Salesian Primary School October Newsletter 2022

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​Welcome to the  October edition of our school newsletter. We have had a very busy first term here in Salesian Primary School. Take a look at all that has been happening below: 


A Message from the Principal 

Óiche Shamhna sona daoibh go léir! Happy Hallowe'en everyone!

While the lead in to Hallowe'en brings great fun and carnival to schools around Ireland- Salesian PS has a very particular way of concluding this half of the first term. This week we celebrate our Mission Week where we shine a light on our pupils (Children) helping other children abroad through raising funds for charities. We are all looking forward to the return of our traditional mission week bake sale which is organised by pupils, bingo and our Halloween disco along with other activities.This year our funds are being raised towards:

  1. Laura Vicuna Pre-school was established in 1998 to offer a safe place for up to 250 of the many children playing along the streets of Maputsoe while their parents try to make enough money to feed their families.
  1. Ennis Road First Responders– This is a volunteer-led, community response effort supporting the ambulance service in the areas of choking, heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke emergencies. Volunteers from the group taught our sixth class CPR skills on Tuesday.

Pupils are welcome to come to school in costume or ordinary dress on Friday. Ordinary dress is also very fitting as the old Irish and Celtic belief is that the extraordinary walked amongst the everyday people during the time of Samhain [Hallowe'en]. All we ask is that pupils remember that NO INFLATABLE COSTUMES, MASKS OR PROPS are allowed in school. These should be saved for use at home on the 31st of October.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir- Aine Ahern (Deputy Principal), my other dedicated colleagues, our fabulous pupils and their wonderful families- each of you working together makes Salesian PS a happy place of learning.

Ms Rea 


School Calendar 2022-2023:

This is available on our school website at the followiing link: 

https://www.salesianprimary.ie/parents/school-calendar

Please note: Our school will be closed next week for mid-term break. The school reopens on Monday 7th November.  Teaching and learning begins at 08.50am. each morning.  


Dates for you diary :

Parent Teacher Meetings  will be held from Monday, 21st  November to Thursday, 24th of November. Further information will be provided by your child's class teacher in the coming weeks. 

Book Rental:

Thank you to those of you who have already paid your book rental money for this new school year. For those of you who may still need to make this payment- it can still be processed via Aladdin Connect. Book rental books cover the cost of the use of school readers and alternative textbooks and resources which will be used by classes throughout the year. The books on the book lists are separate from the books provided on the book rental scheme, therefore, these books will need to be purchased separately. The cost of book rental can be paid in instalments if needed. Please contact the school directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to discuss an alternative payment agreement. 

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 Requisite Money:


Thank you to those of you who have already paid your requisite money this year.

The cost of requisite money can be paid in instalments if needed. Please contact the school directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to discuss an alternative payment agreement. 

 Highlights from Term 1

Welcome to our new Junior Infants 

September is a very exciting month for us all as we welcome our new Junior Infant pupils to school and begin helping them to settle into new routines in Salesian Primary School. Take a look at all of thier smiling faces below in a recent "First Days at School" supplemement in the Limerick leader. 


Space Week 

3rd class were so lucky to be invited to Mary I for a workshop called - High Flying Fun. It was a workshop where the children got to build a rocket and a landing module (parachute included!) in what was a very interactive hands-on workshop. After building their rockets and landing modules they got to test them out from the height of the steps of Mary I. Super day and the girls had great fun.

6th Class Sports Day 
6th Class were kindly invited recently to a sports day organised by St. Mary's Secondary School, Corbally. Our girls enjoyed a fantastic action filled day, with orienteering, basketball, soccer, tag rugby and football matches. It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to experience a secondary school. We explored the campus and met with teachers and students, all of whom had high praise for our well behaved and mannerly 6th class. With up to 10 primary schools present, and approximately 30 teams competing, we were very proud of one of our Salesian team who won second prize.

Tennis
2nd to 6th class have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly tennis lessons this term. It has been a fabulous experience to develop skills and for some  to try out a new sport. 

ICT Updates. 
Over the summer months we had new interactive screens installed in 5 of our classrooms. We are very excited to have the use of these screens in our classrooms and look forward to integrating them more into our teaching over the coming months. 

We also invested in another trolley of chrome books which can be used by our pupils. Pupils in both the lower and upper school buildings now have access to these chrome books to aid teaching and learning. 

We would like to extend our huge appreciation to  Barry Gallagher from Infinity 2 for sponsoring 5 visualisers to our school earlier this year. This very kind gesture means that every classroom in our school now has access to a visualiser which enables our teachers to make visual resources more freely available to pupils for teaching and learning purposes. 

Mission Week Bake Sale 2022 

There was great excitement this week as our traditional bake sale returned to school once again as part of our Mission Week celebrations. A big thank you to all of the families who were busy baking this week in preparation for the bake sale. There were some very tasty treats on offer. Thanks to all of you who supported this event to raise money for the Laura Vacuna Preschool and the Ennis Road First Responders. 

Internet Safety

Earlier this year, we celebrated Internet Safety Week in our school. During this time each of the classes in our school engaged with focused lessons to explore the theme of Internet Safety  in an age appropriate manner. In an era where we often find technology at the core of everything we do, it is important that our pupils learn how to have  safe and positive experiences when they are online. 

It is also very important for parents to be aware of the risks associated with children accessing online materials when they are unsupervised or without the correct parental controls in place. You can find lots of resources to support you in speaking about Internet Safety to your children by following this link below: 

https://www.webwise.ie/category/parents/advice/

Student Council 2022-2022

Great excitement was had in October when our Student Council elections 2022/20213 were held. There was a fantastic buzz around the school as students put their name forward for the council, made speeches, posters and powerpoint presentations on how they would help to make our school a better place for everyone. Huge congratulations to our newly elected council members Theodora, Chiara, Zoe, Kinda, Navya, Alice, Clodagh and Caoimhe. We are looking forward to working with you.

Garda Visit 

We were very fortunate to have some of the local Community Gaurds visit our school this month. They met with some of our classes and spoke to them about general Halloween safety measures and the dangers assosciated with the use of fireworks over the upcoming Halloween festivities. 

Healthy Lunches
We encourage children to eat healthy, wholesome lunches. Children are required to have a lunch box. Here at Salesian PS we also encourage drinks to be brought to school in a reusable drinks bottle as opposed to juice cartoons. We also recommend water be brought to school over every other option/ type of drink.

Crisps (Taytos, pringles, etc.), daily cakes, Popcorn, chewing gum, and fizzy drinks are not allowed. Eating healthily is habit-forming and greatly enhances concentration in school.

We recommend that:

1. You must include a variety of foods in your child's lunch box as in a balanced diet a child needs fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, protein, and dairy.

2. Vary the type of bread you give to your her, for example, pitta bread, bagels, wholemeal rolls – These can be kept in the freezer.

3. Cook extra pasta or rice in the evenings as they are a lovely alternative to bread and can be used to make salads.

4. Involve your child in packing her/ his own lunch.

Finally, try to offer her/ him different foods throughout the day. She/he may have a favourite food but please encourage your child to eat a variety of food.

Please see the brochure below for further information on the "Healthy School Lunch Service" provided at our school. This is an optional service for families who may wish to avail of it. 

Nut Free Zone

Please note: Our school is a "NUT FREE ZONE", Therefore we ask you to NOT include any nuts or items that may contain nuts in your child's lunch. 

Egg Restricted Zone

Junior Infant classes are also "egg-restricted" zones due to enrolled pupils' risk of anaphylaxis. We ask parents not to send in raw eggs, boiled eggs, or omelettes. 

Reminders for Parents 

  • Children need to have eaten a breakfast before they come to school. This is important to set them up for a comfortable day of learning and playing with their school friends.
  • Our school Gates will open at 8:40 am each morning.
  • School commences for all pupils at 8:50 am. Pupils should be in their classrooms ready to commence learning at 8.50am each morning.

  • Please label your child's school jumper with a permanent black marker

  • As the days get darker and colder, please ensure that pupils who walk to school are visible to cars. Also ensure that pupils have winter coats to wear.

  • Our school is a nutfree school.

  • Our Junior Infant Classes are egg restricted.

Parents Assosciation Updates

The PA Fashion Show Committee wish to thank the Salesian PS families and friends for the wonderful support they had for their recent fundraiser for the pupils' library with any remaining funds being put towards a sensory space for pupils.

Once the final figure fundraised is totalled, we'll share the amount with the school community. 

Jerome Roundtree was voted as the parent nominee to the Salesian PS BoM. He will be representing a parent voice in the planning and decision making of the BoM. If you have any concerns or complaints, there is an agreed grievance mechanism in place. Please refer to the policy which may be found online here: https://www.salesianprimary.ie/policies

The next PA meeting is planned for the 16th of October 2022 at 7:30 pm in person at Salesian PS.

Thank You
On behalf of all of the staff we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful  Fashion Show commitee who put so much work, commitment, time and effort into organising the recent fashion show event which was held in the Strand Hotel.  Needless to say it was a great sucess and a very enjoyable night for all.


Take a look below at some of the fabulous style which was modelled by our wonderful teachers on the night. 

Haunted Houses  - Senior Infants 
The imagination and creative flair among some of our Senior Infant pupils was well and truly put to the test this week when they were given the task of creating their own haunted houses. The pupils used recycled materials to create their houses and I think you will agree that they did not disappoint.  The level of design, detail and the effort that went into the creation of these houses is commendable. Well done to our Senior Infant pupils !!

Take a look at a selection of some of the houses below: 

After School Club

Creative Concepts Drama Classes

Building: Confidence/ Creativity/ Communication & Collaboration!

Venue: Salesian Primary School

Starting Mid-September, To Book/enquiries contact Lorraine @ 0868485229

Classes fill very quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment

Irish Dancing 

Nolan School of Dancing (Irish) every Thursday in the halla.

Please complete the sign up form:

https://form.jotform.com/221874693490365

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Gymnastics

After School Gymnastics on Fridays with Coach Jane 

Gymnastics Booking at Buk.ie/Jane

Infants 1:30pm

1st- 4th 2:30 pm

 Childcare:

Elmtree Kidz is a privately run before and after school club organised by Yvonne McMahon and her colleague Amanda O' Donnell.

Contact Elmtree directly for places at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don't forget to keep an eye out on our school website for updates from our classess throughout each term.  https://www.salesianprimary.ie/

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