25 September 2017 Principal’s Newsletter

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is well settled into the school routine by now and we wish you a very enjoyable year ahead. As this is my first newsletter of the school year I want to draw your attention to our safety rules and regulations and I would like to give you a brief outline also of the many exciting activities and events that are scheduled for this term.

The safety of the children while in Carysfort N.S. is always our priority and our Insurance Company has requested that the following information is brought to your attention. “The school opens to receive pupils at 8.50 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time (except on wet mornings). Classes will end at 2.30 p.m. (1.30 p.m. for Infants). The designated person should be at the school no later than 2.30 p.m. (1.30pm for Infants) as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the pupils after that time.” On wet mornings the ramp door to the hall and the prefab doors open at 8.30 a.m. The staff have very kindly volunteered to supervise the students in the hall and in their classrooms until class begins at 8.50a.m.

In the morning the doors are closed after the children have been collected from the yard. I would like to request that parents do not push the doors open again from the inside but rather exit the school by the main door at the Secretary’s Office. Late arrivals should always enter the school by the main door. If you have reason to enter the school building during the school day always call to Tara in the office first before proceeding to a classroom. The children have been instructed not to open the front door when the buzzer is pressed so please be patient if you have to wait a short time to gain access to the building. All of these procedures are in place to ensure the safety of the children.

A very important aspect of our duty of care to the children is accurate recording of their school attendance which is submitted to the Educational Welfare Services. The roll is called by the teachers each morning at 9.30a.m and recorded electronically. If you know your child will be late to school or absent on a particular day please inform the class teacher in advance by written note or email noting the reason for absence so that your child’s school attendance is recorded accurately. If your child is absent due to illness please send a written note to the class teacher when your child returns to school. If absent for more than two days due to illness or other unexpected family reasons please email Tara and she will inform the class teacher.

Additional School activities:

Whizzkids:
From September to the end of January ’18 each class from 2nd to 6th will have a one hour coding workshop for four Wednesdays with a tutor from Whizzkids. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association and the Board of Management for providing the funding for this venture.

Kilmacud Crokes:
Kilmacud Crokes coaches are taking Senior Infants for hurling coaching on Wednesdays and will take first class for Gaelic coaching after mid-term.

Granada soccer:
Granada soccer will be with us on Thursdays and started coaching with 1st class last week.

Leinster Rugby:
Finally, Leinster Rugby have offered coaching to 6th class during the month of October.

These sporting activities are all in addition to the regular P.E. classes. We thank all three organisations for volunteering their services to Carysfort N.S.

Events:

‘Arts Week’ will be from October 16th -26th and this year’s theme is ‘Cultural Diversity’. Afterschool art teacher Michael Cleary and drama teacher Ciara Phelan will assist the class teachers and provide workshops for all classes. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for funding this event.

Encouraging spoken Irish in the school environment is an integral part of The New Language Curriculum so we have decided to have our annual cake sale ‘as Gaeilge’ this year. This event takes place on Friday, October 13th. All the children will learn in class how to make and buy their cakes as Gaeilge. The senior classes will assist with the cake selling. We will send home basic Irish phrases and simple recipes in a few weeks for family practise! The Parents’ Association will be in contact with you shortly also looking for parent volunteers for Friday 13th. Gaeilge is not a requirement!

The Parents’ Association A.G.M. will take place on Tuesday, October 26th 2017 and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in attendance.

Finally, our building work is progressing steadily and we are still working towards a completion date of the 19th December 2017.

Many thanks for your continued co-operation and support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns during the school year.

Le gach dea mhéin,

Norma Linehan

Principal

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