KILGARRIFFE NATIONAL SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Week 3 (17/09/20)

GAA Football Skills Coaching

Conan started coaching football skills to all classes last Monday. The children loved it & these will continue every Monday morning, that weather permits, for the next few weeks. Groups are kept to our current class bubbles & all equipment is sanitised between classes.

 

Seesaw Webinar

Seesaw for Parents Webinar Thursday 24th September from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

This is the learning platform we use to help children learn from home & this webinar would be great for parents to learn more about it.

Registration details in the link below:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FoR_hQsKTiCgp6fMQtU-5Q

 

HSE forms (Junior Infants)

Please can all HSE forms be completed & returned to school by next Monday 21st Sept’20 as they need to be returned to the HSE as soon as possible. Thank you.

 

Cycle Workshop

Next week is Cork Cycle Week. To mark this event all the children will be taking part in a cycling skills workshop on Tuesday 22nd Sept’20 between 9:30am to 3pm in the school yard. Ulick O’Beirne from Training Wheels will be coming in to school to take this workshop in small groups. If possible please could each child bring in their own helmet (bicycle, skateboard or hurling) to save excess sanitising. No need to go and buy a helmet if they don’t already have one.

 

Community Notices

Bandon Rugby is reopening for underage players. Registration is on line  https://reg.sportlomo.com/club/IRFU/munsterrugby/clonakilty

Boys U7-U12 Training Saturdays 11:00am to 12noon

Girls U7-U12 Training Saturdays 9:30am to 10:30am

Full details on School Noticeboard for all ages.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 26th to Fri 30th October’20. School reopens Mon 2nd Nov’20.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Tues 22nd Dec’20. School reopens Wed 6th Jan’21

Full Calendar sent home last week to each family. Please check schoolbags if you haven’t received it. Dates subject to change if there are any further school closures this school year.

Week 2 (10/09/20)

School Opening

Reminder please that school opens at 8:55am and not 8:45am.

When teachers are in early they have work & photocopying to organise before children arrive. Class starts 9:15am.

 

Junior Infant Home time

Reminder Junior Infants will now stay until 2pm each day from next Monday 14th Sept’20.

 

Book Rental

Thank you everyone who has sent in money for their children’s Book Rental. Those that haven’t please could you send it in a named envelope ASAP or let us know if you are purchasing these books yourself.

Book Rental Fees 20/21:

€5 (Infants & 1st Class) Graded Readers & Library books

€15 (2nd Class) including Spelling workbook, Graded readers & Library books

€40 (3rd – 6th Class) including Spelling book, Busy at Maths, Small world History, Small World Geog/Science & Starlight English, Graded readers & Library books.

Book Rental money also allows on line access to ebooks, Oral Language, Spelling, Typing & Music Programmes.

 

Library Books & Readers

Lots of these were borrowed during school closure & have been returned to school BUT we are still missing quite a few especially from the Middle & Senior rooms.

 

Titles missing from Big Cat Graded Series are:

Tig in the Dumps x 2 copies

Oliver x 1 copy

Plaque & Fire x 2 copies

Dick Whittington x 1 copy

Mega Plants x 3 copies

 

Library Book Titles include:

Alex Rider Series x2

Michael Morpurgo Collection x 3

Diary of the Wimpy Kid Series x 5

David Walliams Collection x2

 

These are both expensive & part of packs, so we really appreciate for everyone to have a good look for them at home & return immediately.

Many thanks to all who have already done so.

School Sweatshirts

Please could you ensure that all your children’s school sweatshirts are CLEARLY NAMED. Once they are taken off in school, they are all the same and it’s impossible to know whose jumper it is. 

 

Absent Notes

Please remember that absent notes are required on each occasion that a child is out of school for a day or longer. Please ensure that this is sent in to the class teacher on the day that your child returns to school.                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                           

Parent/ Teacher Communication

As much as possible, please can communication be made to teachers through messages on our school mobile. If a private, or more serious discussion is needed, please request a meeting with the Principal and/or class teacher and an appropriate time can be arranged, usually after school hours. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Healthy Lunch Boxes

Children are encouraged to bring a ‘Healthy Lunch’ to school including some daily fruit and/or veg. Please keep sugary treats to a minimum.

Unfortunately food cannot be reheated in school this year & any cutlery required for your child to eat with, must be provided in their lunch box.

Reminder that chewing gum & fizzy drinks are not permitted in school. Crisps & popcorn are also discouraged as they cause extra mess!!

To help preserve our environment, please can children use reusable drink bottles instead of a disposable plastic bottle every day!!

 

Community Notices

Bandon Rugby is reopening for underage players.

Registration is on line  https://reg.sportlomo.com/club/IRFU/munsterrugby/clonakilty

Boys U7-U12 Training Saturdays 11:00am to 12noon

Girls U7-U12 Training Saturdays 9:30am to 10:30am

Full details on School Noticeboard for all ages.

 

Dates to Remember

Mid Term Break: Mon 26th to Fri 30th October’20. School reopens Mon 2nd Nov’20.

Christmas Holidays: Half day Tues 22nd Dec’20. School reopens Wed 6th Jan’21

Week 1 (03/09/20)

Welcome Back

As we start a new school year, we would like to extend a very warm ‘welcome back’ to everyone after our extended closure. We hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and are ready for the challenges of the new school year ahead.

Due to Covid 19 our school routines are a bit different for all classes, but as we strive to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will also try to keep everything as normal as possible for our pupils.

 

New Pupils and Families

Welcome to the 8 new pupils & their families who has joined our school.

Connor, Bodhi, Ada & Rebeka in Junior Infants, Ruadhán in 1st Class, Andrei in 4th Class and Addison & India in 6th Class. We hope that everyone will help them quickly adjust and integrate into our school life.

 

Our Newsletter

Our school newsletter is issued every Thursday & displayed on our notice board outside school as well as on our website www.kilgarriffens.ie

A mobile phone version is available for your convenience.

This is our main way of communicating & informing families what’s happening in school, so please read it each week!!

In it we hope to keep all families regularly informed about:

● As many aspects of school life as possible.

● Any student achievements and/or successes both from within and outside   

    school, so let us know when they happen, otherwise we may not know!

● Information from our Parent’s Association and/or Board of Management 

    (BOM) that they may wish to inform parents of.

● Latest Covid 19 updates relevant to schools.

 

If anyone wishes to contribute news or information to our newsletter please submit via text or What’s Ap to our school mobile, or by email to kilgarriffens.office@gmail.com before 3pm on a Wednesday and we will do our best to include it in the next day issue.

 

School Books & Stationary

Everyone was issued with a Book List for each child. Please ensure your child has all the required books & stationary in school. This is especially important this year as no sharing can be allowed due to the risk of Covid 19 transmission.

 

Book Rental & Extra Activities

Everyone should have received an invoice in the post for Book Rental and Extras.

Please can the book rental be paid ASAP & if possible by the end of this week.

Please can all other extras be paid by midterm break at the end of October’20. There is no charge at the moment for swimming lessons until we see if this will be possible later in the school year. Please send cash/cheque in a named envelope. Thank you.

 

Library Books & Readers

All children were given readers & library books to take home when school closed in March. These are both expensive & part of packs, so we would really appreciate them all to be returned immediately. Many thanks to all who have already done so.

 

School Sweatshirts

Please could you ensure that all your children’s school sweatshirts are CLEARLY NAMED.

Once they are taken off in school, they are all the same and it’s impossible to know whose jumper it is. 

Drop-off and collection of children

Reminder that we operate a ‘Drive in drop off / collection’ system in the morning & at home times in the afternoon.

At home time, please allow the buses to exit first at 3pm. The children travelling on the buses will be let out of school first, so the buses can depart quickly & easily, thus allowing plenty of space for collecting cars to drive in, collect & drive on out from school again.

Cars need to drive in from the hill above the school & exit out the lower part of the car park. If you need to park or queue for drop off/ collection, please do so above the school on the left hand side coming down the hill. Thank you for your co-operation with this to ensure the safety of all children coming to & departing from school. The few car park spaces outside the school wall are for teachers cars only.

 

School opening hours

Our school officially opens from 8:55am to 3pm. All pupils are expected to be in school to start class by 9.15am. Junior Infants finish at 1pm until Fri 11th Sept after which all Infant collection will be 2pm.

After 9.15am the school doors are secured for the safety & security of the children and late arrivals will have to wait for the doors to be released again. This causes disruption to classes that have started. A big effort to be ‘on time’ is greatly appreciated.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions Parents/ visitors calling to school during the day, must make an appointment to do so beforehand,

via the school mobile (083 0658096).

No one must enter the school building without prior permission & must wear a face covering.

Please do not drop children at school before 8:55am and always ensure that a member of staff is there and your child has gone through the school gate, before departing.

 

Absent Notes

Please remember that absent notes are required on each occasion that a child is out of school for a day or longer. Please ensure that this is sent in to the class teacher on the day that your child returns to school.                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                            

Parent/ Teacher Communication

As much as possible, please can communication be made to teachers through messages on our school mobile. If a private, or more serious discussion is needed, please request a meeting with the Principal and/or class teacher and an appropriate time can be arranged, usually after school hours. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Healthy Lunch Boxes

Children are encouraged to bring a ‘Healthy Lunch’ to school including some daily fruit and/or veg. Please keep sugary treats to a minimum.

Unfortunately food cannot be reheated in school this year & any cutlery required for your child to eat with, must be provided in their lunch box.

Reminder that chewing gum & fizzy drinks are not permitted in school. Crisps & popcorn are also discouraged as they cause extra mess!!

To help preserve our environment, please can children use reusable drink bottles instead of a disposable plastic bottle every day!!

 

Indoor/ Outdoor Shoes 

To help with the workload of keeping the school clean, all children are asked to have a clean pair of indoor shoes for use in the classrooms. These will stay in school & be stored on shoe racks to keep mud level coming inside to a minimum. These shoes can be light canvas, trainers, crocs etc. but must have a proper sole, so they are safe & will not slip on floors. Please ensure child can easily put them on & off by themselves. Thank you to those who have already brought them in.

 

Well done & Thank You

Thank you to all parents & children who have made a huge effort this week to adhere strictly to the new regulations & routines we have had to impose due to the ongoing threat of Covid 19 in our community, both inside & outside our school. Please continue to do so, as we all adjust to the ‘new normal’. The staff & children are all happy to be back in school & we would like it to stay that way.

Please do not send your child into school if they are:

  • unwell

  • displaying any Covid 19 symptoms

  • have been in contact with anyone displaying Covid 19 symptoms

  • are awaiting Covid 19 test results or anyone else in the family

  • have been abroad in the last 14 days

Stay Safe everyone.

CONTACT US

EMAIL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
kilgarriffens.office@gmail.com
SCHOOL OFFICE: 023 8834965
School Mobile: 083 0658096

ADDRESS

KILGARRIFFE NATIONAL SCHOOL, OLD TIMOLEAGUE ROAD, CLONAKILTY, CO. CORK, P85 KR27 IRELAND 

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