Happy New Year
Wishing a very Happy New Year to each and every one and best wishes for a prosperous 2018. As it is a new year, it is a good opportunity to ask parents how they think we are doing. Next week we will issue a questionnaire that we would like you to complete. This questionnaire should take around 15 minutes to complete. We would ask that one questionnaire is completed per family and returned to the class teacher. All completed questionnaires received on or before Monday 29th January will be entered into a draw for one of ten Homework Passes for all of your children at our school. Please ensure that you complete all questions.
The New Term
All the children are back and looking very smart in their school uniforms.
This is an important term for your child(ren) so please ensure that they start the term as they mean to go on – punctual, in full uniform, homework in on time and working hard.
Nursery & Primary One Intake Sept 2018
All applications for Primary One and Nursery intake for September 2018 should now have been received. However, if you still want to make a late application we can accept these but must make you aware that they will only be assessed once all other applications have been processed.
After School Clubs P3 – P7
Your child will get a letter today telling them if their application for clubs has been successful. All clubs will start again week commencing Monday 15th January.
Parent Teacher Association
We would like to remind parents of two meetings for the establishment of a Parent Teacher Association at Cliftonville Integrated. An information session will be held for all interested parties on Tuesday 16th January at 9.05am and an AGM will be held on Tuesday 23rd January at 9.05am. Everyone is welcome but please let us know if you are able to attend.
School Car Park
All parents are reminded to take care when crossing the car park at the front of the school. We have visitors and workmen driving through the car park during school hours.
Please use the zebra crossing outside the offices and we would encourage Nursery parents to walk around the fenced in footpath to the Nursery entrance.
As you know, each month we generate attendance data and send letters to parents of pupils who have an attendance percentage of less than 90%. Parents are encouraged not to take children out of school for holidays as this can have a detrimental effect on their learning.
As you are aware, during busy periods, we operate an answer machine service. In order for us to deal with the reason for your call we would ask that you leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can. We check the messages on a regular basis.
The school photographer from Tempest Photography will visit Cliftonville on Wednesday 7th February to take individual photos of all pupils. Any family wishing to have a group photo taken should come to school at 08:30am.
P1 and P2 pickup arrangements
We have been reviewing the arrangement at home time for our younger children P1-P3. As a result, we will be trialling new pick up arrangements from tomorrow, Thursday 11th January 2018. At 2pm Primary 1 & 2 children can be picked up at the infant doors (main playground) so we would ask that parents come into the playground. The same will apply to Primary 3 children and Infant Homework Club at 3pm. Parents are asked to wait in the playground and to exit the school using the footpath onto the Cliftonville Road. We would ask that parents continue to respect the residents of the private road at Easton Avenue and avoid using this lane to exit the school grounds. We hope by trialling this new system that parents will find it easier to pick up their younger children. P4-P7 arrangements remain the same.
Pick Up Promptly
A number of parents are not picking their children up promptly from school at the end of the day. Parents are reminded of finishing times for the children (Nursery 1.30pm, P1-P2 2pm and P3-P7 3pm) and are asked to ensure that they arrive on or before these. Staff have other duties that must be fulfilled and we would ask your co-operation with this.
Milk is a healthy choice for breaktime refreshment. However, many children are not drinking the milk that their parents have purchased and this can be wasteful. We would ask that you check with your child and ensure they drink their milk each day.
In addition, we are currently reviewing the payment procedures for milk money to ensure that we can cut down on the administration for processing payment and thus ensure more time is spent educating the children. As a result, milk payments will now be taken to cover a full term. From next Monday 15th January to end of term on Friday 23rd March, school milk will cost £9.40. Please send money to the class teacher.
All classes will be trained in internet safety using the CEOP training “Think u know” during the week beginning Monday 22nd January.
e-Safety, Anti-bullying and Pastoral Care policies may be obtained from the school office.