Newsletter 26.05.16

WELCOME TO THIS WEEKS NEWSLETTER - 

 

ACTIVE SCHOOLS - Well done to EVERYONE involved in active schools week which is coming to a close on Sunday. Finish your Active Schools Diary at the weekend and hand it up on Monday! Thanks so much to all the parents who volunteered. You were such a great help. Please e-mail in any photos you have and we will try to get them up on the website and linked into next week’s newsletter!

 

NUTRITIONIST - 

Tomorrow morning, Friday 27th, from 8:35a.m. there will be a talk on nutrition relating to children in the parents room, as well as Q & A afterwards.

 

PARENTS ASSOCIATION - 

The committee would like to thank everyone who turned out on the night of the general meeting.  An update about the current activities of the committee on behalf of the Parents Association was given, and we heard a thought-provoking talk on internet safety by Mary Crosbie of the National Parents Association.  The next general meeting of the PA will be in September, when the new committee will be elected.
Date for your Diary: Summer party and barbeque, Sunday 12th June from 3-5pm.
We are looking forward to finishing out the year with our final fundraiser, a big party for everyone. We are looking for some help to get it going, as below, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Volunteers
Cooks/ Chefs for BBQ; Facepainters; Doormen/ women; General help out
Lend of:
Fridge or coolboxes; Large gas BBQ (we have 1 already); Standing gazebo/tent; Bin rings
Please e-mail Jessie if you are interested in volunteering on the day, or if you can help with some of the supplies: jessie.hamilton@gmail.com
BUG - 
There has been a bit of an outbreak of a vomiting bug in some schools around Dublin this week and it seems to have crept into Canal Way too. Please be aware and keep your child at home if they are sick! Thanks.
VISITORS – Our guests have returned (if they ever left). Please check your children’s hair and treat accordingly. This is really important. Families are understandably growing tired of it now.

SECOND LEVEL EDUCATE TOGETHER – NOTE FROM CAMPAIGN:

We are fast approaching the deadline of 7th June for school patrons to apply for the patronage of the new Second Level school, due to open in Dublin South CIty are in 2018. So this is your final chance to make this an Educate Together second level school, sign up online at https://form.jotformeu.com/53214641304343.

Public Meeting on an Educate Together Second Level School for Dublin South City

 Date: Tuesday 31st May at 8.00pm

Venue: Wesley Hall, Lesson Park, Dublin 6

We are holding a public meeting to discuss the opening of the new school, the Department of Education process to award patronage and to share with interested parents what a Second level Educate Together School looks like.

Speakers will include a principal and parent of an Educate Together Second Level school as well as Educate Together. This will be a great opportunity to understand more about the Educate Together Second Level approach and hear direct experiences from parents and a principal.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Shrinky Dinks with Sarah (Aodán’s Class)

NEWSLETTER 19.05.2016

WELCOME TO THIS WEEKS NEWSLETTER - 

CONGRATULATIONS CWETNS - all our hard work has paid off. Canal Way Educate Together National School has achieved a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence for the 2015/16 academic year. Thanks Aodán and Ciarán for leading this.

FRIENDS OF CANALWAY – Big shout out to two founding members of CWETNS. Look what they’ve been up to -

  • Congratulations to Ivana Bacik on her re-election to the Seanad. Best Wishes for the coming years from us all.
  • Henri McKervey has just published her second book ‘The Heart of Everything’ which has been getting a lot of fine reviews – IRISH TIMES  Congratulations Henri – It truly is a great read, so relevant to us mid-lifers & one for the book clubs out there.

BUILDINGS COMMITTEE: We are forming a buildings committee to help manage maintenance issues with the building and plan for future extensions. The role of the committee will be pro-active and require commitment from its members. We are looking for people with skills in

Architecture

Building Management/Maintenance

Building contracting or project management

Engineering

Quantity Surveying

Surveyors

If you are interested in becoming part of the Buildings Committee could you please email details of your expertise and skill set and what you could bring to the committee – info@canalwayetns.org. Please give this some thought – It will be enjoyable and a great way to ‘give’ to the school.

SCHOOL CLOSURE: The school will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 6th & now Tuesday 7th. Please not that 7th is not on your calendar -  the staff are receiving training on a new Language Curriculum to be rolled out in the coming years.

ON-LINE PAYMENTSThank-you to the parents who have paid for the active schools using our on-line payment.  You will have received an email with a link for payment.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE – WE ARE A CASH FREE SCHOOL!

 ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK – Please volunteer to help out. Let your class teacher know. We need more volunteers in particular for Sports Day (Tuesday) and Sponsored Walk (Thursday). Please be in school on time as if you are late you may very well find an empty building.

Nutritionist next Friday morning to talk about nutrition for your children and yourselves – 08.35 next Friday in the parent’s room.

* * *    Remember Fancy Dress on Thursday – no weapons or scary characters.

VISITORS – Our guests have returned (if they ever left). Please check your children’s hair and treat accordingly. This is really important. Families are understandably growing tired of it now.

BUDDY BENCH – We have a Buddy Bench in the yard. We unveiled this at assembly this morning. This bench is a special place the children can go to find a friend. SEE GALLERY. Thanks Aodán & Hazel for organising this and to the children for dramatizing scenarios to help us use the bench properly. This bench was bought using the money raised from the fundraising show ‘RIDICULOUS’. Thanks.

SECOND LEVEL EDUCATE TOGETHER – NOTE FROM CAMPAIGN:

We are fast approaching the deadline of 7th June for school patrons to apply for the patronage of the new Second Level school, due to open in Dublin South CIty are in 2018. So this is your final chance to make this an Educate Together second level school, sign up online at https://form.jotformeu.com/53214641304343.

Public Meeting on an Educate Together Second Level School 

for Dublin South City

 Date: Tuesday 31st May at 8.00pm

Venue: Wesley Hall, Lesson Park, Dublin 6

We are holding a public meeting to discuss the opening of the new school, the Department of Education process to award patronage and to share with interested parents what a Second level Educate Together School looks like.

Speakers will include a principal and parent of an Educate Together Second Level school as well as Educate Together. This will be a great opportunity to understand more about the Educate Together Second Level approach and hear direct experiences from parents and a principal.  Look forward to seeing you there!

NATIONAL PARENTS COUNCIL – National Parents Council Primary are surveying children, parents and teachers on the issue of Homework. SURVEY HERE

Enjoy the Weekend,

Dermot.

BUDDY BENCH 19.05.2017

11.05.2016

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,

ETHOS: This month’s core value is Loyalty. We are learning “Horse With No Name” at assembly – Thanks Stephen for suggesting this and accompanying us on guitar.

The Educate Together AGM is on this Saturday in Donobate Educate Together National School. President Michael D Higgins will be speaking and there are good workshops and discussions to be had. Anyone who is interested in going along, please contact the office and we can arrange this.

NUT FREE - Thank-you for keeping lunches nut free. We appreciate your continues support.

THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT  - School Works and Buildings Committee / 

As you are all aware since moving into our school in September 2014 we have been working to deal with occurring maintenance issues and have also carried out work to improve the overall aesthetics of the school building.  Dermot has been dealing with ongoing maintenance issues and parent Irenie Bacon has been assisting where possible and dealing with decoration works to the building and yard and the improvements are visible.  This would not have been possible without the time and hard work of all the volunteers who helped and the donations and the fundraising which provided a budget for this work (see gallery for photographs).  We want to continue this but we need more people to take on some of the work and provide their expertise.

The BOM have agreed to the setting up of a Buildings Committee.  The Board will form the Committee and the objective of the buildings committee is to assist in matters arising from ongoing maintenance issues of the building and on our future expansion.  The role of the committee will be proactive and will require commitment from its members.  We are looking for people with the following areas of expertise and experience;

Architecture

Building Management/Maintenance

Building contracting or project management

Engineering

Quantity Surveying

Surveyors

If you are interested in becoming part of the Buildings Committee could you please email details of your expertise and skill set and what you could bring to the committee – info@canalwayetns.org

Many thanks to all parents, guardians, staff and the children of the school in helping make our school a better place!

Board of Management – Canalway Educate Together

 

ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK: 23rd – 27th May.

Call out for Volunteers and important dates for your diary

We have organised lots of fun events that we really need your help with.

-         Tuesday the 24th Sports Day in St Kevin’s hurling pitch.

We will need 2/3 parents per class to come with us to help at the different sports activities and to accompany us on the walk there and back from the school. Approx. 8.45a.m-12.00p.m.

-         School Trip to Kildare Maze on Wednesday the 25th of May.

The whole school will go to Kildare maze for a morning of fun and activity. We will need two parents from each class to accompany us on this trip. The bus will leave at 8.45a.m that morning and be back at 1.00pm and there will be places on the buses for these parents.

-         Thursday 26th May, 08.30 – 9am Disco.

There will be a disco in the yard before we leave at 8.30 till 9.00. Please stay around as it is lots of fun and give us a chance to show off our dance routines- old and new! You must get involved also. Costumes should be as creative as possible minus guns or scary masks.

-         A sponsored school walk on Thursday the 26TH of May to IMMA.

Again we will need at least two or three parents per class to come on this walk with us. We will be leaving school around 9.00 a.m. and hope to be back before 12.00pm.

-         Talk from Nutritionist in Parents room at 8.30 Friday 27th of May

Nutritionist Elysia Doody will give a chat on healthy eating for kids, a great opportunity to pick up some healthy eating tips and lunchbox ideas.

If you can volunteer for any of these events please tell your child’s class teacher so they can make a record of it to ensure we have enough volunteers. Please Volunteer ASAP.

The cost for the activities during Active School’s week including School Trip will be 16 euro per child. This can be paid using our new online payment system which will be in operation over the next few days on the website.

We are still searching for a sports person to come in to chat to the kids and present medals. If anyone has any contacts in the sports world please let us know.

COMMUNITY – Proposed Park at Bridge-foot Street is under threat. Meeting tonight – DETAILS HERE.

COMMUNICATION: Follow us on Twitter. We will be pushing our newsletter and maybe the odd re-tweet.

PARENTS ASSOCIATION:

May 12th, 7:45pm: general meeting of Parents Association and talk on internet safety for primary school children by Mary Crosbie of the National Parents council.

Saturday 28th May: National Parents Council Primary Conference 2016 - Parents supporting their Children’s Healthy Learning.  All parents of children in primary school can attend this conference, not just members of PA committees.

The conference is about giving your children the opportunity to reach their full educational potential.  It takes place from 10:30am – 4pm at the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street Dublin 1.  Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. You must register in advance to attend. To register please go to www.npc.ie or email your name and contact number to info@npc.ie or telephone 01-8874034.

SECOND LEVEL CAMPAIGN: IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS

In order for a new second level school in Dublin Central, to be an Educate Together school – it is essential that as many parents as possible in the local area have completed an online Expression of Interest form, before the deadline of 8 June. So please do the following:

1) Sign up on line at http://www.educatetogether.ie/dublin-south-city-2L-2018

2) Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ET2LDublinSouthCity/

3) Tell your friends and neighbours about the school campaign and get them to sign up.

This is a really exciting opportunity to have an Educate Together Second Level School in our local area. An Educate Together Second Level school will be coeducational, equality based, open to everyone and non fee paying, let’s ensure it happens! We need to get as many children signed up as possible  SO we have 6 weeks to get as many parents as possible

All the best,

Dermot.