Milford National School – 6th September 2017
Fáilte is fiche roimh gach duine. You are all very welcome back to Milford after the long summer holidays, and a special welcome to you if it is your first journey through the school. Here are a few notices as we start the new school year:
Opening and Closing Times: The school is open to receive pupils from 8.45 a.m. The school office is open from 8:55 a.m. The yard will be supervised from 8.50 a.m. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before 8.50 a.m. Classes will commence each day at 9.00 a.m. No pupil should arrive later than 8.55 a.m. Pupils who need to use the toilet in the mornings may use the toilet facilities in the gym. Pupils who need to drop off their musical instruments may store them in the After-School Facility and then proceed to the yard.
Classes for the children in Junior Infants and Senior Infants end at 1.40 p.m.(children in Junior Infants will begin going home at this time from Monday, 18th September). Parents of these children are aware of their meeting point for collecting their child from the teacher. Classes will end each day at 2.40 p.m. for children in classes from First to Sixth. Parents who wish to collect their children should make arrangements to have them met at the end of the school path or car-park.
The School Welcome Sign is the designated area for parents who need to collect their child from a Special Needs Assistant. The person meeting the child(ren) should be at the school no later than 2.40 p.m. as the school cannot accept responsibility for children after that time.
Lunches: Almost 20 years ago, in consultation with parents at the time, we initiated a Healthy Eating Policy in our school. Indeed, at the time, we were one of the very first schools to do so and many other schools have followed our lead since then. We thank you the parents for your ongoing support of this Healthy Eating Policy and we congratulate you on the nutritious contents of the children’s lunchboxes! In recognition of the efforts that parents are putting into the Healthy Eating Policy, we have focused on the issue much more in recent times. This week, the children are being given five minutes extra each day to eat their lunches in the classrooms. Teachers spoke to their classes about the importance of eating all of their lunch. They have also highlighted the fact that children have always been encouraged to take any unfinished lunch out to the yard with them, during both breaks, to finish eating it outside. It is important to realise that Lunch Break lasts from 12:30 pm to 1pm and that children may use all of this entire half hour to eat if they choose. Similarly, children may use the entire morning break to eat a substantial portion of their lunch while they are out on the yard if they choose to do so. Hopefully, we have managed to raise the children’s awareness of these matters and hopefully they are now more aware of the importance of finishing a healthy lunch each day at school. We are also encouraging the children to put all their wrappers/cling film/tin foil/bags back into their lunchboxes so that you can see exactly what your child is eating/not eating each day.
Church Car-Park: Please advise the person collecting your child in the afternoons to use only the designated spaces in the church carparks. Only vehicles displaying a Milford National School Parking Permit should advance past the church. Parents collecting children should not park in front of the Salesian Hostel, The problem with parking has been largely alleviated due to the cooperation of our parent body and the enforcing of rules re unauthorised personnel etc. Unauthorised cars will be clamped as the safe passage of our pupils to and from school is of paramount importance to the school management body.
Medication: Parents, please advise the school if your child has any medical issues about which you need to alert the school and for which indemnity and information forms will need to be filled out. I would also remind parents that medication already in the school may be out-of-date and may need to be replaced.
Nut Free Zone: As several of our children suffer from a nut allergy, please remember that Milford NS is a nut free zone. We ask that you do not send nuts / nut extracts or nut products in any form to school in your child’s lunch box and especially on treat days. This would include, amongst many others, products such as Nutella, peanut butter, chocolate spreads that contain nuts, cereal bars with nuts, etc. If you are unsure, please check the food label as ingredients can change and are not always obvious in the main packaging description. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
School Car-Park: Parents, please be advised that children need to follow the path around by the fence when entering and exiting the school. Please cross the car-park at the safety crossing only. Even when accompanying your child into or out of the school do please observe this important safety requirement to encourage good safety habits in your child. We would appreciate your co-operation with this important safety issue.
A message from Dara Dever, Green-Schools Travel: ‘School traffic is a major issue. If you use your car less on the school run you reduce risks at school gates, you reduce air pollution, you increase the health, awareness and alertness of your child before they’ve even got to their desk. Children are designed to be physically active and they love movement. It makes it easier for them to sit still in class once they get there and it makes them happier to be given a chance to move first thing in the morning.
So why now make a new school year resolution and get your children, and you, to school in a healthier, greener way this school year. You’ll also be helping your school with its Green-Schools Programme and helping it maintain our Green Flag. This year we will be working on a Green-Schools Travel Maintenance project so please consider walking, cycling, park n’ stride or carpooling as an alternative to using the car all the way to school.’
Sports Activities: The autumn sporting season has commenced and football training started last week. Many thanks to our very dedicated teachers who give voluntarily of their time and expertise to coach and organise teams, and accompany children to matches at this very busy time of the year.
Organisation of the teams is as follows:
u/10 Boys: Siobhán Fenton Diarmaid Moore
u/11 Boys: Brian Kelly Áine Fitzpatrick
u/13 Boys: Denis O’Connor Aaron Gallagher Hannah O’Sullivan
u/10 Girls: Celine Munnelly Maggie Moloney
u/13 Girls: John Nelligan Yvonne Newman
Basketball training will take place in Milford School Gym from November, day to be decided. The 3rd/4th class hurling league will begin shortly. The teams have been selected and Mr. Denis O’Connor will be announcing the fixtures to the children in the coming days. U11 girls football training led by Ms. Munnelly and Ms. Moloney begins on Wednesday the 6th of September from 2:45pm to 3:45pm for 3rd and 4th class girls.
After-School Activities: There will be a wide variety of extra-curricular activities available after school, too numerous to list here. The teachers who are involved in these activities will communicate with children regarding days, times, venues etc.
Enrolments: There is a large number of applications on file for the Junior Infant classes for Sept 2018 and there will be only 60 places available. Priority will be given to siblings of children already in Milford. Please notify the school, immediately, if your child qualifies under the sibling rule to make sure he/she is on the list for 2018.
Gym Bookings: Many activities are available for children and adults in the school gym and also in the school hall. Yoga, Pilates, Taek-Wan-Do, Gymnastics, Irish Dancing, Frontline Stage school, are all on offer, to name but a few. Check out the available activities on our school website. Contact details for the various activities may be found on www.milfordns.ie
Lotto: The lotto draw will re-commence shortly. Many thanks for your loyal support of this vital fund-raising activity. The Lotto is a valuable contribution to the financings of the new gymnasium which will give your children endless hours of pleasure over the coming years. Thank you, parents, who have contributed so generously over the past year. A very special thanks also to the parents who give so generously to the gym fund through the voluntary contribution.
Geoff Hunt: Geoff Hunt will be visiting our school again this year, resuming his hugely enjoyable classes and trips to educate our pupils on the local area and environment. Details will be communicated to the relevant classes shortly.
School Uniform Reminder: The uniform consists of a brown crested school jumper or cardigan, cream shirt or blouse and brown gymslip, skirt or trousers. Black or brown shoes should be worn with the brown school uniform (no Ugg boots please). This uniform is worn from 1st to 6th. Under no circumstances should runners be worn under skirts or trousers. The school track-suit is worn on PE days. It is dark blue with a pale blue stripe and is crested. A light blue polo shirt may be worn underneath. Runners may be worn with the track-suit. If possible, runners with a light-coloured sole should be worn to prevent marking of the gym floor. The track-suit is the only uniform necessary for Junior and Senior Infants.
School Closures 2017/2018: Information on school closures for the coming year has already been sent home in June. This information is also posted on the web-site.
Update Contact Details: If your contact details (landline, mobile, email, address) have changed in the last year please contact the school as soon as possible with the correct information.
School Mass: Beginning of Year Mass will be celebrated on Friday 29th Sept at 11.30am.
The Enrolment Ceremony for 2nd Class (First Holy Communion Class) will take place during the Children’s Mass on Sunday, 1st Oct at 10.30am.
Swimming: Swimming has commenced this week for classes from Senior Infants to 6th, depending on the 8-week timetable rota. Please refer to the Swimming Policy available on www.milfordns.ie for more information on arrangements, procedures etc.
School Choir: Choir will recommence on Thursday 14th September. Choir takes place in the staffroom each week from 2:45-3:45pm. The choir is for children from 4th to 6th class. Members of the choir are asked to bring a cushion for sitting on, a black A4 folder with plastic pockets for storing music sheets and a bottle of water if required. Ms. O’Meara, Ms. Reidy and Ms. Murray look forward to seeing current members of the choir, as well as the new members who auditioned in June.
iPad Charger Request: We would be very grateful if you wouldn’t mind donating spare iPad/iPhone chargers to the school.
Lenrec Recycling: A Lenrec clothes recycling event has been organised by our Parents’ Council – collection date is Friday, 13th October.
Shakin’ with Shakespeare: Shakin’ with Shakespeare club will recommence on Tuesday, September 12th. In this club, the children learn about the plays of William Shakespeare. Shakin’ with Shakespeare is open to 5th class pupils who like reading, drama and acting. Ms. Murray looks forward to meeting the new members on September 12th. In this term, the class will run each Tuesday from 2:45-3:45 pm in Room 14, for a period of eight weeks.
School Show: This year, Milford National School is 35 years young and will celebrate in spectacular style with the Students of 2017, in the University Concert Hall on 6th and 7th December. Prepare to be enchanted by the Music, Dance and Costumes of Milford National School’s Forever Young, as you are brought on some epic Emerald Adventures with Peter Pan. This show will be professionally directed and choreographed by Jean, Pam and Gerdi Mc Glynn. Especially for the Young at Heart!
Meitheal: A Meitheal was traditionally when neighbours came together to help each other. In the same spirit, we hope to organise a Meitheal in Milford N.S. sometime during the school year. Parents have always been a wonderful support to our school. Cake sales, book fairs, school shows, fund raising events, swimming helpers, garden helpers, walk to school volunteers are but a few of the events that parents have helped out with in the past. If you have a skill or trade or area of expertise that you would like to offer to our school please let us know either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone call (061-339123).
Other News: Welcome to Ms. Ealga Cussen (3rd Class Teacher) and Ms. Áine Fitzpatrick (4th Class Teacher) who have both joined our school teaching staff. Ms. Cussen will be based in Third Class this year, working alongside Ms. Burke and Ms. Fitzpatrick will be based in 4th Class, working alongside Mr. Gallagher. Congratulations to Ms. Gemma Ryan, Ms. Claire Quinlan and Ms. Maggie Moloney on securing permanent teaching positions in our school. And finally, congratulations also to Ms. Gemma Ryan on her recent wedding nuptials.
Parents, please refer to the school website for most school information – www.milfordns.ie.
As we all look forward to the new school year I want to once again thank you for your continued support, cooperation and dedication.
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