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February 2015 Newsletter

posted Feb 28, 2015, 12:31 PM by Simon Lewis   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 12:39 PM ]

Carlow Educate Together Newsletter

February 2015

Friendship and Fun!

February might be the shortest month of the year and even with the mid-term break making it shorter, it was a jam-packed month full of fun in Carlow ETNS! The highlight of the month was our annual Friendship Week, where children spent the week being good friends to each other. The event also helps to raise awareness for Amnesty International and many children bought friendship bracelets throughout the week to raise some money for the organisation, which defends Human Rights around the world. Speaking of which, an event will be held in Kilkenny this Friday, February 27th to support the right of people of the Baha’i faith to attend 3rd level education in Iran. Children in Educate Together schools spend time learning about Human Rights through the Learn Together curriculum. The above is just one example of how children around the world have their rights taken away and it is important for children in our schools to understand their own rights as global citizens. There is a lot of talk about education and human rights in Ireland in the news and it is worth noting that children’s rights to education need addressing in Ireland too. I hope you enjoy the rest of this newsletter and if you have any news to share, please email us and we’ll be sure to include it if we can. Until, next time, keep happy, safe and learning!


Latest News

Egg Watch

We hope you enjoyed watching our live feed of our chickens hatching online. We have 5 successful hatching's. So please meet:

·       Connor

·       Eddie

·       Tilly

·       Norbert

·       Sadie

or CETNS for short!!!

School Garden

Now that spring has arrived we are delighted to be kicking off the development of our School Garden. This will be an ongoing project and one in which we look forward to both parents and children participating in.  This will provide a great opportunity for hands on experience in both setting up and maintaining a vegetable plot.  We are also delighted to announce that the Carlow GIY group will be launching its new Group here in the School and will participate in helping to develop and provide guidance in the School Garden.

Annette Flynn of the Carlow GIY Group will give a short talk and presentation to parents on the benefits of the School Garden at 9.10am on Friday 6th March.  If you would like to get involved and learn more about this exciting development we would be delighted if you could come along to this meeting.

Tesco supporting CETNS

Every six weeks Tesco donates up to €1000 to help three good local causes and you're the one who decides where the money goes.  Carlow Educate Together ASD unit has been nominated as one of the causes and we would like your help to get as many tokens as we can. Each time you shop you'll receive a blue goodwill token which you can use to vote for us. At the end of the six weeks money from the Tesco Community Fund will be shared out according to the number of blue tokens each cause receives. Thanks for your support.

Deadline for Resources 2015/16

Any children with new diagnoses that require resource hours for 2015/16, must have their reports ready for March 18th. This does not affect children already receiving resource allocations.

Walking Bus

With a new path being built from the roundabout to our school, we’d like to start a walking bus in September. We’re looking at possible drop off points, including the Strawhall Business Park but are looking for some other ideas. A morning walk to school is an excellent way to start any day so we’re looking forward to having as much support on this.

Jersey Day for Carlow Hospice

Lots of children and staff wore their jerseys for Andy Murphy Memorial Jersey Day in aid of Carlow Hospice. Thanks to all for the generous contributions.

Erasmus Music Project 
Clare and Erin visited London last month. They attended a project meeting with four other schools from across Europe. The schools include a school from Poland, England, Italy and Turkey. The project is an Erasmus project called 'Thank you for the Music- A Euro-Vision'.
The project is a fantastic opportunity to enhance music teaching and learning in our school. We will host our European teachers in September, we are looking forward to showing them our music and culture in Carlow.


If you have not filled out the POD form as yet, please can you do so as soon as possible? If you have any moral objections or questions about POD, please talk to Simon who can explain the procedures for parents.

Pilates for Parents

Pilates classes for parents will be starting back in the school hall on Wednesday 4th March at 9.15am - 10.15am. All are welcome

School Library

Volunteer parents are now helping out in the school library. On Fridays classes from 1st - 6th can borrow books to bring home for the week. Junior and Senior infants will be borrowing books on Wednesdays from 4th March.  Can parents help us by reminding children to put their library books in their school bags on the evening before their library visit. If you would be interested in helping in the school library on Wednesday and Friday mornings then you can contact Rhonda at


Exciting news from Play Together! From this Sept we'll be offering a full Montessori programme in the mornings, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Children born between 2 February 2011 and 30 June 2012 are eligible for the free preschool year. Places very limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Sight and Hearing Tests

These tests are going ahead for all Junior Infants and 6th class pupils as well as those who were referred on Monday, 2nd March. Please ensure forms are returned.

World Book Day

On Friday 6th March for World Book Day children can dress up as a character from their favourite book and parents will be giving out book tokens in the library during library visits.

Primary Pledge

Our primary pledge for this year will be taking place after the Spring Break and we will let you know more about it in the next newsletter.

 Multicultural Day

On Thursday 5th March we are celebrating 'Multicultural Day' in the school. We are starting at 12pm and we are asking parents if they can bring something to share about their culture. It can be food, music, costume, language, art or anything else that you'd like to share. We are really looking forward to celebrating the diversity within our school community and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

Parents’ Association News

The parents with the help of the Student Council set up a Friendship Cafe in the hall for our contribution to Friendship week. We served hot chocolate and biscuits, played board games and had the children write the word 'Friendship' in all the native languages of our families. We found out that in our school community we have families that come from all over the world and speak approx 25 different languages and use 6 different alphabets.

Also, a reminder that the Parents’ Room is available for parents to visit for a cup of tea/coffee at any time. Please feel free to come in to use the room but please ensure that all waste is cleaned up afterwards to avoid any unwelcome rodent visitors.


News from Around the Classes


Junior Infants were very lucky to have one of the mystery readers in our classroom. They enjoyed listening to the story ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and got to ask lots of questions afterwards. Take a look at some pictures taken on the day.

1st/2nd Classes

1st class went on a minibeast hunt outside, around the school. They had a great time searching for snails, ants, beetles, flies, worms, ladybirds and many more minibeasts. Here are some photos of their hunt.

2nd Class had great fun with Vicky and Angela’s class today in the friendship cafe. We wanted to say a big thank you to the parents council and also the students council who made sure everyone had hot chocolate, biscuits and most importantly, lots of fun!

3rd/4th Classes

Third class was a hive of activity for Friendship Week. The children participated in a wide variety of events from talent shows, to table quizzes, to hot chocolate and games organised by the parents committee in the school hall.

The children were given a secret friend on Monday and made beautifully worded cards and presents for each other through out the week.

We finished off the week with a huge class friendship poster where parents and children alike contributed by drawing warm and happy moments with friends.  It is now on display outside third class. We entitled it with the following quote by Sammy Davis “Savour the moments that are warm and special and giggly”  Please feel free to come and have a look!

Vicky and Emer’s Classes

 Vicky's class were busy over the last few weeks. We made lanterns to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We had great fun watching the chicks hatching on the whiteboard. We got to go up and see the new chicks then and it was really exciting!

We had a wonderful Friendship Week in Emer's class. There are some pictures of us working with our friends to create our Friendship Wall on our Facebook page.

And Finally…


In March, our core value in school will be peace and the religion we will be focusing on will Sikhism. If you have any ideas about how you might be able to help us out in school, contact your teacher as they’d be delighted to hear from you.

·       March 5th – Multicultural Day (see above for information on our celebration)

·       March 9th – 13th – Seachtain na Gaeilge – lots of activities celebrating languages in Ireland

·       March 16th and 17th – School Closed

·       March 24th – Open Day for all families 1:30pm to 3:30pm – a chance to see all the great work your children are doing in school.

·       March 27th – last day of term before spring break

·       March 30th – April 12th – Spring Break – school closed

Simon Lewis,
Feb 28, 2015, 12:36 PM