JANUARY 2019

Dear Parents,

A Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to a second busy term of the school year. On behalf of myself and the staff, I would like to thank you for the many generous Christmas gifts which you gave us. They are much appreciated.

Some important items for your attention:

Dates for your Diary:

1st February:

Tickets are now on sale for the Adults’ Table Quiz at 8.00 p.m. in Shankill Tennis Club. Please support the first P.T.A. event of the New Year.

18th – 22nd February (inclusive):

Midterm break (School will close for the week.) Normal closing on 15th February with Games and Swimming as usual.

15th February:

This is the deadline for receipt of recipes and illustrations for the 2019 Cookbook. All art work for the cover design should be submitted by this date also.

2019/20 Holidays:

Standardised Holidays: October 2019 mid-term break: from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November inclusive (5 days); Christmas 2019: school closes on Friday 20th December and re-opens on Monday 6th January 2020; February 2020 mid-term break: from Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February inclusive (5 days); Easter 2020: school closes on Friday 3rd April and re-opens on Monday 20th April.

Discretionary Holidays: School will reopen for the start of the 2019/20 school year on Wednesday 28th August 2019 and will close on Wednesday 24th June 2020 for the Summer Holidays.

Advance Notice:

Open Day will take place on 29th May 2019 and Sports’ Day will take place on 18th June 2019, during Active Week.

Staffing Arrangements

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mrs Crammond will not be returning to school to teach until the 2019/20 academic year. We are however, delighted that Ms. Gallagher has agreed to continue to teach 1st Class for the remainder of this school year. We also welcome a new Spanish teacher in 5th and 6th Classes, Mme. Maria Garcia Vineta, who replaces Mme Nuria Gomar who unfortunately had to leave us for personal reasons and we wish her all the best for the future.

Policy Review

We are in the process of reviewing our SPHE/RSE and Stay Safe policies under the Child Protection umbrella and these will be going to the Board of Management for ratification. We will inform you once the updated policies are available on the website. Teachers will notify you in advance if sensitive topics are to be discussed in class during the year.

Swimming

Swimming restarted this term on Friday 11th January for 2nd and 5th Class pupils. I would appreciate prompt payment of any outstanding swimming bills.

Games

Following on from the taster week, all booked after-school games restarted on Monday 14th January with Southside School Sports. Please remember to collect your children promptly at 3.30 p.m. to allow the sports’ coaches to leave on time.

Coding and Chess

Unfortunately there will be no Coding classes this term due to lack of numbers. The Academy of Code will revisit this for the Summer Term. The Chess master is still striving to find an instructor so there will be no Chess classes until he does so – we will keep you posted on this.

Music Classes

Music will restart this term on Thursday 16th February with Naomi.

M3 Money Club

The Money Club returns on Wednesday 16th January and all those pupils in the Club are reminded to bring their money and cards into school with them on Wednesday.

Driving into/Parking in the School Grounds

As we are starting a new term, please pay particular attention to the parking/driving rules applicable in the school grounds (a copy of which was recently sent via email to all families). Only parents/minders of children in Junior and Senior Infants should be driving into the school grounds in the morning. On no account should parents/minders etc park their cars at the Set Down area to walk their children into school or into the Montessori at drop off time. The Set Down area is only to be used to let children alight safely from the car before proceeding to school. Parents wishing to accompany their children into school (Junior Infants only) should park their cars in the designated parking areas (not anywhere where there are no parking signs) and walk round to the front entrance. We would appreciate it if parents could leave the grounds quickly having dropped children off, as this alleviates traffic congestion. Those parents/minders entitled to drive into school to collect children at 2.25 p.m. (1st and 2nd Class parents) should ensure that they do not park in such a way as to block the staff parking exit.

With regard to those collecting pupils at 1.25 p.m. going home time if you arrive early when the gates are closed for lunch time play, please do not park in front of the gate, blocking it, or form a queue on the roadway. Cars sitting at the gate block the sole emergency access to the school and Stonebridge Road is far too narrow to allow cars to stop on it. This causes traffic chaos on the road and a serious accident will be caused. If you arrive and the gates are closed, please continue driving and come back when they are open, at 1.15 p.m. Please advise all collectors of this. This also applies to after school activities – please remember that the gates remain closed until games conclude at 3.30 p.m. If you arrive earlier, please park in the car park beside St. Anne’s School and walk in.

Student Teachers

This term, Ms. Sarratt ( 2nd and 6th Classes) and Ms. Cox (Senior Infants and 5th Class) will be in school for teaching practice and Mr. Bolton will be in 3rd Class. We have also welcomed Ms. Emma Farley, an American student, to school this term and she will be assisting in a variety of classes, mainly in Junior Infants, until the end of March.

Active Flag

Please continue to encourage your children to be active after school hours. The children will have a number of activities during school to promote this also and we will continue to have an Active Homework night.

Green School

We are continuing to work on our Marine theme and I would like to thank all the children and teachers for the wonderful art work that was produced on this topic for the art and wine evening. On the Green School theme I would request that parents remember to give children reusable water bottles to bring to school each day as although we have bottles of water for sale in school we are trying to cut down on our use of single-use plastic items.

We have an exciting new project to use empty 2 litre plastic bottles as eco bricks with which we intend to build a play house in the top yard if we have sufficient bottles. Please give your child any such bottles to bring into school.

Lining Up

The children’s lining up has improved greatly in the mornings and at break/lunch times and we will be continuing with our initiative to reward the classes with the best lining up record over the term.

Unwanted Christmas Presents

Before you consign any unwanted gifts to the attic, I would ask that you donate any small items to the school which can be used as raffle prizes throughout the year. Also any empty hamper baskets would be very welcome. Please drop any such items into the Office.

Christmas Raffle

The Christmas Raffle raised €265 towards 5th and 6th Classes trips. Many thanks to you all for buying tickets and donating items. Congratulations to all the raffle winners and thank you to Orlaith Desmond for putting the hampers together.

Clothes Recycling Fundraiser

Please remember to keep old clothing items for our Liberty Recycling event that will take place later in the term – further information to follow separately.

Caroline Senior

Principal

16th January 2019

PTA Notes

Happy New Year to you all and thanks for all your support last term. Please remember that each class has two representatives, responsible for contacting you and encouraging you to attend and where necessary, help at PTA events.

Adult Table Quiz

As advised, this will take place on Friday 1st February in the Tennis Club. This promises to be a very enjoyable night. Niall Carty will be the Quizmaster. Tickets are now on sale from the Office or you may give money to your child and a ticket will be sent home.

Cookery Book

We look forward to receiving your recipes/illustrations for this year’s Christmas fundraiser. As advised by email, unfortunately, we may not be able to use all recipes (repeat recipes or too much of a particular type) but we will endeavour to use as many as possible. All recipes should be sent to the school email address and they will be forwarded to Colin Howe who is coordinating this on behalf of the PTA Committee. We also look forward to receiving the children’s designs for the cover. These should be given to the children’s teachers.