Archive for August, 2017

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you all had a relaxing, safe break and that the batteries have been recharged for the year ahead! We look forward to working with you in the best interest of your child/children over the coming school year. 

We welcome Mr McPhillips and Mrs McEntee to our staff and wish them well. We also wish Mrs Hoban well as she begins her maternity leave.

Some reminders:

  • Our new school hours are 9:00am – 2:40pm . 
  • Pupils who come to school by car should be in school no later than 9:10am, but not before 9:00am,  in preparation for teaching beginning at 9:20am and should be collected promptly at 2:40pm. (Junior infants finish at 12:30pm until Friday 15th September and at 1:40pm thereafter. They should be collected at the infant door.) 
  • Parents/Guardians/Carers who collect pupils by car are asked to come to the gate or into the school yard when collecting their children, as the car park is very busy and teachers will not let children out until they see the relevant person either at the gate or in the yard.
  • Pupils who arrive late (i.e after 9:20am) or who are being collected early must be signed in/out in the reception area. 
  • Please familiarise yourselves with our Healthy Lunch Policy and other school policies, which are available under the School Policies Tab on the home page.
  • Should you wish to contact a member of school staff please do so via the school office (049 854 4653) or the school email (billisns.ias@eircom.net) or using your child’s homework journal. It is school policy that school staff do not communicate with parents through their own personal mobile or email.
  • You may remember that we asked you to collect plastic lids over the holidays. Please continue to collect them. We need plastic lids in all different colours but particularly yellow, blue, green, white, red or orange. 

Book Bills

We are currently preparing the book bills and these will issue in due course. The €50 deposit that you paid before the summer break will be deducted from your bill. We endeavor to keep book bills as low as possible.

Swimming

Swimming lessons will soon begin for pupils in classes 1st to 6th. The lessons for 5th & 6th class  begin on Monday 11th September while the lessons for 1st -4th class begin on Thursday 14th September. Both sets of lessons run from 10:15am -11am. The bus leaves school at approx 9:35am and returns at approx 11:50am

It would be very helpful if parents of 1st/2nd class pupils would please get their child/children used to undressing/dressing and drying themselves over the coming days in preparation for swimming.

Girls with long hair are asked to please have their hair tied up or plaited for swimming. If it is left loose their jumpers etc get very wet. They then have to sit in these wet clothes for the rest of the school day.

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