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.

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.

Our first Newsletter #JPA

Hello from the Johnstown Parents Association and welcome to our first newsletter.
We hope all the boys and girls have settled back into school.
It’s going to be another fun & exciting year with all our events and new plans!!!

Annual General Meeting – The 2017 JPA AGM details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 17th October
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Johnstown Boys School

We hope you can join us while we review our activities in 2016/2017 and look to elect a committee for
2017/2018. We would particularly like to meet you if you are interested in joining us or have any useful comments or suggestions to help us in the coming year.


Family Subscription.
The Parents’ Association works to help the school to enrich your child’s educational experience. It also aims to promote the school community by organising activities throughout the year.
Last year we put on some wonderful events and had several highlights through the year… The Mid-Term Madness Raffle, Table Quizzes, Easter Art Competition, Ice Cream Day to name but a few.

Your contribution is highly valued and allows the Parents’ Association to complete this important work. The subscription is €10 per family but whatever you can afford will be much appreciated.
An envelope has been provided so please use that to 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


2018 Calendar
We hope you all agree that the changes made to our calendar for 2017 were a big improvement and it looked really great. We are in the process of organising a printer and photographer for our 2018 calendar and are expecting that the photographs of each class will be taken week commending October 23rd.

The themes for each class are as follows:

  • Class / Theme
  • Junior Infants: Princess/Superheroes
  • Senior Infants: Valentines
  • First Class: Halloween
  • Second Class: St Patricks Day The Meadow Easter
  • Third Class: Christmas
  • Fourth Class: Happy New Year
  • Fifth Class: Sports Jerseys
  • Sixth Class: Crazy Hair

Table Quiz
Save the date! Our next table quiz will be on Friday 17th November. We will issue details regarding tickets in the coming weeks.


Get In Touch
If you would like to get in touch with the JPA, you can contact us by email directly at jpaconnect@gmail.com, or through our website, www.jpaconnect.com. Please don’t forget to sign up to our website and Facebook page for updates and list of events! Look us up on twitter, too!

If you wish to be added to your class WhatsApp group please drop us an email and we can get you added or signed up for text/email only.


Best regards,

James, Paula, Lynne, Brianan, Emer, Dave, Caroline, Elaine, Joe & Bernadette.

You can download the newsletter here. JPA_first_newsletter