Newsletter 21st October

Road Safety
Please continue to remind your children to be extra careful when walking or cycling home in the afternoons.

Football News
Jamie Julian, Tyler Noble and Will Duffy will represent Ballylinan u15 at the Féile in Croke Park on Saturday 23rd October. We hope that more of our boys and girls will get a chance to grace the hallowed turf in the coming years!

Tag Rugby Blitz
Our first outing in more than a year and a half took place today when our 5th and 6th Classes travelled to Athy. We asked that pupils wear masks when on the buses. Our activities and procedures remain very restricted but at least it was a start and of course they enjoyed themselves hugely.

Covid Update
We are seeing a lull in cases at the moment and how we all hope that it continues! Again we really appreciate your cooperation in not sending your child to school if they have symptoms. As you may have seen in the national media, schools are affected when the level of cases in the community is high. It’s important to remember that if your child is a close contact in a household setting then they will have to restrict their movements for at least ten days. Please keep this in mind if you are having visitors over Halloween.

Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine
Tá na páistí ag déanamh iarracht níos mó Gaeilge a úsáid i rith an lae. Féachaigí!

From time to time we receive donations from parents. While we thank them in person, they prefer their names not to be mentioned publicly. We thank them again! We have been delighted with your contributions to our Halloween Hike and if you have any cards yet to return please do so tomorrow. Money is lodged as we receive it – we don’t store cash on the premises – and once we have a final total we will let you know. Thank you all for your support.

Halloween Hike
We aim to leave the school tomorrow around 9:45 in the morning. We will walk down to the church and into the village, cross at Centra and again at the church before returning to the school, We will have school staff with each classroom group and helpers at the crossings.

Please note the weather is colder so some layers may be needed. Costumes need to be practical (i.e. survive a walk or a gust of wind). If teachers don’t think it’s safe they may ask for costumes to be ‘modified’ for the duration of the walk.

If you’re coming out to watch please be cautious in relation to road safety and also Covid safety. Any photos taken should be for your personal use only and should not be shared on social media without permission.

Mid Term
Schools are closed next week and will reopen on Monday, 1st November.