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|November News in Scoil Íde|
CYBER BULLYING TALK
The Scoil Ide Parents Council have organised a talk on Cyber Bullying by Dr. Maureen Griffin on Wednesday 27th November at 7.30 p.m. in the Hall. Dr Griffin is a forensic psychologist who runs Internet Safety for Schools, Ireland, (www.isfsi.ie). The talk will present an overview of how Irish children use the internet and other forms of technology; the potential dangers of Social Networking and how to ensure your child's profile is private; chatting online & understanding the lingo; Cyber-bullying -why it happens, how to spot it and what to do; Mobile Phone Safety; Practical advice/tips on how to protect children when online or on their mobile phone; additional internet safety resources that may be used in the home. Recent research has indicated that the average age for first accessing the internet is now 8. Children aged 5 - 10 years report spending approximately 1 hour 20 minutes a day online—a third of whom access the internet in their own bedrooms. The top two web sites accessed by children aged 5-10-years are Facebook and You Tube -both of which are designed for 13 years and over!
This talk is free of charge. Tea/coffee will be provided afterwards.
ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through attainment, community spirit or effort. Well done to or October ACEs
VI:Nolan: Conor Ahern & Molly O’Mara
VI: Boland: Sinead Brennan & Denis Hickey
VI: Heaney: Sean Nestor & Brianna Fitzsimons
E-NEWS, TWITTER & WEBSITE
If you wish to have a copy of the Newsletter sent to your e-mail address please register through the front page of our website (www.scoilide.ie).
Our Twitter address is
and school news and events are tweeted regularly.
JARGON WE USE
Despite our best intentions to use plain English we find ourselves using jargon from time to time. The children then use it as well and sometimes parents may not know the terminology. When we find terms slipping into normal conversation we’ll try to explain them in the newsletter.
Station Teaching: 3 or 4 teachers go into a classroom. The class is divided into 3 or 4 small groups. Each group works on a specific area of ,usually, literacy but sometimes maths with a teacher. The groups change teacher and activity after 15 minutes. This goes on every day over a 7 or 8 week period. The extra teachers are part of the Special Education Team in the school.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN SCOIL IDE
From time to time we are approached by under-graduate and post-graduate students to assist in educational research. We are careful in choosing projects on the basis of their benefit to the children, school or overall educational world. Parents are always consulted about research in which their children may be taking part and Ethics Committees in 3rd Level College oversee these projects. This year some classes are taking part in research on Relational Frame Training (NUIG) and Speech and Language Research (UL). These projects have the added bonus of keeping us up to date on current thinking and developments in the education world.
THE JESSE TREE
One of our traditions in the school is the decoration of the Jesse Tree in preparation for the season of Advent. This year Ms. Kelly’s 4th Class have been given the task of preparing and decorating the Jesse Tree, which has symbols and stories of the ancestors of Jesus. The Jesse Tree will be placed in the main corridor on the 29th of November.
We are very grateful for the generous response of so many parents to our appeal. It’s through the funds raised in this that we can provide the extra Music, PE, science , technology classes, equipment and projects.
As soon as parents have decided on your 1st choice secondary school drop the form to that school. It’s better not to wait for the closing date which is in January.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Ann Hall whose sudden death during the mid-term break was a great shock. Ann had a long association with Scoil Ide acting as Chairperson of the Parents’ Association for a number of years and being involved in the School Fair. In the past Ann also gave RSE lessons in the school to senior pupils. Ann was also very active in the Corbally Bridge Club that plays in the school every Wednesday night. To her husband Liam, children Valerie, Catherine and David, grandchildren especially present pupil Cormac we extend our prayers.
JUNIOR INFANT APPLICATIONS 2014
The closing date for Junior Infant Applications is February 1st. If you or your neighbours have children wishing to attend Scoil Íde next September please pick up an application form from outside the school office or download one from www.scoilide.ie . It is most likely that we will have 3 classes of Junior Infants this coming September.
ADOPTIVE PARENTS SUPPORT GROUP
First meeting of Support Group for Adoptive Parents of 5th/6th Class pupils and secondary school students will take place in St. Munchin’s College on Tuesday 26th November at 8 p.m.
Calendar 2013- 2014
Christmas Holidays Closing on Friday, 20th December at 12.15 p.m.
Re-opening on Monday 6th January 2014
Closed 17/02/2014 to 21/02/2014 February Mid-Term
Closed Monday 17/03/2014 St. Patrick’s Day
Easter Holidays Closing 11/04/2014 At 12.15 p.m. Re-opening 28/04/2014
Closed May Public Holiday 05/05/2014
Closed June Public Holiday 02/06/2014
Closing Friday 27/06/2014 AT 12.15 p.m. for Summer Holidays