October Newsletter 2021

Dear Parents,

The Staff and Board of Management would like to sincerely thank you and all our pupils for your continued co-operation and support in preventing the spread of Covid – 19 in our school community. Covid – 19 continues to be prevalent in our community and as we approach the Midterm break we ask that you remain vigilant and adhere to government guidelines and advice. Please check our website for the latest Covid information.

As we are approaching the colder months please be aware that windows will be open in classrooms to provide adequate ventilation. Although rooms will be heated, we advise that children wear an extra layer under their uniform for comfort and that your child brings a coat to school everyday as we continue with additional outdoor breaks throughout the school day.

Enrolments: Martinstown National School will commence accepting enrolments for September 2022 on Monday October 25th. Enrolment forms are available to download in the Parent Info section of the website.

Photocopying: From the end of October, you will no longer be able to pay for photocopying on Aladdin. Please check your payment information to ensure payment has been made before 31st October.

Parent/Teacher Meetings: Parent/Teacher meetings will be held via telephone from November 22nd to 26th. We will notify you when timeslots are available to book via the Aladdin App after mid-term.

A message from the Parents Association: Thank you to Ms. Clarke Principal, Helen O’Flaherty Chairperson of the BOM and all the Parents that attended the zoom AGM on the 7th October. All Parents are part of the Parents Association, the following are the elected committee:

Chairperson – Noreen Ryan

Secretary – Kate Mulcahy

Treasurer – Catherine O’Donnell

PRO – Helen McLennon

Class reps

Juniors – Elaine O’Donnell

Seniors – TBC

First class – Breda Moloney

Second – Kevin O’Leary

Third – Oonagh Murphy

Fourth – Breda Irwin

Fifth – John Paul Moloney

Sixth – Margaret Maguire 

National Parents Council training will take place via zoom on November 11th @ 7pm, a link will be sent out closer to the time.

Communion: Congratulations to all in 3rd class who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday October 16th after a long wait. We hope you all had a lovely day.

A special thank you to Frs. David, Chris and Tom for making it a very special day, to Ms Anglim and Ms Butler for preparing the children for First Holy Communion and to the Parents Association for the lovely treats!!

Split the Pot: Congratulations to all our Split the Pot winners to date. Thank you for your continued support. Total raised so far: €2601.00

Pyjama Day: Great fun was had on Friday October 15th for Pyjama Day. Our pupils raised a whopping €210.00 for Focus Ireland. Thank you to Ms Butler for organising the event. Well done everyone!!

Martinstown’s Got Talent: Our pupils put on a great show on Friday 22nd. Well done to Ms Flynn’s Junior and Senior Infants, Ms Griffin’s First and Second, Ms Butler’s Third and Fourth and Mr. Gilbourne’s Fifth and Sixth for taking part.

Shoebox Appeal: Team Hope are running their annual shoebox appeal again this year. Please click the following link and follow the online instructions if you wish to donate to this appeal: https://www.teamhope.ie/content/uploads/2021/09/TeamHope_ROI_Bangtail_Digital_280621.pdf

Labelled shoeboxes can be dropped to the school by November 8th.

I would like to wish all our pupils, parents and staff a safe and happy midterm break. School will reopen on Monday November 1st.

Take care and stay safe,

Majella Clarke

Principal