Since 1975, we have, with the support of parents, operated a very successful Book Rental Scheme. All, copies, workbooks, folders and diaries will be purchased by the school. There will be a €15 charge towards art materials and photocopying which is included in this fee.
You will be asked to purchase some stationery items, such as pens, pencils and markers) for your child. These will be clearly marked on your child’s book list.
We ask that all bills are paid by 24th June 2022.
You can pay by:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Jodie Allen, mother of TJ in Junior Infants will be will be coordinating an art project for our school using recycled materials, as part of our Green Schools initiatives.
If you can, it would be helpful if you could gather and send in any of the following items you may have at hand:
- bottle caps (any colour)
- plastic bottles
- tin foil
- egg cartons
- netting for fruit and vegetables
- bubble wrap
- colourful plastic cartons/bags
- sea shells
As she will be sculpting/creating a seal and her pup, colours such as green/blue and brown would be great.
If you happen to be visiting a beach at the weekend, you might consider carrying out a mini beach clean up and bring in any of the litter you pick up (providing it is safe and not too dirty that is!).
Many thanks to Jodie for her support!
Green Schools Coordinator
Swimming for pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class begins in May and will run for 6 weeks. Dates for each class are given below:
The total cost this year is €30 per child. You will receive an email notification for this payment via our online payments system, Databiz.
You can choose either of the following options:
We are very grateful to the Parents Association who annually subsidise our swimming course by paying for one session in the pool and one bus trip. Without their support, the cost of swimming would be closer to €40 per child.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
5th & 6th Class will have lessons on Wednesdays:
Week 1: 4th May
Week 2: 11th May
Week 3: 18th May
Week 4: 25th May
Week 5: 1st June
Week 6: 8th June
3rd & 4th Class will have lessons on Fridays:
Week 1: 6th May
Week 2: 13th May
Week 3: 20th May
Week 4: 27th May
School is closed on Friday 3rd June so the last 2 sessions are:
Week 5: 10th June
Week 6: 17th June
TENNIS COACHING FEES
Tennis coaching will commence on Tuesday, 1st March for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 5th Class and 6th Class, and will run for 8 weeks.
Tennis rackets are provided by the coach, Gary Rodriguez (Dundalk Tennis Club).
There is a €10 fee payable for tennis.
Please use Databiz to pay tennis fees, or send cash to school in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name.
Louth Leader Partnership Youth Education Support Officer is hosting an Empowering Learning Workshop for children aged 7 - 12 years who present with difficulty spelling or a diagnosis of dyslexia.
The workshop details are as follows:
Date: Saturday 26th March 2022
Venue: Imperial Hotel Dundalk, Co. Louth
Time: 10am – 3pm
One parent / guardian must attend with the child. They will work in their pairs on techniques and by the end of the day the child is spelling 6/7 letter words.
If this date does not suit it will be offered again in September / October 2022.
For further information or to register for a place please contact:
Jennifer Lally, Youth Education Support Officer
Phone: 087 438 5639
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Met Éireann have issued a status orange weather warning for Co. Louth in advance of Storm Barra. Due to how rapidly this situation may evolve, and that the status may escalate, the Department of Education have advised schools in orange status areas to close tomorrow.
In the interest of the safety of our students and staff, there will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday the 7th of December. School will be closed as per our school calendar on Wednesday 8th, and will re-open on Thursday 9th December.
Our Christmas Raffle is now underway. Lines cost €2 each or 3 for €5 and can be purchase from Ciara in the office.
On Friday 3rd December, we will be getting into the Christmas spirit by holding a 'Festive Friday' event! The children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers or other Christmas-themed clothing eg hair accessories, red jumpers etc. to school. Christmas activities will take place in the afternoon. A €2 donation per child is requested, with funds going to Kilkerley PA.
Also coming soon is our annual Christmas Raffle. We are now accepting donations towards the hampers, such as vouchers, boxes of sweets or biscuits etc. All donations welcome!
Here is the consent letter for parents and guardians of Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class parents (slightly different as these children have not participated in the Food Dudes programme before).
And here is the consent letter for parents and guardians of 2nd-6th class children.
Children First Awareness Week is taking place from 1st to 7th November 2021. Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare. Society has a duty of care towards children, and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children they are in contact with may be abused or at risk of abuse or neglect. If you are concerned about a child or young person, you should contact Tusla social work department. Organisations classed as providers of relevant services under the Children First Act 2015 are required to complete a risk assessment and must have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place.
More information on keeping children safe in our communities is available at gov.ie/childrenfirst
If your child returned a Christmas Card design this year, his/her sample card was sent home yesterday.
If you would like to purchase a pack of cards, the cost is €10 per pack of 10. Please return the order form and payment to school by the closing date of Tuesday 9th November. Pay close attention to the spelling of your child's name on the back of the card, and enter any corrections on the order form - names that use initials, names with fadas, and names that are hyphenated or abbreviated are often misspelled.
You may pay online using our Databiz payments system (login HERE), or you may send cash/cheque to school with your child before the closing date of Tuesday 9th November.
If you have any queries, please contact Ciara in the school office.
TENNIS COACHING FEES
Tennis coaching will commence tomorrow, Tuesday 7th September for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes, and will run for 8 weeks. Tennis rackets are provided by the coach, Gary Rodriguez (Dundalk Tennis Club). There is a €10 fee payable for tennis. Please use Databiz to pay tennis fees.
PUPILS PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Pupils Personal Accident Insurance forms are being sent home with your child(ren) today. Please complete forms and return to the school by 30th September if you wish to avail of this cover.
We are again asking you where at all possible to please use Databiz, our online payments system, to pay for the insurance and for tennis coaching. Log in at databizsolutions.ie/login with your username and password. For insurance, you will see TWO options - Option 1 24 hour cover or Option 2 School Activities only - select ONE only.
Please contact Ciara 042-9337187 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problem using Databiz.
If you choose to pay in cash, exact money only should be sent to the school in an envelope marked with your child's name. No loose money will be accepted.
Dear parents and guardians,
A few items for your attention:
I hope that you all had an enjoyable summer and that your children are returning to school refreshed and eager to begin a new school year.
A warm welcome back to all our staff, to our new Junior Infants and to new pupils joining other class groups. Children may wear tracksuits to school on Thursday and Friday if desired.
I want to thank you for your cooperation and support over the past 18 months as we have adjusted to the reality of living with Covid 19. Our aim as a staff is to provide a safe teaching and learning environment , minimising the spread of transmission of the virus as best we can. We will endeavour to provide as normal a school year as possible, one enriched with curricular and extracurricular activities, and we look forward to working with you and enjoying your support in this regard.
Our teaching staff have been allocated the following classes for this school year:
· Junior Infants: Ms Cróna Tansey
· Senior Infants: Mrs Katrina Cumiskey
· 1st Class: Mrs Muireann Johnston
· 2nd Class: Mr Pete Loughran
· 3rd Class: Ms Cora Ryan
· 4th Class: Mr Fintan Coleman
· 5th Class: Mrs Rilla Kelly
· 6th Class: Mrs Michelle Murphy
· SET: Mrs Catherine Donnelly, Ms Aisling Fahy & Mrs Clodagh Halpin
· SNAs: Mrs Catherine Turnbull and Mrs Sarah Mulligan
Ms Áine O'Hanrahan and Mrs Aoife Curran-Butler are permanent staff members currently on leave.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Further to the press release issued today regarding changes to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation in our parish is postponed. This is a very frustrating development, and like all of our 2nd and 6th class families, the staff in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál is greatly disappointed after all the preparation carried out in the last few weeks to prepare the pupils for these special occasions.
Mrs Donna Kirby