Dates for Your Diary
Monday 4th J1 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
Tuesday 5th J2 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
Wednesday 6th Beginning of Year Service J4/5/6 Sandford Church 9.00am
Thursday 7th J3 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
Friday 8th J4 Parent Information Meeting 9.10am
Detailed Date List: This will go home in school bags next week. It will be updated twice a term and will also be on the Alex website.
Welcome Back to the New School Year!
We were delighted to welcome all of our new and returning students to the Junior School this week. There was a great buzz around the campus as all the girls arrived bright and early on Wednesday morning. Our youngest preschoolers had a great start, with no tears at all. The J5 and J6 classes are very happy to be in the newly refurbished building, Jellicoe. There are lots of new faces around the school, both students, and teachers. The new girls had a chance to meet their teachers and tour the school on Tuesday. A special word of thanks must go to all the returning J6 students who were super guides on the day.
We are all looking forward to a great year in Alex!
From the Office:
It is very important that your child is on time for school. The students get themselves ready for the day before going to assembly between 8.30 and 8.45am. We gather as a school community in the JS Concourse for assembly at 8.45am. Classes start immediately after assembly. Assembly time is an opportunity for all the students and teachers to gather as a community.
Please note that all J6 students stay for extra hockey on Monday afternoons from 3-4pm.
Optional Extra Classes start on Monday 4th
You signed your daughter up for optional extra classes back in May. You will be billed for these classes on the next fee run in mid-September. Please let Ms. Higgins know if you need to change anything. These extra classes start next Monday, September 4th. Your daughter was given a time from Mrs. Ashmore for Speech and Drama on Thursday. Mairead Wales has also let the girls know about tennis lessons. There is a waiting list for tennis now.
J1 and J2 have their dance class during the school day.
J3/J4 – 3.00-3.45pm (Optional)
J5/6- 3.45-4.30pm (Optional)
J4/5/6 Beginning of Year Service:
Students in J4/5/6 will attend the beginning of year service at 9.00am in Sandford Church. Students may be dropped off at the church for 9.00am or they will walk with their teachers from the school at 8.30am.
Traffic Management – One-way system!
It is very important that all parents driving on to the school campus follow the one-way system in place from 8.00am – 9.00am and 2.30pm – 4.30pm.You enter at the Milltown Road entrance and exit at the gate by the Luas. Remember that the Junior School opens at 7.50am so make sure you give yourselves plenty of time to drop/off and pick up. Please be mindful of the safety of the students at all times and follow the directions given by our traffic attendant, Lorenzo. Finally, please observe the traffic lights at the LUAS stop when exiting the school to avoid a serious accident.
Hot Lunch (optional)
All of the Junior School students eat their lunch in the Dining Hall. Every student has been given a lunch card and it is kept in a box in the classroom. You are asked to top up your child’s lunch card through the Easy Payments section of our website – look for cashless card online top up. Be mindful that the cost of a daily lunch for KGLower to J1 is €4 and it is €4.20 for J2-J6. Your child can avail of a hot lunch every day if she wishes as long as she has money on her card. It is a lot of extra admin work if students do not have money on their cards. Menus are available for you to view on the website. Junior School students are not permitted to use the vending machines in the Dining Hall at any time.
Interested in sharing a taxi or carpooling to Alex?
We are looking for anyone in the Ballsbridge area who would like to share a taxi for the morning route. Same driver every day, same car and door-to-door service. Other options such as car-pooling are also a possibility.
If interested, please contact Gilliane de Schonen 0879177121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
First Day of School!
There were lots of happy faces as our youngest students in preschool and KGLower started school on Wednesday. As you will see from the photos, they really had a super first day in Alex!
Update on Junior School Library
As you know, JACA raised the funds last year to set up and stock a Junior School Library. A committee will be set up to start the plans. This is an exciting project that will benefit every child in the Junior School. The Accelerated Reader programme will begin shortly. The teachers have all completed the training and we are just waiting for all the admin side to be completed. We will keep you updated on the library project over the next few months.
Coding Classes for J5/J6
The J5 and J6 classes will have Coding classes during school time this year. The classes will be given by Mr. Barrett. Classes for J5 will start next Monday and for J6 after Christmas.