Dear school community,                                                                                               4th October 2017

Please note our newsletter will now be sent on a fortnightly basis. Hard copies of the newsletter are available in the main foyer outside the school office.

Dates for your Diary

Vision Evening – Wednesday 11th October at 7.30pm.

School Official Opening – Friday 20th October at 11am here at the school. We welcome very special guests Paul Roe, CEO of Educate Together and Simon Harris TD. Looking forward to seeing you there on the day.

Please keep up to date with information from Wicklow Educate Together NS which is available through weekly newsletter, texts to parents, school wide notices, notes in bags, homework diaries & school website wicklowetns.com. Wicklow Educate Together N.S. is not on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media. For any queries, questions or feedback please approach your child’s class teacher in the first instance or the school office Fran or Lisa (0404 62786) email info@wicklowetns.com

Please contact Sinead school principal for any further clarification or information sinead@wicklowetns.com

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

BUS ESCORT REQUIRED ASAP – DEPART THE MAPLES ARKLOW @ 7.50AM BUS PICKS UP PUPILS IN ARKLOW, RATHNEW & WICKLOW TOWN ARRIVE AT SCHOOL 9AM

DEPART FROM SCHOOL AT 1.30 BUS DROPS HOME PUPILS IN WICKLOW TOWN & RATHNEW

DEPART FROM SCHOOL AT 2.30 FOR RETURN JOURNEY TO ARKLOW, DROPPING PUPILS HOME TO WICKLOW TOWN & ARKLOW

ARRIVE THE MAPLES ARKLOW @ 3.30pm

HOURLY RATE €12.47

15 HOURS PER WEEK

GARDA VETTING AND SOME SEN EXPERIENCE A REQUIREMENT.PLEASE CONTACT SINEAD FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Sundry Payment 2017/2018 – Thank you to all parents/guardians who have paid their 2017/2018 sundry payment. If you have not already done so we would like to remind you that the sundry payment of €70.00 (or €120.00 if more than one child in the school) is now overdue.

W.O.W.: W.O.W. (Walk/wheel on Wednesdays)

Well done to Louise’s 1st class & Edele’s 6th for scooping the Golden Boot Awards for September! Leannes’s 2nd & Brian’s 3rd classes were hot on your heels though!! The scoreboard has been wiped clean & we start afresh today! So, every Wednesday, you can score points for your class by coming to school by:

  • Walking
  • Scooting
  • Cycling
  • Parking & Stride
  • Busing

Let’s go WETNS WOW!! Move your ass for your class!!😊

GARDEN WORK PARTY– Calling all green fingered parents……do you have an hour to spare next Friday? Would you be interested in helping with some gardening work at the front of the school? If so please meet at the front reception at 9.30am Friday 13th to help with some weeding and clearing at the front of the school. Bring a pair of gloves if you have them!                                                                     

WETNS Extra-Curricular Update 

Please note if you dropped in forms to the registration last week or left them at the office over the last few days please ensure you make payment directly into our ECA bank account or bring payment to the office for my attention. 50% payment is required to hold your place. Many thanks Lisa

Reminder Our Junior and Senior Infants afterschool activities finish at 2.20pm each day. Please ensure you are outside the main office at 2.20 to collect them. Unfortunately, we had a large number of parents arrive late for pickup in our first few days of activities and this was not only distressing for the children left waiting but also delayed us in collecting the older children for the 2.30 activities.

Term 1 Extra-Curricular Activities Programme

We have had a great first week of activities here at the school. On Monday our scientists completed some experiments to learn all about bacteria, we had our first guitar lesson, the children in yoga learned all about breathing exercises and we had a full house in the hall for some great soccer. On Tuesday the children had great fun in playball with lots of games and activities. On Wednesday the children in Drama made some beautiful masks and our sugarcraft group made emoji’s for the tops of their cakes. Today kicks off our Irish dancing group, our arts and crafts classes and the return of chess with Eamonn and Brian! Final chance to register today/tomorrow if you would like a place. See full list below:

CLASS TIME AVAILABILITY FEES
Science 1.30 Spaces available € 77.00
Science 2.30 FULL
Yoga 1.30 Limited spaces € 75.00
Yoga 2.30 1 space left € 75.00
Soccer 2.30 Limited spaces € 55.00
Guitar 2.30 FULL
Playball 1.30 Limited spaces € 65.00
Playball 2.30 Limited spaces € 65.00
Athletics 1.30 Limited spaces € 63.00
Athletics 2.30 FULL
Drama 1.30 1 space left € 77.00
Drama 2.30 Limited spaces € 77.00
Sugarcraft 2.30 Limited spaces € 110.00 4pm Finish
Arts & Crafts 1.30 FULL
Arts & Crafts 2.30 Limited spaces € 99.00

 

Scientists – please bring an old t-shirt or top to science every Monday….it is going to get messy this term!!

Snack time – please remember to bring a snack and extra drink for the start of each activity.

Athletics -reminder, classes start on Wednesday 18th October!

WETNS Breakfast Club – At Breakfast club this week we have been enjoying origami, themed artwork and lots of fun with the new toys. On Wednesday we began our “active Wednesday” as part of WOW, with all the children earning their point for their class from our activities outside. Numbers are growing daily and we are delighted to hear such positive feedback from so many parents about this new service. Interested in utilising our breakfast club? Opening morning coming soon! Contact us at breakfast.club@wicklowetns.com for more information. Registration forms are available in the foyer outside the office. Many thanks Lisa, Kate, Margarita & Olwyn.

Expression of Interest Aftercare post 3.30pm – Moving forward with an overall development plan for our school, we are considering remaining open until after 5pm five days a week. If you feel you may be interested in this service, please fill out an expression of interest form available in our foyer and drop it into the blue box in the foyer.

Please contact lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com if you have any questions re any of the items in extra-curricular. 

ADULT BEGINNER’S SUGARCRAFT CLASS AT EDUCATE TOGETHER – Wednesday evenings 7.30pm

COME AND LEARN ALL THE BASIC SKILLS YOU WILL NEED TO DECORATE YOUR OWN CAKE IN A FUN AND RELAXED ENVIRONMENT!

TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

DECORATING CUPCAKES FOR HALLOW’EEN

HUMAN FIGURE AND BASIC MODELLING

LETTERING

HOW TO ICE A CAKE WITH SUGARPASTE FOR CHRISTMAS

SUGAR FLOWERS AND LOTS MORE!

ADULT CLASS WILL RUN FROM 7.30PM TO 9.30PM EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR 8 WEEKS IN THE EDUCATE TOGETHER SCHOOL STARTING ON 18TH OCTOBER 2017. THE FEE IS € 115 INCLUDING A STARTER PACK OF SUGARPASTE (PAYABLE IN TWO INSTALMENTS IF REQUESTED.) SOME TOOLS WILL BE SUPPLIED BUT ADDITIONAL TOOLS WILL ALSO NEED TO BE PURCHASED. MAXIMUM OF 15 STUDENTS PER CLASS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT GINA McDonagh 0878449396

 

Percent For Art Group – First Stage Submissions are in! We were VERY excited to receive 23 submissions for our initial stage on our search for the perfect project for WETNS. We were impressed and delighted with the quality of the artists, and creativity of the ideas. Many of the artists expressed inspiration by our ethos, children and school culture.  We will now be evaluating all the submission over the next few weeks narrowing the field in preparation for Stage 2 where the artists will develop their ideas to a greater level. Watch this space for more news soon!

Note from Izabela and Damien O’Rourke – Sunday 8th October 2017

Dear parents/guardians, we are hosting a coffee morning event in memory of our beloved child whom we lost last October. The event will take place on Sunday the 8th of October 2017 in De La Salle pastoral centre in Wicklow Town. It will start at 11am until 2pm. We have some great raffle prices too. All money raised on the day and from our funding page (Help Baby Anthony for Holles Street make a difference) will go to N.I.C.U Unit 8 in Holles Street National Maternity Hospital. Money will go towards purchasing equipment, parents support and research and study. We also want to help the Bereavement Clinic in Holles street who right now are upgrading rooms for bereaved parents. Many thanks Izabela and Damien.

Triple A Alliance – Triple A is a local support group for parents whose children have been diagnosed with ASD and/or ADHD. They hold a number of events each month for parents and children. Their Autumn calendar of events is now available on our school noticeboard in the foyer. To book a place email wicklowtripleaevents@gmail.com 

Parents Association Update

WETNS MAKERS FAIR NOVEMBER 19th 2017

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This year we will be hosting the inaugural WETNS Maker’s Festival on 19th November 2017. We are calling all makers and crafters who would like to take a stall at the fair to sell their craft.  We would especially love to see crafters who can demonstrate their craft on the day to all their visitors. For those of you who cannot take a stall but would like to get involved we would love if you could come and help on the day and teach a little crafter skill to the children. We are hoping to have hat upcycling, decoration making, plate painting, gingerbread decorating and much much more.

We will also be running a toy shop on the day to raise funds for your school. Please gather all forgotten or unloved toys and books in your house and we will collect them in the coming weeks. A toy shop will be created at the fair and sold at pocket money prices.

Stalls at the fair will be €25 for school families and €30 for members of the public. Please apply for a stall to pta@wicklowetns.com with3 pictures for your products.

HALLOWEEN BAKESALE Oct 27th

This year there will be baking homework for Junior and Senior Infants and 1st and 2nd classes on October 26th. We will let you know the baking delivery arrangements in the next newsletter.

SCHOOL OFFICIAL OPENING October 20th

All parents are invited to the official school opening and we would love to see you all there. Refreshments will be served.

PARENT LIAISONS – Congratulations to your new Parent Liaisons and thank you to all who volunteered.

Junior Infants – Monica Reade

Senior Infants – Nicola Johnston

ASD – Orlagh Gregory

1st Class – Helen Collins

2nd Class – Jenny Dunne

3rd Class – Sue Martin

4th Class Susan Wilson

5th Class – Netty Ludlow

6th Class – Val Whelan