Dear School Community,                                                                    14th November 2018

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICES:

Junior Infant Vaccinations – Reminder to Junior Infants parents that vaccinations will take place tomorrow Thursday 15th Nov & Friday 16th Nov in the main hall. You should already have received a day and time slot for your child.

Parent Teacher Meetings – These will take place on Thurs 22nd & Thurs 29th Nov. Please ensure you log into the Aladdin app and book your meeting slot by Monday 19th November as the option to book will close early next week.

Parent Teacher Meetings, in order to facilitate the upcoming parent teacher meetings on Thursdays 22 & 29 November school will finish at 2.15 on both days. Buses have been informed of this, please make your own necessary arrangements to facilitate this. Thank you. Aftercare (1.30pm – 2.30pm), homework club and extra-curricular activities will still go ahead on both Thursdays.

Forest School Kate’s 4th class – Kate’s class will start Forest school on Friday 23rd November through to Friday 7th December (3 weeks) and 11th January to 25th January (3 weeks). Please make payment through the online payment link sent yesterday. Fee for the term is €22.00.

6th Class ONLY Dental – forms were sent home yesterday in schoolbags. Please complete and return to your class teacher by no later than Friday 23rd November.

Important advanced notice – The school will be closed on Friday 15 February as staff will undertake training in the revised language curriculum.

Swimming

6th class swim term will finish tomorrow Thursday 15th November.

Term 2 – 30th January to the 10th April inclusive

3rd class – Wednesday’s at 12.00

5th class – Thursday’s at 12.00

WETNS Makers Craft and Gift Fair – Sunday 25th November. See detailed note in the PTA section of the newsletter.

END OF TERM CONCERT WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER IN THE SCHOOL HALL. ALL WELCOME

 

Class Teacher/s Times
Junior Infants Leanne & Sharon 9.15-9.30
Senior Infants Gina & Amy 9.35-9.45
1st class Ian & Sally 9.50-10.05
2nd class Paul & Michelle/Edele 10.10-10.30
3rd class Brian & Laura 11.05 – 11.20
4th class Kate & Alan 11.20 – 11.40
5th class Alison & Barry 11.40 – 12.10
6th class Rory & Eamonn 1.00 – 1.20

 

Important notice The Front Yard 2nd to 6th Class – From Monday 5th November we will be using the front yard for 2nd to 6th Class. The front gates (vehicular and pedestrian) and side gates will be closed daily from 10.30-11am and 12.20 -1.00. There will be no vehicular access to the school during these times.

Reading in the Junior Classes – Junior classes are currently working to coordinate a plan that will see every child have their reading heard every day.  Needless to say, this will require lots of bodies to help out! 😊 If you have half an hour to spare at drop off each morning, or indeed any morning, and would like to volunteer, please contact Eileen on eileen.power@wicklowetns.com.  All volunteers will need Garda clearance prior to commencing reading with the children. Thank you to all the wonderful parents/guardians who are coming in to help. This is a really positive experience for the children and we are seeing a significant improvement in their reading as a result.

Healthy Eating Policy – Please remember the school’s healthy eating policy when preparing your child’s lunch. No crisps, sweets or chocolate please. Pupils are allowed, if they wish, to bring a small treat on a Friday.

Outdoor play – The children play outside for 2 break times each day, in all weathers, please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for school bearing this in mind. Please make sure that all of your child’s belongings are clearly labelled.

Scooters and bicycles – Children must dismount whilst on school grounds. Scooters are not permitted in the school building. Many thanks

Clothing – If your child was sent home from school in a change of clothing at any stage this school year please return the clothing to the school as soon as possible.

Sixth class pupils – Niall Wall from Educate Together will visit the school on Wednesday November 21st to meet with the sixth-class students to offer them some information on the new Educate Together Secondary school and how it will be accessed.

Extra-Curricular Update: 

Aftercare/Homework Club Bookings – If you would like to book a day or cancel a day in aftercare or homework club, please email lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com. Bookings/cancellations should not be given to class teachers. 

Term 1 of our extra-curricular programme will finish on Thursday 13th December for all classes except Science, which will finish on Monday 17th December.

Term 2 will begin on Monday 14th January. You can register for term 2 on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th January. Further information will be sent out prior to the Christmas Holidays.

Aftercare (1.30pm – 2.30pm) – Our last day of Aftercare prior to the Christmas Holidays will be Thursday 20th December. We will reopen on Monday 7th January.

Homework club – Homework club will finish on Thursday 20th December and reopen on Monday 7th January.

Parents seminar in CCM with well renowned Psychologist Shane Martin. Shane is very well known in educational spheres and is often the leading speaker at national educational conferences. I have been trying for over a year to get him to Wicklow to do one of his parent talks. We have finally managed to get an available date on Dec 12th at 6.30pm. The Talk will last 45mins. As Shane will unlikely be in Wicklow any time soon again, we would like to invite the parents of the local primary schools to the talk also, the Topic being: Our children’s well-being and happiness. Please find attached information related to this event and feel free to share it with the parents of your school community. L Casey, Deputy Principal, Coláiste Chill Mhantáin

PARENTS ASSOCIATION UPDATE

WETNS Makers Craft and Gift Fair November 25th 12- 4pm

Last year’s fair was a great success and we would like to build on this success and earn some valuable funds for our school. WETNS needs your help to make this years fair a success!

Calling all crafters, makers, bakers and entrepreneurs!!! Stalls at the Makers Fair are €30 please contact pta@wicklowetns.com to reserve your stall. If you are a crafter but don’t have enough produce to make a stall, please consider donating some items to the parent craft stall for sale with all proceeds going to WETNS.

Following on from parental feedback we are reverting back to charge of €10 for our crafty childrens stall. The enterprising young people may pocket their profits!!!

We will be having a pocket money toy and book store again this year so please take the opportunity to gather up your old toys and children’s books that have some life left in them and we will collect them in the coming weeks. Likewise, we will be having a second-hand bookstore for all ages so if you need to make room on your shelf for 2019 books please bring in some of your old books for sale at the fair. We will also be having a lucky dip bottle stall so if you have a bottle of any variety from Fizzy Pop to Wine to Perfume and everything in between we’ll accept all donations.

Please leave books, toys and bottles at the elf in the main lobby.

Please let us know if you would like to help out with a kids craft area at the fair pta@wicklowetns.com (Garda vetting essential).

On the day we would greatly appreciate donations of cakes, buns, traybakes, breads, mince pies etc for our cake sale and refreshments area.

Makers Fair Raffle

We have some fabulous prizes in this years raffle.Tickets are €2 and order forms will go home in school bags and will also be for sale at the Fair! Tickets drawn on Sunday the 25th of November 2018. All funds raised go to benefit WETNS!!

1st prize: Lenovo Windows 10 Laptop (Retail Value €419.00) Donated by Neil

Harris, Arklow and Gorey Computer Solutions.

2nd Prize: 1 x Family Season Ticket to Greenan Maze, County Wicklow.

3rd Prize: Lunch for 2 at The Lighthouse Restaurant, Wicklow Town.

4th Prize: 1 x Family Entry (2 adults & 2 children) to Squirrel Scramble, Bray.

5th Prize: Weekday 2 Ball at Blainroe Golf Club, County Wicklow.

6th Prize: 10 Journey Pass to Coral Leisure Center, Wicklow Town.

7th Prize: 1 x “Special Family Pass” to Wicklow Bowl.

8th Prize: 1 x Family Day Tour Pass (2 adults & 3 children) to Wicklow Gaol.

9th Prize: 2 Bottles of Wine donated by “The Wicklow Wine Company”.

10th Prize: €15 Voucher for Tir na Nog Beauty Salon, Main Street, Wicklow Town.

11th Prize: Prize donated by Wings and Things, Wicklow Town.

12th Prize: “Gift Pack” donated by Wild Wicklow Creations, Wicklow Town.

Bonus Raffle Prizes including: Creative Mobile Gaming Headset, 2 x Wireless Speakers

Donated by Mark Jervis.

The PTA on behalf of Wicklow Educate Together would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors

for their generosity.

School Calendar

Thank you for your calender orders. All of the classes have been photographed and we are currently working with the printer to produce this years calender. The children all look lovely in their coloured themes. The calender will be distributed the first week in December.

WETNS Lions Club Table quiz Wednesday 28th November 8.30pm The Mariner

Come and support WETNS and have a fun night out meeting other parents! Tables of 4 are €40. Form your own team or show up on the night and we can team you up. If you want to be teamed up in advance email pta@wicklowetns.com . The Lions Club series of table quizzes in Wicklow Town are fundraisers run by the Lions Club on behalf of charities (of which our school is one). We need to fill as many tables as possible as the funding for our school from the table quizzes is proportional to tables sold. Being organised by the Lions Club, we get to put the feet up and have a fun evening out while helping WETNS. If you have a bottle or unopened unwanted gift please bring these with you for the raffle on the night.

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.  

CCM Seminar- Psychologist Shane Martin