Sunrise/Sunset Wednesday 21st February: Sunrise: 07.38 Sunset: 17.58 Hours of Daylight: 10 hours 19 minutes 22 seconds.
Junior Infant 2018 Applications closed. Closing Date for Applications was 1st February 2018. Other Classes 18/19 Apply on-line using Enrolment Application Form under 'About' Tab.
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
Weather Watch: Lowest temperature so far autumn/winter 17/18 was -2.3°C at 02.00 on Dec 11th.
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PARENT PORTAL & E PAYMENTS
Over the weeks before and after the holidays we began sending out notices to parents about the Parent Portal through which we will now communicate School Reports, test results and records of attendance.
In June when the Standardised Test results have been processed and individual pupil Report Cards finalised parents will be notified and can log on to read these. They will be accessible by parents throughout the year.
All parents should have received a text containing an access code and logged on. If phone numbers or addresses change you can update them through the portal also.
In addition we have added the option of making electronic payments and the first run on this will be the reminders of the Maintenance Fund.
Parents will still have the option of paying any of the money we collect by cash or cheque but we hope most parents will move to the ePayment option as it is more secure for everyone.
Notifications will be sent by text to parents with a link when payments are due. We hope parents will find the new system useful.
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through
Attainment, Community Spirit or Effort.
Well done to our December ACEs.
VI:Nolan: Daniel Hegarty Smith & Eibhleann Collins Cassidy
VI:Heaney: Tara Hickey & Eoin McGurran
VI: Boland: Clodagh Conway & Alanna Ryan
Congratulations to our Academic Excellence Award winners.
VI: Heaney Eoin O’Shea
VI: Nolan Patrick Leonard
VI:Boland Christine Houghton
V: Frost Cian Mulcahy
V:Bronte Tana Mulqueen
V:Keats Tommy O’Driscoll
JUNIOR INFANT APLICATIONS
Closing Date for Applications is February 1st.
Letters offering places will be posted on 14th February.
Closing date for accepting offers is Wednesday, 1st March.
5th using the Datalogger to record light levels.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL ÍDE
¨ The Kestrel has been regularly spotted hovering over the Bishop’s Field for the last few months. We’re glad she’s keeping the rodent population under control.
¨ Room 14 enjoyed a trip to Milano’s Restaurant recently where they learned to make pizza. They enjoyed eating the fruits of their labours too.
¨ Fourth Classes are swimming this term as part of their PE programme. We are fortunate that we don’t have to add in the cost of buses for swimming as the children can walk to Grove Island. Swimming is the only thing we teach that can save your life so it is really important that all children take part.
¨ Watch has begun for frog spawn on the pond in the Outdoor Classroom. We’re wondering if the mild weather will see it appear sooner than the normal mid-February.
¨ Junior Infants have begun work on our new STEM kits. The first one in operation involved the children in Ms. Ryan’s class building rafts to see could the rafts and objects involved stay afloat.
¨ Mr. O’Donoghue’s 5th are using the electronic Datalogger each morning to record and graph the changing light levels. It’s a great way to learn scientific terms like lux and lumens.
¨ New Maths equipment with the unusual name of IZAK9 was delivered. Ms O’Connor’s 4th are currently working on it. It has many mathematical functions but especially encourages lots of collaboration, mathematical thinking, language & explanation.
¨ The Aistear programme continues to provide very rich learning experiences for children in junior classes. The Café is the current theme in Senior Infants.
¨ Normally at this stage of the year we begin work on the next academic year’s calendar but we await the Dept. of Education circular on the standardised school year which will set most breaks for the next few years.
¨ Thanks to a combination of parental support and the payment of the DES Minor Capital Grants we could afford to replace soffit and fascia on the 8,9,10 & 11 block of classrooms. We hope with continued grant aid to replace a new block each year for the next few years. Replacing them costs very little more than re-painting.
Mr. Foley's 6th working on 3D model for Young Scientist Exhibition.
We extend our sympathy to teacher Neil Foley on the death of his mother Joan who died just before Christmas.
Please remember them in your prayers.
Aistear Cafe open for orders in Senior Infants
RSE TALK FOR PARENTS
In preparation for teaching the sexuality element of the Relationships & Sexuality Education programme in 5th and 6th classes a talk will be held for parents of children in 5th and 6th classes on Monday, 30th January at 8 p.m. when the material to be covered will be outlined to parents.
We emphasise each year that what we teach can only be a starting point for an ongoing conversation between parents and children which should take place over the next few years.
It is vitally important to children’s well being and sense of themselves that parents continue this conversation through the teenage years.
Students' Council hand over Christmas Coppers Collection to Novas
The topic of healthy eating for both adults and children is never far from the news these days. As a school we do not have a policy in Scoil Ide about children’s lunches because while teachers constantly encourage children to choose healthy options it is beyond our power to enforce.
It is also not the job of teachers to tell children what they can or cannot eat. We also believe strongly that feeding children healthy food is a parental responsibility and duty.
A focus on school lunches also takes away attention from what children are eating the rest of the time– which is most of the time. Good eating habits start and continue at home. Reasonable advice on what is healthy food is widely available. When parents are in doubt or where their children have difficulties about food they should seek advice from those qualified to give it– that is professionally qualified nutritionists or GPs.
4th Class using ISAQ9
The first technology grants in years –which were first promised over a year ago- were announced by the Minister for Education and are due to be paid to schools in March. Much of our equipment is old and needs replacing. Thanks to your financial support along with the grants we have begun by ordering 30 laptops. Laptops are in constant use in the school and we will be looking to purchase more when the grant is actually paid. For the next purchase we are considering Chromebooks.
As well as teaching the children the skills needed in preparing documents etc. the coding language Scratch is taught formally in all classes from 2nd up. The Minister is intent on coding becoming part of the formal curriculum in all schools in the near future.
In addition we will be replacing the last 3 original Data Projectors with Short Throw Interactive Projectors in some of our 1st and 2nd Classes.
We are also pleased with the progress in 5th Classes where all the children are working on the BBC micro:bits.
As always if any parents are in a position to add to our ICT equipment through their employers generosity we’d love to hear from you.
Drone shot of the Outdoor Classroom
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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