Dear School Community,                                                                    24th January 2019

IMPORTANT ADVANCE NOTICE:

The school will be closed on Friday 15 February as staff will undertake training in the revised language curriculum. Our aftercare facility will open on that day. If you wish to book a place on that day, please contact lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com to arrange. Places are limited so please book early.

The school will be closed for the Mid-Term break from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February.

Swimming Classes

Both 3rd Classes will commence swimming from Wednesdays on 30th January for 10 weeks.

Both 5th Classes will commence swimming on Thursdays from 31st January for 10 weeks.

(Their swimming classes will be from 12pm to 12.40pm and they will walk to and from the pool with their peers during the school day. Full details will be sent home directly.

Culture Week – Culture Week will take place from Monday 25th February – Friday 01st March 2019. Further details will follow closer to the time.

Vision & Hearing – The Junior Infants Vision & Hearing test will take place from Wednesday 27th March – Tuesday 2nd April.

Forest School – The following dates are scheduled for Forest School till the end of the school year.

Kate’s 4th Class – remaining

Fri 25th January –

Fri 01st February – (this date will replace the postponed 11th Jan trip)

Laura’s 3rd Class – Each Friday from 1st March to Fri 5th April (6 trips)

Further details will be sent out closer to the time

Brian’s 3rd Class – Each Friday from 10th May – Fri 14th June (6 trips)

Further details will be sent out closer to the time

Punctuality School starts each day at 8.50 and we ask all parents, guardians, minders to ensure that children arrive promptly to school in the morning and are collected on time at the end of the school day (1.30 for infants and 2.30 for all other classes) 8.50 is an important time to have a chat with friends, to hand in homework, for reading in the junior classes, settle in and be organised for the day ahead. Pupils who are late for class not only miss an important part of the school day but also cause interruption to the class teacher and to fellow class mates. We would also like to remind you that late collection, at the end of the school day is unacceptable. It can cause upset for children and unless booked in to an after-school activity or homework club can cause disruption to class teachers and to staff working in the office. Please be aware that children arriving before 8.40am are unsupervised.

Aftercare Opening Hours Extension – Our new extended aftercare facility is now open.  Our opening hours are 1.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. If you are interested in utilising our aftercare facility, please complete a registration form which are available in the school foyer. If you would like more information on our service or would like to discuss your specific requirements, please contact lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com

Aftercare/Homework Club January Billing – Reminder that our January aftercare and homework club fees are due on Monday 4th February. Bills will be emailed on that date. Please ensure prompt payment.

Extra-Curricular Term 2 Fees – Reminder term 2 fees must be paid in full by Friday 1st February.

Extra-Curricular Term 2 – We have had a great first week of extra-curricular! Lego club made exploding volcanos, Sewing club started making their rabbits, science made crystals, our cookery class made banana bread and our glee club started their musical journey! The children also really enjoyed our new multi-sport with many different sports and ball games covered during the class. Also, great to see so many children enjoy soccer, yoga and athletics. Today we have 3 chess classes, Irish dancing and our Arts & Crafts class class are making castles. Places still available in a number of classes. Please contact lisa.jervis@wicklowetns.com if you wish to register.

Lego Club 1ST – 4TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Multisport 1ST – 4TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Sewing 1ST – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Glee Club 2ND – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Science 1.30PM SENIOR INFANTS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Science 2.30PM 1ST – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Art 1ST – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Athletics SENIOR INFANTS/1ST – 6TH CLASS BOTH CLASSES FULL
Chess 2ND – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Irish Dancing 1.30PM JUNIOR/SENIOR INFANTS FULL
Irish Dancing 2.30PM 1ST – 6TH LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Soccer 2ND – 6TH CLASS FULL
Yoga – 1.30PM JUNIOR/SENIOR INFANTS FULL
Yoga – 2.30PM 1ST – 6TH CLASS LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Cookery 3RD – 6TH FULL

 

Wellies Wanted! – Do you have old unwanted wellies at home? Cathy’s class would love them for their garden project.

Lost Property – Lost Property will be on display for parents to sift through and reclaim in the coming days. Unfortunately, though, we simply haven’t the facility to store items indefinitely, so anything not reclaimed by the mid-term (Thursday 14th February) will be donated to charity.

Chess – Congratulations to the WETNS chess team, (Little Rose, Caelin, Kyle, Naoise, Aaron, Luke, Sonny M and Sonny L) who played in a 4 team tournament in Scoil Lorcain, Monkstown this week. They played superbly well to finish second overall where they showed perfect behaviour and great sportsmanship.

Go Girls – Girls only running & fitness group, Girls aged 10-13 yrs. Email gogirlsgorun@gmail.com or contact Eithne 087-9880518 or Vicky 087-1741064

PARENTS ASSOCIATION UPDATE

WETNS Strictly Dance 30th March 2019  – Only four dancing spots left!! We are looking for dancers of all abilities from zero to professional both women and men!  If you, your friends or family would like to learn to dance in 2019 and are willing to raise sponsorship to benefit WETNS please get in touch strictly@wicklowetns.com. You don’t need a partner; our professional choreographer will pair you up! First training night will be Tuesday 12th of February followed by 5 Tuesday training nights after the midterm leading up to the show on March 30th.  It will be great fun and if you even have a niggle to get involved please get in touch, you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t when you see the fabulous show.

How you can help the show without dancing!

Come to the show – tickets will be €25 and will be available in late February

Sponsor a dancer

Volunteer on the night to sell raffle tickets and votes

If you or your business would like to help your school and sponsor this event, please get in touch by email strictly@wicklowetns.com for more information. You can purchase a full or half page booklet ad at €150 or €85 respectively.

WETNS Strictly Dance Launch Party Sunday 24th February, Fitzpatrick’s, Wicklow Town – Please come and support our brave dancers. On the night the dance pairings and their assigned dances will be announced, getting the competition started!!!!! Nibbles and fun on the night! Adults only!

Parent Teacher Association Committee – New members required – The term of members of the PTA committee is one year and at the end of each year all members must stand down. This year there are a number of committee members who have been on the committee for a few years, have had loads of fun but now think it’s time to stand down and will not be returning. We need new and enthusiastic parents to come forward and nominate themselves to join the PTA Committee. It is a great opportunity to get involved in your child’s school, help out at school and parent events and ultimately expand your circle of friends. It has proven to be a great way to make friends with other parents while working on a common interest! Nomination forms will be in school bags next week. If you have some time to spare please nominate yourself and return the form to school.

PTA Annual General Meeting – All parents are invited to the AGM of the Parent Teacher Association. We hope to welcome and introduce the new committee, review the past year and look forward to 2019-2020 term.

Tuesday 5th February 7.30pm – 9pm. Teas and coffee at 7.30pm, meeting starts at 7.45pm.

Outgoing Chairpersons annual report

Outgoing Treasurers Financial Report

Introduction of new committee

Strictly Dance Update

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Chess Photo Final