St. Patrick's National School, Diswellstown, Castleknock.

Email: Phone: 01 824 9930 Fax: 01 824 9928

Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, D15 PH21.

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Week Ending 22nd September 2006

22 September 2006

The School Day
By taking their place in the line and looking after their belongings on entering the classroom, children are informally learning independence and social skills. You can help in the development of these skills by arriving in the schoolyard by 08.30am and encouraging your child to line up when the bell goes.

The period between 8.30 and 9.00 is an important part of the school day. This is when the younger children have activity time or structured play and when teachers get to correct homework or hear children's reading.

Latecomers should enter the school via their usual door, which remains open until 08.50am. Children who arrive later than this must enter through Reception where their names are entered in the Sign-In book.

Green Schools
National Recycling Week takes place from 02 - 08 October. During this week, we hope to run a Competition for children in some classes. Children will be asked to recycle some everyday materials at home and create something useful/decorative from them. More details will follow. You, as parents, can help by talking to your children about recycling and perhaps inspire them with some ideas!

Hand Towels
The school does not provide communal towels in the children's bathrooms. In the interest of hygiene, it is important that every child brings a small hand towel/facecloth to dry his/her hands after using the WC. This should be kept in a school bag pocket and changed regularly.

Extra Curricular Activities
German & Spanish Classes
Mr Waring's classes for beginners in German on Wednesdays and Spanish on Thursdays will be starting up from the beginning of October. The classes will introduce the children to language and culture in a fun and active way. The term will run for ten weeks, ending 14 December. The cost for a term is €60. For the moment, places are limited to 3rd & 4th class children and application forms have been given to those who have expressed an interest. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Due to the installation of the basketball nets next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the hall is unfortunately out of use. Extra curricular classes have had to be cancelled on those dates but an extra class will be added on at the end of the term, Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 December.

DramaWorks - Speech & Drama
Limited number of places available in the 3.10-4.10pm class on Wednesdays for Senior Infants and First Class students. For details call Clodagh on 086 3736056.

Speech & Drama Classes (Liz Brennan)
Classes will commence on Thursdays after school with Liz Brennan. The first class will be Thursday 28 September. Times are as follows: 1.15 - 2.00pm - Senior Infants; 2.10 - 3.10pm - 1st/2nd/3rd/4th Classes. Fees per term (15 wks) Senior Infants €120, Older Classes €150. If you wish to enrol, please contact Liz directly on 8200812. If you get the answer machine, please leave your child's name, class and your telephone number.

School Calendar 2006/2007
Below is an updated School Calendar. Please keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it as necessary.

In-Service Training20/10/06 - In Service Training for Teachers
Mid-Term 30/10/06 to 03/11/06 inclusive.
In-Service Training17/11/06 School Development Planning Day for Teachers
In-Service Training 07/12/06 - In-Service Training for Teachers
Church Holiday08/12/06.
Christmas25/12/06 to 05/01/07 inclusive.
(School closes at 11.30pm on 22/12/06)
Mid-term19/02/07 to 23/02/07 inclusive.
In-Service Training 16/03/07 - In-Service Training for Teachers
Bank Holiday 19/03/07
Easter Holidays 02/04/07 to 13/04/07 inclusive.
(School closes at 11.30pm on 30/03/07)
In-Service Training 27/04/07 - In-School Planning Day for Teachers
Bank Holiday 07/05/07 - 08/05/07 inclusive.
Bank Holiday04/06/07 to 05/06/07 inclusive.
Summer Holidays School closes 29 June at 11.30pm.