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Address: Diswellstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

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Week Ending 11th April 2008
Staff Meeting
The next Staff Meeting will take place on Monday 14 April. All children will finish at 12.00noon sharp.
The remaining Staff Meeting dates are Monday 12 May and Monday 09 June.
In-Service Training
There will be an In-Service Training Day for Teachers on Friday, 16 May 2008. There will therefore be no school for children on that day.

Castleknock College (Boys only)
An Open Night for parents of prospective First Year students for September 2009 will take place in Castleknock College on Thursday 24 April from 7.00pm-9.00pm. This open evening is for parents only. An open day for boys will be held in early June and parents will be advised separately about this. The closing date for applications for September 2009 is 31 May 2008.

Access to Classrooms After Hours
With the exception of those attending Extra Curricular Activities, children are not permitted to re-enter the classroom after 2.10pm. If in an absolute emergency (forgotten books and general belongings is not an emergency!) a child needs to gain access to his/her classroom outside school hours, the following procedure must be followed:
• He/She must speak to either Brendan or Graham who will accompany him/her to the classroom.
• An adult must also accompany the child.
All school personnel have been made aware of this procedure and have been asked to ensure it is followed. This procedure has been put in place to prevent further loss or damage to school property.

Children should always tracksuits and runners on their PE Days. However, with the possibility (and hope) of finer weather approaching, it is likely that outdoor athletic activities e.g. running, may be part of the school day from now until June. It is important, therefore, that children have access to suitable footwear on all school days.

"Sport for All" Fun Days
"Sport for All Fun Days" will take place (weather permitting) as follows:

22 April

23 April

24 April

10.45-11.45 Senior Infants

10.45-11.45 Junior Infants

First -Fifth Class - All Day

Parents are welcome to come along on Tuesday 22 April and Wednesday 23 April. However, for Health & Safety reasons, we cannot facilitate spectators on Thursday 24 April.

Dublin Youth Orchestra (DYO)
Congratulations to Blaithnaid Carroll (4th class) on recently getting a place in the Junior Orchestra of the DYO. We wish her every success.

Collections during Break time
If you need to collect your child during the school day, please do not do so during playtime from 10.20-10.30am and during lunchtime from 12.00-12.30pm as the office is closed and there is no access to the Sign Out Book. This procedure is in place for the protection of our pupils. Your cooperation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

Travelling to School Survey
Some children in 5th class will be carrying out a Transport Survey in the senior classes (3rd - 5th) over the coming weeks. The idea behind it is to encourage as many children as possible to walk, cycle, use scooters. We welcome any support you can give.

Extra Curricular Activities
Message from Lucy McDonnell & Christine Bolton
"Attention all Friday Swimmers
The final Swimming Class at NAC is today Friday, 11 April. We would like to thank all of our fabulous swimmers for working so hard at their classes and a huge thank you also to the terrific parents, guardians and child-minders who have supported their children with plenty of praise, encouragement and, of course, transport!
To families who have arranged to transfer to the Monday classes, Christine, Lucy or our pool volunteers will accept fees due this Monday 14 April on poolside. (NAC Rules - No parents on pool deck please). Please place correct fee into a clearly labelled envelope with children's names and pool lesson time printed on the outside. All our beginners' classes are now full and only a small number of places remain for Swimmers. Class times are 3.30pm-4.10pm, 4.15pm-4.55pm and 5.00pm-5.40pm. Any queries re any issues, please contact Lucy directly at 086 4029792."

Dublin Parks Tennis League
Details re the Dublin Parks Tennis League are available at the Parents Information Notice Board.

Energy Saving Tips from Rachel Hynes 3rd Class
"Turn off your tap properly or it will drip and waste water".