Thursday Note 14th October 2021

October 14th, 2021

Dear parents/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well this week. Our news is as follows

  • It’s hard to believe that we will have our mid term break with school finishing next Friday 22nd October and re-opening on Monday 1st November. To celebrate Halloween we will have our annual Halloween dress up on Friday next 22nd October. Pupils may wear their Halloween costumes into school if they wish. If your child is wearing a costume please ensure that they are warm as we will be going outside if possible at breaktimes. If your child does not wish to dress up on this date that is absolutely fine and they wear their school uniform/tracksuit as usual.
  • 5th Class will be constructing scarecrows next week. All of the scarecrows made will be displayed in Bunratty Folk Park over the mid-term break. I can’t wait to see what 5th class will produce. Last year we had some amazing creations from the pupils who are now in 6th class!
  • We will be accepting applications for enrolment into Junior Infants from next week until 28th January 2022. Applications may be downloaded from our school website at www.tolasns.com or email the office at office@tolasns.com and we will send an application form out to you.
  • 2nd class participated in a zoom call this morning with children’s author/illustrator Alan Nolan. The pupils got to make some animal drawings and really enjoyed the session. This event was organised through Shannon Library as part of the Children’s Book Festival.
  • We will be taking part in Food Dudes next week in all classes. The idea behind Food Dudes is that pupils will give fruit/veg a try that they may not otherwise do so.   Each day pupils will get some fruit/veg to sample. Juniors will get a lunchbox at the end of the week.
  • Just a reminder about our school policy re birthday invitations. We ask that you do not send birthday invitations into school to be distributed in the classroom. This can cause upset to those who may not be invited and it can also put pressure on families to have a large birthday party when this may not be possible also. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
  • Hip Hop Dancing is on in Leisure Centre on Mondays @ 4pm for ages 4 to 8 yrs & 5pm for ages 9 to 12 yrs. 7euro per session. More info if needed from Shelley Naughton Dance Masters School of Dance 086 1703053 or www.dancemasters.ie
  • The principal and Deputy principal from St. Patrick’s Comprehensive visited 6th class last Monday to distribute the school prospectus and application from and to answer some questions from the pupils. The school’s Open evening will take place this year online with all information available on their website. This goes live this evening at 6p.m. We expect a visit from St. Caimin’s staff next week.
  • Congratulations to Ms Lorraine Connolly on the birth of her new beautiful baby girl yesterday. We are delighted for her and her family and wish them every blessing for the years ahead.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 7th October 2021

October 14th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well. The weather has changed and Autumn is in the air. Our news this week is as follows

  • As you are aware the HSE will no longer carry out contact tracing in schools if a child tests positive for Covid 19. Please be vigilant for signs and symptoms of Covid and if your child is unwell please keep them at home and contact your GP for advice. If your child tests positive or someone in your household tests positive your child will have to quarantine for the time given to you by the HSE. As we have many vulnerable people in our school community we would appreciate if we can let people know if there is a positive case within the school           (without identifying individuals). We will check with parents first before we do so. As always we really appreciate your co-operation with all the changes that Covid has brought to the school and we appreciate that you do let us know if there are Covid related issues. 
  • We ask that parents/guardians do NOT park in the Disabled access parking spots in the car park. These spaces are reserved for wheelchair users and are required by pupils attending the school. We thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
  • 6th class have been learning about the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army during  history lessons  recently. They have been carrying out some further research on these topics in their computer time also. I was very impressed with their knowledge when I visited 6th class last week.  Keep up the great work 6th class!
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes are back using the Accelerated Reading programme this year. Pupils get to do a star reading test online and this gives them their reading book level. We have a library of AR books in the school that pupils can use. After reading each book they take an online quiz which gives them their score and checks on their comprehension. The programme also keeps track of their word count and I understand we have some word millionaires already! The best thing about AR is it can really motivate pupils to read. This is such an important skill and the more we read the better we get!!! Pupils can also borrow AR books from Shannon library and they can quiz in school on these books.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 30th September

September 30th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well this week as we reach the end of September. Our news this week is as follows

  • The HSE have issued new guidance for parents/guardians re changes to testing and contact tracing in primary schools. This can be accessed at

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/13610-information-for-parents-about-the-changes-to-contact-tracing-and-testing-for-children-aged-between-3-months-and-13-years-in-early-learning-and-care-elc-and-school-age-childcare-sac-education-primary-school-sports-and-social-settings/

if your child develops symptoms of Covid 19 or seems unwell or off form the advice remains to not send them into school and contact your GP for advice.  For an up to date guide on symptoms please see below

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/

  • 2nd class have been busy as they are taking part in a literacy hour every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They are revising phonic sounds and using this skill to decode and extend their word knowledge. They are also applying these skills to writing. Ms Kelleher, Ms Halliday, Ms Riordan/Ms Fleming and Ms Fitzgerald are working with them on this initiative. As well as that 2nd have been learning all about people in the community this week. They have been discussing what jobs they would like to do when they are older. They also explored what the job of an astronaut entails. Maybe we have a future astronaut in 2nd class!!!
  • As we roll out our Weaving Wellbeing programme across all classes we are putting up a Gratitude tree on the window at the front of the school. Every week two pupils from each class will be asked to contribute to this saying what it is they are grateful for. We hope to share these across the whole school at Cruinniu on Fridays.
  • As the weather has turned colder and wetter this week we ask that your child brings a coat to school. If we can get outside at breaktimes we will even if there is a slight drizzle.  A coat may be necessary for your child. It is important to aid ventilation in the classrooms that pupils get outside as much as possible.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 23rd Sept

September 30th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well this week. Our news is as follows

  • The new Lunchbag service launches today in St. Tola’s. This is an opt in or out service at any time and there is no obligation to take part. If you do wish to order a lunch for your child the order must be placed before 12p.m. the day before to guarantee delivery on the day of choice. Pupils must bring the empty lunch bag home for recycling (like they would with their own lunch) as we do not have facilities to do this in the school.
  • Our new Aoibhneas class is up and running for the past few weeks. We are delighted with our pupils in the class and how they are getting on. This week they have been having great fun learning all about Humpty Dumpty, listening to rhymes and songs and following their programmes. Well done Aoibhneas Class!
  • Last Monday 3rd, 4th and 5th classes all took part in a webinar with the well known author David Walliams. He discussed where he gets his inspiration for his characters and stories, a little bit about the writing process and his new book. While we may all have Zoom fatigue it is a great tool when pupils get access in their classrooms to such a well known author first hand. 
  • As part of our Social, Personal and Health Education curriculum we have taken on the Weaving Wellbeing programme across the school this year in all classes. Weaving Well-Being is the first Irish designed positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance well-being in primary school children. This Positive Education programme consists of 10 lessons for each class level and is grounded in evidence-based interventions from the rapidly expanding field of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the science of well-being. It is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive. Weaving Well-Being gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas. These areas include identifying and using their authentic character strengths, boosting positive emotions, developing and nurturing positive relationships and connections, building practical resilience skills (including mindfulness) and developing self-efficacy through empowering beliefs. All classes are using the Weaving Wellbeing programme at the start of this school year.
  • 6th class got to go on a nature walk on Monday last when they went down to the viewing area at the Point. It was lovely to get out an about in nature in our own area close to the school.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal


Thursday Note 16th Sept 2021

September 16th, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well this week. Our news is as follows

  • Congratulations to the pupils in 3rd class who made their First Communion last week. They were just brilliant and did themselves, their school and their families proud. Thank you to the Parents’ Association who funded a little treat for each child. Thank you to Ms O’ Neill, Ms Clancy and Ms Fitzsimons for all their hard work in preparing the pupils for the ceremony.  Thank goodness the weather was kind to us and we hope that each boy and girl have very special memories of their Communion day. 
  • Our Junior Infants are now doing a full day from last Monday. No doubt there were a few tired pupils this week as all that extra learning requires a lot of energy! They will soon get used to the full infant day.
  • Our Junior Infants got to go outside yesterday and look at one of the oak trees behind the school.  They saw the oak leaves and acorns. They were spotting the signs of autumn and will keep an eye on this tree throughout the year to see how it grows and changes.
  • From next Thursday 23rd September you can order your child’s lunch via The Lunch Bag app. Every pupil will get an intro lunch to bring home on Tues for parents to view. Please note this service is opt in and pupils can continue to bring their packed lunch as usual if they wish. All info was emailed yesterday.
  • Rugby- St Senans RFC, based here in Shannon, have a mini rugby program that caters for players (boys and girls) from u6 up to u12 (u12s are children with 2010 DOB for the coming season). They are looking forward to welcoming back existing players & also any new players who would like to play rugby this season and they are back training from Sunday 12th September & every Sunday at 10am and players can come along any weekend from the 12th. Enquires to Niall Dowds 086 8246412/Aaron Diviney 087 2137128.
  • Taekwon-Do – Shannon Taekwon-Do offer age specific classes from 6 yrs up and enquiries can be made to Adrian Byrne 087 8259243
  • Please make sure your child has a coat coming to school every day. We will be going outside as much as possible at break and lunchtimes in order to ventilate the classrooms. Please make sure your child’s name is on a label on their coat so they do not lose it. We thank you for your co-operation. 

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal