Hello From The New Team!

Our newsletter in pdf format can be found here: – https://johnstownparentconnections.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/jpa-newsletter-oct-21.pdf

Welcome

Hello from the Johnstown Parents Association and welcome to the first newsletter for this school year. We are delighted to
advise you that the Parent’s association will continue its work following the AGM on the 22 nd of September 2021.

Thanks to all the parents who attended and we hope you enjoyed the excellent talk from our guest speaker, Fiona Foreman on
Raising Resilient Children; approaches from Positive Psychology. It’s going to be another fun and exciting year with all our events and new plans!!!


We say farewell and thank you to the committee members who have stepped down and are delighted to welcome our new members; Liam, Jennifer, Emer and Sarah.

Congratulations to Our First Communicants At long last, our 4th and 3rd Class boys and girls celebrated their First Holy Communion during the month of September after having their original celebrations delayed by COVID in the last year.

A huge congratulations to the boys and girls and a huge thanks to the parents, teachers and of course Father John for making this
such a special occasion.

The Christmas Calendar is Back!
Pictures were taken earlier this month in preparation for the much loved Christmas Calendar. Look out for more information regarding ordering through your Class WhatsApp group. If you would like to advertise your business, please email us at jpaconnect@gmail.com

IPADS 4 Kids
We are focusing fundraising for the purchasing of IPads for the School. With the increased usage / need for IPads, we want to help; for 2021 / 2022, all our events will be with the objective of fundraising for the purchase of new School IPads for our Kids. Come on board.

A Message from the JPA Chair Person (Liam Dillon)
Thank you for the honour of leading the JPA for the 2021 / 2022 school year. My objective is for the committee to connect the parent, children and school in working towards the best for our children. The JPA Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 8.15pm. All parents/ guardians are invited to attend. Your views are our agenda

Email: jpaconnect@gmail.com
Website: www.jpaconnect.com.

Family Subscription
All fundraising money goes directly to the school. Therefore, a small amount of €10 is needed from each family to help the
association run. This will go towards:
● Annual insurance premium of €205
● Hosting our parents and children events during 2021 / 2022
● Catering costs to cover the Communion and

Confirmation events. Please use the below links to make your €10 contribution.

Girls School:
https://www.databizsolutions.ie/login

Boys School:
https://www.aladdin.ie/signin

OR by bank transfer. Please be sure to include your child’s name!
BIC: ULSB IE 2D
IBAN: IE59 ULSB 9859 5076 1833 69

Trivia
Here are some great board-game suggestion for the Winter ahead
● Ticket To Ride Europe (8+)
● Dobble (6+)
● Travel Monopoly (5+)

Enjoy.

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.

The JPA was delighted to welcome the Barista Bike

The JPA was delighted to welcome the Barista Bike on Monday December 21st to provide coffees and pastries for the teachers and staff of the boys and girls schools. The hard work of both schools has been remarkable and is very much appreciated by all parents. Merry Christmas to all of you and your families and a happy new year!!

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

 

Thank you!

The JPA would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of our sponsors, parents and staff, who every year, support the Johnstown Parents Association (JPA).

As we come to the end of another school year, we would like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to all of our sponsors, parents and staff, who every year, support the Johnstown Parents Association (JPA). Without this support, we would not be able to run events that are such an important part of what we do each year.

Mrs Quinn and Mr Cadogan, teachers, special needs assistants, secretaries and caretakers, we hope you have a well-deserved break and thank you for assisting us through the year.

To the boys and girls who are moving on to secondary school, we wish you well in the future. To those children joining the schools in September, we look forward to meeting you and your parents in the new school year, and hopefully, some of the new parents will join us on the Johnstown Parents’ Association!

We will be having our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 24th September and we have lined up an excellent guest speaker. So put the date into your diaries. We hope you all have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

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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