September 2019 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Fáilte romhaibh ar ais ar scoil. I hope you all managed to get some rest and relaxation during the summer holidays and are ready for all the challenges ahead. May the new academic year be good one for all our school community. I would like to welcome three new members to our school. We have three new teachers, Ms Barrett is teaching 5th class Mr Desmond is teaching 4th class, and Ms Kelly is job sharing with Ms Byrne. We wish them well as they join the staff in St Columba’s School.
Tús maith leath na hoibre
Almost two weeks into the school year and all our new Junior Infant children already look like seasoned school goers!! They have taken everything in their stride, from the classroom to the playground. It has been a great start for them, and for all our returning pupils.
I would like to take this opportunity to advise you of some upcoming events.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thursday 10th October Parents’ Association AGM
Thursday 17th October Junior Infant photos ( please wear school uniform)
Friday 18th October 6th Class Cake Sale
Friday 25th October Dress as a Book Character Day
Wednesday and Thursday 13th /14th November Parent/Teacher meetings
Morning and Afternoon Play Club
We are delighted to inform you that we can now offer an on site early morning drop (7:45am) and sibling hour service (1:40 – 2:40pm). This is provided by Little Learners on a pay as you go basis. Contact Nessa at 085 1449610 for details.
After School Activities
There are many after school activities in St. Columba’s. Parents/Guardians may contact directly the personnel listed below for all enquiries or bookings:
Colette Mc Allister
Speech and Drama
On Friday pupils are allowed to wear blue or any county jersey as we get ready for the final replay between Dublin and Kerry on Saturday. Hopefully, the Boys in Blue will win the 5 in a row and make history. We are not forgetting the Dublin Ladies who are going for 3 in a row. We wish all teams the best of luck and look forward to a great sporting weekend.
School Attendance and Punctuality
Regular attendance has a very positive impact on teaching and learning. In the event of your daughter being absent for illness or any other reason, the class teacher should be informed by note on return to school. These notes are retained on file for inspection by The Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) if required. Please refrain from planning holidays during school term.
When it is necessary for your child to leave school early, a note must be sent to the class teacher. Please do not collect her early unless it is absolutely necessary. All late arrivals and early collections are recorded. Your continued support in this area is much appreciated.
The road markings outside our school which consist of yellow zigzag lines and the words “School Keep Clear” prohibit by law the STOPPING or PARKING of vehicles within this marked zone.
Your co-operation with this safety measure would be much appreciated.
As we are a Healthy School we encourage our pupils to eat healthy lunches and to be more active. As part of this many of our classes run for 10 minutes every day. We have been inspired by Regina, a local athlete, who started this venture for us.
Ms Nolan is once again looking after the school choir which is going from strength to strength. The choir meets before school which is a wonderful start to the school day for our young girls. Pupils from third class to sixth may join the choir.
Wet Morning Notice
On a wet morning I generally bring the children into the hall at 8.30 a.m. and supervise them there with Mrs Cronin (Deputy Principal) and Ms Daly (Assistant Principal).
Parents should not enter the school building at this time as the corridors become too congested and the classes are unable to move freely from the hall to their classrooms. This is a Health and Safety issue. I would also request that parents do not block the entrance door as children are trying to enter the building and get in from the rain.
By now, all children, should be able to say “Goodbye” in the yard and leave their parent/minder easily.
Local Secondary Schools
A reminder about having your daughter’s name down for secondary school
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Phone 8374413
Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. Phone 8376080
Maryfield College, off Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Phone 8373574
St. Dominic’s College, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Phone 8385282
Pobalscoil Rosmini, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Phone 8371694