The singing has begun, and preparations are now well underway for our Christmas events. I have attached the schedule to this message again for your attention. Below is some further information about activities we have planned in the coming weeks.
Your child will bring home their personal Christmas cards today. If you wish to purchase the cards please make the payment via Aladdin. The cards cost €8 per pack and raise valuable funds for the school. If any changes need to be made to the spelling on your child’s card please note that on the payment or return the order sheet sent home with the card. You do not need to return the order form if no changes are required.
In the coming weeks parents have the option of purchasing a Christmas annual for their child at a cost of €2.00. The annuals have lovely stories and activities in both English and Irish. Should you wish to purchase one please make the payment via Aladdin and the annual will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Our annual Homework Pass Fundraiser organised by the Parents Association will also take place this year and you can purchase up to two homework passes for your child on Aladdin. They cost €2 each can be used any time from Dec 1st to 16th.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
Every year as Christmas approaches, we as a school community, take part in various activities which aim to help the children think of those less fortunate than themselves. We always support the St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree campaign. You will find all the information you need if you wish to take part by clicking here: https://www.svp.ie/ways-to-help/gift-of-choice-appeal/
Christmas Jumper Day
We will be celebrating a Christmas Jumper Day on Dec 9th in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. All children and staff are invited to wear something festive to school if they would like to, and to make a suggested €2 contribution to this special cause via Aladdin. Please do not go out and buy something new – some tinsel, a Christmas hat or snowflake decoration is perfect. Children will also be treated to a Christmas Movie on the day.
Children in the Senior school will be preparing some “Magic Reindeer Food” for you and your child to sprinkle on the ground on Christmas Eve. This comes attached to a lovely Christmas card and each bag costs €1. It can be purchased through Aladdin and will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Please feel free to buy for friends and family as the entire proceeds will go to the St. Vincent de Paul.
School closes for Christmas at 12pm on Dec 21st. We will have a fun morning and you never know who might be in touch to round off the Christmas festivities for us in school!!
School will reopen on Thursday, Jan 5th 2023.
Exchanging Christmas Cards
We would ask that children do not bring Christmas Cards to school for children in their class. This can lead to some children being left out which causing great upset. Children will have many other opportunities to share Christmas Greetings with their classmates at school.
Christmas Gifts & Cards
The support, kindness and generosity of our parent body throughout the year is something that is greatly appreciated by the staff of both the Junior and Senior schools. We would urge parents not to feel under pressure to purchase gifts for staff at this already expensive time. Should you choose to do so, a simple card, email or word of thanks is more than adequate and will be very much appreciated by school staff. We also ask that parents avoid doing class collections as parents can feel under pressure to contribute when they are unable to or do not wish to do so.