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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,
http://www.carloweducatetogether.ie, or by becoming a fan of our
school on Facebook.
Spanish Senoritas on European Languages Day, 24th
Our first month in school has been great fun! We have started a September 2010
number of new after-schools clubs including Playball and
Spanish. Octboer we’ll be getting musical by adding tin whistle Small Bits of News
and violin classes into the mix. If you have a special talent and
The minutes from our June Board of Management meeting
would like to run an after-school club, please talk to me. We’re have been proposed and seconded by the Board of
also hoping to get parents to come into class to help out with Management. They are available to read in the entrance of
fun classes like art. We’ve already had one or two parents and the school. If you wish to have a copy, please contact the
grandparents in and it’s been a great success. school and we will email them to you.

Samantha gave a talk to Junior Infant parents about our


I hope you enjoy the rest of the year with us and if you need Jolly Phonics programme. For those of you who missed the
anything, as ever, feel free to chat to me any time. 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
All the best
school anytime.

Simon 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
New Junior Infants welfare board.
We were delighted to see so many happy Junior Infant children
starting with us this year. There are 21 children in Samantha’s Mairéad Darcy is back this year for meditation classes
class this year. Within a month they are settling in really well every Tuesday with the senior class. All the children are
learning about the benefits of meditation and stillness.
and they are having great fun making lots of new friends.
Laura has also returned to do play therapy, which is going
really well too.
Board of Management Position
Our Board of Management is now looking for a female parent We’ve updated our staff and Board of Management pages
representative due to the resignation of one of its members. on our web site. You can now see all members of our staff
and Board by clicking on the About Us menu.
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 We will shortly be sending you out a survey around
running of the school in a more direct level. The Board meets enrollment in our school. We are considering the possibility
6-7 times per year. As Boards of Management revolve of putting in a sibling’s policy. This would mean that
current parents would have a year from their new child’s
nationwide every four years, the position will last until the end
birth to enroll him/her in the school and be assured of a
of this academic year. Training will be provided. If you are place in the school. Currently, we work on a strictly first
interested in putting your name forward, please talk to Simon, come, first served basis.
Eleanor (Chairperson) or Siobhán. Closing date for application
is October 8th, 2010. 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 Staff Communion / Confirmation
This year Carlow Educate Together welcomed four new A meeting will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 6th
members of staff. We’d like to introduce them to you. October for all parents who wish for their children to
make their Communion and Confirmation. The meeting
Eimear Coady-Morrisey joined our is open to parents of children in 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th
school after teaching in Lucan Educate class. In the meeting we will discuss the plans for our
Together for the last seven years. She children to receive their sacraments and the latest news
is from Kilkenny and has decided to from the Kildare Leighlin Dioceses. The meeting will
leave Dublin to be nearer home. She is aim to establish a parents’ committee to liaise with the
teaching the 4th, 5th and 6th class children this year. parish and to organise the preparations. The school can
provide classrooms after school hours and two of our
Michael Ryan joins us after teaching in staff have offered to teach the programmes. If you
Tinryland National School in Carlow. cannot make the meeting, minutes will be taken and
Michael is teaching in a support role made available in the school.
this year and will be starting a Green
Schools initiative through the year. A Special Report from 2nd and 3rd Class!
2nd and 3rd class are all settled in in Ciara's class and
Adrian Coffey hails from Offaly. After have had a very busy month. We are trying very hard
several years working in I.T., Adrian to remember to keep the Golden Rules and to behave
qualified as a teacher. He has moved well to earn some stars for our teams each week. We
to Carlow with his wife and children have also been learning lots of cool new things,
and has taken up a learning support especially in Art where we have been working on
role in the school. portraits and have painted a self-portrait, drawn a self-
portrait and also learned about the Andy Warhol
Majella Geoghan is our newest Special technique which is on display on our noticeboard. We
Needs Assistant. Majella has done have been reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
some substitute work in our school so in class and acting some of the scenes out in Drama.
we’re delighted to welcome her back. We also learned how to say "hello" in lots of different
Majella has extensive experience languages and performed a song for the school and
working with children with Special Education Needs. parents on European Day of Languages. Overall, it's
been a great month so let's hope we can keep up the
European languages day
day good work in October!
European Languages Day was a brilliant success! It
started with a super fashion show Dates for your
your Diary
with children dressed in national October 10th – 14th Maths Week
costumes of France, Spain, Lots of fun maths activities – check our Facebook page
Romania, Lithuania, Greece, for more
Turkey and more. After that we
had a cooking demonstration October 22nd Autumn Festivals Party
from Colin who made “Pain From 10:45am to 12pm. Children and parents will join
Perdu” (French toast) and Chris us to celebrate Halloween, Samhain and Divali.
taught us the names of the
ingredients in French. October 22nd Staff Meeting
All children finish at 12pm
While the toast was cooking we were entertained by all
the different classes in the school. We had a song in October 25th – 29th
Spanish from Emer’s class. Ciara’s class sang a song Mid Term Break School Closed
about how to say hello in loads of languages. Clare
and some of her language class played and sang a November 1st
Hungarian folk song. You can watch videos of our School reopens full day
songs on our YouTube page.
Remember, parents are welcome to our school every
A big thanks to everyone for coming. It was great to Friday for a cup of coffee and a chat. So come along
see so many children and parents in the school. A big from 9am to the staff/parents room to meet up. All
thanks too to all the staff for all their work in families are welcome!
organising such a fantastic day.