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September 2010 Phone: 059-9179453 Fax: 059-9134566 Email: simon@carloweducatetogether.

ie Dear parents, Firstly, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all our new families to our school and the welcome back everyone from last year. As you’ve probably already seen, our school has grown a lot over the summer. There are now 96 children attending our school. We also welcomed four new members of staff – you can read about them later in the newsletter. We also welcomed back all staff from last year, which we’re delighted about! Because our school has become so big, we won’t be able to fit in all our news in it. However, you can catch up on all the latest news as it happens by checking out our web site,, or by becoming a fan of our school on Facebook. Our first month in school has been great fun! We have started a number of new after-schools clubs including Playball and Spanish. Octboer we’ll be getting musical by adding tin whistle and violin classes into the mix. If you have a special talent and would like to run an after-school club, please talk to me. We’re also hoping to get parents to come into class to help out with fun classes like art. We’ve already had one or two parents and grandparents in and it’s been a great success. I hope you enjoy the rest of the year with us and if you need anything, as ever, feel free to chat to me any time. All the best Simon
Spanish Senoritas on European Languages Day, 24th September 2010
Small Bits of News The minutes from our June Board of Management meeting have been proposed and seconded by the Board of Management. They are available to read in the entrance of the school. If you wish to have a copy, please contact the school and we will email them to you. Samantha gave a talk to Junior Infant parents about our Jolly Phonics programme. For those of you who missed the talk or have any questions about the methods we use in this programme or even ways that you can help your child in the programme, please feel free to see Samantha after school anytime. If your child is absent from school, you can now fill in an absence for online. This tool hopes to make the process of sending notes in easier. When a child misses 20 days of school, we are legally obliged to report the absences to the welfare board. Mairéad Darcy is back this year for meditation classes every Tuesday with the senior class. All the children are learning about the benefits of meditation and stillness. Laura has also returned to do play therapy, which is going really well too. We’ve updated our staff and Board of Management pages on our web site. You can now see all members of our staff and Board by clicking on the About Us menu. We will shortly be sending you out a survey around enrollment in our school. We are considering the possibility of putting in a sibling’s policy. This would mean that current parents would have a year from their new child’s birth to enroll him/her in the school and be assured of a place in the school. Currently, we work on a strictly first come, first served basis. Our new after school’s service is open under the name Little Leaders. Trish Magee is the person to talk to about using the service. She is available in the school from 1:30pm everyday.

New Junior Infants We were delighted to see so many happy Junior Infant children starting with us this year. There are 21 children in Samantha’s class this year. Within a month they are settling in really well and they are having great fun making lots of new friends. Board of Management Position Our Board of Management is now looking for a female parent representative due to the resignation of one of its members. The position is open to any parent of a child in the school. The position gives you a great opportunity to get involved in the running of the school in a more direct level. The Board meets 6-7 times per year. As Boards of Management revolve nationwide every four years, the position will last until the end of this academic year. Training will be provided. If you are interested in putting your name forward, please talk to Simon, Eleanor (Chairperson) or Siobhán. Closing date for application is October 8th, 2010.

New Staff This year Carlow Educate Together welcomed four new members of staff. We’d like to introduce them to you. Eimear Coady-Morrisey joined our school after teaching in Lucan Educate Together for the last seven years. She is from Kilkenny and has decided to leave Dublin to be nearer home. She is teaching the 4th, 5th and 6th class children this year. Michael Ryan joins us after teaching in Tinryland National School in Carlow. Michael is teaching in a support role this year and will be starting a Green Schools initiative through the year. Adrian Coffey hails from Offaly. After several years working in I.T., Adrian qualified as a teacher. He has moved to Carlow with his wife and children and has taken up a learning support role in the school. Majella Geoghan is our newest Special Needs Assistant. Majella has done some substitute work in our school so we’re delighted to welcome her back. Majella has extensive experience working with children with Special Education Needs. day European languages day European Languages Day was a brilliant success! It started with a super fashion show with children dressed in national costumes of France, Spain, Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Turkey and more. After that we had a cooking demonstration from Colin who made “Pain Perdu” (French toast) and Chris taught us the names of the ingredients in French. While the toast was cooking we were entertained by all the different classes in the school. We had a song in Spanish from Emer’s class. Ciara’s class sang a song about how to say hello in loads of languages. Clare and some of her language class played and sang a Hungarian folk song. You can watch videos of our songs on our YouTube page. A big thanks to everyone for coming. It was great to see so many children and parents in the school. A big thanks too to all the staff for all their work in organising such a fantastic day.

Communion / Confirmation A meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 6th October for all parents who wish for their children to make their Communion and Confirmation. The meeting is open to parents of children in 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th class. In the meeting we will discuss the plans for our children to receive their sacraments and the latest news from the Kildare Leighlin Dioceses. The meeting will aim to establish a parents’ committee to liaise with the parish and to organise the preparations. The school can provide classrooms after school hours and two of our staff have offered to teach the programmes. If you cannot make the meeting, minutes will be taken and made available in the school. A Special Report from 2nd and 3rd Class! 2nd and 3rd class are all settled in in Ciara's class and have had a very busy month. We are trying very hard to remember to keep the Golden Rules and to behave well to earn some stars for our teams each week. We have also been learning lots of cool new things, especially in Art where we have been working on portraits and have painted a self-portrait, drawn a selfportrait and also learned about the Andy Warhol technique which is on display on our noticeboard. We have been reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in class and acting some of the scenes out in Drama. We also learned how to say "hello" in lots of different languages and performed a song for the school and parents on European Day of Languages. Overall, it's been a great month so let's hope we can keep up the good work in October! your Dates for your Diary October 10th – 14th Maths Week Lots of fun maths activities – check our Facebook page for more October 22nd Autumn Festivals Party From 10:45am to 12pm. Children and parents will join us to celebrate Halloween, Samhain and Divali. October 22nd Staff Meeting All children finish at 12pm October 25th – 29th Mid Term Break School Closed November 1st School reopens full day Remember, parents are welcome to our school every Friday for a cup of coffee and a chat. So come along from 9am to the staff/parents room to meet up. All families are welcome!