Dear school community,                                                                                               Wednesday 21st March

REMINDER: School will close at 12.30 this Friday 23rd March for Easter holidays. We will reopen on Monday 9th April.

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICES: 

This Thursday March 22nd NPC Parenting Course “Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships”. 7.30 – 9.30pm in our school hall. Tea/coffee at 7.15pm.

The school will be closed for all pupils on Friday 4th May for staff training. This training is mandatory for all school personnel in the implementation of the 2017 Children First National Guidance for the protection & welfare of children and the 2017 DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools. The school is permitted to close for one school day during to facilitate this training.

Our school Sports Day will take place on Thursday 14th June. Further information to follow.

6th Class graduation will take place on Thursday 28th June this year 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE HSE PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMME

  1. Vaccinations Junior Infants and Junior Infants in ASD classes.

Contact details of families sent to HSE in summer prior to new school year. HSE send forms out to families prior to school visit. Vaccinations take place in school.

  1. Hearing & Vision Junior Infants and Junior Infants in ASD classes.

Contact details of families sent to HSE in summer prior to new school

year. HSE send blank forms to school for distribution. HSE collects the forms from school and arranges dates for these examinations which take place in school.

  1. Dental 2nd, 4th & 6th classes (+ New arrangement for all children in ASD Classes)

Contact details of families sent to HSE in summer prior to new school year. HSE send blank forms to school for distribution. HSE organises appointments directly by letter to children’s homes and these take place in HSE Dental in Glenside Road.

New Arrangement in 2018 – All children in ASD Classes are now entitled to a dental examination every year, going forward. HSE will send notification of appointment out directly to child’s home and these examinations will take place in HSE Dental in Glenside Road.

Families must inform the school of any change to contact details. Notice of HSE dates issue in school fortnightly newsletter, if you haven’t received HSE forms prior to any of the visits listed above please contact the school immediately at 0404 62786 Many Thanks

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Bhí seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ar scoil an seachtain seo caite.  Ghlacamar páirt as tráth na gCeist, rince agus bhí seans againn ár nGaeilge a chleachtadh don “Bake Sale”.  Tháinig Karen isteach lena bosca ceoil agus chualamar í ag seinm ceol traidisiúnta.  Chuaigh rang a sé timpeall na ranga mar “ambassadors”, ag cur ceisteanna as Gaeilge agus ag tabhairt amach greamáin.  Bhaineamar an-taitneamh agus sult as an seachtain go léir.

Forest School – In term 3, Alison’s 3rd Class will participate in ‘Forest School’ for 9 weeks. Full details will be sent home this week. The cost of this per child is €27. We will set up a link to facilitate direct payments or you can pay teacher directly.

Swimming

In Term 3 both 2nd classes and 3rd classes will go swimming once a week as follows:

Wednesdays – 3rd classes –  11am – 11.40am

Thursdays – 2nd classes  – 12pm – 12.40pm

Children will walk to the pool with their classmates. 3rd classes will also walk back from the pool to school after swimming.

We will organise a bus to collect the children from 2nd class to return to school after swimming. There will be a charge of €10 for 2nd class children to help cover the cost of the buses. We will set up a link to facilitate direct payments or you can pay teacher directly after the Easter. 

Extra-Curricular Term 3 – Term 2 of our extra-curricular programme will finish this Thursday 22nd March. Registration for term 3 will take place the first week back after the Easter holidays Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th April. Full details of all our term 3 classes will be sent out this week.

Breakfast Club & Homework Club March Fees – Reminder that March fees for our Breakfast Club and Homework Club fall due this Friday 23rd March. Please ensure fees are paid in full on receipt of payment requests this Friday.

Aftercare up to 6pm each day – Thank you to all the parents/guardians who completed our recent aftercare survey. Over the last 12 months we have rolled out a comprehensive extra-curricular programme here at the school and a new breakfast club. As a school we are fully committed to expanding this facility further and over the coming months we will plan and organise the rollout of aftercare up to 6pm here at the school. We are working towards an opening date of September 2018.

Middletown Centre for Autism – Middletown centre for Autism are running courses for parents from April in St Catherine’s in Newcastle. The link for the courses are below.

https://www.middletownautism.com/training/parents?fromDate=&toDate=&course=&state=&county=32 

Schools Climbing Competition – A big congratulations to the 25 kids who competed at the Schools Climbing Competition on 8th March. We had 6 teams, and all were fantastic not only in their climbing but also in their patience in awaiting their chance to climb in a very busy environment (even busier than last year). The U8 team of Leon, Eva, Oscar (all in 1st class) and Luke (sr infants) took 2nd place and were fantastic in their support of each other as they took to the walls. The two WETNS teams in the 8-9 category- The Four Musketeers and Wicklow Monkeys – took 4 and 5th place. Caelin (5th) took second place in the 10+ category, and WETNS teams were in the top 20, which was no mean feat in the most populated age category with serious climbers from around the country. Well done to all, and a special cheer for the parents, who didn’t get to climb anything except metaphorical walls while waiting, chaperoning, and not even getting to sit down much and chat over coffee! It was fantastic to see so many kids enjoying themselves and being so supportive of each other as they cheered on their classmates.PS Also interesting to note that ET schools across Ireland were strongly represented, with some coming from as far as Tramore. Photos on our school website shortly!

Garda Vetting – If you are considering volunteering at the school please ensure you complete your Garda vetting as early as possible. Garda vetting is required in advance of any volunteer work including reading in class, literacy lift off, school tours, library volunteers, Intercultural week etc. Please request a form from Lisa at the school office and once completed bring it to the school office with photo ID (passport/driving licence) and proof of address (utility bill, bank statement etc).

Parent RequestI am looking for a childminder for a 9-year-old 4 days a week. Drop off and collection from school, minding for the afternoon and all day during school holidays. If you are interested, please contact me Laura on 0872228723.

Lost Property – Missing a coat, fleece, cardigan or jumper? Our lost property rail is overflowing! Please take a minute to go through the rails and reclaim any items lost during the year.

PTA Committee 2018

Parenting Courses

The following NPC Parents Courses have been booked and will be held in the school for parents and guardians of WETNS. These courses will be funded by the PTA.

This Thursday March 22nd 7.30-9.30pm “Supporting your child to build healthy friendships and relationships” http://wicklowetns.com/2018/03/21/parent-training-course-thursday-22nd-7-30pm/

Monday May 21st 7.30-9.30pm “Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Congratulations to all who took part and represented our school, taking away the Best School Entry on the day.

St. Patrick’s Weekend Bakesale and Coffee Morning 16th March

Thank you to all who supported the bakesale. We made €582 that will contribute to the Summer terms outdoor budget.

Lions Club Table Quiz

Thank you to those who braved the elements to support our WETNS Lions Club Table

Quiz. Unfortunately, WETNS table numbers were significantly down from other years and therefore the Lions Club contribution fell to €185 for the school. We are however very grateful to the Lions Club for their generosity and for working with us to hold a Table Quiz night for our benefit. A fun night and lots of raffle prizes were won by the WETNS contingent who attended.

Next Term

Next term we will be working on Bike to School week and a Family Fundraising Fun Day – if you have any suggestions or can offer support or sponsorship for either of these events please email us at pta@wicklowetns.com.

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We would like to remind all parents/guardians that our enrolment policy is on a first come first served basis and would ask that you complete pre- enrolment forms for all younger siblings as early as possible. Our pre- enrolment form is available on our school website http://wicklowetns.com/ Please click on the Pre-Enrol tab and complete the Enrol Now form and submit.