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