Parent Newsletter Monday May 20th
1 Celebration Day
Many thanks to all the parent community for your presence in our school for the ‘Walkabout’ last Friday. It appears from the feedback that you all enjoyed the morning. Huge thanks to the members of the Parent Association who put in long hours and very hard work supporting the day logistically with all of their preparation and execution of the children’s goody-bags and the coffee-dock. If you would like to become more invlolved in the work of the Parent Association, and to spread the workload of their voluntarism across a greater number of parents in our school community; please come along to their next meeting ( the first Tuesday of each month) on Tuesday June 4th at 8pm.
2 Dates for your diary:
All parents are welcome to the school’s Sports Day on Thursday June 20th in Ardgillan Park (details nearer the time).
All 6th class parents are welcome to their children’s Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday June 26th (details nearer the time).
3 Pupil Progress Report cards
The annual summer Progress Report card will be sent home with the children on Friday June 14th.
4 School Lunches finished:
As previously notified the school have no longer been providing the children with school lunches since Thursday 16th May. All parents are reminded to send a substantial and healthy lunch and drink to school with the children each day. Please see overleaf dor the Board of Management’s guidelines on healthy lunches and please comply with these. Parents in Niamh’s Senior Infant class and Breda’s 2nd classes are reminded that there are children in these classes with severe nut allergies and that no child’s lunch in these classes are to have nuts, nut-products or products with nut-trace in their lunches. Many thanks for your co-operation on this important issue.
5 Punctuality and Attendance
Parents are reminded that it is the school’s expectation that children attend the school both on-time and each day ( once the child is not sick). Parents are reminded, too, that each absence of the child should be explained in writing to the teacher on the child’s return to school ( either on a separate note, or in the child’s Journal). Coming late to school each morning is very disruptive to the child’s own learning, but is also disrutpive to the learning of all other children in the class. School starts at 8.40am sharp and the children may assemble in the school-yard from 8.30am onwards. All children who miss over twenty days in the school-year are reported to the National Education Welfare Board by the school as statutorily required, and parents are informed that the school are doing so. Similarly, the school is required to report this to the HSE Social services if there is a care- or child-protection issue involved.
Balbriggan Educate Together
Healthy Food Policy ( abridged version)
This policy has been formulated by the Parents’ Association, following a detailed survey of all parents in the school, in close consultation with the school staff and Board of Management.
With this policy we aim to educate our children on the benefits of healthy eating, a few of which are below:
- Increases concentration and reduces disruptive behaviour in class
- Heightens the awareness of the importance of a good diet
- Controls body weight
- Helps in reaching full physical potential
A healthy lunch should consist of sandwiches/baps/rolls , pieces of fruit and a non-fizzy drink. At time of writing all the children in the school are in receipt of a healthy lunch provided by Glanmore Foods who have adhered strictly to our health food policy. Children, however, are allowed to bring in a snack according to the following guidelines. The school also provides a Breakfast Club and snacks at a Homework club according to these guidelines.
Here is a list of foods we would recommend and a list of foods we would encourage and discourage:
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!!! No, No, No!!!!!!
sandwiches /baps /rolls chocolate products
containing cheese /chicken /ham /tuna/ salad bars ,sweets, Nutella,
fruit –grapes, apples, oranges, kiwis,melon pieces chocolate croissants
strawberries, raisins etc. popcorn
vegetables – carrot slices, celery sticks, mixed salad crisps
non fizzy drinks – juices , water fizzy drinks
yoghurts (messy & rarely
We are registered in The Green Schools Scheme and are trying to get a Green Flag for recycling and reducing our waste .Children bring home all food packaging and remainders of uneaten food as school policy.