Upper Glanmire NS

Information for 2016/17 school year

29th August 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you have settled back in to the routine of the school year and are making the most of the fabulous weather we have at the moment. I would like to especially welcome our new Junior Infants and their families and we look forward to an exciting and prosperous journey in Scoil Naomh Micheál.

We have outlined below some of the important details going forward throughout the school year.

  1. Important Dates

All closures are detailed on the school’s website www.upperglanmirens.ie

 

2. Morning & Evening

 

Classes start at 9.20.

 

The school will open at 9.00 am each morning to accept pupils.  No responsibility can be accepted

       for children who arrive before that time.

 

Children will be supervised in the yard at the rear of the school. The children will be collected by their teacher at 9.20am and taken to their classroom.

 

On wet mornings, children will gather in the school hall. At 9.10 they will be accompanied to their classrooms until 9.20am when classes start.

 

Children arriving late to school will be asked to report to the school office. A record of children arriving late will be kept in the office.

 

Parents/Guardians should note that the car park at Upper Glanmire Community Hall has been reserved exclusively for school staff on schooldays.  Please do not use this car park for parking/turning/set-down in the morning or evening. Teachers and others staff members have agreed to use the Community Hall car park and to allow parents/guardians exclusive access to the area in front of the school for set down and collection.

 

The centre lane at the front of the school is for the continuous flow of traffic, while parking is available on both sides. The system works well when cars park on either side to allow passengers enter/exit their vehicles and there is a continuous flow through the centre lane. Congestion of the centre lane leads to further congestion on the main road and is easily avoided.

 

The school yard at the front of the school is for the sole use of the school bus before and after school. Please do not use this yard for parking/turning/set down.

 

It is imperative that parents/guardians collect all children at the school gates thus avoiding the possibility of any child crossing the road.  A teacher will be designated to keep an eye on children inside the school gates until 3.10pm.  No responsibility can be taken for children who leave the school premises or are not collected before 3.10pm.

 

 

Children in 1st/2nd classes will exit via silver gate at the main entrance of the school. 3rd/4th class will exit through the small green gates at the middle of the school building. Children from 5th-6th classes will exit via the large green gate to the left as you face the school.

 

Children who remain on for school activities should go straight to the relevant room or hall etc. at 3pm.

We seek the co-operation of all parents/guardians in supporting these safety guidelines and in explaining them to their children.   As you are aware, the safety of the children is our primary concern and we appreciate your support in helping us achieve this.

 

  1. Attendance

 

A child’s attendance at school is essential in order to ensure that he/she progresses to the best of his/her ability.  Therefore absences should be kept to a minimum. Details of school closures are circulated to enable parents to organise holidays outside of school times. 

 

All absences should always be communicated in writing to the class teacher when the child returns to school.   Absences will now be recorded on the schools data system and teachers will have to have notes explaining absences as soon as a child returns.  Otherwise the reason for an absence will be recorded as “Unknown”. The form at the back of the school journal should be used to report school absences (classes 1 to 6).  Schools are required to report absences (and the reasons for them) in excess of 19 days to The Education Welfare Board.  Although attendance is important, children who are ill should be cared for at home (in their own interest and in the interest of other children in the school). Please do not ring the secretary re. absences unless in the case of illnesses  such as  chicken pox, measles etc.

 

If a child will be late coming to school (e.g. in the case of a dental appointment), please notify the school in advance so that we will be able to mark the child “present” if and when he comes in.

 

In exceptional circumstances where children are required to be collected from the school during the school day, it is important that the school is informed in advance.  These children must then be collected at the secretary’s office and will not be allowed out of the school to wait for parents/guardians.  Parents who collect children during the school day will sign at the secretary’s office.

 

The school should be notified of any change of address, contact number, relevant legal matter, collection detail, etc. as soon as possible.

 

  1. Lunches

 

We would like to remind parents/guardians that this school has a Healthy Eating Policy which supports parents in providing healthy and nutritious lunches.  As there are a number of children with nut allergies in the school, Nutella is specifically banned from school lunches. Also lunches must not be shared. We seek the co-operation of all parents/guardians in helping us to promote healthy eating.

Since this condition can be extremely serious, we are asking for your help in minimising the risk to these children by:

  1. Avoiding giving children peanuts/nuts in school lunches
  2. Avoiding giving peanut butter sandwiches, other spreads containing nuts such as Nutella and snacks/bars containing nuts or labelled “may contain nut traces” in school lunches
  3. Asking children not to share their lunches.

 

It is important that all parents carry out the suggested measures and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

 

 

5. School Website

We will use our school website as an up to date diary of our school life.  Children’s photos and pupil’s written work  are uploaded to the school website.  These are generally group photos and children’s names are not included.  Please email the school at ugns.principal@gmail.com if you do not wish to have your child(ren)’s photograph uploaded to the school website.

The school website will be used to communicate with parents as much as possible. This will significantly reduce printing costs in the school and ensure that information is available for all to see.

 

  1. Money and payments

When sending money into school during the year, please ensure that it is in a sealed envelope with the official form and with your child’s name and class clearly marked.

 

  1. Appointments

As you are aware, the school day of our teachers is an extremely busy one. If you wish to meet with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment through the school secretary and we will be happy to meet you outside class time.

 

 

 

We would like to thank you for your support as we begin the school year. We look forward to an exciting and busy year ahead, and we look forward to working closely with you to achieve the best for your children.

 

Le gach dea-ghuí,

 

Patrick O’Connell