Newsletter March 3rd 2022

March 3, 2022

By Darragh

Newsletter  March 3rd 2022

The school will close on Thursday March 17th and March 18th for the St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday.
Due to the addition of a new bank holiday, schools will only be required to open 182 days this school year. To minimise disruption, the school will close for the summer holidays on June 29th instead of June 30th.

Sacraments
We wish our 5th and 6th class pupils well in their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be celebrated on Friday March 25th at 11.00am. Due to some restrictions remaining in place in churches in the Archdiocese at the moment, only the candidates, their sponsors, their parents, brothers and sisters and grandparents will be allowed to attend the ceremony. Thomas Anthony will be available on the day to take photographs.
The Service of Light takes place on Wednesday March 9th at 7.30pm in the church. The children are asked to bring their baptismal candles to the church with them on the evening. Don’t worry if you cannot find it, we will have some spares in the church.
To help prepare them for the sacrament, 5th/6th class will go on a retreat to Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard on Wednesday March 23rd. The cost of the trip is €25 per child. The children will leave the school at 9.20am and will return to the school by 3.00pm.

Enrolments
The closing date for Admissions has now passed. Parents are asked to return their confirmation of admission forms before Thursday March 10th.
Kildare Education Centre have organised webinars for parents titled “Getting Ready for Secondary School ”. Please follow this link for more information: Getting Ready For Secondary School Webinars April 5th & 6th | Moone National School (stcolmcillesmoone.ie)
We would like to remind parents that children should not attend school if they have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection. We advise parents to take a precautionary approach that if a child appears unwell, observe them at home and contact their GP as appropriate. Please find a link here to the new guidelines issued to schools that came into place after the February Mid-term Break: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NJ_LMSLxiOuzTSgOJ2GxBxndfkAV4PXt/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=118303289693935190675&rtpof=true&sd=true

Amber Flag
On the 23rd of February 2022, we ran a fundraiser to help raise vital funds for Pieta House. All children were encouraged to wear colourful clothes on this day and make a small donation towards Pieta House. We were thrilled with the €310 that we collected on the day. Well done everyone!
Student Council
Our student council are running a Lá Glas (Green Day) on Wednesday March 16th to raise money to purchase new nets for our goalposts on the school pitch. The children are asked to dress up in green clothes and to make a donation towards this fundraiser.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, the children will be learning lots of Irish Songs, Phrases and Dances to promote our Irish culture and language. Here is a list of some websites to help support your child’s learning in Irish
seideannsi.ie – there is a class by class section to different stories and games as Gaeilge.
seomraranga.com/links/gaeilge/ – lots of links to various items connected to the Irish Language Curriculum.
https://www.cula4.com/ga/ – lots of various resources available in Irish – TG4 link.
https://songsinirish.com/ – a nice selection of traditional and contemporary songs as Gaeilge.
With restrictions lifting, we are really excited to start planning further events like school tours, Cumann na mBunscol matches and blitzes (GAA), the Moone Mile, the Book Fair and the Sports Day in the remaining months of this school year. There is so much to look forward to.
World Book Day
Tomorrow we are celebrating World Book Day. We all know how important it is for children to read and this Friday is the day we pay homage to authors and their fantastic creations. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite literary character and to enjoy lots of fun activities.

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