December

Wishing you all a lovely break

As we come to the end of December, I'm sure it's a very busy time for most of our families in the school. I want to take the opportunity to thank you for your support over the last few months. It's been a very busy first full term with lots happening. This month has been especially busy. The children and staff have been preparing for their winter show and it promises to be wonderful. At this time of writing, there are only 14 tickets left for the evening show so please make sure to buy your ticket before the show as we won't be able to fit anymore people in the hall on the night. We do still have a few day tickets left but, again, please don't rely on showing up. If you can't make it to the school to pick up a ticket, ring Siobhán in the office and she'll sort you out.

Apart from the winter show, we've been delighted to work with the Lions' Club in Carlow. A number of our parents and some of the children in the school went to the warehouse to pack boxes for families in need last week. It was a great experience for the children. I hope this might be an annual event. Not only does it feel good to help others, it is something special to show our children that we care for others.

We'll be finishing up for the winter break at 12pm on Thursday and will return to school for a half day on January 9th. Until then, I hope you have a lovely break. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoy the festivities and until January, keep happy, safe and learning

Latest News

Winter Concert

We're looking forward to our winter concert on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure to buy your tickets before the concerts as tickets may not be available on the door. As the school has grown significantly, we can only allow a certain number of people into the hall and we would hate for you to be disappointed if you are turned away. Please ring the office if you can't make it into the school to buy tickets and Siobhán will keep them aside for you.

Our annual raffle will take place and tickets will be available after school and during the concert.

Please note that there is a Junior Concert and a Senior Concert on both days. If your child is in Junior Infants to 1st class, he/she will perform in the Junior Concert. Otherwise, he/she will perform in the Senior Concert. While you are welcome to stay for both concerts, you can leave at the interval or come in before the senior concert. On Tuesday, the Junior Concert will begin at exactly 10:30am (we must stick to the schedule so please don't be late) and the Senior concert will begin at 12pm and you can come in from 11:45am. On Wednesday, the Junior concert begins at 6:30pm sharp and ends at 7:45pm and the Senior concert will begin at 8pm. The raffle will take place on the Wednesday evening and prizes will be given out on the night or the next day in school. Please follow our parent volunteers who will be helping with parking. Please note that the parents helping out are doing so out of goodness so please fully cooperate with them as they are following a system.

Lions' Club

Many thanks to families that donated food to the Lions' Club. We delivered over 5 crates of food and a group of parents and children from the school volunteered their time to help pack boxes for families in need.

Winter Disco

Thanks to our parents for organising the fantastic disco on Friday 16th December. The kids had a brilliant time.

Regular Updates

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club is open for all children from 8:30am Monday to Friday. Come and join Simon, Marita, Vera and Laura for a slice of toast, juice and a chat before starting the day. There's no need to sign up - simply show up in the morning,

Cake Fridays

Join the Parents’ Group for their weekly Cake Fridays in the Parent Room after drop off.

Homework Club

The homework club is running well with nearly 20 pupils taking part. To sign up, contact the office and Marita will give you a call.

Attendance and Lateness

We are monitoring attendance carefully this year.

Attendance per month is

September: 95% | October 93% | November 92% | December 90.5%

Overall: 93.1% | Target: 95%

  • 25 pupils have missed 10 days of school or more (15% of school time)
  • 17 pupils have been more than 10 minutes late for school more than 10 times.

Please ensure that your child is in school on time. The school opens at 8:30am for breakfast club and 8:35am for morning supervision. Classes start at 8:50am and all children must be in school by then. There are a number of children coming to school after 9am and classes are well underway by then. Our attendance team will be in touch to talk to families of children where this is proving to be a persistent issue.

Second Level Campaign

Please register your interest if you’d like Carlow to have a second level Educate Together school. https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/52224353965962. The group also has a Facebook Page, which we’d recommend you to join.

Volunteer

We’re always thrilled to have parents and families volunteering in the school. We had over 100 parents in school last year and we’d love to see more of you.

Nut Allergy

We have two pupils in our school with nut allergies. It is vital that no nuts ever come into our school. We cannot police every lunchbox so we are relying on you to cooperate with our nut ban.

Upcoming Dates For Your Diary

December

  • 20th/21st: Winter Concerts
  • 22nd: School Closes for Winter Break (Half Day)

January

  • 9th: Return to school (Half Day)
  • 17th: Boot Camp for Parents begins!

Social Media

You can find us on various social media platforms:

YouTube – Search for Carlow Educate Together

Facebook – http://facebook/com/carlowetns

Twitter – http://twitter.com/carlowetns

News from around the Classes

Infants to Second Class

Junior Infants got a special visit from An Garda Siochána. We learned all about road safety and the importance of wearing our safety belt. We even got to go outside to see the Garda car.

We are learning all about the Circus in Senior Infant/ First Class. Aistear is just great fun. A big thanks to the GAA coach for some fantastic PE lessons.

Christmas is a coming....extremely cute Christmas tree production going on in Aistear in Sen Infants!

Tricia's class had a very special visitor as well as having great fun at the school disco. Thanks for all the parents for organising such a fun day. Tricia's class would like to say a huge thank you to Rancho Reillys pet farm for inviting us in to play these past few weeks. The children have an absolute ball out here and learn invaluable lessons.

1st class had 6th class join them for art yesterday. They did a super job helping them create wonderful Christmas trees!!

1st and 2nd class were delighted to welcome Ger James from the Union of Carlow Parishes (Church of Ireland) to answer questions about Christianity.

Vicky's class has made a bug hotel in our school garden.

Third Class to Sixth Class

Thank you Heather and Ted from Dogs Trust. Sinead's class have learned so much from your visit today. One really important message..Dogs are not just for Christmas, they're for life.

As Christianity is our Learn Together belief this month, 3rd class were so lucky to be invited to St. Mary's Church of Ireland in Carlow. Rev. David White and Carolyn Good spent the entire morning showing us all the different parts of the Church, teaching us all about the history of the Church (wow). We were free to wander around and admire the beautiful stained glass windows, the 70 year old organ, the pulpit, the vestry, the lectern, the gallery and so much more, we can't wait to go back again. Thank you so much for your hospitality and knowledge. We enjoyed every second and look forward to a return visit!

Mark's class learned how to make fresh vegetable soup using carrots, parsnips, celery, potatoes, leeks, onions and garlic. The boys peeled, chopped and sliced the ingredients and ate their tasty soup with crusty bread rolls.