Newsletter 2nd December

Admissions to Ballylinan N.S.
Please note that applications for the 2022/23 school year will be open from Thursday, 13th January to Friday, 4th February 2022. Further information on how to apply will be issued closer to the time. If you are aware of anyone who may wish to enrol a child for next year, please let them know these dates. Thank you.

Road and Online Safety
Garda Robbie Foran spoke recently to 4th, 5th & 6th Classes about the importance of staying safe when online and also about staying safe on the road. This is particularly important when pupils are cycling or walking home. Now that the evenings are dark, you could also ensure that your child wears a highly visible coat or jacket.

Advent Friends
As in previous years, each child in the school has been allocated an “advent” or “special” friend in the lead up to Christmas. We are asking that children should be particularly kind to the person without letting them know that they have been chosen. No cards or gifts are required; the pupils will make cards in school.

Covid Update
What can we say that hasn’t already been said? We are managing as best we can with quite a high level of pupil and staff absence in the past few weeks, mainly due to disruption from Covid. I would like to again thank the overwhelming majority of our pupils (and their parents) in 3rd-6th classes who have been wearing face coverings as required by the Department of Education. We wear them to help to reduce the transmission of the virus, especially to our elderly or vulnerable families and friends. It’s not so much something we do for ourselves, rather it’s a generous thing that we do for each other. A small but important Christmas gift, if you like. Thank you all.

Ballylinan N.S. Christmas Food Appeal
Every day in Ireland thousands of families struggle to put food on the table. We would like to continue to help in a small way by having a food appeal on Wednesday 8th December.
We ask the children from each class to bring in the following food items listed below. It is entirely up to each family how much they would like to contribute and every item counts.
We would particularly like to see the children themselves contributing towards the appeal. This could be achieved through the use of pocket money or taking part in the choosing and shopping for the item.
This year again, we are working with the charity Heart to Hand. (www.hearttohand.net) Heart to Hand is a non-profit organisation that provides food to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, breakfast centres, homes for distressed families & many more deserving organisations around Ireland. In doing so, those organisations save thousands of Euros from their food bill, which eases the burden of fundraising and enables them to provide other vital services to people in need.
If you or a family you know would benefit from a hamper this year, please contact Ms Goff at maryegoff.ballylinan@gmail.com. Please be advised that any enquiry will be handled discreetly and in the strictest of confidence.
Junior /Senior Infants : Pasta/Noodles/rice
First/Second Class : Biscuits /Teabags/Coffee
Third/Fourth Class : Tins of any food such as beans/peas/soup/
creamed rice/fish
Fifth/Sixth Class : Toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap,
shower gel, shampoo etc
Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Advent (Week 1)

The pupils from Room 11 (5th & 6th Classes) took part in a short prayer service to mark the first week of Advent. We lit the first candle on our Advent wreath.