24th Feb 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the mid-term break. I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the break with your children.

We write to remind you of safety issues at the school and to also remind you of important upcoming dates in our school calendar.

The school will be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge from March 1st-17th. We will be working on several Irish initiatives throughout the school and we will be encouraging the entire school community to do the same. Over the next few weeks we will share ideas and tips with parents, on how you can help your child improve their Irish at home.

To finish Seachtain na Gaeilge in the school, we invite you to join us in the school hall on Friday 13th March for a Maidin Caife (Coffee Morning) from 9.30am until 11.00am. With thanks to our Parents Association, this is an opportunity for parents to meet in a social setting. It is important to note that this is not a fundraiser for the school. This is an opportunity to use any Irish you have, for something as simple as saying ‘Go raibh maith agat’ instead of ‘Thank You’. We also hope to highlight some of the activities that have taken place during Seachtain na Gaeilge on the morning.

On March 13th the children can dress in green as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and we also hold a Green Day for Biodiversity as we work towards our sixth Green Flag.

On Thursday 5th March our 6th class children will make their Confirmation in St. Michael’s Church and we wish them well on the day.

World Book Day is due to take place in Ireland on this day, however we will celebrate in the school on Wednesday 4th March. Children can come to school dressed as their favourite character from their favourite book if they wish to do so.

We also wish our 2nd class children well as they receive the sacrament of Confession on Monday 2nd March.

Can we again please bring your attention to the letter circulated on August 29th 2019, outlining times and procedures at the beginning of the school year. You will find the letter on our website at https://upperglanmirens.ie/letters-home/letter-home-august-29th-2019/

We remind you that the school opens to receive children at 9.10am. Children should not be on the school grounds unsupervised before 9.10am. No responsibility can be accepted for children arriving before this time.

As always, we encourage children to walk to school or carpool where possible. Where this is not possible, we ask parents to park responsibly and respect the system in place at the school gates. The centre lane is for the continuous flow of traffic with set down and parking on either side. At 2pm & 3pm, children should be collected from the school gate by an adult unless a permission letter has been signed by parents allowing children to walk.

We have spoken with children walking from school about their responsibility to do so in a safe manner. We have had a small number of unsafe situations caused by the irresponsible behaviour of children on their walk from the school towards Ros Ard. If your child is walking from school, we encourage you to speak with them about this.

We also remind you that parking in the Upper Glanmire Community Centre has been reserved for staff of the school. Please do not use the Community Centre car park for parking, set-down or collection before, during or after school.

The school bus will park at the blue double gates at the top yard. Please do not park in this space. The disabled space at the main school gates is for cars with disabled permits only.

We ask that you share the above information with family members, friends or childminders who may bring children to school or collect in the afternoon.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a busy time between now and the Easter holidays. We hope you will be able to join us on Friday 13th March to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with us.

Le gach Dea-ghuí,

Patrick O’Connell