Thursday, October 17, 2019
It has been a busy week on a range of fronts.
Maths Week: Many children have availed of the Manga High website. Maths games are going ahead in all classes from Junior Infants up.
Yesterday, over sixty children from the school took part in the Cross Country Championships in Limerick Racecourse. It was a lovely autumn day for such a healthy activity. Thanks to Mr Sheehy and Ms Day, team managers, and to the parents who attended and helped in so many ways.
Yesterday, nutritionist Yvonne Deegan visited Mr Barry's class to speak to the children about Healthy Eating. She also brought some delicious, healthy, sugar-free snacks for the children to sample. We are lucky to have such generous parents in Ballybrown NS.
Parent teacher meetings take place again today. All families have received details of appointment times. Appointments to meet Mr Barry will be rescheduled for next week.
There is no Homework Club in operation this week due to Parent Teacher meetings.
All Cumann na mBunscol football finals scheduled for next week have been cancelled due to unavailability of the Gaelic Grounds. They will be played after midterm. The boys Under 13 semi final v JFK is set for 1 p.m. on Monday 21st in Clarina.
School will close for midterm at 3 p.m. on Friday October 25th and reopen on Monday November 5th at 9.15 a.m.
All families have received Code of Behaviour notes. Please read and discuss with your child. All forms to be returned to school by Friday 25th October.
Finally, I ask parents to ensure your child's name is on all coats and jackets. Our Lost Property section is expanding rapidly.
Gach dea- ghuí,
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The children in Fifth and Sixth classes visited Curraghchase today as part of National Tree Week activities.
Girls football: The Under 13 girls football team qualified for the City Final yesterday when they defeated St Paul's NS in torrential rain. The boys play JFK on Tuesday October 15th in Clarina in their semi final.
Dates for your Diary: Fr Cussen has informed me that Confirmation will take place on Tuesday February 18th at 10.30 a.m. in Ballybrown Church
Children in Second Class will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday May 16th at 11 a.m.
Parent- teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday 16th and Thursday October 17th from 3.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. All parents will receive notification of their appointments this week. Please check your child's bag.
Note: Homework Club will not take place on either of those days.
The Primary Schools Cross Country Championship will take place Wednesday October 16th in Limerick Racecourse, weather permitting.
Do this in Memory Program (2nd Class Parents) - This year Fr. Cussen has introduced an Enrolment Mass to the program. This will take place this coming Saturday 12th October at 8 p.m. At the end of this Mass, each child will receive a book and their Communion candle. Packs have also been distributed to the pupils with details of the remaining 8 Do this in Memory Masses prior to the Communion on May 16th 2020. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Susan MacNamara (087-2257625) or Caroline O'Brien (087-6508944).
National Parents Council are holding regional consultation events for parents of primary school children, and for children of 5th and 6th class. Venue: The Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick. Date: 12th October 2019.Time: 11a.m. – 2.30 pm (with tea/coffee from 10.45am). Speakers on the day will include: , who will present the results of NPC parents' and children's surveys on the Senior Cycle and Barry Slattery, Deputy CEO,. The NCCA advises the Minister for Education and Skills on curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, primary and post-primary schools.
Philip Doran of City of Limerick Pipe Band paid his annual visit to the school yesterday. If any children in 5th or 6th classes wish to join, please contact Philip on 087 3907024.
Gach dea- ghuí,
Thursday, October 3, 2019
I regret to inform you that MPCC Credit Union will not be visiting Ballybrown NS this year. I would like to thank Dave Noble, Conor Leahy and all the staff for their courtesy and the service they provided for so many years. We will, however, continue to take part in Credit Union activities such as quizzes, colouring competitions etc.
Please ensure that you inform the school of the reason for any absences. Notes were provided for this purpose at the beginning of the school year. The school has a statutory obligation to make a report to Tusla in the case of every child who is absent for twenty days or more in any school year. It is vital that you furnish the school with a reason for any absences.
Our Under 13 girls football team will play St Paul's NS in the semi final of the B competition next week. The Under 13 boys will meet JFK in the semi final. Dates and venues to be decided.
The school will take part in a football blitz in Mary I next Tuesday October 8th for girls in Third and Fourth class.
Children in Fifth and Sixth classes will visit Curraghchase next week for National Tree Day.
Parent teacher meetings are on Wednesday and Thursday October 16th and 17th from 3.15 to 5.30 p.m. Parents will receive details of appointments next week.
Parents are reminded that school will close for midterm on Friday October 25th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 4th.
Please note that the school will be closed on Wednesday December 11th 2019 to enable teachers to attend Inservice training on the new Primary Language Curriculum.
Swimming lessons for Fourth class begin on November 6th and end on Wednesday December 18th. Children received a note today re cost etc.
Best wishes to Ballybrown who play Doon in the County Minor Hurling Final in Bruff on Saturday. Almost all of the Ballybrown team played in our school teams that won the Olo Cup and Leader Cup in 2014, trained by Barry Lordan and Stephen Hodnett.
Please remember to check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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