A very warm welcome to ScoilChaitríona Junior school. We hope that your child will be extremely happy here.
Our school is a happy and safe place where every child matters. Without your support we cannot succeed, so we look forward to working in partnership with you in the interest of your child’s all round learning and personal development.
We have a wonderful staff and you can be assured of our co-operation and commitment at all times.
Should you have a query or concern at any time, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 091 771094.
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please contact the school to make an arrangement to speak to them. Should you be concerned about any aspect of your child’s school life, the matter should be discussed with the class teacher first. If this proves unsatisfactory the matter should be taken up with the principal.
School will be a bit different this year, especially at the beginning, but we, the Junior Infant teachers will doour utmost to make sure your child’s first year at ScoilChaitríonaJunior will run as smoothly as possible.This pack gives information on all aspects of your child’s day at school and we hope it will help to soothe any apprehension you or your child may have about this next step in your child’s life.
Keep an eye on school updates and school policies– available on the website junior.renmoreschool.com and download the Aladdin Connect App to be kept informed with latest school updates.Check that the school has your correct contact details.Let us know if you have moved house, changed phone number or email address. You may also want to check that your emergency contact details are upto date.During this restricted time, email is highly-valued. If you have not sent in an email address, please do so to your class teacher.
- What you can do to prepare
- Drop-off and collection
- Physical Distancing
- Hand Hygiene
- Schoolbags and Lunches
- Communication with Teachers
- Starting Junior Infants
- Illnesses &Suspected cases of COVID-19
What You Can Do to Prepare
- Practice washing hands properly,with soap, for 20 seconds.Make sure that your child also knows how to dry their hands thoroughly.
- Children should also know how to use hand-sanitizer correctly, and that it should not be ingested.
- Teach your child correct cough and sneeze etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into your elbow if you do not have a tissue.Put the tissue in the bin and wash or sanitize your hands.
- Make sure that your child do tasksindependentlyie: open and close their schoolbag, their coat, and their shoes. Velcro footwear is recommended.
You know your child is ready for school when he /she/they can…
- Independently open and close their own schoolbag, lunch box and drinks bottle
- Take off, put on, open, close and hang up their own coats
- Tidy up and put away toys
- Elastic waist pants are more manageable for young children. Zips on school bags are easier to use
- Share and take turns
- Use the toilet unattended
- Follow basic instruction and take direction
- Listen attentively for short spells
- Be at ease with other children
- Identify when they need help and ask for it
- Communicate independently
- Cope with ‘ups’ and ‘downs’
You can also help your child at home by:
- Reading stories to/with your child
- Enjoying rhymes and songs
- Establish routines: bedtime, mealtimes, household tasks, playtime, story time etc
- Cutting out, pasting, tracing, colouring and doing jigsaws
- Limiting screen time
- Getting plenty of exercise and fresh air
Drop-off and Collection
- Schools must limit interaction on arrival and departure from school.
- School doors open at 8.40am and school begins at 8.50am.It should be noted that your childmay not enter the school before 8.40 am. Children remain the responsibility of theirparents/guardians until that time.
- Please do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground/outside the external classroom door, at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement.
- Drop off – Junior Infants should be dropped outside the external classroom door of their classroom. Their teacher will bring them into class.Parents should not enter the classroom.
- Collection –If for any reason you are delayed by more than 10 minutes, please ring the office to inform us. Children can become very upset if they feel they are forgotten, so it is important to be punctual.
- Junior Infants are to be collected at 12noon for the first week.
- Normal collection time after the first week will be 1.30pm.
- A signed written consent is necessary if a child has to leave the school during the day. We would urge you not to collect your child early, as it eats into learning time. Children must be collected from their classroom, signed out and collected by an adult, if leaving early.
- Junior Infants is the first year of your child’s primary school years. We aim to make it positive.
- Your child should attend school every day, unless ill and be punctual. The first part of the school day is meeting and interacting with their new friends.
- Absences must be explained. You can send a note to teacher, email or ring the office to explain any absence. Ring 091 771094 or email email@example.com
- Holidays should not be taken, if possible, during term time.
- Make sure your child’s teacher has at least 3 contact numbers for you eg: include a relative/friend. Someone must be contactable, in the event of illness and/or an emergency.
- Please notify the teacher in the morning if someone other than yourself will be collecting your child in the afternoon.
Schoolbags and Lunches
- The School has a lunch scheme with Fresh Today. You, as parents, will choose the menu on the lunch provider’s App.
- 10.40amJunior and Senior Infant Break – Lunch and a Drink.
- 12.40pm –Yard Time.
- Please choose bagsthat your child can open and close independently.
- Each child will be provided with their own individual stationery in school.
Communication with Teachers
- Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building.
- Appointments may be made to visit the school for essential purposes.Please send in a note with your child requesting same or contact the school on 091771094 with any queries you may have.
The Big Day
- A day to remember, the first day of ‘big school’.
- Talk about school as a happy place.
- Trust the teacher.
- Do not show any signs of outward distress.
- Make sure your child starts each day with a good breakfast. Every day, say goodbye and give an assurance that you will collect him/her at the proper time. Then leave! We encourage independence from the first day.
- Most children, even if initially upset, soon become distracted by their surroundings and settle down very quickly and easily.
- Remember new infants are usually very tired so an early bedtime is essential.
Starting Junior Infants
- Unfortunately, parents will not be permitted to enter the school with their child on the first day of school (or on subsequent days).
- Rest assured, the Junior Infant teachers and other school staff will do their best to make sure that every child feels happy and safe at school.
- The benefits of play are well-documented, and infant teachers are very aware of this.Lots of time will be spent playing and listening to stories.The number one priority for the first few months of school will be the children’s well-being.
- Books – school books and copies will be kept in school.The teacher will label them and each child will keep their books and copies in a basket beneath their desk.
- Head Lice – please check your child’s hair regularly for head lice.Use a fine comb as often as possible.
- Notes – please check your child’s bag every-day for any handouts and notes.However, during this restricted time, most notes and handouts will be sent through text or email.
- Homework – for the first few weeks we will not be sending any homework home.All infant teachers will be concentrating on mindfulness and well-being, getting to know the pupils and making sure they feel safe and protected.Children love to be read to.Please find time to read a story to your child each day.Give your child lots of opportunities to use crayons, pencils and scissors at home.Encourage your child to hold the pencil correctly.
- Labels – please label ALL items that your child brings to school- schoolbag, jumper, coat, hat, gloves, scarf etc.
- Toileting – from time to time, children have toileting accidents Please have a complete change of clothing in their school bag for these occasions, if you think it may be necessary.
- Behaviour – occasionally issues may arise at home or in school that may affect your child’s behaviour/progress/mood. Please inform the class teacher if there is any change in circumstances that may affect your child. This information will be treated with respect and in confidence.
Illnesses &Suspected Cases of COVID-19
- Any sickness, diarrhoea etc must be followed by 24 hours absence.
- Please alert teacher to all known allergies.
- Medicines can only be administered by prior arrangement.
- Please send in a note for our records if your child has been sick or absent. Please keep your child at home as long as possible when ill – to aid recovery and the spread of infection.
- Please notify the school if your child is diagnosed with an infectious disease eg: chicken pox. Your child should remain at home for a respectable amount of time to reduce the spread of infection.
- If your child is too sick to go to the yard he/she is too sick to come to school. Exceptions are made in the case of ongoing or chronic illness and limb injuries. Otherwise, children are expected to go to the yard as social interaction is a vital part of learning.
- Please park in the Renmore Church car park and walk your child to his/her outside classroom door.
- All areas outside the school must be kept clear in the interests of the safety of pedestrians. Parking is prohibited on Renmore Avenue.
- The Traffic Warden and Local Gardaí patrol on a regular basis and issue parking fines.
After School Care
- Seomra Súgradh (Play Room) is our Afterschool care. This Afterschool care is for working parents.
- This is open from 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm for children who may have siblings in First or Second Class. Places are limited. It is not open on half days or during holidays.
- Afterschool from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm – Monday –Thursday and 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Fridays, depending on numbers of children availing of this service.
- For further information and/or to book a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Carol: 0851243938
Aladdin Connect is our school’s preferred storage data base and method of communication with parents and staff. You will receive instructions from the school office about Aladdin Connect, its uses and how to download the App to your smart phone.
Aladdin Connect is a new innovative product designed to streamline communication in Irish primary schools.
Connect is a comprehensive communication platform including the following features:
- Parent Portal – allows school to securely share student information with parents (report cards, attendance, noticeboard, homework, test results) – schools have full control over the data that they share with parents.
- Aladdin App for parents – including unlimited app messages which can replace texting.
- Aladdin App for teachers – which allows them to take attendance, receive notice board alerts, etc.
- School Calendar which parents can view on the app as well as the portal.
- Parent Teacher Meeting Scheduler – quickly and efficiently organise parent teacher meetings in your school. Parents can select their preferred meeting times.
- Permissions lists – set up permissions lists and gather permission from parents for any item or event that your school needs to gather permission for.
- Absence Reason – allows parents to easily submit the reason for their child’s absence instantly through the Aladdin app instead of having to write a note.
GDPR & Aladdin has employed expert data protection guidance so schools can be assured their information is being held in a GDPR compliant environment. Aladdin is fully committed to helping and supporting our school’s compliance with GDPR
Tips for Parents
Don’t spoil me, I know quite well that I ought not to have all that I ask for
I’m only testing you
Don’t be afraid to be firm with me
I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.
Don’t let me form bad habits
I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages
Don’t correct me in front of people if you can help it
I’ll take much more notice if you talk quietly to me in private
If you do you I shall have to protect myself by pretending to be deaf
Don’t put me off when I ask questions
If you do you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere
Don’t suggest that you are perfect or infallible
It gives a great shock to discover that you are neither
Don’t forget that I love experimenting
I couldn’t get on without it
Do, please read this list from time to time
With that, we look forward to a wonderful year ahead, where each child’s mental and physical well-being will be of huge importance to us all in Scoil Chaitríona Junior