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A chairde,

Just over three weeks into the new school year and I am very proud of how the staff and students have settled in.  The caretaker and cleaner had the school looking really well for September and the new tar, Junior Infant yard and paint have really enhanced our school in so many ways.  I thank the Board of Management for their input there.

As our school continues to increase in size I would ask all parents to be extra vigilant with cars at the start of school and at home time.  There are a large number of children leaving at the same time and I would ask all parents to park appropriately and be very aware when parking or driving their car.  I would also ask for volunteers from parents to become involved in our Parent Association.
Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh.
Mr. Britton

Parking:
The size of the school is increasing every year and so is the number of cars collecting and dropping off children.  A large new car park has been built and I would urge as many parents as possible to use it.  

It is imperative that parents park appropriately.  I would ask parents not to park up to the junction at the estate beside the school so as to allow residents drive into and out of the estate.  When parking outside of school take the upmost of care when reversing and opening and closing doors.

Parent Association:
At this time every year we have a changeover on our Parent Association.  Four members of the committee step down and four new members take their place.  

This year we sincerely thank Kit Good, Kathleen Lipsett, Emma Mc Gowan and Marie Downey for their hard work, planning and commitment to our school.  Their fundraising efforts have helped pay for our school car park, surfing trips for our Sixth Class and trips for the Holy Communion class amongst others.

This year we seek nominations from parents from Junior Infants, First, Third and Fifth Classes for a two year term.  It gives parents a chance to help our school and make it an excellent learning environment.  The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Association takes place in the school on Wednesday 11th October at 8.30 p.m.

Homework Policy:
At beginning of new school year Homework can become an issue with change of teachers, pupils moving up a class etc.  All pupils from Infants – Sixth Class have a Homework Diary into which each night’s homework is written.  No homework is given at weekends.  Pupils working consistently should normally complete all homework within the following time allocations:
Infants – about 15 minutes
First & Second – 15 – 30 minutes
Third & Fourth – 30 – 40 minutes
Fifth & Sixth – 45 – 60 minutes
Any difficulties with homework should be communicated to class teacher as soon as possible.  The diary can be used for this purpose also.

Visiting Classes:
We would ask any parents who wish to drop off lunch or anything else to their child to please drop it in the office where Bernadette will deliver to the classroom.

School Book Fair:
We will be hosting our annual School Book Fair during the period 4th - 9th October 2017.  All classes will be taken to view the book fair by their teachers and it is hoped that the middle and senior classes will be able to purchase their own books.  Parents of Infants and First and Second class pupils and any other parent who wishes to visit the fair may do so on Friday 6th October and Monday October 9th between 2 and 3 p.m.  The school receives 60% of money raised, in books, for our classroom libraries.  So the more parents support the fair, the more books we get for classroom libraries.

School CPD Training Day:
The school will be closed for all pupils on Monday 29th January 2018 as staff must attend a school based in-service day on the new Primary Language Curriculum in school.  This essential training will familiarise staff with the new curriculum that the Department of Education is beginning to implement.

Parent Teacher Meetings:
The dates for the Parent-Teacher meetings have been changed and the Parent Teacher meetings will now take place on the 16th and 23rd of November.  Parents will receive notification regarding these meetings after the mid-term break.

Code of Behaviour:
The Code of Behaviour was reviewed by the Board and staff.  It is available to view on the school website.

Information Meeting for Parents of Junior Infants:
A meeting for parents of Junior Infants will take place in the school on Friday 29th September at 9.30 a.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to give the parents / guardians information on the Jolly Phonics Programme.

Do This In Memory:
“Do This In Memory” enrolment mass for Second Class will be celebrated in Saint Aidan’s Church, Kinlough on Sunday 1st  October  at 11a.m.

School Photographer:
A photographer will visit the school on 16th  November 2017.   If you do not wish your child’s photograph to be taken please inform his/her class teacher on or before that date.  We get group photographs of all classes taken for our own records.

Head Lice:
Already this school year we have had a few notifications from parents regarding head lice.  Please be vigilant and check your child’s scalp on a weekly basis and treat if necessary.

Fire Drill:
A Fire Drill for all pupils and staff took place in the school recently.  At least two further Fire Drills will take place over the course of school year.

Sport:
A FAI Soccer Blitz for boys and girls in Third Class and Fourth Class will take place during the coming weeks.

Agreed Statement Board of Management Meeting
• The revised Code of Behaviour for our school was reviewed and ratified
• The Board were highly satisfied with the new infant playground, re-taring of the yard and signage and they complimented all those responsible for planning and work
• The School Action Plan for 2017/2018 was presented and approved
• The Board would like to wish pupils, teachers and parents a successful year ahead

Best Kept Classroom:
All classrooms were well kept for the month of September and the winners in the competition for the month of September were:
Junior Award: Junior Infants – Mrs Mc Sharry
Senior Award: Third Class – Ms  Rooney

Uniforms:
A large number of children have already misplaced their school jumpers.  Please ensure that your child’s name is written on all school jumpers.
Youth Mental Health Talks for Parents, Leitrim:
Talk on - Communicating with your Pre-teen/ teenager will be held in Carrick on Shannon Education Centre on 5th October 2017, 7- 9 p.m.
Talk on – Cyber Bullying will be held in Carrick on Shannon Education Centre on 12th October 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
To book a place please use online booking system at www.carrickedcentre.ie  phone 0719620383 or email info@carrickedcentre.ie

Mid Term Break:
The school will close for the Halloween mid-term break on Friday October 27th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 6th at 9.20 a.m.

Website:
Please feel free to browse our website to view photos and other news of ongoing events in the school.  


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