Nursery March Newsletter 2015

March Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Our topic for the month is “New life” and “Growth”. We will be discussing Spring flowers and animals. We will be going on a local Spring walk to look for signs of Spring. Life cycles of animals is another area we will be working with.

This month we welcome Tracey Fitzpatrick, (Aisling’s mum) to the Nursery to take a workshop on recycling and creating a bug-friendly outdoor learning area. Tracey’s visit is significant as it coincides with the introduction of the whole school’s eco-team whose mission is to achieve “green flag” eco-friendly status for the whole school.

Please could you send in a baby photograph of your child for a “Guess who” display, please choose a photograph you are happy to get laminated, all photographs will be returned.   We will be discussing how the children have changed since they were babies and the milestones they have accomplished over the years. All photographs must be returned to Nursery before March 20th to complete the display. We are transforming our imaginative play area back into a home corner with our focus on baby care. If you have any old baby bottles or clothing that would fit dolls we would really appreciate any donations.


This Thursday the 5th of March is World Book Day, to mark the occasion the Primary 2 class have been busy making up stories to share with the nursery. Please find enclosed a book token which all school aged children will receive, details of how to redeem this is detailed on the voucher.


Our colour for this month is “Green”. We will be playing sorting games and making patterns. We will also be mixing various paints to give different shades of green. We will be focusing on early number and through games we will be encouraging the children to recognise the numbers 1-5.


The Nursery is closed on the 16th & 17th of March for Saint Patrick’s day. We will be having a day of “Craic agus Ceol” on the 13th complete with green jelly, green buns, green juice etc. Your child can dress up in green to mark the event. In keeping with the whole school policy of promoting the Irish language and culture we are introducing a few simple phrases in Irish for the children starting with “Hello” – “Dia duit” and Goodbye – “Slan”, please reinforce this at home.  Some local sporting, cultural and arts groups are hosting a St Patricks day Community festival and fundraiser – it is a lovely idea to stay local this St Patrick’s day. The parade will leave Mullaghbawn Community Hall at 11.30am travelling to the Ti Chulainn centre for festival fun. The proceeds raised by this is kindly being donated to the school ICT fund. All welcome ! Further information can be found on Facebook and on the school’s new web page.   The school will close for Easter break with a half day on Wednesday the 1st of April.


The Nursery are delighted to welcome Mrs Michelle McManus as a special needs assistant to the Nursery team. I hope she is very happy working in the Nursery.

The school photographer will be in school on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th of this month to take individual and family pictures. All children should wear their full school uniform on these dates.


On Friday the 20th of March we will have a very special visitor coming to meet the Nursery class, Primary 1 & 2 – it is “Bluebell Fairy”, Rozlyn Sheridan of Sheridan stage school, Newry. In conjunction with the Sticky fingers art project Rozlyn will give an imaginative and fun presentation to the groups about the new Fairy trial up Slieve Gullion. The cost of this is £1 per child. This event sounds very exciting and I know the group will love it.


The eldest child in each house will receive a Trocaire box.



In Nursery quite a few children are making attempts to write their own name, this is wonderful and any attempt at pre-writing should be encouraged however some of the children are writing in capitals throughout their name, this should be strongly discouraged.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.



Paula Byrne