clock masses.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Bogus Callers
We have been informed that there have been bogus callers in the area looking for sponsorship for a Sponsored Walk in St Patrick’s. Please note that they are not representing our school and we are not holding a Sponsored Walk at this time.
Reading Buddies
Our annual “Reading Buddies” programme is recommencing.  Pupils from 3rd and 4th class are “buddied” with pupils from 1st and 2nd class respectively for short weekly reading sessions.

Dropping in lunches, bags, homework etc.
Please ensure that all of your child’s forgotten belongings e.g. lunches, bags, homework, etc., are all clearly marked with your child’s name and the name of the class teacher when they are dropped into the office.

Staff Car Park
Please note that parents are asked not to park in the Staff Car Park between 8.00am and 2.30pm, the only exception being parents collecting disabled or injured children.  We would be grateful if you could also inform anyone who may be collecting your child/children on your behalf of this procedure. If you are returning to the school to drop off forgotten lunches, schoolbags, etc. during the school day, we would ask that you park in the bus stop area and enter via the Pedestrian Gate. (Please close gates after you leave).  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Labelling/Lost Property
Please ensure all your children’s property (e.g. jumpers, tracksuit tops, coats, hats, scarves, lunchboxes, drinks bottles, etc.) is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Lost Property items can be found at Reception.

The choir will be performing in the Helix as part of a show on Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm. Tickets for 'The Sound of Musicals' can be purchased on www.thehelix.ie or 01 700 7000 at a cost of €25. Hope to see plenty supporters in the audience!

Castleknock Community College Assessment Day for Incoming 1st Years 2013
Assessment Day for CCC will take place on Saturday 02 February. A letter has been sent from CCC directly to all parents involved.

Luttrellstown Community College Assessment Day for Incoming 1st Years 2013
Assessment Day for LCC will also take place on Saturday 02 February.  A Subject Options Information Meeting for parents and students will take place on Thursday 07 February at 8pm in Luttrellstown Community College.

Parents Association News

Savvy Schools – School Uniform Shop
Savvy Schools will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 6pm.  The shop is located in Centrepoint Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown. If this arrangement does not suit parents, an appointment can be made outside of these days and times by phoning 086 7308525 or by email to geraldine@savvyschools.ie 

Extra Curricular Activities

French for Children at St. Patrick’s (la Jolie Ronde)
A few places are left for term 2 in Juniors class (Junior to 1st class) weekdays & weekends. Senior beginners’ class is now full. Spaces in early year’s class for 3 to 5 years old: exciting & fun class, the ideal time to learn. Come and try!  (Also suitable for Junior Infants) A bientôt…Sabine 087 227 9027 web frenchforchildren.ie

Dublin Parks Tennis
Spring 2013 Registration & Coaching for Dublin Parks Tennis takes place this Saturday 26 January in Riverwood Estate, Castleknock. More information and leaflets are available from beside the Parent Information Notice Board at Reception.

St Patrick’s Parents for Business Network
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The Gardaí and local residents have again approached the school regarding the issue of dangerous and illegal parking.  We appreciate that lack of parking space is a major problem for all parents.  However, cars must be parked in a safe, legal and considerate manner.

Unfortunately, a number of parents continue to park and block access to/from driveways, and park dangerously close to junctions and entrances to estates.  This is both highly inconsiderate towards the residents of these estates and is, in fact, illegal.

There are also a number of parents who stop at the roundabout on the main road which is also a dangerous and illegal practice.  It is also an unnecessary practice as we have a safe procedure in place for dropping children off at the main entrance of the school.

The following are extracts from the Rules of the Road:

  1. A vehicle may not park on double yellow lines in any circumstances.
  2. A vehicle may not be parked within 5m of a junction.
  3. Vehicles may not be parked near: a bend, the brow of a hill, a humped back bridge, a continuous white line, where it would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, at a bus stop or opposite another vehicle on a narrow road.

The Board of Management will have no hesitation in supporting local residents who choose to report drivers who park illegally or trespass on their property. The Board will also support those parents who choose to report instances of dangerous parking that may put the lives of their children at risk. 

There is ample parking available at Spar car park which is a short distance from the school. Cars must be parked properly in the car park.  Under no circumstances should a car obstruct one of their patrons or interfere with delivery truck access.