St Marys Junior School Induction Meeting for Parents

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St Mary’s Junior School Induction Meeting for Parents of Incoming Infants Fáilte romhaibh!

St Mary’s Junior School Induction Meeting for Parents of Incoming Infants Fáilte romhaibh!

A short history lesson… St Mary’s has been serving the educational needs of our

A short history lesson… St Mary’s has been serving the educational needs of our parish for 138 years. � 1882 -Original school constructed. � 1939 – S. N. Mhuire was built with four classrooms. � 1982 - New school extension of 10 mainstream classes and General Purpose room. � 2007 – S. N. Mhuire split into St. Mary’s Junior and Senior Schools.

St. Mary’s today…. � Junior School – Junior Infants to Second Class. � Co

St. Mary’s today…. � Junior School – Junior Infants to Second Class. � Co Educational National School with a Catholic Patronage. � Implement the National Curriculum. � D. o. E. S. allocates number of teachers � Projected enrolment � Projected building works.

Who’s who? � Board of Management (BOM) Principal & 7 Volunteers - Chairperson: Siobhán

Who’s who? � Board of Management (BOM) Principal & 7 Volunteers - Chairperson: Siobhán Cullen � Parents Association (PA) – All volunteers – Chairperson: Eimear Reape Mc. Intyre � Secretary: Victoria Boughton � Class Teachers � Special Education Needs Teachers � Special Needs Assistants (S. N. A. ) � Secretary – Bernadette Rooney � Caretaker – Michael Keogh � Cleaners – Mary Balfe & Mary Mc. Hugh � Volunteers

Day to day routines… Coming and Going… � In the yard & being on

Day to day routines… Coming and Going… � In the yard & being on time. Come in through the yard doors! � The bell goes…. you don’t always have to be first! � Punctuality -Arriving late / collecting early / different person � Home time – Uniform… � The basics. . � Elasticated waists & Velcro shoes. No laces please!!!! � Tracksuit & runners � A warm coat � Labels, labels!!!!!! Break times � On the small yard � On the big yard � Game Zone, Skipping Zone & Grass � In class

Day to day routines… Illness � Keep at home or send in? � Sick

Day to day routines… Illness � Keep at home or send in? � Sick in school � Infectious diseases � Head lice Absenteeism � Notes � Holidays � TUSLA Schoolwork � Junior Infant workbooks � Pencils, copies, etc… � Aistear – Roll Play, Construction, Creative, Sand & Water & Small World. � Jolly Phonics – sounds – blends – words – tricky words – reading! � Learning Environment Homework � The basics. . � Special projects � Homework Sheet … not just homework its also a home school link! � Routine- establishing a pattern for the years to come!

Small Lunch & Big Lunch � Healthy snacks � Sandwiches cut to size �

Small Lunch & Big Lunch � Healthy snacks � Sandwiches cut to size � Fruit cut up or easy peel � Rice cakes � Crackers � Cheese � SMALL yogurt & spoon � Water � Carrot sticks /raw veg � Raisins � Friday-SMALL treat

Small Lunch & Big Lunch Fizzy drinks � Sugary or coloured juices � Crisps

Small Lunch & Big Lunch Fizzy drinks � Sugary or coloured juices � Crisps � Pop corn � LARGE yogurts/Sweet yogurts � Foods high in sugar or food colourings � Cereal bars eg. Coco Pop Bars � Chocolate including spread/croissants/brioche � Milk � ANY NUT PRODUCT!!!!! �

Things to note… � School Ethos and Religious Education � Code of Behaviour �

Things to note… � School Ethos and Religious Education � Code of Behaviour � Anti Bullying � Child Protection � Health and Safety � Critical Incidents � Data Protection � Birthday Invitations � Greeting Cards � Friendships � Relationships with Teachers � Website www. stmarysjns. weebly. com � Facebook (PTA) � Out & about � Fundraising � Visitors

The extras… Curricular � � � � Station Teaching Group Reading Gaeilge- Bua na

The extras… Curricular � � � � Station Teaching Group Reading Gaeilge- Bua na Cainte Ready Set Go Maths S. P. H. E. (Stay Safe) P. E. -Gymnastics Swimming Gaelic Games Yoga Irish Dancing Art Drama S. E. Other learning experiences � Green School � Tidy Towns � Community Involvement � Library � Science Award � Active School Flag � IT Yoga � Drama � Excursions � Expertise �

Readiness… Dressing � Toileting � Eating � Use tissues � Sharing � Tidying �

Readiness… Dressing � Toileting � Eating � Use tissues � Sharing � Tidying � Communicate � Simple commands � Dealing with peers � Meeting adults � Self-control � Being away from you � Reading Readiness � Maths Readiness � Colours � Nursery Rhymes � Expressing Feelings & Ideas -Vocabulary � Listening & Responding � Recognising place names � Colouring � Cutting � Pencil grip – finger strength & dexterity. � Memorising �

GET RID OF THE SCREEN � Talking to � Listening to

GET RID OF THE SCREEN � Talking to � Listening to

Coming to visit… � � � � � Tuesday 18 th & Thursday 20

Coming to visit… � � � � � Tuesday 18 th & Thursday 20 th June (1 visit-August) Gather in GP room about 1: 50 pm (Yard -time to be decided may be staggered) Class allocations Children will be called out in class groups Their teacher & their classmates in their classroom PLEASE don’t disappear! Children returned at 2: 30 pm (after 40 mins) Kaideen Knitwear for Junior Infants Special needs Appointment to meet me

The Big Day Preparing for the first day… � � � Talk & Listen.

The Big Day Preparing for the first day… � � � Talk & Listen. Explain and be positive. Visit. Try on the uniform and wash in familiar smells, wear shoes. Involve in getting ready. BIG BAG and BIG PENCIL CASE. Explore the pack & look at the books but don’t teach. Label everything! Books on the outside please. Arrange minder for the baby if possible. Have the camera ready, the bag packed and the alarm set! Early to bed!!

The Big Day… That morning… Have a good breakfast. Take photos at home before

The Big Day… That morning… Have a good breakfast. Take photos at home before you leave. � Be on time. � Line up in the yard. � Wait for other classes. � Enter through main doors. � Be patient – they’ll all get in. � Stay for a few minutes � Reassure. � Don’t let them see you crying! � Leave the class! � Don’t look in the windows! � Collect on time. � �

When the dust has settled… In the first month… � � � � Cut

When the dust has settled… In the first month… � � � � Cut the cord! 12: 00 Noon finish for the first 3 weeks. One break – one snack. Workbooks collected. Small yard. Big yard. Homework. Meeting for Parents – Friday 18 th or Monday 21 st September. From then on… � � � � 1: 40 Finish from 21 st Sept. Two breaks – two lunches. Timetable for PE. Establishing pattern for life. Homework. Parental Partnership. Emerging difficulties. Intervention.

Housekeeping � Contact � EMAIL details � Address � Emergency � Payments � Permission

Housekeeping � Contact � EMAIL details � Address � Emergency � Payments � Permission Contact Slips � Wet mornings � Labelling � Homework Sheet

Some words of wisdom…… � � � � Reading. Talking & listening. Eating together

Some words of wisdom…… � � � � Reading. Talking & listening. Eating together at the table. Limit time spent in front of a screen…. Bake, paint, play cards and do jigsaws. Let them make a mess but get them to help clean up after wards. Keep the rules clear and simple and explain why. Catch them being good! Follow through on rewards and sanctions � � � � Its ok to blow a fuse! It’s ok for them to argue! There are two sides to every story. Encourage lots of friends. Have some play dates. Don’t get involved in their rows. Maintain a positive attitude about school and teachers at home.

We are at the start of the journey…. You cannot protect them from the

We are at the start of the journey…. You cannot protect them from the world but you can prepare them for it.

It comes quicker than you think……

It comes quicker than you think……

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS