13th November 2017

Parent Association Evening Meeting                            Tuesday 14th November 8pm in Main School

Advent Fair                                                                      Saturday 2nd December 12 to 4.30pm

Primary Language Curriculum Training                      Thursday 14th December SCHOOL CLOSED

Children’s Festival                                                             Thursday 21st December @1.20pm

Parents’ Festival                                                                        Friday 22nd December 10am

Christmas Break:                  Monday 25th December 2017 – Friday 5th January 2018            (school closes at 12pm on Friday 22nd December)

Open Day                                                                         Saturday 10th February

Half Term Break:                                                             Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2018


       Verse of the Week

My will is filled with fire and might;

As days grow shorter, it burns bright!

I face the world; I have no fear.

And many things become more clear:

For though there’s much that I don’t understand as yet,

I seek for light.


From – In the Light of a Child

Michael Hedley Burton




School Closure:

As sanctioned by the Department of Education, the school will be closed on Thursday 14th December to facilitate the teachers’ attendance at a full-day seminar on the new Primary Language Curriculum.


NEW Emergency Care Authorisation Forms:

Please return any outstanding emergency care authorisation forms asap to the office. There is a form attached with the Newsletter.

Many thanks, Cecily


Emergency School Closures                              In the event that the school needs to close unexpectedly, due to a power or water outage, we will endeavour to contact all parents via text message as early as possible. Please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone number.


Parent-Teacher Communications

The school places great importance on parents being easily able to speak with their children’s teachers about any questions or concerns that might arise.  At the same time there is an important balance to be respected in terms of teachers’ personal lives outside the working day in school.

Requests to speak with teachers should be made either by contacting the school office, or by writing in the child’s Home-School book.

It follows therefore that it is not appropriate for parents to contact teachers on their personal telephone numbers or personal email addresses. Thank you in advance for respecting this procedure.


PA Meeting:                                                                

The Parent Association hold an evening meeting per term for parents who cannot attend morning meetings due to work or other daytime commitments.

This term the meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday November 14th at 8pm in the main school.


Keep your old clothes and rags! 

The PA are planning “The Great East Clare Clothes Swap”! Next term (date tbc) there will be a fundraising event for the school involving bringing along clothes which your family are not using to swap with clothes from other families. There will also be a rags for recycling collection. The more clothes you bring, the more swaps you can make, so save up your stuff and watch out for further details of the clothes swap early next year.


ADVENT FAIR 2017                                     

Dear parents. The fair team are gathering all resources and ideas for the fair in a few weeks. The school very much appreciate your time and support. If you find that you would like to offer some extra time or support on the day or before, do please contact the team on

Some information and updates for now.

School community Opening of the Advent Fair.

This year the Fair team have created some time before the Fair begins for our school community to gather, join the children in song and light the advent wreath. Both Ciara and Nell will welcome all. We would be encouraging parents to come that little bit earlier – be there for 12 noon if you can –  and join us for this special little addition to the day. We will also be gathering after the activities stop – after the raffle at the end and the fair has closed for the day. The children of RWSNS and ALFA will be learning the attached songs in preparation. Please feel free to learn them too.

Extra things :

  • Decorating Team : we are making a request for someone to lead the Decorating team for the fair this year. We have approx. 3 people that are willing to assist. If you feel like you would be inspired to be a part of this team. (this time would be on the Friday before the fair) please contact
  • Donations : In the coming weeks, class reps will be in touch about collecting donations for the Children’s Stall, Wreath Making, Cafe and Decorating
  • Raffle: Raffle Tickets (book of 5 tickets) will be going home in children’s bags for each family to sell. This will happen the week before the fair.  In the meantime if you have any gifts/services to offer to the raffle please contact Lavender 0857476437
  • Posters/advertising. The poster for this fair will be ready for distribution in the next week. A poster (A5 size) will be sent home with each child for you to put on your car window. A Facebook event has been made for the fair, if you are on facebook maybe take the time to share this event.

With thanks and blessings

The Advent Fair Team



Eurythmy Classes

For Parents and Friends


9:15—10:15 am

Christian Community, Tuamgraney


7:45—8:45 pm

ALFA Learning Centre

Contact  Roxanne Leonard



Singing for parents with very little ones

Ebanie Powell is going to be running a morning singing group for parents with little ones on a Friday morning, 9:30 – 10:30 at the East Clare Community Co-op, Ralahine room.

This will be a relaxed space where smallies are welcome to sleep/ toddle/ cry/ crawl/ play/ feed/ whatever they need but we will also get some lovely harmonies going. I’m suggesting the little ones would be under 2, but will trust your judgment on whether this will work for you and your child. I’ll bring the songs but we will hold the space collectively.

Parents are welcome to invite support people who would like to sing and help hold the space.

There will be three sessions this year, on the 1st, 8th, 15th December. €6 per adult.

Looking forward to yumminess! Ebanie


Craft Workshops:

18/19th November 10-4 80 euros including all materials. A lovely opportunity to create a beautiful doll for a child you love, a genuine keepsake to be treasured. I will guide you through the process so that you leave with a complete doll.
Bookings Grace 0877198587

25th November School of Felt
The children will be making wrist warmers either for themselves or as a present.
10-1 20 euros all materials included.
Bookings Grace 0877198587


Free Concert:

Original Music and Song of the Canticle of Creation  
St. Francis of Assisi Franciscan Friary, Ennis 
November 16th at 19.00

The “Canticle of Creation” is a song of praise written by Francis of Assisi as he approached death midst illness and disability. As the Franciscan poet Murray Bodo has written, as Francis’ turning to God unfolded and he was gripped by the fact of the Incarnation, nature became holy for him. He was enthralled by God’s presence in the created order. Francis calls out to all of creation as brother and sister, revealing the core of the Franciscan worldview: that God is the source of all being; that the Creator God is the Parent; that all creatures therefore are brother and sister to one another; that everything deserves love and respect.


Do you want to learn Spanish?

You can now.

It is your opportunity.

Lessons are for children and adults.


Every Thursday for an hour.

Small groups (maximum 8 people per group)

A Spanish native with a degree in teaching in Primary Education

The lessons will be in Scariff in the East Clare Community Co-op

If you want to attend please contact Antonio on 0892584037

Price €60 for 6 weeks or €12 per session

Half price on your first day!! (Only €5)

Classes start on Thursday 9th of November at 5pm till 6pm


Snowgrass Merino Clothing:

If you are looking for warm base layers for your child check out Snowgrass Merino Clothing. All of their clothing is made from 100% Merino Wool which is the softest of all wools so that it can be worn right next to the skin with no irritation. In fact it is so soft that it hardly feels or looks like wool at all! They have a fantastic range of colours in Long Sleeved Base Layer Tops, Leggings, Neck Gaiters and Beanies, and even some Adult items as well. The clothes can all be easily washed in a normal cycle and dry very quickly due to their lightweight. Snowgrass are offering a 10% discount on all orders. Please enter Welcome as a promotional code. Visit



Lady Lilith Vintage in collaboration with
The Killaloe Hotel & Spa present:

Vintage Christmas Fair & Afternoon Tea
 The magical atmosphere of the Killaloe Hotel & Spa is the ideal setting for Vintage Fair and an Afternoon Tea on
Sun December 10th 11-5pm!
Our fair will include a collection of vintage, craft and beauty stalls with: vintage and pre-loved glamorous dresses, handbags, shoes, accessories, trinkets and more.
A treasure trove of curious, vintage and hand-made crafts and vintage inspired gifts and natural beauty products.

Grab the girls and come along to our vintage fair, scoop up a very special Christmas gift for yourself or your loved ones! Treat yourselves to a great girly and family day out with an afternoon tea to start the pre- Christmas season.

*THE GLAMOROUS 20S STYLE AFTERNOON TEA will be served at the ‘View’ newly refurbished cocktail room at the hotel. It will include a sparkling glass of prosecco – only 20 euro pp!
For bookings call The Killaloe Hotel & Spa: +353 61 376 000
***Price for best dressed 20’s style lady.
In the spirit of the #MeToo campaign, this event will be supporting the empowerment of women and will raise funds for ‘Clare Haven’ services.
If you would like to be a trader in the fair please send an email to:
Also, you can find us on Facebook
@Avia.lady.lilith and in our website:
Only 20 spots are available and they are filling fast, so contact us asap and will do our best to fit you in.
Stalls are: 35 euro and 6ft long table or 5ft round table are provided
Free parking; only €3 entry



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