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February Newsletter

Open Afternoon

An Open Afternoon takes place on Wednesday next 15th February.  Parents and children are welcome to visit the school between 1.30 and 3.00pm.  Application forms and Parents’ Booklets will be available on the afternoon for those wishing to enrol for September 2023.  The closing date for receipt of application is Tuesday 21st February.  The Board of Management will accept late application after this date.  If you know of any families considering enrolling their child in Ballybay Central please remind them about the Open Afternoon.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to Hanny Avelino, Emma Fuller, Elizabeth Lelo and Lydia McAdam who represented our school at the recent Credit Union Schools Quiz held in Pearse Brothers GAA. It was a very close competition with the girls in joint first place after 9 rounds.  After the 12 rounds the girls finished in 3rd place, 2 points behind the winning team.  This was a fantastic achievement and we thank the girls for representing the school so well.

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association are holding a fundraising Flower Demonstration on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm in Hall Street.  Wilma Simpson from JP Flowers, Monaghan will create beautiful floral displays which will be auctioned off on the night.  All money raised will go to the school’s Parents’ Association funds.  Each family will be given 4 tickets to sell after midterm- for those unable to sell their tickets or who are unable to attend a monetary donation (€40) would be greatly appreciated in lieu.  There will be an envelope included with your tickets, please put your donation in it, seal it and return it to the school office.  All families and their children benefit from the Parents’ Association funding and so it is important all families support their fundraising endeavors.  This is the first year since Covid the Parents’ Association have been able to hold a fundraiser.  We are looking forward to a great evening.  Additional tickets will be available through the school’s office if required.

Covid Questionnaire

We have been asked to access the impact of Covid on children’s learning, wellbeing and social emotional development over the last three years.  Each family will receive a questionnaire today (check school bags).  Please complete and return to the school on or before Tuesday next, 14th February.

School Closures/Aladdin Connect

School will be closed on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February for midterm break.  School will also be closed on Thursday 16th March for a staff planning day and Friday 17th March for St. Patrick’s Day.  Please note all school closures are on the calendar on your Aladdin Connect page.  It is great to note that 97% of parents have registered on Aladdin Connect.   Moving forward all notifications regarding school events etc. will only be sent using Aladdin so it is important all parents are registered but also that they are receiving notifications.  If you are having any difficulty with Aladdin please come in and see Mrs. Pepper.  End of year school reports will only be sent on Aladdin this year.  Please ensure you use Aladdin to inform staff of any absences, late arrivals or early pickups.  Reasons for absences must also be submitted on Aladdin.