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Principal's Notes March 2015
(252) Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Notes From the Principal

6th  March 2015

Dear Parents,

Punctuality

From Monday 23rd February 2015 the late roll has been extended to include late arrivals after 9.05a.m. A late stamp has been and will continue to be issued to all children who arrive for school after 9.05a.m. The yard is available to all children for assembly from 8.45a.m. Junior and Senior Infant children must be supervised by an adult until a teacher collects the children in the yard. Punctuality is fundamental to school achievement.

Easter Holidays

School will be closed for Easter Holidays from Monday 30th March until Friday 10th April inclusive. The school will re-open on Monday 13th April @ 9.00a.m.

School Secretary

The secretary is available to deal with school business from 9.30a.m. – 2.30p.m.The school office is closed from 9.00a.m. - 9.30a.m.There will be no secretarial services between 9.00a.m. – 9.30a.m.

Health & Safety – hair hygiene

There has been repeated cases of headlice reported in junior classes. Please check your child’s hair as  soon as possible to avoid whole school infection.

Parish Lenten Programme

The Parish  Lenten Programme continues in the Church every Wednesday from 7.30p.m – 8.30p.m. Fr Seamus requests that any person interested in participating in a Pageant to celebrate the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday would attend a meeting in the Church on Wednesday 18th March @ 7.30p.m.. All welcome

Trócaire Lenten Campaign

The Trócaire Box was issued to each child at the start of Lent. Your generous support last year helped many children in need. €949 was collected last year. A fantastic success story and growing year on year. Please support this wonderful programme by placing some money in your Lenten Trocaire Box. Boxes can be returned to the school after Easter.

Pupil Online Database (P.O.D)

The Irish Department of Education and Skills is preparing a database of all children in recognised primary schools in Ireland. The data base paperwork, which has been re-issued by the DES, will be forwarded to each family next week.

Tyrrelstown Womens Social Club

T.W.S.C plan an Easter Fair on Saturday 28th March in St Luke’s N.S. Details to follow next week

Mass

Mass is celebrated every Sunday in the School @ 11.00a.m. Mass will also be celebrated on St Patrick’s Day 17th March @ 11.00a.m. in the school. All are invited to join the celebration.

St Patrick’s Day 17th March 2015

School is closed on Tuesday 17th March. St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in the school on Wednesday 18th March. Details will be forwarded next week.

Sacrament of Confirmation

A preparatory Mass for the students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Saturday 21st March @ 6.30p.m. in St Luke’s the Evangelist Church

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

_____________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Jujitsu in Saint Luke's NS
(251) Monday, March 9, 2015

Dear Parents,

 

Please see link to Jujitsu being taught to one of our classes today!

 

Mr Neary

 

 

https://vimeo.com/121659402


 
Video of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014
(250) Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dear Parents,

 

We will occasionally share video footage of group events/celebrations/festivities etc on the school website.

 

Please see link to a wonderful video shot & edited by one of our parents, Claite Clifford. Claire shot the video at our celebration for Seachtain na Gaeilge and spent many hours editing and producing a wonderfully enjoyable video. The children will be able to view the video in school to learn from it for the upcoming Seachtain na Gaeilge. Many thanks again Claire.

 

Liam Neary

 

https://vimeo.com/121540772

 

 


 
Dogs on school grounds
(249) Friday, February 27, 2015

Please be advised that dogs are not allowed on the school grounds as they may present a risk to our children.

 

Liam Neary

Deputy Principal


 
Principal's Notes February 2015
(248) Monday, February 23, 2015

Notes From the Principal

 

11th  February 2015

 

Dear Parents,

 

Punctuality

As and from Monday 23rd February 2015 the late roll will be extended to include late arrivals after 9.05a.m. A late stamp will be issued to all children who arrive for school after 9.05a.m. The yard is available to all children for assembly from 8.45a.m. Junior and Senior Infant children must be supervised by an adult until a teacher collects the children in the yard.

 

Mid Term Break

School will be closed for midterm break from Monday 16th until Friday 20th February inclusive. The school will re-open on Monday 23rd February @ 9.00a.m.

 

School Secretary

The secretary is available to deal with school business from 9.30a.m. – 2.30p.m.The school office is closed from 9.00a.m. - 9.30a.m.There will be no secretarial services between 9.00a.m. – 9.30a.m.

 

Health & Safety – hand towels and the importance of effective hand washing

Please make sure that your child has a fresh hand towel to dry their hands in school. Each child ought to store the hand towel in a ziplock bag and replace it regularly. Please remind your child about the importance of effective hand washing technique to minimise the spread of disease. Each toilet has a “Hand Washing” poster on display.

 

School Journal

Children  from 1st class to 6th class have a school journal. Children record homework in the journal from Monday to Thursday. Parents are requested to view & to sign the journal daily and Teachers will stamp the journal daily with a date stamp. The journal is a means of communication between Parents and Teachers.

 

Ash Wednesday – 18th February 2015 – Distribution of Ashes and Parish Lenten Programme

Fr Seamus will distribute ashes in St Luke The Evangelist Church on Ash Wednesday at and after the 10.00a.m. and at and after the 7.30p.m. Mass in the evening. All are welcome. The Parish  Lenten Programme continues in the Church every Wednesday from 7.30p.m – 8.30p.m.

 

Trócaire Lenten Campaign

The Trócaire Box has been issued to each child this week. Your generous support last year helped many children in need. €949 was collected last year. A fantastic success.

 

Pupil Online Database (P.O.D)

The Irish Department of Education and Skills is preparing a database of all children in recognised primary schools in Ireland. After the midterm break the data base paperwork will be forwarded to each family.

 

School Yard

A combination of weather, the grass and the pupil population has resulted in the grass area in the yard turning into a quagmire. We are working to resolve the issue in an environmentally friendly way.

 

Mass

Mass is celebrated every Sunday in the School @ 11.00a.m. All are invited to join the celebration.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

_____________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide

 


 
Temple Street Fundraiser !
(247) Monday, February 23, 2015

Congratulations & Many Thanks to Aimee & Niamh from Mr. Lynch's class fpr their initiative in organising a Pyjama Day fundraiser in the school in aid of Temple Street Hospital . They raised 123.11 Euro. Well done girls !


 
Cyberbullying
(246) Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dear Parent,

 

Please see link on advice about cyberbullying as it is an issue to watch out for in our childrens' lives.

 

Sincerely,

 

Liam Neary

 

http://www.barnardos.ie/resources-advice/parents/cyberbullying-advice-infographic.html


 
Trócaire Lenten Campaign
(245) Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trócaire Lenten Campaign

 

 

9th  February 2015

 

Dear Parents,

 

St. Luke’s National School participation in the Trócaire Box Lenten Campaign has been a growing success story during the last three years. In three years you have doubled your contribution to a most worthy cause.

 

Academic Year

Collection

2011 - 2012

€401.19

2012 - 2013

€684.61

2013 - 2014

€949.67

 

Many thanks to everyone, who has returned their Trócaire Box, to the school last year. Your generous support for the Trocaire Lenten Campaign helps the very needy people in the world.

 

This year Trócaire will be giving support to the needy people in Ethiopia. The money goes towards the development of a sustainable environment in Ethiopia.  

 

We hope to be as successful this year, 2014-2015, in our Trócaire Lenten Campaign. It would be great to top the €1000 mark this year.

 

I would request that you keep the Trócaire Box visible in your house and talk to the children about the most worthy causes involved in the work of Trócaire. Please review the leaflet that accompanies the Trócaire Lenten Box.

 

Please return your Trócaire Lenten Campaign Box to school, as soon as possible after Easter, and at the latest by Friday 24th April 2015.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

_______________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Parent Association Initiative
(244) Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scoil Naomh Lucáis

 

Parent Association Initiative

 

 

9th  February 2015

 

Dear Parents,

 

At our Coffee Morning on the 3rd February a number of initiatives regarding the facilitation of the childrens learning by the Parents were discussed.

 

The following initiatives were discussed

  1. Paired/Shared reading
  2.  Maths Games
  3. Social Story

 

To commence these initiatives the school needs parents to volunteer to assist in these aspects of school life.

 

Presently we are compiling a list of interested parents.

 

Please complete the form below and return to the school by Friday 13th February 2015.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

_______________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Mid-Term
(243) Monday, February 9, 2015

The school will close for the mid-term break next Friday afternoon 13/2/2015. 

The school will re-open on Monday 23rd of February 2015.


 
Parent Teacher Meetings
(242) Monday, February 9, 2015

Parent/Teacher meetings today Monday 9/2 & Tuesday 10/2. Classes for Junior & Senior infants finish at 1-25pm, First to Sixth finish at 2-25pm, both days.


 
Children's Rights Alliance and UNICEF
(241) Thursday, February 5, 2015

n January 2016, the United Nations (UN) will examine Ireland’s record on children’s rights. The examination is being carried out by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of 18 experts who meet in Geneva, Switzerland. They will focus an international spotlight on Ireland. Previous examinations have led to significant improvements for children and young people.

 

The Irish Government submitted its report to the UN Committee in September 2013 setting out what they have done under the convention since 2006. To inform its work, the Committee accepts reports, known as ‘Parallel Reports’, from Non Government Organisation groups. The Children’s Rights Alliance – the national umbrella organisation for over 100 members – submits an independent report on behalf of its membership and NGO’s together with a report created by children and young people. These reports provide the committee with independent material on what is happening on the ground for children and young people in Ireland.

 

As part of this process the Children’s Rights Alliance and UNICEF are preparing a report to send to the United Nations in March to tell them what life in Ireland is like for children in Ireland. The report is being prepared by a group of children and young people and we would be really grateful if you could ask your child  to share their views and experiences by answering the questions a survey which can be accessed by clicking this link What is it like to be a child in Ireland?


 
Parent Teacher Meetings
(240) Thursday, February 5, 2015

Saint Luke’s National School

 

Parent Teacher Meetings Reminder

 

5th February  2015

 

Dear Parents,

 

As per our invitations, Parent Teacher meetings take place on Monday 9th& Tuesday 10th  2015. The parent teacher meeting is fundamental to your child’s holistic development. Working together, as a team, on your child’s behalf will benefit your child. I implore each parent/guardian to attend their child’s meeting.

 

Please attend the meeting at the designated time  – all meeting times have been designated, therefore attendance at any other time on the allocated day is not possible.

 

Please collect your child promptly at the designated times, indicated below, on Monday & Tuesday as punctual collection of the children will ensure that maximum benefit can be derived from the meeting allowing the teachers to attend on time.

 

Assessment is a part of teaching and learning. As part of the assessment procedure in the school, teachers carry out a series of informal and formal assessments. Standardised Tests are a form of formal testing. When a teacher assesses a child they look holistically at the child- standardised tests are just one measure of one aspect of their learning.

 

At the Parent / Teacher meeting the teacher will outline a summary of the assessments in relation to your child.  Each teacher will provide you with an information sheet on standardised testing, where applicable, – from which you can gain further insight on testing.   

 

Please update your child’s Contact Information Details, with the class teacher, on the day of the meeting. Please pay any outstanding money to the class teacher.

 

I look forward to renewing your acquaintance over the two days of the parent teacher meetings and as with last year I plan to attend some of the meetings

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

_____________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide

 

Monday 9th  & Tuesday 10th Closing Times

 

Junior Infants, Seniors Infants 1.25p.m.

First Class – Sixth Class 2.25p.m

 


 
Tigers PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
(239) Monday, February 2, 2015

NOW ENROLLING FOR PRESCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

 

• Tigers Preschool operates under the Early Childhood & Education (ECCE) Scheme which provides

children with access to a free preschool year in the year before they start primary school.

• We use Project Bubbles, an award winning series of childcare and preschool resources

developed in Ireland, to plan our curriculum which is in line with the principles of Aistear and

Siolta.

• To avail of this FREE service in September 2015, children must be born between 2 February 2011

and 30 June 2012.

• One preschool room in Tyrrelstown Community Centre and two rooms in St.Lukes.

• Our opening times are 9:15-12:15

 

AFTERSCHOOL

• We provide a number of services to suit your childcare needs:

• Breakfast Club: Breakfast Club starts at 7:30am, here children have a nutritional start to the day

with a choice of cereals and toast, they also get a chance to unwind before they start their day.

• Hour Club: 1:40-2:40, this allows parents of junior and senior infants children to only have one

pick up at 2:40.

• Homework Club: 2:40-3:40, allows children to do their homework in a quiet supervised room.

• Full Time Care: 12:15-6:30

• Part Time Care: (hours to suit your needs)

We also run camps during the mid-terms and Summer.

For more information, you can contact Lisa on 086-1704097 or drop into us upstairs in Tyrrelstown

Community Centre from 9am-6:30pm.

 

WEBSITE: http://tigersafterschoolcare.com/page-22#/page-22/

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tigers-Preschool-Afterschool-

Tyrrelstown/1407530156193709


 
Punctuality
(238) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saint Luke’s National School

 

Notes From the Principal

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Punctuality

 

I wrote to you concerning Punctuality and Attendance on the 31st of March 2014. I wish to inform you that there has been an improvement in terms of punctuality at Assembly time. Thank you for making the effort to be regularly punctual.

 

I am delighted to see this improvement in Morning Assembly. It is important now that we continue with our efforts. Please make sure that children are collected promptly at Afternoon Dismissal time.

 

This term, I will be continuing to encourage a high attendance in school. Please support us in this endeavour – encouraging your child to attend school when they are healthy enough and avoid non attendance whenever possible.

 

Pantomime

 

The New Year Pantomime takes place on Tuesday 13th January in the school. The famous lambert Puppet theatre are providing the pantomime. It is an enjoyable event for the children and a worthwhile educational experience. There is a nominal charge of €2. Please forward the €2 to the class teacher by Monday 12th January 2015.

 

Road Safety Authority

 

The R.S.A. publishes an annual road safety report and it indicates that the number of children who died on Irish roads in 2014 has increased by 50%. This is a shocking statistic. Safety, in general, is discussed with the children in school. Please talk to your children about Road Safety and encourage them to walk on the footpaths on the way to school and on the footpaths in the school car park

 

School Secretary

 

The secretary is available to deal with school business from 9.30a.m. – 2.30p.m.The school office is closed from 9.00a.m. 9.30a.m.There will be no secretarial services between 9.00a.m. – 9.30a.m.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

_____________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide

 

Punctuality

 

Please be in your line in time for a 9.00a.m. Morning Assembly

 

 

Junior Infants, Seniors Infants Afternoon Dismissal @ 1.40p.m.

 

First Class – Sixth Class Afternoon Dismissal @ 2.40p.m

 


 
Junior Infant Introductory Meeting
(237) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

Scoil Naomh Lucáis

 

Off Tyrrelstown Plaza,

Tyrrelstown,

Dublin 15

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Monday 2nd  February 2015 @ 7.00p.m. - Junior Infant Introductory Meeting.

 

I am delighted to be able to offer your child a provisional place at St Luke’sNationalSchoolfor the academic year 2015-2016.

 

To confirm your child’s provisional place in the school please:

1. Complete Pupil Placement Acceptance Form overleaf  and return to the school asap

2. Attend the Junior Infant Introductory meeting and follow the procedures indicated at the meeting

 

A meeting for new entrants to Junior Infants will be held in St Luke’s NationalSchoolin the Gym, Tyrrelstown , at 7.00p.m. on Monday 2nd February 2015. The meeting will last for approximately one hour.

 

This is an information evening for parents/guardians of children commencing Junior Infants in September 2015. It is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to learn about the school and become acquainted with the educational environment your child will be joining in September 2015. Junior Infant Teachers and the Principal will be  present on the night.

 

The meeting is intended for parents/guardians only – there is no need for your child to attend.

 

Please bring €100 to cover the cost of Books etc. An additional €9 is payable for insurance. The €109 may be paid on the night or in advance.

 

Representatives from The Parents Association will attend the meeting to

  • Introduce the Parents’ Association

 

It is in the best interest of your child that you attend the meeting without your child.

 

Please confirm by telephone, 01 8856015, your attendance at the meeting

 

I look forward to meeting you on Monday the 2nd February 2015 .

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

____________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
Mass in The School Building
(236) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scoil Naomh Lucáis

(Mass in The School Building)

 

Mass from January to Easter Sunday

 @ 11.00a.in the St Luke’s N.S.

January

 

Sunday 11th

Sunday 18th

Sunday 25th

 

February

 

Sunday 1st

Sunday 8th

Sunday 15th

Sunday 22nd

 

March

 

Sunday 1st

Sunday 8th

Sunday 15th

St Patrick’s Day 17th

Sunday 22nd

Sunday 29th

 

April

Sunday 5th Easter Sunday

 

Fr Seamus Connell invites parents, members of the parish and pupils to attend


 
Traffic Safety
(235) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Please encourage the children to follow the road safety rules while walking in the school grounds- under no circumstances should children walk in the carpark – they must use the footpaths.


 
Confirmation
(234) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

Scoil Naomh Lucáis

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

 

Confirmation is the highlight of the Catholic school year.

 

Your child, whom you brought into the Catholic Faith through Baptism, now will join the Catholic Faith in their own right as full Christians.

 

As you have borne witness to the Faith on your child’s behalf they now will bear witness themselves. On your child’s behalf you have prepared them for this sacrament.

 

The children are putting  a lot of effort into their preparation and your support during the preparation is vital to indicate  to them the value you place on the sacrament.

 

We look forward to these upcoming events as follows:

 

Date

Event

Tuesday 3rd March @ 10.30a.m.

Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Church

Saturday 21st March @ 6.30p.m.

Preparation Mass in the Church

Wednesday 15th April – all day

Retreat in Emmaus Centre

Saturday 18th April @ 6.30p.m.

Preparation Mass in the Church

Saturday 25th April @11.00a.m.

Sacrament of Confirmation

 

A new initiative regarding the preparation of the children for the sacrament is the House Visitation. Fr Seamus has instigated this wonderful initiative. The Parish Council will commence a series of visitations to houses regarding the Confirmation Programme – dates to be announced

 

In the interim I would encourage you to bring your child to the church to attend Mass regularly to acquaint your child with the faith community in preparation for reception of the sacrament. Mass is celebrated in St Luke the Evangelist Church and St Luke’s National School every Sunday.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

 

___________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide 


 
First Holy Communion
(233) Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

 

First Holy Communion

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

The First Holy Communion Ceremony will take place on Saturday 16th May @ 11.30a.m. in St Luke the Evangelist Church in Mulhuddart for children from St Luke’s N.S..

 

First Holy Communion is the highlight of the Catholic school year.

 

Your child, whom you brought into the Catholic Faith through Baptism, now is preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

 

The Teachers, the Parish Priest and I look forward to working with you and your child in their preparation for the Sacrament Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

 

A new initiative regarding the preparation of the children for the sacrament is the House Visitation. Fr Seamus has instigated this wonderful initiative. The Parish Council will commence a series of visitations to houses regarding the First Holy Communion Programme commencing on Tuesday 27th January.

 

Please note on the reverse side of this page a list of significant dates in relation to the preparation of the children for the sacraments.

 

In the interim I would encourage you to bring your child to the church to attend Mass regularly to acquaint your child with the faith community in preparation for reception of the sacrament. Mass is celebrated in St Luke the Evangelist Church and St Luke’s National School every Sunday.

 

Is Mise Le Meas,

 

 

___________________

Mairtín Ó Caomhánaigh

Príomhoide


 
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