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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.

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH 2017
Message from Principal,

Mercy Primary is buzzing at the moment with all the activities that are taking place. It was wonderful to welcome the Grandparents of the children in second class to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Pollytunnels, Chess, Book Fairs, Quizes etc. are keeping us very busy this term. I hope the children enjoy a much deserved mid-term break and that you enjoy reading all our news.

Marguerite Stenson, Principal.
ENROLMENT:
Enrolment took place in early February. We thank you for spreading the word about the great education your children receive here, as was evident with the numbers who presented to enrol.
SICK CHILDREN:
Please do NOT send your child to school if they are sick. This is in fairness to your own child but also to the other children sharing their classroom. A lot of office time is being used contacting parents to collect their ill child.
CONTACT DETAILS:
It is of high importance to contact the school office if you have changed mobile phone number. The school MUST have an up to date contact number at all times.
STAY SAFE / R.S.E.:
A new Stay Safe Programme has recently been launched and we will be running it in school shortly. Stay Safe is a very important component of SPHE and is a mandatory programme in school. Many thanks to the parents who attended the Parent RSE workshop. Our new RSE policy is now available. Please note that parents can withdraw pupils from sensitive parts of SPHE by informing the class teacher each year.
LOLLIPOP PERSON:
A big thank you to all the parents who contacted politicians regarding the absence of a “Lollipop Person” on Pearse Road. The council have assured us that this position will be filled shortly.
PUNCTUALITY:
We are concerned that there are some children regularly coming to school late. Please ensure your child is in school on time.
HEALTHY EATING:
Sligo Leader is facilitating a Healthy Eating Workshop for children and parents of 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes this Thursday & Friday. Parents are welcome to come along to your child’s workshop. The focus will be on healthy snacks and easy to make healthy meals
FRIENDSHIP SQUAD:
Friendship Squad is up and running in Junior and Senior Infant yards. All the boys and girls get a chance to play with lovely equipment. Many thanks to the 4th class pupils for doing such a great job – you are a wonderful example to the smaller children.
GRANDPARENTS’ DAY:
Well done to our Second Classes who hosted our Grandparents’ Celebration Ceremony on 3rd February. The event was filled with warm wishes and song singing, all led entirely by the children. It is, of course, made doubly special by the presence of grandparents and family on the day enjoying a nice cup of tea afterwards.
GREEN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME:
This week is Energy Awareness Week in the Mercy Primary! Energy is the theme of work towards our next Green-Schools Flag. Last week Martina Butler took each class for a workshop on Global Warming. This week we are reminding everyone of what we can do to save energy at home and at school. The week concludes with a Low Energy Day on Friday..
POLYTUNNEL:
We are delighted to announce that a new polytunnel has arrived on the Mercy grounds! This would not be possible without the support from Kevin Egan’s car wash fundraiser (2015) for the Plaza, The Parents’ Partnership Board of Management and Sligo County Council. We appreciate the ongoing support.
BETTER BOX:
This is the pupils’ equivalent of the Lotto! “If you’re not in you can’t win”. The idea is to get your name in the box as many times as you can, Mrs. Stenson draws out names and awards treats to children who are lucky enough to win. So how do you get your name in the box? Well anything from displaying good manners, being kind and helpful, being a good friend, working hard, trying your best, keeping the rules, improving in an area like homework etc. Good luck to all!!
BOOK FAIR:
Our annual Book Fair was held last week and was a huge success raising €3,450. Your generous support of the Book Fair means that we earned commission worth €2,000, which enables the school to acquire books to that value to add to our ever expanding school library. We thank Miss M. Fahy for her efforts last week in organising and running the event, and we thank you the parent body for supporting the Fair. In doing so you are supporting your child’s education.
P.T.O.
CHESS:
Sixth Class have been playing chess with their classmates over the past few weeks. Chess has many benefits for the children who play it, including improving their problem-solving skills. The children visited the Sligo School Project last week to play against children from other schools.
SPORT:
G.A.A.:
GAA Amigo Skills:
Congratulations to the 6th class boys and girls selected to represent our school at the Amigo G.A.A. Skills event in Summerhill College recently. The boys came 2nd and the girls narrowly missed 3rd place.
Table Quiz:
The Cumann na mBunscol Table Quiz will take place again this year in the Teeling Centre on the 28th February. Good luck to our 2 teams.
HSCL (HOME SCHOOL COMMUNITY LIAISON), CONTACT PERSON: SARAH JANE LEWIS 085 1583953
Parents; please feel free to come along and join in any of the following activities / courses. All courses are free of charge unless otherwise stated.
• Mondays: Craft Club @ 9.00am.
• Tuesday: Coffee Morning @ 9.00am. Yoga @ 9.30am.
• Wednesday: English Language lesson @ 9.30am.
• Thursday: Story sacks, creating activities for favourite stories.
• Friday: Drop in @ 9.00am.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT:
The Board of Management has ratified the following policies:
• Assessment Policy and R.S.E. Policy.
Thank you to the parents who had an input in these policies. The policies are available to view at Reception.
CONGRATULATIONS:
• Congratulations to S.N.A. Michelle Gannon on the birth of her baby girl Eve.
• Best wishes to Peggy Hession, Secretary, who recently retired. Wishing Peggy a wonderful retirement.
• Congratulations to Mr. Connolly who played in Sligo’s victory over Tipperary at the weekend in the National Football League. Sligo has made a promising start this year after opening day draw versus Armagh. Good luck to Mr. Connolly for the rest of the season.
WELCOME:
We welcome S.N.A. Michael Harte to the staff.

Please see our new Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Lady of Mercy Primary School is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Elphin.
We are rooted in the ethos and tradition of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy.
We foster an atmosphere where difference is respected and we welcome children of all religions and none.

We are a community for learning where students, parents and staff work together to nurture the academic and life skills which will enable our students to achieve their maximum potential.
This takes place in a happy school environment.

We realise this by providing a challenging and diversified curriculum in a stimulating, inclusive and caring setting.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID-TERM BREAK
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 20TH TO FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2017(inclusive). RE-OPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 27th FEBRUARY 2017.
FIRST PENANCE
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
23rd MARCH 2017 @ 7.00PM.
EASTER HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12.00 NOON ON 7th APRIL 2017
SCHOOL CLOSED
MONDAY 10TH TO FRIDAY 21ST APRIL 2017 (inclusive)
RE-OPENS AS NORMAL MONDAY MORNING 24TH APRIL 2017.
CONFIRMATION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017 @ 11.00am.
FIRST COMMUNION
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017 @ 11.30am.

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OUR LADY OF MERCY PRIMARY SCHOOL, PEARSE ROAD, SLIGO

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NEWS AND INFORMATION : THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2016

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. Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween and looking forward to the wonderful activities planned for your children.
__________________
Marguerite Stenson

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th 2016
Tomorrow we are asking all parents / guardians to check their child’s hair for head lice or nits. Treat if lice or nits are found. This is a whole school effort to eradicate head lice. We ask for your co-operation.
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:
A new Mobile Phones / Electronic Devices Policy has been adopted. Children are not allowed to have mobile phones / electronic devices in school. If contact needs to be made, it can be done so through the school office. The Policy may be viewed on the school blog – www.mercypssligo.scoilnet.ie or in the Reception area.
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” on Sunday last in St. Annes Church. The next “Do this in Memory Mass” will be held on Sunday 30th October 2016.
GARDA VISIT:
This week Garda Enda and Garda Breffni from the Traffic Cops came to school to visit the children in Plazas 1 & 2. They brought a Squad Car and a Motor Bike with them. The children had a fantastic time sitting on the bike, flashing the lights and turning the sirens on. The Guards answered lots of questions about their job.
MATHS WEEK:
‘Maths Week’ is next week October 17th – 21st. 6th class children will be attending an event in I.T. Sligo on Wednesday at 1.00pm. Maths is all around us. Take the opportunity to notice maths in the environment and make your children aware of maths in everyday situations.
BOOK RENTAL, ART AND CRAFTS AND PHOTOCOPYING:
Please send outstanding money to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
BUA NA CAINTE:
The new Irish programme – Bua na Cainte is now in all classes from Junior Infants to 2nd class. The children are enjoying the new programme.
ROALD DAHL:
Ms. Flynn’s 2nd class celebrated Roald Dahl Day on September 13th. Many children dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and the whole class enjoyed doing Roald Dahl themed activities. It was so much fun! Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl.
E.U. VISIT:
On the 11th – 13th October Saoirse Foley, her Dad and Granny spent time in Brussels visiting the European Parliament courtesy of Marian Harkin, M.E.P. They travelled with all recipients’ of the Cathaoirleach’s Awards 2016.
MUSIC GENERATION:
We are delighted to welcome back Giulia Tesoriero, our Music Generation tutor to Our Lady of Mercy. The two sixth classes are learning to play the violin under Giulia’s expertise and guidance. Gratitude is extended to Cranmore Regeneration Programme for providing the funding to enable this fantastic programme to take place. We are delighted to extend this programme to The Plaza.
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 or Peggy at 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:
Mercy Day is always a special day in our school, but this year was extra special. The Junior half of the school came together for a beautiful prayer service in the hall and later 3rd – 6th classes went to Mass in St. Annes Church. As it was the 170th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy in Sligo and 130 years since Scoil Fatima opened, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Brown (the Pope’s Ambassador to Ireland) and our own Bishop Doran. Archbishop Brown congratulated the children on their wonderful behaviour and excellent singing.
SPORT:
The children have taken part in a huge amount of sport already this term.
Athletics:
Well done to all the children from 3rd – 6th class who took part in the “Super Valu” Athletics Fest. All our teams did really well but a special congratulations to our Junior Girls who came 3rd in the finals. Well done to all.
Firefly Fastest Feet: Dermot McDermott came to our school to test some of our younger children and was amazed at their speed over 20 metres. We have some very fast youngsters.
Cross Country:
Some of our strongest runners took part in the Sligo Cross Country competition last Saturday in the I.T. Many of the children did very well in this tough run. Abi Jorgensen came 8th in the Junior Girls Cross Country and as a result she will be running again on Saturday 15th in the Connacht Cross Country event. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish her the best of luck on Saturday. Keelan Mulligan, Julia Cybula and Ryan Devaney also ran very well but just missed getting through.
Try-a-Tri:
This year we will have a very large number of children taking part in this up and coming sporting event. It takes place on Friday 21st October at the Sports Complex. The children will swim 50 metres, cycle 1.5km and run 800m. We wish them the best of luck.
Gaelic:
The Cumann na mBunscol 7-a-side match will take place on Wednesday 19th October. The boys and girls will play against 3 other schools on the day. Good luck to our Gaelic players.
Soccer:
The Futsal – 5 –a-side indoor soccer competition will take place in the I.T. in November. There will be a boys and a girls team from 3rd and 4th classes to represent the school and play against the other teams in this very popular event.
H.S.C.L. NEWS: – CONTACT PERSON MS. S.J. LEWIS – 085 1583953
Courses/Activities for Parents:
All of the following activities take place in the Parents’ Room (HSCL) on Corridor 6. All activities are FREE OF CHARGE.
Monday: Craft Club, Paper Craft, Knitting & Crochet (9.00am – 10.15am). Positive Parenting from 11.00am – 12.30pm.
Tuesday: Coffee Morning @ 9.00am.
Wednesday: English Language Class from 9.30am – 10.15am.
Thursday: Play & Learn, ETB Course for Parents of Infants – 1st Classes.
Friday: “Drop In” for a cuppa, chat or to change your child’s lunch menu.
PARENTS’ PARTNERSHIP
• A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday next 18th October @ 7.00pm. There will also be a brief presentation on Internet Safety. Please come along to support your child’s school.
• Halloween Disco tickets on sale with your child’s class teacher from Monday next. €5.00 per ticket, €10.00 per family. The disco will take place on Thursday 27th October. Fancy dress is encouraged.
• “Top of the Tots” Disco for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and Plaza 1 will take place from 9.30am – 10.30 am.
• “Senior Spooks” Disco for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th classes & Plaza 2 will take place from 11.00 – 12.30pm.
The school disco is only for children who attend Mercy Primary School. Parents are welcome to attend to help supervise. However, for Health & Safety reasons siblings who do not attend the school are not permitted to attend the disco. . Children not attending the disco will be supervised in their classrooms.
Bags of treats available at disco at €1.00
CHILD PROTECTION:
An important letter will be sent to every household regarding “Child Protection” next week. Please ensure you note the contents of this letter.
NILAND COLLECTION:
We are delighted to be chosen to participate in an exciting programme whereby ten pieces of Art from The Niland Collection will be exhibited in our school. Each child has their own personal journal to record their creative thoughts and ideas as they engage with the art work. Why not drop into Reception to view the art.
ATTENDANCE:
From mid-term until Christmas, every class from 1st – 6th will get a sticker if everyone in the class is in school on that day. During Christmas week, the three classes with the most stickers will receive a class treat. Last year the top classes enjoyed bouncy castles and even the ice-cream man arrived.
Infants – Children in Infant Classes will receive individual Certificates of Attendance in recognition of full attendance.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

MID TERM BREAK

SCHOOL CLOSING
AT 1.30pm & 2.30pm AS NORMAL.
SCHOOL CLOSES FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER 2016 AND REOPENS ON MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2016 AT 8.50AM.

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS
APPOINTMENT TIMES TO BE CONFIRMED.
WEDNESDAY 23RD & Thursday 24th NOVEMBER 2016 SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.30PM. FOR ALL STUDENTS.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SCHOOL CLOSING AT 12.00 NOON
THURSDAY 22ND DECEMBER 2016 AND REOPENS MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 2017.

1ST COMMUNION

SATURDAY 27TH MAY 2017. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

CONFIRMATION

FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017. IN ST. ANNE’S CHURCH.


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