St. Thomas' J.N.S.

Newsletter 18th April 2024

18-April-24
Newsletter 18th April 2024

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Fun Run Many thanks to everyone who turned up to our Fun Run last Sunday. Thanks to Cllr Vicki Casserly for representing the Mayor and to all our sponsors Super Valu, Lucan District Credit Union and Safco and of course Lucan Harriers who allowed us use their facility for the occasion. It was a wonderful day with a great atmosphere and well done to all our fabulous runners!

Names on coats We ask that all parents write their child’s name on their child’s school cardigan/jumper and coats please because as the weather improves, children will want to take off their coats when running around on yard. Having their name on their clothing ensures we can return clothing to its rightful owner.

Eircode We are updating our database and ask you to update your address to include your Eircode please. This is an important piece of information that the DES require us to have. Please update your Eircode at the bottom of the address bar yourself over the next two weeks using the Aladdin app.

Hot School Meals You have to select your child’s hot lunches on a weekly basis. All choices need to be edited before Friday 12 midnight for the following week. If your child wants to opt out and not get a hot meal, please email Carambola at info@carambola.ie to inform them. If anyone has an issue with the menu please contact Carambola.

Please note, that the hot lunch is for big break only so children need to bring a drink and a snack for small break with them to school.

Should you have any questions about the programme, please contact Carambola on 061 500200 or email

School Closures

We will close on Friday 3rd May (normal times) for Mid Term Break and will reopen on Monday 13th May.

We will be closed on Tuesday 28th May for staff training on the New Primary Maths Curriculum and Friday 7th June for European and local elections.

Trocaire Boxes Please return any Trocaire boxes you may have to the school office.

Code of Behaviour We are currently reviewing our Code of Behaviour and are looking for input from our school community. Please find it available on our website here. Please email your views to info@stthomasjns.com before Friday 26th April. All responses welcome.

Special Visitors Our Taoiseach Simon Harris, Minister Heather Humphries, Minister of State Jack chambers, Minister of State Emer Higgins, Barry Andrews MEP, Senator Regina Doherty paid a visit to our school last Monday to launch the hot school meals. It was a wonderful occasion for the school community and we were delighted to welcome our visitors to room 9, Mr. Meehan’s class. Photos to follow.

School Calendar 2024/2025 is available here.

Children entering school The school gates open at 8.40am. Parents/ Guardians are responsible for supervision until the class teachers take the classes in at 9am. We kindly ask that parents stay behind the yellow line at the end of the yard and away from the area along by the grass verge at the top of the yard where teachers walk along to bring their classes into the school building. This is for health and safety reasons. We do not want any accidents to happen.

Secondly, it has come to our attention that some children feel uncomfortable by the line of parents/guardians communicating with children on their way into class especially at the junior side of the school. We kindly ask that parents stand back away from the side doors and allow the children to have the time and physical space to enter the school safely and comfortably. Many thanks for your assistance in this regard.

Afterschool Clubs

Smiling Soul Kids yoga will start on Tuesday the 16th of April – 30th of April for 3 weeks in Room 19 and again from Tuesday May 14th to Tuesday 11th of June. Available for all classes. Kids yoga gives children an opportunity to explore body and mind while gaining strength, flexibility and balance through fun positive and relaxing activities. They will benefit from learning life skills, which would help them to cope with stressful situations and build self-esteem and can enhance creativity. Children will also take part in:

  • Mindfulness and relaxation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Art and journaling

For more details and to secure a place please contact Ms. Doherty at smilingsoulkidsyoga@gmail.com

STEM CLUB Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. 60 Euro for 6 weeks. Thursdays 2.40pm – 4pm. Lego, Coding, Science Experience, Design and Making. Please contact eskerlegoclub@gmail.com

Speech and Drama Club runs in the school on a Monday afternoon from 2.40 -3.45 for 1st and 2nd second classes. A new term will start on Monday 15th of April. To register your interest and find out more information please email eskerdramaclub@gmail.com . Benefits include: Development of oral language and expression skills, Gain confidence speaking to an audience, Develop imagination skills and allow children an opportunity to discover their own creative styles through role play, drama games and oral language activities.

*Clubs are run independently from St Thomas JNS.

May Camp Ms O’Reilly, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Doherty and Ms. Gillen will be running a May camp from the 7th of may until the 10th. The camp will include sports yoga baking art stem challenges science experiments and much more! For More Information please email lucankidscamp@gmail.com

New Drama Classes

Every Tuesday 4-5pm: infants to 2nd class, 5-6pm: 3rd to 6th class. New term beginning in April. €100 per term. These classes are facilitated by fully Garda vetted primary school teachers and they will enable children to develop their social skills, communication, listening teamwork skills and self-confidence through fun and improvisation activities. Spaces are limited, call or text Molly at 0860605401 for more information or to book a space.

Teresa Moynihan

Principal

Jun 03
2024
Bank Holiday
Jun 04
2024
School Closure
Jun 07
2024
Local and European Elections
Jun 28
2024
School Closure at 11.50 (infants) and 12.00 (1st/2nd)
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