19th January 2016 newsletter to parents

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We have received a very large number of applications again this year for places in classes from senior infants to sixth class for September 2016. I would like to start offering these places as soon as possible as a substantial amount of the applicants are or will be residents of the parish of Blackrock.  Therefore if you are planning alternative schooling for your child in September 2016, I would greatly appreciate it if you could place this intention in writing to me as soon as possible so that I can offer your child’s place to a family on the waitlist in the next few weeks. I fully understand that many of you may not want your child to be aware of this change at this stage of the school year so please be assured that all communication with me will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you wish to speak with me in person please do not hesitate to contact Tara and arrange an appointment.

For the past three years as a staff we have been engaged in the School Self-Evaluation process. The aim of this process is to consolidate and enhance the children’s teaching and learning. Our literacy and numeracy reviews are progressing very well and we are now starting our review of the teaching and learning of Irish. Please find a link to a survey for parents to complete to assist us with this review here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DMBZV3Q

Our Insurance Company has again requested that the following information is included in this letter.

“The school will open 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). If your child is being escorted home 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 is opened at 8.30 am and all students enter the building through this door as they arrive. The staff has very kindly volunteered to supervise the students while walking to their classrooms and in the classrooms until class begins at 8.50am.

Many thanks in advance for your co-operation and assistance with all of the above. I look forward to a busy, hard-working and rewarding term ahead with lots of fun included!

Le gach dea-mhéin

Norma Linehan


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