Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
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On This Day 21st February 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London
Thought for the Week: A jewel will not shine if it is not polished. - Japanese Proverb
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Following on from the success of Ms. Murphy’s 5th last year in the National Crystal growing Competition all our 5ths have begun studying and growing crystals as part of their Science Lessons.
Crystal formation is vital for the development of medicines and also the manufacture of chocolate. Even though one pupil in 5th commented that better chocolate will bring the need for better medicines the way things are going!
Working with Copper Sulphate the classes have begun growing crystals and have begun familiar with such terms as ‘saturated solutions’ as well as learning the importance of being careful near all chemicals.
The competition is another good example of third Level outreach from the University of Limerick through @SSPCentre and the importance of getting children interested in the sciences at a young age. Science Week nationally took place during the week of 14th November but children involved in regular hands-on investigations and scientific thinking is much more valuable in the long run than the ‘flash, bang, wallop’ shows that make up much of Science Week at the moment.
JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS 2017
The closing date for Junior Infant Applications is February 1st. If you or your neighbours have children wishing to attend Scoil Íde next September please apply through www.scoilide.ie
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,
Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our October ACEs.
VI:Nolan: Nathan Carr & Patrick Leonard
VI:Heaney: Nicole Meagher & Liam O’Connell
VI: Boland: David Fitzgerald & Nadia Szalast
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Many parents now operate a ‘Tech Sunset’ with no mobile phones , tablets, or laptops allowed in bedrooms at night. This is a great idea.
If your children are growing into the smartphone, tablet and laptop phase seriously consider having a ‘Tech Sunset’ as it allows them time away from the attraction, distraction and sometimes worry of dealing with the digital world.
Despite being without access to the internet overnight the sun will still rise the next day– and that is a good lesson in itself for young people.
Scientific research clearly shows that school age children need between 10-12 hours sleep per night. If they don’t get this their physical development can be affected and they cannot concentrate in school.
How much sleep does your child get?
While school attendance is really important it is equally important that sick children are not sent to school. Apart from the obvious distress that sick children suffer there is also the probability that they will pass on the sickness to other children.
All that is required is a note from you to the class teacher on the child’s return to school stating that they were sick.
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS
We operate a wide ranging games programme for pupils after school. We would be unable to do this without the generous giving of their own free time by teachers. We ask parents of children who take part to remember that games are dependent on weather conditions and can be called off at short notice. As school sports are not a child minding arrangement on our part parents need to be available to pick up children if games are cancelled. Children are always allowed to phone home in such circumstances and when possible we will text in advance.
We appeal to parents parking outside the school to do so in a responsible way and not to block the gateways of local residents. Parking on the footpath outside the safety railings is particularly dangerous as it forces parents and children to walk on the road.
Safety signs are posted on the entrances to both our car-parks and it is worrying to see parents leading their children past signs asking you not to pass through the car parks. Children learn by example, especially from their parents, so if they are taught to ignore safety signs...
Please consider others when you park and observe our safety signs.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
Christmas Holidays: Closing Thursday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 9th January 2017
Closed Monday, 20th February - Friday , 24th February 2017 (incl)- Mid-Term Break
Closed Friday, 17th March 2017- Public Holiday
Easter Holidays: Closing Friday, 7th April at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 24th April 2017
Closed Monday, 1st May 2017 -Public Holiday
Closed Monday, 5th June 2017 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 30th June 2017 at 12.15 p.m.
Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.
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