Letter (1) 04092019


Telephone:  091-844510

Email: scnathenry@eircom.net

Dear Parents                                        Issue: 01                                                                 September 4th 2019

At the beginning of the school year, may I take this opportunity on behalf of the staff, to welcome all the children back to school. I hope they will have a happy experience in school and that by co-operation and mutual understanding between home and school, we will be able to work together for the children’s benefit.

Staff News:

  • We welcome back Ms Alani & Mrs Burke from maternity leave.
  • Mrs Burke will be job-sharing with Mrs Forde as part of the Special Education Team
  • Miss Dolan will be teaching 1st class for the year, instead of Mrs Forde
  • Mrs O’Reilly is taking parental leave this year and Miss Feeney will be teaching her Junior Infant Class
  • All the teachers have completed at least one professional development course during July & August. This entitles them to 3 “extra personal vacation” days, which can be taken at their discretion throughout the coming academic year. We thank our diligent staff for constantly upskilling themselves. The pupils of Scoil Chroí Naofa are very fortunate.

First class children will not assemble in the yard at home time from Monday, September 9th. Children will leave from their classroom. Please make sure that you arrange with your child where exactly you will collect him/her at 2.30pm, e.g. in the hall, outside offices, inside school wall, buddy bench, gate, top yard or Church etc. All consent forms must be returned by this Friday, September 6th.

Junior & Senior Infant children

  • All Junior Infant children will go home at 1.30pm from next Monday, September 9th. Mrs Comer, Miss Tyrrell & Miss Feeney’s classes will each line up inside the 2 yard doors with their teacher. Parents should wait in the school yard for them, until the yard doors are opened. The children will be released one at a time to their parent / guardian.
  • The shelter in the bottom yard is reserved for Mrs Murray & Ms Alani’s Senior Infant classes at 1.30pm:
    • Please vacate the shelter on wet days for the staff and the children, to avoid over-crowding and to ensure children are being sent home with the correct person.
    • Please do not collect your child from the class line until they have entered the shelter.
    • Children will not be allowed to leave until parents/minders approach the child and teacher.
  • For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware that there are classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefabs.
  • If you need to speak to teacher, please be prepared to wait until all the children have been collected.
  • All parents and children will then leave the school grounds through the top or bottom yard.

Start of Term Reminders:

We seek your co-operation with the following reminders:

  • Staff request all outstanding monies for books, copies, art & craft, photocopying and Literacy Lift Off to be forwarded to the class teacher immediately. Please comply with the following procedure  when forwarding money to the school;
  • Money should be placed in a sealed envelope.
  • The child’s name should be marked on the outside.
  • The amount in the envelope should be clearly stated.                                 
  • The purpose for which the money is forwarded should also be clearly stated.      
  • Please label all children’s clothes and belongings clearly including lunchboxes and drink containers.
  • Please make sure that your child has Runners for PE.
  • All children require an old large shirt (labelled) for Visual Art Activities.
  • Please sign your child’s homework.
  • Check your child’s hair to ensure that any infestation of head lice is treated at once.  Long hair should be tied back.   

Health & Safety:

In the interest of safety and due to the large number of junior infants:

  • parents of all children from junior infants up to 6th class are requested to say goodbye to their children in the morning as they line up in the yard at 8.45a.m.

The Board of Management have introduced a safe system for entering and leaving the school grounds. We seek your co-operation with the following:

  1. No cars are allowed onto school grounds except in exceptional circumstances agreed with principal. All cars should be parked outside the school grounds in car parks outside the school gates and at the Church.
  2. Please ensure that your child does not walk on the wall.
  1. For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware that there are classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefabs.
  2. Please note that Coláiste an Eachréidh and Gael Scoil Riada are now operating out of the old Presentation Secondary school building. As a result there will be difficulty parking and a lot of additional traffic.
  3. On the rare occasion where a relative or friend will be collecting your child from school instead of the usual person, please ensure that you advise teacher or the office beforehand.

Please ensure this message regarding the safe system is passed on to the person bringing your child to and from school.

The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for children in the school yard before 8.45am or after 2.30pm unless they are attending Extra Curricular Activities.

General Reminders:

  • Punctuality: The staff of Scoil Chroí Naofa consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that your child is in school by 8.50am (at the latest) to avoid constant disruption to morning prayers and to the beginning of the school day for teachers. Roll call is taken in the early morning, every day.
  • School Uniform: Your co-operation to ensure that your child wears the full school uniform every day is most appreciated. Please remember to label your child’s uniform and all their belongings.
  • Absences: In accordance with Section 18 of the Education Welfare Act 2000, when a pupil is absent for part or all of a school day, parent(s) must notify teacher or Principal of the reasons for the pupil’s absence. If a pupil is absent for more than 20 days during the school year, the school authorities must inform the Education Welfare Board who consult with parents. In order to comply with the Act, staff and I need your cooperation with the following
    • If your child is absent, please write a note to teacher stating the reason and give it to your child on the day your child is returning. It is unnecessary to phone as well.
    • If your child has to leave the school during the school day, the person who is collecting your child must sign him/her out at theSecretary’s Office.
  • Child Protection: The Department of Education and Science has introduced Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools in relation to Child Protection and Welfare. The Board of Management has adopted these procedures as School Policy.  Consequently if there is a matter of concern in relation to the abuse of children we are obliged to report this to Túsla, who will assess the case and provide the necessary support for the child concerned.
  • Nut Allergies: Some children have a severe nut allergy therefore all nuts are forbidden. Please provide your child with fruit/veg for first break. Children are not allowed to bring any food out to the yard except fruit/veg. A colour-coded summary of our Healthy Eating policy is attached.
  • Medical Problems: Please make the school aware if your child has any medical problems. The information given in this regard will be treated with total confidentiality. In the case of a child necessitating urgent medical attention and where parents cannot be contacted, he / she will be taken to a local doctor or A&E.
  • Change of Address: If you change address, email or phone numbers, please inform secretary so she can update school records. Regular school newsletters will not be handed out to the children, they will only be e-mailed, so please ensure that we have your most current e-mail address on file.
  • News Publications: During the coming year we will be submitting articles and photos to the Connacht Tribune, the Tuam Herald and the Athenry News & Views Magazine, etc. If you do not wish your child’s name or photo to be submitted please contact the school.
  • Birthday Invitations: The staff and Parents Council have discussed the following and seek your co-operation in the best interests of all children: Birthday invitations should not be distributed on the school premises as it causes upset to the children who are not invited.

School Assemblies:

  • There will be a general assembly of all the pupils & staff every Monday morning. We will use this as an opportunity to celebrate the pupils achievements & acknowledge their success both inside & outside the school. It will also be used as a forum to discuss other matters e.g. behaviour, work rate, attitude etc.

School Website:

Youth Academy at N.U.I.G.:

  • The Youth Academy works with high ability primary school children in the local community to support their learning and academic development. The parents of qualifying children in 4th & 5th class have been sent details of this programme. For more information visit www.nuigalway.ie/youthacademy.

Diary Dates:

  • Camogie training will start back up next week. This year ALL of 4th & 5th Class will attend camogie training for the school; and the 6th class return as per their commitment last year. Therefore next year, the 3 senior classes will all be involved making it a senior school activity for all the pupils. A note will be issued to the girls with further details.
  • There will be a staff meeting on Thursday October 3rd. All children will go home at 1.15pm.
  • The term of the current Board of Management will expire on November 30th 2019. Two parent representatives need to be appointed. Nominations & elections will be held soon.

Community Links:

  • Athenry Football Club Academy officially starts back on Saturday September 14th. They cater for girls & boys at all age groups starting from 3 years old. Training is in Moanbaun H65 NY66. There is an all-weather surface for the AFC Academy to train on over the winter period. More information can be found on their website: www.athenryfootballclub.com or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Athenryfootballclub/. Any questions regarding AFC Academy please contact Richie Humphreys on 087 2980700 or Ronan Hoarty on 087 0929584.
  • Photography Competition: Athenry and Clarinbridge Tidy Towns would like the children to take pictures for a calendar about the Clarin River and the areas it flows through! Entering is easy. Take a picture of your local environment and upload it to: www.ClarinPhoto.com. Pictures should be a scene from your local town, village or parish. Closing date is Friday September 27th.
  • A charity called “Mary’s Meals” are looking for good quality second hand backpacks / school bags, which they send to children in Africa. Mary’s Meals send the backpacks to children who really need them which will enable them to attend school and gain an education that can help them escape from poverty when they grow up. If you have any old school bags, pencil cases, etc. that you are no longer using and you would like to donate them – you can drop them into the office and we will pass them on to the charity. If you wish, backpacks can be filled with e.g. Notepads, pencils, pens, crayons, eraser, sharpener, ruler, pencil case, towel, shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress, flip-flops or sandals, small ball (e.g. tennis ball), soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, spoon. Clothing for children aged between 4 and 12 is suitable. Second-hand items are fine, as long as they are in good condition. www.marysmeals.ie for more information.
  • Free Parking in the “Back Lawn”: The community council have asked that we share with you that parking in the car park beside Kenny park is free for the next few months, on a trial basis.

Please see overleaf the School Calendar for 2019 / 2020 in order for you to plan your holidays accordingly.

With every good wish for the year ahead.

Yours sincerely

Fergal Naughton  

Principal                                 

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Telephone:  091-844510

Email: scnathenry@eircom.net

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019/2020

SCHOOL OPENING:                    Thursday 29th of August

MID TERM BREAK:                     Monday 28th of October to Friday 1st of November

                                                School re-opens on Monday, the 4th of November

CHRISTMAS BREAK:                  Monday 23rd of December to Friday 3rd of January

                                            School closes on Friday 20th of December

                                                School re-opens on Monday, the 6th of January.

MID TERM BREAK:                     Monday 17th to Friday 21st of February

                                                School re-opens on Monday, the 24th of February

ST. PATRICK’S DAY:                   School closed onMonday 16th of March and Tuesday 17th of March

EASTER BREAK:               Monday 6th of April to Friday 17th of April

School closes on Friday 3rd of April

                                                School re-opens on Monday, the 20th of April

BANK HOLIDAY:                          School closed Monday 4th of May

BANK HOLIDAY:                          School closed Monday 1st of June

SUMMER   HOLIDAYS:              School closes on Friday, the 26th of June.

Please Note:    This calendar could be subject to change as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.  You will be given adequate notice of any changes.

SCOIL CHROÍ NAOFA HEALTHY EATING POLICY

THE FOOD PYRAMID GREEN Foods which are good for every day ORANGE Foods that can be good once or twice a week or in small amounts RED Foods that are not necessary for healthy eating or are unsafe and are not to be eaten in school
Top Shelf: Other Foods     School provides chocolates/sweets on feast days Chocolate products and sweets etc.
Oils, Spreads, Fats   Butter, Spreads   No chocolate spreads
Meat, Poultry, Fish   Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork, Ham, Lamb, Egg, Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel Chickpeas, Lentils, Bacon, Sausage, Salami, Luncheon, Corned beef, Billy roll Nuts
Dairy Produce   Milk, yogurt, Greek yogurt, cheese slices, drinking yogurt, fruit/plain yogurt, Frubes, cheese dippers Whole milk, Petit filous, flavoured milk, rice pudding, custard. Cheese strings, cheese spread, cheese triangles Chocolate mousse, sprinkler yogurts, Toffee/sweet corner yogurts,
Fruit & Vegetables   Apples, oranges, bananas, kiwi, plum, nectarine, peach, pineapple, melon, grapes, mandarins, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, green beans, mangetout, peppers, fruit salad Carrots, cooked or  uncooked cut into bite size pieces (preferably for Junior Infants to be eaten at desk at small break or lunch)   Dried fruit: raisins, sultanas, dates, apricots. Smoothies, olives, avocado, stewed fruit, tinned fruit                            
Cereals, Grains, Potatoes.   Wholegrain breads, rolls, baps, pitta, wraps crackers. Oatcakes, banana bread, Oat bars, wholemeal scones, soda bread, brown pasta, rice, noodles White breads, rolls, baps, pitta, wraps, crackers,rice cakes, Brioche, Plain cake, White scone, Plain bun, Croissants Chocolate breads, Iced rolls, Danish pastries, sausage rolls, sweet cereal bars eg. Rice Krispie bars
Fluids   Water, milk, soup Sugar squash, flavoured milks, Tea, yogurt drinks Fizzy drinks, Energy drinks, Full sugar squash, Capri sun, Hot chocolate
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