Friday, October 15, 2010

School note October 14th

Dear Parents,

The Parents Association hosted a talk on Shared Reading last Monday night. Ms Siobhan Doherty gave a very interesting presentation on this topic. Over 40 parents attended and it was deemed most worthwhile.

The Annual Recycling Day organised by the Parents Association takes place tomorrow Friday October 15th. All bags will be collected by 10 a.m. Please bring directly to the Halla.

The next meeting of the Parents Association will take place in the Halla on Tuesday October 19th at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome.

School will be closed for all pupils  on Monday next October 18th. for School Development Planning.

Second Class visited Currachase this week as part of National Tree Week. A most interesting time was enjoyed by all involved.

The pupils of Third Class have completed their course on Cycling Safety with Mr John Clancy of the Cycling Safety School. They received their certificates yesterday. Well done to all and a special word of thanks to John Clancy for his excellent work.

Our school Gaelic Football teams have been playing in under 11 and under 13 competitions for both boys and girls. A special thanks to Mr Lordan, Mr Sheehy and Ms Fitzgerald for al their work in preparing these teams.

Rose Merrigan. Secretary, Ballybrown Senior Citizens Committee has asked me to include the following: If you are 16 or over and would like to help raise funds for the Ballybrown Senior Citizens Annual Christmas Lunch, we are looking for volunteers to help with bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Jetland on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October. Any time you have available would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Margaret at 087 2107934 or Anne at 087 2122842.


 Gach dea-ghuí




J. Lyons


Friday, October 8, 2010

School Note October 7th.

Dear parents,
I wish to bring the following to your attention.
In order to improve communication and access to information for parents, the school has recently launched a blog which may be found on the internet at the address
Information such as the school calendar for the year, Healthy Eating policy, Code of Behaviour may be found on the site. The Thursday note will be posted on the site each week in case your child is absent on that day or the note gets mislaid. In time, we hope to post information on upcoming events, Green School activities and Parents Association news.
There will be a collection of clothes, shoes etc on Friday October 15th. with funds going to our very active Parents Association. A note about this has gone out today. All items will be collected no later than 10 a.m. on that day. The school will be open from 8 a.m. on that morning. Please go directly to the Halla via the Junior Yard.
Parents of children in Junior Infants to Third Class are invited to attend an Information Evening on Shared Reading presented by Ms Siobhan Doherty in the school on Monday next October 11th at 8.30 p.m.

Our Green School Committee, consisting of 2 representatives of each class, working under the guidance of Mrs Hodgins, Ms Mc Carthy and Ms Fitzgerald, met this week to plan their activities for the year. Recycling, reducing waste, saving energy and maintaining the appearance of the school and school grounds were all on the agenda.
Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

School Note September 30th

Dear Parents,
I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Ms Siobhán Doherty will visit Ballybrown National school on Monday October 11th  at 8.30 p.m. to speak to parents on the topic of Shared Reading and how you can help your child with Shared Reading. This will be of most interest to parents of children in classes from Junior Infants to Third Class or any parent whose child has difficulty with reading.
Siobhan will also give parents advice on how to help your child in the area of Oral Language, an aspect of the English programme that can be difficult in an age when children may spend much of their time occupied with computers or Playstation and opportunities for conversation may not arise.
Siobhan is a Learning Support/ Resource teacher in St Paul's NS in Dooradoyle. For the last few years, she worked with the Primary Professional Development Service, advising teachers on curricular and instructional issues. This Information Night is being run at the initiative of our Parents' Association who recently donated €500 to the school for the purchase of class novels in Sixth Class and toys for Senior Infants. This is greatly appreciated.
The Parents' Association is organising a Recycling Day on Friday October 15th. ,  similar to the very successful venture of last year. Old Clothes, shoes, bed linen etc. Further information nearer to the date.

Finally, I would like to thank parents for supporting the school's Healthy Eating policy since we returned from the summer break.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons