Dear Parents and Guardians/A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chaomhnóirí,

Musician in 3rd Class
With thanks to David’s participation in a teacher/artist partnership programme 3rd class have been very fortunate in receiving expert tuition from professional musician Eamonn over the last number of months. Along with other participating schools they shared a performance piece at Drumcondra Education Centre yesterday with the children showing great concentration and cooperation. As an audience member it was a moving and enjoyable experience. The class will perform for the Infants on Wednesday 27th February at 1pm and for the 3rd Class Parents at 2pm that day.

Science Blast
5th class participate in an ESB Science Blast Science workshop yesterday and were filmed by RTE (see attached photos). “I must say the class were fantastic, they were so energetic and enthusiastic” S Scully, ESB.

Active School Running through Europe Challenge
As part of our Active School initiative we are calculating the total distance covered by the whole school with the aim to see which city in Europe we could reach.

Mulching – Volunteers tomorrow please!
Thank you for your help last time Rosemary and Iliyana. We really need volunteers tomorrow from 9am up to lunch time or whatever time you can spare. This will be ongoing for the 1st and 3rd Friday or every month until June, however one day of helping is better than none.

Money Matters
Please see important attached note from our Treasurer Aoife.

NPC Talk on Helping Parents to Support their Children’s Mental Health & Well Being
Please see note from PTA Chairperson. This is a great opportunity for all! Thank you.

• School is closed on Wednesday 20th February for staff training.
• School is also closed Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd for mid-term break.
• As always children and parents from Glasnevin ET are welcome to come in through the pedestrian gate at 8:35am at the earliest and parents are responsible for their children at this time.
• Frása na Seachtaine: “Lá Fhéile Vailintín faoi mhaise duit! – Happy Valentine’s Day

Le meas,

Róisín Conlon,
Príomh Oide

Note from Treasurer
The move to the new school has brought with it a large increase in running costs.
Utility bills and insurance costs have doubled since the move. Due to the increased size, the school has also had to hire contract cleaners as well as someone to work on the grounds. Based on the figures for 2017/18 and as explained at the AGM, the school is spending more that it is receiving through grants, room rentals and fundraising.

As always, we are very grateful for the continued support of the parents by way of voluntary
contributions. These have always helped to plug the gap but unfortunately are not matching our growing costs. We would like to encourage more parents to consider making the €250 annual donation which allows the school to claim a tax refund thereby increasing the value of the donation by 33%. In return the for this, parents do not have to pay for school trips or swimming lessons for the year.

Donations can be made as a one-off payment by cheque or bank transfer or regular monthly
donation starting at €21 per month. To set-up regular donations the school Bank Details are included below. Please ensure you include your child name(s) so we are aware at school trip time.

AIB Bank, Drumcondra, GETNS BOM Account
IBAN: IE57AIBK93210827167035


NPC Talk on Helping Parents to Support their Children’s Mental Health & Well Being
This is a training course offered by The NPC and St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services that will help parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing.

This programme supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur.

Parents who attend this session will:

1) Explore the factors that influence mental health and well-being in their child.

2) Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.

3) Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.

This talk is free of charge and open to all parents. It will be on the evening of March 14th at 7:30 in the School Hall.