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January Newsletter

posted Jan 28, 2015, 4:22 AM by Simon Lewis

Carlow Educate Together Newsletter

January 2015

Happy New Year!

We’ve been having lots of fun this January in Carlow ETNS with all sorts of fun things happening for pupils and parents. We’re delighted to have had such a great take up in our parents’ pilates classes and it was great to see so many parents coming to our Dyspraxia talk and to the Junior Infant talk. Our pupils have been busy with loads of fun work which you can read about in the rest of this newsletter. Friendship Week is coming up soon and we’re looking forward to all the action with lots of great activities planned. We’re also looking forward to starting our Erasmus+ project, where we’ll be welcoming teachers from Poland, Turkey, England and Italy to the school. I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter and, as always, keep happy, safe and learning.


Latest News

After School Clubs

All after school clubs have started for this term and there are lots to choose from. We welcome some new clubs, including Martial Arts and Funky Kids Drama. For a full timetable of clubs, please check our web site.

Board of Management Report

The Board of Management met this month and was happy to hear that the first stage of traffic management has been approved by Carlow Council. They are looking forward to work continuing.  The Board also welcomed Andrea Dalton (a former parent) on to the Board of Management as Treasurer. The Board also approved a request to open a Montessori from September 2015. The Board also discussed having our official opening this year and an invitation has been sent to the Minister for Education.


All families were emailed to fill in a form for the Department of Education’s new Primary Online Database. The information being sent to the government contains the usual information given to our school on enrollment but also some sensitive information regarding ethnicity, religion and language spoken at home. We are obliged to collect this information but, there are some sections, which are optional. Please fill out as much of the form as you can and submit it before mid term break. For more information on POD, please see the Department of Education web site or the email that we sent to you about the process.

Birthday and Other Invitations

Please remember to uphold our rules on giving out invitations in school. Unless your child is inviting everybody in the class to a party, etc. all invitation must be given outside of school time. Children who are not invited to parties can become very upset if they are not one of the children invited and this is not something that the school condones or can accommodate. While we are aware that this can be inconvenient for families who decide not invite the whole class, we would appreciate your support.


The Board of Management have approved, in principle, the opening of a Montessori school by Eleanor Peters from September 2015. It is envisaged that the school will be open to pre-schoolers from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The normal after school club would then apply from 1:30pm. More information about this will be sent as soon as we have it.


Junior Infants had their immunizations in school this month. If your child missed his/her appointment, please get in touch with your local HSE centre. This service is supplied by the HSE and they use the school to administer the immunisation. After the school visit, immunisations are given elsewhere.

Parents’ Association News

Parents will be helping out in our library on Fridays and will also be opening a special café during Friendship Week. Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

Walking Bus

There will soon be a footpath from the Athy Road roundabout to the school and we would like to set up a walking bus each day. We have not had any discussions about this but would be interested in parent views. We would be thinking about setting up drop off points depending on demand. Please email Simon with your thoughts.


News from Around the Classes


Junior infants took advantage of the snow this month and went outside to play. They all worked together to make a snowman. They then watched him to see what happened to him throughout the day!

Senior Infants were very excited waiting for the big freeze and the chance to finally build a snowman. Unfortunately they didn’t have enough snow for a snowman but they did get the chance to throw some snowballs at their teacher.

This month in Senior Infants our Aistear theme is Space. We have had lots of fun creating our own space role play area using our imaginations, items we found around the class and lots and lots of tinfoil

1st/2nd Classes

1st class enjoyed learning all about floating and sinking in their science lesson last week. They had great fun estimating and checking if various objects floated / sank in basins of water.

 1st class were also learning all about “The Farm” with Cora. In their history lesson, they learned how butter was made long ago and they even got to make their own butter!

They also learned that cows were milked by hand long ago. They really enjoyed experiencing what it was like to milk a cow by hand.

3rd/4th Classes

This month  in Third Class our topic was Tom Crean. Our writing genre was Recount. We were using it with the story of Tom Crean Ice Man, asking Who, What, Where, When and Why about it. Then we wrote diaries pretending we were Tom Crean.

 We learned about Antarctica and all about Penguins. I never knew there were so many types and I did not know that Penguins part eat their food before then feeding it to their babies. We did projects on Tom Crean and I loved listening to the projects they were very good.

 We had great fun looking for clues in orienteering and we learned the song Ging Gang Goolie. This is a song that can be sung while travelling.

5th / 6th Class

In 5th and 6th class we are currently learning about Native Americans.

We learned that the Native Americans created Totem poles. Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved on poles, posts, or pillars with symbols or figures made from large trees, mostly western red cedar, by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America.

We created our own Totem Poles in our table groups for art

In Science we were learning about the importance of recycling, what are the items you can recycle and what must go in the waste bin.

We learned the journey that glass and aluminium makes from our recycle bins back to the factory to be recycled.

We then created posters encouraging people to recycle. They can be seen all around the school.


Vicky and Emer’s Classes

 Vicky’s class having great fun playing music and singing!

Having fun in the snow! Emer’s class did their exercises outside in the freezing cold today!

And Finally…


In February, our core value in school will be love and the religion we will be focusing on will be Chinese Faiths. Both these themes tie in well with the upcoming Chinese new year and Valentine’s Day. 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.

·         February 9th: Friendship Week

·         February 13th: School ends for mid-term break (full day)

·         February 23rd: Return to School (full day)

Simon Lewis,
Jan 28, 2015, 4:22 AM