Dear school community,                                                                                               20th June 2018

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICES

Our school will close on Friday 29th June at 12.30pm for the Summer break.

Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School Action Group extends an open invitation to a Public Meeting Tuesday on 26th June at 7.30PM in the Main Hall.

6th Class graduation will take place on Thursday 28th June at 12 noon.

School Calendar for 2018/2019 attached below.

Book Rental & Sundries Fees Now Due.

Reminder that book rental and sundries fees for school year 2018/2019 must be paid in full before school closes on Friday 29th June. It will not be possible to join the book rental scheme in September.

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.

Aladdin Connect

We have now gone live with Aladdin Connect (the new advanced version of Parent Portal). Please use the email link to register for Aladdin Connect and this will then allow you to install the App on your mobile phone. This system allows you to view the following:

  • Noticeboard – allows you to view all emails and texts received from the school.
  • Report Cards – allows you to view all report cards for your child/children at the school.
  • Attendance
  • Library Book Information
  • Class List – This replaces the historical paper/email format Parent Contact Lists. It is up to each parent/guardian to decide if they want to Opt in to this aspect. Please click on the class list section for each child and read through the information provided.

Library BOOKS! School Rental BOOKS! Oxford Reading Tree BOOKS! Any book with a WETNS Label on it! Please send them all back in to the school. Please give to the class teacher or to Paula.

Well done to all our pupils who have read, enjoyed and looked after lots of books this year!

Library Volunteers & Donors – A Huge Thank You

Thanks to all our library volunteers who have helped at different times this academic year. You have been a tremendous help with both our Book Rental Scheme and our Library. Thanks to you, we have continued to build our stock of books. Together we have enabled many of our pupils to read a great variety of books, as most classes now have a weekly library visit. Many pupils have developed an interest in reading for the first time. There are great pupil discussions about favourite authors, genres and books … and appeals to me to continue to source their requested books!

We look forward to developing our library further each year.

Thank you so much.

Paula

Blue/Green Class Information

You will receive confirmation of whether your child will be in Blue or green class next year before the school closes for Summer holidays. Details of which teachers will be assigned to classes next year will be confirmed over the Summer break by email.

WICKLOW EDUCATE TOGETHER – SCHOOL TOURS   2018

Please see below the full list of school tours remaining for this school year. Please ensure tour fees are paid in advance.

CLASS LOCATION Date Time Leaving School Time Returning To School Price Per Child
Paul & Gina Tick Tock Mon       9.15am 1.15pm € 12.00
Sen Infs Activity Farm 25th June
Sally & Leanne Clara Lara Wed 9.30am 2.20pm € 26.00
2nd Classes Co. Wickow 27th June

Extra-Curricular Term 3

Breakfast Club & Homework Club Fees – If you have a balance outstanding for Breakfast club or Homework club we would ask that you make immediate payment. It is a very busy time at the school office and chasing overdue payments takes away from key end of school year tasks.

Breakfast Club – as per our communication last week, our Breakfast Club will close next Thursday 28th of June. June billing will be issued on that date and we would ask all parents/guardians to ensure bills are paid before school closes on Friday 29th June.

Aftercare until 5pm – Our new Aftercare facility will open in September 2018. We will be contacting all those who applied for this service in the coming weeks to provide further information.

Summer Camps

Places are filling up quickly in our Summer camps. If you would like to register your child,

please complete a form at the office for the WETNS Camp. Please contact Gina directly for the Sugarcraft camp.

WETNS SUMMER CAMP – Join Eileen, Kate & Sally for a Fun, Energetic and Holistic camp. All 5-12 years currently attending Wicklow Educate Together welcome. Arts & Crafts, Cookery, Lego, Gardening, Science, Sewing, Dance, Yoga and much more! 9.30am – 1.30pm Mon – Friday. €90.00 per week or €170.00 for 2 weeks. €10.00 sibling discount. Registration form available at the school office.

Week 1 – 16th – 20th July. Week 2 – 23rd – 27th July. 

SUGARCRAFT SUMMER CAMP – Create Sugarcraft animals in their own habitat using sugarpaste. Decorate Summer themed cupcakes and make your own chocolate flowers. All tools and materials supplied. All children age 9 – 12 welcome. 10am – 2pm Mon – Friday. €130.00 per week. Contact Gina to book a place 087 844 9396.

Week 1 – 16th – 20th July. Week 2 – 23rd – 27th July.

WETNS Mobility Subcommittee  We are continuing to liaise with the local county council with the view to improving road safety around the school. A new senior engineer is coming on board & we hope he will expedite these traffic calming measures. Bualadh bos mór to all our WOW participants over the year!! Well done for braving the harsh winter weather and hats off for giving bike to school day such a good shot! Those hills are definitely for the brave! Louise’s 1st class stole the show however with an unbeaten record for retaining the junior golden boot award!! Maith sibh!!

Sincere thanks to our set down helpers who have bravely taken on the mighty task of ensuring set down runs smoothly to keep all our children safe in the mornings. If anyone thinks they could help out at all next term, please email mobility@wicklowetns.com. Thank you: Donna Carolan, Sarah & Ted Coker Voight, Damian O’Rourke, Rob Greene, Margarita Nowicka, Brian Fitzsimons, Rory Connolly.

Educate Together Wicklow Secondary School Campaign (Update 20th June 2017)

The local Wicklow Educate together campaign for patronage of the new secondary school opening in September 2019 is in full swing, we have over 30 volunteers. But the most important thing is for everyone to be drumming up support with your friends and family.

Open Meeting: To be held in WETNS on Tuesday 26th of June from 7.30pm – 8.30pm; all are welcome, this is a great opportunity to bring along parents who are undecided, so they can hear about how amazing an ET Secondary School is. We will have representatives from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School including parents and students, so it will be a very informative meeting.

Patronage submission: Educate together have confirmed they submitted an application to the department of education for the patronage of the planned new secondary school for Wicklow, opening in September 2019. We currently have no confirmation from the department of education of the other bodies that may have submitted patronage but will update you once this is known.

Expressions of Interest: We are still waiting for the process to be announced by the department of education, getting the maximum number of expressions of interest will be critical to how successful the campaign is. As soon as we have this information we will communicate it.

A big thanks to everyone who has already been actively involved and are starting the canvassing with family and friends, every conversation matters.

If you want to get involved be kept updated on progress of the campaign team email secondlevel@wicklowetns.com  For more information please visit our website https://wetss.wordpress.com to follow our campaign, follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wicklow.etss.7), or on our Twitter feed (@WicklowETSS).  

PTA UPDATE

Bike to School Day
Thanks to all the students and parents who participated in Bike to School Day! Across the 3 different routes, about 60 students biked to school! Well done! Thank you to all the parents who made this possible, especially those who cycled along with the students! Thank you to all the teachers who made this day possible by cycling with the 3 different groups, cutting up fruit (which everyone enjoyed at the end!), hanging up bunting, and giving us a wonderful reception at the school.
The bike raffle will be held on Thursday, 21 June. Results will be announced.

Coffee Morning
Thanks to all who came to our coffee morning last Friday – your bakes and presence were wonderful! There was a great group of parents and it was appreciated especially by the incoming parents and their children. Thank you!

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

This year’s teddy bears picnic will be held on Saturday August 25th from 11-1pm in the Abbey Grounds, Wicklow. All welcome – bring your Teddy Bears!!!

Do you have available storage space?

Would you be interested in storing parade props from our schools previous St. Patrick’s Day parades. Please contact pta@wicklowetns.com directly.

Lost Property – We have a large amount of Lost Property here at the school and would really like to return all the coats, jackets, hoodies, cardigans, t-shirts, hats and gloves to their owners before we close for the Summer break. All unlabelled items are now on individual hangers in the main foyer. One rail for smaller items and one for larger. Any unclaimed lost property will be given to charity at the beginning of the summer so please check rails as soon as possible!

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.

Calendar 2018-2019