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February 2011

Traffic Chaos Hits Graiguecullen!
As you’ve probably experienced, half of Carlow Town and Graiguecullen are being dug up to help prevent floods in the future. These roadworks will be going on until the middle of March so it’s probably going to take longer to get to school. Luckily there’s no such chaos in Carlow Educate Together. The Board of Management, through Debbie Byrne, have set up a Parents’ Council. If you want to get involved, please let us know and we’ll put you in touch. Parents’ Councils give a strong voice for parents in the running of Educate Together schools. For example, all draft policies are presented to the Parents’ Council and any issues can be raised for the agenda at meetings. The Parents’ Council is also involved in lots of initiatives. You may have noticed our Valentines’ Day tree and our bucket for collecting old Irish coins. Later this year, the council has plans for a Reada-thon and lots of other events. I hope you all had a great week off on mid-term break. Enjoy this month’s newsletter! Simon

Quick News
Fashion Show Fashion Show tickets are still on sale for our big fundraiser. We have organised some celebrity models, teacher models and many of the children in the school will model too! This is going to be our biggest event this year and your support is very much appreciated. If you would like to sell some tickets on our behalf or for more information, drop in to the school and we’ll help you out. Parent-Teacher Meetings Parent Teacher Meetings took place on the week starting, Monday 14th February. The meetings went very well. If you missed your meeting, you need to contact the school to organise a time with your child’s teacher. Irish Blog Awards Our school was nominated in the Irish Blog Awards, one of the most important web design awards in the Irish calendar. Our category is the Best Education/Science blog and we have been shortlisted for the final. The event takes place in Belfast on the 19th March. For more information, go to http://www. Léargas – European Project The school’s application for our European project has be sent off for approval. If successful, the school will link up with other schools from Turkey, Italy, England, Poland and Romania. Welcome A big welcome to Clare Coogan who joins our teaching team. Clare will be with us on Mondays and Tuesdays taking support classes. We also welcome Teresa, Mary and Tim on teaching practice.

Green Schools News
The Green School’s Committee has been really busy since we started Term Two. We are currently putting the final touches to our Action Plan – this will be available on our Green School’s Noticeboard in the next week.

The children have also been making posters to remind us what bin rubbish should be placed in. You will see the posters in each of the classrooms over the next few days. For those of you who would like a sneak preview, check out the school web site (
Ethos Evaluation The ethos evaluation has been published. For a copy of the report (10 pages), please tell us your email address and we will send you a copy. We have a limited number of printed copies of the report for those without access to email. everyone. Get those hands ready for all the great writing ahead! In 2nd and 3rd class… In Art we have been inspired by Picasso to create our asymmetrical faces. It’s nice to have Sinéad helping us in our Art class. Second Class has been learning all about subtraction. We know we can also use the words minus and take away when we are talking about subtraction. One cold, bright Spring day we went outside to use a giant number line in the yard to practice. We have worked hard this term and we are all looking forward to our midterm break. Next term we are lucky to have Theresa in our class again. We are going to be concentrating on our handwriting and working on our own writing projects. Enjoy the break, Assembly Early this month we had assembly in Samantha’s classroom. Samantha told us all about the story of St. Brigid. We learned all about why Christians celebrate the start of spring and the different customs that are practiced. We watched a cool video of how to make a St. Brigid’s Day cross and we got pass around a real one.

In Junior Infants… This week for Golden Time some of the children from the senior classes came to our classroom to play with us for Golden Time. This was really fun and we loved having them with us! We played lego, play-doh, our DSs and shopping together.

Adios! We were sad to say goodbye to our two visitors from Spain, Clara and Judit who have been helping in our classrooms over the last number of weeks. Clara worked with Samantha in Junior Infants and Judit worked with Aisling with her classes. On Friday, Clara and Judit gave the school an assembly all about Spain and showed us a great video. We will miss them both very much.

News from Claire’s Class Claire’s class made some “terrific toys” this month. Josh made a fire engine. Joshua made an aeroplane. Pauric made a fire truck. Evan made a rocket and a telescope.

Dates for your Diary: March 1st: World Maths Day – 4th, 5th and 6th class can play maths games with children all over the world with their username and password.

9th March: Read Together Programme begins – Emer’s Senior Infants and First Class will be starting their Read Together Programme. We need parent volunteers to come and help in the class. 17th March: St. Patrick’s Day – celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the parade. Our school might be marching so look out for information in the coming weeks.

3rd March: World Book Day – Look out for book tokens for free books for your children. Come into school dressed as your th th favourite character from a book. Read your 17 -18 March: School Closed favourite childhood story to your child! Keep in Touch! Lots of ideas on this special day can be Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and found on Twitter. We already have 154 fans! If you’d th th like to subscribe to our web site updates, 5 – 17 : Seachtain na Gaeilge – Look out for some great activities around the school fill in your email address on the front page of the web site and all updates will come to promoting our national language. your inbox!