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Monday, February 23, 2015

Parents Association Update

Fundraising 
Many many thanks to all the parents of the Gaelscoil who helped raise an incredible €12,066 so far this year! Its been an intense fundraising time and the response has been overwhelming. Thanks so much for your generosity and dedication to this fundraising project.  We are well on our way to raising the €20,000 needed to widen the approach road to the Gaelscoil. This will dramatically improve our children's safety and provide a footpath and pedestrian crossing straight to the school gate.

Widening the road  will  together with our brand new drop area meet our planning requirement for our two new class rooms, provide our children with a library area and allow the after school activities like Drama, Harp and Violin to be reinstated. A very worthwhile fundraising challenge for our school which the Board of Management have requested we focus our fundraising efforts on this year.

Things are well under way, the time frame for completion is Sept 2015 or sooner!

Cake Sale - Carol Nyhan - N Mhora class rep 

Carol's Cake Sales are going from strength to strength. We ve had a hugely positive reaction to the Cake Sales especially from the children. The class excitement is palpable on the run up to  sale day. Planning, shopping, baking decorating and selling grabs everyone's attention and teaches many valuable skills.

Go Rang 1! Their Cake Sale last Friday week 13th Feb 2015 was a huge success and raised a massive €382.48 for the school. Big thanks to all Rang 1 pupils,  parents And M Aine  for hosting. Thanks also to the Dukes Coffee who deliver a tray of delicious muffins to all our Cake Sales.

Five Cake Sales this year so far have raised €1,811.80. Three more Cake Sales are planned for the remaining classes . 17th April 2015 - R2/3 Roisin, 14th May 2015 -N Mhora and 19th June 2015 - N Beaga

Céilí Mór 

Last Friday in January Actons was rocking for the first Gaelscoil and St Multoes school joint Céilí fundraiser. Thanks to Trish Ryan, Oisin O Diomasaigh and Padraig McGillicuddy for the huge effort they put into organising a great night out and for raising €996.

It was an inspired idea to work with St Multose on this joint fundraiser  they provided a  new dynamic that benefited us both in energy and in funds raised.

Thanks to all the people who donated prizes and bought tickets and to Carol for all the excellent baking. We re looking forward to a repeat next year, same time, same place!


Calendar - Ciara Duffy - Rang 6 class rep

Thanks and well done to Ciara Duffy and her team of Kevin Kiely and Orla Dockery for producing this years classy 2015 Calendar!  Our Gaelscoil Calendar is one of the best fundraisers each year. Its a big job, a very labour intensive job that requires lots of co ordination and attention to detail from the photography to the layouts through to the printing and all on a short timeline.This years Calendar raised an incredible  €2,580 for the school!

Thanks to all the family's and friends of the school who bought Calendars and advertised space in the Calendar.

Up Coming Fundraising Events 

20th March 2015 - Bag Pack at Super Valu - R2/3 Roisin - Olga Kirby/Ciara Ferguson class reps
21st & 22nd March 2015 - Church Gate Collection - R2/3 Siobhan - Caroline Brodrick class rep
Easter Holidays - Bob a Job - the Teachers will run this fundraiser

If you can help with any of the above please contact the class reps. Thank you.

Other Business

Willow Dome 

The Willow Dome was rebuilt this half term thanks to Siobhan Devlin and her team of Gareth Price, Oisin O'Diomasaigh and Fiona Reilly. Siobhan and Gareth left early on a cold Saturday morning to travel to Charaville to cut the 4 metre willow needed to rebuild the dome. That's Dome Dedication!


New Drop Zone

Thanks to Caoimhe Kiely for helping with the communicate of our new Drop Zone system to all its users by designing a colourful map. 

Shared Reading 

Shared Reading continues ever Tuesday morning in the school, parent volunteers are currently hearing reading with Rang 1 and N. Mhora. We are always looking for volunteers. Anyone helping must be Garda vetted - forms from Dervilla or Hilda. 

Again thanks for all the parental support and good will towards our great school.

pa@gaelscoilchionntsaile.ie