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Junior & Senior Infants — Mrs O’Connor has been teaching the children about their five senses. They are tasting different foods and learning about what animals produce particular food. They are learning about healthy and unhealthy foods and they made
Junior & Senior Infants —Mrs O’Connor’s class had a lovely last term in school learning all about summer activities. As part of the Aistear programme, the chil- dren learnt all about different types of shops and they even had their very own ice cream
Junior & Senior Infants —Ms Canny’s class had a very busy start to the year. The children have been learning all about the weather in win- ter and are now very talented weather forecast- ers! They are also learning about shape in maths and can identify
Junior & Senior Infants —Ms Canny’s children have been having great fun settling in . There are 12 new children in the class and the Senior Infants are doing a great job of looking after them! They are learning nursery rhymes, fairy tales , songs and poems. The role play corner is a big success—the children are having lots of fun being doctors and nurses! 1st & 2nd Class —Mrs McCormack’s children have been very busy already . There is beautiful art on display in the school corridor, inspired by Henri Matisse. All the children have been working especially hard at their hand- writing and also in their maths—making tens and learning doubles. It’s very difficult so well done! 3rd & 4th Class —There are lots of children in Ms Fal- lon’s class who deserve a special mention—Sheila Bro- gan won a medal in a Feis,; Conor Scott, Micheal Giles, Cian Callaghan and Ify Asogu won the St Mary’s Centenary Cup in an U10 final: Aislinn Boyle won a handwriting medal in the Mountbellew Agricultural Show; Patrick Delaney won a medal in the Cross Coun- try Regional Finals. Well done to all. In class, the children are learning all about China— the food, culture, language, writing. They can even count to ten in Man- darin Chinese! 5th & 6th Class— Ms Winston’s class have been involved in a guided reading programme and are doing very well. They have made up a rap song for our Green Flag on Global Citizenship and will be performing it for the school. It’s very cool! Book Rental The Book Rental Scheme is up and running again and is a great success. Huge thanks to Mary Glynn who has been working so hard, organizing the scheme, collecting money, covering and sourcing books. If you have not paid the rental fee, please ensure that you do so as soon as possible. The rental fee can be paid in installments if required. SCHOOL NEWS …………………… Page 2 NUACHTLITIR Ó SCOIL NÁISIÚNTA CHOLMCILLE NAOFA Remember to keep checking our school website www.castlegarns. ie Parents Classes in your local area The Eastside Local Education Committee has organised a Health & Wellness Pro- gramme for Parents and Grandparents . The Programme will take place in the Ballybane Library every Wednesday morning from 10 - 12 noon. All parents and friends of the school are wel- come to go. There are lots of different clas- ses to enjoy—nutrition, make up and skincare, hair and nail care, acupuncture, yoga and loads more! It is a great oppor- tunity for taking time to look after yourself and get to know other parents. ………………………. If you are interested in joining a class in your local area, please contact Ms Doherty on 087 9403984—there are Com- puter, English, Cookery, Woodwork and many others to choose from. Maths for Fun! Mrs McCormack’s class will be holding three Maths for Fun sessions on Thursday 9th, 16th and 23rd October. Parents are invited into the class to play fun games with their children. Please let us know if you would like to join in.
e aa aegae Page 2 against accidental damage no matter where he/she is e.g. sports events, concerts, carol singing, nature walks, school tours etc. Materials Contribution As per each year, we request a contribution towards materials for classroom use. This contribution is vital to help the school cover the following expenses: art materials, maths materials , science materials, PM reading books/class novels/classroom shared reading materials and photocopying. Please send in your contribution to your child's class teacher in a clearly labelled envelope. Please note that payment can be made in instalments if desired. The amounts are as follows: one child- €30, two children €50 and three or more children €70. Parents of Junior Infant children only, have already paid € 25 towards materials, and the remaining balance may be given to Ms Canny. Uniform All pupils of the school must wear their full school uniform each day. It is very important that each child makes a major effort to wear the complete uniform. Please try to have the uniform washed at the weekends so that the children are not without their uniforms during the week. A uniform reinforces in students a pride in their appearance and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of this Uniform Policy. Children are also required to have one pair of indoor shoes. The latter is vital to keep the school clean and to avoid wet and dirty floors. Healthy Eating Policy Our school operates a Healthy Lunch Policy and we encourage children to eat a healthy, balanced diet. (No sweets, crisps, chocolate bars/biscuits/spreads/fizzy drinks). Our school lunch scheme has begun and we request that the contribution of €10 per term or €30 for the year be given to class teachers or SNA Mary Glynn. I would like to sincerely thank Mary for the huge amount of work she has done and continues to do in the school and in particular with regard to school lunches and book rental. Reception/Dismissal of Pupils Pupils will be collected by their class teacher from their line at 08.50am and at first bell on wet mornings. We open our doors at 08.50am. There is no teacher supervision before this time. We do not encourage you to arrive earlier but if you must please supervise your child at all times. Parking Pending the enactment of a comprehensive traffic management plan, the Board request that children are dropped off and collected promptly in the morning and afternoon.. Please be mindful of neighbours' entrances and take care not to block their gateways. Labelling of Property I would ask parents to label clearly all of your child(ren)s property, eg. Books, copies, pencils, pens, coats, shoes, slippers, sports gear, lunch boxes, etc. This year we had lots of unclaimed property and labelling would eliminate this. Please send notes as outlined in the homework diary: When a child is absent or late. Homework is not complete. A child, due to illness, needs to remain in the classroom. Please state for how long this arrangement is necessary. This facility should only be used when absolutely necessary. If a child wishes to leave school during school hours.
2 Dear Parents/Guardians, Fáilte romhat agus roimh do pháiste chuig Scoil Naisiunta Cholmcille Naofa. We want your child to settle quickly into a happy, productive school life. We hope this booklet offers you an insight into what we do and how you can support our child’s learning through that vital Home School partnership. Many of the activities you will already be doing as good parents and carers. Starting school will be the first big change in the life of your child. Up to this he/she has felt safe and secure with you in the home and family but now is facing the wider world of classroom and school. This may seem a daunting prospect but most children adapt very quickly to their new environment. It is a time when parents and teachers should take special care to ensure that the transition from home to school is as smooth as possible. If the child’s first experience of school is one of happy involvement, a very good foundation will have been laid for fruitful school years ahead. We know from experience that parents are very anxious to help in any way possible. We have, therefore, included some ideas for the home, which should stimulate the child’s interest and nurture a desire to know more. With these aims in mind we have put together this little booklet as a general guide for parents. It deals briefly with the period before your child comes to school and the introductory stage in Junior Infants. We have a wonderful staff and you can be assured of our full co- operation and commitment at all times. Should you have any query or concerns at any time please feel free to come and talk to us. Le gach dea ghuí, Aoife Winston Príomhoide
SN Cholmcille Naofa www.castlegarns.ie Page 2 Dear Parents/Guardians, On behalf of the staff, I extend a very warm welcome to you and your child to Castlegar N.S. It is our aim that your child will be extremely happy in our school and will achieve his/her full potential by being happy, sociable and respectful in our school’s pleasant and stimulati ng learning environment.
Page 2 NUACHTLITIR Ó SCOIL NÁISIÚNTA CHOLMCILLE NAOFA Remember to keep checking our school website www.castlegarns.ie Memories from 2013- 2014… … … the year in photos… … … Page 3 MEITHEAMH 2014