NEWSLETTER 24.09.2015

ETHOS – Friendship is our core value for the last week of September. Classes are enjoy listening to relaxing music during activities, and for reflection. 1st class are also making their own music now – and can play two notes on the tin whistle from my reckoning. Wilma has confirmed this could be the case, and also assures us that there have been no injuries.

THANKYOU – A big thank you for all who helped with organising extracurricular activities, especially Tanya, Michelle, Reiltin, and Gosia – We all agree it was organised so well.

Frasa Na Seachtaine
Dia dhuit. Hello
Dia is Muire dhuit – Hello (Response)

REMINDER Materials Money is due – please send into your teacher in an envelope marked clearly with your child’s mane. Thanks.

- Parent Toddler Morning – Every Friday 08.30 – 10.30.
- Supporting Your Child’s Speech and Language Development, a talk given by Jennifer Grundulis, will take place in the Parents Room on Wednesday 30th September at 8:30am. Jennifer will be happy to answer questions after the talk.

- Parents Association AGM will be held on this night. We hope as many as possible can attend, as the new committee will be voted in at the AGM. There will also be a report on activities for the last year. We hope to see you there.
- Parents Election to the Board of Management – We will be electing two parent representatives to our Board of Management on this night also. I shall be in touch with more information on this, but maybe ye can start to give this some thought if you are contemplating nominating yourself.

HEALTHY LUNCHES / NO NUTS: Thanks for the continued support with healty lunches and keeping the nuts away from our school.

GALLERY: Have a look in the gallery, or PLEASE CLICK HERE to see the goings on around the school in the first three weeks – in no particular order.

Have a lovely weekend,

Dermot & Staff.

September 2015 – in no particular order


Dear Parents Guardians,

ETHOS – Our weekly assemblies every Friday are going well. The Jewsih Holiday Yom Kippur is happening next week on the 22nd, and also the Autumn Equinox is on the 23rd.

GAEILGE – We will be using a ‘phrase of the week’ in Canal Way ETNS. We will be using this around the school. Please use this at home also. This will feature in the weekly newsletter, so be prepared ! This week’s Frasa Na Seachtain is …

Conas atá tú? Tá / Níl mé go maith – How are you? I am good / not good.  


Toddler Group – starting this Friday, the 18th of September. Drop in for coffee and a chat with the toddly-wobblies.

Talk – Supporting your child’s Speech and Language Development– Jennifer Grundilis, Wednesday the 30th of September 08.30 – 09.45 in the parents’ room. Speech and Language Therapist and Canal Way mum Jennifer Grundulis will be speaking on how to support your child’s continued speech and language development CLICK for info.

If you have a topic that you think might interest a group of parents, or indeed if you have an activity you would like to run, we’d love to hear from you at

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES! The AGM of the Parents Association will take place at the school on October 6th at 8pm.  All parents are members of the Parents Association, and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to come along.  At this meeting, a summary of activities for the last academic year will be presented, and the election for the new committee will take place.

AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES: After School Activities list will be live on the school website early next week, and parents will be able to signup electronically.

The activities are Art, Speech & Drama, Legoclub, Playball, Yoga, Spanish, Italian, Choir/Singing, Guitar, Capoeira, Science, Soccer & Irish Dancing.

(Thankyou to Gosia & the committee who worked extremely hard to offer these to our children. Cheers.)

COMMUNITY: Celebrating International Older Persons Day – The Secrets of Dublin’s Place Names. Historian Catherine Sucliff takes us through Dublin’s Place names and the interesting secrets and facts behind them. St Catherine’s Core Church Thomas Street, October 2nd. 10.30am. Light refreshments also. Contact Mary Lynch for further details – 01 2225200

ADMIN: Can any parents who are not receiving the newsletter notification by email please contact the office with a current email address ( Class teachers sometimes send out notes via email and we need to have an active email account for you.
Some Junior Infant parents have not yet returned the Child Information / Skills Questionnaire / Consent forms. Can you please do immediately.

PE: as follows – please ensure children are dressed appropriately with correct fotware.

Aodán & Hazel: Tuesday & Friday

Dermot – Monday & Wednesday

Ciarán – Wednesay & Thursday

Wilma & Aileen – Tuesday & Thursday

APPEAL – Hazel s organising a pop up dress sale in Kilkenny, and would greatly appreciate donations of adult dresses for this event. Money raised for Unicef refugee fund for Syria. Pleased drop in donations to Hazel’s room.

NO NUTS: Thank-you for your continued support – do not pack nuts in lunches.

We hope you have a nice weekend,


Dermot & Staff.


NEWSLETTER 09.09.2015

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: Children are learning about friendship and this month’s song for assembly is The Beatles A Little Help From My Friends. (Click to sing along)

CONGRATULATIONS: To Fiona and the arrival of her beautiful daughter Alex. Look out for the brand new buggy around the ‘general vicinity’ in the coming weeks.

SCOOTERS: We have a few scooters in the building which were left before summer. No scooting or cycling in the yard – adults and children please. Store scooters in the bike shed.

JUNIOR INFANTS: Reminder for the full day (13.10hrs) for Junior Infants from Monday 14th

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: - Parents Association Committee meeting: An extensive discussion was held about the extra-curricular activities for the coming year, which are at the advanced stage of planning, due to all the work carried out by the hardworking members of the sub-committee over the summer. The committee also acknowledged the huge amount of work done on the school buildings by Irenie and all the volunteers who gave up their time and effort over the summer to improve our school for the children.

CANALWAY TODDLER GROUP: A toddler group for the younger siblings of our students will run in the Parents Room on Friday mornings from September 18th. This group will combine structured and free play for the little ones, and chat and tea for the parents. Parents must stay with their children. Reiltin Feely (parent) will be organising it, and it would be great if another parent was able to join her.  If you feel you could give some time to this please contact

LOCAL BREAKFAST CLUB-Some parents inquired last year about a breakfast club or morning child minding service in the school.  It has not been possible to provide this due to the limited space we have in Canal Way.  Creative Kids is a child minding service that runs in The Haven across the road from Canal Way.  They offer a breakfast club service that might be of help to some parents. They also offer after-school care.  It is reasonably priced and flexible, and they drop off the students to the school at 8:30am and collect them after school also.  This is not an endorsement, but is just to make all parents aware that there is a service very nearby that they can avail of if they need it.

SIBLINGS: Any current families who have children intending to come in 2016 – or indeed any future years please ensure you are pre-enrolled. We have been working on our enrolment policy review over the summer, and we are reporting and reviewing with our patron Educate Together at present. The next step is surveying and we will be in touch if we get patron approval on this.

SCHOOL SIGN – Has anyone got connections or gifted talents that could assist us in organising a new sign for the front of the building. Please email me if you can help us here.

RECORDING TUNES : As ye know we now have quite an eclectic bunch of songs that we sing as a whole school. We would really like to make some recordings of them, and if anyone has time, or even better the equipment to do this, could you contact me, and we can set about organising this in the coming weeks. Thanks.

HOLIDAYS : (typo in last week’s newsletter – apologies and gold star to all who noticed.)

October Midterm            Monday 26th Oct                         -             Friday 30th Oct

Winter Holidays              Wednesday 23rd Dec                   -             Tuesday 5th Jan

February Midterm          Wednesday 16th Feb                    -             Friday 19th Feb

Spring Holidays               Thursday 17th Mar                      -              Friday 1st April

May Midterm                   Monday 2nd May                         -              Friday 6th May

June Bank Holiday         Monday 6th June


Have a nice weekend,



Dear Parents,

ETHOS: Our core value this month is ‘friendship’.

HOUSE KEEPING: Please send in any outstanding forms to your class teacher. Please contact the office if your contact details have changed – mobile numbers, addresses, email etc. Please check your child has all their books – you will find BOOKLISTS HERE.

JUNIOR INFANTS: The junior infants are having a great time, and have brought so much joy to our school. We definitely have the best junior infant classes in Ireland. They have been going to yard on their own this week, but next week, they will be joining the whole school at yard time. The rest of the school are really looking forward to them playing on the yard.

SCHOOL TIMES: Reminder, Junior Infants will be going home at 11.45 all of next week.

HEALTHY EATING / NUTS: We have a healthy eating policy and remind you not to pack any type of nuts in the lunches. Thank-you for your continued support.

SCHOOL CLOSURES: School will be closed on the following dates (inclusive):-

October Midterm             Monday 26thOct                             -             Friday 30th Oct

Winter Holidays                Wednesday 23rdDec                    -             Tuesday 5th Jan

February Midterm           Wednesday 16th Feb                    -             Friday 19th Feb

Spring Holidays                 Thursday 17th Mar                           -              Friday 1st April

May Midterm                    Monday 2ndMay                            -              Friday 6th May

June Bank Holiday           Monday 6th June

*All dates are inclusive

COMMUNITY:  The Haven Adult Education Centre on Basin Street across the road  are running the following courses.(0863434448

- ESOL Group English Classes. These are running soon.

- Crafts of all kinds, Mondays 11.15 – 1.15

- Happiness is within you, Contact Geraldine 0873181444

- Just come and enjoy something for you – 10.30 – 12.30

- Bioenergy Course – booking required.

- Computers starting 14th September 09.15 – 11.00


Enjoy the weekend,