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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 4th April 2008
Staff Meeting
The next Staff Meeting will take place on Monday 14 April.

We have arranged for a representative from Trócaire to collect the Trócaire boxes on Monday 07 April. We cannot therefore accept Trócaire boxes in the school after that date. Alternatively, you can return your Trócaire box to the Parish Church.

Lenten Campaign Update - A message from Ms Parker.
"I would like to say a very special Thank You to all the staff, parents and Spar-Carpenterstown for donating Easter Eggs and especially to the children for all your enthusiasm and support during the fundraising event. The grand total raised from the Easter Raffle was €2011.05. Go raibh mile maith agaibh!"

Guzzler Junior Energy Workshops
This week children in Senior Infants and First Class participated in an interactive Energy Workshop facilitated by two science representatives from SEI (Sustainable Energy Ireland). They met a strange character called Guzzler who taught them about energy efficiency and environmental awareness through various experiments and activities. Workshops will continue next week.

Water Bottles
We would like to bring to your attention that clear transparent soft plastic water bottles are not designed for reuse. However, there are reusable plastic bottles, drinking beakers and flasks available on the market and we would recommend that the children use these.

Mobile Phones
The school cannot accept any responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or health effects (potential or actual) resulting from mobile phone use.
Please do not allow your child to bring a mobile phone to school unless it is absolutely essential as mobile phones are a distraction.
If it is necessary for your child to bring a mobile phone, it must be switched off and in schoolbags from the time they arrive at the school gate in the mornings until after the leave the school grounds in the evening. A number of pupils have ignored this rule and in accordance with school policy, their phones have been confiscated.

HSE Parenting Skills Course
The Health Service Executive is holding a Parenting Skills Course for parents of children aged between 6 and 12 years. It will take place in Laurel Lodge Community Centre each Thursday from 24 April to 12 June inclusive from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The cost is €30 and places are limited. To register, leave a message on 6516068.

Extra Curricular Activities

Reminder - the swimming class will take place today and on Friday 11 of April.
For the Monday swimmers, the new term will commence on 07 April and will run for 10 weeks. Payment of fees is also due on the 7th and a payment facility will be available in the NAC in Team Dressing Room 5, which is located along the back corridor. There will be signs to Team Dressing Room 5 for anyone who is unsure of its location. Any child wishing to transfer to Mondays should contact Lucy on 086 4029792 as spaces are limited.

Art & Crafts Workshops
The new term will start on Monday 07 April with limited spaces still available. If interested, please contact Blaithnaid O'Brien-Donovan on 087 4123247.

Energy Saving Tips from Mr O'Neill's 5th Class
"Bí gí "cool", siúl ar scoil" - Lauren Keane
"Don't go in the car, if you are not very far" - Ailbhe Clerkin
"Reject the ride, and walk outside" - Conor O'Ceallaigh