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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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Newsletters 2019

March Newsletter 2019

Stay Safe

Children in Senior Infants, Second Class, Fourth Class and Sixth Class will be covering ‘The Stay Safe Programme’ in the coming months.  The programme takes six to eight weeks to complete.  Children will receive homework every week and we would encourage parents to discuss this homework with their children as a vital part of the programme.  If you  have any questions about the programme please visit www.staysafe.ie.  We appreciate your continued support.

Aladdin Connect

The Aladdin Connect App costs €2021 per year, irrespective of the number of parents who sign up. 

If it were fully utilized, it would save the school money by

Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post. In previous years, printing and posting Report Cards costs the school in excess of €550;
Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent. During the 2017/2018 school year we spent in excess of €3000 on text messages alone.

Last May, we rolled out Aladdin Connect and the FREE Connect App.  If you haven’t already done so, we would urge all parents to download the App to their smartphone or tablet.

Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school's communication with parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child's education by:
- Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
- Keeping parents up to date on school news via noticeboard messages
- Allowing parents view their child's approved Report Card. School reports can only be accessed through the App. We can no longer email school reports.
 
Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage that by downloading the Aladdin Connect App on your phone or tablet, you are:
- Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home;
- Helping the school/teachers communicate with parents when the need arises;

To start the process, please email info@stpatricksns.ie requesting us to send you the text/email message containing your registration link.  There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward.  Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the free App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school's Connect experience. 

By default, both parents will have access to view their child’s contact information. If for any reason you do NOT wish to share your own personal contact information within the family circle or if you have any concerns regarding your particular family, please contact the school in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.

If your email address or phone number has changed since you returned your Re-Registration Form last April, please email info@stpatricksns.ie with the new details ASAP.  

RSE ACCORD Schools Programme

The RSE ACCORD Schools Programme will be taking place on Tuesday 19 March (4th class Girls only/all 5th Classes) and Wednesday 20 March (all 6th Classes). A Parent Talk takes place on Wednesday 06 March at 7.30pm SHARP in the School Foyer. Consent Forms will be distributed this week. You may wish to wait until after the Parent Talk to return your child’s Consent Form. It should then be returned directly to the class teacher and not through the school office. Please check your emails as more information and a soft copy of the Consent Form will be emailed to parents this week. 

Please note: A Consent Form must be returned for all students to advise us whether you are or are not giving your Consent for your child/children to attend.

CUDA Primary School Quiz

“On Tuesday 26th of February, we went to Scoil Bhride Cailiní to complete in CUDA Blanchardstown and District Credit Union Quiz.  During the quiz, there was some hard questions.  There was a break at round five and we were leading by three points.  But during about round eight, we got three questions wrong and were overtaken.  When we had finished round 10, there was a computer glitch delaying the results (extra suspense).  Scoil Thomais won first, we were in a tie-break for sedond place.  We lost and came third.  But we got through to the All-Ireland Finals on Saturday 09 March 2019 in Enfield.”

Noah Beausang – 5th Class

Upcoming Events

06 March – ACCORD RSE Parent Talk 7.30pm School Foyer

13 March – CCC Open Day (current 5th Class children/parents)

18 March – St Patrick’s Day

19 March – ACCORD RSE Talk – All 5th Classes and 4th Class girls

20 March – ACCORD RSE Talk – 6th Classes

02 April – Confirmation Ceremony

15 – 26 April inclusive – Easter Break

06 May – May Bank Holiday

03 June – June Bank Holiday

28 June – School Closes for Summer Break

29 August – School starts for Senior Infants to 6th Class

02 September – School starts for Junior Infants

Upcoming Sporting Events & News

12 March 2019 (Porterstown Pk., D15) Race Day Registration: 10.30am (1st Race 11am)

Finals Day (All Schools) 

10 April 2019 (Morton Stadium) Race Day Registration: 10am (1st Race 10.30am)

Cumann na mBunscol Hurling/Camogie Fixtures 2019

Senior Girls Camogie Group Fixtures
27/03/19 Vs Corpus Christi GNS, Drumcondra (Na Fianna)

03/04/19 Vs Scoil Áine Naofa, Esker (Somerton)

10/04/19 Vs Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig, Leamhcán (Somerton)

Senior Boys Hurling Group Fixtures
28/03/19 Vs Scoil Mhuire BNS, Marino (Somerton)

04/04/19 Vs St. Mary's BNS, Lucan (Lucan Sarsfields)

11/04/19 Vs Belgrove Senior BNS, Clontarf (Annes)

Reminders

Belvedere College

The closing date for applications for entry to First Year September 2020 is 31 March 2019. Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be processed. For more information, see www.belvederecollege.ie or contact the college at 8586600.

Letters of Attendance

We would ask that if you require Letters of Attendance for Child Benefit/Travel/Visa purposes for your child/children, that you give the office as much advance notice as possible. Please EMAIL your request to info@stpatricksns.ie stating the purpose of the letter. If it is for travel/visa request purposes, please advise date of departure so that the letter can be dated within a week of travel. 

Diswellstown Community & Recreation Centre and Local Community Activities

Park Walk comes to Porterstown Parkrun

Suitable for all ages and abilities, Park Walk is a free 5k walking programme coming to Porterstown Park, Dublin 15. It is brought to you by Parkrun Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation and Get Ireland Walking.

  • Park Walk started on Saturday, 2nd March and happens every Saturday at 9.30am for six weeks.
  • Park Walk is ideal for those walking on their own, with friends, with a buggy, kids and dog walkers.
  • Our Walk Leaders will be there to meet and greet you and guide you through each of the walks at your own pace.

Sign up for this free event at www.parkrun.ie and select Porterstown parkrun as your event. Choose #parkwalkIRE as your club. Print your barcode and bring it with you.

Anam Cara North Dublin

Anam Cara North Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 20th March at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

For more information see anamcara.ie or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.