NEWSLETTER 22.10.2014

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome to this weeks newsletter -

ETHOS:

We will be welcoming in the first day of winter over the break – Holy All Saints Day. Have a safe and happy Halloween if you are celebrating over the holiday. Our school custom is to have a fancy dress on World Book Day in the new year, so please dress in regular clothes on Friday.

Our Green Schools Committee had a Green Schools Action Day on Wednesday. All classes made a piece of art from recycled materials. The committee went into the younger classes and helped them complete a recycling sorting activity.

Next month – our core value is Equality. We are having our Human Rights month in November also. We have planned lots of great activities for the children to explore.

We had a magical event on Wednesday which has become part of our annual school custom around this time of year. Have a look below -

Magic Show

Magic Show

Magic Show

Magic Show

HOMEWORK INITIATIVE: Thank-you to all who have returned their surveys on the homework initiative. Please return them if you have still to do so. Tomorrow is the last day.

SCHOOL NAME: The last of the children will be voting on the school name tomorrow, and this will be considered in naming the school.

TEACHING AND LEARNING Have a look in the Gallery to see how Junior Infants mapped their recent trip to the Luas line, with treasure they collected on the way. See Gallery also for  music around the school.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: On behalf of the Parents’ Association and volunteers, we would like to inform you of our table quiz which takes place on Friday 14th November at 8pm in Mc Gowan’s of Harold’s Cross. All proceeds raised on the night will help finance a new bicycle shed at our school. We will also hold an all-important raffle and we ask parents to please donate raffle prizes if you have anything suitable. Please contact Deirdre Brennan at parentspetns@gmail.com for further details.

SCHOOL CLOSURE: School closed this Friday at usual time. Re-opens on November 3rd.

GALLERY - have a look.

Enjoy the break,

Dermot.

Sorting Musical Instrument by size – Tonic Sol-Fa.

Mapping in Junior Infants

 

Magic Show

NEWSLETTER 17.10.2014

Dear Parents / Guardians,

It appears some people did not get the newsletter email last week. There was a newsletter last week, which you will find if you scroll down. Our newsletter is published every week, so always check the website on a Friday just in-case you do not receive the mail.

ETHOS: Our staff attended Human Rights training yesterday afternoon, in preparation for our Human Rights month in November. We have learned the second verse of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ at assembly this morning, where we also discussed voting and democracy. The children will be learning about Harvest next week.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: It was Maths Week this week. Have a look in our Gallery to see our maths trail in Senior Infants, 1st, 2nd & 3rd. Junior Infants enjoyed maths activities – see photos in Gallery. Wilma’s class made pumpkin hand print pictures too. Aodán’s class did rainfall charts – to lift the spirits!

CALENDAR: The school is closed for midterm on 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st. School closes normal time on Friday 24th.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: On behalf of the Parents’ Association and volunteers, we would like to inform you of our table quiz which takes place on Friday 14th November at 8pm in Mc Gowan’s of Harold’s Cross. All proceeds raised on the night will help finance a new bicycle shed at our school. We will also hold an all-important raffle and we ask parents to please donate raffle prizes if you have anything suitable. Please contact Deirdre Brennan at parentspetns@gmail.com for further details. The Parents’ Association will update our school community on our objectives for the year ahead, in the coming weeks.

COMMUNITY: There is a Sale of Work on at 25 Cork Street, tomorrow for The Sophia Group who do great work locally supporting people with housing. It’s on from 11am to 4pm. Pop in and get yourself a bargain !

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot.

Maths Week 17.10.2014

09.10.2014 Newsletter

Welcome to this weeks Newsletter:

ETHOS: Our core value this month is Honesty. The Jewish festival Sukkot started yesterday, and will continue until the 15th. This remembers and celebrates the welcoming of family, friends and strangers into homes.

World Mental Health Day is tomorrow. The children enjoy meditation in school, which you should try at home. There are lots of ‘guided meditations for children’ on you-tube and also on Spotify.

We are learning the song ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ this month. This link is not the original recording but I believe we are safer with this version. No offence Bob, but our junior infants are just too impressionable. We are also revising Song Sung Blue.

TEACHING AND LEARNING:  Aodán’s class have started playing the tin whistle and they did dance and gymnastics this week. Hazel’s class finished “The Enormous Crocodile” by Roald Dahl and decorated their own creepy crocodiles in art. Fiona’s class made maps this week, based on the reckless wanderings of Little Red Riding Hood.

OUT AND ABOUT: Wilma’s class went on a walk this week to explore the environment. They waved at the Luas which cheered up the commuters. Have a look at the pictures in the gallery.

COMMUNITY: Move on Mondays: The Basin Lane Residents Group are meeting on Monday mornings at 9am for a walk, talk, chat and catch up. Meet on the lane between CBS James’ St and the Secondary School next door.

SECOND LEVEL GALWAY: The Galway Educate Together Second-Level School Start-up Group (GET2LS) is campaigning vigorously for the establishment of an Educate Together Second-Level school in Galway. To promote the campaign they have entered a video in the Better Together Video competition. To support the campaign for Galway and nationally, please vote for the video HERE.

REMINDER: Please send in any outstanding money to your class teacher. Contact the office if you want to check how much is outstanding.   info@portobelloetns.org  Thanks to all those who have paid.

THANKS -  Finally, I would like to thank the staff for the tireless work and commitment that they give to our school, and the grá they show the children every day. Ye make our school a very happy place. Thank-you.

Enjoy the weekend,

Junior Infants – Out and About

NEWSLETTER 02.10.2014

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter …

ETHOS: This month’s core value is Honesty. Best wishes to families who are celebrating Eid-Ul-Adha. The children will be learning about this in school. It’s a festival filled weekend with Yom Kippur and Navaratri also falling on the 4th of Ocotober.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: Aodán and Hazel have started team teaching Art and PE on Thursdays, and the children are enjoying the variety.

Aodhan’s class have been busy learning a Spanish song this week. We are looking forward to hearing it at assemble tomorrow.

Wilma’s class enjoyed doing splatter painting this week. The Artwork is on display for the school to enjoy.

Fiona’s class went on a walk, we saw lots of signs of Autumn and we also saw the Luas. We hope the Gingerbread people all got safely home in their new transport.

Hazel’s class have learnt about a Dutch Artist called Peit Mondrain and have made their own versions of his work.

COMMUNITY: Move on Mondays: The Basin Lane Residents Group are meeting on Monday mornings at 9am for a walk, talk, chat and catch up. Meet on the lane between CBS James’ St and the Secondary School next door.

HOMEWORK: Thank you to all the families who have been working so hard on the homework menu. We will send out a questionnaire for feedback at the end of next week so enjoy the last week of the current menu.

GREEN SCHOOLS: Thank you all for supporting the Green Schools initiatives. Can we remind caregivers to try and use reusable lunch packaging such as lunch boxes and water bottles when making school lunches. We appreciate all the healthy lunches children are bringing.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT: The Board met on 30th September. It was our first meeting since the start of term and it was great to see the building with all of the fabulous art work of the children! The Board would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with the move and for getting the school ready to welcome the children at the beginning of term. The Treasurer provided an update regarding the school finances and the Board approved the financing of various items including additional administrative support, IT and bike storage facilities in the school yard, as current storage in the hall is not suitable. Following consultation with school parents, the Board considered the short-list of proposed names for the school. A final decision will be taken after the school children have the opportunity to discuss and provide their feedback on the list also. The Board welcomed the establishment of the Parents Association and looks forward to their support throughout the year, especially for exciting garden activities which we hope will be enjoyable for both the school and local community.

Have a nice weekend,

Dermot