Thursday Note 27th October 2022

October 27th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well as we are almost at our midterm break. Our news this week is as follows

  • We had our Witches Walk yesterday to raise funds for our new sensory room. We were so proud of our pupils who were just fantastic on the walk. Thank you to 6th, 5th and 4th classes who accompanied Juniors, Seniors and 1st classes respectively. It was so lovely to see the interactions between the older pupils and the younger pupils. Many people greeted us on our walk.   Thank you to everyone who has donated on our gofundme page already. We have over €7000 raised already which we are thrilled about. This will be used to kit out our sensory room with equipment and furniture.
  • The staff and Parents’ Association reviewed our homework policy and updated it over the past few weeks. The Board of Management ratified the new policy at its meeting on Tuesday evening last. Please see the updated policy attached. This policy will also go up on our website at www.tolasns.com
  • On Monday last two of our Shannon Community Gardai visited the school to speak to the pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th classes about keeping safe over Halloween. They chatted about the dangers of fireworks and keeping safe if they go to bonfires. Unfortunately, every Halloween several people in Ireland sustain serious injuries as a result of fireworks. They also asked the pupils if they are out trick or treating that they do not knock on the doors of houses that have no lights on – the people living there do not want people calling for a variety of reasons.
  • Our application process for enrolling in Junior Infants for the next school year 23/24 has now opened. If you have a child that is due to start school next year please contact the office for an enrolment application form.
  • If pupils wish to dress up again tomorrow for Halloween that is fine. There are some pupils who may not want to dress up or who may not celebrate Halloween and they can wear their school uniform.
  • Our Parents Association will be holding an informal meeting on Thursday 10th November @ 7.00pm here in school.  Any parents wishing to join or attend are welcome along for the meeting.
  • St. Tola’s will close tomorrow at the usual times (1.40p.m. for Infants and 2.40p.m. for 1st-6th classes). The school is closed all next week. We will re-open on Monday 7th November at 9a.m. I hope that all pupils, parents and staff have a relaxing and funfilled midterm break.

Kind regards,

Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, School Principal