October 2015 Newsletter
Swimming lessons start in Roscommon Pool on Thursdays in November & December for all pupils. The cost of swimming is €50 for 7 lessons. (€25 bus + €25 lessons)
Please send money for swimming to school before the end of the lessons. Thank you.
Please return all book rental, etc. money ASAP. Please ensure all rented books are covered.
School Self Evaluation
Pupils will continue to do weekly Problem Solving comprehension cards as part of their homework activities.
Pupils from 2nd – 6th are participating in “Maths Games Mondays” between 2 -3 pm.
Staff completed CPD in Numeracy in problem solving on Thursday 15th October in Rahara NS with Claire Coroon between 4-6pm. Mrs. Costello also invited local schools to the CPD Maths training. A second workshop will take place on 5th November from 4 -6pm.
Pupils from 2nd – 6th class have started PALS. PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies) is a reading programme which builds fluency and comprehension skills. In PALS, pupils work in pairs to help each other improve their reading and comprehension skills. PALS takes place three days per week, between 2-3pm.
We have bought 50 new differentiated novels for the PALS programme. Pupils are undergoing PALS training during October and the programme will be fully implemented after Mid-Term.
The staff have chosen Gaeilge as the 3rd subject for S.S.E. A PDST Gaeilge advisor will visit our school on 4th November to assist the staff with the Gaeilge School Improvement Plan.
School will finish at 2pm on Thursday 22nd October for all pupils to facilitate a staff meeting from 2 -4pm.
School will close at 3pm
on Friday 23rd October for Mid-Term Break. It will re-open on Monday 2nd November @ 9:20am.
Pupils may dress up for Halloween on Friday 23rd October.
Super Troopers is a Healthy Homework programme designed to increase children’s level of physical activity. Children should complete their short activity nightly from their Activity Journal. Children can complete this alone or get parents involved. Please sign this Journal weekly.
Lost & Found
There are significiant amount of unclaimed items of clothing in our school. These have been placed in a basket inside the front door. Please feel free to have a browse. Any unclaimed items will be donated to charity over the mid-term break.
The Library van will visit our school on Tuesday 10th November.
Fire Safety Week
Members of Roscommon Fire Brigade will visit our school on Tuesday 20th October to give a fire safety workshop to all students.
1916 Centenary Celebrations
Members of the Defence Forces will visit our school on Friday 11th December to present us with the National Flag and read the Proclamation of the Republic. The flag will be raised on Proclamation Day, 15th March 2016. We hope that all family members can attend our Centenary Celebration on 11th December. Light refreshments will be served.
Congratulations to all Senior pupils who participated in a soccer competition in Donamon last Tuesday with St John’s NS. Great success was had by all.
5th & 6th classes have been invited to a Hurling Blitz in St. Dominic’s on Monday 19th October between 11-12:30. Mrs Costello will attend the blitz. 3rd & 4th classes will remain in school with Ms. Connolly.
Goal Jersey Day 2015
Thank you all for your donations to GOAL. €70 was raised and the monies was donated to GOAL.
All pupils participated in a Tree Day Nature walk and Scavanger hunt. The Juniors planted a Hazel tree in our Biodiversity garden. All photos are available to see on www.facebook.com/RaharaNationalSchool. You do not need a facebook account to access our facebook page.
Parent’s nominations should be returned to the school ASAP. A secret ballot will be held shortly to elect 2 new parent nominees to our BOM.