Parent Information

Pupil absence/illness

Please refer to the HSE link below for to up to date information on Covid 19 advice for parents, also see the table attached below which summarises actions to take if someone in your household becomes unwell.

If at any stage you are unsure of what actions to take please contact the school prior to sending your child to school and we will help to clarify.

Parents will be sent a link to complete a Return to School After Absence form, which must be completed prior to children returning to school after any absence, for any reason. This form is in lieu of a Doctors letter.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/covid-19-schools-and-parents-resources/back-to-school-advice-for-parents.pdf

Aladdin Connect

Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
Our school is delighted to announce that we will shortly roll out the Aladdin Schools Connect to parents/guardians of children in our classes.  
 
The school uses the Aladdin Schools software service www.aladdin.ie for administrative purposes and Connect will give you secure access to messages from the school and to details of your child’s attendance, test results, reports cards etc  via secure login from your internet browser or Aladdin Connect App.
 
Aladdin Connect is a fantastic way to enhance a school’s communication with  parents. It enables parents to stay connected and informed about their child’s education by:
– Ensuring that the school has their most up to date contact information
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Allowing schools to gather permission(s) from parents
– Allowing parents to quickly and efficiently select preferred slots for parent teacher meetings 
– Keeping parents apprised of their child’s attendance
– Keeping parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages
– Allowing parents view their child’s approved report card
 
Along with strengthening our home/school partnership, we also envisage Aladdin Connect helping the school by:
– Helping to improve attendance by allowing parents to keep track of any school days their child may have currently missed, along with late arrival and early leaving information.
– Helping to reduce the amount of class/school notes being sent home
– Helping the school/ teachers communicate with parents when the need arises
– Reducing costs by eliminating the need to send school report cards by post
– Reducing costs by reducing the number of text messages that need to be sent
 
You can rest reassured that Aladdin Schools uses state-of-the-art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish and European data protection laws.
 
In the next few days, you will receive a text/email message containing your registration link.  There will be one link per parent which will allow the parent to access information for all their children in the school from one user account. Please do not forward this text/email or share this link as this is a unique registration code for each parent for your child/children in this school. During registration you will choose a password that will be used in conjunction with your email address to securely access the Aladdin Connect going forward. If you choose you may share your own contact details with other parents of children in the same class as your children, but please be reassured that this information will not be shared unless you choose to share it. Once you are registered you will be sent an email with links to download the Aladdin Connect App for your mobile device. The main advantage of using the App is to receive immediate alerts for app messages sent by your school. Downloading the App is highly recommended to enhance both the parent and school’s Connect experience. 

In preparation for this please email the school if your email address or phone number has changed recently, if your details are the same as last year there is no need to contact the school.

Please note: If there are any personal concerns, or legal provisions in place regarding giving access to Connect to any parent/guardian of your child please contact the school in confidence to discuss or restrict access as required.
 
We hope that you enjoy using Aladdin Connect. Your class teacher, the secretary or myself will welcome any feedback or questions you may have.
 
Yours sincerely,

Majella Clarke,

Principal

Welcome Back

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The BoM and School Staff are looking forward to welcoming all our pupils and parents/guardians back to school for the 2020/2021 school year tomorrow 28th August.

We are satisfied that we have control measures in place to ensure that this will be a safe re-opening.  It will take some time for all of us to get used to the “new circumstances” as we become familiar with the new routines and procedures designed to keep everyone safe and to prevent the spread of the virus.  There will, undoubtedly, be some unforeseen challenges and we will deal with these as they arise. Please take time to again read the Reopening Protocols below, to ensure you are familiar with the steps we are taking to adhere to government guidelines.

There is a slight change to how Junior Infants will begin their first day tomorrow, they will now begin at 9am. Each family will be met at the school gate by Ms. Clarke and Mrs. Kirby. Mrs. Kirby will take each child to their classroom and Claire will wait with them as others are welcomed. We ask that parents please be vigilant of social distancing at all times. Mrs. Kirby will take photos throughout the morning and we will share these with you all on our Facebook page. Reminder, Junior infants will finish school at 12 noon up to and including Friday 4th September.

We are in the process of updating our online system to facilitate easier communication between teachers and parents. This system will also allow parents to make payment online for Book Rental (€50), photocopying (€25), school insurance (€6/€9). More details to follow on this next week, please do not send in cash payments with children this week.

We would like to thank you for your co-operation in making preparations to date and look forward to working with you as we assist the children adapt to the necessary changes.  We are also conscious of the fact that our pupils have not been in school since March and that they are looking forward to coming back to school to meet their friends again.  We are aware that our new pupils are beginning a school year at a challenging time and have made plans to ensure that their arrival will be as free from stress as possible.  

If there is any issue which has arisen in relation to your child’s social, emotional or educational welfare since s/he was last in school, and which you feel the school should be aware of, please e-mail the school at martinstownns@gmail.com and the Principal, or another Staff member, will contact you to discuss the matter.

Reopening Protocols

Following the publication of guidelines from the Department of Education and Skills, we wish to inform parents of the following:

CD Environmental, courtesy of Paul Tobin, carried out a thorough disinfection of all areas of the school prior to reopening. Thank you to Paul for providing this essential service to the school.

Social distancing will be practiced as much as is practical in each classroom, with each classroom being considered a “bubble/pod” within the school setting. Arrangements have been made for each “bubble/pod” to play safely during yard time, and to enter/exit the building safely.

Children will not be required to wear a mask/visor. All teachers and SNA’s will wear a mask/visor.

The cleaning arrangements for the school have been updated to ensure all communal contact points within the building are cleaned daily.

Our main focus and priority will be to ensure the happy and safe return to school for all our pupils and staff. We will be embracing the motto of “Slow Down to Catch Up”, so that each child can readjust to school life. We aim to ensure everyone will feel safe, in a calm, well-adjusted environment. We will be focusing on building relationships and promoting the social and emotional development of each child, to ensure a smooth transition back to school.

In order to adhere to government guidelines, the following protocols will be implemented.

Declaration

Parents will be required to complete a Covid-19 Declaration for each child prior to school return. A link to the declaration will be sent to parents on Monday 24th August and must be completed by Wednesday 26th August.

Morning Drop Off

  • Please ensure your child washes their hands each morning before they leave for school and arrive to school in a visibly clean uniform.
  • Reopening Day, Friday 28th August, all class teachers will be present at the school gate to greet children and instruct them on new protocols for entering and exiting the school building.
  • There will be a strict drop off time of no earlier than 8.30 each morning. While teachers will be present on the school grounds prior to this time, to open the school and classrooms, children may not begin to enter the school grounds until Ms. Clarke or Mrs. Kirby is stationed at the school gate between 8.30 and 8.50 to monitor the safe arrival of children.
  • Parents are not permitted passed the school gate at any time, unless an appointment has been arranged with a teacher.

After School Collection

  • Junior and Senior Infants will exit the school at 1.30 each day. Mrs. Kirby will escort them to the school gate, parents are asked to stay at your car and children will walk to you via the footpath.
  • Exit times for all other classes will be staggered as follows:

1st & 2nd class: 2.20     3rd & 4th class: 2.25     5th & 6th class: 2.30

Class teachers will escort children to the school gate, again we ask parents to stay at your car and children will walk to you via footpath.

  • Please ensure you arrive on time and are ready to collect your child/children at these times.
  • We advise parents to ensure children change out of their school uniform immediately when they arrive home each day.

Visiting the School

  • Visits to the school will be strictly be appointment only. If you need to inform a class teacher of a child’s appointment/early collection/change to collection arrangements etc. please contact class teacher directly via the following emails:

Mrs. Kirby: lisamartinstown@gmail.com

Ms. Anglim: roisinmartinstown@gmail.com

Ms. Butler: lucymartinstown@gmail.com

Mr. Gilbourne: mrgilbourne@gmail.com

  • If you need to drop a forgotten item to the school during the day, e.g. lunch/coat, please leave item in a bag (with child’s name on the bag) on the table at the front door and ring the buzzer.

In Class Measures

  • Hand sanitising units will be mounted at the entrance and exit of each classroom. Children will be asked to sanitise their hands each time they enter and exit a classroom.
  • Children may bring their own sanitiser to school, with their name clearly labelled on it.
  • Children will not share/swap books with each other in class.
  • Books will be stored at each child’s desk.
  • Children will not share pencils/colours/scissors etc. All items must be individually labelled. (*any unlabelled item found may be binned).

We ask that parents be vigilant of the essential items your child needs for school and replenish promptly as needed.

If Your Child Is Feeling Unwell

  • If your child becomes unwell during the school day, you will be contacted immediately. Your child will be supervised at the designated sick bay area until they are collected.
  • All parents are required to provide the school with an emergency contact of someone who can collect your child promptly if the school cannot reach you.

Please do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell. If your child is unwell but a doctor deems them fit to attend school, a letter from the doctor stating this will be required.

Homework Club

There will be no Homework Club for the first term. This will be reviewed on a term by term basis.

Note: In addition to the items needed for September (listed below), pupils also require the following items for their first day back at school.

1st– 6th class pupils require 1 x Plastic Magazine File (labelled with child’s name)
All pupils require A5 Clear Mesh bag (labelled with child’s name)

Department Update on Reopening Schools

The following letter has been issued from the Department of Education for parents:

Once the government finalises details of the Roadmap for School Reopening, and the school has implemented these recommendations, we will issue a full update to parents prior to reopening on the 28th August. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Items Needed for September

Junior Infants

Copies: 

  • 5 Project Copybooks (40 pages) – Top blank, Extra wide ruled (size 15)
  • 2 Junior Sum Maths Copybooks (40 pages) – 20mm squares
  • 2 Blank Copybooks (40 pages) – plain white pages

Folders:

  • A4 Display Folder (40 pages)
  • 2 x Plastic Envelope Folders
  • 1x Strong Homework Folder

Stationary:

  • 3 x Junior Grip HB Triangular Pencils
  • 1 x Pencil Topper (suitable for pencils above)
  • 2 x erasers
  • 1 x glue stick
  • 1x safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • Crayons/Twistables (no colouring pencils)

** Please ensure all of the above are labelled with your child’s name**

**SCHOOL JUMPERS MUST BE LABELLED**

Senior Infants

Copies: 

  • 10 Project Copybooks (40 pages) – Top blank, Extra wide ruled (size 15)
  • 2 Junior Sum Maths Copybooks (40 pages) – 20mm squares
  • 2 Blank Copybooks (40 pages) – plain white pages

Folders:

2 x Plastic Envelope Folders

1x Strong Homework Folder

Stationary:

  • 3 x Junior Grip HB Triangular Pencils
  • 1 x Pencil Topper (suitable for pencils above)
  • 2 x erasers
  • 1 x glue stick
  • 1x safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • Crayons/Twistables (no colouring pencils)

** Please ensure all of the above are labelled with your child’s name**

**SCHOOL JUMPERS MUST BE LABELLED**

1st Class

Tin Whistle (Key of D)

Copies: 

10x 88page exercise copies

2x Sum copies 10mm squares

Folders: 

2x Plastic Envelope folders and 1x Strong homework folder

Other:

  • Folens Homework Journal
  • 4 x HB 2b pencils
  • 1x pencil topper
  • 2x erasers
  • 1x glue stick
  • 1x 30cm ruler
  • 1x safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • Crayons/Twistables (no colouring pencils)

** Please ensure all of the above are labelled with your child’s name**

**SCHOOL JUMPERS MUST BE LABELLED**

2nd Class

Tin Whistle (Key of D)

Copies:

10x 88page exercise copies

2x Sum copies 10mm squares

Folders:

2x Plastic Envelope folders and 1x Strong homework folder

Other:

  • Folens Homework Journal
  • 4 x HB 2b pencils
  • 1x pencil topper
  • 2x erasers
  • 1x glue stick
  • 1x safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • 1x 30cm ruler
  • Crayons/Twistables (no colouring pencils)

** Please ensure all of the above are labelled with your child’s name**

**SCHOOL JUMPERS MUST BE LABELLED**

3rd & 4th Class

  • Folens Homework Journal
  • Irish and English dictionary
  • Tin-whistle in the key of D
  • 6 120 page copies
  • 4 maths copies
  • 1 A4 hardback
  • 1 A5 hardback
  • Gluestick
  • Ruler
  • Safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • Red and blue/black pens (*No Tipp-Ex allowed)
  • Pencil/rubber/topper
  • Highlighter
  • Twistables
  • USB stick (labelled)
  • Envelope folder X3
  • 1 strong homework folder (zip folder)
  • 1 x 40 pocket display
  • Optional (rub out pen)

Please write your name and class on all copies and hardbacks. Also please label the USB stick as they will have them up until 6th class.

** Please ensure all of the above are labelled with your child’s name**

**SCHOOL JUMPERS MUST BE LABELLED**

5th & 6th Class

  • Folens Homework Journal
  • Pocket English Dictionary
  • and
  • Irish/English Dictionary
  • 2x A4 hardback copy
  • 1xA5 hardback copy
  • 10x 120 page copies and copy covers
  • 1x A4 refill pad
  • 1 x 40 pocket Display folder – Retained from 5th class
  • 1 memory stick for project work
  • Safety scissors (right/left-handed as required)
  • Glue stick
  • Mathematical set
  • Calculator
  • Blue and red biros (*No Tipp-Ex allowed)
  • Pencil/Rubber/Topper
  • Colours (no markers)
  • Gum shield, sports socks

Important Information for all Pupils

Names should be clearly marked on every individual item including Uniform, School Tracksuit, Coats and on the front cover of each book. Please mark your child’s name clearly on pens, pencils, pritt-stick, twistables etc.