Information Sheet September 2014
Welcome back to everyone. A special Céad Míle Faílte to our three new Junior Infant classes and the twelve new pupils who have joined older classes. We hope you avail of all the opportunities offered to you in St. Canice’s and enjoy your time here. We also welcome our new teacher, Ms Andrea Murphy. She will be on the Learning Support/Resource team this year .May we all have a happy and productive year, le cúnamh Dé.
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.
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.
Please note, the area in front of the front school entrance 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. Bus bay is for buses only until the buses have finished
Learning Support Classes: Resource, learning support and language support classes have now resumed. Team teaching continues in Junior Infants, Senior Infants and Fourth Class. If you have any queries regarding resource or learning support, please make an appointment to meet Mr Nolan or your child’s learning support/resource teacher. They are generally available Mondays and Fridays from 2.15 until 2.45.
Black and Amber Day
We will have our “Black and Amber” day tomorrow, Friday 5th, in support of the Kilkenny Senior and Minor teams as they take on Tipperary and Limerick in the All Ireland Finals in Croke Park next Sunday. We wish all the players the best of luck particularly our past pupils Cillian Buckley, Ross Butler and Conor Doheny. Look out for Liam Moore from last year’s 6th class and star hurler on our Roinn A Champion team last June who will be playing in the half time Go Games.
Please mark all your child’s belongings clearly with a name. We do our best to keep lost 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.
Used Clothes Collection Tues Sept 16th. Notice attached.
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. I have attached a form for your convenience. 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. Forms should be returned to reception F.A.O. Ms Conroy.
A copy of the school calendar 2014/2015 is available on the school website.
Gaelic football: Two teams have been entered in the Girls’ football League which starts next week. There will be football training Mon., Tues.,Wed., and Thurs. Ms Gannon is organising the rota at present
The boy’s in-school football leagues have also begun. Two teams have been entered in the Cumann na mBunscoil Boys’ Leagues which also begins next 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 recommence next week. 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 that 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.
For new parents- an information sheet is sent out approximately once a month. A copy is given to the youngest child in each family if you have not signed up for email communication. An email copy is sent to families who have sent in their addresses. If you wish to be added to the mailing list please send an email with the name of your youngest child to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for information sheets only so please do not address any other emails to this address as they will not be answered. The school email is email@example.com. A copy of each info sheet is also posted on the school website www.stcanices.net.
If any new child has come 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 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 the secretary in the office.
There will be a second September newsletter in the next fortnight.