Christmas Recipe

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The Far Side of Happiness

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Gerry Boland, our writer-in-residence for many years, has just published his first collection of short stories for the adult reader and we are delighted for him and wish him lots of success with the book. Titled, THE FAR SIDE OF HAPPINESS, Gerry is getting very positive feedback from readers. You can purchase a signed copy of THE FAR SIDE OF HAPPINESS in Liber Bookshop on O’Connell Street. It could be the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves reading short stories.

Attendance

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Well done to the children in Junior Infants, Senior Infants and the Plaza who received certificates and a treat for Excellent Attendance.

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!!!

 


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