October 2018 Newsletter

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School Website  

The new school website was launched on Friday 28th September.  The address is www.smaicollooney.school – a text message went out last week to advise that we will be uploading photos of school activities in the coming weeks & if you don’t wish for your child’s photo to be on our website please let Stacey know.

Book Fair

The scholastic Book Fair will arrive to both the Junior & Senior schools tomorrow (Tuesday 9th).  As is the usual practice, pupils will be allowed to view the books with their teachers during the week & purchases can be made from Friday 12th October.  The Book Fair will depart on Tuesday 16th October.  The school receives commission of 50% of total sales to invest in our own school library.

Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler

The Aladdin Connect system that we are currently using to communicate with parents have released a new Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler application.  We are going to test it out this year for our P/T meetings that will take place on Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November.  The time slots will be released to parents before the meetings & parents can pick an appointment time that best suits them. The parents that cannot make afternoon meetings still have the option of a morning meeting.  Please contact Stacey if you wish to schedule a morning appointment – availability will be limited for these.

NB: School will finish for pupils from 1st – 6th class at 2.30pm on both of these days to allow teachers to prepare for the meetings.  Junior & Senior Infants will go home at the usual time of 2pm.

Thank You!!

A massive thank you to John McKeon of Petstop who kindly sponsored brand new football kits for the boys’ & girls’ teams.  They are a fabulous design & we are very grateful to John.

Thumbs up for Mr Higgins who worked on the colour & design with the supplier!


Music Generation

Music Generation is being well received by the pupils that have already started their classes.  Parents are welcome to pay the music fee in a block payment if this is more convenient – however payment of €2 per week is perfectly fine.  Junior Infants will start their 14 week block in January.


  • Junior Infants – 2nd class will have a 14 week block costing €28 in total
  • 3rd class – 6th class will have a 26 week block costing €52 in total
  • The ASD class will have a 20 week block costing €40 in total

School Photos

Closing date for photo orders is this Friday 12th October.

Lost Property

There are a large number of coats in the Senior School that were left behind before the summer holidays.  If you are missing any items for your child pop into the school office & have a look.  We will recycle all the coats that haven’t been claimed on Monday 15th October.


Parents Association

Please see the About section on the website for the names and roles of the various parents including Class Reps on the Parents Association. Your attendance at the monthly meetings will be greatly appreciated.

Book Money

Just a reminder to settle up book fees as soon as you can.  Thank you to the parents that have already paid.


Mid-term Break

School will finish up on Thursday 25th October to facilitate the Polling Day on the 26th & the Mid-term Break.  Classes will finish at the usual times. School recommences on Monday the 5th of November.


As usual, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school.  Thank you for your support.


Paul & Staff