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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:40

Newsletter November Head lice

November 2015 Headlice Notice to all Parents 

Pease read this note carefully: This information can be translated using the translation button on the website. 

Dear Parents,

Head lice is a recurring problem that affects all school children and all schools. Unfortunately, this school year there appears to be more of it recurring on a more regular basis and although parents of classes where infestations have been reported have been informed, the problem is not resolving. Other local schools are also having similar problems.

 As you must realise this is not a problem that we can deal with in school. We rely on the parent body to resolve this within their own families, so that spreading of the lice does not recur.

We are asking that every parent in the school checks their child’s hair for lice this evening at home time. If your child has head lice, treat it immediately, today or tomorrow at the latest.  Boys’ hair as well as girls’ hair need to be checked and treated if infected.

I will issue a reminder next week to all families to re-check and re-treat. If we all tackle this together we may succeed in eliminating it completely from the school.

Below is some information taken from the HSE (Health Services Executive) website for your immediate attention:

Head lice can sometimes be difficult to treat due to a high re-infestation rate and their ability to develop resistance to traditional insecticides contained in some medications. After a head lice infestation has been confirmed, you can treat the lice at home by wet comb using a head lice comb or medicated lotions.

Wet-combing method

The wet-combing method involves removing the head lice by systematically combing the hair using a special fine-toothed comb with a spacing of less than 0.3mm. Your pharmacist can advise you on which combs are suitable. No medicated products are necessary for wet combing. This can be beneficial because head lice are becoming more resistant to the insecticides that are commonly used to remove them. However, the success of the wet-combing method depends on adopting a painstaking approach that involves regular and thorough combing. The wet-combing method is described below.

·         Wash the hair using ordinary shampoo and apply ample conditioner, before using a wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.

·         Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb. Make sure that the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with the bevel-edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.

·         Draw the comb down to the ends of the hair with every stroke and check the comb for lice.

·         Remove lice by wiping or rinsing the comb.

·         Work methodically through the hair section by section so that the whole head of hair is combed through.

·         Rinse out the conditioner and repeat the combing procedure in the wet hair.

·         Repeat the procedure on day five, nine and 13 in order to clear the young lice as they hatch, before they have time to reach maturity.

Medicated lotion or spray

·         Medicated lotion or spray is an alternative method for treating head lice. However, no medicated treatment is 100% effective. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend an over-the-counter lotion or spray.

·         Medicated treatments should only be used if a living (moving) head louse is found. Crème rinses and shampoos are not thought to be effective and are therefore not recommended.

·         Make sure that you have enough lotion to treat everyone in your family who is affected by head lice. Use enough to coat the scalp and the length of the hair during each application.

·         Follow the instructions that come with the medicated lotion or spray when applying it. Depending on the product you are using, the length of time that it needs to be left on the head can vary from 10 minutes to 8 hours.

·         The normal advice is to treat once, then repeat after seven days. Some medicated products also supply a comb for removing dead lice and eggs.

·         Traditional insecticides must not be used more than once a week for three weeks in a row. Some products carry a fire warning.

·         Some medicated products may be capable of killing eggs as well as lice, although there is no certainty of this. Check for baby lice hatching from eggs three to five days after you use a product, and again 10 to12 days afterwards.

·         A minimum of two applications of lotion are needed to kill the lice over the hatching period because the lotions do not always kill louse eggs.

·         If the lice appear to be unaffected by the product (some lice may have developed resistance to a particular insecticide) or if the problem persists, seek advice from your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or GP.

Cautions

Always seek advice from a healthcare professional before using medicated head lice lotions on the following groups:

·         young babies (under six months old)

·         pregnant women

·         people with asthma or allergies

·         Always read the instructions carefully before using medicated head lice lotions.

Prevention from re-infestation;

Kids at school and in childcare settings are going to play, and their play may lead to the spread of head lice. However, you can take steps to prevent the spread of lice among children and adults. To reduce the chance of you or your child contracting a case of head lice, start by not sharing items that touch the head. Though it may be tempting to share personal belongings (especially for kids), doing so can lead to the spread of head lice. Avoid sharing combs and brushes, hair clips and accessories, hats and bike helmets, scarves and coats, towels, headsets and earbuds. Parents should encourage their children to tie their hair up in a pony-tail or plait for the foreseeable future.

 

 

Monday, 09 November 2015 11:48

November Newsletter re elections to BOM

Newsletter: General meeting for Parents including elections to the Board of Management

Monday 23rd November 2015, 7:30 pm School Hall

Ms. Peggy Masterson, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Colette Kavanagh, principal, will address the meeting about current and future plans for our school, about our new common enrolment system and about parking issues in particular. Gemma, Home School Community Liaison teacher will talk to you briefly about the transfer process second level and give some advice on to making choices about what second level school you might make, when you should apply etc. Members of the PTA will also be in attendance.

The main purpose however is the election of the parents to the Board of Management.

All primary school Boards of Management change every 4 years, with the current cycle ending in November 2015. The new Board will be in place until November 2019. The Board is made up of eight people, two patron nominees  (nominated by Educate Together), two teacher nominees ( Colette Kavanagh, school principal and one teacher elected by the teaching staff) two parent representatives, one father and one mother (elected by the parent body) and finally two community representatives nominated by the six already on the new committee. This meeting is to elect the mother and father representatives to the Board.

I am attaching a nomination form here (in green) for your attention. Every parent in the school is entitled to nominate one female and one male representative. Make sure that the parent who is nominated is willing to go forward before you submit the nomination form. If you complete a nomination form, return to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. Nomination forms will also be accepted on the night of the election. Both nominated parent and the parent who nominates must be in attendance at the meeting on Monday 23rd November.

The process is as follows:

1.       Nominations will be sought for parents to stand for election.

2.       Nominated persons will address the meeting briefly, stating who they are and why they wish to become a member of the Board.

3.       If there is only one nominee for either mother of father representative, these people are deemed elected.

4.       If more than one nomination is received for either of the positions, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

5.       The election is determined on a plurality of votes (i.e. first past the post) and the votes will be counted in public.                                                                                                               

The names of the elected parents will be notified to the parent body and the Patron’s nominee and they will become members of the new Board of Management when it convenes on the 1st December 2015 for a new four year cycle.

We encourage you think strongly about putting yourself forward or approaching someone that you think will work for the benefit of the school community to go forward for election. Even if you are not going forward yourself we want you to attend this meeting so that you have a say and a vote in what is a very important decision for you and your child’s school for the next four years.

We hope that the meetings will be concluded by 8.30 and they will be followed by Tea and Coffee and lots of friendly chat!

Put this date 23rd November in your diary now. Make it a priority to attend in the best interests of your child.

 

 

Monday, 09 November 2015 11:48

November Newsletter re elections to BOM

Reminder: General meeting for Parents including elections to the Board of Management

Monday 23rd November 2015, 7:30 pm School Hall

Ms. Peggy Masterson, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Colette Kavanagh, principal, will address the meeting about current and future plans for our school, about our new common enrolment system and about parking issues in particular. Gemma, Home School Community Liaison teacher will talk to you briefly about the transfer process second level and give some advice on to making choices about what second level school you might make, when you should apply etc. Members of the PTA will also be in attendance.

The main purpose however is the election of the parents to the Board of Management.

All primary school Boards of Management change every 4 years, with the current cycle ending in November 2015. The new Board will be in place until November 2019. The Board is made up of eight people, two patron nominees  (nominated by Educate Together), two teacher nominees ( Colette Kavanagh, school principal and one teacher elected by the teaching staff) two parent representatives, one father and one mother (elected by the parent body) and finally two community representatives nominated by the six already on the new committee. This meeting is to elect the mother and father representatives to the Board.

I am attaching a nomination form here (in green) for your attention. Every parent in the school is entitled to nominate one female and one male representative. Make sure that the parent who is nominated is willing to go forward before you submit the nomination form. If you complete a nomination form, return to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. Nomination forms will also be accepted on the night of the election. Both nominated parent and the parent who nominates must be in attendance at the meeting on Monday 23rd November.

The process is as follows:

1.       Nominations will be sought for parents to stand for election.

2.       Nominated persons will address the meeting briefly, stating who they are and why they wish to become a member of the Board.

3.       If there is only one nominee for either mother of father representative, these people are deemed elected.

4.       If more than one nomination is received for either of the positions, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

5.       The election is determined on a plurality of votes (i.e. first past the post) and the votes will be counted in public.                                                                                                                  P.T.O.

The names of the elected parents will be notified to the parent body and the Patron’s nominee and they will become members of the new Board of Management when it convenes on the 1st December 2015 for a new four year cycle.

We encourage you think strongly about putting yourself forward or approaching someone that you think will work for the benefit of the school community to go forward for election. Even if you are not going forward yourself we want you to attend this meeting so that you have a say and a vote in what is a very important decision for you and your child’s school for the next four years.

We hope that the meetings will be concluded by 8.30 and they will be followed by Tea and Coffee and lots of friendly chat!

Put this date 23rd November in your diary now. Make it a priority to attend in the best interests of your child.

 

 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 23:26

Parent elections to new Board of Management

New Board of Management

General meeting for Parents including elections to the Board of Management

Monday 23rd November 7.30pm.

 

All primary school Boards of Management change every 4 years, with the current cycle ending in November 2015. The Board is made up of eight people, two patron nominees  (nominated by Educate Together), two teacher nominees ( Colette Kavanagh, the school principal and one teacher elected by the teaching staff) two parent representatives, one father and one mother (elected by the parent body) and finally two community representatives nominated by the six already on the new committee. See over the page for the process for the election.

Election of Parent Reps. to the Board of Management will take place at the meeting on November 23rd

The process is as follows:

1.       Nominations will be sought for Parents to stand for election.

2.       If there is only one nominee for either mother of father representative, these people are deemed elected.

3.       If more than one nomination is received for either of the positions, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

4.       The election is determined on a plurality of votes (i.e. first past the post) and the votes will be counted in public.

The names of the elected parents will be notified to the parent body and the Patron’s nominees and they will become members of the new Board of Management when it convenes on the 1st December 2015 for a new four year cycle.

We encourage you think strongly about putting yourself forward or approaching someone that you think will work for the benefit of the school community to go forward for election. Even if you are not going forward yourself we want you to attend this meeting so that you have a say in what is a very important decision for you and your child’s school for the next four years.

Ms Peggy Masterson, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Colette Kavanagh principal will address the meeting about current and future plans for our school. Gemma will talk to you about her role as Home School Liaison teacher and other related matters. We hope that the PTA will give a report on their activities to the meeting.  The main purpose however is the election of the parents to the Board of Management.

We hope that the meetings will be concluded by 8.30 and this will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

Nomination papers will be available in the school from Monday 2nd November 2015.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 23:24

October 2015

Newsletter October 2015

Autumn is at last upon us and the days are getting shorter and colder.

Reminder: Mid-term next week: School Closed

I would like to remind you that our first half term is nearly at an end and mid- term break takes place next week. There is no school next week. School re-opens on Monday November 2nd

Dress Up Friday October 23rd

Children are invited to dress up on Friday. Many children like to dress up for the Irish festival of Halloween. Many other children, who do not celebrate Halloween, may like to dress up for the festival of Diwali, celebrated by our Sikh and Hindu families in the school which takes place on November 11th. Other children might like to dress up in their national costume, in their favourite clothes, in their favourite football team kit, as a princess, or whatever they like. Dress up is entirely optional

New Board of Management

General meeting for Parents including elections to the Board of Management

Monday 23rd November 7.30pm.

 

All primary school Boards of Management change every 4 years, with the current cycle ending in November 2015. The Board is made up of eight people, two patron nominees  (nominated by Educate Together), two teacher nominees ( Colette Kavanagh, the school principal and one teacher elected by the teaching staff) two parent representatives, one father and one mother (elected by the parent body) and finally two community representatives nominated by the six already on the new committee. See over the page for the process for the election.

Election of Parent Reps. to the Board of Management will take place at the meeting on November 23rd

The process is as follows:

1.       Nominations will be sought for Parents to stand for election.

2.       If there is only one nominee for either mother of father representative, these people are deemed elected.

3.       If more than one nomination is received for either of the positions, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

4.       The election is determined on a plurality of votes (i.e. first past the post) and the votes will be counted in public.

The names of the elected parents will be notified to the parent body and the Patron’s nominees and they will become members of the new Board of Management when it convenes on the 1st December 2015 for a new four year cycle.

We encourage you think strongly about putting yourself forward or approaching someone that you think will work for the benefit of the school community to go forward for election. Even if you are not going forward yourself we want you to attend this meeting so that you have a say in what is a very important decision for you and your child’s school for the next four years.

Ms Peggy Masterson, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Colette Kavanagh principal will address the meeting about current and future plans for our school. Gemma will talk to you about her role as Home School Liaison teacher and other related matters. We hope that the PTA will give a report on their activities to the meeting.  The main purpose however is the election of the parents to the Board of Management.

We hope that the meetings will be concluded by 8.30 and this will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

Nomination papers will be available in the school from Monday 2nd November 2015.

School enrolments: School office on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 1:00 pm

Our enrolments for future years are filling up very fast. This year we had some very disappointed parents who couldn’t get a place in our junior infants. From now on we are operating a common enrolment list with four Educate Together schools in Lucan taking part. The system is explained in detail on our website. Please make sure to read and understand the system. Don’t forget the translate button on our website

Road Safety

I would particularly like to remind all parents of their responsibility for safe driving in and around the school, both at the main entrance and at the Castle Road entrance. Be mindful at all times that there are 430 children coming and going in this school. The Board of Management is extremely concerned about safety and we are investigating ways of ensuring that the drop up and pick up times are improved. Please be extremely careful to ensure your own child’s safety and the safety of all the children in this school. The beat way to improve things would be for more parents to use the Castle Road entrance. It is safer and quicker for the parents who use it at the moment. Be careful also of the children who are attending other schools on Castle Road. As parents we have responsibity to all children.

Mind your bikes

Please also note that children’s bikes must be locked when they are parked in the school. We cannot guarantee their safety and they are parked there at your own risk.  We do not want any situation where a bike is stolen from our grounds.

 

PTA

The PTA held their AGM in the hall recently and it was very well attended. The following people were elected to the committee: Chairperson is Aoife Linnane, Vice Chair is Maureen Fox, Treasurer is Marta Starczewska and Secretary is Honor Byrne.

 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 23:08

October 2015 Newsletter October 2015

Newsletter October 2015

Autumn is at last upon us and the days are getting shorter and colder.

Reminder: Mid-term next week: School Closed

I would like to remind you that our first half term is nearly at an end and mid- term break takes place next week. There is no school next week. School re-opens on Monday November 2nd

Dress Up Friday October 23rd

Children are invited to dress up on Friday. Many children like to dress up for the Irish festival of Halloween. Many other children, who do not celebrate Halloween, may like to dress up for the festival of Diwali, celebrated by our Sikh and Hindu families in the school which takes place on November 11th. Other children might like to dress up in their national costume, in their favourite clothes, in their favourite football team kit, as a princess, or whatever they like. Dress up is entirely optional

New Board of Management

General meeting for Parents including elections to the Board of Management

Monday 23rd November 7.30pm.

 

All primary school Boards of Management change every 4 years, with the current cycle ending in November 2015. The Board is made up of eight people, two patron nominees  (nominated by Educate Together), two teacher nominees ( Colette Kavanagh, the school principal and one teacher elected by the teaching staff) two parent representatives, one father and one mother (elected by the parent body) and finally two community representatives nominated by the six already on the new committee. See over the page for the process for the election.

Election of Parent Reps. to the Board of Management will take place at the meeting on November 23rd

The process is as follows:

1.       Nominations will be sought for Parents to stand for election.

2.       If there is only one nominee for either mother of father representative, these people are deemed elected.

3.       If more than one nomination is received for either of the positions, a secret ballot will be held at the meeting.

4.       The election is determined on a plurality of votes (i.e. first past the post) and the votes will be counted in public.

The names of the elected parents will be notified to the parent body and the Patron’s nominees and they will become members of the new Board of Management when it convenes on the 1st December 2015 for a new four year cycle.

We encourage you think strongly about putting yourself forward or approaching someone that you think will work for the benefit of the school community to go forward for election. Even if you are not going forward yourself we want you to attend this meeting so that you have a say in what is a very important decision for you and your child’s school for the next four years.

Ms Peggy Masterson, Chairperson of the Board of Management and Colette Kavanagh principal will address the meeting about current and future plans for our school. Gemma will talk to you about her role as Home School Liaison teacher and other related matters. We hope that the PTA will give a report on their activities to the meeting.  The main purpose however is the election of the parents to the Board of Management.

We hope that the meetings will be concluded by 8.30 and this will be followed by Tea and Coffee.

Nomination papers will be available in the school from Monday 2nd November 2015.

School enrolments: School office on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 1:00 pm

Our enrolments for future years are filling up very fast. This year we had some very disappointed parents who couldn’t get a place in our junior infants. From now on we are operating a common enrolment list with four Educate Together schools in Lucan taking part. The system is explained in detail on our website. Please make sure to read and understand the system. Don’t forget the translate button on our website

Road Safety

I would particularly like to remind all parents of their responsibility for safe driving in and around the school, both at the main entrance and at the Castle Road entrance. Be mindful at all times that there are 430 children coming and going in this school. The Board of Management is extremely concerned about safety and we are investigating ways of ensuring that the drop up and pick up times are improved. Please be extremely careful to ensure your own child’s safety and the safety of all the children in this school. The beat way to improve things would be for more parents to use the Castle Road entrance. It is safer and quicker for the parents who use it at the moment. Be careful also of the children who are attending other schools on Castle Road. As parents we have responsibity to all children.

Mind your bikes

Please also note that children’s bikes must be locked when they are parked in the school. We cannot guarantee their safety and they are parked there at your own risk.  We do not want any situation where a bike is stolen from our grounds.

 

PTA

The PTA held their AGM in the hall recently and it was very well attended. The following people were elected to the committee: Chairperson is Aoife Linnane, Vice Chair is Maureen Fox, Treasurer is Marta Starczewska and Secretary is Honor Byrne.

 

 

 

 

Launch of the Lucan Common Enrolment System (Educate Together) October 1st 2015 at 11:00 am: Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan

 

Four Educate Together national schools in Lucan have come together in an effort to improve, systematically, the way pupils are enrolled in their schools.

 

From October 1st, Adamstown Castle ETNS, Esker ETNS, Griffeen Valley ETNS and Lucan East ETNS will operate a coordinated admissions system: the Lucan Common Enrolment System (LCES).

 

The aim of this common enrolment system is to promote inclusive, integrated schools that serve the needs of local families. Essentially, children in Lucan will be able to access their most conveniently located Educate Together school on a fair, transparent and equal basis. The LCES aims to end the situation in which children are forced to crisscross all over Lucan to attend a school that is not necessarily their nearest one.

 

By default, current enrolment policies are creating segregation in the school system, most notably in rapidly developing urban areas. The Lucan Common Enrolment System aims to address this by levelling the playing field and giving every child equality of access to the most conveniently located Educate Together school in Lucan.

 

Under the new system, which prioritises students based on age, newcomer families will no longer be disproportionally disadvantaged in accessing schools. Prioritising siblings and proximity to school will help foster local friendships and contribute towards a greater sense of community in the school. 

 

The official launch of the LCES takes place in Finnstown Castle Hotel, Lucan, on October 1st 2015 at 11:00 am. Members of the school communities will outline the rationale and the mechanism of the new system at this launch.

 

How does the LCES work?

 

Parents will make an application to a centralised system, which will be run by a committee of representatives from the Boards of Management of each of the four schools. Children on the system will be assigned to one of the four schools based on specific criteria:

 

·        Age: The system prioritises children according to their age, with older children given priority over younger children.

·        Family: Siblings will be prioritised so that it will be much more likely that children from the same family will be educated together in one school.

·        Proximity to school: Children will be more likely to be assigned to their nearest participating Educate Together school in Lucan.

All names received will be placed on the LCES Database, run by an independent database company. Children on the list will be offered a place in order of age (oldest first), until all available places in the four schools are filled. Once a child has secured a place, the LCES will determine the school to which the child will be assigned. The placement of children in individual schools will be based on the agreed criteria of siblings and proximity. 

 

This is the first time that a common enrolment system has been used by Educate Together schools and we are hoping to get much local and even national publicity, for this new way forward in enrolment, especially in the light of recent publicity around inclusion of migrant families and admissions policies in general. This common enrolment initiative is strongly supported by the Educate Together National Office.

 

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

 

Colette Kavanagh       

Principal, Esker ETNS    

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 01 6241462 or 0860261060

 

Meena Baskarasubramanian

Parent and Chairperson BOM, Adamstown Castle ETNS

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Phone:  086 8936001

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:25

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim families: Eid is a worldwide festival and celebration of Muslims across the world. There are two Eids that are celebrated by Muslims. One, called Eid ul Fitr, is at the end of Ramadan in which they fast for a whole month. The other, called Eid ul Adha, is two months later in which they sacrifice animals for the sake of Allah and marks at the end of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca. Many of our families are celebrating Eid ul Adha this week and the school community extends our warm wishes to them for a happy and blessed Eid.

 

 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:23

September 24th Newsletter 2 2015-2016

Newsletter September 24th 2015

Parking in school grounds: The Board of Management, staff and parents continue to be concerned about the parking habits of parent in the school, particularly in the afternoons. The BOM is looking into the best way that safety may be improved through the use of bollards on the roundabout. If there is a parent who has expertise in this matter we would be delighted if you would submit your suggestions in writing to the Chairperson of the Board for discussion at our next meeting in October. In the meantime please:

·         Do not park your car on the roundabout and leave it there without a driver.  Abandoned cars on the roundabout cause enormous problems for other drivers. If you are on the roundabout you must stay in the car.

·         Use the Castle Road entrance. It is much safer and more convenient. You can park your car easily, walk through beside the wooded area or have your older child walk out to you. You would get in and out much more quickly at this entrance.

·         Park outside the school in a safe place.

Reminder about school materials Money/ Swimming Money: Thank you to those parents who have sent in the €95 euro for class materials, insurance, book rental etc. If you have not done so yet, please send it in with the class teacher before Wednesday 30th September. Parents of new children pay this fee directly to the school secretary, Suzanne. If you have a difficulty paying the charge all at once, please contact Gemma or myself directly and we will make arrangements with you. For those classes who are going swimming the cost of €35 is also due. This payment covers the cost of the swimming pool and the school covers the weekly cost of the bus, to and from the pool.

Parent meetings for Junior and Senior Infants: Wednesday 7th October 7:30 pm: Parent meetings have been arranged by the teachers of Junior and Senior Infants to discuss the curriculum in these classes. These are general meetings where the teacher will address the parents about the school day, about pre-reading and reading skills and about what is covered in school during the day and during the school year. Most importantly, the teacher will address the parents about how they can best support their child’s learning at home. These meetings are very valuable and I strongly advise at least one parent to attend.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim families: Eid is a worldwide festival and celebration of Muslims across the world. There are two Eids that are celebrated by Muslims. One, called Eid ul Fitr, is at the end of Ramadan in which they fast for a whole month. The other, called Eid ul Adha, is two months later in which they sacrifice animals for the sake of Allah and marks at the end of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca. Many of our families are celebrating Eid ul Adha this week and the school community extends our warm wishes to them for a happy and blessed Eid.

 

To clarify about attendance. Schools are not in a position to give the children a day off for Eid. However, we understand that many families may excuse their children from school for one day for family and religious reasons. We understand how important a festival it for our Muslim families. In relation to the taking of the roll, we have to mark your child absent if they are not in school. However, in our in-house arrangements, we do not consider the child absent if they take one day for Eid ul Adha. In other words, if your child is in school every day this term, except this one day for Eid ul Adha, they will be still be eligible for the attendance award. If there are families of other religions who wish to make the same arrangement with the school for one religious day in the school year, e.g. Diwali, please contact Colette, Tom or Gemma, informing us of the date. 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 11:23

September 24th Newsletter 2 2015-2016

Newsletter September 24th 2015

Parking in school grounds: The Board of Management, staff and parents continue to be concerned about the parking habits of parent in the school, particularly in the afternoons. The BOM is looking into the best way that safety may be improved through the use of bollards on the roundabout. If there is a parent who has expertise in this matter we would be delighted if you would submit your suggestions in writing to the Chairperson of the Board for discussion at our next meeting in October. In the meantime please:

·         Do not park your car on the roundabout and leave it there without a driver.  Abandoned cars on the roundabout cause enormous problems for other drivers. If you are on the roundabout you must stay in the car.

·         Use the Castle Road entrance. It is much safer and more convenient. You can park your car easily, walk through beside the wooded area or have your older child walk out to you. You would get in and out much more quickly at this entrance.

·         Park outside the school in a safe place.

Reminder about school materials Money/ Swimming Money: Thank you to those parents who have sent in the €95 euro for class materials, insurance, book rental etc. If you have not done so yet, please send it in with the class teacher before Wednesday 30th September. Parents of new children pay this fee directly to the school secretary, Suzanne. If you have a difficulty paying the charge all at once, please contact Gemma or myself directly and we will make arrangements with you. For those classes who are going swimming the cost of €35 is also due. This payment covers the cost of the swimming pool and the school covers the weekly cost of the bus, to and from the pool.

Parent meetings for Junior and Senior Infants: Wednesday 7th October 7:30 pm: Parent meetings have been arranged by the teachers of Junior and Senior Infants to discuss the curriculum in these classes. These are general meetings where the teacher will address the parents about the school day, about pre-reading and reading skills and about what is covered in school during the day and during the school year. Most importantly, the teacher will address the parents about how they can best support their child’s learning at home. These meetings are very valuable and I strongly advise at least one parent to attend.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim families: Eid is a worldwide festival and celebration of Muslims across the world. There are two Eids that are celebrated by Muslims. One, called Eid ul Fitr, is at the end of Ramadan in which they fast for a whole month. The other, called Eid ul Adha, is two months later in which they sacrifice animals for the sake of Allah and marks at the end of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca. Many of our families are celebrating Eid ul Adha this week and the school community extends our warm wishes to them for a happy and blessed Eid.

 

To clarify about attendance. Schools are not in a position to give the children a day off for Eid. However, we understand that many families may excuse their children from school for one day for family and religious reasons. We understand how important a festival it for our Muslim families. In relation to the taking of the roll, we have to mark your child absent if they are not in school. However, in our in-house arrangements, we do not consider the child absent if they take one day for Eid ul Adha. In other words, if your child is in school every day this term, except this one day for Eid ul Adha, they will be still be eligible for the attendance award. If there are families of other religions who wish to make the same arrangement with the school for one religious day in the school year, e.g. Diwali, please contact Colette, Tom or Gemma, informing us of the date.