Science Week 2017

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Scientist Steve visited Rang a Dó for Science Week today. They helped him with some really exciting experiments and made some very impressive predictions too. Some of them would love to be scientists themselves when they grow up! Thank you Scientist Steve!!!!

 

Science Fair 2017

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Alex, Monica and Jean all ready for the Science Fair at Sligo IT!

Super Scientists

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Our 5th class scientists getting ready for the Science Fair in Sligo IT on Sunday at 12!

Science Fair 2017

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Halloween Disco

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Ms. Donohoe’s class had great fun dressing up for our school Halloween Disco today!

Newsletter -October 2017

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER 2017

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE:
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We are mid-way through our first term and as you can see we have hit the ground running! It is great to see all the children settled and working so hard. We have many highlights to celebrate this term including Athletic success, Green School Activities, Music Generation and Mercy Day. The school was thrilled to receive a beautiful “Buddy Bench” from our local Sligo Men’s Shed Group. A big thank you to all volunteers who crafted the bench. We are officially Sligo’s Tidiest School as we recently won this prestigious award from “The Tidy Towns”. Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween and looking forward to the wonderful activities planned for your children.
Marguerite Stenson
SCHOOL OFFICE:
Office opening hours from: 8.15am – 10.00am. 12.00 Noon – 1.00pm . &- 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
The office is closed from: 10.00am – 12.00 Noon. & 1.00pm – 2.00pm.
Please conduct all school business .e.g. visits and phone calls during office opening times only. All visitors to the school must check in at Reception with the Secretary. To ensure the safety of your children, parents/ guardians and visitors are not allowed on school corridors.
BREAKFAST CLUB, HOMEWORK CLUB AND AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
The above will resume after Halloween.
JUNIOR INFANTS:
Junior Infants have settled in well. Most children are now able to come into the class room all by themselves! Well done boys and girls. We have started Aistear (Learning Through Play) and this month’s theme is the Restaurant. We are learning all about food, table manners, the people who work in the Restaurant and much more.
SCHOOL UNIFORM:
A huge thank you to all the parents who have ensured their children wear the full uniform every day. They look so smart and are a credit to you.
SUPERVISION OF PUPILS:
Supervision of children on the school yard is not provided before 8.50am or after 2.30pm. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for children left on the yards prior to 8.50 or after 2.30pm. Children are left at their own risk.
MOBILE PHONES / ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Pupils are NOT permitted to have mobile phones / electronic devices e.g. iPod at school or at school events. This is in the interest of the privacy and safety of your child. The mobile phone policy is available to view on the school blog or at Reception.
FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT – ST. ANNE’S CHURCH:
Congratulations to our 2nd classes who were enrolled to make their First Holy Communion next May. The children were invited to the “Do this in Memory Mass” in St. Anne’s Church. The next “Do this in Memory Mass” will be held on Sunday next, 29th October 2017 @ 12.30pm..
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY:
Please remember to send in a written note to the class teacher to explain all absences. Currently every class from 1st – 6th get a sticker if everyone in the class is in school. The classes with the best attendance with receive a class prize at the end of the term.
Infants and Plazas: Children in Infant Classes and in the Plaza will receive individual Certificates of Attendance in recognition of full attendance.
MATHS WEEK:
‘Maths Week’ was last week October 16th – 20th. Classes explored maths in the environment and maths trails around the school grounds. Remember to encourage your children to use their maths eyes because maths are everywhere and take the opportunity to notice maths in the environment. Make your children aware of maths in everyday situations
TEAM HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL:
It is that time of year again! Last year we sent over 100 boxes to Team Hope. This could be a lovely activity to do with your child over the mid-term break. Boxes will be collected on Friday 10th November 2017.
LIBRARY VISIT
All the children in third class thoroughly enjoyed their recent visit to the Sligo County Library to see author Alan Nolan. Alan talked to the children about his love of reading and encouraged all the children to make use of their local library. They had great fun doing some drawings with the talented illustrator before being treated to a reading from his latest book.
SEAI – ENERGY WORKSHOP:
Many thanks to Lisa McDaniel from SEAI who facilitated a very successful Energy Workshop for children in classes from Senior Infants to 4th class. Ask your child about ways to save energy at home!
WALKING TOUR:
5th & 6th classes participated in a Walking Tour of Sligo provided by Sligo Tourist Office. We learned a great deal of the history of our town, enjoyed the trip very much and gathered loads of information about our local area.
HEALTHY EATING:
We are a “Healthy Eating” school here in The Mercy Primary. Our school lunches are designed to be as healthy as possible. If your child does not get a school lunch please be aware that it is school policy that only healthy snacks should be sent into school. Children who eat good food, low in sugar and fat are less likely to have health issues in the future. Please try to remember that we are a nut free school. So no nutella or peanut butter sandwiches.
SPHE (Social, Personal & Health Education):
Our SPHE & RSE Policies were updated in February 2017 and can be accessed on the school blog or through the office. We are implementing a new revised Stay Safe and Walk Tall programmes this year. All staff have had training. SPHE is a very important part of the curriculum, so please familiarise yourselves with class content.
SEN (Special Education Needs):
A new model for allocating Special Education Teachers to schools was introduced recently by Minister Richard Bruton T.D. The 2017 model is described in Circular 13/2017. Further details will follow.

HEALTH & SAFETY:
(1) Never walk under the raised barrier at the front gate.
(2) Our school and its environs are a dog free zone. Do not enter the grounds with a dog.
SAFETY IN THE MORNING: Please ensure your child goes to their own yard in the morning. There is no facility for them to be in other yards.
PARKING:
We welcome the new road markings clearly outlining the reserved parking spaces for Plaza 1 and Plaza 2. Under no circumstances should parents park in this bay morning or evening. It is strictly prohibited. Reversing at the school gate between 2.25pm and 2.40pm is also forbidden.
TIDY TOWNS AWARDS:
We are delighted to announce Our Lady of Mercy Primary School was awarded 1st prize in the Primary School section of Tidy towns. The prize giving ceremony took place on 10th October in The Sligo Park Hotel. The school proudly collected €200.00 cheque as seen on last weeks Sligo Champion. This prize will be used to further enhance the school environment.
CHOIR:
We have taken a new approach to our Choir rehearsals this year. Choir is now an After School Activity. However, it is free and will continue each Tuesday for the duration of the school year. We are now working on Christmas material which we hope to Showcase at some events in the run-up to the festive season. There are still a few places available in the Choir. If you are interested contact Mrs. Furey for a form.
SUMMER WORKS:
The finishing touches are being applied to our heating and lighting upgrade. What a wonderful difference it has made to our school.
APPOINTMENTS:
As always, if you have any concerns and need to meet any member of staff or the Principal, please make an appointment with Maura in the Secretary’s Office. The numbers are 071 9171364 or 085 8057614. If you request any documentation for Government Departments etc. from the school, please give the office staff one days notice.
MERCY DAY MASS:
We celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mercy on Friday 22nd September. Mercy Day is always a special day in our school. The Infants celebrated with a special prayer service and Mass in the Halla for the rest of the school.
SPORT:
September and October have been very busy months for athletics and sport in general in our school.
SuperValu Athletics:
36 children took part in the “Super Valu” Athletics Fest in the I.T. All our runners did extremely well in their relay races but we are extra proud of our Junior Girls team who came second place in the finals. A great achievement.
Cross Country:
Well done also to our very fit Cross Country Runners who competed in the Sligo Cross Country competition. It was a very enjoyable day for all the athletes even in the very wet and mucky conditions.
Gaelic:
Ross O’Donovan, from Sligo Gaelic Team, will be coming back again after the mid-term break to work with the middle and senior classes. The children always benefit greatly from his expertise and skill.
Soccer:
Two teams from 3rd & 4th class will be taking part in this year’s FAI 5-a-side – Futsal Soccer competition. This will, take place in November.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Cara Harnesse, Grace McMorrow and Fionn McMorrow who performed at the All Ireland dance Championships recently and won the Jazz Group under-14 category. We are very proud of our national champions.
H.S.C.L. NEWS: – CONTACT PERSON MS. ANDREA BOURKE – 085 1583953
Thanks to all the parents who participated in Ag Súgradh le Céile in September and who are working in our polytunnel in the Gardening Club every Wednesday. Our Hallow E’en make-up class was a great success. Thanks to Marly for her creativity. We are starting Zumba classes for parents after mid-term – date to be announced later. Mrs. Bourke is available in the H.S.C.L. Room every morning at 8.50am for any query you may have. Pop in for a coffee!
Homework Club will resume in November. Please contact Mrs. Bourke if you wish to avail of a place in the Homework Club which runs from Monday to Wednesday 2.30pm – 3.30pm and is for children from 3rd to 6th classes only.
PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
The Hallow E’een discos were a great success and a huge thank you to all the parents who have organised this and helped in any way. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. We will be holding an AGM in November and will look forward to new volunteers (but not to lose the long standing ones either).
HOLIDAYS:
Parents are strongly advised not to take their children on holiday during school time. It causes major disruption to your child’s education.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations and best wishes to Yolande Flynn & Tony Kilbane who are getting married on Saturday. We wish them well in the future.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID TERM BREAK

SCHOOL CLOSING
AT 1.30pm & 2.30pm AS NORMAL.
SCHOOL CLOSES FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER 2017 AND REOPENS ON MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 8.50AM.

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS
APPOINTMENT TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED.
WEDNESDAY 22nd & Thursday 23rd NOVEMBER 2017 SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.30PM. FOR ALL STUDENTS.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSING AT 12.00 NOON
FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND REOPENS MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018.
IN SERVICE DAY
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 16TH APRIL 2018.
CONFIRMATION

FRIDAY 4TH MAY 2018. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH.
1ST COMMUNION

SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

Siúlóid i Rang a Dó

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Ms. Donohoe’s class went on a Nature Walk through Doorly Park yesterday. We already learned all about the parts of trees and what job they have in science. Thank you to Shailagh Healy who told us stories about some of the trees. We brought leaf samples back to the classroom for leaf rubbings and labelling.

A New School Buddy Bench!

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A massive THANK YOU to Sligo Men’s Shed for donating a Buddy Bench to our school! The bench is made from recycled materials and children who want some company can come sit on it! What a lovely idea!!

 

Running in Rang a Dó

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For September and October we are working in the Athletics strand in our P.E lessons. We watched videos of other children running and talked about what they were doing well and how they could improve. For example, we should look forward when we run. We assessed our own running skills in partners this week. Great running everyone!!!

 

Rang a Dó

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Ms. Donohoe’s Rang a Dó played a board game to get to know each other this afternoon. They talked about their favourite animals, people they like to spend time with, their favourite desserts, what they would like to be when they grow up etc.

Newsletter- September

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

SEPTEMBER 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian
It’s that time of year again and we are delighted to be starting a new school year. We hope that it will be a very rewarding and educationally productive year for your child. We are returning to a newer, brighter and warmer school due to the extensive works over the summer. For your information I would ask you to read the following points very carefully as they will answer any queries you might have.
A special welcome to all our new children in both Junior Infants and other classes throughout the school who are joining us.
Looking forward to a wonderful year.
Marguerite Stenson.
(1)​STARTING BACK:
Junior Infants only will finish at 12 noon each day up to and including Friday September 8th. From Monday 11th September they will finish at the normal time of 1.30 pm.
All other classes will finish at 1.30 (Senior Infants) and 2.30pm (1st class – 6th class).
(2)​ARRIVING & DEPARTING SCHOOL:
At 8.50am please drop your child to their class line where they will be collected and escorted to class by their teacher. The children are not supervised prior to this time. Children may not access the school through the front door. At home time your child will leave the school via their exit door from where you may collect them. Please ensure you collect your child on time from school everyday as there is no supervision of children after school closing time. The Board of Management does not accept responsibility for children on the premises outside school hours.
(3|)​SCHOOL CORRIDORS:
School Corridors are restricted for use by children and staff only. If parents wish to enter the school, please do so through the main front door only and check in at reception. Entry via any other door morning or evening is prohibited for Child Protection & Health & Safety reasons.
Please check in at Reception to access H.S.C.L. Room or alternatively, entry is via door on Yard 5 (beside back gate) 8.50am – 9.00am or H.S.C.L. door beside Corridor 6. Please understand that these plans are being put in place in the interest of the safety of your child.
(4) SCHOOL PARKING:
1. Pearse Road:
Please ensure that you do not park morning or evening in the designated bus bay which is allocated to the buses or taxis dropping off and collecting children from the Plaza. Do not put our children at risk by parking in their spaces.
2. Mercy College:
If you are using Mercy College to park in while dropping off or picking up your child, please show your appreciation to the Secondary School by observing the following:
❖ Never park on the yellow lines outside or inside the gate. This impedes the view of staff exiting their car park.
❖ Do not block the entrance to the college.
❖ Always park your car where it is safe to do so away from incoming and exiting traffic. Never park anywhere near the centre of the roundabout.
(5)​SCHOOL SHOP:
The Shop will open in Reception from Friday 1st September and for the first two weeks in September between 8.50 am and 9.10 am. Home Work Journals (€3 each) classes 1st – 6th Library Bag (€5) are available. Nothing else available in the shop.
(6)​BOOK RENTAL SCHEME:
We are delighted to be able to offer this scheme. It reduces the cost to you of school books by almost 70%. If you wish your child to avail of book rental please ensure they return the blue rental form and money (as per book list).
Art & Craft / Photocopying charges have been included in the required fee. Please pay directly to your child’s class teacher by Friday 8th September 2017.
(7)​FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM TO BE WORN:
We expect to see every child wearing the full uniform from day one. Please see pink letter sent to you in June regarding this. We would really appreciate if you could send any unwanted school jumpers and tracksuit tops into the school.
(8)​P.E. TRACKSUIT TOP (GREY) WITH OUR SCHOOL LOGO:
This can be bought in Jako Sports, Moffitts or Kool Kids. A blue / navy polo T-shirt to be worn underneath this and any plain navy tracksuit bottoms with runners or trainers. P.E. tracksuit to be worn on P.E. day only. Navy tracksuit bottoms on P.E. day only. Navy trousers / skirt on every other day. We would really appreciate if you could send any unwanted tracksuits into the school.
(9)​HEALTHY LUNCH POLICY:
Healthy lunches are available to all children from Carambola. Any new children who have not returned their lunch forms to the school, please bring lunch until Carambola receive your order. Any further information regarding this scheme please contact Mrs. Andrea Bourke, H.S.C.L. Teacher @ 085 1583953. P.T.O
(10)​APPOINTMENTS:
If you wish to meet your child’s teacher or The Principal, you are welcome to do so by making an appointment through Maura in the front office – Tel. 071 9171364.
(11)​BREAKFAST CLUB / HOMEWORK CLUB / AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
The above clubs will not be operating for September due to the ongoing works in the school. Notification will be sent to you when they resume.
(12) ​NUT-FREE ZONE:
Due to a number of children having nut allergies, Our Lady of Mercy has been designated a nut-free zone. Please ensure your child does not bring nuts or any food containing nuts to school. We appreciate your co-operation.
(13)​PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP:
We look forward to welcoming you all to our Parents’ Partnership Annual General Meeting which will be held shortly. Please support this dynamic group who do so much to enhance the school community.
(14)​H.S.C.L.:
Mrs. Andrea Bourke has been appointed H.S.C.L. Teacher. Andrea may be contacted on 085 1583953.
(15)​LOLLIPOP MAN – PEARSE ROAD:
We are delighted to welcome a new Lollipop Man on Pearse Road. A big thank you to Sligo County Council.
(16)​COMPUTER ROOM:
Thanks to additional funding from The Department of Education, we have been able to totally refurbish our Computer Room with brand new top of the range computers. All children will get an opportunity to avail of this marvellous facility throughout the year.
(17)​PUPIL INSURANCE:
We have received a notification from Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Insurance that the company will not pay any benefits in respect of Accidental Bodily Injury arising from taking part in (a) quadbike riding or racing, (b) motorbike riding, (c) snow boarding, (d) boxing, mixed martial arts and/or any martial art involving combat with an opponent unless it is in connection with School Activities.
(18)​SUMMER WORKS:
The school has been very lucky to have been selected as just one of five schools nationwide for a major refurbishment. A new gas heating system, radiators, insulation, lights and doors have been installed. Corridor 6 has been given a facelift!!!. We look forward to enjoying our new update.

(19)​WEDDINGS:
Congratulations to Sandra Kelly (nee McNulty) and Keith Kelly also to Niamh Middleton (nee McGettrick) and Alan Middleton who got married recently. We wish them every happiness in the future.
(20) ​WELCOME:
Welcome to Lorraine Carty, Arlene Thompson and Carole Doyle who have joined the teaching staff.

We wish everybody in Our Lady of Mercy Primary School community all the best for the academic year 2017 / 2018

Let’s go forward and work together now as we begin another school year and make it the best year ever.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID TERM BREAK

SCHOOL CLOSED FROM MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2017 TO FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2017 (INCLUSIVE.) REOPENS ON MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2017 AT 8.50AM.
PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS.

WEDNESDAY 22ND & THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2017.
(Parents will be notified of exact time & date of meeting at a later date).
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 22ND 2017 @ 12.00 Noon
SCHOOL WILLCLOSE FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2017 AND RE-OPENS ON MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 2018 AT THE NORMAL TIME OF 8.50AM.

ATTACHED: RECORDS UPDATE (GREEN PAGE), PUPIL PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE FORM (BLUE PAGE). PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED FORMS TO CLASS TEACHER BY FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017.

School Attendance Awards 2017

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Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received an award for their excellent attendance this year. Well done to all!


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