November Newsletter 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,
I hope that you are all well and had a very enjoyable midterm break. November has been a busy month for us. Between the 8th-15th November, there were lots of weird and wonderful experiments being conducted in the school as part of Science Week! Equally, we had a wonderful day last Friday (20th November), when the whole school community dressed in blue & white in honour of Waterford. As well as getting a reprieve from the current lockdown and associated restrictions, we are very much looking forward to an All-Ireland hurling final with Waterford in it in December! I would also like to welcome a new member of staff to the school Mrs. Michelle Fitzgerald (Special Needs Assistant). I hope that you will join me in making her very welcome in our school. Please see below for further updates.

1. School Recordings on Community Radio Youghal- Cry Fm
Due to the current restrictions in relation to Covid 19, the annual school carol service/school dramas cannot go ahead. However, Cry Fm will be coming to the school on 8th December to record each class singing 2 Christmas songs. These songs will be played on the radio station in late December. Date and time will be confirmed at a later stage.

2. Christmas Annuals
I am extremely grateful to the Parents` Association who are covering the cost of the Christmas Annuals this year. Each child will receive his/her annual in the coming weeks.

3. School Website: 
Our school website has been updated with photos of school activities this term, so check it out!

4. Parent-Teacher Meetings
As normal, Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place in January 2021. However due to the restrictions it will not be possible to conduct these meetings face-to-face, so meetings will be conducted via a phone-call. Time slots will be issued to parents after Christmas to accommodate phone-calls.

5. Cancellation of Swimming
Each year swimming is scheduled for 1st-6th class in January. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and current restrictions swimming will not go ahead this year.

6. Fortnightly Fluoride Mouth Rinse Programme
The fluoride mouth rinse programme is a fortnightly programme offered from 1st-6th class. Due to Covid-19 this programme has been suspended in school until further notice.

7. The Stay Safe Programme
The Stay Safe Programme is a mandatory programme that is part of the Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum. The aim of this programme is to teach the children personal safety skills. This programme is currently being taught in each class and will be completed this term.

8. Seesaw App
The Seesaw App is up and running as of this month! Each week children are required to complete 1 piece of work using a specific tool (microphone, drawing tool etc) on the Seesaw App. We are delighted with the wonderful work that the pupils are creating. Well done to all!

9. October School Fees
Many thanks to all of the parents/guardians who have paid the Arts, Crafts, Photocopying and Christmas Jumper fee of €22.50 payable via the school App which is still open.

10. Greens Schools- 5th Green School Flag Biodiversity
For the next 2 years, we will be working towards achieving our 5th Green School Flag for Biodiversity. Biodiversity looks are creating an awareness of the importance of native plants, animals and habitats and to increase species richness in the locality.

11. Enrolments for the 2021-2022 School Year
If you wish to enrol your child for the coming school year (2021-2022), we are accepting applications for enrolment. Please contact the office for an enrolment form.

12. Reminder of School E-Mail: Please forward all correspondence to the above school e-mail.

Le gach beannacht uaimse,
Yvonne Uí Fhlaithimhín