No Presents Needed
While teachers like to receive presents at Christmas and children like to give them there is absolutely no need and no one should feel under any pressure in this regard. Working that little bit better in school would be a great present though, a gift that would keep on giving not only to the receiver but also to the giver! As has been the custom in recent years we also ask children to refrain from giving cards to classmates as the volume of cards and envelopes generated is extraordinary. They may give one to their ‘Advent Friend’ under the guidance of the class teacher.
Christmas Carol Service & “Wriggly Nativity”
Well done to all who took part. The singing was lovely and we hope that you had an enjoyable time!
Homework Club will resume in the new year.
Following this week’s concert, tin whistle will resume as normal in the new year.
On sale at the school office and Centra, price €8. This is a nice keepsake and looking back at previous calendars it is fun to see how much the children have grown!
Green Schools News
Please note that when we return in the new year, all children will be required to take home in their lunchboxes any lunch wastethat they may have. This will include any food waste and wrappers etc. and will also give you an indication whether the amount of lunch provided is appropriate for your child. If there is too much food it may be reduced, a ‘proper’ lunchbox may be reused and some wrappings may be recycled. As a green school, we aim to reduce, reuse and recycle (in that order), and encourage people to be responsible for the waste that we produce.
Are you concerned about your child experiencing anxiety? Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) are holding a free talk for parents on Monday 21stJanuary from 7 to 9 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire National School, Abbeyleix. Topics include:
Parents as models
Thinking flexibly & realistically
Avoidance and exposure
Constructive coping and problem solving
If you are interested, please contact Sinéad at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the school uniform requires plain bottoms (no logos), not leggings.
Christmas Eve Mass in Ballylinan
Parents who would like to have their children involved in the 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass are asked to text the following info; to 086 3254931 before 5pm on Wednesday 19th Dec;
Parent’s Name & Tel; No. , Children’s Names and Ages.
Practice takes place on Friday 21st of December from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
Before things get too hectic I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody associated with the school – but especially you the parents – a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We think of some especially difficult family circumstances and will be keeping you in our prayers, particularly at this time.
The school will close for the Christmas holidays at 12:20 for Infants and 12:30 for all others this Friday 21stDecember. The children don’t have to wear their uniform on that day; they may wear something ‘Christmassy’ if they wish. We will re-open on Monday, 7thJanuary 2019. Other planned closures are detailed on the school website.
Thank you for your support as always. Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.