Dear school community,                                                                                               Wednesday 2nd May

 

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICES:

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.

The school will be closed Monday 7th – Friday 11th May for mid term break.

An NPC talk will take place at the school on Monday May 21st 7.30-9.30pm “Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing”. All parents welcome.

Sports Day for Junior Infants – 2nd class will take place here at the school on Tuesday 12th June.

Sports Day for 3rd – 6th class will take place at Wicklow Rugby Club on Thursday 14th June.

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

Aladdin Connect (Parent Portal) and New Secondary School Patronage Letters

Letters were sent home in schoolbags this week about each of the above. If you did not receive these letters, please email info@wicklowetns.com and we will arrange for a copy of the letters to be sent to you as priority.

Sports Days

Children from Junior Infants to 2nd Class will be having their Sport’s Day on our school grounds on Tuesday 12th June this year. 3rd – 6th Class will have their Sport’s Day on Thursday 14th June at the Wicklow Rugby Club grounds.

All parents are welcome to come to watch but please remember if any parents wish to actually volunteer on the day they must ensure that they are Garda vetted with our school. (Contact the school office for a Garda Vetting form as soon as possible if required). Further details including times will follow closer to the time.

WICKLOW EDUCATE TOGETHER – SCHOOL TOURS   2018

Please see below the full list of school tours for this year. Further information, including fees will follow.

CLASS

 

LOCATION Date Time Leaving School

Time Returning To School

Kate & Eileen

Jun Infs

KiaOra

Gorey

Mon

28th May

      9.15am 1.20pm
Paul & Gina

Sen Infs

Tick Tock

Activity Farm

Mon

25th June

      9.15am 1.15pm
Caoimhe & Chloe

1st Class

Festina Lente

Bray

Wed

6th June

         9am 2.20pm

Sally & Leanne

2nd Classes

Clara Lara

Co. Wickow

Wed

27th June

9.30am 2.20pm
Alison & Brian

3rd Classes

National Heritage

Ferrycarrig

Mon

18th June

9am 3.30pm**
Alan x

4th Class

Hidden Valley

Rathdrum

Tues

19th June

9am 2.20pm
Eamonn & Rory 

5th Classes

National Aquatic Centre, Dublin Mon

18th June

9am 2.20pm
Edele

6th Class

World of Adventure

Courtown

Wed

20th June

       9.15am 2.20pm
Edele

6th Class

RDS

Belfast

Wed

6th June

      7.30am** 6.30pm**
 

ASD Classes

 

Dublin Zoo

Fri

1st June

      8.50am** 2.20pm

 

Volunteering for Sports Day, School Tours, Bike to School etc – We have lots of activities happening over the coming weeks here at the school. If you would like to help out at any of these events but are not already Garda vetted for our school, please contact the school office to complete the relevant paperwork within the next few days.

Staff Required – Pre and Post School Care Wicklow Educate Together N.S.

We are currently looking to source staff for a Pre and Post School care facility here at the school from September 2018. Please see separate letter going out to all parents/guardians tomorrow Thursday 3rd May for full details. Working hours are 7.00am – 9.00am and 1pm – 6pm Monday to Friday on a shift rota. Qualifications and experience in childcare required. Please send your CV to wetnsjobs@gmail.com by Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Railings – The railings at the front of the school are designed as handrails. We have been advised by the builders that they are not designed to climb on or slide on. They have already been mended this year and we ask that parents supervising their children at the beginning and end of the school day encourage the children to use them as handrails only. Thank you.

Summer Time – Sunny weather is hopefully on its way and please remember to use sunscreen as appropriate to your child. It is our experience that strappy tops, very short shorts and strappy sandals are not suitable for our yard, playtimes and P.E.

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

Collection Policy – Please view the collection policy on the school website. Please note that if your child’s pick-up arrangements are altered, the school should be given written authorisation by the parent/guardian. Pupils wishing to leave for any reason during the school day must have a written request by parent/guardian and must be collected and signed out by an adult. This may be sent as an email to info@wicklowetns.com

RSE (Relationship and Sexuality Education) – Please see school website for our policy and detail of course content for each class. RSE will be covered in all classes before the end of the school year.

Extra-Curricular Term 3 – Reminder that term 3 Extra-curricular fees, April Breakfast Club fees and April homework club fees were due for payment last Friday. Please ensure all outstanding balances are paid by end of school day tomorrow Thursday 3rd May.

IBAN – IE34AIBK93361905417550   BIC – AIBKIE2D

**Please ensure when making payment that you quote ECA/BC or HC and  family name as the payment reference.**

Mobility Committee Update

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Thank you for helping to keep the children safe by following the school safe parking and set down system. However, there is a small, but persistent number of parents who ignore these rules for their own convenience. Parking on the school access road causes serious congestion for other parents, school buses and visitors to the school. Also, ambulances are more than occasionally called to the school and cars parked inappropriately are blocking emergency vehicle access.

Parking on or near pedestrian crossings is a road traffic offence. It puts children at risk as they cannot see oncoming cars, nor can they be seen by drivers. For safety reasons, please do not park on or close to pedestrian crossings.

The staff carpark is for school staff only. Please do not park in the staff carpark at any time during the school day.

Dangerous parking and driving practises on or near school grounds may be recorded and reported to the local Gardaí where necessary.

 Please note that parents who persistently disregard these school rules will be contacted by school management to meet and discuss the issue. Safe set down and parking rules are in place to protect our children. Please respect these rules and other road users to help keep our children safe and our school a better place. We would like to remind parents/guardians that the speed limit in the school grounds is 10K.

Write A Book Competition

Congratulations to Sophie in 4th Class and Lilly and Caelin in 5th Class on winning the Write a Book competition this year. Their books were of an outstanding quality. Well done to all the children who took part this year.

Rugbytots – Saturday mornings at Wicklow Educate Together N.S.

Rugbytots weekly play sessions on a Saturday morning enable boys and girls aged 2-5 years old develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment. Our classes are action packed with races, obstacle courses, skills practice such as throwing, catching and of course kicking. We are delighted to offer a 10% discount to families in the school, use promo code WETNS10. Enrol or find out more at www.rugbytots.ie or text us on 0838185726 to organise a FREE trial class.

Youth Café Wicklow Town

The Youth Cafe in Wicklow Town is running taster sessions for 6th class students again this year – Tuesdays 3-5pm starting on May 1st until June 12th – and we would like to get the word out to all the local schools. We have run these limited sessions for the last couple of years & it has been successful in introducing young people to this free community social space, which they can then avail of regularly once they move on to secondary school.

PTA UPDATE

Gardening Party – The School has been kindly donated a host of golden daffodil bulbs (among others). We are looking for a Parent Gardening Party to plant the bulbs on Friday May 18th after drop off. No previous experience necessary! Please sign up on the sign in sheet at reception or simply turn up on the day with your gardening gloves!

Bike to School Day – Bike to School Day will take place on Wednesday 13th June. There will be three routes this year, starting in the Grand Hotel, Broomhall Business Park and Hudson’s Garage. If you would like to help on the day and are Garda vetted with our school, we are looking for volunteers to ride along with the children, 3 escort cars and help at the school to hand out fruit refreshments and help with the bike parking. There will also be a raffle for a new bicycle to be held to celebrate bike to school day.

Incoming new pupils Sept 2018 Coffee Morning

We will be hosting a coffee morning in the School Hall on 15th June from 9.00-10.30. We will be inviting the parents of incoming Junior infants and the parents of new children joining our older classes in September to come in and meet other parents and get a feel for the school community.

In particular, we would like to invite the parents of this year’s Junior and Senior infants to be on hand to offer sage advice for the incoming families, however as always everyone welcome! If you can please bring a cake or a few buns to soak up the fresh coffee. Younger siblings and next year’s infants more than welcome and a toy corner will be provided.

Sports Day

As you are all aware Parents are very welcome to come to Sports Day in WETNS. This year the PTA would like to organise Fruit snacks and water top up stands for the children to fuel up on the day. If you would like to volunteer to help to supply, prepare or man the stands on the day and are Garda vetted with our school, please let us know what you can do pta@wicklowetns.com.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

This year’s teddy bears picnic will be held on Saturday August 25th from 11-1pm. Venue to be confirmed. All welcome – bring your Teddy Bears!!!

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  on sinead@wicklowetns.com Please note that we will only promote school sanctioned events or those that benefit a registered charity in our newsletter.

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.