December

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Everything...

Firstly, I want to wish you all a lovely break as we come to the end of 2017. Whatever you do during the two weeks, I hope you enjoy some time with your families and have some time to relax. We've has a wonderful first term this year with so many things to celebrate and I hope your child(ren) have enjoyed it too! December is the month of the year where children learn about happiness as part of the core values of the Learn Together Curriculum and it's great to see all the happy faces every morning when we join together in school. Every December we have a winter concert and, as with every year, it is a beautiful celebration of everything that the children have learned. The children sang songs about winter, Christmas, Chanuakkah, and even bears this year! It's important that every child is included in our performances no matter what their background, culture, ability or creed, and it was wonderful to see so many families celebrating together in whatever way they do at this time of year.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all in 2018. There will be loads to look forward to including our Zumba classes for families so watch this space! Until 2018, keep happy, safe and learning.

Things you need to know

Post of Responsibility

The school is delighted to announce that Clare Keohane and Adrian Coffey have been appointed to management roles in the school. The structure of management in the school is now as follows: Principal: Simon Lewis, Deputy Principal: Emer Byrden, Assistant Principal 1: Clare Keohane, Assistant Principal 2: Eimear Cody Morrissey and Adrian Coffey. Currently, Emer and Eimear are on leave from their posts so two teachers will act up in their place. These posts allow the school to spread the structure of management within the school with different posts managing specific areas. A full breakdown of these will be available on the school website in early 2018.

New Board of Management Appointee

The Board of Management are pleased to announce the appointment of Betty Regan as one of our community representatives. Betty is the former principal of Askea Girls NS and is a grandparent of three children in our school. We are looking forward to learning from her vast experience as both a principal and as a member of the Carlow community.

Winter Holidays

Please remember that the school will close on Friday at 12pm and will reopen on January 8th for a half day (also 12pm).

Regular Updates

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club is open for all children from 8:30am Monday to Friday. Come and join Clare and some 6th class helpers 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 and Knitting Club

Join the Parents’ Group for their weekly Cake Fridays and Knitting Club 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 we will give you a call.

Attendance and Lateness

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 150 parents in school last year and we’d love to see more of you.

Upcoming Dates For Your Diary

January

  • 8th: Back to school (half day)
  • 26th: IEP Reviews begin

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