Fáilte romhaibh go léir ar ais arís!! Welcome back one and all for what I hope will be another fantastic year for all. It is wonderful to see all the happy, smiling children returning back to us again for another year of learning, fun, friendships and new experiences. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our Junior Infants and to any new children that have started today. This can be a very emotional time for any new children and parents please be assured that your children are in safe hands.
Acting Principal: As you all know Séamus McGowan has moved on to a new Principalship in Donegal and we wish him well in this new chapter in his life. In the meantime, I will be Acting Principal until the Board of Management appoints a new Principal. The position was not filled for September as Principal positions are generally not allowed to be filled during the summer months. While I’m Acting Principal, Maria Carr will be Acting Deputy Principal.
New staff: Ms Moffatt and Ms. Bernie Hynes who were on a Teacher Exchange scheme have resigned their respective positions. We would like to thank them both for all that they have contributed to the school and we wish them the very best in their new roles. Ms.Byrne will be teaching Senior Infants for the next few weeks. We welcome her and we wish her well in her new position.
Healthy Eating policy: Food Dudes was a fantastic success last year and we are keen to continue the good work. I would ask parents to familiarise themselves with our Healthy Eating Policy. Last year we introduced a Fruit Break for 1st-6th Class. This year to promote eating vegetables we have decided to introduce Veg on Wednesday for 1st-6th Class, where the children bring a piece of veg as part of their lunch.
Car parking: Please ensure that you are not illegally parked around the school premises. This includes the disabled car parking spot. Children should not be on the school grounds before 9:05am and should leave directly after school. The school bus drops the children at 9:05 and after this the bus bay can be used as a drop off zone. Cones are clearly marked on how to enter and leave the zone. This is not a parking area but is a safe way for you to drop your child and leave. The yard is always supervised from 9:05. If you arrive late or wish to take your child early from school please report to the office to sign your child in/out of the school.
School Diary: Inside our school diary is the behavioural policy and healthy eating polices. Please read through them with your child and sign them. Please use the perforated slips at the back for any notes to the teacher or reason for absences. If you wish to make an appointment to meet a teacher please do so through the office.
Absences: When your child is absent, please write a note using the Homework Journal or if your child is in Junior and Senior Infants write a note to the class teacher explaining the absence. A phone call is not sufficient-all notes have to be kept by the school and can be requested by Túsla.
School uniform: This year, there are now two uniforms-the full formal uniform and the tracksuit uniform. It will be at the teacher’s discretion which day the tracksuit uniform is to be worn. So if P.E. is on a Wednesday and Thursday, all children in that class will wear their tracksuit uniform on those days and the full uniform will be worn every other day. Any family that is having financial issues, please do not hesitate in letting me know and all such information will be treated in strictest confidence. The school iron on/sew on crests can be purchased in thelogoshop.ie
School Building: There is fantastic news for the school-funds for building four new classrooms has finally been approved by the Department of Education. As there are many stages of the building development yet to be finalised it is hoped that work will start on the new building following due process. Well done to all involved on the Board of Management, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that these funds would be secured for the school.
Online Payments: It had been envisaged that online payments would be up and running for this September, unfortunately some glitches have occurred. Once we do get it up and running we will notify you. In the meantime, payments can be paid in the usual ways. Just to clarify the arts and crafts fee is different to a voluntary contribution. The Arts and Crafts fee is to cover costs such as insurance, Homework Journal, art materials, paper, photocopying etc which is provided to each child.
G.A.A: Our GAA season is back in action and matches will commence next week. Our U-11 boy’s hurling and football and the girls U-11 competitions take place before Halloween. Make sure your child has the necessary gear, gum shield, helmets, boots etc. Come on Straffan!!!!!
Community News: Kildare County Orchestra will be putting on a free concert in Straffan Hall on Friday 22nd of September as part of Culture Night. It is a family event, tickets will be on a 1st come, first serve basis. Time to be confirmed. Contact Orla Fallon for more details.
Irene Trenier is a local music teacher who is offering singing lessons, piano & theory, Leaving Cert & Junior cert grinds. Contact 0876825819 for more information.
A big thank you must go to our tireless caretaker, Mick, who over the summer has prepared, clipped, cut, tidied, painted and repaired our school.
Wishing all staff, pupils and parents all the best of the academic year ahead!!
Looking forward to the new year and once again my door is always open to all parents,