St Patrick’s Day Break

The school will be closed on Monday, 16th and Tuesday, 17th March for the St Patrick’s Day holiday.

Coronavirus

Displayed in the school is information about the Coronavirus. The main message to take from this is the importance of ensuring the usual methods for stopping the spread of infections are in place. – Handwashing is an essential method for controlling the spread of infections. The procedure for this will be reviewed in all classes regularly over the coming week. – Coughing and sneezing should be done in your elbow rather than hands. – If anyone feels unwell, it is important to seek the advice of a doctor as soon as possible and to not attend school if unwell. – Anyone who has travelled to affected areas or who has interacted with anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus should inform the school and seek medical advice. The Department of Education and Skills is in regular communication with schools, and if anything changes, we will follow their advice and communicate with parents.

Voluntary Contribution

Apologies for the delay. Letters and envelopes for voluntary contributions will be distributed this week.

School Self-Evaluation

Displayed in the school and attached to the Newsletter emails sent to parents are the School Self-Evaluation Report and School Improvement Plan related to maths teaching and learning in the school. This is a culmination of lengthy process involving staff, children and parents to examine our current teaching approaches and make plans for introducing new ones and then reflecting on them. We look forward to reporting back our progress in implementing this plan.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Beidh gníomhaíochtaí an seachtain seo chugainn chun Gaeilge a cheiliúradh sa scoil. Ar an Lúan, beidh discó ciúin ar siúl. Ar an Máirt, beidh scéalaí ag tabhairt cuairt ar an scoil. Ar an Déadaoin beidh rinceoir Riverdance ag déanamh taispeántais dúinn. Faoi dheireadh, ar an Aoine ba chór do

gach duine glas a chaitheamh agus beidh tionól speisialta ann trí mheán na Gaeilge.

We will be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this week. We look forward to a silent disco. Thanks to Easkey’s dad, Malachy, for arranging this. We will have two visitors this week, a storyteller and an Irish dancer who toured with Riverdance. On Friday everyone is encouraged to wear green, and we will have a special assembly in Irish.

Engineering Week

A variety of activities were completed this week to mark Engineer’s Week. There were many hands-on design projects in all the classes such as those in Third Class to safely transport eggs.

Junior and Senior Infants made trains
First Class visited NUI Galway. The day started with an excellent show in the Alice Perry building followed by visits to the Marine Science building and the Quadrangle.
At the Marine Science Building First Class were able to see dead as well as very alive animals.
The trip to NUIG inspired the children to use their engineering skills in the classroom by building stable structures out of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows.

Sarah Gundy from CÚRAM, an SFI research center for medical devices in the university, came to Junior and Senior Infants for a fact-filled and active lesson.


Music Concert

Many thanks to Bertrand who brought two musicians, Michael Dooley and Joanne Cater, with him to the school to play music for us. This woodwind trio played fantastic music
for us, and all the children enjoyed conducting them and learning about their instruments.

Minutes of the Parent Teacher Association Meeting Date: 4th March 2020 @ 7pm


IN ATTENDANCE : Clare, Liz, Karolina, Matt, Aine, Maggie, Diana, Sandra. Apologies: Natasha, Bertrand
BOOK FAIR Clare to follow up with companies regarding holding a Book Fair within the school.
SPRING FAIR  Spring Fair will take place on 25th April 2020 between 12 and 4pm.

 Matt will acquire the Garda fundraising letter.

 School will acquire white card for tickets.

 Tickets to begin printing.

 Parents needed for 25th March during the school day for assembling of tickets.

 Tickets to be sent home with student before Easter break. (3 tickets for €5/ 1 ticket for €2). 5 packs of 3 (€25) per student.

 Market will be moved to Room 1 and Room 2.

 Discussion regarding setting up coffee stall in the vicinity of bouncy castles. Gazebo needed and large coffee thermos.

 Inquire into renting popcorn maker. Hoping to have candyfloss machine.

 Workshop timetable required. Volunteer needed to take charge of liaising with workshop instructors. 30 mins per workshop. Liz to follow up with Corrib Coding. Karolina to follow up with Yoga instructor.

 Signs from last year to be located.

 Fliers to be handed out around local area – Clare, Maggie, Liz.

 Person needed to take charge of each station and liaise with Volunteers.

ROAD SAFETY AT DROP-OFF AND COLLECTION TIMES New traffic management plan in development.
NEXT MEETING The next Parent Teacher Association meeting will take place at 7pm on the 1st April 2020.