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Notes for March 2018

As Easter holidays approach, we have a few reminders for you:

  • School closes on Friday 23rd March for Easter  (at the usual time of 1:40pm for Infants and 2:40pm for everyone else
  • School reopens on Monday 9th April. 
  • We are having our annual clothes collection after Easter. All bags should be dropped into school by Monday 16th April. Please ask friends and family to contribute.
  • Ms Doughty is going to Uganda to teach for 3 weeks during the summer. She has to raise money to fund her trip. The Board of Management have generously agreed to give half the proceeds of the clothes collection towards this very worthwhile venture. The remaining half will go towards our green schools/health promoting schools activities.
  • The Parents’ Association have arranged a cookery demonstration for each class tomorrow, Wed 14th March.  Thank you to them for arranging and funding this. We are really looking forward to it. Hopefully the children will be able to tell you all about it tomorrow and maybe even cook something for you! 
  • Wed 21st March is Down Syndrome Awareness day. Children may wear odd-socks to school that day, to raise awareness.
  • The 3rd installment of the annual voluntary contribution is now due for those who have opted to pay by installments. 

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Procedures and Planting

First and second class have been working on procedural writing and oral language for the past few weeks and today they took to planting a variety of seeds in the outdoor classroom. They had written the procedure for this activity earlier in the week but today they had the chance to put it into action. Have a look at some of the pictures below.

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GAA Training

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School Open tomorrow, Monday 5th March

School is open tomorrow, Monday 5th March, for those for whom it is safe to travel.  At this stage all buses intend to run, unless road conditions deteriorate overnight. 

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Bingo Postponed from Sat 3rd March to Sat 24th March

Note From Billis Parents’ Association:

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions the Parents’ Association have decided to postpone the Bingo scheduled for this Saturday, 3rd March, to Saturday 24th March.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Hope to see you all on the 24th. 

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School closed Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March due to worsening weather conditions

Due to the worsening weather conditions and in the interest of the safety and welfare of parents, students and staff, school will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 1st March and Friday 2nd March.

Please share this information with all members of the school community.

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Reminder of school arrangements for inclement weather

Reminder from Billis NS Board of Management:

It is school policy that we only post on our website or send a text  if school is closed.  If you do not get a message via the App or if there is no post on the website then you should assume that school is open.  This has always been and continues to be our position.  Our catchment area is very wide and conditions can vary significantly from one area to another.  Therefore, even if school is open, it is ultimately each parents’ decision whether to send their child/children to school or not. 

A decision to close is not taken lightly. The chairperson and principal both liaise to consider the matter.  Factors such as the status of any weather warnings, whether buses are running or not and how many buses are running are all considered.  The safety and welfare of pupils and staff are always our priority. In total we have 5 different bus routes.  Bus drivers are asked to inform the principal and/or secretary if they do not intend to run.  They are often not in a position to make this decision until about 8am so if a decision is made to close the school, this decision cannot usually be made until after this time.  Just because one or two buses are not running does not necessarily mean that the school will automatically close as these buses may only be catering for a small percentage of the pupils.

As already stated, even if school is open, it is up to each to make their own decision as to whether it is safe to travel based on conditions in their own local area.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Ven Craig McCauley (Chairperson, BoM)

Karen Devine (Principal)


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Annual clothes collection April 16th 2018

Our annual clothes collection takes place on 16th April. Please ask family and friends to remember us if they are doing a spring clean of their wardrobes! Bags can be dropped into school anytime from Mon 9th April, with the collection taking place on the 16th April.

The following items are accepted: clean, clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys.

No household bric-a-brac, pillows, duvets or cushions are accepted.

Thank you in advance for your support. 

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School Closed Today, Monday 12th February

School is closed today due to dangerous driving conditions

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Thank you to the Parents’ Association for their generous donation to Billis

The Board of Management, Staff and pupils of Billis NS would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association, and of course all the parents who supported their fund raising efforts, for their generous donation of two exciting pieces of equipment for the pupils in Billis NS: BeeBots and Lego WeDo.

Both of these pieces of equipment introduce children to coding and programming, initially at a basic level but their skills can be built upon over time.

Bee-Bots are exciting little robots designed for use by younger children. These colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robots are a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put the Bee-Bots through their paces. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands which send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound. Children want to use Bee-Bot over and over and are inspired to enter ever more creative and complex command sequences.  Bee-Bot moves in 6″ steps and 90 degree turns. Compact size and durable materials make Bee-Bots child- and classroom-friendly and boosts enthusiasm for experimentation and learning wherever it is used.

Lego WeDo

Lego WeDo 2.0 strengthens students’ understanding of the eight science and engineering practices, including asking questions and solving problems, modeling, prototyping, investigating, analyzing and interpreting data, computational thinking, creating evidence based arguments, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.

It develops students’ competencies through hands-on projects covering key science topics such as physical-, life-, earth- and space sciences, engineering and technology. Improve problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and integrate the use of relevant digital tools to improve computational thinking skills.

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