Early school closure Wednesday 14th February. Children go home at 11:30am

Staff remain on site for training in Child Safeguarding Policy as part of a national initiative.

Our two day midterm follows on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February 2018.

Whole day school closure Tuesday 27th February.

As part of the national literacy plan, teachers receive training in the Primary Language Curriculum. The Board will fund SNA training in well-being and communications.

Storyteller Batt Burns captures the imagination of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes

Recycle old iPods

Do you have a spare or unwanted ipod at home? We plan to expand our use of audiobooks in the school  and we are looking for donations of  ipods or mp3 players. If you have an ipod you would like to donate, please drop it off at the office or in the upstairs lobby with Ms.Kennedy.

  

Health and Safety

Thank you to everyone who has kept sick children home. The ‘flu is still affecting many in the school community so do continue to keep sick children home. See link:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/F/Flu-influenza-%2C-seasonal/Symptoms-of-seasonal-flu.html

We have been alerted to a case of Scarlet Fever in the school. Please click on the link below for further information

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/S/Scarlet-fever/

Board of Management Summary Report

A meeting of DSPNS Board of Management (BOM) was held on Monday 22nd January 2018

Items on the agenda included the Treasurer’s Report, Principal’s Report, Communications Report, Maintenance report, Voluntary Contributions report, and Buildings report.  Specific items included:

  1. The Board thanks those who have submitted Voluntary Contributions of €15,877 to date.
  2. The Board requests support for planning 40th birthday celebrations of DSP. More information to follow.

Next meeting: Monday 5th March 2018 7:30pm

Zeeko Internet Safety Talk

We had a super talk for children, teachers, SNAs and parents/guardians on 11th January 2018. Dave, the presenter, spoke about how important it is that we empower children to develop digital health. Parents/Guardians were encouraged to oversee friends on Snapchat – check children only have friends who are friends in the real world.

One way towards safe internet use is for children to develop a relationship with a chat-buddy i.e. a trusted, non-judgemental adult. Children know more about internet games etc., yet older family members have more life experience, maturity and wisdom – and have dealt with many issues.

Two tips:

  1. Turn off location on children’s devices to prevent them being tracked through Snapchat or Instagram etc.
  2. Use the T-shirt rule: get children to think are you proud of what you are posting?
  3. Stop     Block   and Tell

For more information, see the following links:

commensensemedia.com – good for parents to learn how to deal with internet

http://www.zeeko.ie