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22 November 2019

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Dear parents/guardians,

For the past number of years we, as a school community, have supported the Inner City Helping Homeless charity in their Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Every December, we have been amazed at the huge number of shoeboxes donated by children and families in our school. This year we are once again asking for your support with this.

Homelessness is an ever growing issue in this country and Christmas time can be especially difficult for people affected by it. ICHH does incredible work to support people without a home and this is a cause that all children in our school feel strongly about.

We are asking families to fill and wrap one shoebox with items such as soap, toothpaste, gloves etc and bring it to our outdoor classroom on December 13th. You are free to choose who you are filling the box for (Adult/Child, Boy/Girl), but please label the shoebox accordingly. Collection times will be at 8:30, 1:10 and 2:10.

Thank you for your support.

Skerries ETNS

 

05 November 2019

Parent-Attended Assemblies

Parent-Attended Assemblies

We value parents attending our monthly assemblies. It is a considerable support to the school which teachers appreciate and enables parents to get a glimpse of school life on a normal school day. We would encourage all parents who are able to, to come along and attend these.

The dates for these assemblies for the year ahead are as follows: 4/10, 8/11, 5/12, 10/01, 7/02, 6/03, 1/05 and 12/06.

The junior assembly (Junior Infants to 2nd class) takes place immediately after drop-off in the morning. The senior assembly happens at 10 45 am. Assemblies generally last about an hour.

05 November 2019

School Closure-Primary Language Curriculum Day

Dear Parents,

I wish to inform all parents of a school closure on Wednesday 4th December.

This is to facilitate a staff training day for all teachers on the new Primary Language Curriculum.

All primary schools in the country are engaged in this training with schools closing on different days. The Department of Education and Skills has notified our school of this date for our training.

I thought it was important to inform all parents at this stage so that they can plan for any child-minding arrangements. 

Best regards,

Tomás 

21 October 2019

Mid-Term Break

School closes for mid-term break at the normal times of 1.10pm and 2.10pm on Friday 25th of October.

School re-opens on Monday 4th of November at 8.30am. Hope everyone has a relaxing break.

 

08 October 2019

Skerries Educate Together NS presents Pumpkinfest, Sunday 20th October, 2 – 5 pm

 

Skerries Educate Together NS presents Pumpkinfest on Sunday 20th October in the school grounds, from 2pm to 5pm.  After a break last year, Pumpkinfest family fun day returns as a special event just for the school community, and is the PTA’s major fundraising event of the 2019-2020 school year.

This year’s Pumpkinfest will be jam-packed with family-friendly activities, from a spooky cake sale to slime-making, Mad Scientist shows, face-painting, a wrap-a-mummy contest, and much, much more.  There will be prizes for best pumpkin (bring along a carved pumpkin to participate) and best costumes; a sing-along and marshmallow toasting at the fire-pit; a treasure hunt; a second-hand toy, book, fancy-dress costume and handbag sale; a wheel of fortune with lucky dip; a barbeque; delicious hot food and drinks at our catering stand, and a confectionery stall.

We guarantee you’ll be howling with laughter by the end.  So put the date in your diary, tell your family and friends, and be sure to join us on Sunday 20th October.  All funds raised from the event will be used to buy IT and other essential equipment for the school.  A €1 admission fee applies per person.

 

Your Hallowe’en starts right here!

 

25 September 2019

Afterschool Clubs Autumn/Winter 2019

Attached is the Afterschool Clubs timetable for Autumn 2019.

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Afterschool Clubs Code of Conduct

Registration will be open on Friday morning, 27th September and close at 9pm on Sunday, September 29th.

Afterschool Clubs Timetable Autumn 2019

After School Clubs Descriptions

Insurance Application Form

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Follow the link on the school website.
  • Complete the form online (1 form per child) – following instructions.
  • You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. Please allow time for this to come through rather than submit a second form.
  • Club places will be allocated by Friday October 4th when you will receive an email with details of your allocated clubs and what payment is due.
  • Early applications will not be processed.

PAYMENT SYSTEM

  • When: Tuesday 8th October
  • Where: At the school (front entrance by bike shed)
  • Time:  7-8.30pm

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A completed insurance form for each child (mandatory) – available on the school website
  • Cash payment (including €8 for insurance)

If payment is not received on payment night you will lose your place in the club. If you cannot attend you can send someone in your place.

Please do not contact the school as clubs are not run by the school.

For any queries, please contact [email protected]

23 September 2019

Parent Assemblies

Parent-Attended Assemblies

We value parents attending our monthly assemblies. It is a considerable support to the school which teachers appreciate and enables parents to get a glimpse of school life on a normal school day. We would encourage all parents who are able to, to come along and attend these.

The dates for these assemblies for the year ahead are as follows: 4/10, 8/11, 5/12, 10/01, 7/02, 6/03, 1/05 and 12/06.

The junior assembly (Junior Infants to 2nd class) takes place immediately after drop-off in the morning. The senior assembly happens at 10 45 am. Assemblies generally last about an hour.

23 September 2019

Link Document

11th September, 2019

Dear Parents,

As you may remember, the Board of Management ratified a new Communications Policy in recent years and this ‘link document’ was one of the measures devised to help facilitate good communication between school and home. The first of these documents was sent home last year and we hope it was informative and useful. We are sending this in hard copy to be absolutely sure that all parents receive it. We would be grateful if you would please read this, sign it and return to your child’s teacher. This document is also posted on the school’s website as well as being posted digitally via email to all parents.

Aladdin

Last year we upgraded to a higher version of Aladdin – the digital data processing package used by the school. Thank you to all parents that have downloaded the Aladdin Connect App. We feel that it is a much more effective way of communicating important information with you and it ensures that no messages get missed. While email is still being used to an extent, Aladdin is the primary tool for communication and we would like all parents to engage with it. If you have not yet registered for Aladdin Connect, please contact the office for assistance.

Email

Email again will be used within the Aladdin App. However, sometimes teachers may use email through a google account with parents. Our communications policy allows for this and it is the teacher who decides whether or not he/she will use this method. Some teachers find it convenient while others find it doesn’t always lend itself to clear communication. We ask parents to respect the decision of any teacher should they make either choice. Parents are welcome to raise any concerns with any teacher but are asked to contact the office and make an appointment to do so and this will be facilitated within one or two days.

Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying policies and Child Safeguarding Statement

Parents are reminded of the importance of being familiar with our Code of Behaviour and also our Anti-Bullying Policies. These outline clearly how positive behaviour is encouraged and how challenging situations are handled. We feel it is important to revisit this document every year so we would ask parents and guardians to read through this with your children in the coming weeks and discuss it with them. The policy includes a declaration for parents to show their engagement and support of this. We ask you to sign the end of this document to indicate that you have read and accept this policy.The Child Safeguarding Statement outlines how the school seeks to eliminate risk of harm to children and how disclosures of any concerns are dealt with. We would encourage parents to read this also.  

Parent-Attended Assemblies

We value parents attending our monthly assemblies. It is a considerable support to the school which teachers appreciate and enables parents to get a glimpse of school life on a normal school day. We would encourage all parents who are able to, to come along and attend these. The dates for these assemblies for the year ahead are as follows: 4/10, 8/11, 5/12, 10/01, 7/02, 6/03, 1/05 and 12/06. The junior assembly (Junior Infants to 2nd class) takes place immediately after drop-off in the morning. The senior assembly happens at 10 45 am. Assemblies generally last about an hour.

Other important dates for the school community.

Parent-Teacher meetings will be facilitated on Thursdays 14th and 21st November. Parents will be prompted to use the Aladdin Connect App when booking their meetings near the time. Also, all schools must close for one school day in the first term to facilitate staff training with the Primary Language Curriculum. The exact date of this closure has yet to be decided. More information about this and Parent-Teacher meetings will be provided to parents nearer the time. In addition, our school puts together a ‘Whole School Events calendar’. This is currently being finalised and will be uploaded onto the school website under the calendar section. We will send a message to all parents when this has been put in place.

Protecting Children with Allergies

We have a number of children in our school with allergies and as such, we have a policy at our school which seeks to protect these children. This policy also puts in place measures that would respond to an emergency if this arose. This policy is called ‘Severe Allergies/Anaphylaxis Management Policy’. All parents are asked to be mindful of this and to ensure that their children do not bring to school any food products containing nuts or prepared in an environment where nuts might have been an ingredient of some other product.

Traffic

Thank you to all parents that have listened to our concerns and no longer drive into the school grounds in the morning or afternoon. We ask all parents to respect our traffic management policy. Parents are reminded that it is not permitted to drive into school grounds unless a permit has been sought and granted. Permits are granted if there is a mobility problem for either a child or their parent. This measure is in place in order to keep all children safe. Parents are also reminded not to park on the road outside the school itself. We have been informed by the Gardaí that cars who do so could be clamped or towed away.

Dogs

Parents are also reminded that for insurance and also health and safety reasons dogs are banned from the school grounds. Again an exception can be made for guide dogs and therapy dogs. Parents are asked to seek a permit from the school office if this is the case.

Complaints Procedure

Parents are reminded that the school has a complaints procedure. It is important that the steps outlined in this procedure are observed. This helps to ensure fairness for parents, teachers and children. The complaints procedure is outlined on the school website.

Updating Pupils’ Information.

Please contact the school if there has been a change with regard to any important information initially shared with the school. This could include parents’ mobile numbers; email addresses, postal address or any medical condition affecting the child. If there are any specific requests with regard to who is allowed to collect your child we would ask that you put this in writing and send it in to the office.

New Staff

We would like to welcome our new Deputy Principal, Brían Ó Luasa, our new 6th class teacher Eimear Delaney and our two new Special Needs Assistants, Lorraine Cabrol and Caroline Holland.

Our School Website

Finally, we would like to encourage parents to use the school website. All policies referred to in this document, as already stated, are to be found here. Parents are welcome to make contact and raise any concerns they might have in relation to these or any other matters to do with school organisation and arrangements.

Thank you for your ongoing support and attention,

Tomás

 

Please sign below to indicate your receipt of this document and also your awareness and acceptance of the school’s Code of Behaviour.

 

Name of child(ren) ________________________

 

Parent’s signature ________________________

14 June 2019

Bluenose Ultramarathon

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30 May 2019

Art Competition

This week, our hall was transformed into a pop-up art gallery, much to the delight of the children. The space is now home to hundreds of bright, thoughtful, intriguing and playful pieces and classes have been visiting each day to take it all in.

The works were created by children throughout the school over the past few weeks as part of our first annual art competition. The children explored a range of techniques and stimuli under the theme ‘Skerries’ and used imagination and enthusiasm to create many wonderful pieces of art.

We would like to congratulate and thank every child for their submission.

The competition has been kindly sponsored by the PTA and judging is currently ongoing. Prizes will be given out at our end of year assembly.