January

Happy New Year

Welcome to our January newsletter. 2018 has started off with a bang with loads of fun things happening around the school. We're looking forward to our annual Friendship Week and there's going to be some wonderful events throughout. On Monday we will have RTE Radio down to us to record the children reading poems written by pupils in the 1930s. The children will also get to play schoolyard games from that time. We also have two amazing speakers coming to the school - Catherine Ann Cullen is one of Ireland's most successful poets and she will be working with some classes on finding their poetic voice. We also have one of Ireland's top Internet safety trainers, Ger Brick, speaking to our children about staying safe online. With all the talk going around about children using Smartphones, it is often a good thing to remind ourselves that education is one of the most powerful tools in the world. It seems to me that banning technology from children will not have the desired effect and it will simply become forbidden fruit. However, I do agree that we need a national conversation about what we are doing and it is long overdue. The real solution will not be as simple as an outright ban - that horse has bolted - I believe the solution lies with society in general. We need to ensure that children are confident in understanding technology so that when they are independent enough to use it themselves, they will know exactly what to do when in danger. Schools will have their role in this education but this is something that needs everyone on board. Before I go, I want to commend John's 4th class on their fantastic achievement at the Scientists' Exhibition. We're very proud of them. I also want to welcome Sean, our newest member of staff, who is taking over from Clare while she is on leave. Adrian has now stepped up as Acting Deputy Prinicpal until the end of this year. Until next time, keep happy, safe and learning.

Things you need to know...

Posts of Responsibility

The school has been awarded new management positions. Adrian is now Acting Deputy Principal. Erin is now Acting Assistant Principal 1 and both Teresa and Vicky have Acting Assistant Principal 2 positions.

Young Scientists Fair

Thank you to the parents to came along with our 4th class to the RDS Young Scientist Fair in Limerick. The children had a great day and thanks to John for all his work with the class.

Welcome

A big welcome to Sean and Mairin who join us to cover some maternity leaves. Sean has travelled all the way to Carlow for Clare for this position and we are delighted to have him. Mairin is just back from Australia and is on a career break. We are delighted to have them both with us.

Maths for Fun

We're delighted to welcome back parent initiatives for 2018. If you'd like to take part, please contact Nicola and she'll be delighted to have you on board. Children love to see their parents coming to the school and it's a great opportunity to see how the classroom dynamic works.

Half Day 9th February

Just a quick reminder that Friday 9th February will be a half day for all pupils due to staff training in the new Child Protection rules.

Head lice

There is a breakout of head lice in the school. Please check your children's hair to avoid it spreading, please.

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 91.7%. This is exceptionally low and we are very concerned about it.

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

February

  • 5th to 9th: Friendship Week
  • 9th: Half Day for Staff Training (12pm)
  • 12th - 16th: Mid Term Break

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