Thursday Note 15th Sept 2022

September 15th, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope you are well this week. Our news is as follows

  • Our new Junior Infants have their first full day at school today finishing at 1.40p.m. We are getting to know them and they are settling in very well. Well done Juniors! Check out the Clare Champion this week where there are lots of lovely photos of our new Juniors. The photographer visited the school on Monday last and got some gorgeous pictures.
  • As you are all aware Covid is still among us. We are still continuing with hand hygiene measures, extra cleaning and good ventilation practises here in school. There is no requirement on mask wearing any longer but staff or pupils may choose to wear a mask if they wish. We will continue to inform you if there is a positive case in your child’s class but will not be identifying any individual. If your child has any symptoms of Covid please keep them at home and test them. We appreciate if you can let us know if they are positive so we can inform their class and staff working with them. We do have vulnerable individuals in the school and we want to make sure they are protected. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
  • Unfortunately with back to school headlice have also returned! Can you make sure to check your child’s head regularly. We will send a text to a class if we are advised  there are headlice. It is important to check your child’s head and treat if necessary. The pharmacy can advise you of treatment options.
  • Can we ask that parents parking beside the prefab, our Aoibhneas class for pupils with multiple disabilities keep the access free please.  Some of our Aoibhneas pupils travel by minibus and we need to make sure that the bus can get up to the door. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Today is International Dot day.  The idea came from the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We are marking the day with all classes reading the lovely story and doing some art activities based on it.  It only takes two minutes to listen to it and you might like to read it with your child at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6henYcm9wfo Thank you to 5th class who have organised this idea for the school.
  • Parents Plus are an organisation that offer free parenting programmes nationwide. They have now moved online. Please see information below that may be of benefit to you.
  • Parenting Programmes Now Available Online Are you struggling with parenting? Do you want to learn new positive parenting skills to improve your family life? Are you looking for better ways to help your children with schoolwork, develop their coping skills and improve their relationships?  The Parents Plus charity is Ireland’s leading provider of high-quality parenting programmes.  They offer a suite of parenting programmes across various age ranges and categories: 
  • Early Years (0-6), covers areas like daily routines, managing tantrums & learning. 
  • Children’s Programme (6-11), covers areas like building self-esteem & supporting schoolwork. 
  • Adolescent Programme, covers areas like rules & boundaries, & solving problems together.
  • Parenting When Separated, includes areas like co-parenting & emotional support for children.
  • Special Needs Programme (11-18) covers areas like supporting education & development. 
  • For further information and to register, you can access our parenting programmes here.

Kind regards, Mary Dunlea Fitzgerald, Principal