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Welcome We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.We extend a special welcome to our new Junior Infants Daelyn Taylor, Alan Carew, Dylan O’Connor, James Hanrahan, Harrison Kiely, Molly Fahey, Lily Chan, Zara Kelly, Suzanne Hassett and Leona O’Sullivan
Welcome also to Maria Strozyk who joined 2nd class and to Kevin Papke who joined  6th class.
Staff :We also welcome Ms Kate O’Connor who has been employed  from the Dept  of Education re  deployment panel.

Holiday Details/School Closures are as follows; Halloween Break:  School closed - Week 29 October – 2nd November.Christmas Holidays: School closed Fri 21st Dec  re-opens  Mon 7th Jan 2013.
Spring Break :  14th & 15 February St Patrick’s Day :  Monday 18/03/2013
Easter Holidays : School closes Friday 22nd March and reopens Mon 8th April.   May Bank Holiday : Friday 3rd May & Monday 6 May..
June Bank Holiday   Monday 3rd  June.
Summer Holidays: Half day Tuesday 25th June

Note:- We have been informed by Dept of Education that  full  week  at Holy week prior to Easter Holidays may have to be changed if we lose time due to bad weather.

PE / Tracksuit days. Miss Kearney.: Wednesday & FridayMiss O Neill: Wednesday &  Friday
Mrs Leahy:  Wednesday & Friday4th to 6th class: Wednesday.
It is important that children should have their names clearly marked on their uniforms , coats, tracksuits, school books and other personal belongings.

Birthday parties and invitations. Party invitations are not to be distributed amongst pupils in school. We hope that
parents would establish their own network of phone numbers .We do not want a situation where some children are upset at not getting an invitation.Board of Management A new Board was elected in November of last year and your parent representatives on the Board are Decky Dineen, Catherine Burke and Gráinne McCarthy.
Parents’ CouncilParents Council will hold  AGM  shortly. Hope as many parents as possible can attend this very important meeting.Opening / Closing Times. The school day runs from 9 20 to 3 00.We ask that children do not come to school too early. Teachers may be in their classes but they need this time to prepare for the day ahead. We ask that children would arrive between 9 05 and 9 20.

Galbally Childcare ServiceTel 086-8231838 to book your child in for after school/Homework Club. The home work club is a tremendous asset to the school. Children have the opportunity to complete a large part of their written work in a supervised atmosphere. They then have a wide range of indoor / outdoor activities available to them afterwards.The cost is kept as low as possible as the service is a non profit organisation.(note children who live in excess of 2 miles from school traditionally have the 2 to 3
 session free if they have older brothers and sisters in school )
This year we will continue to offer a variety of afterschool activities.  We are happy to be able to offer German on Tuesdays to 4th , 5th  & 6th. Full details available soon.  Book in now and ensure your child gets a headstart with a foreign language.
Saving Scheme Each Friday Sammy Stamps are sold for Mitchelstown Credit Union to encourage thrift / saving. The stamps are stuck in a card. Stamps cost €1 each and we encourage children to buy whatever they can each week. These Sammy Stamp books can then be presented at Mitchelstown Credit Union and lodged in an account or exchanged for cash.

Upcoming Activity: September 2012 - Sponsored walk to Darby's BedWeather permitting will be held  in mid to late September.A most enjoyable day for Parents and children – not to be missed!
Healthy Eating In line with our Social Personal & Health Education programme we would ask that parents would help us with our Healthy Eating policy. We would hope that your child would have something healthy each day e.g. a piece of fruit. We ask that you would not put coloured fizzy drinks, crisps or chewing gum in your child’s lunchboxRemember your child should be able to open bottles and containers themselves and to bear this in mind when buying. Also, it is advisable to place bottles in a plastic bag in case of leakage.Safety All children from Junior Infants to 2nd class will be accompanied to the school gates by their class teacher at home time. If there isn't some one present to
collect a child they will return to classroom and can be collected there. Please ensure your children are under your supervision after hand over and stay in car if driving or by your side if walking. Children should not play on road, climb on walls or partake in any other dangerous activity.
We ask parents to drive with great caution and to allow for the unexpected errors that children of school-age can make.
If a child has an appointment and must leave school early the teacher must be informed in writing in advance. Parents/ guardians are asked to call personally to the classroom to collect the child and to accompany the child to the classroom on his/her return to I get ???????? Aileen Ryan Ballylanders for tracksuits / uniformsHylands Mitchelstown for books etc….
Head Lice Each year there is a constant problem with headlice. Please be vigilant and treat whole family promptly if you find eggs /lice. Also make sure children with long hair have it tied back neatly so to minimise risk.

Textaparent/Contact Details We operate group texting to parents’ mobile phone. Please keep us updated if you change your no. Also provide mobile no. of parent who is most easily contacted. Please let us know also if there is any change of address.

Education Welfare Board.
As part of the Education Welfare Act we are obliged to keep a record of all absences for the Department. Any child absent in excess of 20 days has to be reported to the National Education Welfare Board (N.E.W.B). If a child has a genuine absence there is no need to worry. The absence will be reported but the N.E.W.B. will make an
allowance. Notes must be provided for each absence/partial absence. School Journal  this year includes absent notes which my be cut out and school has supply of standardised notes should you need them. A Child absent at Roll Call will be absent on Roll book but if child comes in later and is present for a total of 4 hours and has note, the absence will not be recorded as having missed 1 full day. If child has to leave school for any length of time a note is required.If your child is sick keep them at home as they may pass the illness to other
children .They will be uncomfortable in school and staying at home  will speed their recovery. If a child is well enough to return to school but needs to stay in at break/lunch time, you must send note to class teacher requesting same.

Homework Guidelines
The following is the approximate times that classes should spend at homework.
Infants   15 to 20 minutes
1st—2nd Class  30 - 40 minutes
3rd—4th Class  40 -  50 minutes
5th—6th Class  1 hr

Where a child is spending considerably longer than the suggested times parents will allow children to finish up and leave the work that was delaying them.  A note to this effect will then be written to the teacher in the child’s diary. We also ask that homework would be signed and timed each evening so that we are aware of pupils who spend a long time doing it and may be having difficulties.

There is a digital version of this newsletter together with many other articles on our website All other latest news will be posted there regularly.

Parent—Teacher meetings.
Formal Meetings: Formal timetabled Parent Teacher meetings take place in November. However if a parent wishes to arrange a meeting at any stage during the year to discuss their child they may do so by contacting the class teacher and making an appointment.


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