Newsletter September 2017

 

Newsletter No. 1 – September 11th, 2017

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome all pupils back to school and in particular we wish our newly enrolled pupils the very best as they embark upon a special time in their lives. We would also like to welcome back Ms. Garry.  Ms. Garry who will be teaching 3rd and 4th class while Ms. Weldon is on Maternity Leave.  Ms. McGrath will be a shared Resource Teacher with Tulla N.S.  We also welcome Mr. Corry who is covering Ms. Fogarty’s parental leave until 20th October.

 

The Youth Academy Ireland NUI Galway and the Irish Centre for Talented Youth (CTYI): have developed courses to work with high ability primary school children to support their learning and academic development. They have asked us to pass on assessment application forms for their courses to parents of children who received high marks in their Maths or English standardised test results. If you feel that your child would benefit from attending these courses application forms which contain details and costs are available from the office or there is further information available from www.nuigalway.ie/youthacademy and www.dcu.ie/ctyi.

 

Pupil Absences: (Education Welfare Act 2000). All absences totalling more than 20 days in the school year have to be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  Written confirmation (please see tear out note in back of school journals for you convenience) to your child’s teacher is required for all absences, outlining the commencement date, the return date and the reason for being absent. Phone calls to the school or verbal messages to the teacher are not sufficient. 

 

Contact Details: Please ensure your phone details are with the school.  Please inform the school of any changes to your address or mobile phone / landline details so that we can update our records and you are contactable in case of an emergency/illness etc.
Celtic Tenors for Pieta House: The Celtic Tenors will perform in Sixmilebridge Church on Friday October 13th in aid of Pieta House

Pupil Illness: For Health and Safety reasons, please note that pupils who are sick may not remain in classrooms during break /lunch as we have no facility to supervise them.

 

Car Park: I would like to remind parents / visitors of the car park layout.  The addition of an area for children to walk safely between cars and the school gate has made the car park safer for our children.  Below is a reminder of the layout :-

 

  • Staff park on the road side of the car park (right hand side)
  • Parents park on the school / garden side of the car park   (please reverse into the space)
  • There is a walkway marked out that runs along the fence and school garden to allow children to walk safely from cars to the school door without having to cross in front of traffic
  • If there is an available car parking space, please use it (please reverse into the space)
  • Please do not obstruct the flow of traffic.
  • Please do not stop to let children out of cars at the entrance / slope to the carpark
  • Please do not double park at collection or drop off times and obstruct other cars

 

School Opening Times: Classes commence at 8.50 am each day. The yard/school will be supervised from 8.30 a.m. until the bell rings.  No formal responsibility can be accepted for pupils arriving before that time.  As staff may be involved in organisation and preparation for the day ahead, they cannot supervise formally so parents are requested to bring their children to school as close to the official start time as possible. The Board of Management and Staff acknowledge the ongoing parental support with this and the car park as we work to protect the safety of every child in the school.

 

Appointments: It is important that appointments are made if a parent wants to discuss the academic or social progress of their child with the class teacher.  Teachers are more than willing to meet with you, but arrange a time that is mutually suitable to you both.  Appointments can be made by ringing the school or putting a note in your child’s diary.

 

Book Rental Scheme: Thanks to Lucy Hughes, John McCrohan, Sharon McGee, Fran Minihan, Monika White,  Ann Marie Harrison and Ailbhe Hughes for all their work in organising the Book Rental Scheme.  This is a huge undertaking and we appreciate their hard work.

 

School Charges 2017/18: Many thanks to those of you who have already made your contribution.  If you have not already done so, could you please attend to this at your earliest convenience.  The cost remains the same this year and is €40 per child in Junior Infants to First Class and €50 per child in Second Class to Sixth Class.  If you wish to pay in instalments please contact the school office.

 

School Tracksuits : Please label your child’s tracksuits and jackets as this is the only way we can identify the owner of lost property.  Please also check that the tops/jackets you have are yours as there are a number missing already.

 

Intel Mini Scientist: This competition is an initiative which allows students from 5th and 6th  classes to develop science related projects which are then exhibited at school level. We hope to have this exhibition in November when members of the school community can drop in and view all of the projects.  The winning groups will be invited by Intel to attend the final in the Intel Campus, Shannon in early December. Please note that it is at the discretion of the parents of the winning groups if they wish to bring their children to this event.  We will have more details closer to the time.

 

All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil: Well done to all our students who took part in the Fleadh Cheoil this year.  This year saw Dara Fitzgerald & Emma Donnellan winning the U12 band competition.

 

Kilmurry Harvest Festival: Congratulations to the committee on another very successful harvest festival.

 

Missing AR books: A number of books from the Accelerated Reading library have gone missing. We would ask parents to check at home for any AR books they may have forgotten to return.

 

Cross country running: The East Clare National Schools Championship will take place on Thursday 14th September in Lee’s Road.  Best of luck to all who participate.

 

Mass:  Mass to celebrate the start of the school year will be offered on Friday 6th October in Kilmurry Church at 11.00 am. All are welcome.

 

The Parents Association are delighted to advise that they received a bonus payment for Cash for Clobber last school term. This is a huge fundraiser for our school and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support. We have secured storage in the Pumphouse for any bags between collections.

 

The Astro Turf Fundraising committee will be actively trying to raise funds over the school year. We are a small committee of parents that welcome any new members and/or ideas. We would like to invite all families to a Family Day at the school on Sunday 1st October at 2pm where there will be information about our proposed plans over the coming year (with a bbq and plenty to keep the kids entertained!) .

 

Important Dates:

Mass to celebrate start of school year:

Friday October 6th at 11.00am

 

Celtic Tenors in aid of Pieta House

Friday October 13th in Sixmilebridge Church

 

 

October Mid-term break

School closed Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November

Reopens Monday 6th November

 

Christmas Holidays

School closes on Friday 22nd at 12.00pm.

Reopens Monday 8th January 2018

 

First Holy Communion

Saturday 28th April @ 11am in Kilmurry Church

 

Confirmation

Saturday 9th June @ time tbc in Kilmurry Church

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

 

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,

Principal.