January 2018

School Community Newsletter 15/1/2018

Catholic Schools Week and Grandparents Day

Catholic Schools Week will take place from the 29th of January to 2nd February. The theme this year is ‘Families of Faith’. Please log on to www.catholicschools.ie for daily activities that will take place at school that week. We will be celebrating Grandparents Day on Thursday 1st of February.  Due to the number of Grandparents with children in our school, we have decided for everybody’s safety and enjoyment on the day that this year, Grandparents from 3rd to 6th classes will be invited to mass at 10am in Monagea Church. They will then be given the opportunity to visit their grandchild’s classroom and there will be tea, refreshments and entertainment in the hall afterwards. Next year grandparents from Junior Infants to 2nd class will be invited. Thank you for your understanding in relation to this.

School Book Fair

The annual book fair will take place 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.

Swimming

Swimming will commence on the 30th of January and will continue for 8 weeks. Classes from second to sixth will attend.

Stay Safe

The Stay Safe programme will be taught to Senior Infants, Second class, fourth class and sixth class this month. Please log on to our school website www.monageans.scoilnet.ie  to view the lessons and Parent’s Guide. This can be viewed in the ‘Parents’ section of the homepage. The SPHE Policy can be viewed on the ‘Policies’ section of the homepage.

Enrolments

The closing date for enrolments for the upcoming academic year is 31st of January. Please ensure all application forms are returned before that date. Places will be allocated in accordance with our enrolment policy in February.

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 Easter.

New Model for Allocating Resources for Special Education

Our teachers have received training on the new Model for Special Education Teaching in December.  The new allocation model is aimed at providing better outcomes for children with special educational needs, and at addressing potential unfairness of the previous model. It is based on the profiled special educational need of each school. Resources will be linked with genuine need, and children will not have to wait for educational/psychological assessments in order to access resources. It will ensure that children with special educational needs are properly integrated into the school. It will support inclusion and early intervention. We will be providing support in a variety of ways including in-class support, group withdrawal and individual withdrawal. Our Special Education Policy is being drafted at present and will be circulated to parents via email in February.

Attendance

Please ensure you write a note explaining your child’s absences. The school has developed a school attendance strategy which will be emailed to you for your attention in the coming days.

Attendance in December was 93.3%.

Congratulations

Congratulations and well done to Mr. Éoin O’Sullivan on completing his diploma last week and also in securing a permanent position here at Monagea NS. We wish him continued suceess in his career.

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir,

Le Meas,

Ciara Fitzgerald

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School Principal