Newsletter 29th January 2018

Catholic Schools Week
Pupils Patrick Buggy, Emily O’Rourke, Finn Kelleher and teachers Ms. Brennan and Mr. Threadgold represented the school in Carlow Cathedral recently for the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2018.

Grandparents’ Mass
Grandparents Mass will be celebrated this Wednesday 31st January at 1 pm in Ballylinan Church (please note venue and time). Parents & guardians and of course grandparents in particular are welcome!

 All children will be leaving the church first when finished and returning to the school.

If weather and circumstances allow, it would be helpful if people can remain parked at the church and walk up to the school. It will ease traffic congestion and it’s a nice short walk!

The Parents Association are kindly providing refreshments afterwards in the school for adults.

All infants must be collected from their classrooms on the day.

All other children can be collected from their classrooms after refreshments or in the usual way at 3 pm.

Homework Club
There will be no homework club this Wednesday (31st January).

Enrolment 2018/19
Parents who have already given their child’s name to the school will receive an enrolment form this week. Please return the form promptly as it will help us to prepare for next year. If your child is due to start school in September and you haven’t already let us know, please contact the school office immediately at 059 – 862 5195. This is important as it looks like we will have quite a large group starting in September.

Thank you for your support as always.

Launch of Catholic Schools Week

Together with the family of more than a hundred schools in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, we attended the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2018 in Carlow Cathedral.

We met Bishop Denis!

Newsletter 16th January 2018

 School Calendar
The last few are on sale in Centra, price €7. Thanks to all who supported our calendar by placing an advertisement for their business.

Catholic Schools Week  (Jan 29th – Feb 2nd)
Two teachers and three pupils will represent the school in Carlow Cathedral tomorrow (Wednesday) at the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2018. 

A reminder that Grandparents Mass (including parents!) will be celebrated on Wednesday 31st January at 1.30 pm (details to follow). Children will be able to leave immediately after the mass if collected. The Parents Association are kindly providing refreshments afterwards and are looking for volunteers to help out. If you can lend a hand please ring the school office and let us know. Thank you.

Homework Club
There will be no homework club this Wednesday (17th January).

Opening Hours
Just a reminder re. the existing situation: the school opens to receive pupils each day at 9:15 a.m. As has been the case up to now, no responsibility is accepted by the Board of Management for pupils arriving before 9 a.m. Classes end each day at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. for Junior & Senior Infants). If a child is finishing at that time and being collected, parents should make their own arrangements for this and the person collecting them should be at the school not later than 3 p.m. (2 p.m. for Infants). The Board cannot accept responsibility for the children after that time. On the rare occasion where the person collecting has been unavoidably delayed, please let us know as is currently the case. Thank you for your cooperation and for your patience with regard to parking at the school.

Enrolment 2018/19
Parents who have already given their child’s name to the school will receive an enrolment form in the next couple of weeks. Please return the form promptly because we need to prepare for next year. If your child is due to start school in September and you haven’t already let us know, please contact the school office immediately at 059 – 862 5195.

Thank you for your support as always.

 

Aistear Wish List

Our Aistear Wish List (for Infant Classes)

  1. Small world toys: toy houses and buildings (doll houses and furniture, farm sets etc), miniature figures (lego men, plastic people, little toy people), farm animals, jungle animals, miniature cars and vehicles (fire brigades, ambulances, planes, trucks etc), car and town mats, miniature road signs.
  2. Construction toys: lego, building blocks (all sorts and sizes), stickle bricks, toy tools, hi-vis vests, hart hats, old torches, toy work bench

  3. Role-play toys: toy kitchen, toy kitchen equipment, dolls, doll clothes and accessories (buggy, changing mats, cot etc), toy iron and ironing board, top brush and pan, toy hoover, toy food

  4. Play shop, post office, school etc: shopping trolley, baskets, cash register, plastic money, purses, envelopes, cards, blackboard, easels etc

  5. Play doctors, dentist, vets, opticians equipment

  6. Real household equipment: clean and in good condition but electrical items do not need to be working; phones, toasters, kettles, cameras, pots, utensils
     
  7. Dress up: costumes, hats, masks, etc
     
  8. Containers: large and small plastic containers with lids
     
  9. Other: Beanbags, cushions, sandpit, sheets, puppets, unwanted clean fabric, wall paper rolls, old table cloths, toy musical instruments, play tents, clipboards and stationery, styrofoam, microphone

Newsletter 10th January 2018

Happy New Year
We hope that you had a good Christmas break and wish everyone in our school community all the best for 2018.

Tin Whistle
Continues as usual this week; Thursday for beginners and Friday for all others.

Homework Club
Homework club resumes this week as normal.

Swimming
6th Class begin swimming in Athy this week (Wednesday) for eight weeks.

Parent-Teacher Meetings
These meetings for Ms. Sukprasert’s class will take place on Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th January. Details to follow.

School Calendar
There are still a few on sale in Centra, price €7. Thanks to all who supported our calendar by placing an advertisement for their business.

Ballylinan N.S. Food Appeal
Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Heart to Hand charity appeal in the run-in to Christmas. Our donations were very welcome and were distributed to shelters and soup kitchens and homes for distressed families.

Staff News
Welcome to Ms. Buggy who has taken over from Ms. Kiernan who is now on maternity leave. Congratulations to mother and baby boy who are both doing well!

Catholic Schools Week  (Jan 29th – Feb 2nd)
The highlight of the week for us will be our Grandparents Mass (including parents!) which will be celebrated on Wednesday 1st Feb at 1.30 pm (details to follow).  Children will be able to leave immediately after the mass if collected.

Bereavement
When we returned after the holidays we were very saddened to hear of the untimely death of Alimsah Bin Gani – father of three children in our school – who passed away just before Christmas. He had been ill for some time. We have expressed our sincere condolences to his family and will be thinking of them in our prayers.