A Thuismitheoirí, a Chairde,

School Closures: As published in the Dialann Scoile/Diary pages 12 and 13.

Féach ar suíomh na scoile do ghriangrafanna deasa!

Céad Míle Fáilte roimh gach duine ar ais chuig an Ghaelscoil, agus tá súil agam go bhfuil gach duine sona sásta ar ais arís. 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. We are implementing our Rial na Gaeilge with enthusiasm as we want our pupils to achieve a high standard 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 question using full sentences in Irish. 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.

Maith an obair, to all our pupils on receipt of ‘Caring School’ certs given to pupils in conjunction with our new anti-bullying policy distributed inJune by class teachers following our check-up day on ‘SR’s caring school’with Monica Monaghan. Lean ar aghaidh for 2014-2015, well done to all for being caring and kind citizens of our school (picture attached/website).1000B to staff, parents, Board B and Coiste for your help and support to our pupils.
New cartaí curaim/care credit cards/anti-bulling policy to issue to R1-R6 on Tuesday 14/10/14, Anti-bullying promise to be signed by child/parent on Pg9 of school diary by tomorrow.
Comhghairdeas Múinteoir Michelle, Cuan agus fáilte roimh a leanbh óg darbh ainm Cillian.
Fáilte roimh Mhúinteoirí Máire, Sinéad agus Rachel.
‘Food Dudes’, Healthy Eating Programme begins for NB-R3 on Thursday October 16. Advise class teacher on Diary, should your child have any allergy to fruit or vegetables refer to leaflet.
R4,R5,R6 begin on 20/10/14. Bain taitneamh as!

We are delighted with the new Castlebar Town Park-Back fencing to be undertaken asap., car-parking to be completed in November next to Naíonra.
We wish to thank sincerely the Scheme of workers who painted classrooms/prefabs during the summer.
Cártaí Nollag (10) designed by your child will be available for purchase-School Fundraiser.
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;

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

New Infants-Return Filled and Signed Grey Form to Class teachers.

NM-R6: Inform oifig na scoile should there be any changes re. Address, phone, email, new learning, health or other school related issues. Let the Múinteoir know if child is attending any specialist, eg. Speech Therapist. Pass on copy of any report relevant you may have to the class teacher asap. as it would be beneficial for child’s learning.

Billí na Scoile: Book Bills- issued in June 2014. Full/Part-Payment of bills-Books, Swimming and Heating may be paid over the school year at a time that is financially convenient for families. 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.
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.

Fleadh na hÉireann: 2014 We wish to make parents aware of the fact that there will be no long journeys should children wish to participate in (INTERVIEWS PREP 60% marks Leaving Cert )Comhrá Gaeilge F9; F11; F13, for the County Fleadh- 1st weekend in May 2015; Connaught Fleadh in July. All-Ireland Fleadh will be held in Sligo! Comhghairdeachas le Paidí Ó hÉineacháin R6 céad áit san amhránaíocht, agus grúpa damhseóirí na gcailíní R6-Ciara Ní Annáin, Aoilbhe Ní Cheallaigh, Ciara Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Sinéad Nic Suibhne, Deirdre Seoighe, Aoibhinn Ní Chonghaola, Cáit Ní Mhuirí agus Éilís Nic Lochnáin R6 a rinne go hiontach,! chomh maith lenár iar-scólairí. Tús maith anois, don bhliain seo chugainn! Comhghairdeachas le páistí páirteach sna comórtaistí community games, Rás Tras Tíre, Peil Ghaelach, Iomáint, Snámh, Damhsa, Credit Union Art, etc. Maith an obair!

Making an Appointment to see Class Teacher: Same policy as last year! 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 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 they are concerned about. 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 runaisraif@eircom.net.
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. Letters/Text/E-mail re. NB info. are sent home with the eldest child in the mála scoile/Obair Bhaile in Diary. Check diary Monday-Thursdays.

Dátaí Tabhachtach-See School Diary, pages 12 and 13.

Cruinnithe Aon-le-hAon: 24+25/11/14 Children dismissed at 2.30pm. Meetings begin at 2.45-5.15pm.Time is appointed/limited to @ 10mins.Should longer appointment be necessary, please arrange alternative time and date, as it is most unfair to hold up people in the line-up...brief meeting.
Coirmcheoil agus Aonach na Nollag: 09/12/14 GMIT 5.30pm-8.00pm
Clár RSE/OCG: Oideachas Chaidrimh Gnéis/Relationship and Sexuality Education ar fáil mar cuid don ábhar OSPS curtha ar fáil ag an tUasal Noel Ó Ceithearnaigh do bhaill an Bhoird, foireann na scoile agus tuistí Rang 6 ar an 06/05/15 ag 8-9:30pm agus ar fáil do pháistí R6+ a dtuistí ar an 13/05/15 8-10.
Rang 2: Enrolment Mass for parents and children preparing for First Holy Communion was on Sat. night OCT. 4, at 7pm Church of Holy Rosary.
An Chéad Fhaoistinn R2 le socrú Mí na Feabhra/Márta 2015 sa seipéal.
An Chéad Chomaoineach Naofa R2 24/05/14 ag 12:00nóin sa seipéal.
Cúrsa do Ranganna Gaeilge á socrú do thuistí. Eolas 094-9022444.
Rainbows Programme, begins with enrolment on Wednesday 5/11/14-a support programme for children who have been bereaved due to death, separation or any painful transition is held in the Family Centre: Info. night for parents OCT.15, at 8pm in Family Centre.
Clarú/Enrolment for School Years Ahead: 2015/2016/2017, 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 which may apply to your child. Original Birth/Baptism Cert. They will be returned ASAP.

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 2013/14 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!

Lunches: Cans/Fizzy drinks/glass bottles/lollipops/crisps/nutella/chocolate chewing gum/popcorn/bars/peanuts or anything in a coloured wrapper is not allowed in school. Prohibit E’s. Avoid excess sugar and salt intake. Unfinished lunches are brought home daily.

Rollai and Absences: See Dialann/Reports to TUSLA/NEWB (20 days absences).

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.

Reminders: No spray deodorants, hair-gel/hair dye, make-up, earrings (prevention accidents during playtime/sport/games), birthday invitations distributed in school, Football/Other cards, Wheelie shoes, Body diving/Volly Hall, Racing round school, wedgies/jocking, unacceptable language, mobile phones, recording devices, electronic games, valuables not allowed in school. Children make their own cards as required.

Imeachtaí Scoile/School Activities:

Damhsa gach Aoine €2.50 an cheachta, €5 an clann Bernadine,Louise.
Snámh: 7 rang. R2-R6 Luan. Last date of Classes: 20/10/14
Feadóg Stáin Múinteoirí R2-R6, tiúnacha don pharáid/website.
Iománaíocht: Foireann Scoile R4-R6 le Pádraig.
Iodálís: R6 Múinteoir Gearóid.
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.
Máirt Pádraig & Gearóid.

Cleachtadh Piano Máirt/Deardaoin 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: Stiofán Ó Móráin agus le gach baill ar an mBord Bainistíochta; Máire Uí Shúilleabháin /Foireann na scoile;

Maria Dunlop /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.