13/06/17 ‘Thugamar féin an samhradh linn!’

A Thuismitheoirí dhíl,

Summer is here with beautiful flowers, the football championship, and the season brings those of us who work in schools a frenzied pace as we begin to formally plan for next year while continuing to engage children in important learning that must be mastered. We will also be wrapping up the school year with school tours, Lá Spóirt, Aifreann agus Bronnadh R6.

Don Bhliain Romhainn/The School Year Ahead 2017/2018:

Clarú Scoile/School Registration: Please make sure that you present all required documents to the oifig, so that your child is placed on the intake list. We wish to remind parents to check that the brother/sister of enrolled pupils in our school is registered to start school on the correct year. Make contact and check the list! Requirements: name, address, school enrolment year, date of birth of child, Copy of Birth Cert, PPS number, Speech and Language/Psychological/Other reports etc. to oifig na scoile as soon as possible.

We warmly welcome all new pupils, and parents who have joined our school this year, and we wish our R6 pupils well in their new schools. We appreciate their achievements, enjoyed their talents and all their contributions to our many school gatherings since 2009! Go néirí libh!

Thank you to Coiste na dTuistí for organising a very successful second-hand books, uniform and track suit fund-raiser. Thank you for providing the service for our new parents for the new Naíonáin’s first day.

Thank you to the Coiste for organising our new School Shorts: SR Royal blue school shorts which will be available in Prendergasts from July 2017, at a reasonable price. You may also cut up and hem track-suit bottoms which children have out-grown to be worn as school shorts.

Turas Scoile na Ranganna: Maith an obair le na páistí as ucht rialacha na scoile a leanacht, as ucht an Ghaeilge a labhairt agus na beasaí a thaispeaint. Tá cáil bainte amach ag páistí SR mar gheall ar an deá-iompair. Our school staff are proud of our pupils that behave well on school outings. Long may that great tradition continue! Coinnigh suas é!

Fidgets at School: Fidgets are self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming and active listening. Fidgets are for your hands and not your eyes, no one should see a fidget, when you use it. There are many items that can be used as fidgets, and there have been new ones introduced as of late. It is important to remember that fidgets promote movement and tactile input that is critical for some students’s learning. However, many of these new fidgets can be seen as can be seen as toys, but fidgets used in school need to be items that are touched and not seen. They can be used in pockets, but once they are in the line of sight they become toys. We encourage students who benefit from the use of fidgets to use fidgets when necessary, but when they become toys we will ask that they be brought home. Also, like all other items brought to school we are not responsible for them, it is your child’s responsibility to make sure their fidgets are put away when not in use.

Classes are allocated as follows/Ranganna Nua: (2017-2018)

Naíonáin Bheaga (Páistí Nua): Múinteoir Cristín Uí Ghiobúin..Seomra 6.

Naíonáin Mhóra: Múinteoir Niamh Uí Raois ……Seomra 1.

Rang 1: Múinteoir Nóirín De Búrca……Seomra 7.

Rang 2: Múinteoir Pádraig Ó Héanaigh ……Seomra 9.... (Rang Nóirín De Búrca)

Rang 2: Múinteoir Nóirín Uí Dhonnchú……Seomra 2.... (Rang Pádraig)

Rang 3: Múinteoir Sinéad Ní Dhálaigh………….Seomra 10.

Rang 4: Múinteoir Audrey Ní Fheargháil ……………Seomra 5.

Rang 5/6: Múinteoir Michelle…………..….Seomra 3.

Páistí sa Rang 6 Meascaithe/Sixth Class Pupils in the Mixed Class for this year are as follows:

Dónal, Darragh, Kian, Khamal, Éabha, Saoirse,Máire, Portia,Lauryn, Erin, Alexandra C; Zara.

Rang 6: Múinteoir Gearóid Ó Marcaigh…….……Seomra 4.

Foireann Oideachais Speisialta/Special Education Team:

Múinteoir Tacaíochta Foghlama/Acmhainní:…Máire Uí Shúilleabháin…Seomra trasna ó 8/9

Múinteoir Tacaíocht Foghlama/Acmhainní…Majella Ní Chonduibh Seomra 11 (Seomra Réamh-dhéanta)

Múinteoir Tacaíochta Foghlama/Acmhainní:… Múinteoir Máire Ní Dhuibhghiolla…..Seomra 7

*Díolacháin na gCácaí: 21/06/17 Rang 6 ‘Déan Cáca, Díol Cácá!’ R6.

*Lá Spóirt: le neagrú go fóill/to be confirmed.

Sainéide agus Culaith Reatha na Scoile:School Uniform/Track suit is available at Prendergasts/Fahy’s Main St. Parents may order during the school year, or may do so asap for Sept. All pupils must wear full school uniform(3 days) /full track suit (2 days) on all school days and on all school related activities, unless otherwise notified by the class teacher. The support of every parent is requested to ensure that the uniform rule is complied with by every pupil in the school. We ask all parents to buy at least two white polo shirts per child, two short-sleeved white shirts for the Infant Classes. Ensure that children have a supply of black tights or white socks. Coloured socks, coloured tights, coloured football jerseys are not allowed. Infant classes should wear shoes with Velcro. All items must be labeled clearly for easy identification, if mislaid. Long grey trousers, grey tie+grey pinafore+royal blue cardigan+royal blue v-knecked jumper+white shirt must be worn. Please buy all items a size or two bigger to allow for growth, thus making it is possible to get two years wear from uniform/track suit. It is the responsibility of parents, and as such are obliged to insist that their children are complying with the uniform rule at all times, that it fits properly, and that it is washed and worn with pride. Board of Management adopted this school uniform/track suit with the full support of parents of the school. Parents requested the uniform because it was cheaper, easier, neater, and appropriate dress code for our Gaelscoil pupils. Should items be mislaid/missing/lost it is the duty of parents to retrieve or replace them. It is wise to have extra items for emergency. Support staff.

Blás na hoibre 2016/17 le buíochas do chách atá ag obair linn:

Míle Buíochas for: our hardworking members of Board, Staff, Coiste, Parents and pupils who are loyal to Gaeilge and to Scoil Raifteirí, making our Gaelscoil a wonderful, happy and natural learning environment for all of our pupils. All efforts are appreciated, everyone counts!

Special thank you and acknowledgement of work well done to Laura Uí Mháille, Rúnaí ; Melanie Joyce, Cleaner; Chris Cooney, Caretaker.

Special Educational Needs Teaching Team: Máire Uí Shúilleabháin, Deputy Principal, Majella Ní Chonduibh, Máire Ní Dhuibhghiolla-Programmes : ‘Lift-off to Literacy’; Friend’s for Life; Weaving Weaves of Well-Being; Shared Reading Initative; Scratch.

Coiste na dTuistí members for work undertaken for the benefit of our school pupils, and parents supporting all their plans and efforts-thank you. 1000B to Coiste na dTuistí, parents and staff for your support and contributions towards SR fundraisers. Funds raised will be spent on 3xI-Pads; Soundfield System for classroom.

Coirmcheoil agus Aonach na Nollag 07/12/16 Whole school involved in annual seasonal fundraiser. (Foireann, Páistí, Coiste agus Tuistí na scoile)

Féile Scoildrámaíochta SR agus ‘Peadar agus na Piongain’ R2 sa Chomórtas Chonnacht i SN Sailearna, Márta 2017. (Múinteoir Nóirín Uí Dhonnchú, Cúntóir Ranga Clár Sangare agus Chris Cooney, Airíthoir)

Seachtain na Gaeilge-gach rang páirteach, seachtain iontach don scoil uilig. (Múinteoir Niamh Uí Raois agus Foireann na scoile)

Comórtaisí: Well done to all pupils who have participated in the various competitions throughout the school year. Congrats to the prizewinners, and coinnigh suas é to all the participants. (Múinteoir Cristín Uí Giobúin)

An Chéad Fhaoistinn, agus An Chéad Chomaoineach R2 21/05/17 (Múinteoir Nóirín Uí Dhonnchú agus an tAthair Seán Ó Cuinneagáin, Cór agus Grúpa Cheoil na scoile: Múinteoirí Gearóid , Pádraig, Audrey, Sinéad) Airgead ó pháistí le buíochas: €510-Children’s Ward, Castlebar and Crumlin hospitals. This kind gesture is much appreciated.

Aifreann 7pm agus Bronnadh na bhFáinní R6 8pm 20/06/17 (Athair Seán Ó Cuinneagáin agus Múinteoir Gearóid)

Féile na Leabhair KHAN eagraithe ag Múinteoir Nóirín De Búrca.

Relationship and Sexual Education Information Evenings for Adults 3/5/17 and R6 and Adults on 10/05/17 with Mr. Noel Kearney.

Brat Glas 7 for ‘Global Diversity and Energy’ presented to SR and accepted by Éabha agus Aislinn R6 on 11/05/17. (Gearóid agus Coiste Glas na Scoile) Brat Glas nua le seoladh-Céadaoin-21/06/17.

Scór na bPáistí R6: Damhsa Seitt; Ballad Group; Recitation; Amhrán; Sean-Nós; Grúpa Cheoil. Iarracht maith. Fleadh na nÓg-R1-R6. Tráthanna na gCeist, Fleadh-‘Labhairt na Gaeilge’, Éabhá R6, Isult R3

Maith an obair: Foireann na Buachaillí for their efforts reaching the All Ireland Final of Spikeball in Limerick. (Múinteoir Gearóid and St. Joseph’s TY Students)

Maith an obair: Ranganna ICT/TFC sa Seomra Ríomhaireachta (M Gearóid, Foireann na Scoile agus Mic-Léinn ó Mheanscoil Ghearóid Naofa)

Maith an obair: Foireann na mBuachaillí for reaching the final of the Mini-7’s Gaelic. (Múinteoir Pádraig, Gearóid, Martin and St. Geralds TY Students)

Maith an obair: Foireann na gCailíní agus Buachaillí-(imirt sa Chraobh an Chontae) don imirt sna cluichí iománaíochta. (Múinteoir Pádraig, Kevin O’Boyle, Hurling Trainer)

Maith an obair: Éabha, Sorcha participants in the World Dancing Championships with Cresham School of Dancing. Well done NB-R4: Tuesday dancing classes/feiseanna damhsa.

Piano Classes&Exams Celine Monaghan and Emmet Goggins: Good news re. past pupils: Sinéad Price and Rebecca Cresham Fully Qualified with Music Teaching Diploma’s; Medals for Excellence-Clár Nic Éil, Isobel Ní Eosaigh 3rdin the Nat. Comp. Music for Irish Composers; Ilia Marcev won Music Generation Scholarship for promising musician, both planning to sit their Diploma exams. Great achievements.

Áthas agus Brón: Congratulations and Happiness is wished to: M Máire on the occasion of her wedding to Jarlath Gibbons; M Michelle and Cuan on the occasion of the birth of their second child Nessa; Cathaoirleach Fiontán and Pauline on the occasion of the birth of their first baby Fiadh.

Comhbhróin croí le to all our grieving families at this time, to Nóirín De Búrca on the death of her eldest sister Kathleen Meeneghan, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, and to Chris and Ann Cooney on the death of Antoine Mac Giolla Bháin, Achaill, grandfather of Ann aged 105. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anamacha na mairbh.Please continue to pray for those special intentions.

Buíochas Speisialta: Fiontán Ó Murchú (Cathaoirleach) agus baill an Bhoird; Máire agus an Fhoireann teagaisc; Laura an Rúnaí Scoile; Airítheoir Chris; Melanie an glanaitheoir; Eilís agus baill Choiste na dTuistí agus le Tuismitheoirí iomlán na scoile.

Eolas faoi Ranganna/Useful Information:
Celine’s piano classes will be offered outside of school hours commencing in September as requested by cigirí ag an MSU/WSE. Contact can be made by ringing Celine at 086-3365103. (Optional)

Noel Kilkenny-Wednesday lunch time tin whistle/any instrument Irish music class continues for R2-R6. (Optional)

Bernadine and Louise Cresham dancing classes continues for NM-R4 on Fridays during school time. NB will begin after the Easter holidays. Payment- as usual-€2.50 per lesson, €5 per family.

Laethanta Saoire/Holidays: Remember that the last day of school for pupils is FRIDAY 23/6/17, and all children are to be collected by 12:00 noon. Please arrange early collection of children. *To alleviate stress for parents and pupils-no gifts policy works well for everyone.

Scoil Reopens after holidays: Friday 01/09/17 ag 8:50am. See www.scoilraifteri.com for 2017/18 closures and all school news items. See policies, dialann scoile, information, healthy lunches etc. for pupils attending school. School Times as follows: Naí. Bheaga Nua/New Infants: 8:50-12:00nóin from 01/09/17 until 15/09/17. Naí Mhóra 8:50-1:30pm; Rang 1-6 8:50-2:30pm.

I am wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer. Bíodh samhradh slán sábháilte agus sona agaibh.

Beir Bua agus Beannacht,

Máire Treasa Uí Dhálaigh (Príomhoide).