Dear Parents/Guardians,

There are 6 weeks remaining until the end of the school year now so I hope you are all continuing to cope with the extra pressure of homeschooling the children. In some ways, parents have been more in touch with teachers than ever before as everyone tries to communicate as best they can remotely.

There are a few things I want to mention this week;

School Reports/Aladdin System

Teachers are working on school reports which we intend to send out through our online system. Last year, we invested in a school app called Komeer but as only half the parent body signed up for it throughout the course of the year, we have decided to use our own Aladdin system instead. Aladdin is the name of the software programme we use to text-a-parent and email-a-parent. It is also the system used at school to call the roll and register the children when they first come to school in junior infants. By upgrading to “Aladdin Connect”, parents will be able to receive school reports online using password access. School books and uniforms and school tour payments can also be made online with this system. I will send you further information on Aladdin Connect next week.

School Uniforms

We have been looking into changing the school tracksuit in particular, this year. However, as all suppliers have been closed due to the current crisis, we were unable to get samples for parents to see. School Wearhouse in Ballymount are our current suppliers and they have been in touch to say that  there will be delays in supply but would like parents to order from them online. Carrie will send you further information re same in a separate email.

Green School

We received confirmation from An Taisce and Dublin City Council to say that we have been awarded our third Green Flag for saving Water. To date, we have a flag for Recycling and Saving Energy. So we are delighted to have been awarded this latest flag for Saving Water. The ceremony will take place during the next school year. Thanks to Mrs Duffy who is in charge of the Green School Initiative and to the Green School Committee which included pupils from each class from junior infants to 6th. They presented their work to the green school inspector early this year in the small hall, she was very impressed with them all.

The next flag we will be working on is to do with Travel. I have applied to Dublin City Council to help with traffic calming measures for the road at the front of the school. The PA this year and last year have expressed their concern in this regard. If we are successful in getting their help, they will come out to survey the road and liaise with parents and school management with a view to making the road and footpaths safer at collection and drop off times.

Department of Education & Skills Updates

We have no updates from the Department this week on return to school dates in September. I will email/text as soon as we hear any news re same.

Thanks

Thanks again to all parents/guardians for your continued hard work and dedication with home schooling, there are some great photos coming in to us! Wishing you all the best for a great weekend, stay safe and well,

Adrienne Ní Cheallaigh,

Principal.

Update 15/05/2020