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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parents Association Update 13th Nov 2014

Event Update

Cake Sale – Carol Nyhan - N Mhora Class Rep
First cake sale took place on the 24th Oct 2014 and raised €446 for the school. Congratulations to Carol Nyhan, Rang 6 pupils, Rang 6 parents and M Eavan for hosting this very successful cake sale. Their time and effort is much appreciated. Next cake sale 21st Nov 2014 with Rang 5 hosting.

Carol is organising 8 cake sales in the school this year, approx. one a month (no cake sale during lent). Carol will co-ordinate the class and parents of the class to bake and the class teacher to manage the sale on the day. There is a strict nut free policy. Gluten and dairy free option is also available.   Each child in the school is encouraged to bring in €1 to buy a cake on the day.

Book Fair - Una McIntosh – Rang 5 & 6
Thanks to Una McIntosh and her team of parents for running an excellent Book Fair once again this year. €1,653 worth of books were sold which gives our school €1,000 worth of new books. The school library will receive approx 100 new books from the Book Fair.

This event is extremely important to the school as it supplies our school with high quality books free of charge. Also, important that we run the Book Fair early in the year so that the students get the maximum out of the new books. If you didn’t make it to the Book Fair or would like to place an order books for Christmas (or anytime) please log onto www.scholastic.ie.  When checking out you will be asked under Schools to choose one of the schools below by selecting Gaelscoil Chionn tSaile the school will benefit from more free books!

Chuckies - Siobhan Devlin – N Beaga Class Rep
Chuckies last Friday night (7th Nov 2014) was a big success! Thanks to Siobhan Devlin and her team from N Beaga for running this event so successfully. They raised €734 for the school.  This is the first time we have run this event and it was a great social occasion for both the children and their parents. Existing parents enjoyed mixing and meeting all the new parents to the school.    

Max’s Restraunt evening- Annemarie & Olivier
This popular gourmet event runs on Thursday the 13th and 20th November 2014.   Thanks to Annemarie and Olivier of Max’s for organising every last detail and for opening up their restaurant to this event.

Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to prep food, wait tables and do wash up. If you have booked a table, please make sure you are not included in anybody else’s table.  Diners are invited to arrive promptly at the specified time and please note that only cash will be accepted on the night. Its very good value at €27 per person of which approx. €22 goes directly to the school.

Calendar -Ciara Duffy – Rang 6 Class Rep

Thanks to Ciara Duffy and all her helpers the new school calendar will make a very prompt appearance this year! Calendars will be available at the office from 1st December 2014. €10 each.  The calendar development is extremely time consuming but the most lucrative fundraiser last year.

Christmas Hamper -Sinead Nolan - Rang Class 5 Rep
Super Valu have very kindly given us a large Christmas Hamper to raffle.  We will be selling tickets in Super Valu 5th & 6th December 2014.  We are looking for additional items to supplement the raffle so if you can donate any luxury items such as alcohol, chocolates, corporate gifts etc. please drop into Hilda at the office. Last year we also received some very generous vouchers from parents of the school.

As Rang 5 is a small class they will need the help of other parents to sell tickets if you have a spare hour that weekend please sign the roster in Hilda s office or contact Sinead Nolan.

Other Business

School Painting
The school needs its 16 bathrooms and the hallway skirting painted and we do not wish to spend our valuable fundraised money on this. Therefore, we are looking for a parent to champion this project. We have 5 painting volunteers already and we just need a coordinator to get it going.

School Yard 
Two storage units have been ordered and two benches with storage included have been purchased to house the yard toys.

We are looking for a parent volunteer to paint a chess board in the yard. We have large chess pieces and the teachers are very happy to teach our children chess once it is complete.
More balance boards are being ordered. We will also fix the willow dome.

Shared Reading
Parents of the school have been participating in shared reading with Rang 1 and Rang 2 every Tuesday at 9.05 – 9.40. We would like to include Rang 1 as well now but we need more volunteers. Anyone helping must be Garda vetted – forms from Hilda or Dervilla

If you can assist with any of the above please contact Dervilla Wrynn 087 227 3645 

Next meeting Parents Association Meeting Dec 2nd 2014, The Powder Room, The White Lady @8pm

Again, many thanks for everyone’s hard work and support with all the ongoing fundraising activities.