Oct 16 2011

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Céad Míle Fáilte

Welcome back to school!  We hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful summer break and are by now well settled into the routine of another school year.  We extend a warm welcome to all the Junior Infants (and their parents) who have started with us.  They have settled into school really well.  We have 95 children enrolled this year, compared to 84 at this time last year.

 Reception/Dismissal

The school is open to receive pupils at 9:00am and formal classes begin at 9:20am. Infants go home at 1:40pm and children from 1st to 6th Classes go home at 2:40pm.  Please note that children are under the supervision of their parents until 9:00am.

 Contact and Health Information Details

The text-a-parent service is set up in the school.  In order to ensure we have the correct details for your child, please inform us as soon as possible if you have changed your phone number or address.  Also, it is important to keep the school informed of any health issues concerning your child.

 Absences

Please be aware that under the Education Welfare Act 2002, the school is obliged to inform the Education Welfare Officer of all absences exceeding 20 days during the academic year.  Parents must inform the school in writing of the reason for their child’s absence from school.

 Health and Safety Reminders

Parents and children are requested to use the pathway at the entrance to the school and not to walk through the staff car park on arrival in the morning or at home time.  Dogs must not be brought into the school grounds, even dogs on leads.  We would be very grateful also if parents could ensure that their children and teenagers do not enter the school grounds in the evening time.  We have suffered a significant amount of damage to school property during this last year.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 An Club Gaelach

The Club Gaelach is now well underway on Wednesday afternoons for children from 3rd to 6th Classes, from 3pm until 3:45pm.  It is very encouraging to see the level of interest in these Irish language classes among parents and children alike.  Beir bua!  The classes will run until the
mid-term break at Hallowe’en.  Thanks to Mr. Ó Cinnéide and Ms. Stephens who are running the classes.

 Football

We are into the second week of the Cumann na mBunscoil League now.  The next match takes place in Kilmainhamwood on Wednesday 5th October at 2pm.  Congratulations to the team who won their last match on Thursday afternoon and thanks to Ms. Stephens, the team trainer and co-ordinator. We are delighted also to welcome back coach Shane Russell from Meath GFC to resume work with the children on fitness training and Gaelic skills on Tuesdays and Fridays.

 Dance, Drama and Music

We are delighted to welcome Ms Liebe Kelly, our new dance and drama teacher, to the school.  Liebe will be working with children in all classes on Tuesdays from 4th October.  The cost is €2 per class.   We hope to stage a Variety Concert in the final term of the year and showcase the
children’s talents!

MS READaTHON

The MS READaTHON will run in the school from 14th October to 14th November.  Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can and receive sponsorship.  While raising much needed funds for the provision and improvement of services for those in Ireland living with Multiple
Sclerosis, the school also benefits in that 10% of money raised goes towards school.

Green Schools

As you know, the children have been working very hard towards achieving the first Green Flag for the school.  We are still fighting against litter and trying hard to reduce the amount of waste produced in our school.  Each Wednesday is now Waste Free Wednesday.  The Green Committee recommend some simple ways to pack a Waste-Free Lunch with the following Do’s and Don’ts:

                       YES   √

NO   X

REUSABLE lunch-box

No throw-away bags

REUSABLE containers

No clingfilm, tin foil or styrofoam

FLASK or THERMOS for drinks

No cartons or cans

CUTLERY to wash and reuse

No plastic forks and spoons

We hope you are recycling as much of your lunch waste as possible at home.  Thank you for your continued co-operation!  We would also like to remind parents that your child’s lunch provides around one third of his/her daily nutritional needs, so it is important to continue providing healthy lunches throughout the year.

Thank You

We wish to thank all parents who made a family contribution of €50 to the running costs of the school this year.  With further cuts in grants from the Department again this year, we are now on an extremely tight budget.  Your generous contribution and the contribution of the Parents’ Association is vital.  There will be a Parents’ Association AGM in the coming month and we encourage parents, particularly new parents, to get involved.  The PA has made a hugely positive contribution to the school over the years.

Party Invitations

We ask that in future children do not bring birthday or party invitations into the classroom for distribution.  The children who don’t receive invitations feel left out are often very offended and upset.  Invitations may be distributed at the school gate, if desired.  Thank you for your
co-operation.

 GOAL Jersey Day

On Friday 7th October, the school will take part in GOAL Jersey Day 2011.  Children, teachers and parents are invited to wear their favourite
jersey for the day and make a contribution to GOAL to help improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

Goodbye

We were very sorry to say goodbye to Seán Walshe who has been working in the school for a long number of years teaching tin whistle. Over the years, children have benefitted greatly from his teaching skills and wonderful musical talent.  We thank Seán for all his hard work in the school and we wish him well.

Presidential Election

The school will be closed on Thursday 27th October as the school will be used as a polling station in the election.

Mobile Phone Recycling

As in other years, we are asking friends and families to donate their old, unwanted, damaged and broken mobile phones in order to raise funds for the school.  This recycling is in keeping with the Green Issues that we wish to address in the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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