Newsletter March 2015
Once again we have had a very busy and productive term. The school year is passing very quickly. Only one final term in the 2014/2015 school year. Some items of information for you our parents;
· Visit to the school of Bernard Dunne, former Irish professional boxer and a former World (WBA) and European Super Bantamweight champion. Bernard spoke to the senior children about the importance of hard work, dedication and perseverance in attaining success in any area of life. His speech was motivational and inspiring. He is also a dedicated speaker of the Irish language and following his talk there was a question and answer session from the children, in both the Irish and English language. We thank Carambola, the company who supply our school’s lunches, for sponsoring this visit which took place on Tuesday 24rd March.
· End of the water bottles: You will all have realised by now that the children will not be receiving an individual plastic bottle of water each day with their school lunches. This decision was taken by the school in the interest of the environment. All children will have their own flask by now which they will fill up as they need with water. The lunch company will supply the children with an additional snack each day which they can order on line, as with all their lunch, using their personalised identification number found on their lunch bag.
· PTA Spring Raffle: The PTA organised a very successful raffle to raise funds for the school. There were 24 winners overall and the winner of first place was Charley Hickey from 4th Class red. Congratulations to all the winners and a very special thank you to the PTA (And Maureen Fox in particular) for organising the raffle, sourcing and wrapping the prizes and making such a success of our raffle. I understand that they made over €500. Exact figure will be available to you on the PTA section of our website,eskeretns.ie shortly.
· Revised Anti Bullying Policy; In line with Revised National Guidelines, Esker ETNS has revised and updated its anti-bullying policy. See copy of this, plus other policies of interest to parents, e.g., Code of Behaviour, Child Protection etc. on our school website in the Parent Section
· Seachtain na Gaeilge: We had a very successful and enjoyable Seachtain na Gaeilge which culminated in a concert and Ceilí on Friday 13th March, We celebrated with a Lá Glas, when the majority of our children dressed up in Green, to celebrate the fact that despite the fact that we may all hold identities and speak languages from all over the world, we are all living together here in Ireland and we celebrate our collective “Irishness”during Seachtain na Gaeilge.
· Website; Please keep an eye on our school website. All of our exciting plans and events are covered on the home page. Policies of interest to parents are on the parents section. Classes have uploaded work on individual sites and there are photos in our gallery section. The school calendar is available there. Google eskeretns.ie.
· Happy Easter to all our families who celebrate and happy holidays to everyone. See you all back on Monday 13th April for Esker Loves Books
Esker Loves Books: Book Week April 13th –April 17th See Information over the page
Esker Loves Books: Book Week April 13th –April 17th Celebrating the Story of Pinocchio
As we all know the habit of regular reading contributes significantly to a child’s literacy skills.
During our first week back after the holidays the children will be participating in a number of activities to promote an interest in books and reading. We call this our “Esker Loves Books” week.
Over the past month the children from all classes throughout the school have been reading different versions of the Pinocchio story. They have discussed and explored the book and have produced beautiful pieces of artwork inspired by the story. On Friday 17th we will be holding a special Pinocchio- themed assembly during which the drama club will perform their interpretation of the story and the children will dress up as characters from the book. You can Google Pinocchio characters for a list and description of the many varied characters in this wonderful children’s tale.
There will be a number of other events throughout the week to promote an interest in books and reading. On Tuesday 14th Jackie Bourke, author of “The Secrets of Grindlewood” will be coming in to talk to children from 3rd to 6th class about the work of a writer. Niall de Bourca the well-known story-teller will be entertaining the children with stories and tales on Thursday 16th. He is a great favourite of the children in the school. A number of parents have volunteered to come into the school to read to their child’s class, and classes throughout the school will be pairing up as “Reading Buddies” to read to each other.
It would be wonderful if parents could involve themselves in this drive to promote a love of books by reading stories to your children at home, talking to them about the books they are reading or taking them on trips to the library or your local bookshop.