Home School Liaison News-November/December 2013

Maths for Fun:                               
Maths for Fun took place in Senior Infants during the months of November and December 2013. Pupils is Ms. M. Flanagan's, Ms. Molloy's and Ms. Reilly's classes were gibing opportunities to play fun and exciting maths games such as Number Bingo games, I-pad games and Capacity (measuring water). We hope our pupils, parents and teachers found the programme an enjoyable one. Parents who helped out with the programme were presented with certificates of participation in the parents' room on Tuesday, 17th of December.

Science Week:  
Once again thanks to the great turnout of parents for the Science Week experiments day with Junior Infants-2nd classes on Thursday, 21st of November. We had over twenty parents who helped out with floating/ sinking experiments (Junior Infants) and sound experiments (1st/2nd classes). Parents of Senior Infant pupils will be invited into the classes In January 2014 to carry out some science experiments. Any parents who helped out with Science Week were also invited into the parents’ room on Tuesday, 17th of December as a thank you gesture.
                                                                            
Shared Reading:
On Monday, 16th of December, our Junior and Senior Infant pupils  and teachers welcomed in parents to read with them. We are currently introducing a new reading programme into the Junior Infant classes called CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoy Reading). The Junior Infants had their first experience of CAPER in the school. Between January and Easter we hope that the Junior Infants will start to bring home their own books and will be given a CAPER record sheet for their parents to record their reading. We also invited our Shared reading parents into the school on Tuesday, 17th of December.

In the run up to Christmas, we hope that all parents consider the importance of reading as part of the development of your child. We hope that you encourage your child to read whenever possible as it is a gift they will have for life.

Strings' Project:
On Wednesday, 11th of December our combined parent and pupil orchestras performed in the hall as part of our Peter’s Proms. Programme. Our combined orchestra played some Christmas favourites as well as well as some rousing anthems. Our newly formed 6th class tin-whistle ensemble also played some pieces for the huge number of parents and family members who attended.

On Wednesday, 18th of December (1st-5th classes) and Thursday, 19th of December (Junior and Senior Infants), we held the second part of our Peter’s Proms. Programme. Once again, we had an astounding turnout of parents, relatives, family members and friends over the course of the two days to see their children’s strings’ classes in full flow!

Thanks to all of our parents, relatives and friends who turned out over the course of the three days to support our strings’ project. Thanks to all of our parents in the orchestra who also encourage and lead our younger members. A special word of thanks to all of our class teachers and our two strings' tutors (Ciara and Nathan) for their hard work helping the pupils over the course of the year.
                                                                

Classes and Courses (Term 2-January-March 2014

Letters will be sent out regarding classes and courses starting in January 2014. If you are interested in these classes, please respond as soon as possible as places are limited and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis.

 
                                                     Home School Liaison News- January 2014
                                                                                                                           

Science Experiments Day:

 
On Tuesday, 14th of January 2014, parents of Senior Infant pupils were invited into the classes to carry out some science experiments. Our Senior Infants learned about floating and sinking and were surprised at how an unpeeled orange floats but a peeled orange sinks. Thanks to our parents and teachers who helped out on the day!                
                                                                                 

Shared Reading:


We are currently introducing a new reading programme into the Junior Infant classes called CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoy Reading). The Junior Infants had their first experience of CAPER in the school before Christmas. Between January and Easter we hope that the Junior Infants will start to bring home their own books and will be given a CAPER record sheet for their parents to record their reading.

Book Fair:


St. Peter’s held its annual book fair from Monday 20th-24th of January in the hall. All of the books were half price so there were great offers available. We had a huge number of parents in during the course of the week and they were also delighted to see the special offers on show. Our teachers were able to get 10% worth of ‘free books’ for their classes also. It was a very successful book fair this year and we hope that it helped to develop a love for reading in our pupils and parents alike

 
 


Classes and Courses (Term 2-January-March 2014)

Story Sacks:
‘Story Sacks’ classes started in St. Peter’s on Tuesday 21/01/14 from 12:30-2:00p.m. Classes take place each Tuesday in the parents’ room. In this class, parents make different resources (e.g. a ‘book bag’, word cards, a backdrop of a scene from the story) to accompany a book that they will read to their child. It is hoped that some of our parents will go into their child’s class and use the resources created during the ‘story sacs’ course.


Cookery Classes:
Cookery classes for parents started on Friday, 31/01/14 from 9:40a.m.-11:40a.m. in the parents’ room. If any parents are still interested in attending cookery classes, please contact our HSCL teacher. There will be no class on Friday, 7th of February (due to Confirmation taking place). Classes resume on February 14th .  
 
Science for Fun (3rd Classes):
Science for Fun will take place with 3rd classes over the course of 3 weeks in March. Pupils will have the opportunity to experiment, investigate, question, predict and explore while carrying out 3 Science experiments. Letters will be sent out to 3rd class parents within the next few weeks.

 
                                                                        March                                                                                                                           
Shared Reading:
Our CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoy Reading) programme in Junior Infants is going exceptionally well The Junior Infants had their first experience of CAPER in the school before Christmas. Later on we hope that the Junior Infants will start to bring home their own books and will be given a CAPER record sheet for their parents to record their reading.

 


World Book Day:


World Book Day took place on Thursday, 6th of March in St. Peter’s. Parents of pupils from Junior Infants (as part of our CAPER programme) and Senior Infants-2nd classes (Shared Reading programme) came into the school after lunch to share in the joy of reading with each class. In some classes, we had “station work” taking place where there were three or four parents reading different books to different groups. Overall it was a very successful programme and we wish to thank all of the parents who participated in our reading sessions.

 
 
Parents’ classes and courses:
Cookery and ‘Story Sacks’ classes have ended for the year. Thanks to our two tutors Vicky Henry (cookery) and Therese Yeates (Story Sacks) and all of our parents who participated in these classes over the course of the last eight weeks. I wish to also thank our computer class tutor, James O’ Keefee and the parents who took part in computer classes before Christmas.  

Our annual Celebration of Learning Ceremony will take place on Wednesday , 14th of May from 10a.m.-12p.m. in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Any parents who participated in ‘Cookery’, ‘Computers’ or ‘Story Sacks’ classes will be presented with certificates followed by refreshments. It will be a great chance to meet up with other parents and learn about courses, classes and services available in the area.

Science for Fun
Once again thanks our 3rd class parents who participated in the ‘Science for Fun’ programme in March. It again proved to be a very successful programme. Thanks also to our 3rd class teachers, Ms. Donald and Ms. Hughes.


                                                                                                                                   
Strings’ Project
Violin and viola lessons (running for 10 weeks) are restarting on Tuesday, 18th of March (Mondays from 24th of March) and Thursday 20th of March. If any parent would like their child to participate in classes, please contact Nathan Sherman (Violin/viola tutor-0872890323) or you can meet Mr. Ryan before or after school. Places will be offered on a first-come-first served basis as there are only a few places remaining.
                                                                           
                                                                                 April    

                                                                                            
Shared Reading:
Our CAPER (Children and Parents Enjoy Reading) programme in Junior Infants is progressing well. Mr. Ryan sent out letters to the Junior Infant parents reminding them about the programme. We hope that the Junior Infants will start to bring home their own books within the next few weeks. They will also be given a CAPER record sheet for their parents to record their reading.

 

Parents’ classes and courses:
Cookery’and ‘Story Sacks’ classes have ended for the year. Thanks to our two tutors Vicky Henry (cookery) and Therese Yeates (Story Sacks) and all of our parents who participated in these classes over the course of the last eight weeks. I wish to also thank our computer class tutor, James O’ Keefee and the parents who took part in computer classes before Christmas.  

Our annual Celebration of Learning Ceremony will take place on Wednesday , 14th of May from 10a.m.-12p.m. in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Any parents who participated in ‘Cookery’, ‘Computers’ or ‘Story Sacks’ classes will be presented with certificates followed by refreshments. It will be a great chance to meet up with other parents and learn about courses, classes and services available in the area.



Science for Fun
Once again I wish to thank our 3rd class parents who participated in the ‘Science for Fun’ programme in March. It again proved to be a very successful programme. Thanks also to our 3rd class teachers, Ms. Donald and Ms. Hughes. Any parents who were involved in the programme will be presented with certificates on Friday, 9th May in the parents’ room.
                                                                                                                                   

Strings’ Project
There will be no violin lessons (pupils in 2nd-5th classes) before or after school on Monday, 5th of May (Bank Holiday) or on Monday, 2nd of June (Bank Holiday).  Violin/viola lessons will conclude for the year on Thursday 5th of June and Monday 9th of June.  

 
Orchestras to perform in St. Peter’s
Any pupils involved in lessons on Mondays and Thursdays (before or after school) will showcase what they have learned over the past 10 weeks on Wednesday, 11th of June. This performance will be followed  by our combined parents’ and pupils’ string orchestras who will also perform . Our concert (which takes place in the hall) starts at 2:40 and should be finished by 3:20p.m. approximately. All parents/guardians are invited to attend what promises to be a wonderful celebration of music.
                                                                                         
St. Peter’s Proms-June 2014
Our orchestra performance will be followed by our St. Peter’s Proms’ performances on Wednesday, 18th of June (1st-5th classes) and Thursday, 19th of June (Junior and Senior Infants). All parents/guardians/family members and friends will be invited into the hall over the course of the two days to view their child’s strings’ classes in full flow. All of our pupils have made great progress since our last Peter’s Proms in December. We guarantee that all people present will be in for a treat!!!

 


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