Newsletter September 2018

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Dear Parents

Welcome back to Nun’s Cross and a very special welcome to our new pupils and parents.  The Junior Infants have all settled in very well and following an enjoyable summer, we are looking forward to another busy year here at Nun’s Cross NS.

School Hours

9.10                  Doors open and children get organised in their classrooms

9.30                 Teaching begins

10.50-11.00       Break

12.30-1.00        Lunch

1.50                  End of school day for Junior and Senior Infants

2.50                 End of school day for 1st to 6th Class

Please note that the doors of the school/classrooms do not open until 9.10am.  If you arrive before this time you must wait with your child until the doors are opened.  Parents of Infants collected at 1.50pm should leave promptly with their children as to avoid any further distraction to classes still ongoing.  Furthermore, please be considerate when collecting your children from school.  If a teacher is working with her class in the school yard, please wait outside the school gates.

Parking

In the mornings, please pull in, drop the children off and move on to let the person behind you “Stop, Drop and Go”.  This will greatly alleviate the build-up of traffic in the mornings and encourages independence for the children.  If you do need to come into the school, we kindly ask that you are off the premises by 9.30am in order for the teachers to settle the children and begin the school day.  Please keep the space outside the school car park free so that staff have access to the staff car park.   As the children are settled now, we would encourage you to allow them to walk independently from the school gate to their classrooms.  This will certainly help with the build-up of traffic and will foster independence and confidence in the children.   In the interest of safety for the children, please be reminded to close the gate after you leave.

Staff

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Smith and Mrs Jebb back to the school.  Congratulations to Miss Byrne who is now a permanent member of staff.

Family Contribution

The Family Contribution includes insurance and is now due:

1 child: €150

2 children: €250

3 children: €300

If you pay your Family Contribution by Standing Order, the form is available from the office.  Alternatively you can pay on-line.  The account details are as follows:

Name: Nuns Cross School Account

IBAN: IE02AIBK93361906916097

BIC: AIBKIE2D

If you are paying online, please remember to include the family name as a reference.

Please note if paying by cash, banks are no longer accepting non-sorted coins!  If possible all payments should be made by cheque or notes.

Photocopying plus Arts & Crafts Money (€30 per child) is now also due.  Please give to Sandra in the office or your class teacher as soon as possible.  Thanks to those who have already paid.

Payments to school

When sending in money, please put payment in an envelope with your child’s name and class stating what the money is for on the front.

Absences – Late Arrivals – Early Departures

There is no need to ring the school if your child will not be attending but please supply a note on his/her return to school.  The note needs to state the date(s) your child was absent and the reason for the absence.  This is a requirement of TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency.  If your child is late to school or leaves early, please sign the Early Departures or Late Arrivals form, available from the office.

School Bags and Healthy Lunch Policy

Please make sure your child has everything they need coming to school ie. school books, pens, pencils etc.  It is essential that children eat healthily so please fill your child’s lunch box with some of the following: sandwiches, rolls, crackers, fruit, popcorn.  If your child has a yoghurt, please make sure he/she has a spoon.  Please do not send in hot lunches with your child.  A small treat is allowed on a Friday but no chewing gum, crisps, fizzy drinks or lollipops are allowed.  All food waste and wrappers are to be brought home in your child’s lunch box.

Buddy System

We are thrilled to have implemented a buddy system in our school.  Buddy systems teach, and give children the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others.  Through looking after and caring for smaller, vulnerable children who are just starting school, older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground.  This helps combat bullying and other forms of anti-social behaviour such as teasing.  Teaching pro-social values and skills can also contribute to the development of resilience, a protective factor for children if they experience hardship or loss.  Buddies can enable younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected which strengthens the school community.  It helps nurture a caring ethos in the school.

Head Lice

To avoid the spread of Head Lice, please check your child’s hair on a weekly basis and treat appropriately.

Party Invitations

We would kindly ask you not to give out party invitations in school.  As you can appreciate, if some children are invited and others aren’t, this can cause upset in the classroom.

Liaising with Teachers

If you need to speak to myself or your child’s class teacher, we are always happy to meet but please ring or email Sandra who will arrange an appointment in advance.

School Emails, Online School Calendar & Website

Please check your email regularly as most of our correspondence is done via email.  Also check the online school calendar for up to date information on events etc.  The calendar can be found at the following link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=nunscross.secretary%40gmail.com&ctz=Europe/Dublin .

The School AGM takes place on Tuesday, 18th September at 7.30pm in the school.

 Parent-Teacher Association

The PTA is a great asset to the school and is currently looking for new members.  Please let Bronagh Banks know if you are interested or contact Sandra in the office.  The PTA’s next newsletter will highlight the roll of the Parent-Teacher Association.

 After-Schools Clubs

We are delighted to say that we have a number of After-Schools Clubs available to the children:

Monday

Tennis Coaching with Jamie Stafford takes place for all classes on a Monday after school.  Information will be in the school bags this evening.

Drama will recommence on Monday, 17th September.  Infants’ Class takes place from 2-3pm in the multi-purpose room.  It is proposed that a class for 1st-6th Class would take place subject to numbers.  For details, please contact Viviana Verveen on 085 8712200.

 Tuesday

The Nun’s Cross Science Club will run every Tuesday for 13 weeks (Sep 11th – Dec 11th) at a cost of €108 per child. Family discounts apply.  For the Autumn term, we will be covering the topics of geology and anatomy through a series of fun, hands-on science experiments. Sign up at www.anyone4science.com or contact us on 0404-40563 for more information.

 Chess Club – Autumn term 2018

The autumn term of chess club will start back on Tuesday 18th September. It will be a 12 week term until Tuesday 11th December inclusive.  Chess club is available to 1st class and above only at the time of 2.50-3.45. The class is available to complete beginners and those who want to practice and improve their game. Please respect the collection time.

Chess is a wonderful way to activate your child’s mind and challenge their decision making, analytical and strategic thought process. It is a rewarding game and a lot of fun. It also teaches your child the concept of winning and losing and in our club we insist on good sportsmanship, team work and communal learning. The chess club regularly attends tournaments both locally and in Dublin and we also hold regular internal class tournaments.

Cost for the term is €70 for the 12 weeks. There is a 10% sibling discount on the second child. Payment for the class can be made on the first day, please put your payment in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked.

Please let Louise Cherry know directly if you would like to book a place by email: louisemcherry@gmail or phone Louise on 086 804 4747. Many thanks for your continued custom and support. Louise Cherry @ the art studio

 French for all classes will hopefully start the first Tuesday of October.  Details are attached.

 Wednesday

Computer Coding for 3rd to 6th Class: Starts Wednesday, 12th September.  Cost: €45

Tickets available on the following website: www.coughlanweb.ie or contact Ciaran Coughlan

on 085396410.

Self-Defence: We are running an after-school Self Defence Class starting this Wednesday, 5th September.  Following the information that was sent out in June, the class has been pre-booked.  If you are interested for the future, please contact the teacher, Alan Ellis directly at aemartialartist@gmail.com or on 089 4567533.

The Art Studio – Autumn term 2018

The autumn term of art classes will start back Wednesday 19th September. It will be a 12 week term until Wednesday 12th December inclusive.  Cost for the term is €100 including all materials. There is a 10% sibling discount. Payment for the class can be made on the first day, please put your payment in an envelope with your child’s name clearly marked.

Junior and Senior Infants class is 1.50-2.45, and the rest of the school is 2.50-3.45. Please note that children need to be collected promptly at the correct time at the end of class. This is especially important for the infant class as there is another class starting directly after them. Please respect the collection times.

Please let Louise Cherry know directly if you would like to book a place by email: louisemcherry@gmail or phone Louise on 086 804 4747

Many thanks for your continued custom and support.

Louise Cherry @ the art studio

Thursday

Swimming

Nun’s Cross Swimming Lessons in Coral Leisure Centre, Wicklow Town will commence on Thursday 13th September.  The term will run for 13 weeks up to 13th December (excluding one week of Hallowe’en mid-term break).

Swimming is open to all pupils of Nun’s Cross NS.  Swimming lesson time is from 3pm– 3.40pm.

For children in 1st–6th Class, they are permitted to leave school at 2.30pm on Thursdays to enable them to get to the pool and changed in time for 3pm lesson.

If you would like to enrol your child/children, please sign their name on the SWIMMING SIGN UP FORM which will be on the wall outside Sandra’s office from tomorrow, Tuesday 4th September.  Places are allocated on a first come first served basis, so please complete Form 1, Form 2 & Form 3 in order by Friday, 7th September.

Please note that signing your child’s name to this form means you are committing to the term of swimming lessons, should you be offered a place.  If for any reason you change your mind and wish to remove your child from this list after Term Fees have been calculated, a €10 fee per child will still be charged to you.  Swimming Fees for the Term can only be calculated by the number of children enrolling.  Classes usually work out at approximately €5-€7 per child per class.

Rachel Armstrong is stepping down as swimming co-ordinator this term and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her time and effort over the last few years.  Jennifer Rooney is taking on the role and we would like to thank her for this.

Any queries please see Jennifer at school drop off/collection or phone her on 086 8428656.

School Assemblies
Each month during term time there is a School Assembly in Nun’s Cross Church to which parents, grandparents and friends are invited.  Details are on the school calendar.

Parish News

September

Sun       9th        07.00pm Songs of Praise

An opportunity to choose and sing your favourite hymn!

Fri       14th          10.00am School Service for Start of School Year

All parents/guardians/grandparents welcome!

Thu     20th         09.30am-01.30pm Coffee Morning in aid of Blackrock Hospice

Any donations of cakes, scones or similar would be gratefully received. Please come along and support if at all possible!

Fri       21st             07.00pm Culture Night Concert

Whole family entertainment with traditional music, flute and uileann pipes, guitars

Sun     23rd       11.00am  Animal Blessing Service

All reasonably well-behaved animals and their owners are welcome – A very popular event with children!

Sun     30th      07.00pm Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Speaker: Sr. Pauline McGrath of Dominican Convent & Ecology Centre in Wicklow.

October

Sun        7th           TBC  Confirmation in Wicklow Parish Church

Pupils from last year’s 6th class will be among those confirmed by Archbishop Jackson

Fri       12th          10.00am  School Service for Harvest

  All parents/guardians/grandparents welcome!

Other News

Please see attached flyers from Wicklow Girls Brigade and Autumn Forest After School Club.

Finally, a huge thanks to Rev Clements who kindly cut all the hedges outside the school and along the laneway, in time for us to come back to school.  This has helped greatly with the parking and visibility.  It is much appreciated.

Kind regards

 

Rachel Harper

Principal