April

Things you need to know...

Project Homework

Please complete our survey based on the homework we have been trialing in order to give your opinion on how we are giving out homework. We will be encouraging much of the research from 3rd class upwards using Google Classroom. Please download the app on your phone to see how we encourage and help children out while they are doing their homework.

Dignity at Work

The Board of Management have ratified a Dignity at Work Policy, which is now available on the school website. Please read through it carefully to ensure you understand its implications. Questions can be sent to Simon for any clarification.

Review of Gaeilge

As part of our DEIS/SSE plan, we are focusing on the delivery of Irish in our school. Our first step was to identify what level of Irish we have as a baseline. The children took the Drumcondra Irish Standardised Tests, which is a national test, and we were pleased to see that we are performing around the national average. We have particular strengths in oral language.

App for Communication

Please download the Aladdin App to your Smartphone. This will allow you to receive instant messages from the school about upcoming events, closures, etc. It will also allow you to read your child's school reports and any documentation, as well as the ability to update your own contact information if you wish.

Parent Training- Well Being

We have Stephen Dargan booked for a 3 week training course for families. We need more people to sign up so it can go ahead. This is a rare opportunity to get free training in mindfulness and well-being and it was the most requested training from parents at the start of the year.

Calendar 2018-19

The school calendar is now available. You can access it by clicking here. A copy of the calendar can be seen at the bottom of this newsletter.

Class Allocation

Classes have been allocated for 2018-19. There are a number of gaps in classes due to a number of teachers on temporary contracts so you might see some names missing. Interviews will be held in the summer and we will update you when the gaps are filled.

  • Junior Infants: Gillian and tbd
  • Senior Infants: Gary and Sinéad/Angela
  • 1st Class: Teresa / tbd
  • 2nd Class: Vicky
  • 2nd/3rd: tbd
  • 3rd Class: Róisin
  • 4th Class: tbd
  • 5th Class: Cliona
  • 6th Class: Susie
  • Junior ASD: Tricia
  • Senior ASD: tbd

Project Homework

Thank you to everyone that has filled in our survey for our homework pilot. You have until 3rd May to enter your thoughts. 140 pupils and 85 parents/guardians have already given their views and these will be reported to families.

Smartphones

You may have been reading about Smartphones and ownership recently. We are looking to get a speaker to talk to parents about this topic. If you know anybody, please let Simon know.

Regular Updates

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club is open for all children from 8:30am Monday to Friday. Come and join Gary 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 Erin or Vicky will give you a call.

Attendance and Lateness

We are monitoring attendance carefully this year.

Attendance this month is 93.7%. This is a slight improvement but we really need to get to 95% at least.

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 three pupils and one staff member 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

May

  • May 6th-10th: Mid Term Break
  • May 24th: Open Day for new families
  • May 25th: School Closed for Staff Training
  • May 28th - 1st June: Active Week
  • June 1st: Half Day for Staff Child Protection Training

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

Instagram - http://instagram/carlowetns

School Calendar 2018-19

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