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May 2011

Great Sense of Community
As we come to the final month of the school year, we're getting ready for the busiest month – June. There's always lots of things going on as we head towards July. Swimming lessons got underway for the older children in the school in May and the younger children will begin their lessons in June. As well as that excitement, our annual school trip is going ahead. The younger children will be going to Imaginosity in Dublin and the older children will be going to the National Stud and Gardens.

Some of the 2nd class who made their First Holy We're also getting our school photos taken on the 9 June so Communion in May if you haven't booked your child's photoshoot, let us know as quickly as possible! Sports Day should be held, weather permitting, towards the end of the month. This is one of my favourite days of the school year. For the last two years, we have run a really successful and fun day involving all children, staff and parents. We'll be looking for your help again.
I also want to wish a hearty congratulations to all the children and their families on the occasion of the First Holy Communion. We were delighted to have such great support from everyone and I'd also like to thank Father Dunphy and his team for all their help with preparing the children for their big day. Until the final newsletter of the year, have a great June! Simon

Quick News
Open Night A very successful Open Night was held in the school in May. A Big thank you to all the staff and parents who gave up their free time to support the evening. It was a great success. Welcome A warm welcome to Sinéad who is completing her teaching practice in our school in Eimear's class. Also a big welcome to Michaela who joined our school this month. Congratulations Congratulations to Samantha for completing the first year of her Masters programme. We are delighted that she did so well. Calendar for 2011-12 The standardised calendar for next year was published by the Department of Education on the 27th May. We will have a calendar ready as soon as possible. July Programme The July Programme will run in the school this year. The programme is open to all children with a diagnosis of ASD. Although the deadline has passed for registration, there is still one place left on the programme, which will be given on a first come first served basis. Reminder: Home Time Collections Can parents please ensure that young children are not running around the foyer of the school on collection time at 1:30pm. As well as the dangers of injury, classes are still going on and the noise is disrupting some classes. School Photos Andy Goss will be taking the school's official photographs this year. If you haven't returned the booking form, please do so before 1st June to guarantee your child's photos are taken. Family photos are also available. Don't forget - Bag Packing We have been very lucky to have been given the opportunity to earn some fundraising time in Tesco by bag packing in August. As you probably know, this can be a substantial way of gaining vital funds for any school and we need as many parents on board for it. Please keep it in mind!

Check out our videos on our YouTube channel! The latest videos are: 1. Seachtain na Gaeilge 2011 2. Martin Luther King 3. The Accident (Part 2)

Art Classes have begun every Saturday in the school led by Jean Doyle, one of our parents. Classes are now full for this year but bookings are taken for next year.

weeks. Billy’s project was about Club Penguin and Liam taught us all about Moshi Monsters. We learned the rules you need to follow to play and stay safe when on-line.

Our after school club is going from strength to strength with loads of activities. If you would like to enrol your child in the after school club, there are lots of flexible options. To find out more, chat to Trish.

Junior Infants have been enjoying using chalk instead of the conventional modern crayon. We explored the texture that chalk creates on black paper and we especially enjoyed using our fingers to make smudges part of our designs

Congratulations to all the students who completed the Kickstart Programme in Carlow IT. A big thanks to Lorraine and Marita who worked with the students throughout the year. Aaron and Lauren from Petmania gave us a great talk about pets on Friday. They showed us a rabbit, a guinea pig, a chameleon and a turtle. Sarah was even brave enough to let the chameleon climb up her arm! 2nd and 3rd class learned how Mexicans in Mexico and in the United States of America celebrate the 5th of May. It was the day the Mexicans defeated the French army in an important battle. Our 5th and 6th class programmers have got started on creating their cartoons using a language called Scratch. They have designed their storyboards and are now creating their sprites (Sprites are the characters in the cartoon). This week in 2ndand 3rdclass Billy and Liam presented projects they have been working on over the last few OnFriday 2oth May, we learned lots of new information about Fairtrade, we took part in a Fairtrade quiz and even tasted some Fairtrade chocolate! This month we had a cake sale in school. I have never seen so many cakes disappear so quickly! A big thank you to all the parents who baked, bought and brought all the lovely cakes and biscuits. Adam in Junior Infants decorated this cake in the picture with the name of our school!

Courtney has been doing so well at her reading that she invited some lucky junior infant students to hear her read a story called “Monkey Puzzle”. Ron, Sarah, Kristof, James and Conor all enjoyed looking at the colourful pictures and hearing the beautifully read story.

This month some children have been busy practicing the ancient Japanese art of Origami. In Japanese Ori means “Paper” and Kami means “Folding” – Paper Folding.

Dates for your Diary: June 6th & 7th: June Bank Holiday, School closed 9th : Photographer coming to school 13th : School Tour (Infants - 2nd class) 17th : Éigse Doodle Project in School for parents, staff and pupils 22nd : Sports Day 23rd : School Tour (3rd - 6th class)

Did you notice the exhibition of paintings at the back of the school? Have a look next time you're in and see what it's all about! If you would like to write something for the next school newsletter, please email it to Simon before 20th June 2011. Keep in Touch! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Check out are web site: