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07 December 2018 ~ Comments Off on How To Catch a Star

How To Catch a Star

‘Once there was a boy who was always looking up. He dreamt of having a star as a friend. This is the story of his adventure’

This week, 1st Class visited The Ark to see a non-verbal, puppet version of the much loved book How to Catch a Star by Irish author Oliver Jeffers. As well as the show, the children visited Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Gardens and, highlight of the day for many, the port tunnel!

The children were so well behaved and did our school proud.

 

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26 November 2018 ~ Comments Off on Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

INNER CITY HELPING HOMELESS
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

Collection at Educate Together @ 8.30am, 1.10pm & 2.10pm Dec 7TH

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our recently elected Student Council met recently to discuss a number of important school related topics. As always, one item of discussion was deciding on a charity to support this year. It was decided that this month we will once again hold a shoebox appeal in support of Inner City Helping Homeless charity. Last years appeal was a massive success for a vital cause.

  • There were officially 9,698 people homeless including 3,829 children in Sept 2018 across Ireland and this number increases every day.   More than one in three people in emergency accommodation is a child. However, this number does not include ‘hidden homelessness’ which refers to people who are living in squats, cars, refuges and people sleeping on the street.It is estimated that the true homeless figure is over 11,000 in Ireland.
  • Inner City Helping Homeless engage with approximately 150 people sleeping on the streets of Dublin every evening.

If you wish to support this charity, please see the details below.

Thank you

Wrap a Shoebox allowing it to open, Label it Male or Female and add any of the items below:

  • Socks (white are preferable)
  • Underwear
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Wipes
  • Roll on Deodorant (No Aerosols)
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Chocolate
  • Xmas card with message

** if you are making up a box for a child please Label it with Age & Boy or Girl

 

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21 November 2018 ~ Comments Off on Guest Poet

Guest Poet

During Literacy Week, we will be inviting a number of writers, poets and illustrators into our school. This week, while not technically being Literacy Week, our 1st and 6th Class had their workshop with Irish Poet, Tony Curtis.

Tony engaged the children in reading, song and movement, giving them a broad experience in poetry and music.

We were delighted to welcome Tony to our school and hope that the children enjoyed the visit!

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12 November 2018 ~ Comments Off on Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings

Just a reminder that school finishes at 1.10pm for all classes on Thursday 15th and Thursday 22nd November to facilitate parent teacher meetings.

Regards,

Tomás.

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08 November 2018 ~ Comments Off on One Day Together

One Day Together

Before taking a well deserved rest from our learning we held a fundraiser in school for Educate Together. One Day Together is an annual event that takes place across the country in Educate Together schools. The aim is to support the Educate Together network and to highlight the benefits of learning in an Educate Together school!

The school was buzzing with so many children dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We celebrated together by taking part in an ‘Incredible’ 10 @ 10 followed by a whole school movie event in the hall. A huge thank you to Ellie and her 5th Class for designing posters, making popcorn and coordinating the event. A further thank you to Mario for making the hall so welcoming and comfortable and also to Mr Incredible for getting everyone exercising on such a cold morning!

 

(Further information on One Day Together can be found here http://www.educatetogether.ie/community-fundraising)

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07 November 2018 ~ Comments Off on Cake Sale

Cake Sale

On Thursday October 25th, the PTA organised and held a cake sale in school. Children visited the hall throughout the day to pick up some treats and the event was a huge success!

Congratulations and thank you to the PTA for their hard work. We were delighted to hear that €1166.93 was raised. We also want to thank the parents for being so generous with their time either by manning the counter with humour, patience and charm on the day, or by creating such colourful, imaginative and delicious cakes for us all!

 

 

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26 October 2018 ~ Comments Off on Mid Term Break

Mid Term Break

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that school finishes at the normal time of 1.10pm for Junior and Senior Infants and at 2.10pm for all other classes today.

School is closed for one week for the Mid-term break from Monday 29th October.

School re-opens on the 5th of November at 8.30am. Have a nice break everyone.

Tomás.

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23 October 2018 ~ Comments Off on Maths Week

Maths Week

Last week, children throughout the school welcomed visitors to classes for Maths week. Among the many Maths games we played, some children taught the parent helpers the rules to Mancala, a strategy game that originated in Africa. With archaeological evidence dating back to 6000 BC, some historians believe that it is the oldest game in the world. We now have a new generation of players that will continue the tradition for a couple more years!

Thank you to all parent helpers that visited classes throughout the school last week.

 

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15 October 2018 ~ Comments Off on Aladdin Connect

Aladdin Connect

15/10/18

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Our school is delighted to announce that we will shortly roll out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes.

The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance & reports cards via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App

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 apprised of their child’s attendance
– Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card

Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
– Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed.
– Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
– Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
– Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
– Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent and this is much more cost efficient to the school as text message spend to date is considerably high.

Online payments can be made using the App and we ask all parents to use the online payment facility from now on. This helps the school with transparency regarding money paid to the school and ensures there is no safety risk with large amounts of cash on the premises. You can view the amount to be paid and any other payment you have made to the school throughout the year.

You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.

In the next few days, you will receive a 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 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 setup please contact the school in confidence to discuss or have this facility restricted.

In preparation for this please let the school know by Friday 26th October if your email address or phone number has changed recently

We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Your class teacher, the secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,

Tomás Hickey, Principal.

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01 October 2018 ~ Comments Off on Parents Assembly Friday 5th October

Parents Assembly Friday 5th October

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder the first Parents assembly for the term is on Friday 5th October.

The assembly usually starts at 8.40am for junior infants to second class and at 10.30 am for 3rd to 6th class.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Regards,

Tomás.

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