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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On behalf of the entire school community I wish to express our thanks to all our parents and friends who have supported our work over the last year. That support comes in many forms whether assisting with games, music, STEM classes, field trips, financially assisting the school or working with the Parents’ Council.
Our present Sixth Classes have been excellent in their behaviour, attitude and approach to their school work throughout the year and we wish them well for the future.
As we reach the end of another academic year I also wish to pay tribute to our staff who work and care tirelessly for the children in our care. May I wish you all a sunny and safe summer.
Robotics Team at Analog
PARENTS’ COUNCIL SECOND HAND BOOK SALE & UNIFORM DROP
The Parents’ Council Second Hand Book Sale and Uniform Drop will take place in the Hall on Monday, 26th June at 7 p.m.
Buying and selling second hand books is a good way of trying to keep costs under control. If you have uniforms and tracksuits in good repair you can drop these into the Hall that night. These will be available to parents.
Tony Clarke’s will have a new schoolbook shop in the Hall on Tuesday, 27th June from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children will move to their new classes after the 11 o clock break on Friday, 30th June and the school will close for the Summer Holidays at 12.15 p.m.
School re-opens for pupils on Thursday, 31st August.
All children should wear full uniform returning to school.
Hard earned oranges after the Triathlon
6th CLASS TRIATHLON
We were blessed with a beautiful evening for the 6th Class Junior Triathlon organised by 6th Class teacher Neil Foley ably assisted by the staff. The 6th class children completed swimming, cycling and running cheered on by many parents in and around St. Mary’s Rugby Club in Grove Island. The children derived great personal satisfaction from completing the course. We hope that they will continue the good fitness habit as they move on to secondary school.
END OF YEAR REPORTS
End of year reports, including Standardised Test Results, are available for parents to read through the Parents Portal on www.scoilide.ie
Access codes were sent to all parents earlier in the year and the Username and Password you used then still apply.
In order to give parents an idea of the extra costs associated with school that arise during the year we have outlined some of them below to allow you to plan.
September: All classes: Classroom Supplies: costs of class printing, novels, Art & Craft materials, stationery etc.: €60. This is the only source teachers have for purchasing these materials so it is important that all contribute.
Personal Accident Insurance €10 (Voluntary): Highly recommended to all parents. 24 hour/365 day accident insurance. Mid-September. Should be viewed as a necessity.
October: Maintenance Fund: Voluntary Contribution: €100—1 child;€150 family– or what you can afford. This enables the school to keep ICT up to date, purchase all our Literacy Lift Off Books and implement additional programmes such as Violin & Recorder teaching etc which add so much to the children’s education.
Swimming: 5th Class Sep-Nov: 4th Class Jan-Mar; 6th Class May-June
€40 approx. Payable around the time the class goes swimming.
May: Fundraising Raffle
May/June : School Tours: Varies depending on activity. 6th Class costs €45.
All payments of €10 or over can be made electronically and this is our preferred way of accepting money– it’s safer in terms of banking and better not to have children carry what are sometimes fairly large sums of money.
6th Class Girls with their 1st Year Advisors
ADVICE FOR 6TH CLASSES
We welcomed back a number of past pupils who have just completed 1st year to share their advice and perspective on their experience of moving to secondary school and the challenges it presents. The move to secondary can be a daunting one for some children and for a good number of years now we ask back recent past pupils to share their experience.
The past pupils spoke to the children who will be going to their secondaries and answered questions from the current pupils.
PARENTS’ COUNCIL TABLE QUIZ
A really enjoyable evening was had by the many who attended the Parents’ Council table Quiz. 32 tables enjoyed a very balanced set of questions devised by Mike McInerney and Quiz Master for the night was Fr. Derek Leonard. We thank the local businesses who donated the huge amount of spot prizes, O’Driscoll’s for the kind use of their premises and, especially Charlotte Breen and her team of parents for giving so much of their time and talents so generously. Over €2000 was raised which will go towards a set of 32 Chromebooks to add to our ICT equipment .
Chess Tournament Winners 2017
One of the biggest school chess tournaments in the country took place in Scoil Ide on
Monday, 19th June as our annual tournament took place. Chess remains a very popular game in the school organised by Niamh O’Connor and taught by John Alfred. Why don’t you challenge your child to a game?
FIT FOR LIFE
Our 4th Classes completed their month long Fit For Life Challenge by completing a 3km run in the Shannon Fields. We hope that they keep up their good exercise habits over the summer and into the future and remain truly fit for life. All participating children were presented with certificates by former international rugby star and current international Rugby Referee Joy Neville.
As this edition of the Newsletter is being finished the Sixth Classes Charity Speeches are in preparation. The teams speaking on behalf of the various charities are researching and preparing their presentations in the hope of making the final and then convincing our 5th and 6th Class voters to choose their charity as the recipient of the Colours’ Day money– around €1400.
The Charity Speeches tie together much of the work done with the children since Junior Infants –working together; using literacy and numeracy skills to research and prepare IT presentations which back up public speaking to convince almost 200 of your peers to agree with your view; putting into practice the Christian teaching on the works of justice they have been taught since Juniors. Well done to all the pupils for the work they have put in.
Please remember in your prayers past pupil Jayne Barrett who died in Boston recently.
We extend our sympathy to her parents Mick and Breda and her family.
Closing Friday, 30th June 2017 at 12.15 p.m.
Staff Planning Day Wednesday, 30th August 2017
School Re-opens Thursday 31st August 2017
October mid-term break: Closed Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017 inclusive.
Christmas Holidays: Closing Friday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening Monday, 8th January 2018
February 2018 mid-term break: Closed Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th February 2018.
Closed Monday, 19th March 2018- Public Holiday
Easter 2018: School closing Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12.15 p.m. Reopening Monday 9th April 2018.
Closed Monday 7th May 2018 – Friday 11th May 2018 Inclusive.
Closed Monday, 4th June 2018 Public Holiday
Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 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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