Information Sheet September 2016
Dates to Remember:
Tuesday Sept. 20th Meeting for First Communion Parents (Separate email sent out to 2nd class parents)
Friday September 30th: Charity Collection Irish Heart Foundation. (In conjunction with BOI local collection)
Sunday Oct. 9th Enrolment Mass First Communion
Tuesday Nov 8th: Internet Safety Workshops; Parents 7pm
For new parents- An information sheet is sent out approximately once a month. A copy is sent by email. If you do not have email a hard copy can be collected by your child from the office. I will be using our school database this year to send out the emails. The school email is firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of each info sheet is also posted on the school website www.stcanices.net.
Some parents have suggested that the Information Sheet is too long to read and therefore they are missing out on information. For the next sheet, I will try out a shortened version with links to full versions of each article on the website. This might suit people better.
If any new child to 3rd to 6th class in the school, has not yet received First Communion and /or First Penance and wishes to do so, please contact Ms Comerford this week.
Please bring any of your queries/complaints/worries to your class teacher’s attention or to my attention. The majority of issues can be resolved speedily and to everyone’s satisfaction. If you need time to discuss an issue with your teacher or myself it is generally best to make an appointment first through Kay in the office.
Access to School
For the safety of the children, all visitors and parents visiting the school should enter through the front door and report to reception. Please ring the doorbell and introduce yourself at the intercom. You will then be buzzed in. Office hours are 8.45am to 3.45pm.
School opens at 8.50. The yard is supervised from 8.40. Children can drop their bags in their “líne” and play in the play ground until lining up time when the bell goes. On wet days, school doors open at 8.40am. Children should not be on the premises before this time.
Please note, the area in front of the school is for Set Down Only. It is Not a parking area. Please respect other parents/drivers and leave this area clear for dropping off pupils. It keeps the whole set up running smoothly. There are two disabled car spaces for use of disabled drivers or drivers of disabled children-one outside the Junior end of the school and one in the car park.
Learning Support/Resource Teaching
Mr Nolan is co-ordinator of the Special Education/Learning Support programme in the school. If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child’s progress in this area please contact your child’s LS/RT teacher or Mr Nolan.
Please mark all your child’s belongings clearly with a name. We do our best to keep items returned to owners.
Lost property items are stored in the First Aid room. Items with names are returned to the owners. Lost property is cleared out at the end of each term. Last year’s items have been donated to the St. Vincent de Paul.
We keep a folder for staff, containing information on children with medical conditions. Basically a “What to do if….” folder. This is updated in September every year. If your child suffers from any condition which has implications for your child’s health/safety in school please fill in a Medical Form and return to the school. These forms are available on the website or from reception also. There is no need to fill in a new form unless there are changes to your child’s condition or treatment, or the previous form is more than three years old. Forms should be returned to reception F.A.O. Ms Conroy. Generally, we do not administer medicines to pupils. In exceptional cases where we agree to do so, you must sign an “Administration of Medicine Disclaimer/Permission” form. These are available from the office on request.
Health & Safety
Children are required to bring their own small hand towel for personal use in school. In is not recommended that pupils share a class towel.
Gaelic football: Two teams have been entered in the Girls’ football League which started last week. Football training has started for 2nd to 6thclass girls at lunch time.
The boy’s in-school football leagues have begun. Senior League 4th to 6th is on everyday at lunch time. Two teams have been entered in the Cumann na mBunscoil Boys’ Leagues which also began last week.
Please encourage your children to take part in these sports. New pupils are encouraged to start also. Thank you to all the teachers who are volunteering their time to provide these extra-curricular activities. It is a great addition to our school.
Homework Hour Homework hour has resumed. It runs Monday to Thursday from 2.45 to 3.45 and can be availed of on a daily or weekly basis. Contact Mr Hanrick or Mr Crowley for details.
Music lessons recommenced this week and next week for Infants. All lesson schedules are on the Instrumental Music website. Link available on main school website. There will be access to the school until 4pm, after 4pm the school is closed and doors are locked in order that the cleaners can clean all areas and wash corridors. Access after 4pm is restricted to the classrooms in which the music lessons are taking place. These are planned to be in rooms with a door to the outside. Neither children, parents nor music teachers will have access to the rest of the school after 4pm so it is important that all pupils bring their schoolbags, gear, etc.(that they intend bringing home) with them to their lessons. Music teachers are not allowed to admit parents or pupils into the school through their open door. Shirley O’Callaghan has taken over from Ruth Walsh as the Music Administrator. Many thanks to Ruth for her courteous and efficient running of the Instrumental Music programme over the past few years. The contact for music queries is email@example.com
Thank you also to the Parents’ Committee who put a huge amount of time and energy into running the programme on a voluntary basis.
There will be some brass scholarships available in particular for Baritone for this year. This will include free instrument hire and lessons for a full year. Contact Shirley for further details.
Playball resumes on Wed Sept. 28th from 2.45 to 3.45pm. It will run for 10 weeks. Information and Enrolment Forms are available in the office. Contact Joe Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Childcare Subvention
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has asked me to bring it to your attention that there are funds available in certain cases to ease the cost of childcare. Information on this scheme is available on www.dcya.gov.ie
I look forward to working together towards a productive and satisfying school year 2016/2017.