Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                                 10 May 2017

Paper copies of the newsletter are available beside the new noticeboards in the main foyer.

Important Arts & Crafts Notice – Unfortunately, there will be no arts and crafts afterschool class tomorrow Thursday 11th May at 1.30 or 2.30. There will now be a class on Thursday 8th June in place of tomorrows class.

School Calendar 2017/2018                                                                                                                                           Please see attached the 2017/2018 school calendar. Hard copies are available beside the new noticeboards in the main foyer.

Dog Notice                                                                                                                                                                           Please note dogs are not permitted on the school grounds at any time except for guide/assistance dogs.

Brendan Memorial Ideas                                                                                                                                          Brendan O’Connor was a very dear friend of our school community and a man who embraced the spirit of Wicklow Educate Together. We wish to mark his valuable contribution to our school and invite the school community to submit their thoughts/suggestions/ideas around how they would envision that happening. We will have a suggestion box in the school foyer from Monday 15th May and look forward to seeing your suggestions.

 

School Garden Design                                                                                                                                                                      All classes spent time in the school garden this week. The idea behind this was to engage in some planting, familiarise the children with the space and to get them thinking about some of the things which they might like to see in the school garden. A big thank you to all of our garden volunteers who helped to organise on the day! The children had a wonderful time and we have already received some wonderful designs for the garden. Remember design templates are available in the school foyer and we invite all interested students/parents/staff to complete one and return to the garden postbox located in the school foyer. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to use all the lovely designs submitted; however, all of the plans will form a folder of ‘Garden Ideas’, which we may use for further development of the garden in the future. The closing date for submissions in May 26th. We look forward to working with all everyone to create an inspiring and educational space that the children will love using. If you have any queries or wish to get in touch with the committee, please email us at garden@wicklowetns.com

Breakfast Club Survey                                                                                                                                                                        As we begin the last term of the school year in our new school building and following the successful rollout of our extra-curricular activities programme, we continue to look at ways to support our school community. We are currently looking at the possibility of starting a breakfast club in the first term of the new school year 2017/2018. This breakfast club would only be available to children enrolled in Wicklow Educate Together N.S. We would greatly appreciate if you would take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete the short survey if you are interested in utilising a breakfast club. As this survey will be used to analyse interest levels for the new school year we would ask that only families who will have children in the school in September 2017 complete the survey. If you have any questions or queries, please contact lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NVKBR9G

Volunteers Required to help with Set-down                                                                                                                    We are looking for a group of parents to supervise set-down and to help 6th class pupils as they escort younger pupils from their parents’ cars to their line at the back of the school. Volunteers would be required to help on a rotational basis on Monday to Friday mornings, between 8.35am and 8.55am. Please contact Janice Doyle (janicedoyle23@hotmail.com, 0868703827) or Jenny Dunne(jennyjdunne@gmail.com, 0863854411) if you can help or if you have any questions.

 

School Tours

CLASS LOCATION Date Time Leaving School

Time Returning

To School

Cost Per

Child

Kate –

Jun Infs

Kia Ora Farm Wed

21st June

9.15am 1pm €12.00
Eileen –

Jun Infs

Kia Ora Farm Wed

21st June

9.15am 1pm €12.00
Paul –

Sen Infs

Tick Tock

Activity Farm

Fri

16th June

9am 1.15pm €14.00
Caoimhe –

1st Class

Glendalough Mon

15th May

9am 2pm €7.00
Brian –

1st Class

Glendalough Tue

16th May

9am 2pm €7.00
Brian & Caoimhe

1st Classes

Festine Lente Tue

20th June

9am 2.15pm €21.00

Sally & Leanne

2nd Classes

Clara Lara Fri

23rd June

9am 2.15pm €26.00
Alison

3rd Class

Squirrel Scramble Mon

19th June

9.30am 2.15pm €25.00
Adele & Janet

4th Classes

Fort Lucan Thu

08th June

9am 2.15pm €26.00
Rory

5th Class

World of Adventure

Courtown

Fri

02nd June

9.30am 2.20pm €30.00
Edele & Eamonn

6th Classes

World of Adventure

Courtown+Archery

Fri

16th June

9.30am 2.20pm €36.00

Avondale Races                                                                                                                                                                            Congratulations to all who took part in the recent Avondale races. Photos will be on our  school website Thursday 11th May.

WETNS Teddy Bears’ Picnic                                                                                                                                            Our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic for the Sept 2017 incoming junior infants will take place on Saturday 26th August in Kimacurragh from 2-4pm. All are welcome to join us on the day. Don’t forget your teddy!

Graduation Yearbook 2017                                                                                                                                                       For all parents/guardians of children in Edele and Eamonn’s 6th classes the deadline for submitting photos for inclusion in the graduation yearbook is Monday 15th May. Please send €15.00 in to your child’s teacher by this date to cover the cost of printing. If you have any queries, please contact us at wetnsgraduationclass2017@gmail.com Many thanks Maeve & Aoife

Playball Summer Camps 

www.playballkids.com                                                                                                                                                                      Playball will hold summer camps here at the school on the following dates:

Monday 17th July – Friday 21st July 5 day camp

Tuesday 8th August – Friday 11th August 4 day camp

The 5 day camp is €90.00 and the 4 day camp is €75.00. Sibling discount is €10.00. Camps start at 9.30am and finish at 2.30pm. If you are interested please contact carl@playball.ie

Letter from local TD                                                                                                                                                                 I wanted to take this opportunity to write you a brief note to congratulate all the children, teachers and parents of Wicklow Educate Together School that took part in the Wicklow St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. I hope you enjoyed your day taking part as much as the crowd did watching you. I was delighted to hear that you were the winners of Best Fancy Dress at this year’s parade and it was certainly another fantastic year of celebrations in Wicklow for St Patrick’s Day. I understand that there were a lot of entries and friendly competition; you all should be very proud of walking away deserved winners!

Percent for Art Committee                                                                                                                                                The Percent for Art Committee has been diligently working on a Brief where artists can make submissions with ideas of their vision for Art that represents the vitality that is WETNS. Christine and Eileen worked with teachers and students to facilitate a mind-mapping exercise whereby posters were created in each class with words that expressed what WETNS meant to students and staff. Additionally, Christine is working on an Art Box to receive submissions from students and the school community with ‘What can you imagine in the school’. Both of these exercises will hopefully provide inspiration to artists for their submissions. We are keeping an archive of all these works. We are hoping to have the Brief ready for roll-out by the end of May.

Homework Club                                                                                                                                                                      As we begin our last term of the school year, we would like to advise parents/guardians that our Homework Club will finish on Thursday 1st of June. If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact me at lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com From September 2017 onwards, the Homework Club will form part of the Extra Curricular Activities programme. A detailed note will be sent out to all those currently attending in the next few weeks.

North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School                                                                                         North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School are planning a transition afternoon for students who will attend First Year in our school next September.

This event will facilitate the smooth transition from primary to secondary school and will be particularly beneficial to those students who may feel a little anxious about the move. We are planning a range of activities to help familiarise them with their new surroundings. We will be communicating this to parents/guardians/carers of all new students to strongly encourage attendance. The event will take place on Thursday 18th May at 3.30pm.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION PIECE

Lions Club Table Quiz                                                                                                                                                       Lions Club Table Quiz tonight Wednesday May 10th from 8.30pm in the Grand Hotel, tables €40.00 for 4 people. Great if you can come along!!

Dates for your diaries! There will be two more coffee mornings before the end of the school year on Friday 26th May and Friday 23rd of June.

To contact the Parents Association please use the email address PTA@wicklowetns.com alternatively please use the suggestion box in the main lobby.

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