Hoping that the yard and the hall will be a sea of green for tomorrow's Seachtain na GAeilge ceolchoirm agus céilí. Bhí gach duine ag cleachtadh don Cheolchoirm agus don céilí and taimd réidh anois don spórt
Happy Chinese and Vietnamese New Year to all our families who celebrated on Saturday. We had a lovely assembly on Friday 27th where we unveiled our new dragon. Each child in the school had a part to play in making the huge dragon and he/she (we're not sure yet) will grace the back wall of the hall for some time to come. Thansk to Leah, Niamh, Komeera and tania who put the whole thing together. We will have a competition to give him a suitable name.
A special thanks to our parent, Maureen, who came into Second class and gave a presentation about Vietnam, which was very enjoyable and informative. She also helped the children to make beautiful red and yellow decorations and gave each child a traditional red envelope with chocolate coins inside.
It is, of course, the Year of the Rooster. This year will last until 15th February 2018. The New Year , also known as the Spring Festival is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival , the 15th day of the new year.
Each year is characterised by one of the 12 animals which appear in the zodiac. This year the Year of the Rooster.
As you know, the General Members Meeting planned for Saturday 28th January had to be postponed, because of the low number of confirmed attendees. I am pleased to tell you that this meeting will now be held on
Saturday 11th February in our school, Esker ETNS, Lucan.
As a democratic organisation, it is important that Educate Together’s members come together to discuss matters of importance to our schools. This year we are developing a new strategic plan, and we need members to be engaged in the process. Educate Together has asked us to promote this meeting widely. Board members, teachers and parents are all welcome. I would ask that you RSVP if you intend to come to the meeting. Respond here: https://form.jotformeu.com/70251655139354
I would be very pleased to see members of our Board, our PTA, parents and teachers at this meeting so do come along if you can .
We received the following message from the Board of Directors
Unfortunately due to the low numbers of confirmed attendees, the General Members’ Meeting (GMM) which was to be held on Saturday, 28/01/2017 in Esker ETNS has been postponed. A formal invitation will be sent to all Members when the rescheduled date is finalised.
Educate Together Board of Directors
Food Dudes is a healthy food initiative run by the Department of Education and funded by the EU. The aim of the initiative is to encourage children to try and eat fruit and vegetables, and to include them into their daily life. The ultimate aim is to combat childhood obesity. If we teach our children healthy eating habits from a young age, this will help them throughout their lives.
For 16 days, our children were given a portion of fruit and vegetables daily. They were rewarded for tasting them initially and then for finishing the portion. They got to try; apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, peppers, cucumber, carrots, and mange tout. If at first the children didn’t like the taste of them, we encouraged them to try it again and again. Tests have shown that it may take up to five tastes before a child will like something. Our 6th class children were our Food Dude Superheroes who arrived at the classrooms daily providing fruit, vegetables and lots of encouragement to all the children to keep them healthy.
It is vitally important that children have a balanced diet and that fruit and vegetables are eaten as part of their everyday. Teachers are now checking that children are eating these every day in school. Children will be rewarded with bronze, silver and gold certificates if they eat a portion of any fruit and any vegetables every day. Children are encouraged to bring portions of fruit and vegetables from home into school, or you can change their carambola lunches online to ensure that they get some in their school lunch.
Our school is working towards getting our first Active Flag. A lot more information about this in the coming months
Parents & Guardians - get active, get fit, make friends!
Every new year comes with new resolutions and good intentions. If you are hoping to get fit, Esker can help you get active. Walking club is on every Thursday at 9.30am. Gemma meets the group at the main entrance for a brisk 5km walk. Everybody is welcome, buggies included. It’s a great way to meet other parents in the school and to become part of our community.
Yoga is on every Monday morning in the hall at 9.30am. This is a free class for all of our parents, all you need is a mat, some water and a little bit of motivation. It will run until April. If you are interested contact Gemma on 086 026 1061.
I hope you will join us for a healthy 2017.
What a wonderful concert we had here in the school just before the holidays. Every class worked really hard to produce songs from the Musicals for the enjoyment and entertainment of parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and of course for the children themselves. We had two Esker Entertain concerts,, one for the parents and invited guests on Tuesday and we did it all again for the children in the school on Wednesday. There was a mixture of old and new, much loved, tunes from the Musicals. Songs from The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Jungle Book, Les Miserables, High School Musical. Our Junior Infants even managed Hakuna Matata from the Lion King, no mean feat I can tell you. We had Zippidity Do Dah from the 1946 Musical Song of the South. We had bell ringers from 6th and our new tin whistle group impressed us all with four tunes. Then there were our brave and talented soloists. There were dancers accompanying our soloist Claudia in a rousing version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. We had actors and singers accompany Natalie in Frosty the Snowman. We had a beautiful version of Castle in the Cloud from Les Mis. from Fabiana in 2nd Class. Lauretta gave her unique and powerful rendition of 'Do you want to Build a Snowman' from Frozen. Ainhoa sang two beautiful songs including Once Upon a Winter Time and Tade brought the house down with his own blues composition Fruit Salad Blues accompanied by his band KingTade and the Rich Dab Blues Kingdom.
Thank you to all of you parents who turned up to cheer on your children. You were a magnificent audience. Thanks also once again to our wonderful PTA who hosted the parents with tea /coffee and mince pies. A great days work for us all and a great way to send us all off in to the holidays with music in our hearts
Newsletter October 2016
Autumn is at last upon us and the days are getting shorter and colder.
Reminder: Mid-term next week: School Closed
I would like to remind you that our first half term is nearly at an end and mid- term break takes place next week. There is no school next week. School re-opens on Monday November 7th
Junior and Senior Infants Curriculum Meetings Tuesday 25th 7:30 in the school.
On Tuesday 25th October at 7:30 in the school there will be a meeting for the parents of our Junior Infant classes and of our Senior infant classes. The class teachers will talk to the parents and outline the curriculum for each level. They will explain what is expected of the parents at home in order to fully support the education of your children. Teachers will discuss reading and reading readiness, and they will tell you about Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, which is being followed in all four classes. They will also discuss homework and specifically how best you can help your child at home in these early days of schooling. Gemma, our Home School Liaison teacher and Colette, the Principal, will also address the meetings and be available to answer your questions. This is a general meeting for parents and not a forum for individual progress reports on the children. There will be individual clinic meetings next term during which the teacher will give a report to you the parent on all aspects of your child's education and social development.
Dress Up Friday October 28th
Children are invited to dress up on Friday. Many children like to dress up for the Irish festival of Halloween. Many other children, who do not celebrate Halloween, may like to dress up for the Diwali festival of lights, celebrated by our Sikh and Hindu families in the school which also takes place next weekend on October 30th. Other children might like to dress up in their national costume, in their favourite clothes, in their favourite football team kit, as a princess, or whatever they like. Dress up is entirely optional.
School enrolments: School office on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 1:00 pm
Our enrolments for future years are filling up very fast. This year we had some very disappointed parents who couldn’t get a place in our junior infants. We are currently taking applications for Junior Infants, 2017. You must apply before February 2017 to be included in our first round of offers. As you know we are operating a common enrolment list with four Educate Together schools in Lucan. The system is explained in detail on our website. Please make sure to read and understand the system. Forms can be downloaded from the website. Don’t forget the translate button on our website if you need it.
Notes re absences
Don’t forget to include a note in your child’s homework journal or in a letter to your child’s teacher if your child has been absent. We need a written explanation of all absences.
Thanks you to all those parents who have sent in the €95 per child which is requested for school materials, book rental, photocopying etc. Please send the money in to your child’s class teacher in an envelope with the child’s name on it if you have not already done so. We are also requesting that outstanding swimming money be paid immediately.
I would particularly like to remind all parents of their responsibility for safe driving in and around the school, both at the main entrance and at the Castle Road entrance. Be mindful at all times that there are 425 children coming and going in this school. The Board of Management is extremely concerned about safety. Please be extremely careful to ensure your own child’s safety and the safety of all the children in this school. The beat way to improve things would be for more parents to use the Castle Road entrance. It is safer and quicker for the parents who use it at the moment. Be careful also of the children who are attending other schools on Castle Road. As parents we have responsibility to all children.
Please also be careful to be mannerly and careful with our neighbours, particularly if you are parking in their estate. We would like our relationships with our neighbours to be as cordial as possible.
Mind your bikes
Please also note that children’s bikes must be locked when they are parked in the school. We cannot guarantee their safety and they are parked there at your own risk. We do not want any situation where a bike is stolen from our grounds.
The PTA held their AGM in the hall recently and it was very well attended. The following people were elected to the committee: Chairperson: Farzana Shah, Vice Chair: Sabaa Katib-Khan Treasurer Fatima and Secretary is Ciaran Brosnan . Welcome to you all and thank you for agreeing to put yourselves forward for this committee. A great big thank you also to Aoife, our outgoing Chairperson and Maureen, Marta and Honor , the outgoing committee.
Information to office: Please update the office with any changes to address or phone numbers. It is vitally important that we have up to date information.
Toy and treat sale on Friday. Please look through your house for toys in good condition that that are no longer in use in your house and send them in to the Servery behind the hall any day during the week. We are hoping for lots of 'goodies' on Friday for the children to enjoy. These PTA sales only rarely take place so we can allow the children to enjoy the cakes, buns and sweets for one day. The children absolutely love these sales as you know. Don't forget to send them in with some money on Friday so that they can buy. Costs are very low so anything at all will get something for your child. The PTA use the money colledcted to purchase equipment, toys etc for your children.