Newsletter

Welcome or welcome back to Castleknock
N.S. An especially warm welcome to all new
pupils. I hope your association with the
school will be a happy one. In addition to 26
new Junior Infants, several other children
have joined classes this year.

School Staff
From September 2017 the school staff and
classes are as follows:
Principal: Sandra Moloney
Deputy Principal: Sharon Reid
Junior Infants: Holly Gray
Senior Infants : Heather Minion
1st Class : Karen Stewart
2nd Class: Amy-Ruth Sugrue
3rd Class: Sharon Leopold
4th Class: Damien O’Connell
5th Class: Sandra Mooney
6th Class: Sharon Reid
Special Education Teachers: Debora
Kelliher, Hannah McGuckin & Ingrid Duncan.
Special Needs Assistants: Ida McIntosh,
Maria Matthews, Catherine Traynor, Joanne
Jameson.
School Secretary: Elaine Watters
Caretaker: .William Denner

School Hours
School opens for reception of pupils at 8.20
a.m. No Responsibility is accepted for pupils
arriving at the school before this time.
Classes commence at 8.40 a.m. for all
pupils. Classes end at 1.00 p.m. for Infants.
Classes end at 2.00 p.m. for 1st to 6th classes.
Parents of infants are asked to collect their
children from the classrooms promptly at
1.00 p.m. Pupils from 1st to 6th should be
collected at the school gates at 2.00 p.m.
Parents collecting infants should remain at
the gate until 1.00 p.m. The gate will be
opened when all the pupils have returned
safely from the playground to their
classrooms.
Now that class routines are in place could I
ask parents who are dropping younger
children to school to leave classroom as
quickly as possible.
St. Brigid’s N.S. have very kindly given us
permission to use their car park once more.
In the interests of safety gates are to be kept
locked. If using this access please
remember that gates ore unlocked at
8.20 a.m. – 8.40 a.m. 1.00 p.m. – 1.10 p.m.
and 2.00 p.m. – 2.10 p.m.
Remember that riding of scooters or
bicycles is not permitted in our
playground or St Brigid’s playground.
Please do not block the pedestrian gate
of St Brigid’s school or permit children to
play on railings or around St Brigid’s
cycle racks.

Absences
Under the Education Act 2000 we have to
inform the Dept of Education if your child is
absent for 20 days or over in the school
year. Please be on time for roll call in the
morning and fill out a form if your child is
absent (Forms are available on our website
or will be issued by the class teacher on their
return to school). If your child arrives late
(after 8.40am) please fill in the late book in
the office.

Contacting Parents
If your child is unwell at school we will
contact you at home or work, so that you
may bring your child home or to a doctor. It
is vitally important therefore that we have
up-to-date contact telephone numbers for
parents, relatives or others who may look
after your child in your absence. If your
child is unwell please do not send him/her to
school spreading infection to others.
Already tummy bugs are widespread
throughout the school. Please ensure that
they bring a coat or wear suitable warm
clothing.

Medicines
If your child suffers from a condition which
warrants the dispensing of medicine during
school hours – please get and complete an
Indemnity Form and advise teacher how to
cope with any signs of the illness. Return
Form and Medicine to Class Teacher.
Children may not have medicines in school
bags. Please let us know if your child is
allergic to any material or substance.

Nut Allergies
A number of pupils suffer from nut allergies>
As they can be life threatening, please
make sure your child’s lunch is nut-free.
Healthy Lunch Policy
We have a healthy lunch policy – see school
website. We would appreciate it if could be
adhered to by one and all.

Headlice
Headlice make an unwelcome visit to
school occasionally. Please notify the
school as we can alert parents and hair can
be checked and treated if necessary.
Those with long hair should be encouraged
to tie it up when possible. It is
recommended that all children are
checked regularly and treated as required.
Code of Behaviour
Remember that good standards of
behaviour are expected from pupils at
all times.

Mobile Phones
The children are not permitted Mobile
Phones in school. No electronic toys
including Ipods and Nintendos, toy guns
and knives are not allowed in the school.
Following an incident on one our school
buses, Bus Eireann have decided to ban the
use of mobile phones on our buses. In light
of this, and the latest guidelines from the
D.E.S. the Board of Management have
decided to ban pupils from bringing phones
or electronic devices to school. Should a
child need to make contact with a parent
during the school day, a call can be made
from the school office.
We thank you for your support in this matter.

Lost Property
Lost property is kept in the main hall. Please
check and see if you own any – we will be
donating whatever is left over to the Simon
Community at the end of each term. Where
possible please mark your child’s coat and
sweaters clearly to facilitate easy returns.
Be particularly careful with school hoodies –
there are a lot of them about!!
The Annual Dioscesan Schools Service will
take place in Christchurch Cathedral on
Thursday 19th October at 11.00 a.m. Some
members of sixth class will represent C.N.S.