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We would like to welcome every one back again for a new school year.
We extend a special welcome to our new Junior Infants
Molly Barrett Michael Sheehan John Downey Steven Davern Killian Barry Max Hickey Jake O Sullivan Niamh Crawford Ellie Walshe Evan Hennessy Aoife Kiely Joseph Crawford.Welcome also to Tom & Eoghan Ryan ,  Daniel O Dwyer & Rua Flynn who  joined other classes.
Staff :We welcome Mr Gerard O Connell who is temporary Special Needs teacher, Ms Amie Hickey who is shared Special Needs teacher and Breda Walsh who is our new School Secretary.

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.

Holiday Details/School Closures are as follows;
Halloween Break:   School closed - Week 30 October – 3rd November.
Christmas Holidays:  School closed Fri 22 Dec  re-opens  Mon 8th Jan
Spring Break :   15th & 16 th February
St Patrick’s Day :   Monday 19/03/2013
Easter Holidays :  26thMarch to 8th April.   
May Bank Holiday :  Friday 4th May & Monday 7 th May..
June Bank Holiday    Monday 4th  June.
Summer Holidays:  Half day Tuesday 26th June
PE / Tracksuit days.
Mrs Cunningham:  Wednesday & Friday
Miss O Connor   Wednesday &  Friday
Mrs Leahy:    Wednesday & Friday
Mrs Byrnes     Wednesday.
Mr Kearney   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.

Parents’ Council
Parents Council will hold  AGM  shortly. Hope as many parents as possible can attend this very important meeting

Galbally Childcare Service
Tel 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. Full details available soon.  

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.
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.
Please DO NOT  put fizzy drinks, crisps or chewing gum in your child’s lunchbox
Remember 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.
All children from Junior Infants to 3rd 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 school.
Parent—Teacher meetings.
Formal 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.
Online Payments
We hope to start introducing online payments. This reduces the amount of cash coming in to the school and will be more convenient for class teachers. You will receive a text with a link to the payment operator which is Stripe. Stripe is easy to use and secure.
Office. Breda works -  Monday10 to 3 Wednesday 10 to 3 & Friday 9 to 3 . If you need to contact the office please do so during these times.
Support Teaching
In line with recent Department of Education guidelines we will support children with additional learning needs in a number of ways:
Within the classroom
In small group settings
On an individual basis
Occasionally, we will also withdraw children for social games and activities – this will include children with both additional learning needs and none. If you do not give permission for your child to be part of these groups, please inform the class teacher in writing.
As always, if you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the class teacher.
Education Welfare Board.
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 .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   20 - 30 minutes
3rd—4th Class   30 -  40 minutes
5th—6th Class   1 hr
If a child is spending considerably longer than the suggested times allow children to finish up and leave the work that was delaying them.  Write a note to the teacher in the child’s diary. We also ask that homework would be signed and timed  so that we are aware of pupils who spend a long time doing it and may be having difficulties.

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.
Where do I get ????????
Aileen Ryan Ballylanders for tracksuits / uniforms. Hylands Mitchelstown for books etc….

Upcoming Activity: Sponsored walk to Darby's Bed
Weather permitting will be held  in mid to late September.
A most enjoyable day for Parents and children – not to be missed!

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.
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