November 13th, 2009

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Important Reminder: Once again, I remind all Parents/Guardians that our Enrolment Policy is First-Come, First-Served with NO SPECIAL PROVISION for siblings. The date on which a child is pre-enrolled determines when s/he is placed on the Pre-Enrolment List. We always recommend the earliest possible pre-enrolment. This process can be completed on hard copy (from the school office) or online at www.swordseducatetogether.ie.

Dropping Off/Picking UP children: I would respectfully remind all Parents/Guardians, accompanying children to the school or withdrawing children from school between 8:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., to always report to the office. Parents are asked not to go to/enter classrooms. Catriona is best positioned to assume responsibility from the office. You cooperation in this regard is much appreciated.

Science/Geography Week: Eoghan and Alice have a number of whole-school activities planned for Science/Geography Week, starting on Monday next. The Assembly Hall will be dedicated to playing/discovering/experimenting with Science and Geography for the week and the children will be invited to show work done at Assembly later in the week. Many thanks, Alice and Eoghan, for organizing this curricular focus next week and thank you Adrienne Duff and Robert Flood for your support with pens and resources for all children in the school. Your involvement is greatly appreciated.

On Behalf of the Board: The Board of Management has asked me to convey their gratitude to all of you who returned your Voluntary Contribution Envelope on Monday/Tuesday this past week. The Board of Management (comprised of eight Parents, Eoghan and myself), fully acknowledges and understands that these are very different and worrying times for many people. Balancing its responsibility to the school with ever-changing family circumstances, the Board greatly appreciates whatever support you can give at this time and into the future. It is necessary that all Voluntary Contribution Envelopes be returned, remembering that the contents of your envelope are strictly anonymous. On handing in envelopes, names are highlighted on class sheets to indicate that envelopes have been returned. However, no envelope is opened until the box is emptied, sorted and counted by Board of Management members. It is most important that all Parents/Guardians know this. For accountability reasons, the Board must ensure that all Voluntary Contribution Envelopes distributed by the Board are returned. The Board will collect envelopes one last morning on Monday morning next, November 16th: 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. outside the school door. Any envelopes being returned after this date can be handed into Catriona who will pass them onto the Board of Management immediately. On my own behalf, I would truly like to convey my understanding and support of Moms/Dads who find themselves in challenging circumstances. Please know that you can speak with me in total confidence and if there is anything at all that I/we can do, please speak with me. At the end of the day, our ability to understand and support each other is what truly counts.

Fundraising Update from Geraldine on the Board of Management: ‘Many thanks to the small but highly energised group of people who attended the fundraising meeting last week. However we do still NEED a fundraising coordinator, more committee members and MANY, MANY MORE helpers if we are to meet the Board’s fundraising target. Don’t just leave it to the same people every year. Please text me your details and details of any specific skills or leave your name in the office if you can find some time to support your school. If you would like to help but are concerned that you may not have the time please text me and I can give you more information on what’s involved. Remember ‘every little helps’. The committee is planning an exciting, new BIG event’ for the first quarter 2010 so watch this space’. Geraldine Corby 
Tel 086 8533 861

Treat for the Children: Thank you, Alice, for taking the Teagasc Mobile Farm to the school next Tuesday, November 17th. The children will enjoy the day and learn from it too. This forms part of our Science/Geography focus for the week.

ETP: The ETP Focus next week will be on Human Rights: The Right to Education. The emphasis on Rights and Responsibilities is a recurring theme in our ETP Programme. Maeve is our ETP Coordinator and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Maeve well on her Maternity Leave, starting on Monday next. In her absence, Bronagh will assume responsibility for ETP coordinating in the school. The best of luck, Maeve and thank you, Bronagh. We look forward to Norah joining us again.

Lost Property Box: Our Lost Property Box, opposite Catriona’s office, is bursting at the seams and its contents are due for donation to a local charity. If your child is missing an item of clothing, you may wish to take a look on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Finally, you will have received an invitation to our Assembly Hall next Tuesday evening for a presentation on Speech and Language Development. We are fortunate that Sarah-Jane, our NEPS Psychologist, is in a position to facilitate this once-off information evening for all Parents and Staff. Language Development is at the heart of the Teaching/Learning Process and next Tuesday’s Presentation by Sarah-Jane is timely in advance of our Parent/Teacher Meetings on December 3rd. I strongly encourage you to attend. I look forward to seeing you there. Can I convey sincere thanks to Mary for making this evening possible in the first instance and thank you Sarah-Jane, for supporting us in this regard.

Presentation on Speech and Language Development next Tuesday evening the 17th in the Assembly Hall: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The weeks are flying by! I wish you the best possible weekend. I look forward to seeing fourteen lines of smiling faces on Monday morning J.

Sincerely,

Gerard, Príomhoide

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