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Monday, 31st August 2020 Weekly Note

Posted on August 31, 2020

WELCOME BACK

A big welcome back is extended to all our pupils throughout the school, with a particular welcome to our new recruits. Joining us in P.1 are Aoibheann, J.R., Saoirse, Cormac, Oisin, Cathal, Caitlin, Aine, Anna, Ava, Darcy & Cathair along with Dylan in P.4. We extend a warm welcome to all pupils new and ‘established’, we hope and trust that you will have a very enjoyable and rewarding year ahead.

As always we encourage parents to play an active role in their child/children’s education and invite you to contact the teacher concerned should your child encounter any trouble ‘settling in’ or indeed at any time of the year. Unfortunately we must ask that, unless absolutely necessary, communication is done via telephone to keep external traffic to the school to an absolute minimum.

UNIFORM

All children are looking resplendent in their new school sweaters and cardigans. May we ask you to take time to ensure that all children’s clothing is labelled so as to avoid any unnecessary confusion.

HEADLICE

This is not always a topic we like to discuss but just a simple reminder to remain vigilant as to the possibility of the presence of lice in your child’s hair.

MONEY

We respectfully ask that any monies being sent to the school be in a sealed envelope, with name and purpose of payment etc. clearly indicated. These envelopes will be placed in a marked tray in each classroom before being picked up later by Nuala. These envelopes will be retained by the school as ‘proof of payment’ so it is essential that these are clearly labelled so as to avoid unnecessary confusion. We also ask that weekly payments should be made in one instalment rather than on a daily basis and that payments are restricted from Monday to Wednesday.

DINNERS

Dinners are available in the school from tomorrow Tuesday, 1st September. Cost £2.60.

Payment by cheque for school dinners should be made out to E A Western Region.

MILK

For those children who wish to take milk, the cost for the term which takes us to Christmas is £11.50. Milk will begin on Thursday of this week.

HOLIDAYS

A list of holidays can be found under the ‘information’ tab of our School App.

MOBILE NUMBERS

Anyone who may have changed mobile numbers over the summer holiday is asked to notify the school to ensure that our records are up to date and that the school text messages are going to the correct number.

WELCOME DEBORAH

We welcome along Deborah O’Kane, who joins us as a Classroom Assistant to deputise for Brenda. You’re very welcome Deborah.

WATER BOTTLES

We ask that all pupils bring a clearly labelled plastic water-bottle to school. Unfortunately we are no longer in a position to distribute cups as we would have done in the past and children do like to drink water throughout the day.

THANK YOU

We apologise for the seemingly endless list of do’s and don’ts but appreciate your patience and support in our efforts to get school life back to something resembling normal. Ultimately, we are endeavouring to keep the entire school community safe and thank you for your wonderful co-operation thus far.

P1 Starters 31st Aug. ’20 Arrangements/Timetable

Posted on August 26, 2020

Dear Parent

 

As you are aware your P.1 child will be commencing school next Monday, 31st August. Normally parents would accompany their child to the classroom for the first few days of their school journey.

Unfortunately, the current Covid 19 pandemic has forced changes to be made to ensure that our social bubbles can be maintained as far as possible. As a result, we are operating a staggered start on Monday morning in order to avoid any unnecessary over-crowding of ‘visitors’ to the classroom bubble. We respectfully ask that you (1 adult only) bring your P.1 child to Mrs Breen’s classroom at the allocated time and leave as promptly as possible before the next group of allocated pupils arrive. We do not wish to cause unnecessary offence, but parents will be asked to leave if overstaying.

Parents will be permitted to bring new starters in to the school up to Friday, 4th September (if necessary) but thereafter P.1 pupils must try to make their own way from the front door. Be assured that there will be plenty of adult support for the earliest days to ensure that our new P.1’s adapt to school life as smoothly as possible.

As mentioned previously, school will end for P.1 pupils at 12.00pm for the first 2 weeks (Fri. 11th). Pupils will be brought to the front door where they can be met by their parent/carer who should wait at the entrance to the school grounds.

Pupils are permitted to bring some fruit/veg for a snack with water/milk as a drink.

All other restart arrangements can be found on our school website www.sacredheartprimary.com but if you have any queries feel free to contact the school on 8224 4614.

I look forward to seeing you and your child on Monday morning.

Your sincerely

 

Jarlath McElholm

Principal

 

P.1 STARTERS TIMETABLE

 

9.00am           Saoirse Gormley

                        Aine McKeown

                        Oisín McCarney

                        Aoibheann Donnelly

 

9.10am           Anna Mullan

                        Caitlin McElduff

                        Cathal McCusker

                        John Gilmurray

 

9.20am           Cathair Taggart

                        Cormac Lagan

                        Ava Mullan

                        Darcy O’Neill

 

 

  • 1 adult per child
  • Fruit/veg snack
  • Water/milk drink

School Restart Information 18/8/20

Posted on August 18, 2020

What Pupils Should Bring:

P.1/2 – rubber, colouring pencils, markers, pritt stick, tissues

P.3-7 – pritt stick type glue, pencil(s), sharpener, rubber, highlighters, colouring pencils, markers, packet of tissues

(these items will be kept in a plastic wallet in school with your child’s name on it)

  • School bags & pencil cases are not needed at this stage
  • If your child is bringing a packed lunch please use a hard plastic lunch box as opposed to the softer pliable type
  • Initially PE gear should be worn to school on PE days, although your child may slip on a school sweater and tracksuit bottoms when felt necessary. PE days will be confirmed at the start of term.  

Other Useful Information

  • Sadly, parents are not permitted within school grounds unless by appointment. Our new P.1 starters will be given some degree of flexibility over their 1st few days at school. Your teacher, can of course be contacted via telephone between 3.15 – 3.45pm.
  • Unfortunately at this time we cannot offer Wrap-Around-Care. Melanie remains hopeful that this may change in the near future.
  • Our ‘internal’ P.1/2 after-school facility for pupils up to 3.15pm will still be available. Cost is £2 daily (£1 for any additional sibling)
  • To ensure our protective bubbles remain intact the school doors will not open until 8.45am; this is purely to try to accommodate working parents to some degree – please do not send your child in any earlier than is necessary.       Class commences at 9.15am.
  • There will be slight changes at home time to enable staggering.      

Parents are respectfully asked to observe 2 metre social distancing at the school gate.

CLASSES FINISH TIME
P.1 – P.2 2.15pm
P.3 – P.4 3.10pm
P.5/P.6/P.7 3.15pm
  • Please note that school dinners will not be available until Tuesday, 1st September so packed lunches will be required for Thurs. 27th, Fri. 28th and Mon. 31st Aug.
  • Further info about how to pay safely etc. will be issued next week.
  • Homework initially will be in electronic form. Parental support for homework remains more crucial than ever, so please try to take time to sit with your child during this time. Anyone in need of devices should contact the school to discuss.
  • Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. If your child complains of feeling unwell, parents will be contacted immediately. Please ensure any change in mobile numbers, work numbers etc. are relayed to school at the start of term.

Please note that this is a guide to how we aim to begin our educational restart. It will be tweaked and modified over time, as we see what things are working or in need of change. Some things will impact significantly on what was once your ‘normal routine’ and for that we apologise. Nevertheless, we appreciate your support as we embark on our journey back to school and a different kind of normal.

P1 Starting Arrangements

Posted on August 8, 2020

7th August 2020

Dear Parent

 

Following the long awaited guidance from Education Minister, Mr Weir, we are now in a position to confirm starting arrangements for our new P1 pupils. Existing pupils have been invited back to school a week early (24th Aug) in a phased return, so as to make them familiar with Covid 19 related changes from what would have been their normal school experience. 

 

P1 pupils will commence school on Monday 31st August 2020

 

For many years we have found it beneficial for our P1 pupils to begin school life with a shorter day as they “dip their toes” into the formalities of school life. For this reason, P.1 pupils will finish their schooling at 12.00pm for the initial settling-in period upto 11th September 2020. Pupils therefore do not need to bring in dinner money or packed lunches during this period.

The normal school day (upto 2.15pm) will commence from Monday 14th September 2020.

 

To summarise P1 key dates:

 

Mon. 31st Aug – 11th Sept                                                             9.15am – 12.00pm

Mon 14th Aug Onwards                                                              9.15am-2.15pm

 

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, our Wrap-Around Care facility can not be guaranteed as our wrap around leader, Melanie, awaits further guidance from our governing authorities; obviously this issue will be clarified asap.

In conclusion, this communication is simply to outline the return to school dates.  There is to be more guidance issued by the Education Minister towards the end of the week and I will issue further communication on week commencing 17th August outlining the practicalities of this guidance and how it will impact on what would have been considered the norms of school life.

 

Yours sincerely

Jarlath McElholm

Principal

P2 – P7 Return to School Arrangements

Posted on August 6, 2020

6th August 2020

Dear Parent

 

Following the long awaited guidance from Education Minister, Mr Weir, this letter is to clarify return to school arrangements for pupils for the next academic year.  Given that schools in the Republic of Ireland were allocated an additional €375million to help manage their return to school, we had naturally been hoping for some similar kind of emergency funding to alleviate class-size pressures etc but at this stage the Minister has made clear that no such funding is available.  Naturally this puts pressure on the school to deliver the curriculum effectively whilst at the same time, be as mindful as possible of the health implications.

 

Nevertheless, the school will endeavour to ensure that all pupils return to school for face to face teaching for the new academic year.  Given that P.7’s have already been asked to return to school, week commencing Monday, 24th August, we feel that it would be an ideal opportunity for other pupils (P2 – P6) to ‘dip their toes’ in a phased return and in doing so, enable us to assess the effectiveness of subtle changes to normal school life which will be introduced.  P1 pupils will start school the following week (week commencing Monday, 31st August).

So to summarise –

 

Mon. 24th, Tue. 25th, Wed. 26th August    P2 – P7 pupils    9.15 – 12.15pm (No dinner available)

 

Thurs. 27th, Fri. 28th August                          P2 – P7 pupils    9.15 – 2.15pm (P2)

                                                                                                            9.15 – 3.15pm (P3 – P7)

 

Mon. 31st August                                             P1 pupils              9.15 – 12.00pm

                                                                             P2 – P7 pupils    usual school day

 

At the time of writing, our Wrap-Around Care facility is not guaranteed as Melanie awaits further guidance; obviously this issue will be clarified asap.

In conclusion, this communication is simply to outline the return to school dates.  There will be further communication week commencing Monday, 17th August outlining other charges to what would have been considered ‘the norm’.

 

Yours sincerely

Jarlath McElholm

Principal