MONSTER CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

30th November, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

MONSTER CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

As our Christmas Fair will not take place this year we intend to host a Monster Christmas Raffle.    A huge thanks to all that have made donations to date.  We will continue to accept offers of prizes/donations through the school offices (johnstownbns@gmail.com, office@johnstowngns.ie.)

As in previous years, a book of tickets will be issued to each family at a cost of €5 per ticket or a book of 5 for €20.  The draw will take place on Monday, December 21st at 11am in the school and will be available online through a live feed.

Tickets can be returned to the class teacher in a sealed envelope.  All Covid 19 Guidelines will be observed and tickets and money will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Tickets will be issued to each family before then end of the week. Additional books of tickets will be available from the offices.  We will continue to update the list of prizes and communicate these to you.

We thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Caroline and Neil.

Monster Christmas Raffle

Our Lady of Good Counsel Schools         

  Johnstown, Dun Laoghaire.     

23rd November 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Unfortunately in this Covid climate the Annual Christmas Fair will not take place.  The schools are totally dependent on income from the Fair to provide essential school equipment and resources for classroom and school use.  Many of the class activities could not be funded without this assistance.  For parents that are new to the school this is our main fundraiser which raises circa €25,000.  

A number of parents have been in contact with the schools to ask how they can help with fundraising in these unusual times.    

We intend to hold a Monster Christmas Raffle just before the Christmas holidays.  Here are the ways you can help:

  1. Donate a prize
  2. Donate luxury items such as a hotel break, restaurant voucher, 
  3. Access to discounted items/vouchers that could be used in the raffle through work or friends
  4. Donations
  5. Buying the tickets
  6. Selling tickets to family, work colleagues

If you have any ideas for future fundraising or any other assistance you could give, please contact the office.

Full details on the Christmas Monster Raffle will be issued next week but at the moment please contact the school office by Friday 27th office@johnstowngns.ie or johnstownbns@olgc.ie if you can help in any way towards prizes for the Monster Christmas Raffle.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Caroline & Neil

JPA Annual AGM Meeting – Wednesday 23rd September 2020 @ 8.00pm

The JPA Annual AGM Meeting –

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 @ 8.00pm

The Johnstown Parents Association (JPA) Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd September 2020 @ 8.00pm.  As a parent/guardian of a child in Johnstown you are member of the Parents’ Association.

Your ideas and support will be crucial in helping to make the Parents’ Association a success.  We are holding our meeting on Zoom and we would be grateful if you could;

  • Send any questions by email to us in advance of the meeting

We have a number of committee members leaving this year and we would welcome new members to join the committee.  The JPA Committee normally meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.15pm. All parents/ guardians are invited to attend and we will publish a list of meeting dates for 2020/2021.

Many thanks,

JPA Committee

JPAconnect@gmail.com

School calendars 2020

School calendars for 2020 are now available!!!
€10.00 each
On sale Tues – Fri
09.00-09.30 at each school entrance👍

Please give money to your Children or drop in.

Here’s a sneak preview!

Many thanks JPA

Table Quiz

Please share! This is great fun.. Sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Table Quiz - Sign up early to avaoid disappointment.

The prize is the Leo Clancy Cup.

Base wood fired pizza are providing complimentary pizzas for us to sell by the slice at the family quiz this Friday night to raise funds for the schools.


https://www.basewfp.com/
 


AND – We have great raffle prizes to be won on the night including vouchers and cinema tickets.

Table Quiz - Don't miss it!
Base wood fired pizza are providing complimentary pizzas for us to sell by the slice at the family quiz this Friday night to raise funds for the schools

Family Subscription 2019/2020

We are delighted to advise you that the Johnstown Parents’ Association will continue its work following the Annual General Meeting on the 24th September 2019. Thanks to all the parents who attended and we hope you enjoyed the excellent Internet Safety Talk from Zeeko.

Welcome to Ruth, Janice, Sarah, Sam and Sarah who join us this year. The association aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year.

The Parents’ Association does not have a fundraising role and we have some expenses for which we need your help. We would like to ask each family for a voluntary subscription of €10 for expenses to be covered in 2019/2020.

Contributions are needed for:
 The annual insurance premium is €205
 Costs for speakers and events such as Ice Cream Day!
 Catering costs to cover the Communion and Confirmation events.

Please return your donation to the school in the envelope provided with your name and class where it will be collected or if you prefer to pay electronically, please use the following details:

BIC: ULSB IE 2D IBAN: IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69

Please note that any excess funds raised by the association are donated back to the school. We appreciate your support and thank you in advance. Yours sincerely,
Christine Higgins
Chairperson

JPA Class Groups
It has come to our attention that some parents of the Junior Infants Girls’ School classes have not yet joined the class WhatsApp group. These groups are helpful for sharing communications from JPA, homework queries and also for organising parties and events.

A class representative has been assigned to each junior infant class:
Ms Raymond – Sinead Peacock
Ms Reid – Jane Rush
Ms Breen – Allison Kearney & Karen Bennett

If you would like to join the class WhatsApp group approach your class rep and provide your phone number or go to our website and log your details:
https://jpaconnect.com/2019/10/10/class-reps/

JPA Calendar 2020 22nd October 2019
It is that time of year again where we plan for the JPA School Calendar. The themes for each class are the same as last year:

ClassTheme
Junior InfantsPrincess/Superheroes
Senior InfantsValentines
FirstHalloween
SecondSt Patricks Day
ThirdChristmas
FourthHappy New Year
FifthSports Jerseys
SixthCrazy Hair
The MeadowEaster

Save the Date: Table Quiz
Our table quiz will be on Friday 8th November @ 7.30pm. To book a table of 4 (2 Adults 2 Kids) e-mail jpaconnect@gmail.com.

Prizes
We are always looking for prizes for raffles and events. If you have your own business and would like to donate a prize it would be much appreciated.

JPA is Going Green
To save paper, all JPA correspondence will be issued in the future via our website circulation list.

Sign up for future JPA updates and events by clicking on the follow button on the bottom right-hand side of the JPA website or if you use facebook or Twitter we are there too.

If you would like to get in touch with the JPA, you can contact us by email, jpaconnect@gmail.com

JPA Newsletter - Family Subscriptions
JPA Newsletter.

JPA AGM

Tuesday 24th September 2019 Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Johnstown Girls’ School Date:

Author of Weaving Wellbeing Fiona Forman announced for this years JPA AGM

Helping Children to Manage Stress and Strong Emotions

Johnstown Parents’ Association are delighted to inform you that we have organised for Fiona Forman author of ‘Weaving Well-being’ to speak to parents at our next Annual General Meeting.

Fiona is a regular media contributor on children’s well-being and has spoken on this subject at conferences at both national and international level. Fiona is passionate about the mental health and well-being of children and in helping them to achieve their true potential. Fiona has designed and implemented a well-being programme which has received immensely positive feedback. She has delivered talks to parents and teachers on Positive Psychology and its application to education. For further information: http://weavingwellbeing.com As this event is sponsored by the JPA and supported by the schools we hope it will be well attended by parents/guardians. To book your place, please e-mail jpaconnect@gmail.com.
If you have any suggestions for future talks/ training programmes, please e-mail JPA connect jpaconnect@gmail.com or contact us through our website, http://www.jpaconnect.com.

We would love to hear from you!

Johnstown Parents’ Association (JPA) Spring Newsletter May 2019

Easter Competition

Well done to all the children who took part in the Easter Competition and thank you to the parents who supported it. We raised €548 and this will go towards activities for the children throughout the year. We have included some examples of the fantastic art entered.

Jumpzone Fun Night

Many thanks for supporting the Jumpzone fun night on Friday 10th
May 2019. Over 130 children from both schools attended.

School Communion 18th May (GNS) 25th May (BNS) Help Needed!

The JPA support the school in catering for the parents and children after Mass. If you are free to volunteer on the morning of the communion to serve tea and coffee, please let your class representative know. We also rely on your donations of cakes. You can drop cakes to the GNS the day before and on the morning of the communion. As the election is on the 24th, non-perishable items can be dropped to the BNS on Thursday 23rd and on the morning of the communion. Many thanks.

Future Talks

Supporting Your Child’s Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

Johnstown Parents’ Association has invited the National Parents Council Primary to provide an information evening. This programme supports parents/guardians to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. The programme also explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur.

Venue: Johnstown Girls’ School
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Time: 7.30 – 9.30
€2 at the door

To confirm your place, please e-mail jpaconnect@gmail.com

JPA AGM 2019
As a parent/guardian, you are an automatic member of our Parents’ Association. Your ideas and support will be crucial in helping to make the Parents’ Association a success. The JPA Committee meets on the first
Tuesday of every month at 8.15pm. All parents/guardians are invited to attend. We are planning for the AGM to take place in late September.

Family Subscription

The Parents’ Association aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year. The subscription is €10 per family or whatever you can afford will be much appreciated. We appreciate your support to date.

Please return your donation to the school where it will be collected or if you prefer to pay electronically, please use the following details:

BIC: ULSB IE 2D
IBAN: IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69

If you would like to get in touch with the JPA, you can contact us by email,
jpaconnect@gmail.com, or through our website contact form. Please don’t forget to sign up to our website and facebook page or follow us on twitter @jpaconnect for updates and list of events.

Backpacks for the homeless

Well done Aine and everyone involved!

The biggest ‘THANK YOU’ ever to the Staff, students, parents, and all the friends of Johnstown BNS and myself for helping make an outstanding 185 backpacks that will be donated towards Inner-city helping the homeless and A Lending hand Christmas backpack appeal.

There are also several boxes full of food, cereals, biscuits, selection boxes and treats, wash gear, 6 boxes of socks, a box of underwear, and 2 boxes of baby clothes and bags of children’s and adults clothes, coats, and umbrellas.

You will make so many people happy this Christmas knowing they’re cared for and that they matter. Thanks to Centra Johnstown Road, and Dunnes stores for their help and very generous donations again this year. Thanks to Amanda, Mikey, and Katie Hayes for all your help shopping.

Thanks to Valerie Brennan, Bernie O’Dowd, Daragh Bennett, and Eileen Taylor for all your help sorting and packing bags, and thanks to Mr Geoghegan for collecting extra backpacks for me and all your help.

Thanks to Cafe solo and their customers along with the Ulsterbank staff for their amazing donations. Backpacks and boxes will be collected on Friday! Thank you all so much.

Áine Hayes (S.N.A)

GET ACTIVE FOR JOHNSTOWN!!

WALK, RUN, CYCLE or SWIM,….JUST GET MOVING!
The JPA is asking everyone to join in this fun and interactive way of raising much needed funds for the boys and girls schools. Feel good and show your school spirit!

Pledge 1 euro for every km you and your family members complete over the Halloween weekend… AND before you go, ask a sponsor (or 2) to match your donation.

SIGN UP HERE https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQ_wBa5j3q4EaD_JeIFj31mNgx8Wc1kD8Ls5kJJGUKpoj1OQ/viewform

Keep track of the number of kilometres you and your family complete doing your favorite activities. Take a hike dressed as Dracula or cycle wearing a tutu. Send us a pic of your day out! Prizes will be given, so get creative and get movin!

Help Reach Our Goal of 500km
We have corporate sponsorship, matching up to €500!

QUESTIONS?

JPAconnect@gmail.com Or 0871427701

From DLR Sports Partnership – Keeping families active

DLR Sports Partnership would be grateful if you could circulate the email below to your parents /student contact database. We have devised challenges to keep families active at home as we realise the importance of physical and mental health during this uncertain time. Please feel free to read the content below before sending.

Kind regards

The DLR Sports Partnership Team

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We in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership know that this is a very uncertain and daunting time for everyone. But we also know that being active and having fun with your family is so important for our physical and mental health especially at the moment. So we’ve put together four different activity Challenges to suit all ages and abilities. They’re easy to get involved in, a great way to keep motivated and best of all you can do them around the home with your family.

 

All Challenges will run for the next 4 weeks and we’d really love to hear how you progress through them by sharing on social media using #BeActive and emailing us at sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie. Of course please make sure to follow all Department of Health guidelines with regards to Covid-19 and maintain Social Distancing https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/

 

 

Please see our website www.dlrsportspartnership.ie to view more details on all the Challenges and on the other work we do.

 

1 -The Grandparents 15 Minute Challenge

Who – for children and their grandparents

What – a fun challenge to encourage children to make regular phone contact with their grandparents and engage in activities with them (physical, social and mental).

How – just print off the attached flyer/chart, fill it in as you go and email back to use when you’re finished.

 

2 -Move to the Rhythm Dance Challenge 

Who – for children and teenagers

What – visit our new YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPhBXjgEPP2wcLJeWpwSbQw to catch our dance tutor Cayisha demonstrate part of a new professionally choreographed routine each day from Monday to Thursday. Then join her again on Friday to go through the entire dance.

How – just watch and learn the routine each day, practice at home, record yourself (and your family) bringing the entire dance together on Friday and email us a clip.

 

3 -The Fighting Fit Challenge 

Who – for teenagers and adults

What – fancy a tough but achievable fitness challenge? Have you ever played Call Of Duty and thought you could hold our own, but could you pass the fitness test to really join in? Here’s our chance. We will post a fitness program each week that if you follow will culminate in you matching yourself against the Irish Army fitness test to see if you would make the grade.

How – just follow the weekly exercise programs, get into a healthy routine and try the fitness test at home after 4 weeks.

 

4 -The Scrambled Leg Challenge 

Who – for families and all ages

What – we’ve gotten out the measuring tape and have picked a few well known Irish landmarks that you and your family can pick to add up the kilometers from your daily walks to reach your chosen destination. This is a great one to also build in elements of geography, history, and maths for the budding homeschoolers among us.

How – just print off the attached flyer/chart, fill it in as you go and email back to us when you’re finished.

 

We hope these Challenges will help to build in the important daily activity and fun we all need, but if you have any queries or suggestions for other initiatives we’d love to hear from you.

 

The Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership Team

Fostering Active Communities – Downloads Move to the Rhythm Dance Challenge The Fighting Fit Challenge The Grandparents 15 Minute Challenge The Scrambled Leg Walk Challenge