February 2018

School Community Newsletter 12/2/2018

Staff Meeting

The children will be dismissed on Wednesday 21st of February at 2pm to facilitate a staff meeting.

School Closures

The school will be closed for midterm on 15th and 16th of February. The school closes at the normal time on Wednesday the 14th of February.

 

The school will be closed on Tuesday 15th of May for whole school training in the New Primary Language Curriculum. Teachers will attend training in the Limerick Education Centre on that date.

Road Safety Authority

There will be a speaker from the RSA visiting the school in 1/3/18 to speak to the children about road safety. The speaker will address safety concerns for children using the pedestrian crossing outside the school, as well as a number of other road safety matters.

 

Grandparents’ Day

We had a most enjoyable Grandparents Day on 1st of February. Grandparents of children from 3rd-6th classes travelled from far and near to celebrate with their grandchildren. Cn Duhig led the Prayer Service and after that, the Grandparents went to the hall for refreshments and entertainment. Grandparents finished off their day by visiting their grandchild’s classroom. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day.

Booster Injections

Junior Infants will receive their booster injections on the 21st of February and the 5th March. Appointment times will be sent to parents in the post. Parents should collect their child from their classroom and take them across to the hall at the appointed time.

Your child will receive the 4 in 1 booster to protect against diphtheria, polio, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis); and a second dose of the MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella.

Accord

Thank you to the parents of 5th and 6th classes for attending the RSE preparation talk with Kathleen Wallace on 6th of February. Thank you to Íde Doody for opening the school on the evening. Kathleen did an excellent job presenting the RSE lessons to 5th and 6th class.

SSE Airtricity Grant

Our school have received a grant of 2000eu to contribute towards the cost of replacing the school’s internal lighting. This project will be carried out over the coming months.

 

Comumunion

2nd class will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the 12th of May in Monagea Church. Ms Heffernan and her class are attending mass weekly in preparation for the big day.

CPR and Defibrillator

On Wednesday 14th of March all staff will receive 3 hours defibrillator and CPR training.  This will take place after school.

Child Protection

TUSLA Mandatory reporting. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has published updated Child Protection guidelines. The procedures came into effect on December 11th 2017.

What are the key measures?

  1. Every registered teacher, as a Mandated Person, now has a statutory obligationto report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Such reports are known as mandated reports
  2. A requirement on mandated persons to assist Tusla in the assessment of child protection risk, if so requested.

What are the main statutory obligations of mandated persons?

To report to Tusla any knowledge, belief or reasonable grounds to suspect that a child has been harmed, is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed, and to report any disclosures made by a child in relation to the above.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge will be celebrated from the 1st of March. There will be various activities taking place throughout the school to celebrate our Irish culture and language.

Station Teaching and Guided Reading

Station teaching for literacy is taking place for 8 weeks in Ms Murray and Ms Fitzgerald’s classes. Station teaching has also commenced for junior infants, the focus is fine motor skill development and literacy. Thank you to all the teachers involved.

Teaching Practice

We welcome Ms Louise Lanigan, who is commencing a 10 week advanced placement in Mrs Collins’ room. We wish her the very best of luck.

 

Facebook and Twitter

Thank you to Mr Éoin O’Sullivan who is in the process of setting up a school Facebook and Twitter account. These accounts will be linked to our school website. We hope to launch both accounts in March. This will help keep parents informed as to all our school news and events.

School Book Fair

The annual book fair will begin on the 28th of February. It will be located in the reception area of the school. Each of the classes will be timetabled during that week to visit the book fair. Infant parents can visit the book fair @2pm and the remainder of parents can visit @3pm that week.

School Extension

The school extension is still ongoing. The work has been delayed by poor weather conditions. It is now hoped that the extension will be finished by the Summer Holidays.

Attendance

Please remember that an absence note is required every time your child is absent. These are kept on file until the end of the school year. The school is obliged to make returns to Tusla in respect of every child who misses 20 days or more in a school year.  A number of children are frequently late for school. Please try to ensure this does not happen.

Attendance in January was 91.4%.

Le Meas,

Ciara Fitzgerald

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School Principal