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April 2011

A Spring in our Step!
Although we’re only in school for half the month of April due to our spring holidays coming so late this year, Carlow Educate Together has been busier than ever thanks to our fantastic teachers and children. I’ll let you read all about the great things that have been going on from raring chickens to classes on Twitter to spring cleaning around the estate. I want to take the opportunity to say a huge thanks to everyone for their amazing support for the Fashion Show. I think you’ll all agree that the organising committee did an amazing job. We raised €7,000, which we have used to pay for laptops so every classroom has at least 4 computers, a digital projector for the senior classes and some vital sensory equipment for children who use our Multi-sensory room. Once again a big thanks to everyone who supported our first big fundraiser. I hope you all had a great week off on mid-term break. Enjoy this month’s newsletter! Simon

Quick News
Standardised Assessments Each year, children in every school in Ireland have standardised assessments in literacy and numeracy. These assessments take place in April in our school. These assessments help schools to be able to provide support and resources to children in the coming academic year. Results of assessments can be discussed with parents on appointment. Schools Completion Programme The SCP have been very active in our school this month. 2nd to 6th class have just completed a 4week FAI soccer training programme. Children who attend Kickstart are having an outing on Friday to celebrate their success. We also will be beginning a transition to secondary school programme for our 6th class next month. Easter Treats This Friday, Samantha’s class will be going to meet the Easter Bunny in the Rehab Centre. Claire’s class will be going on Thursday. Claire’s class will also be visiting some spring lambs on Friday in our neighbouring school, Saplings. Art Classes The parents council have organised art classes for children every Saturday starting from 8th May. If interested, call in to sign up! Easter Cake Sale An Easter Cake sale will take place on Friday ######################### Goodbye! We’re sorry to be saying goodbye to Theresa, Molly and Mary who were on work placements in the school recently. We thank them for all their hard work and help.

Digital Art Week
Simon, along with two other teachers in Sligo and Dublin began a project during the month called Digital Art Week. The project asked primary school children all over the country to upload a piece of art (created digitally) to a shared gallery. At this time of writing there are over 300 pieces of art on the site. They also arranged a Twitter Art Treasure Hunt and children learned how to draw like Picasso and Henri Roussau! You can see the gallery at and follow #tap2011 on Twitter. (Picture on left by Mikey, Senior Infants)

Calendar 2011/12 The school calendar for next year will be available later in the year. The Department of Education is in talks with trade unions regarding Snow Days, etc. so we may be a little later than last year. Open Night! An Open Night will be held in the school on May 25th. All help appreciated. Please come along to chat to our new parents and introduce them to our school. atch?v=7fb3Pdt8kxg

learned how important it is to wear our helmets and check our bikes before we cycle. We are really excited about our next few lessons!

We are very lucky that 5 out of our 6 eggs hatched. As you can see from the photos, the chicks are doing very well. These chicks were too chicken to walk down the catwalk at the fashion show but they thought that everyone did a great job – well done all!

Hola, Somos Clodagh (alumno – student) y Aisling (profesora – teacher). The pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th can have fun revising the Spanish alphabet. Estamos aprendiendo el alfabeto en nuestra escuela. We are learning the Spanish alphabet in school. Link to Spanish Alphabet – Turn on the volume. The tune is catchy! Hasta pronto atch? v=b1DyAhNNsqQ&feature =related

Some of the children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th class have been learning about vowels with Michael. We were particularly interested in what sound 2 vowels make when they come together in a word. So what does happen when 2 vowels go walking? The first one does the talking! We made this poster to remind others about the rule. We even found this video. Here is the link below to watch the video. Be careful - it’s a really catchy song!!

This week in 2nd and 3rd class we have a lot of exciting things going on. First and foremost we have joined Twitter and are tweeting everyday. We have made connections with other classes across Ireland, one of whom is also a split 2nd and 3rd class. We are looking forward to sharing and comparing our learning experiences. You can follow us @Room2_cetns. Remember you have to be over 13 to have your own Twitter account soyou will have to follow us on an adult’s Twitter account.

This month the children in 4th Class have been learning about symmetry. We spent time looking at symmetry in our everyday lives and we took some time to draw some pictures showing symmetry.

Eimear’s 4th, 5th and 6th have started cycling safety lessons. We have already

2nd and 3rd class have been getting to grips with the 12 hour clock, which is also called the analog clock. We have made a clock face for our classroom, Room 2. We also have been practicing with our small whiteboards and online. Here is a link to a fun interactive clock ps/clock.htm.

So many things happened this months, so here’s even more news!
We’re auctioning a signed Munster jersey on eBay. If you know anyone who would like this for their business as well as raising vital funds for our school, please get them to bid on the jersey as soon as possible as the bidding ends next week. Three children from Carlow Educate Together were winners in the Setanta Hurling Club’s recent competition. Pictured are representatives from Setanta along with Eimear and two of the winners (one wasn’t in that day.) The overall winner of the competition was Andy in 6th class so a big congratulations to him. We held our National Spring Clean Event for 2011, in association with An Taisce. In groups, we travelled around the school and industrial estate collecting rubbish. In total, we collected 15 bags of rubbish and 8 bags of recycling materials! Room 6 had great fun during art week. Rather than painting with paintbrushes, we painted this rainbow scene with our hands and feet!

Dates for your Diary: April/May 2011 15th April: Spring Holidays begin. Normal School day closures (1:30pm infants, 2:30pm for everyone else) 2nd May: Bank Holiday (School Closed) 3rd May: School reopens for full school day 11th May: Swimming Lessons begin (notes to go out shortly) Keep in Touch! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We already have 159 fans! If you’d like to subscribe to our web site updates, fill in your email address on the front page of the web site and all updates

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