Thursday, February 14, 2019

School note February 14th

14-2-2019

 

Dear parents,

                     I wish to bring the following to your attention.

                      Work on the extension to the school is due to commence on Thursday February 21st and is expected to be completed by the end of July. The new classroom and two Special Education rooms will be ready for use when school reopens for the new school year. While work is ongoing, there will be no parking in the bus areas as the builders will be using this area for access. Traffic management and parking are just two items that will cause some temporary inconvenience.  A special note will issue next week on the topic of arrangements while building is ongoing.

                   The children in Third Class completed a six week series of swimming lessons yesterday in the Arena Sports Centre in Askeaton.

                   Ballybrown NS entered two teams in the City Cumann na mBunscol indoor blitz in Old Christians GAA club on Tuesday. One of our teams was narrowly beaten by JFK  in the semi final. Both teams played really well. Today, it is the turn of the girls as Ms Keyes and Ms Hayes accompany two camogie teams to the same venue.

            Reminder: School will close for midterm on Thursday and Friday February 21st and 22nd. Reopen on Monday February 25th.

              Parents Association:  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.

Community Clothing Recycle event on the 1st March drop off time at 8.45 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.

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

School news February 7th 2019

 

 

 

 

 

7-2-2019

Dear parents,

                     Yesterday, the children in Junior & Senior Infants enjoyed a trip to the Ballybrown NS Restaurant as part of Aistear. The Halla was transformed into a dining room with flowers on each table. Children studied the menu before making their choices and ordering from the waiting staff, Ms Keyes, Ms Fitzgerald, Mary and Ceara. Chef Ms Neville ensured all diners were catered for while Mr Costelloe on saxophone  provided the mood music.

                    Indoor hurling takes place in Old Christians on Tuesday Feb 12th while Indoor camogie  is in the same venue on Thursday 14th.                

                    Over 80 grandparents enjoyed Grandparents' Day in school last Thursday. Many travelled long distances to attend. Special thanks to Ms Gibbons and Mr Barry for planning a lovely event that spanned the generations.

Community Fundraiser: Tiny Sebastian and her family who moved to the Parish from India 7 years ago died unexpectedly  last month.  Tiny was a nurse, wife to Cyril and mother to Riyana aged 8 and Riyon aged 4. A fundraiser is being held by the community of Patrickswell/Ballybrown to help the family with funeral costs of repatriating the body back to India and to express our support to them at this traumatic time.  As part of the ongoing Community Fundraiser envelopes are now available through out the parish for donations and can be returned to any of the boxes at the back of the Churches, Parish Office, Resource Centres and School Office. A coffee morning will also take place after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday next 10th February.

Ballybrown Church Choir:   Rehearsals for Saint Patrick's Day/Easter beginning next Tuesday 12th February  at 8 pm in the church.  We welcome new singers at any time.  If you enjoy singing, why not sing with us?  For further information please contact Rosaleen Donovan 061 353600 / 087 2267647.

Children's Grief Centre are hosting a conference: 'Children and Loss' on Friday 14th June, 2019 in The Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology.  The Children's Grief Centre is a support service for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation and divorce. 'We would be delighted if you could join us on the day and in doing so help us to spread the message about our important work.'  The conference fee is €50 per attendee, which includes refreshments and a light lunch. Registration for the conference and workshops is through  Eventbrite.ie

 

Parents Association News: Dear Parents, As part of the school extension there is a new play area being built but unfortunately there is a shortfall of €23K to make it a soft surface play area which helps prevent accidents and protects against injuries. We are holding a meeting at 7.30 p.m. in the school hall on Wednesday 13th February 2019.  Your attendance would be greatly appreciated and your input would be very welcome.

 

Ballybrown Camogie Club: registration for u 8s, 10s, 12s & 13s tomorrow Friday Feb 8th from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Ballybrown GAA Clubhouse.

Credit Union returns to school tomorrow Friday February 8th.

 

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal    

Friday, February 1, 2019

Children's Grief Centre

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we at the Children's Grief Centre are delighted to be hosting our first conference: 'Children and Loss' on Friday 14th June, 2019 in The Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology.



The Children's Grief Centre is a support service for school-aged children and young people affected by loss through death, separation and divorce.


We would be delighted if you could join us on the day and in doing so help us to spread the message about our important work. The conference fee is €50 per attendee, which includes refreshments and a light lunch.

Registration for the conference and workshops is through Eventbrite.ie

Registration will open on Thursday 31st January, 2019.


The following are our two keynote speakers.



· Dr Elizabeth Nixon will discuss 'Current research on the effects of parental separation on children: What hurts and what helps.'



· The title of Daniel McConnell's talk is 'Can you hear me now? - Why is it important for children dealing with grief to be heard.'


We would be very grateful if you could display our attached poster. If you require further information, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.





Helen Culhane

Director

CHILDREN'S GRIEF CENTRE


Westbourne

Ashbourne Avenue

South Circular Road

Limerick

061 224627 087 9851733

www.childrensgriefcentre.ie