Summer 2021 Newsletter

School Year
The JPA would like to thank the board of management and all the staff in the Meadows, the girl’s and the boy’s school for their support, advice and the tremendous work done by the schools during lockdown. We are reminded of the opportunities provided for children to see their classmates over Zoom, the innovative ways to keep the children stimulated with various guest speakers, and interactive ways of learning as the children found their way during a very surreal time. As the schools re-opened the children received such a warm welcome from staff and it was reassuring for all families to see the extent of the measures taken to keep our children safe. The return to school was seamless for the
children and it is a credit to the schools for instilling such high standards during such uncertain times. A daily reminder of the care and thought by staff for children is evident when approaching the school gates and seeing the hug trees swaying in the wind, a beautiful symbolic way to enable the children to express their love for those they missed during lockdown.

Retirement of Principal Neil Cadogan
Students past and present will be aware of the indelible mark Principal Neil Cadogan has made on their educational journey. He has been a member of staff with the boy’s school for 43 years. We are indebted to him for his dedication and unwavering commitment to prioritise the boys and for promoting a person-centered ethos in the school. On behalf of the parents and guardians of all the boys we would like to sincerely thank Neil and wish him well on his retirement. A gift shall be arranged with the annual subscriptions given by parents to the JPA as an appreciation from all of us for Neil’s contribution and incredible leadership during his years of service. A comment page has been set up on the website jpaconnect.com for all who would like to leave messages for Neil before his departure.
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Save The Date
The Johnstown Parents Association AGM shall be held on the 22 nd September so we would encourage all of you to save the date and attend on the night. More details shall follow closer to the time. The guest speaker on the night is Fiona Foreman, an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology.

Having spent many years as a primary school teacher, she is absolutely passionate about placing well-being at the heart of school life, and she has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. Fiona is the co-author of Weaving Well-Being, an SPHE
programme which is now widely used in primary schools. Fiona holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology, the science of well-being, from the University of East London. This promises to be a very informative evening and we anticipate a big turnout having such a renowned speaker. Details for registering your interest to attend will be circulated in mid- September.
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Call for Class Reps
The role of Class Rep is an integral one. As Class Rep you are the link between the schools, parents and JPA. More information is due to follow on how to get involved, particularly for parents or guardians of children commencing in the schools in September. The JPA Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.15pm (currently via Zoom) and a Class Rep from each class is asked to attend. This is important so that parents and students are evenly and fairly represented in decisions. The JPA would like to thank all the 6 th Class Reps for their assistance and help throughout the years.
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Bereavement Policy
The schools invite the JPA to review policies on an ongoing basis. The JPA proposed a bereavement policy with a flyer to be circulated to families who may require support. Parents have found it helpful to have meals provided for them so that they can be free to focus on important matters during this difficult time. Home cooked meals will be arranged to be delivered in a discreet manner to families. This will be incorporated into the critical incident policy of the schools and should you wish to avail of this service please do not hesitate to contact the schools for more information.
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Uniform Swap
As we come to the end of the term and break for the holidays the JPA have organised a link for parents to avail of for
uniform swaps. For more information log onto https://jpaconnect.com/2021/06/14/uniforms/
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Ice Cream Days
To compliment the fun activities that the schools have been busy organising for the children, the JPA have arranged ice cream days for the students and staff of both schools on the 23rd and the 24th June. This is a tradition that has always been much appreciated by the children and we are delighted to arrange such a treat to mark the break for the summer.
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6th Class Yearbook
The JPA came up with an idea for a keepsake which parents may wish to organise on an annual basis for students in their final year with the schools. It is a 6 th class yearbook. The girl’s school have organised something in the past which students greatly cherished. We wanted to share this idea with parents should they wish to organise something for their children when the time comes. For more information, please contact your Class Rep who will be able to provide you with an information sheet as to how to go about arranging one for your child’s class.
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Funds Raised by the JPA
The funds raised from August 2020 to June 2021 are as follows:

Get Active Fundraiser €2779
JPA Subscriptions €3580
Calendar Ads €1650
Sale of Calendar €3,300
TOTAL €11,309


Funding Proposal
The JPA are delighted to support the schools in any way that we can. This term we approached the principals to see how we could contribute financially to the schools. It is thanks to you that we can donate €1,000 to both the boy’s and the girl’s school. The girl’s school have identified the need for iPads which will be a huge benefit to the school and the
boy’s school wish to re-do their sensory room which is a therapeutic calming space with a variety of equipment enabling children to focus themselves so they can be better equipped for learning and interacting with others.
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If you would like to find out ways in which you could join the JPA or get involved in events throughout the calendar year, please do not hesitate to contact the JPA at jpaconnect@gmail.com

The staff having a coffee outdoors in the run up to Christmas provided by the JPA as a thank you for the fantastic work they do.
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Thank you all for your continued support in making a positive impact on the children’s school experience by enabling the JPA to assist the schools on your behalf. The JPA hope that you all have a lovely summer break. We look forward to engaging with you once again in September.

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You can download the PDF of our newsletter here.

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 the 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

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

Family Movie Night!!!

The JPA would like to invite you to a Family Movie Night.

Please complete the booking form online to secure your place https://forms.gle/uHwn56UvcGpNgz2K8 .

Payment must be sent in before the 7th of February or your tickets are not guaranteed on the night.

A JPA rep will be at the school entrance next Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri from 8.50-9.15am

 

 

Please clearly mark the envelope with parents’ name attending, child(ren) attending, teacher’s name and classroom.

 

A confirmation email will be sent out to confirm your booking

 

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.

Hello to all parents!

We would like to welcome everyone back to the new school year and a special welcome to the new parents joining the school.
We hope all the boys and girls have settled back in nicely. It’s going to be another fun & exciting year with all our events and new plans!!!
We would like to bring your attention to a very important event coming up:

Annual General Meeting.

The 2018 JPA AGM details are as follows:
Date: Thursday 20th September
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Johnstown Boys School

Please note:
As the majority of the committee members are leaving this year, your Parents Association needs you!

The following is just a brief idea as to what is involved with being a member:
– One evening a month for meetings
– Willing to help with organising the fun activities for the boys and girls
– Helping to support the school social events
– Enthusiasm and a team player

The JPA raises approximately €10,000 per annum which is shared between the schools.

These funds are paid towards:
• Ice Cream day
• Communion and Confirmation breakfasts
• School Graduation
• Easter Art Competition
• 6th Class Social
• School Donations

Without new committee members, none of this can happen. We encourage you all to come along to the AGM.

Best regards,
James, Paula, Lynne, Bernadette, Elaine, Siobhan, Caroline, Fiona, Gemma, Tim & Joe.

 

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