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March 2013

posted Mar 20, 2013, 5:06 AM by Simon Lewis

March Newsletter 2013

It's been a busy month in Carlow Educate Together with loads of events going on. With Easter coming early this year, our spring break is starting on 22nd March when children will finish school at 12pm until 8th April. With only three weeks of school, we fitted in two major events. Firstly, we had Friendship Week, which was organised by Clare and Eimear with loads of help from staff and the Parents' Council. The week was brilliant fun with lots of friendship-related activities. The Parents' Council also launched a time capsule project, where everyone in the school community was asked to put something in the capsule. I'm sticking this newsletter into the capsule so I hope there aren't any spelling mistakes! It will be very interesting to see what has changed in 20 years when the time capsule is opened. We also had a fantastic cake sale, organised by the students' and parents' council. Our second week was Seachtain na Gaeilge, which was organised by Michael. We had some good fun trying to speak as much Irish as possible and we had a Lá Glas where children and staff dressed in green. The week culminated in our 5th attendance at the Graiguecullen St. Patrick's Day parade. It was very well attended and it was good to see so many parents and their families. After the bank holiday, we're almost at the break but not before a couple of our classes take to the Internet for some video conferences with our Comenius partners. On Friday, Michael's class will be chatting to our friends in Germany and the UK about their hobbies. They're going to be using Google+ Hangouts. I wonder will that be around in 20 years! Until next month, keep happy, safe and learning, Simon.


New School
The planning for our new school is starting and we'll need your help. We're going to be looking for your suggestions and input for how we're going to be doing things. Practical items include parking arrangements, how we're going to come in and out of the building, signage, yard spaces, landscaping, gardens, a dedicated room for parents and how we're going to move everything from our current building to the new one. As an Educate Together school we love parents to get involved and this is a very exciting project that we'd love your help in.

Bus Transport
Application Forms for Primary School Transport for School Year 2013/2014 are now available. If you wish to apply for Transport please contact Siobhán in the office for an application form. Alternatively applications can be made online at As we are moving to our new location you may be eligible for above.

Student Council
The new student council has been elected. There are representatives from senior infants to 6th class. The cake sale was their first venture and it went very well. The very best of luck to all the boys and girls on the council and we look forward to working with you over the next year.

The Storysacks project gets underway this month, organised by our Home School Liaison Officer, Marie. Every week a group of parents will come together for this reading project. The aim of the project is to help families with reading at home. There may be a couple of places available so please contact the office if you are interested.

National Bowling Week
We hope the children enjoyed National Bowling Week where the Dome in Carlow offered a free round of bowling to every child in Carlow.

Cake Sale
The cake sale raised over €400 for our new school and the raffle raised over €200. The money raised from the raffle will go towards funding our school trips next term. This will hopefully save parents/guardians some money on the cost of these trips.

Friday Coffee
Don't forget that parents/guardians are welcome to meet for coffee in the staff/parents room every Friday from 9am to 10am. The Parents' Council have moved their meetings to Wednesdays so the room is free for a coffee, a chat and maybe some new friends to meet. The staff always appreciate any left over homemade goodies too!

NB: Safety Announcements
The following health and safety announcements need to be highlighted to parents and guardians.
  • School starts at 8:50am. The front door of the school must close at 9am. The front door will open for parents at 1:25pm and 2:25pm respectively to collect children.
  • A small number of parents wait from 1:30pm to 2:30pm in the school while waiting for older siblings to be collected. While we enjoy having parents in the school and welcome them into the parents/staff room while it's not in use for school events, we would ask you respectfully to ensure that children are supervised AT ALL TIMES in the room. There have been a number of occasions where children have been left unsupervised and have been found running around the foyer, knocking on teachers' doors while they are teaching, climbing the stairs and dropping into their own teacher's classrooms while they are working. We would also ask for parents to bring their own toys/books for their children as they cannot be taken from classrooms.
  • If you are using the parents/staffroom, please ensure that the room is left in the manner that it was found. Recently, we have found a number of crusts and bits of food on the floor of the room as well as throughout the school foyer. As hygiene is of paramount importance, please ensure that you clean up after placing any mugs, plates, etc. into the dishwasher. If the dishwasher is running, please wash your dishes and leave them back in the cupboard.
  • While parents are welcome to have a cup of tea or coffee in our staff/parents room, we would ask parents and their children not to eat the food in our staffroom. The fruit basket in the staffroom is paid for by staff members as are other food items in the cupboards. Please feel free to eat any of the remaining food from the school lunches, which are left in the foyer each day.
New Photo Album on the Web Site
Check out our Photo Album on the school web site. If you scroll down the front page, you'll find the link. All photos uploaded to our Facebook page automatically go into our photo album.

Classroom News from the Blog
Junior Infants
In Junior Infants we thought about how we use gaeilge every day in school. We created some colourful posters to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Senior Infants
We have had lots of visitors to Senior Infants in the past few weeks. Garda Ralph came to see us and told us about life as a Garda. It was very exciting to get to ask him questions and hear his stories. He let us hold his baton and handcuffs and gave us some great pictures to colour. We also had visits from an ambulance and the local fire service. They let us climb in their vehicles and try out some of their equipment. They even let us turn on the sirens! We have been learning all about the people who work and live in our community. We drew some great pictures and put them together with some music from the brilliant Peter Weatherall. Check out our video The People in my Town on the blog. Be warned it is very catchy, you might be singing it for a while.

1st and 2nd class
Here are some photos from Lá Glas

3rd and 4th class
Michael’s Class participated in the Peace Proms Concert in Kilkenny on Saturday, 4th March. It was an amazing experience and the feedback from everyone in our school – teachers, children and parents alike has been fantastic. The children in 3rd and 4th Class did an amazing job and we are all extremely proud of them. Here are a few photos that we captured before the performance started. Well done to everyone who got involved!

5th and 6th class
Vicky’s class joined Emer B’s class this morning to get Frienship Week off to a flying start. We are learning a song together and doing some shared reading. We are looking forward to a great week together.

Derek's Class
we had a visitor to Derek’s Class – Diego is a cornsnake and is Majella’s pet. He made quite an impression in our class and also paid a visit to Adrian’s class where he even made it out of his tank and into Siobhan’s safe hands.

We're looking for ideas and ways to keep being proud of our school, especially when we move to our new building. There are many ways in which we can help care for our school. You might have a talent or skill that you'd like to share with your child's class. You might be able to help out if something isn't working in the school - anything from a broken lightbulb to a weed-filled garden! You can also help us by simply keeping our school a safe environment or taking part in activities that go on in the school, such as adult learning courses or reading together projects. Perhaps you have some ideas for our new school building and we'd love to hear them. You're going to be seeing a number of signs around the school over the few months with ideas and thoughts and we'd love for you to add them. If you have an idea, please drop in or send the school an email. We'd love for you to help us out.