Letter to parents of incoming Junior Infants September 2020, and information relevant to the new school year.
St. Mary’s Junior Boys National School, Nenagh.
Dear Parents of incoming pupils,
Thank you again for enrolling your child in our school. We look forward to doing our very best to ensure your child receives a great education during his time in St. Mary’s Junior Boys.
Normally at this time of year we would look forward to welcoming you and your child to our school to visit the classroom and meet the staff. This would give all a chance to get accustomed to the school environment before the formal start of school. Unfortunately, we cannot do so this year due to Covid-19 and restrictions that are in place. This letter and the dedicated Junior Infant page on our website (http://www.stmarysjuniorboysnenagh.com/new-incoming-junior-infants-2021.html ) will outline as much information as possible to help you and your child as we progress towards the new school year on September 1st.
The school calendar is below and is also available on our school website.
School Calendar 2020/21 (Draft and subject to change in light of Government advice on Covid-19)
School Re-opens Tuesday 1st September 2020
(All pupils in until 12 noon. From 2nd Sept – Other class usual finish time of 1.35pm. Junior infants will finish at 12.30 for the first 2 weeks, then normal home time from Monday Sept 14th.)
Closed Monday 26th October to Friday 30th inclusive.
Re-open Monday November 2nd.
Closed Wednesday 23rd December to Tuesday January 5th.
Re-open Wednesday January 6th.
Closed Thursday 18th and Friday 19th February.
Re-open Monday February 22nd.
St. Patrick’s Day
Closed Wednesday 17th March.
Closed Monday 29th March to Friday 9th April inclusive.
Re-open Monday 12th April.
May Bank Holiday
Closed Monday 3rd May and Tuesday 4th May.
Re-open Wednesday 5th May.
June Bank Holiday
Closed Monday 7th June.
Closing on Friday 25th June. Final day of school year.
The welcome booklet is below and gives much information about our school including; ethos, staff, curriculum, timetable, uniform, homework, and some school rules.
Our main method of communication with parents is via our School app called Aladdin Connect.
You will receive a link to download and register the app together with information on how to do so.
Please download and register as soon as possible when you receive the information.
Payments for class money and other items can be made through the Aladdin Connect app. Payments can also be made in cash at the school office or to the class teacher, but online payment is encouraged.
Class money for Junior Infants is 80 Euro. It can be paid online via the Aladdin Connect app or in cash on the first day of school.
The school tie can only be purchased from the school. You can purchase a tie on the first day back for 4 Euro, or pay for a tie on the Aladdin Connect app and we will have it ready for you to collect on September 1st.
School books are provided to Junior Infant pupils in September. The class money payment of 80euro covers the cost of these books.
All junior infants are expected to have their own supplies. The list of equipment is available on the school website (http://www.stmarysjuniorboysnenagh.com/uploads/1/4/7/8/14786360/junior_infants_supplies_list_20.21.pdf) with pictures and includes: 2 tripod pencils, eraser, sharpener with 2 slots, Twistable colours, glue stick, craft scissors and pencil case.
It is vital that all supplies and uniform are labelled with your child's name. You can write the name on the equipment or purchase labels online from companies such as mynametags.ie
We encourage your child to wear shoes with Velcro fastenings as laces are very difficult for junior infant pupils.
We encourage a schoolbag that is big enough to carry an A4 size plastic folder. A backpack type bag is encouraged rather than wheelie bags. Wheelie bags are a trip hazard in schools.
We expect schools to reopen on September 1st 2020. It is widely expected that there will be certain protocols in place regarding preventing the spread of Covid-19. As yet we do not have this information from the Department of Education. We will be in contact with you nearer that date with further information.
Should you have any queries, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish you and your child health and happiness this Summer and look forward to welcoming you to our school in September.
John Gunnell, Principal, Ms. Madden & Ms. Moloney, Junior Infant Class Teachers.
School Communications and Payments via Aladdin Connect app.
Our main method of communication with parents is via the Aladdin Connect app. Please download and register ASAP using the links below.
Welcome Booklet 20/21
The welcome booklet is available in pdf form below. It outlines relevant information on school times, uniforms, rules etc.
Junior Infants Supplies List 20/21
The list outlines the equipment that your child should have for school in September. Please remember to label all items, including uniform, colours, pencils, sharpeners etc. Thank you.
Useful information on getting your child ready for school including link to Triple P (Positive Parenting Partnership) Zoom video.
Click links below to access the Zoom presentation by Triple P and 'Your child in the primary school, tips for parents' by the INTO. There are also links to some publications by the National Parents Council.
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