## Monday, October 16, 2017

### School closure

The Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced that all schools will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday October 17th.
School will reopen on Wednesday October 18th

### Problem of the Day Monday October 16th

First & Second Class

John eats grapes for Fruit Break every school day. Last week, he  ate 3 grapes on Monday, 5 on Tuesday, 4 on Wednesday, 3 on Thursday. If he ate 20 in total last week, how many did he eat on Friday?

Third and Fourth Class

John eats grapes for Fruit Break every school day. Last week, he ate 24 grapes in total.  He  ate 3 grapes on Monday, 5 on Tuesday and  4 on Wednesday. If he ate the same number of grapes on Thursday and Friday,  how many did he eat on each of those days?

Fifth and Sixth Class:
Mary brought grapes and strawberries for fruit break last week. She ate 3 times as many grapes as strawberries. She ate 36 pieces of fruit in total. How many grapes did she eat? How many strawberries?

## Sunday, October 15, 2017

### School closure

Ballybrown NS will remain closed tomorrow October 16th on DES advice due to red storm alert. Open Tuesday 17th.

## Friday, October 13, 2017

### Under 13 Girls Football

City A Girls Football Competition

Ballybrown NS V Milford NS in Old Christians GAA club on Wednesday  October 18th at 2.50 p.m.

## Thursday, October 12, 2017

### School Note October 12th

12-10-2017

Dear parents,

Maths Week is from October 16th to 22nd. There will be a range of activities going on at all class levels, including Maths trails, Maths Art, Target Boards, Numero, Problem of the Day etc. There are some excellent maths displays on the walls of the corridors. The Problem of the Day appears on the website www.ballybrownns.ie. All classes from First to Sixth are now registered with mangahigh.com. Children can take part online from home.

Cumann na mBunscol news:       The boys under football 13 team lost narrowly to Milford NS in Clarina on Tuesday. We await the result of the Milford v Monaleen NS game played today.  Our Under 11 boys travel to  play Monaleen NS today. The Under 13 girls have a free week.

Communion Committee – Please note for Second Class Parents that the first Do This in Memory Mass will be held on Sunday October 22nd. Further details/pack will be distributed to the children early next week with all the relevant information.

Tomorrow Friday,  October 13th, is the National Day of Prayer for Children.

Please telephone the school if you wish to make an appointment to meet a teacher. Teachers cannot leave their class to meet parents who do not have an appointment.

Parent teacher meetings are on Wednesday and Thursday October 25th and 26th. Parents will receive details of appointments this week.

Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Friday October 27th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 6th.

Parents Association –

AGM -  The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. I look forward to attending and addressing the meeting. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

## Thursday, October 5, 2017

### School note October 5th.

5-10-2017

Dear parents,

I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Swimming lessons for children in Fourth Class begin after the midterm break with the first lesson on Wednesday November 8th. All the children in Fourth class received details  this week.  Lessons for pupils in Third class take place after Christmas.

Cumann na mBunscol: Well done to our girls' football team who lost narrowly to St Nessan's NS in Mungret yesterday. The team has improved with every game. The Under 11 boys entertain St Nessan's today. The Under 13 boys have a rest week with no fixtures.

This week, representatives of three post primary schools have visited Ballybrown NS. All children have already  received a list of Open Nights as well as application forms. Closing date is Monday January 15th 2018.

Please remember that an absence note is required every time your child is absent. These are kept on file until the end of the school year. The school is obliged to make returns to Tusla  in respect of every child who misses 20 days or more in a school year.  A number of children are frequently late for school. Please try to ensure this does not happen.

City of Limerick Pipe Band visited the school today and performed for children in Fifth and Sixth classes. Several former pupils are now members of this band. If your child is interested in joining, registration goes ahead in Garryowen Rugby Club on Saturday October 7th at 11 a.m.

MPCC Credit Union will be in school tomorrow  October 6th as usual.

Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. €35 per child or €60 family.

Parents Association: There is a Recycling Day tomorrow Friday October 6th. All families received bags this week. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15a.m. that morning.

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

Limerick Mental Health Week begins tomorrow Friday October 6th.  There will be a Family Fun Day on Saturday October 7th in Bedford Row from 12 noon to 4.30 p.m. Further information on  www.limerickmentalhealth.ie

## Thursday, September 28, 2017

### School note September 28th

28-9-2017

Dear parents,

I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Parent -teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday October 25th and Thursday October 26th from 3.15p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Please note change of date. Parents will receive details of appointment times during the week of October 9th. As there is no class of more than 30 children in the school, it will be possible to meet all families during those times.

Yesterday's rain caused the postponement of our girls' football match v St Nessan's and classes with the Cycling Safety School. Both will be rescheduled with the girls' football fixed for Wednesday October 4th.

Head Lice: Head Lice are a common problem in any environment where children assemble. It is advisable to deal with this as soon as possible. For information on dealing with this problem, see http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/H/Head-lice/

Whizzkids , the IT programme, is starting tomorrow Friday 29th for 5th & 6th class children in  the Resource Centre each Friday for the next ten weeks.

Well done to our Under 13 hurlers who reached the final of the Ard Scoil Ris Academy blitz on Saturday morning. Thanks to Mr Lordan for attending and to the parents who gave great encouragement to the team on the day.

Parents Association: There is a Recycling Day planned for Friday October 6th. All families received bags this week. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15a.m. that morning.

The AGM of the Parents Association will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 8 p.m. in the school. All welcome. The Parents Association do wonderful work throughout the year.

MPCC Credit Union will not be in school tomorrow but will return on Friday October 6th as usual.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

This Is Me Children's Workshop is a 10 week programme catering for two groups of age 5-8 and 9-11. It focuses on fun and creative activities to explore emotions and feelings in a fun way. Help develop coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety. Starting October 3rd in 11, Thomas Street. Contact Therese 087 7531979

## Monday, September 25, 2017

### Football fixtures week beginning Monday September 25th

Tuesday 26th: Under 13 Boys v St Nessan's NS, Mungret in New Field Clarina at 1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 27th: Under 13 girls v St Nessan's in   pitch at rear of St Nessan's school.  Throw-in 12 noon

Thursday 28th: Under 11 boys v Christ the King BNS, Caherdavin in Na Piarsaigh at 1.30 p.m.

## Thursday, September 21, 2017

### School note Thursday September 21st

21-9-2017.

Dear parents,

I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Our Under 13 boys football team drew with Kildimo NS on Tuesday in a very exciting fixture. Our 13 girls football team made light of the rain to enjoy a victory over St Paul's NS yesterday in Mary I.

Children in Fifth and Sixth classes are looking forward to  a ten week IT module with Whizzkids, a company providing an  IT skills programme for primary school pupils. The programme will commence on Friday September 29th. and will run for ten weeks, ending on December 15th.

Please check your child's Homework Diary every night, Monday to Thursday. It is a good idea to sign the Homework Diary and check that homework is being done properly.

Date for your Diary: Limerick Primary Cross Country championships take place in Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell on Wednesday October 25th, starting at 11 a.m.

Children in Fifth and Sixth classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in St Joseph's Church, Ballybrown.

Once again, I ask parents to avail of the parking area available in the Resource Centre and in the Church grounds. Please keep the Staff parking area and the bus areas free. Please do not obstruct traffic or park in the yellow box at the gate. Please ensure minders, grandparents or others who are occasional visitors to the school are aware of these arrangements.

Safety of children is our only priority.

Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, GAA fixtures etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie

Finally, I urge parents to ensure that your child's name is on all books, coats, fleeces etc.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

21 DAY COMMUNITY WALKING CHALLENGE STARTS Mon. SEPTEMBER 25th

The aim of the challenge is to go for a walk every day for 21 consecutive days and develop a walking habit. You can walk with us or on your own. We will provide you with a special record card to keep track of your walks and help you set up and maintain a regular walking schedule. There will be organised walks from the Community Resource Centre at 9.15am and 7.00pmMonday to Friday​ ​

Wear comfortable walking shoes and a Hi Vis top. (We will also have some Hi Vis tops available).  ​ ALL WELCOME​

## Tuesday, September 19, 2017

### 21 day Community Walking Challenge

21 DAY COMMUNITY WALKING CHALLENGE STARTS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25th

In conjunction with Get Ireland Walking and the European Week of Sport, Ballybrown Community Council  are very excited to host our own 21 Day Walking Challenge.  Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The aim of the challenge is to go for a walk every day for 21 consecutive days and develop a walking habit. You can walk with us or on your own. We will provide you with a special record card to keep track of your walks and help you set up and maintain a regular walking schedule.

There will be organised walks from the Community Resource Centre at 9.15am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday

To join one of these group walks meet us at the Resource Centre. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a Hi Vis top. (We will also have some Hi Vis tops available). The route for the first week will be a 4km loop from the Community Centre to Clarina Village, Bricklodge and back by Kilkeedy. There will also be a shorter option. Walkers should find a pace and distance that suits them. All are welcome.

## Friday, September 15, 2017

### Cumann na mBunscol fixtures

Ballybrown NS Under 13 boys football  team play Kildimo  NS  at Kildimo GAA club  at  1.15 p.m. on Tuesday September 19th. Cost €3 per child to help cover cost of bus.

Ballybrown NS under 13 girls football team  play St Paul's  NS in Mary I pitch on Wednesday September 20th at 1 p.m. €3 per child to help towards coat of bus.

## Thursday, September 14, 2017

### School note September 14th

14-9-2017.

Dear parents,

Our school football teams have had a busy week. On Thursday, the Under 13 boys drew 3-6 apiece with Monaleen NS in the City Cumann na mBunscol league. Yesterday, the girls under 13 team defeated neighbours Patrickswell NS while our boys under 11 squad play Milford NS today. Thanks to all the teachers for giving of their time and expertise.

Fifth class were due to begin Cycling Safety lessons yesterday but the lessons were postponed due to weather. We hope for better conditions next week.

Each  Sixth Class  pupil today received all details relating to transfer to secondary school. Closing date for applications is January 15th. 2018. A list of Open Nights is also on display in the school foyer.

Fifth and Sixth class pupils will once again take part in Whizzkids, an  IT skills programme for Fifth and Sixth Class children. The programme will commence on Friday September 29th. and will run for ten weeks.  Children in those classes will receive details tomorrow.

Active School: Thanks to the wonders of technology, 5th class took part in a live workout with the body coach (Joe Wicks ) on Monday, without leaving their classroom!

Junior Infants are now well settled in school. From Monday September 18th, the school day for all Infant classes will end at 2 p.m.

Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance:  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 22nd.

Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. €35 per child or €60 family.

Le dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons.

Principal.

Parents Association News: There is a Recycling day planned for Friday October 6th.  Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc in bags at the school by 9.15am that morning. All families will receive bags in the next week or two.

Resource Centre News: IT kids code class commencing on Wednesday  20th Sept 3.10 to 4.10 pm cost is €70 for 12 weeks.

Dance Masters school of dance is doing a hip hop class starting this Sat 16th Sept at €6.00 a class

## Tuesday, September 12, 2017

### Open Nights for Post Primary School

Limerick Area Post-Primary Schools  Common Application System 2018/19 Schedule of School Open Nights/Days
Parents/Guardians of prospective first year students for the academic year 2018/19 are kindly invited to attend the Open Night/Day of the following schools;-

Ardscoil Mhuire (girls),  Corbally, Limerick.
Tuesday 19/09/2017 at  7.00 p.m.

Ardscoil Rís (boys),  North Circular Road, Limerick.
Monday 18/09/2017 at  7.30 p.m.

Castletroy College (co-ed),  Newtown, Castletroy, Co. Limerick

Coláiste Chiaráin (co-ed), Croom, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue: South Court Hotel, Raheen
Tuesday  03/10/2017   at  7.00 p.m.

Coláiste Mhichil (boys),  Sexton Street, Limerick.
Tuesday 26/09/2017  at 7. 00 p.m.

Coláiste Nano Nagle (girls),  Sexton Street, Limerick.
Thursday 28/09/2017  at 7.00 p.m.

Crescent College Comprehensive S.J. (co-ed),  Dooradoyle, Limerick.
Wednesday 04/10/2017  at 7.00 p.m.

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh (co-ed, All Irish),  Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick.
Thursday 14/09/2017    at 7.00 p.m.

Laurel Hill Coláiste F.C.J.  (girls, All Irish),  South Circular Road, Limerick.
Saturday 07/10/2017 at 10.00 a.m.

Laurel Hill Secondary School F.C.J. (girls),  South Circular Road, Limerick.
Thursday 21/09/2017  at 7.00 p.m.

Limerick Educate Together Secondary School (co-ed), Castletroy, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue:  Castletroy Park Hotel, Castletroy

Thursday  05/10/2017  at  7.00 p.m.

Mungret Community College (co-ed),  Mungret, Co. Limerick. Open Night Venue: South Court Hotel, Raheen
Wednesday        11/10/201    at  7. 30 p.m.

St. Clement's College (boys),  South Circular Road, Limerick.
Wednesday 27/09/2017    at 7.00 p.m.

St. Munchin's College (boys),  Corbally, Limerick.
Wednesday 20/09/2017    at 7.30 p.m.

Salesian Secondary College (co-ed),  Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick.
Tuesday 19/09/2017  at 7.30 p.m .

Villiers Secondary School (co-ed, Fee Charging),  North Circular Road, Limerick.
Saturday         07/10/2017  at 11.00 a.m.

## Thursday, September 7, 2017

### Gaelic Football fixtures

Ballybrown NS play three matches next week, all at home in the new pitch in Clarina

Tuesday 12th September: Under 13 boys v Monaleen NS at 1.15 p.m.

Wednesday 13th             Under 13 girls v Patrickswell NS at 1.15 p.m.

Thursday 14th Under 11 boys v Milford NS at 1.15 p.m.

### School note September 7th

Dear parents,

As we look forward to the year ahead, I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Meetings with teachers: All meetings with teachers are strictly by appointment only.  Please telephone the School office to make an appointment.  If you have a concern about your child, speak to the class teacher as a first step.

Homework: Start as you mean to continue,  Check your child's homework diary every night.  Do not sign off on homework unless you are happy it has been completed satisfactorily.

Communication:  Check your child's homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @Ballybrown NS to keep yourself informed on school news.

Healthy Eating: We are very proud of our Healthy eating policy. Fruit, sandwich and water or milk are all a child needs.  Fruit Break every day at 10 a.m.

Lost property:  Already, our Lost Property section is swelling.  Please ensure your child's name is on every item of clothing.

Children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

All families today received forms for Allianz Pupil Personal Insurance.  There are two types: school day cover (€6) or all-year-round (€9).  This is entirely voluntary but has proven very popular with parents in the past.  Should you decide to avail of this insurance, please hand monies to the School Office by Friday September 22nd.

The Cumann na mBunscol season starts next week.  Ballybrown NS will field boys and girls teams in the Limerick City leagues.  Last Tuesday, we had six teachers involving in coaching teams.  We are fortunate to have such generous teachers who give of their time so freely.

Thanks to all the families for their Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions.  If you have not yet paid this money, you can give it to  Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.. €35 per child or €60 family.

Le dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons.

Principal.

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Drama: Carol Phelan runs Creative drama class in the community centre for pupils of this school. The classes are held each Friday from 3.pm to 4.15 pm and will resume on Friday 22nd September. Contact Carol on 087 8171814.

Science: Designer Minds are running a Primary Science, Design & Technology after-school club for 1st to 6th class in Limerick this Autumn.  The Autumn term of clubs starts on the week of Monday, 11th September. Find out more and register online at https://designerminds.ie or by calling 087 631 0411

## Thursday, August 31, 2017

### School Note August 31st 2017

31-8-2017.

Dear parents,

Another school year is underway.

Today, 33 children enjoyed their first day at school. I look forward to getting to know them all over the coming weeks. I would also like to welcome new faces to the staff of the  school. Mr Seamus Barry is teaching 6th class. Ms Kim Burke and Ms Phoebe Neville are  teaching Infant classes. Mr Fergal Keoghan has been in the school previously and is teaching 3rd & 4th class. Ms Ciara Griffin is teaching Second Class. Mr Donagh McCarthy has joined the  Special Education team.

Children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning. The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

Sign -in and out: Child Protection is always a priority. Any adult taking a child out of school or bring a child back to school during the school day must sign the book at Reception.

Parking: I would appreciate if parents used the Resource Centre and Church grounds car parks. Children should not walk through the staff car park. They should enter via the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. Safety of children is paramount.  Please do not park in Staff parking areas or in Bus berths.

All children will attend Mass for the start of the new school year on Monday September 4th. at 10 a.m.  in Ballybrown Church.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the families who have already paid Art & Craft/Photocopying contributions. Please hand in monies to Rosemarie in the school office any day between 9a.m. and 2p.m. €35 per child or €60 per family.

Please ensure that the school has up to date contact details for phone, Text a Parent and e mail.

Homework Club will commence on Monday September 4th for children from 3rd to 6th class. Homework club will run from 3pm to 4.10pm. If you have any queries please email bbhomeworkclub@gmail.com

Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

## Tuesday, August 1, 2017

### Class arrangements School year 2017-2018

School reopens for pupils on Thursday August 31st. at 9.15 a.m.

Class Arrangements 2017-2018

Junior  & Senior Infants:

Class A: Ms Keyes

Class B:  Mrs Fitzgerald

Class C:  Ms Phoebe Neville

Mrs Fitzgerald is on Maternity Leave until January. The teacher in the interim will be Ms Kim Burke.

First Class: Mrs Hodgins

Second Class: Ms Day

Ms Day is on Maternity Leave until December. The teacher in the interim will be Ms Ciara Griffin.

First & Second (combined): Mr Sheehy

Third Class: Mr Lordan

Fourth Class:  Mrs Ivess

Third & Fourth (combined): Mr Fergal Keoghan

Fifth Class:   Ms Gibbons

Sixth Class:   Mr Séamus Barry

Special Education Needs: Ms Sheila Hayes, Mrs Bríd Millar, Ms Gormlaith Joyce, Mrs Maeve Hanly.

## Friday, June 30, 2017

### Maths Ideas for July & August

Ballybrown NS received an Award from Science Foundation Ireland recently. As we prepare for the Summer holidays, here are some items of interest

## Thursday, June 29, 2017

### School Holiday arrangements

School will close tomorrow Friday June 30th.  at 12.30 p.m. sharp.

Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation.

School will  re-open for all pupils on  Thursday August 31st.

Have a lovely Summer!

### School note June 29th

29-6-2017.
Dear parents,
We have reached the end of another school year. On Monday, 38 Sixth class pupils graduated after eight years in the school. Thanks to Ms Gibbons, Mrs Barry and Ms Mulcahy for the work they put into the Graduation Ceremony.
All pupils have received their end of year reports and book lists. Classes for next school year have been allocated  using age and gender balance as the criteria. No child will be in a class of more than 30 pupils while most classes have 24-26 children.
Two year-long temporary posts will be filled in July and details of the new appointments will be posted on the school website www.ballybrownns.ie. as soon as the interview process is complete.
The school's  endeavours in the area of Science were rewarded when the school received the Science Foundation Ireland Award. This was the culmination of a year's of work at all class levels.
Yesterday, we held our  Fun Sports Day. It was originally scheduled for last week but weather put paid to those plans.
The Great Ballybrown Run to help defray costs of buses to matches etc raised €3,092.40. Thanks to Niamh O Brien, Evelyn Adams, Marian McGregor and everybody who helped on the day. Your generosity is appreciated.
On Monday, Liam Lenihan, Leas Cathaoirleach of Comhairle na Mumhan, visited the school to present medals to our under 13 hurling players who won the Olo Cup and the Mayor's Cup. It was a very pleasant end to a memorable year.
The Book Rental Scheme offered by the school has met with a good response. A huge amount of work goes into collecting books returned at the end of June, re-covering and labelling them for use the following year. I am grateful to Mrs Millar for taking on the task of coordinating the Book Rental Scheme.
The 2017 school magazine is now available. With 72 pages in full colour it is great value at  €3 per copy or two copies for €5.
Today, the school is reverberating to the sounds of Kids Disco. Thanks to the school's Parents' Association for organising this most enjoyable event.
School will close tomorrow Friday at 12.30 p.m. sharp and re-open on Thursday August 31st. Junior and Senior Infant classes will be collected at 12.10 p.m.  tomorrow to alleviate the traffic situation. On behalf of the staff and Board of Management of the school,  I hope you all enjoy the summer break and I look forward to seeing you  in the new school year.
Gach dea -ghuí,

J. Lyons
Principal

Tennis For Kids
CIAC Tennis Club coaches introduced 1st to 4th class to Tennis last week. We are a friendly open club based in Rosbrien, near Young Munster RFC. If your child would like to give Tennis a go this summer click here for more information www.bryanstewarttennis.com/summer-camps-limerick

## Wednesday, June 21, 2017

### School note June 21st

21-6-2017

Dear parents,

We are approaching the end of a busy year in Ballybrown NS. This week is Active Week and there are activities every day. This involves a huge amount of organisation and I appreciate the effort that all the teachers make to ensure the day is enjoyable for all.  Special thanks to Ms Gibbons, Active Week coordinator. On Friday, we will have the School Fun Sports Day.                                                                  Today, all children take part in 'Walk on Wednesday'. Infant classes walked to Breska Rovers pitch. First and Second classes walked to Kilkeedy Cemetery, Third and Fourth walked to Carrig Castle while Fifth and Sixth classes walked to The Sailor's Haggard. We were fortunate that many parents joined the walk to ensure the safety of all concerned. In the afternoon, there is a hurling/camogie match involving the boys and girls of Sixth class.

On Friday, our Under 13 hurling team play a Limerick City combination in the 2017 Mayor's Cup Final in the Gaelic Grounds. Throw-in 1 p.m.

All classes from First to Sixth go on School Tour tomorrow. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details on www.ballybrownns.ie. All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level. If any bus is delayed, the school will send a text to parents.

On Tuesday next, June 27th., the Sixth Class Graduation will take place. Fr Cussen will say a special Mass at 1.30 p.m. which will be followed by the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the end of primary education for these boys and girls.

Report Cards: If you have not submitted your envelopes yet, please ensure that each envelope has a €1 stamp. Many envelopes have a  72 cent stamp which is no longer sufficient.

Parents Association: The Parents Association will hold a meeting at 8 p.m. in the school tomorrow Thursday June 22nd. All welcome.

Please note that school will close for the summer holidays on Friday June 30th. at 12.30 p.m. It would be appreciated if all children were collected promptly. In order to alleviate traffic problems, children in Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

## Thursday, June 15, 2017

### School Note June 15th

15-6-2017

Dear parents,

All classes go on School Tour next Thursday June 22nd. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Please see the note on school tours at the bottom of this page

Junior and Senior Infants: Leaving at 9:20 a.m, back at 1:30 pm.

1st and 2nd classes: Leaving at 8:30 am, back at 3:30 pm.

3rd and 4th classes: Leaving at 8:00 am, back at 4:30 pm.

5th and 6th classes: Leaving at 8:00 am, back at 5:00 pm.

Tour details are on www.ballybrownns.ie.

Yesterday, the boys Under 13 hurling team played in the Limerick Leader Cup in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale. Despite our best efforts, we lost to Doon CBS who went on to win the title for the third year in a row. However, Ballybrown never stopped trying and battled to the end. Today, Ms O Shaughnessy and Mr Keoghan bring two teams to  Manor Fields in Adare to play in a Girls Football Blitz.

Active Week: We are delighted to announce that Ballybrown NS will celebrate Active Week from June 19th-23rd . Details on the back of this page.

Book Rental: Tomorrow is the last day for payment if you wish to avail of the Book Rental scheme for next school year.

Credit Union:  Tomorrow is the last day of Credit Union for this school year. Thanks to MPCC for providing this valuable service.

The boys and girls in Sixth Class are working on the 2017 school magazine. If you wish to purchase an advertisement in this publication for a bargain price of €25, please contact the school office.

End of year School Reports will issue to all families.  Please supply the school with a stamped addressed envelope, minimum DL size (22cm x 11 cm) as soon as possible. Separate envelopes required for each pupil.

Graduation: The parents association are looking for a few volunteers to help out with the graduation teas/coffees on Tuesday 27th at 1.30pm for approx one hour. Please contact Susan MacNamara on 087-2257625.

Do This in Memory (2nd Class) - The final Do This in Memory Mass for 2nd class takes place this coming Sunday morning at 10am.

Homework Club: There will no Homework Club for the remainder of term.

The Thursday Club are hosting a Cake Sale in the Community Resource Centre on Sunday June 18 at 10.45am. All support welcome and greatly appreciated.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

Active Week

Children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week including orienteering, obstacle courses, rounders and tennis.

On Wednesday 21st, all students from Junior Infants to sixth class will partake in a walk from the school to the surrounding locality. We would appreciate any parent volunteers to help on this date to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip. We hope to leave the school at approximately 11.20 am. If you are available at this time please let Rosemarie know as soon as possible. Children will need high visibility jackets for the walk. If you have these jackets at home please bring them to school as we only have a limited supply. Also, don't forget your raincoats!

Each night children will receive Active Homework which they can complete at home on their own or with family and friends. Please encourage as much physical activity as possible during this week.

Remember to wear school tracksuit / shorts and comfy shoes for the week and prepare to be very active! We also recommend bringing some extra drinking water to school for the week. Thank you for your support in advance.

School Tours

All classes go on School Tour  next Thursday June 22nd. Please ensure your child is at school in time. Tour details are on www.ballybrownns.ie. All children are asked to stay in the schoolyard as on a normal school morning until their teacher brings them to the bus. No spending money needed. Sunhats, sunblock and plenty of water strongly recommended.  No mobile phones, cameras, or any IT devices allowed. This decision was agreed at Board of Management level.  Every year, valuable items are lost or left behind on buses, in dressing rooms or other areas. The school is also acutely conscious of the issue of Cyberbullying. No exceptions will be made in this regard.  If there is any delay on the return journey, the school will text parents. I am sure everybody will have a great day.  The children from this school can always be relied upon to represent the school impeccably, no matter the occasion.

## Thursday, June 1, 2017

### School Note June 1st. 2017

Dear parents,

We have reached the final term of the school year. It promises to be a busy time. As this school year draws to an end, it is time to look ahead to next year. The school calendar for 2017-2018 has been posted on the school website. Children return to school on August 31st

Today, we had the first public reading of our School Story for 2017. This was one of the activities for Book  Week. Every class and every class teacher contributed to the story.

School Tours: All classes go on school tour on Thursday June 22nd. If you haven't paid for your child's tour yet, please do so as soon as possible as we need to finalise numbers for buses, etc

On Monday, Ballybrown NS won the Olo Cup hurling competition for the first time since 2014, defeating Kildimo NS at the Gaelic Grounds. It was a memorable occasion and the school enjoyed great support from the entire community. All the children who attended behaved impeccably and it was a day that will be remembered for years. Thanks to Tom and Evelyn O Brien who provided much appreciated refreshments for the players. The victory was just reward for all the hard work and dedication of the entire panel of players and their trainers Mr Lordan and Mr Sheehy.

The camogie team appeared in the City Final also but Milford NS proved too strong. Nevertheless, the future is bright. Ms Keyes and Ms Hayes have done great work with these girls.

School will be closed all of next week. Enjoy the break.

Parents Association News:

We were pleased to invite two representatives from Milford Hospice yesterday to the school for the presentation of a cheque for €300 from the Purple Colours Day - thank you to all who generously contributed.

There are two National Parents Council courses running in the coming weeks - An Information Session for Parents on "Anti-Bullying" (Thursday 8th June in The Strand Hotel, Limerick) and also a "Shaping the Future" conference to be held in Dublin (Saturday June 10th) - both events are free of charge to parents - further details are on the school notice board in the front porch of the school.  Admission for both events is free.

Gach dea -ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

The River Maigue Rowing Club are holding their annual regatta this Sunday 04th June at 2 pm at De Bucket Bar and restaurant.Please come along for what promises to be a great day for all, with exciting racing, fantastic spot prizes & BBQ. Followed by music from Double Trouble, all welcome!