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November 2010 Newsletter

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One month to go!
As you might have read, I December Dates for your diary was in Sweden on a 3rd: Xmas Cards arrive for collection 8th: Normal School Day (Children who European project a couple of wish to attend Mass should notify the weeks ago. I was staying school to avoid being marked absent) near a town called Sundsvall 10th: Cake & Craft Sale in School and temperatures were about 16th: 80s Table Quiz – Teach Dolmen (Date to be confirmed) -7ºC. I never guessed I'd be 16th: Carol Singing in Superquinn bringing temperatures like 17th: Staff Meeting 12pm collection this home with me! All I can 23rd: Christmas Carol Concert 11am th say is roll on December and November 29 : Staff 23rd: Winter holidays 12pm collection let's hope for slightly warmer outside the school in School reopens for a full day on January weather. I want to take this -6ºC when the 10th 2011 opportunity to thank all the electricity went parents who have been so busy organising brilliant fundraising ideas in December. It's great to see so many parents involved in our school and it was lovely meeting so many of you last week. I'm looking forward to seeing you all throughout December and I hope to see as many of you and your family and friends at our events.

Christmas Fundraising in Carlow Eduate Together
As part of a major fundraising drive, our school community have put their heads together to raise money for our school this year and there's lots of things happening over the next few weeks. Last week we started selling Christmas cards, CDs and Gift Cards. We will have a very limited number of Selling Christmas Cards to raise money stock left in December and they will be sold on a for our school first come, first served basis. As well as that, we'll be hosting an 80's Table Quiz, a cake and craft sale and carol singing throughout December. Please keep an eye out on our web site for further information over the coming days.

Thanksgiving Assembly
November 29, 2010 This week’s assembly was all about Thanksgiving. Led by Adrian, the children learned a little bit about the history of America and the very first Thanksgiving. After that, some of Emer’s class read out some letters to say thank you to people they care about. Finally, we watched a video that Adrian made with Ciara and Eimear’s classes about Thanksgiving which you can see on our web site.

Thanksgiving Assembly with Adrian

Fun with Clay!
By Eimear November 21, 2010 In Eiméar’s class we are having great fun with porcelain clay! Melissa showed us how to roll, squeeze, flatten and pinch the clay before we made pinch pots. Watch this space for the finished products! Next week, we are making clay relief tiles.

Aliens have landed!!
by Ciara November 17, 2010 It appears that aliens have landed in Carlow Educate Together NS. This week in Ciara’s class we were learning about adjectives. Adjectives are describing words. We thought up some really good adjectives to describe aliens and then everyone drew their own alien in their copy, gave it a name and added adjectives to describe it. Some children then presented their alien to the class. In Art, we painted aliens and cut out around them. They look great on our noticeboard in the foyer!

Green School’s Committee
By Michael November 17, 2010

Students of the Week: November 2010

I am delighted to reveal our first Green School’s Committee. We are currently working on the first green flag – Litter and Waste. The lucky children on the committee are Niamh in 6th class, Sarah in 5th class, Aaron in 4th class, Natasha in 3rd class and Rebecca in 2nd class. Michael is the Green School’s Coordinator while Eimear, Lisa and Sinead Tynan are all on the committee too! The children have been working hard on the seven steps of the Green Flag process. The current committee will be in place until Term 2 in 2011. Keep an eye out around the school to see what we have been up to….

Sounds Fun
By Claire November 16, 2010 Claire’s class were learning about sounds for science week. We learned that sounds are all around us and there are many ways we can make sounds. We touched our throats and we could feel our fingertips tingle as we made happy sounds, sad sounds, angry sounds and scary sounds. We played an animal sounds guessing game. As you can see, we also made musical glasses and a telephone. We live in a world of sounds!

Ethos Evaluation
By Simon November 13, 2010 Yesterday three members of the Educate Together Head Office came down to Carlow to take part in workshops as part of our ethos evaluation. All members of the schopart of the evaluation – parents, children, Board of Management and staff. On Thursday night, Molly met with our Board of Management to evaluate their role in the school. Below is a photograph of the parents’ session. We were absolutely delighted that we had such a great attendance with 25 parents working with Amy. While Molly got to grips with the staff in their sessions, Fionnuala took on the children for two great sessions. Below is a photo of Fionnuala going through the Learn Together posters with Ciara and Eimear’s classes. Results of the evaluation will be published on our web site soon. Overall, the day was really beneficial and we’d recommend it to any Educate Together school. We all got a chance to be honest with each other and have lots of interesting things to focus on in our future. Thanks to Molly, Fionnuala and Amy for coming for the evaluation.

And there's so much more...
Check out Science Week, World Kindness Day, Diwali, Maths Trails and some great videos about Fire Drills and Thanksgiving on our fantastic web site: If you don't have Internet access at home, feel free to drop into our staff/parents' room and check us out there! Times for access are: 9am to 10am and 1pm to 2:30pm. Any questions, ask Simon,