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!

2nd Class School Tour

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2nd Class went to Lough Key Forest Park on their school tour. We went on a boat trip, walking tour,had a picnic and finally we went to the playground. Everyone had a fantastic day.

Scealta – June 2017

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Scealta
NEWS AND INFORMATION : MONDAY 26th JUNE 2017

Principal’s Message.
As the school year draws to a close, I would like to thank you for the huge support you have given to the staff and I all year. There have been many highlights this year including Sports Day, Football, Plays, Concerts, Church Ceremonies, Competitions, Gardening and achieving our 8th Green Flag. I would like to wish our 6th class pupils every success as they embark on their secondary education. They have been a wonderful group and I am certain they will be great ambassadors for our school.
I hope you have a lovely summer and enjoy the holidays. See you all in September.
_________________
Marguerite Stenson
Principal
IN MEMORY OF PAULA:
The Board of Management, Staff & Children of the school are delighted to be associated with the beautiful bench erected in front of the The Cranmore Resource House in memory of our friend Paula Gorman. Mrs. Stenson attended the unveiling of the bench recently. We hope it will serve as a touching memory of Paula in our community.
END OF YEAR REPORTS:
These were posted to your homes recently along with Book Lists, Holiday List, Uniform Letter and Book Rental Form for the year 2017/2018. Book Lists are available on school blog (www.mercypssligo.scoilnet.ie). We would appreciate if parents would not post their child’s report on Facebook as they are private and confidential.
FACEBOOK:
The Board of Management request that parents would not post comments re school staff on Facebook.
GRADUATION MASS (2016-2017):
This takes place Tuesday 27th June @ 12.00 noon in the Halla. We look forward to this wonderful ceremony which marks a significant milestone in your child’s education.
MUSIC GENERATION CONCERT & TIN WHISTLE CONCERT:
Music Generation Concert:
Well done to our 6th Class pupils who participated in the Annual Music Generation Sligo Concert at the beginning of the month, hosted here in Mercy Primary. They have been learning the violin since September with their tutor Giulia and were able to play “One in a Million” together with children from three other schools who had been learning the recorder, the keyboard and the guitar. Thank you to Music Generation Sligo and Cranmore Regeneration for this fabulous opportunity for the children.
Tin Whistle Concert:
This took place on Friday last 23rd June in the Halla, under the direction of Seamus McCormack. Parents of 2nd, 3rd and 4th class children enjoyed the treat.
ATTENDANCE AWARDS:
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who will receive medals and certificates for excellent attendance throughout the year.
BOOKS & UNIFORMS:
As the end of year approaches, I would be most grateful for donations of school books and uniforms. School books in mint condition will help to extend our book rental scheme. Uniforms in good condition are most welcome and required here on a daily basis. Please leave unwanted books and uniforms into HSCL Room or Reception.
POLYTUNNEL NEWS:
A big thank you to Neil and Azad who work in Homebase for kindly donating compost and seeds for our garden project as featured in last week’s Sligo Champion.
COMPUTER ROOM:
Sixteen new desktop computers were purchased for the Computer Room. We will all look forward to using them in September. Useful website for parents regarding internet safety – webwise.ie
Websites for summer computer activities: There are links for English, Maths, Science, Geography and History on the home page of the school blog. (www.mercypssligo.scoilnet.ie). Children could try out these websites on rainy days over the summer.
P.T.O
CENTENARY OF FATIMA (1917-2017):
On May 13th 1917 Our Lady appeared to three children at Fatima in Portugal. Corridor 6 in our school was formerly a boys’ school and was called Scoil Fatima. The statue of Fatima situated at the front of the school is a treasured reminder to us of that apparition. On Friday May 12th this year, the day before the 100 year anniversary, our pupils gathered at the statue for a moving remembrance ceremony.
HEAT & LIGHT CONTRIBUTION:
On behalf of The Board of Management, we would like to express our thanks to all of you who have supported our appeal for funding for the provision of heat and light. We also ask those who have not yet contributed to do so please. We in Our Lady of Mercy always aim to have pleasant, warm and comfortable conditions for your children.
SPORT:
A huge amount of sport has happened this term.
Gaelic: Well done to the boys and girls Gaelic teams who played so well in their Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic matches. They showed great team spirit and did us very proud.
3rd & 4th Classes took part in a Hurling & Football Blitz in Scarden. This was a very well organised and enjoyable event run by coaches from the I.T.
Sports Day: It was a great fun filled day and the children had a fantastic time. Well done to all the boys and girls who were so well behaved and a huge thank you to all who helped organise this great fun day.
A special congratulations to the students in Learning Plaza 1 & 2 who participated at a very successful Sports Day in the Sports Complex. Well done.
GREEN-SCHOOL FLAG:
For the past two years, our school has been working on the theme of Energy in our Green-Schools Programme. On the 11th May, we were awarded our 8th Green Flag for our work on the programme. Two members of the Green-School committee, Layla Nibbs and Thomas Bell collected the flag with Mrs. Stenson and Ms. Donohoe. Well done everyone!
SUMMER UPGRADES!
During the holidays building contractors will replace the current boilers, insulate heating pipes, upgrade lighting system as well as other energy efficiency upgrades. This is part of the School Energy Efficiency Upgrade Pilot Programme which we were selected to be part of. This upgrade is 100% funded by Department of Education & Skills & S.E.A.I.
MEASLES INFECTION IN EUROPE:
There is currently a Measles outbreak in Europe and the World Health Organisation recommended that anybody who is not vaccinated / protected should contact their doctor and receive an MMR vaccine before travelling to any of the European countries that are affected by the current Measles outbreak. The latest information on the current outbreak is available at http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/measles/epidemiological_data/Pages/measles_surveillance_reports.aspX
H.S.C.L.: Ms. Lewis H.S.C.L. Teacher – 085 1583953
A big thank you to all the parents for their participation and support this year. We have been very busy with classes and activities such as Kidstalk, Maths for Fun, English Language and Yoga.
There will be a coffee morning in the Parents’ Room on Friday September 1st. We will be welcoming our New Junior Infant Parents and all other parents. Wishing you all a very happy Summer.
CONGRATULATIONS:
Congratulations to Sandra McNulty & Niamh McGettrick on their summer weddings.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
We wish to acknowledge the donation made from the Harte Family to the Learning Plaza. This was in memory of Sonny and Seán who died tragically recently. Klara Harte (in 3rd Class) and her great uncle Basil, presented it on behalf of the Harte family. The money will be used in The Plaza to enhance the educational experience of the children. May Sonny & Seán rest in peace.
CONDOLENCES:
We express our sincere condolences to the family of Margaret Murray (R.I.P.) former teacher in the Mercy Primary for over 40 years and to Lisa Noone on the death of her mother Sheila.

DATES TO REMEMBER.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES
FRIDAY 30TH JUNE 2017 @ 12.00 noon
SCHOOL REOPENS
8.50 AM
FRIDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2017.

6th Class Tour

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6th Class went on their end of year school tour to Jumplanes in Galway today.

Sligo Fleadh

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Best wishes to the boys and girls from 2nd class who will compete in the Sligo Fleadh tomorrow. This will be their first time competing and they will have to play one tune. They started learning the tin- whistle last September and are all playing so well.

Cumann na mBunscol 🏆

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Congratulations to all our students from 3rd- 6th class who played in Markievicz Park today. The boys made it to the final and just very narrowly missed out on lifting the cup by one point! All players did us so proud! Thank you also to all the parents and supporters that cheered us on. A great day was had! 👏🏽🥈

Green-Schools Award Ceremony

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For the past two years, our school has been working on the theme of Energy in our Green-Schools Programme. Today, we were awarded a new Green Flag for our work on the programme. Two members of our Green-School committee, Layla Nibbs and Thomas Bell, collected the flag with Mrs. Stenson and Ms. Donohoe. Well Done everyone!

Reading in the Sun

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Ms. Donohoe’s class enjoyed reading their library books under the shade of the garden trees this afternoon…..

Confirmation

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Well Done to all of our 6th Class pupils who have prepared so well for their Confirmation ceremony tomorrow morning. We hope you all have a lovely day.

Planting in 6th Class

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Ms. Donohoe’s 6th Class planted the runner beans and carrots they had planted as seeds in pots a few weeks ago in our new school polytunnel this morning.

 


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