Dear school community,                                                                                               Wednesday 23rd May

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICES:

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.

Book Rental/Sundries/School Tour Fees

Important information was sent home in schoolbags yesterday/today in relation to school tours, booklists for school year 2018/2018 and book rental & sundries for school year 2018/2018.

The online payment link to pay school tours and book rental/sundries will be send by email today. We would ask as many families as possible to utilise this online payment tool.

If you are paying the school tour by cash or cheque, please include the exact amount in an envelope with the consent form and return it to the class teacher.

If you are paying the book rental & sundries by cash or cheque, please include the exact amount in an envelope with the consent form and return it to Fran or Lisa at the school office. Book Rental & Sundries must be paid by Friday 8th June.

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. Information sent home in schoolbags.

CLASS LOCATION Date Time Leaving School Time Returning To School Price Per Child
Kate & Eileen KiaOra Mon       9.15am 1.20pm € 15.00
Jun Infs Gorey 28th May
Paul & Gina Tick Tock Mon       9.15am 1.15pm € 12.00
Sen Infs Activity Farm 25th June
Caoimhe & Chloe Festina Lente Wed          9am 2.20pm € 22.00
1st Class Bray 6th June
Sally & Leanne Clara Lara Wed 9.30am 2.20pm € 26.00
2nd Classes Co. Wickow 27th June
Alison & Brian National Heritage Mon 9am 3.30pm** € 19.00
3rd Classes Ferrycarrig 18th June
Alan x Hidden Valley Tues 9am 2.20pm € 18.00
4th Class Rathdrum 19th June
Eamonn & Rory National Aquatic Centre, Dublin Mon 9am 2.20pm € 18.00
5th Classes 18th June
Edele World of Adventure Wed        9.15am 2.20pm € 36.00
6th Class Courtown 20th June
Edele RDS Wed       7.30am** 6.30pm** € 15.00
6th Class Belfast 6th June
ASD Classes Dublin Zoo Fri       8.50am** 2.20pm € 20.00
1st June

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. Working hours are 7.00am – 9.00am and 1pm – 6pm Monday to Friday on a shift rota. Qualifications and experience in childcare required. If you are interested in working mornings, afternoons or both, please send your CV to wetnsjobs@gmail.com by Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Extra-Curricular Term 3

Homework club – Homework club for this school year will finish next Thursday 31th May.

Term 3 of our extra-curricular activities will finish on Thursday 14th June.

Summer Camps – details of Summer camps here at the school will be issued shortly.

Outstanding fees – please ensure any outstanding homework club, breakfast club or ECA fees are paid in full this week.

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. 

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.

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.

PTA UPDATE

Gardening Party – Your school NEEDS YOUR HELP!! Even half hour of your time would really go a long way in the garden. We got off to a good start last week, weeding the teaching garden in preparation for the children’s class crops in September.  The School has been kindly donated hedging and bulbs and we are looking for a Parent Gardening Party to plant the hedging and bulbs on Friday 25th May and Friday June 1st after drop off. We also have lots of weeding to do including the front landscaped areas and the poly tunnel . 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 and trowels!

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. Please email us on pta@wicklowetns.com letting us know where you can help. We already have a few teacher volunteers onboard with their bikes so we’re hoping our parents can also dust off their high nellies!!!!

Coffee Morning for next year’s new coming families 15th June 9.00-10.30

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!!!

Parent Training Courses

We’ve had two excellent sessions from Sharon Hogan from the National Parents Council on Your Child’s Mental Wellbing and Helping you children build healthy friendships and relationships.

We’ve booked the three night course on Helping your child build healthy friendships and relationships for September, Monday nights starting Monday Sept 10th, 17th & 24th. Spaces on this course are limited to maximum 15 places and you must be available for the three nights. Please send expressions of interest to pta@wicklowetns.com. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis based on time of receipt of your email. You will be contacted in August to confirm you are available for the three dates in September. There will be a €5 charge for this course.

There are also a number of FREE online training courses available for all on the NPC website.

http://npc.ie/training.aspx

NPC Annual Conference

Saturday 16 June 2018 – National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin 1 – 10.30am to 4pm (on the LUAS redline Mayor Square – NCI stop)

All parents are welcome to attend, ADMISSION IS FREE and lunch is provided

Keynote Speaker is Tako Rietveld from the Netherlands with his presentation Making the voice of young people heard. 

Tako Rietveld is the world’s first and only ‘Youth Correspondent’.
Children look at the world from a different perspective than adults. They have their own unique thoughts, views and opinions. With Tako’s help, we can learn from the children and act on it. He will take us on his journey into the world of young people. With powerful examples he will show young people are more than just happy creatures that like to play. ‘Children inspire, surprise, make you think and make you smile. Adults teach children all about life. Children teach adults what life is all about.

As a former reporter for the Dutch NOS ‘Jeugdjournaal’ Tako has travelled all over the world reporting for children about the various situations in the world. Tako set-up the ‘De Kindercorrespondent’ platform so that the stories and the opinions of children can be heard. According to Tako children are too rarely heard in the news. He won’t stop until the voice of every child is being heard!

Other speakers include the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.DPaul Gilligan CEO of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and a spokesperson from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.