A Thuismitheoirí, a Chairde,

Céad Míle Fáilte roimh gach duine ar ais chuig an Ghaelscoil, agus tá súil agam go bhfuil gach duine sona sásta. I wish to welcome everyone back to our Gaelscoil, and I hope that everyone is steadily progressing, agus cuirimid fáilte speisialta roimh na Naíonáin Bheaga nua agus a dtuistí.
Roinn Oideachais: Whole School Evaluation School Inspection begins on 30/11/15.
Read up school policies on the website under oifig for information/Diary.
Aifreann na Scoile/School Mass 15/11/15 @ 10.30am. (pls revise English mass responses)
Buíochas don charr chlós nua, álainn! Drop-off and pick-up is working well. 1000B.
Fáilte roimh Mhúinteoirí Máire agus Sinéad agus airitheoir/caretaker Chris.
We wish to thank sincerely the Scheme of workers who painted during the summer.
Cártaí Nollag (10) designed by your child- available for purchase-School Fundraiser.
Féach: suíomh scoile do ghriangrafanna-Brat agus Poblacht na hÉireann 6/10/15.
AGM Tuistí: All parents are welcome 04/11/15 ag 8pm-Halla na scoile, Coiste na dTuistí.
HSE: School Screening Naíonáin Bheaga begins on today (Monday, over three days). R5 are NO longer been checked in School for this screening.
Brat Glas 7, Global citizenship and ENERGY begins this year.

Billí na Scoile:

Book Bills- issued in June 2015. Full/Part-Payment of bills-Books, Swimming and Heating bills may be paid over the school year at a time that is financially convenient for families.
Swimming and Insurance/handouts/rental bill are due. Last date of Swimming Classes: 19/10/15
HeatingContribution/Síntiús Teasa: €30 per family.
All payments are made by putting the exact amount in an envelope with the child’s name written in Irish, nature of payment, and class printed on envelope for all monies to school. Eldest child brings it Laura, Rúnaí na Scoile, who will issue a receipt which the child brings home. Children are trained to bring the airgead to oifig AM.
Féach ar suíomh na scoile do ghriangrafanna deasa-Brat agus Poblacht na hÉireann bronnta ar an scoil ar an 06/10/15.
Read up school policies on the website under oifig for information/Diary.

Special Target for this term is on our Scoil Raifteirí reputation for Irish:

1.Gaeilge líofa, Irish fluency at all times in school.

2.Sainéide Scoile/Uniform and Track suit wearing

3.Respect, courtesy, excellent behaviour at all times

4.School work and Homework

Gaeilge: Comhoibriú ag téastáil! Gaeilge le chéile!

Summer Holidays over and we are actively working on our Irish fluency-which is improving with great efforts from everyone, and it is much appreciated. Maith sibh!

We are implementing our Rial na Gaeilge with enthusiasm, as we want our pupils to achieve the highest standards of fluency. To achieve this we are asking for your active support and participation. Irish is caught-use it or we all loose it! Children need to reply to our questions using full sentences in Irish. ‘Sea’ is not enough!

We need to hear as many adults as possible in the school environs using their Irish. We encourage people to speak it and practice as example for our children from the gate entrance, until children vacate through the gate exit daily. We will be in touch with you in the event of children being negative re. speaking of Irish.

Unfortunately, some children from R1-R6 may receive a wake-up call-who are consistently speaking in English through receipt of lines, and after three transgressions, if there isn’t an improvement there will be a lunch-time detention of 20 minutes.

Refer to Dialann Scoile, read up and please support school policies re:
School Car- Park KEEP TRAFFIC FLOWING -Drop-off-Pick-up;

Label Uniform/Track-suits; Healthy lunches-Four children with annapens and confirmed peanut allergies-NO NUTS ALLOWED in S.R;

Absence/Lateness/Appointment forms; Obair Bhaile checked signed by parent Mon-Thurs. R1-R6.

Sign pages of Diary re: Anti-Bullying Promise for Classes R1-R6 only; Cartaí Curam Nua ag teacht!

Sign parental permission forms re. Data protection, photographs, trips, Internet,

Ranganna-Return Filled and Signed Yellow Forms to Class teachers.

Fill out information on form should your child attending any specialist, eg. Speech Therapist, a copy of any relevant report would be useful for the class teacher to support the child’s learning at your earliest convenience.

Amantaí Scoile: The school is open to receive pupils at 8:50am. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time. All pupils assemble at the main front doors where we expect to hear Irish conversation at doirsí na scoile. Classes commence daily 9am. Classes end daily at 1:30pm for Naíonáin Bheaga agus Naíonáin Mhóra, and at 2:30 pm for R1-R6. Latecomers disrupt class, and we are asking that parents ensure that their children attend school daily and on time. The school cannot accept responsibility for looking after children after school hours.

Making an Appointment to see Class Teacher:
Parents may contact us by e-mail, phone, appointment, and contact will be made with you should there be any concerns re. school matters. We ask that parents who wish to discuss any issue concerning their child to make an appointment with Laura, Rúnaí na Scoile, to see the class teacher in the first instance so that matters can be discussed in a spirit of openness and co-operation. Parents are advised not to over react, or interrupt class, and are forbidden to approach a child of another parent to solve an issue, it is imperative that parents use the proper channels. We appreciate a word from any parent at any time in the best interests of our school re. school related matters that concern you. In the event of emergency, contact oifig by phone or e-mail, and we will make contact with you by phone/text, as needs determine. Inform us should there be any changes regarding three contact numbers, change of address,e-mail etc. by e-mail to Laura at or to for my attention.

Trealamh/Equipment: To avoid unnecessary hassle, eg. car trips etc. we ask you to make sure that the children wear appropriate attire and have their bags, books, lunches, swimming, sporting and musical instruments with them in the mála on the appropriate days, and be responsible for their stuff. Children have been asked to bring the min. req. with them to school-to promote walking/lightweight málaí scoile.
Sabháilteacht/Safety in Car-Park Area: New Path and Gate access into car-park, we ask you to use extreme caution when driving into the grounds. To avoid fatalities/injuries all drivers are asked to follow policy in the Diary-page 13 regarding the School Car-Park arrangements. Bus drivers, Naíonra have received copies. Staff and pupils aware of dangers.
School Calendar/Feilíre na Scoile: See Dialann/Féilíre/Website.
Cruinnithe Aon-le-hAon; Coirmcheoil agus Aonach na Nollag:

Letters/Text/E-mail re. NB info. goes home with the eldest child in the mála scoile/Obair Bhaile in Diary. Check diary Monday-Thursdays.

Clarú/Enrolment for School Years Ahead: 2016/2017, etc. You can let interested people know that wish their children to attend Scoil Raifteirí that places are open and available for prospective pupils and parents may avail of these places by making appointment with Rúnaí na Scoile so that Enrolment Form may be filled out. Birth Cert is required. Prospective brothers and sisters are enroled automatically by advising me by letter/e-mail: Ainm an pháiste/Name, Dáta BreitheDOB, School Year Placement, Concerns/Resources applying to your child.
Contact me with all enquiries regarding available places in Junior Classes for 2015/16, 2016/17. Parents are asked to inform me should children be moving into the school or should they be leaving the area.

Imeachtaí Scoile: During our years in Scoil Raifteirí, fundraising has helped us through tough times, and is a vital necessity. We appreciate the attendance of at least one parent/family member/friend to support any event organised.
Cuntaisí Scoil Raifteirí 2014/15 to be available shortly for your information. Contributions/donations/sponsorship is greatly appreciated. Múinteoirí, páistí and tuistí appreciate very much all the support since 1983. Our past pupils have done us proud in recent examination results, toradh sa Ghaeilge ach go háirithe, and in these difficult times we wish them well in their job seeking and studies. Coinnigh suas é! Beatha teanga í a labhairt!
Rollai and Absences: See Dialann/Reports to TUSLA/NEWB (20 days absences).
Child Protection Policy: Guidelines and Procedures for Child Protection and Welfare: “Children First Guidelines” operate in this school. If there is a matter of concern in relation to the neglect/abuse of children we are obliged to report this matter to the Health authorities. Child Abuse exists because of one or more of the following: Neglect due to lack of food, warmth, shelter, nurturance, safety, absences from school, whereby the child suffers significant harm; Emotional Abuse due to child’s needs for affection, approval and security being unmet by parent/carer; Physical Abuse where child is assaulted/injured deliberately; Peer Abuse; Cyber Abuse; Social Abuse; Homophobic abuse; Sexual Abuse/child is used for sexual gratification of another.

Imeachtaí Scoile/School Activities:
Damhsa gach Aoine €2.50 an cheachta, €5 an clann Bernadine,Louise.
Snámh: 7 rang. R2-R6 Luan.
Feadóg Stáin Múinteoirí R2-R6, tiúnacha don pharáid/website.
Iománaíocht: Foireann Scoile R4-R6 le Pádraig.
Riamhairí Naíonáin-R6 lena múinteoirí féin.
Cór agus Grúpaí Cheoil: Múinteoirí Gearóid, Pádraig agus Sinéad.
Ranganna Seach-Churaclaim/Extra/Optional Curicular Activities:
Scileanna Peile/Iománaíochta: Tar éis scoile, 2:30-3:30. Céadaoin Gearóid, Pádraig.
Cleachtadh Piano Máirt/Deardaoin/Aoine le Múinteoir Celine 086-3365103, €10 an cheachta, Lessons for R3-R6 and for R2 if space is available. Enquiries regarding spaces for R2 to Celine’s number, and parents are asked to confirm to Celine, if child is continuing piano classes.

Ceol Ghaelach: Múinteoir Nollaig Kilkenny 087-7807983 gach Céadaoin €40 don téarma seo, R2-R6 Seomra Réamh-dhéanta, am lóin.
Mo bhuíochas le: Fionntán Ó Murchú agus le gach baill ar an mBord Bainistíochta; Máire Uí Shúilleabháin /Foireann na scoile;

Aoife /Coiste na dTuistí, agus le páistí agus tuistí na scoile don chomhoibriú. “Ní neart go cur le chéile”.

Beir Bua agus Beannacht,

Máire Treasa Uí Dhálaigh.