NEWSLETTER22.09.2016

Welcome to this weeks newsletter,

ETHOS – Today is International Day of Peace. Tomorrow is Autumn Equinox. Core Value this month is Friendship.

Parental involvement is a huge part of our ethos. This week’s newsletter is full of opportunities to become involved.

GAEILGEMaidin Mhaith - Good Morning.    Please use this with your child, whether its a good morning or not !

PLAYWORKS – We are piloting Playworks on the yard. This is a game based initiative for yard time, which helps the children with social skills, dispute resolution & makes yard time great fun. We will be looking for volunteers shortly, to help us run the games at yard time. CHECK OUT THE GALLERY FOR PHOTOS.

E-PAYMENT – Reminders have been sent out. Please contact us if you have any difficulties with this. We are now a cash free school.

SKIP – You may have seen the skip outside today – If anyone has 15 minutes tomorrow morning, we have a lot of packaging & bits (in the hall) to be put in the skip. Please see me in the morning in the yard.

BASKETBALL VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH CLASS. The Afterschools Committee are looking for a volunteer to help our parent NEASA who is kindly setting up this extra curricular activity. Preferably anyone with an interest or knowledge of basketball or sport in general. The volunteer will need to be Garda Vetted so we need to get this in motion as soon as possible. Please contact afterschools@canalwayetns.org

PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Join the committee – you know you want to!  
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents Association will take place on Thursday 29th September at 8pm.  At this meeting there will be a report on the activities of the PA in 2015-2016, and the new PA committee will be elected.
All parents/ guardians of children in the school are entitled to be nominated to be on the committee, and if more people want to be on it than are needed, an election will be held. Usually we have at least one representative for each class group.  It is a great way to get to know other parents and to get involved in school life.  

We look forward to seeing you on the 29th.

GARDEN DAY We are looking for adult Volunteers for the next phase of the works to the garden on Saturday 1st October from 9.30am – 3pm. On the day we will be installing the new wildlife pond, weeding and filling the raised beds, doing a garden tidy, some pruning , planting and clearing out the steps at the back of the school.

We are looking for adults only for the day with a view to having a family friendly garden open day in the following weeks.

In addition to volunteers we are looking for the following items if anyone has then taking up space in their garden:

Herb plants

Strawberry plants

Winter crops

Spring Bulbs

Large granite rocks – for edging the pond

Shade loving grasses for planting in the old raised bed area

Pond plants – will be needed in a few weeks when the pond water is ready for them

Equipment needed for the day if you can come – gloves, digging equipment, pruning equipment & muscles!

Food – if anyone can bring some sandwiches to feed the troops that would be much appreciated.

 

Enjoy International Peace Day – Dermot & Staff.

 

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PLAYWORKS

NEWSLETTER-16.09.2016

WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S NEWSLETTER,

 

ETHOS: Core Value is Friendship. Please practice Penny Lane at home. The children sounded fantastic at assembly this morning. Ciarán’s class sang four songs for us. Two of them were ‘as Gaeilge’ … Maith sibh na Naíonáin Mhóra !

International Day of Peace is on September 21st. Autumn Equinox in September 22nd.

INFORMATION REQUEST Any families currently in the school with younger siblings who are due to start Junior Infants in September 2017 please check with the office that we have their details on our enrolment system.

 

JUNIOR INFANTS: Thank-you parents for your support leaving the children in – please leave them in the line and your teacher will walk them into the building in a line. We need to take the children into our care safely and make sure they are in the building orderly and calmly. They are doing great !

 

GALLERY Check out the gallery for photos of Roald Dahl Day Trip (Doireann’s Class) and lots more.

 

GAEILGE – We are placing emphasis on Gaeilge Neamhfoirmiúil / informal Irish.

Phrase – Dia Duit / Dia’s muire duit – hello / hello back at ya!

Classes as Gaeilge are as follows –

  • Junior Infants – Naíonáin Bheaga
  • Senior Infants – Naíonáin Mhora

  • First Class – Rang a h-Aon

  • Second Class – Rang a Dó

  • Third Class – Rang a Trí

  • Fourth Class – Rang a Ceathair

  • Fifth Class – Rang a Cuig

  • Sixth Class – Rang a Sé.

 

 

RITES OF PASSAGE

Preparation classes for First Communion are starting this Saturday – anyone from 2nd Class upwards who is interested should contact tomandreiltin@gmail.com.

 

UP THE DUBS

I was rightly reprimanded by the students for not mentioning the match at assembly, so we had a sing song in the yard – Have a look at the photos in the gallery – we had a Mayo Jersey and a Dublin Jersey – Equality all the way !

Enjoy the weekend,

UP THE DUBS

Dermot

 

UP THE DUBS !

Senior Infants Garden Time

ROALD DAHL DAY – SCHOOL TOUR

Ciarán’s Senior Infants

We started back our very beloved Aistear today! We are doing some very important work in the Doctor’s surgery and learning all about how to take care of ourselves :)

 

NEWSLETTER 09.09.2016

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

ETHOS: Our core value this month is Friendship. Eid-al-Adha holiday is on September 11th /12th. Best wishes to all preparing for and celebrating this festival. We are learning Penny Lane by the Beatles at Assembly. The children made great progress this morning, so demand a rendition after dinner on Sunday.

Roald Dahl Day is on Tuesday, and Doireann’s class will be going to a book shop in the city centre where they will be celebrating his works.

JUNIOR INFANTS: Thank you to our new wobbly recruits. We have had a great week with ye, and Aodán and Niamh assure us that we have the best junior infants in Ireland. You will finish at 13.10hrs next week. Please pack food for two breaks.

NUTS & HEALTHY LUNCH: Thanks for your ongoing – please do not pack nuts or nut products in lunch bags. We have children with serious nut allergies.

CHECK OUT THE GALLERY FOR HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK.

BIKE SHED: Please lock the bike shed when you are finished with it – it is left open constantly. We need to be more vigilant here. Code in email.

BIKES & SCOOTERS: Adults and children must dismount all vehicles when entering the yard. Also at collection time, children must not use vehicles until they are off the school premises. The school is growing now, and we are very concerned about safety.

TOILETS: Adults are not allowed into the toilets in the school for child protection / safety reasons.

POD forms – Some of ye may have received yellow forms requesting information. Please return these ASAP.

SIBLING HOUR: We are working hard to get this up and running and are will be in touch in the coming weeks when we have this ready to go.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Our Parents Association is working on this at present and will proceed when all instructors are vetted, which is taking a lot time under the new guidelines. Again we would like to remind ye that our space for these activities is restricted this year as the classrooms are full – so there will be less on offer compared to last year.

GOOD LUCK AND THANKS to all involved in Coder Dojo which will be starting on Saturday in the school.

Thank-you to all who have paid materials money online // we are now a cash free school.

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot & Staff.

WEEK 1 Sept 2016