NEWSLETTER 24.10.2013

Dear Parents / Guardians …. welcome to this weeks newsletter.

ETHOS: All are invited to our harvest themed assembly tomorrow. Please bring non perishable foods as a donation for the homeless shelter. The children have been learning about Halloween. Diwali will be celebrated on November 2nd, and the children will be finding out lots about this festival of light upon their return… Diwali celebrations in Dublin make for a good family day out. Best wishes to all celebrating these festivals.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS: By now you will have received your times for the parent teacher meetings. Please return the slip confirming your attendance.

VOLUNTEER: We would like to appeal to the parent body to find out if anyone has expertise in processing wages. If anyone is willing and able, please contact me directly.

STAFF: Special Needs Assistant closing date for application has just passed, so we will be hopefully appointing a person in the coming weeks.

HEALTHY LUNCHES: Thank-you for supporting our healthy eating policy. Please continue to pack healthy lunches for the children.

HOLIDAYS: We will be finishing this Friday at the usual times, and returning on November 4th. We hope the children have a great break.

MONEY FOR MUSIC:  TABLE QUIZ … 8pm Friday November 22nd, McGowans’ of Harolds Cross. €40 per table of four. €150 for the winning team plus lots of great raffle prizes to be won! Have fun and help Portobello ETNS raise money for djembes, tambourines, glockenspiels, boom-whackers, casabas, agogos and sticks!

DELIVERY: We took delivery of the long awaited new chairs for the junior and senior infants. We had great fun hauling them into the school, and all will agree that they are far more comfortable. But more importantly they are YELLOW! Have a look at the photographs -

Enjoy the break & best wishes,


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Newsletter 17.10.2013

 Dear Parents / Guardians ,

ETHOS:The children were learning about festivals & Eid this week. The older classes were reading Aesop’s Fables.

We would like to welcome parents to our assembly on next Friday, 25th October at 08.40am. It should last about 15-20minutes. We will be tight for space so don’t wear bulky jackets! This is a harvest themed festival. We are also making the children aware of homelessness in the area, and we have chosen a homeless shelter that we would like to make a donation to – Mendicity Shelter, Island Street. We would be most grateful if you could send some non-perishable food in with your child for next week’s assembly. We will collect this at the assembly and then send it down to the shelter over the weekend. (pasta, coffee, biscuits, etc.) Just to note we will not be having fancy dress next week – we will have a fancy dress day for World Book Day later in the school year, so hold onto the costumes for that.

SCHOOL CLOSURE: Reminder that the school is closing from 28th October to 1st November inclusive.

SCHOOL FACILITIES:  In the interest of child protection, we would like to clarify that school toilets are only for children’s use. Thank-you.

MATHS WEEK  This week was Maths Week. The infants had a great time at the maths station in Aistear and Fiona’s class enjoyed solving fun problems and puzzles all week.

FUNDRAISING: We are having a ‘Table Quiz’ in November. We will confirm the dates and times next week. This fundraiser will be to raise money for percussion instruments – Djembes, Tambourines, Glockenspiels, Boom-whackers, Casabas, Agogos, Earplugs etc. There will also be a raffle at this event, so if anyone can supply prizes or donations please send details to

OUT AND ABOUT See picture from last weeks Shape Trail.


PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS  We will be having our annual ‘parent-teacher meetings’ in November, where you will have a chance to have a discussion with your child’s teacher. We will be in touch with times and dates over the coming weeks.

Best Wishes,



Newsletter 10.10.2013


Our school song this month is Stevie Wonder’s ‘Sir Duke’ and the children are enjoying this. Please feel free to practice at home … make it a family thing! Eid Ul Adha is being celebrated in Ireland on Tuesday 15th. Best wishes to those in our community who will be celebrating this. The children will be talking about this early next week.


Please see our advert for Special Needs Assistant. We will be recruiting for this over the next month.


We have updated our website with contact details. Please use 01 6613333 or contact us at

Our senior children had a fantastic trip to Rathmines Library earlier this week. We plan on bringing the whole school soon. Rathmines Library are celebrating 100yrs this year, and were the first children’s library in Ireland. Visit their website here – there is a nice exhibition on at the moment. We are off on a shape walk tomorrow weather permitting.

Enjoy the weekend,

Portobello ETNS Teddy bears Picnic photos

Newsletter 03.10.2013

Dear Parents / Guardians,

ETHOS: The whole school did some rainbow meditation this week, and explored colours during this quiet time. The classes have started learning about our core value for October – respect. Senior Infants, First and Second have been planting today. The plant containers are recycled and are very impressive. Well done!


OUT AND ABOUT: First and Second class are off to Rathmines Library on Monday for a History presentation.

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC: Sunday was a great success and it was wonderful to see such a big turnout. €725 was collected in donations. After costs were deducted, a total of €630 was raised for the school. Thankyou to all involved.

group photo

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: Our patron body, Educate Together are currently working to form our Board of Management. They are recruiting patron nominees at present and after this, we shall be in touch regarding parent representatives for the BOM.

Enjoy the weekend,