Welcome and Welcome Back! Wishing Everyone a Wonderful New School Year!
Contact & medical information: this information is updated every year. Parents of children in Senior Infants-6th class: please return a completed blue form to the school tomorrow. All parents: please keep us informed of any changes.
Buildings update: Fourth, fifth and sixth classes moved into two brand new classrooms today. Many thanks to all the staff, parents and past pupils who helped with the set-up during the past week. The handover of our new library, special needs facilities, play areas and PE hall will happen around the end of October – that’s yet another day for everyone at Gorey Educate Together NS to look forward to! In the meantime, our space is somewhat limited: the younger and older classes will have their playground breaks at separate times, our hallways will be a little busier than before, and some regular events (such as Book Week) will be postponed until after the handover. All patience and understanding will be appreciated.
Classroom Staff September ’09: Class teachers: Chloe Kenny (Junior Infants,) Fergus Lacey (Junior Infants,) Mary Foley (Senior Infants,) Jacinta Hayes (Senior Infants,) Andrea Maher (First Class,) Grace Sexton (2nd,) Laura Dagger (3rd,) Suzanne Keane (4th & 5th,) Imelda Wright (6th class.) Special Education/Learning Support Teachers: Fergal Twomey, Nancy Byrne, Andrew Murray, Louise Redmond and Martina Ivory. Special Needs Assistants: Teresa Carey, Mary Kinsella, Niamh Murphy, Paula Byrne, Caitriona Rynne, Edel Hogan and Pauline Carroll.
Payments for school books and supplies: any outstanding balances are due by Wednesday afternoon, 2nd September. This year, your child can only receive his/her books when the booklist has been paid for in full. The children will use some copies and worksheets for the first few days, but will need their textbooks from Thursday. Payments to the school for books, swimming, insurance, etc. should always be enclosed in an envelope that is marked with the child’s full name and the amount. Payments can be passed to the school secretary or the child’s class teacher. Bernie Walsh is our part-time school secretary, and is in attendance as follows: Monday-Friday 8.30am-11.30am and Wednesdays 8.30am-3pm. Please note that no change is available at the school, (as no cash is kept on the premises.)
Tuesday, 1st September: School Times-Junior Infants 8.50am-12noon. Senior Infants: 8.50am-1.30pm. 1st-6th classes: 8.50am to 2.30pm.
Friday, 11th September: Staff Meeting. Junior Infants finish at 12noon. Senior Infants can be collected at 12.15pm. All older classes finish at 12.30pm.
Monday, 14th September: Junior Infants finish at 1.30pm from today.
Monday, 14th September: Optional swimming lessons for 1st, 2nd and 6th classes, (6 Mondays.) Optional swimming lessons will be offered to all other classes during April and May 2010.
Monday, 14th September-Friday, 18th September: Bulb planting. Parent volunteers needed: sign-up sheet on the ground floor notice board.
Healthy Lunches: Your child will need a balanced, healthy packed lunch each day. Look out for the overall sugar and fat levels. Your child needs to be able to open, close and/or peel the lunch by themselves. Please choose suitable containers and practise at home. The children are asked not to share their lunches, and to take uneaten lunch home with them (so that parents are kept informed of their child’s eating.) No nuts allowed in the infant classes. Chewing gum, sticky sweets, fizzy drinks, high-sugar drinks, chips and crisps are not allowed. If you need to agree a treat with your child, please choose one of the following: scone, plain bun/cake (no icing,) brack, plain biscuits, one small bar.
Optional pupil accident insurance: Please return completed application forms and payments to the school.
Optional school milk scheme: This year our school milk scheme will run from November to March (sponsored by Gorey Town Council.) Details to follow….
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 – ‘Swine Flu.’ The school is following the advice of the Department of Education and Science, as follows:
1. Raising awareness: information posters regarding Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 are displayed on the hallways and in all bathrooms. Some classtime and/or assembly time will also be given to the issue.
2. Respiratory etiquette: the school will promote the following advice – covering the mouth and nose with a paper tissue when coughing or sneezing; disposing of that tissue after one use; and regular hand-washing using soap and water. Paper tissues are available in all classrooms – however, we ask that parents also provide the children with their own tissue packs.
3. Hand Hygiene: the recommended hand-washing facilities are available throughout the school (water, liquid soap dispensers and paper towels.) Providing the children with hand gels is not necessary.
4. Routine cleaning: daily cleaning of the school (bathrooms, floors, desks, worktops, etc.) will continue as before, with extra attention being given to the cleaning of door handles (as recommended in the advice.)
5. Recognize the symptoms and plan response: In most children, the symptoms of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 are similar to the symptoms of regular flu. They include: Temperature over 38 ºC/100.4 ºF that begins suddenly and some of the following: Dry cough; Sore throat; Muscle aches and pains; Headache; Runny nose; Severe weakness and fatigue; and, Vomiting/diarrhoea (in some cases.) If a child develops flu-like symptoms at the school, his/her parents will be contacted and asked to take the child home. (Arrangements will be made for the child to wait in an office or support room until his/her parents arrive.) The child should not return to school until 7 days from the onset of symptoms have passed. In the event of a cluster of flu cases the School Principal will seek the advice of the local Department of Health, and relay that advice to parents and staff.
All parents and guardians are asked to be aware of the symptoms of flu-like illness and to seek medical advice, as necessary. Children who are sick should always stay home from school. If they have Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza they should stay away from school for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. Parents are asked to keep the school informed of all such cases. The requirement that parents explain all school absences with a written note remains in place. HSE Flu Information Line Freephone 1800 94 11 00 or check www.swineflu.ie
Optional swimming lessons for 1st, 2nd and 6th classes.
14th September-19th October, 6 Mondays. Bus departs school: 11.35am. Swimming lesson: 12noon-12.45pm. Bus departs Forest Park Leisure Centre, Courtown: 1pm. Arrive back at school: 1.20pm approx. Two teachers will accompany the children. (The children who need help with dressing/undressing should be met at the pool by a parent or guardian.) Bookings: first-come-first-served. Pay-in-advance only. The lessons will only go ahead if enough children apply. (Normal school opening and closing times for all children on swimming days.)
Child’s name: _________________________________
Parent/guardian signature(s): _________________________
In an emergency, I give consent to the school to authorise treatment for my child, as recommended by medical personnel. I enclose €40 (bus and entrance for the 6 days.)
Optional swimming lessons will be offered to all other classes during April and May 2010. No bookings accepted until then.