Wednesday, May 22, 2019

School note May 22nd

22-5-2019

Dear parents,

                     The sun shone brightly and everybody had a lovely day at First Holy Communion last Saturday in Ballybrown Church.   Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts in preparing the children and for providing such delightful music and artwork. Thanks also to Fr. Cussen, Fr Fitzgibbon and Fr Leo. Over 90 children gave up their Saturday morning to sing in the Choir. Thanks to each and every one of them.

We are also grateful to the Parents Association and to the parents of children in First Class who provided refreshments in the Resource Centre after the ceremony.

                       Mr Tuohy says 'Slán' to Second Class today after a very enjoyable spell as their teacher. We hope to see him again. Ms Day  returns from maternity leave on Monday.

                   Reminder: School will be closed tomorrow Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European and local elections on Friday May 24th.               

                        Denise Smith from Food Dudes   visited school today to present a certificate to Mr Sheehy  and to discuss plans for the continuation of the programme into the next academic year. Mr Sheehy once again coordinated the distribution of food to various classes.

                School Tours: I once again request that all monies be paid by Thursday May 30th. as the school needs to confirm numbers with the various venues

              Rachel Reidy has been in contact to say that the Colours Day last Friday raised €375 towards her trip to Uganda.

               We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!  I strongly advise parents to ensure your child has adequate protection from the sun at this time of year. 

              The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

          Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

                  Homework Club will finish next Thursday May 30th for this school year.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

 

J. Lyons

Principal.

  

Thursday, May 16, 2019

School note May 16th

 

16-5-2019

Dear parents,

                      City Sports. Best wishes to all the children, 50 in all, who took part in the Limerick City Sports at UL today.  The boys team won the Best School in our category.  Thanks to Ms Gibbons and Ms Wallace for looking after the team, to Gillian Cuneen who acted as a steward and to all the parents who attended to lend support. As ever, the children did us,and you, proud.

                     Our Under 13 camogie team finished the season on Tuesday when they lost to Patrickswell NS in the City semi-final. Beidh lá eile againn. Thanks to Ms Hayes and Ms Keyes for coaching the team again this season.

                         Former pupil Rachel Reidy visited the school last Friday and spoke to children in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Rachel is travelling to Uganda to work with Nurture Africa. This is an  Irish-founded, non-profit organisation. The charity provides support to the community in relation to education, healthcare and child protection. They provide the opportunity for children to reach their full potential so they can work towards building a brighter future for themselves. The school will hold a Colours Day tomorrow Friday 17th to help Rachel on her way. Green would be an ideal colour as Limerick begin their Championship hurling campaign this weekend.

                  Pokemon cards:  Pokemon cards are very popular but they have proved to be the cause of arguments and misunderstandings. Please do not allow your child to bring Pokemon cards to school. Cards will be confiscated and returned at the end of term.        

                  School will be closed on Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European and local elections on Friday May 24th.

                   School tours take place on Thursday June 20th. Many parents have chosen to use the e payment option. All monies to be paid by the end of May as the school needs to confirm numbers with the various venues.

                    First Holy Communion is on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m. All members of the Choir are requested to be in the Church by 10.45 a.m. If any member of the choir cannot attend on the day, please inform Mr Tuohy, Mr Sheehy or myself tomorrow.

                     The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie or phone 087 2961007 if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

 

We have recently enjoyed a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. PLEASE write your child's name on all fleeces, polo shirts etc!!!

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal.

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

School note May 9th.

9-5-2019

Dear  parents,

                      I wish to remind you that  children are supervised from 9 a.m. each morning.  The school cannot be responsible for pupils arriving at school before 9 a.m.

                  School will be closed on Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European and local elections on Friday May 24th.

                  Standardised tests: All children from First to Sixth classes sat the revised Drumcondra English test yesterday. Children who were absent will be accommodated at the earliest possible opportunity.

                 School tours take place on Thursday June 20th. Many parents have chosen to use the e payment option. All monies to be paid by the end of May as the school needs to confirm numbers with the various venues.

                    First Holy Communion is on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m. Preparations are at an advanced stage for this special day in the lives of the children.

                  Ms Quane and three children from her class will travel to the Helix in Dublin next Wednesday May 15th to take part in the National Final of the  Trócaire Game Changers competition. This is a great honour and a wonderful achievement for the entire class.

                  Best wishes to Eva Toomey and Caoimhe Hennessy who are members of the Limerick City camogie panel for the Neville Cup today.  

                      MPCC Credit Union will visit the school tomorrow.

                    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.

 

Parents Association News:

  • "Supporting Parents to support their children's mental health and wellbeing" will be held on the 9th May at 7.30 p.m.  in the school.
  • 1st Holy Communion – 18th May – Volunteers required from 1st class parents to help on the morning of the Communion with serving teas/coffees in the Resource centre. If interested in helping please email Simon,mrsimongoble@icloud.com  or phone 089 6154788
  • The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

School Note May 2nd.

Dear parents,

                       Excitement is at fever pitch in Ms Quane's room following the news that a game created by the children as part of Trócaire Game Changers competition is one of ten games shortlisted in the primary category.   Judging took place over the Easter holidays, by a panel of gaming and development education experts. They assessed each game under the criteria: understanding, empathy, innovation and effort. The Ballybrown NS entry 'One World' scored 29/30. Ms Quane has been invited to showcase the game at the competition final in The Helix in DCU.

                  Standardised tests: Parents of children from First to Sixth classes received an information note today about the revised Drumcondra English test. Please check your child's bag.

                     School tours take place on Thursday June 20th. Many parents have chosen to use the e payment option. All monies by the end of May, please.

                    Head Lice: Anyone can get head lice but it is particularly easy for young people to catch them as they spread by direct head -to -head contact.       On a practical note, children with long hair should keep their hair in plaits or tied up rather than hanging loosely. For information on dealing with this problem, see

http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/flu/A-Z/H/Head-lice/Treating-head-lice.html

             Ballybrown NS Under 13 hurling team bowed out of this year's Olo Cup following our game with An Mhodh Scoil on Tuesday. Thanks to Mr Barry and Mr Tuohy for all their work.

                  Today is Poetry Day. Further details available on www.poetryireland.ie.

                  DO THIS IN MEMORY 2018-2019 PROGRAMME. Mass Seven - Sunday 5th May, 2019.  Children are asked be in the church 10 minutes before Mass. Please bring your candle.               

Parents Association News:

  • The school bag packing day which took place last Saturday 27th April was a massive success raising over €1000 euros. A special thanks to Caroline Sheehan for all the work she put into organising the event and also the parents that helped on the day. 
  • "Supporting Parents to support their children's mental health and wellbeing" will be held on the 9th May at 7.30 p.m.  in the school.
  • 1st Holy Communion – 18th May – Volunteers required from 1st class parents to help on the morning of the Communion with serving teas/coffees in the Resource centre. If interested in helping please email Simon,mrsimongoble@icloud.com  or phone 089 6154788
  • The Parents Association are looking for volunteers for academic year 2019/2020 for all three roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Each role is for a 12 month period. Please email creena@seakel.ie if interested or if you know of anyone that is interested. 

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

School note April 11th

11-4-2019

Dear parents,

                      The school's Under 13 camogie team played Monaleen NS yesterday. They put up a great display but lost narrowly. Beidh lá eile againn!

                     Table Toppers: The stage is set for the 2019 Grand Final of Table Toppers which takes place in school today. 

                    School Tours: All classes will go on school tour on Thursday June 20th. All teachers will be on tour that day. In order to give parents time to plan ahead, it is school policy to give parents as much advance notice as possible. Monies needed by May 30th as tour venues need to finalise numbers etc. Parents may pay by e payments after the Easter break should they choose this method. Otherwise, put the money in an envelope with your child's name on it and give to the class teacher.

 Yesterday, the Parents Association presented a cheque for €275 to Brian O Callaghan of Special Olympics Ireland.

                       Easter Holidays: School will close at 12.30 p.m. tomorrow for Easter and will reopen on Monday April 29th. Children in Junior and Senior Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m. on that day to ease traffic congestion.                               

                    ''DO THIS IN MEMORY 2018 - 2019 PROGRAMME": Mass 6 is on Holy Thursday night at 8 p.m.  Children are asked to be in the church 10 minutes before Mass. Please bring your candle.

                    Parents Association News:To date we are short on volunteers to hold the school bag packing day that is organised for the 27thApril 2019 in Dunnes in the Jetland Shopping Centre please let Caroline Sheehan know on 0879276776 if you are available to help on the day.   Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

                        The National Parents Council are holding a talk on  "Supporting parents to support their children's mental health and wellbeing" in the school on 9th May at 19.30. All are welcome to attend.

                       Mindfulness, Self-awareness classes to help and support children 5 - 12 years, who may be feeling anxious, lacking in self- confidence, self-esteem. Teaching them tools and techniques that they can use daily to build resilience and confidence. Classes starting end of April in 11, Thomas St. For more information contact Therese 087 7531979. 

                     Limerick Sports Partnership has organised an Eggs-Ercise Easter camp for children from April 16th to 18th. in the Factory, Southside Youth Space, Galvone Road, Limerick.  Register online at www.limericksports.ie or call Rachel, Laura or Dyon on (061) 333600.

                        Ballybrown GAA: Ballybrown Juvenile Club will run an Easter Camp again this year at our clubhouse pitch. Camp will run from WednesdayApril 24th to Friday April 26th, 9.30 to 1.00 each day. The cost is €30 for the first child and €20 for second, boys and girls from u6 to u13 are welcome.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

Tours

Thursday 20th June, 2019.

 

Junior and Senior Infants

Stonehall Farm

Price €18.00

 

1st  Class

Adventure World, UL

Price €35.00

 

2nd Class

Killarney National Park

Price €30.00

 

3rd Class and 4th Class

Tralee Bay Wetlands

Price €30.00

 

5th Class and 6th Class

Nevsail Watersports, Kilkee

Price €55.00

 

 

You can pay by ePayment or

give monies to your class teacher

Monies to be paid on or before Thursday 30th May

 



Thursday, April 4, 2019

School note April 4th

Dear parents,

                     We have reached the penultimate week of this school term. School will close for Easter on Friday April 12th at 12.30 p.m. Children in Junior and Senior Infant classes may be collected at 12.10 p.m. on that day to ease traffic congestion. School will reopen on Monday April 29th at 9.15 a.m.

                     Reminder: Children are supervised from 9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. each morning. Parents are requested not to bring children to school prior to 9 a.m. as the school will not be responsible for them. As all children assemble in the same yard, children line up in readiness for school. This is not playtime.

                 MPCC Credit Union: Credit Union will visit school tomorrow morning Friday April 5th.

                 School teams: Ballybrown NS under 13 hurling team lost to Patrickswell NS in the Olo Cup on Tuesday. Our under 13 camogie team defeated An Mhodh Scoil yesterday. Well done to both teams and their coaches. Under 13 hurling training today straight after school.

              Spelling Bee: Neal Buckley represented Ballybrown NS in the Limerick final of the Eason's Spelling Bee competition. Neal did us proud as he finished in third place.

              Parents Association News: Thanks to all parents who contributed to the recent clothing recycling day, which raised over €1000.  The Parents Association have donated €300 to St Gabriel's Respite Centre which is located in Mungret. There is a shortfall to open the centre.  https://www.stgabriels.ie/respite_house/ All remaining funds will go to a range of learning activities in St Josephs NS. 

The recent Colours Day in association with the Special Olympics raised €550. The Parents Association have decided to offer the Special Olympics 50% of monies raised. Again thanks to all families that contributed on the day. 

To date we are short on volunteers to hold the school bag packing day that is organised for the 27thApril 2019 in Dunnes in the Jetland Shopping Centre. Please let Caroline Sheehan know on 0879276776 if you are available to help on the day.   Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm. Your help would be greatly appreciated. 

The National Parents Council are holding a talk on  "Supporting parents to support their children's mental health and wellbeing" in the school on 9th May at 19.30. All are welcome to attend.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

            

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

School note March 28th

28-3-2019

Dear parents,

                     Everybody in the school community is enjoying the glorious sunshine this week. It is ideal for the building work which is progressing very well. The blocklayers have been busy this week. I look forward to having the additional classroom and two Resource rooms available to us in the new school year.

                  Please ensure that your child's name is on all items of clothing. In the warm weather, many children take off jumpers and this can lead to confusion.

                   Junior Achievement: A big thank you to Rob Geary and Zimmer Biomet who delivered the Junior Achievement Programme to Ms Keyes' Senior Infants over the past 5 weeks. The children were excited to learn about how their families and communities acquire goods and services through hands-on, classroom- based activities. This week Junior Achievement concluded with the all the children working together to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

                    Our Under 13 hurlers played Ghaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh on Tuesday. They put up a great display and Mr Barry and Mr Tuohy were very encouraged despite the defeat. The school's Under 13 camogie team played the same opposition in the second game on Tuesday and recorded a great victory. Coaches Ms Hayes and Ms Keyes were delighted with the effort from all the girls. The second round of fixtures sees the boys travel to Patrickswell on Tuesday April 2nd. Throw in 1.30 p.m.

The camogie team play an Mhodh Scoil in Ballinacurra Gaels on Wednesday  April 3rd at 1 p.m.  Sport is so valuable for children as part of a healthy lifestyle, learning skills, making new friends, being part of a team and learning to accept victory and defeat as part of life.

               School will be closed on Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European Elections on Friday May 24th.

              Parents Association: The Parents Association have organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th April from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Time slots are 10 -12 p.m./12-2 p.m./2-4 p.m. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

 

                    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

 

 

                    

Thursday, March 21, 2019

School note March 21st

 

 

 

 

21-3-2019

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                     Over 50 boys and girls from 4th to 6th classes took part in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records at LIT this morning by playing in the world's biggest hurling game.

                    Next Tuesday, March 26th,  the Under 13 Cumann na mBunscol season begins. Ballybrown NS will play a double header in Clarina v Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh. Hurling at 11.30 a.m. Camogie at 12.30 p.m.

                     The Limerick County Spelling Bee Final will take place next Thursday March 28th    in  JFK Memorial School, Ennis Rd, Limerick at 11a.m. Neal Buckley will represent Ballybrown NS.

                       This is the time of year for colds and flu. Some cases of Scarlet Fever have been reported to me among children in the school this week.

                         Dates for your Diary: First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 18th in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m.

                           School will be closed on Thursday May 23rd as all teachers will attend Inservice on the Primary Language Curriculum on that day.  The school will be in use as a polling station for European Elections on Friday May 24th.

                           All classes will go on School tour on Thursday June 20th. Sports Day is scheduled for Friday June 21st, weather permitting.

                     A message re Daffodil Day: We are once again looking for Daffodils from your students for Daffodil Day. Fresh daffodils may be left at the school before 9.15 a.m. tomorrow. These will be sold at Hayes's Shop tomorrow Friday 22nd March.

Your support is greatly appreciated.  

                  

                 The next Parents Association meeting is on Wednesday the 27th March at 7.30 p.m. in the school hall. All are welcome to attend. 

The Parents Association have organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 4pm. Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal    

Thursday, March 14, 2019

School note March 14th

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

Congratulations to Ms Gibbons and her class whose project on Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol scooped First Prize at the Cornmarket Cumann na mBunscol Awards in Sligo last Friday night. This category was sponsored by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) to mark the link between teachers and Cumann na mBunscol. The project highlighted teachers who have made their mark as players, coaches and GAA administrators.

                     Engineer Scott Ziglienski visited the school once again to conduct engineering workshops with all classes from First to Sixth last Friday.

                 "DO THIS IN MEMORY 2018-2019 Programme": Mass 5 is on this Saturday 16th March at 8 pm.  Children are asked to be in the church 10 church 10 minutes before Mass and please bring your candle.

               Healthy Eating: We are all are aware of the problems of childhood obesity and the implications in later life. We have been operating a very successful Healthy Eating policy in the school for many years now. It needs parental co-operation for success. Cereal bars, chocolate bars, even as 'treats' are not allowed. Fruit, sandwich, water are all a child needs. Nothing could be simpler, easier to prepare, healthier or cheaper. I urge all parents to put your child's health first.

                              Seachtain na Gaeilge: This is Seachtain na  Gaeilge. There are many activities taking place in the school. Parents can do your bit by  introducing simple phrases like 'Go raibh maith agat' and 'Fáilte romhat' to everyday speech.

                 Sr. Helen Culhane of the Children's Grief Centre has organised on conference on the theme of Children and Loss-  Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Loss Through Parental Separation, Divorce or Bereavement Venue: Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Park, Limerick Date & Time: Friday 14th June 2019, 9.30 am - 1.30pm Registration: 8.30 am - 9.30 am. Booking on www.eventbrite.ie

for further details, email: office@childrensgriefcentre.ie Tel: 0879851733

                  Parents Association:       The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day tomorrow Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. Each child to contribute €2 please.  

                Parents Association has organised a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday27th April from 10am to 4pm. Time slots are 10 -12pm/12-2pm/2-4pm We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

School Note March 7th

7-3-2019

 

Dear parents,

                      Today is World Book Day. A range of activities is going ahead throughout the school.

                     Mr Barry has asked me to mention that the school is still seeking Aldi stickers. We have filled one poster and are well on the way to filling another.

 Ballybrown NS achieved  Third place in the Analog Robotics competition that took place last Saturday. Over thirty schools took part. The Ballybrown NS team consisted of Rory Murphy, Tommy Lynch and David Byrnes. Well done, boys.

                  Third and Fourth classes attended a Science Fair in UL yesterday as part of Engineers Week.

                      Ballybrown NS has been shortlisted for the Cornmarket Awards Cumann na mBunscol Awards. Ms Gibbons and her class entered a project on the theme of  'Teachers and Cumann na mBunscol'. These Awards are open to schools throughout Ireland and it is a great achievement to make it to the National Final. Ballybrown NS is active in promoting Gaelic Games on and off the field. This year's Awards will be held in Sligo tomorrow night.

                     The school is currently working towards renewing our Active School Flag. As part of the process we are requested to distribute a questionnaire to parents. We would appreciate greatly if you could follow the link below and fill out the short survey online.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V3XVN5V

                  Parents Association: The Parents Association are holding a Colours Day on Friday March 15th. The school has a long association with Special Olympics and the Association will make a contribution to Special Olympics from funds collected. More details next week.

                    Engineer Scott Ziglinski will visit the school tomorrow Friday 8th. Scott developed the company "Elementary Engineering" and travels to schools around the country to carry out a workshop on basic engineering skills. Children from First to Sixth class will take part  in the workshop which is very relevant to the STEM subjects. Cost €3 per child.

                     MPCC Credit Union will be in school tomorrow morning.

Ballybrown GAA: The  Juvenile Club will run an Easter Camp for girls and boys from u6 to u13 from Wednesday April 24 to Friday April 26., 10.30 to 1.30 each day. There will be more details soon. 

A message from Newtown Hedge School: On Monday March 18th, Hedge School Cottage is holding a Remembrance Walk to remember all our local community and family members that have passed away. On the day, we are having a memory wall so anyone that would like to put a picture or mortuary card on this please bring on the day.This is a sponsored walk so if we could ask for your support in taking a card to fill out it would be greatly appreciated. Cards are available at the school. We would ask for cards from the children be brought back by next Wednesday to the Community Centre and most important any child that fills a card please make sure they put their name on it as they will be entered into a separate raffle. Registration takes place on the day  at 1.30pm and walk departs at 2pm.

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

School note February 28th

 

28-2-2019

Dear parents,

                    Progress on the building work on the school extension is excellent  with the weather greatly in our favour. A completion date of late July is promised. The Board of Management wishes to thank the members of the Community Alert who have helped with traffic and stewarding. They have been invaluable.

                     Tomorrow, the school will play in the INTO Mini Sevens in both hurling and camogie in Mungret GAA Grounds.

                     A team from Sixth Class consisting of Rory Murphy, David Byrnes and Tommy Lynch will represent the school in the Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics competition on Saturday March 2nd. This team were winners of the activities organised during the workshop held in the school last week.

                  E payments are up and running again after a few technical hitches.

                    It has been brought to my attention that some children have become distressed by stories of the MOMO online game. Webwise provides excellent advice

https://www.webwise.ie/trending/top-10-tips-for-parents/

 Parents are advised to monitor your child's online activity closely.

MPCC Credit Union will visit the school on Friday March 8th.

                Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record.

                                    Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news. 

           

Parents Association News: 

28th February – Steve Goode from the National Parents Association will hold an introductory talk on "How to support all aspects of setting up and running a Parents Association in your school"  tonight at 19.30. All parents are welcome to attend. 

1st March - Community Clothing Recycle event tomorrow Friday 1st March. Drop off time from 8.45am – 09.30 am at St Joseph's National School at the gate nearest to the Resource Centre. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources. 

27th April - There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the 27th April from 10am to 4pm. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Would you please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

An information session on transition from pre school to primary school takes place on Tuesday 5th March in the Woodlands House Hotel Adare at 7pm 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

School Note Feb 20th

20-2-2019

Dear parents,

                    Building work is due to commence tomorrow on the extension to the school. As conveyed in yesterday's note, from Monday February 25th, all  children will assemble in the Senior Yard each morning. Children are supervised from 9 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. each morning. Parents are requested not to bring children to school prior to 9 a.m. as the school will not be responsible for them. As all children will be assembling in the same yard, children will merely line up in readiness for school. This is not playtime.

                 We are fortunate that there is room for parking in the Church grounds and Resource Centre carparks. There are two buses and three minibus/taxis servicing the school each day and these must also be accommodated. The area directly in front of the school gate must be kept clear as clearly indicated by the yellow box. 

                It is vitally important that minders, grandparents etc are made aware of these arrangements and I ask parents to inform them of these new procedures.

               I know I can rely on your co operation for the duration of the work.

              Meanwhile, school life goes on. Yesterday,  Learn It personnel travelled from Cork to give a day long Robotics workshop to children in Sixth Class. This was a great opportunity. The children were divided into teams of three. Two teams qualified to represent the school in a Robotics event in Analog Devices on March 2nd.

             Mr Barry brought a team to play in a hurling blitz in St Clement's College yesterday. The boys did very well. Next week, the school will play in the INTO Mini Sevens in Mungret GAA grounds in hurling and camogie.

                Parents Association News: Dear Parents, a  meeting with Principal Joe Lyons in attendance, will be held on Tuesday 26th February at 8pm in the school hall to discuss forming a fundraising committee to help with raising the projected shortfall of €23K for the school playground. Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and your input would be very welcome. 

                          Thursday 28th February – Steve Goode from the National Parents Association will hold an introductory talk on how to support all aspects of setting up and running a Parents Association in the school on 28th February at 7.30 p.m. 

                      1st March - Community Clothing Recycle event on the 1st March drop off time from 8. 45am – 09.30 am at St Joseph's National School. All clean clothing and paired shoes, suitable for re-use welcome.. All monies raised from the event goes towards school activities and resources. 

          - There is a school bag packing day organised in Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre on Saturday 27th April from 10am to 4pm. We need your help to cover around 10 tills for a 2 hour slot during the day. Please phone or text Caroline Sheehan on 087-9276776 to let her know your availability. Your help would be very much appreciated. All funds raised go to school activities.

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal