I am devastated and heartbroken to report the death of our teacher Paul Kilgarriff who died last Sunday night following a tragic accident on holidays in Austria. Paul has been with our school since 2007, two months after we opened, and was a much loved and respected colleague and teacher. As a founder member of our staff Paul has been instrumental in building our school to be the wonderful, warm school that it is. His kindness and care for each and every child in his class, present and past, has been exemplary and his support for his teaching colleagues as a language support teacher and a class teacher has been greatly valued. We will miss Paul for his wonderful sense of humour and lively spirit in the classroom and the staffroom. The staff, the parents, the Board of Management, the PTA and not least the children are extremely saddened by his untimely death. We all extend our deepest sympathy to his partner, family and friends and all those who knew and loved Paul as we did. We also send our sympathies to the children of third class (Red) especially who we know are deeply saddened and shocked by this news.
There is no news as yet of funeral arrangements but I will contact the school community by text message and on the website as soon as I have information.
Rest in Peace, Paul
We have postponed Esker Loves books from 14th February to the 28th February due to parent teacher meetings happening in the school this week. Please read the edited item below, correct now with new date, about Esker Loves Books and get your thinking caps on for costumes for the children- Infants- any Nursery Rhyme characters, 1st to 6th- characters from any of Roald Dahl (our featured author) Google prekinders.com for ideas for nursery rhyme characters and raold dahl character dress up for the older children. There are plenty pf ideas to choose from.
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới" Happy New Year to those of us who celebrate Vietnamese New Year and Kung Hei Fat Choi to those of us who celebrate Chinese New Year. Both cultures are celebrating New Year, the Year of the Horse this week. We are all learning how to pronounce the greetings, some with more success than others!!
Every year Esker celebrates World Book Day by choosing a famous book and arranging a number of fun and learning activities around that book. Last year we had great fun with the Wizard of Oz and the previous year we got totally involved with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. There are great photos of these days on the old version of this website. There is a link to the old website on the home page above this article.
This year we are bringing forward our celebration of Books and we are renaming it as Esker Loves Book Day. Over the next two weeks each class from 1st class up to 6th class will be reading a book written by the renowned children's author Roald Dahl. Class work in Art, drama, poetry and an in-depth analysis of the book and characters will form part of the children's work over the next two weeks. On Friday 14th the school will celebrate with a Roald Dahl assembly. Children will be invited to dress up as a character form their class novel (or any character from a Roald Dahl novel or poem). There will be a parade and a prize ( a book of course) for the most creative costume in each class.
As usual teachers will prepare a short drama to illustrate a scene from one of the novels. It is all hush hush at the moment but I can assure you that auditions are being held and plans are afoot- the teachers' drama has proved to be one of the best parts of the day.
The children from Junior and Senior Infants are a bit too young for Roald Dahl and they will celebrate Esker Loves Books with a selection of Nursery Rhymes. They will have their own assembly with performances of nursery rhymes and story telling. The children form the infant classes will be invited to dress up as a nursery rhyme character- some ideas- Hey Diddle diddle, Humpty Dumpty, MAry had a little lamb, Little Bo Peep, Twinkle twinkle little star, Baa baa black sheep
Time to start thinking about costumes. Good Luck !
Parent teacher meetings for Junior classes are taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday. These are meetings for parents of children from Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd class. (Senior Classes had their meetings last November). Teachers have made every effort to put siblings together on the same day and near each other in times. These are very important meetings for you to get a clear picture of how your child is doing socially and academically. You will be given very specific information about how your child is doing in different areas of the curriculum and you will get the opportunity to ask your child's teacher questions about homework or any aspect of your child's education or development. Please come to the school at least five minutes before your appointed time and do not keep the teacher longer than the allotted ten minutes. The teachers have up to thirty parents to see over two afternoons. If you have the need for a longer meeting it may be necessary to rearrange a second meeting. Hope to see you all next week. Your child's teacher will give you your appointment. go to this website address if you wish to find out more about preparing for parent teacher meetings at primary level
Happy New Year to all our families.
I am delighted to report that building work has begun on our 4 acre site in Esker Lane. We are very excited by the plans for our 16 classroom school, with a wonderful school hall, library/computer room, staff room, parent room and lots of small SET rooms for teachers to work with small groups or individual children, There are two large basketball pitches and one Junior yard. We are pleased also that the planners have decided to keep the wonderful old trees that are on the site and they will be a great addition to the landscaping of the school. Plans are available to view. Just contact Colette or Tom to arranger to come into the school to view them
November 2013 newsletter
All newsletters are uploaded onto our website eskeretns.ie. There is a translation option (31 different languages available) on the right hand side of the home page. Choose “Languages”
Parent teacher meetings: 3rd Class to 6th class: Thank you to all parents who turned up for their parent teacher meetings this week. There was a great turn out which shows us how much you care about your child’s education and well-being Thank you to the teachers for the hard work that they put in getting their reports ready for you. If for some reason you were unable to make the meeting I would ask that you try to arrange a meeting at a time that is mutually suitable for you and the class teacher. Put a note in your child’s homework journal and the teacher will get back to you. Do not miss out on the very important chance to get an honest assessment of your child’s ability, progress, behaviour and social skills.
Parent teacher meetings for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class and 2nd class will take place in February 2014. Make sure that you make yourself available for these meetings.
Swimming Classes: Unfortunately, personnel from the swimming pool has contacted the school to say that they have to close the pool for the rest of this week due to unforeseen maintenance issues. 2nd Class red and 5th class green were due to start their session on Wednesday. This lesson has been postponed but will take place at another time. Your children will be told all the details when we have further information. I want to take this opportunity to state that swimming is not an optional activity. All children are expected to go swimming. In very rare cases, swimming may not be suitable for a particular child. In those cases, it is important that Colette is informed in writing of the difficulty as your child will be missing out on a vital part of their Physical Education for a full seven- eight weeks, the duration of the swimming session. I need to have a record of the reason in writing so that I can explain to the departmental inspector why a child is missing out on their lessons. Please talk to Colette or Tom if you have a difficulty paying for the lessons and we can come to some arrangement in this regard.
Sam Maguire Cup: Johnny Mc Caffrey, the famous Dublin hurler from our Local GAA club, Lucan Sarsfields, brought the Sam Maguire cup to Esker ETNS last week. This cup was won by the Dublin team in a thrilling match against Mayo in the All Ireland Football final last September. All the children from 1st class to 6th class gathered in the hall to welcome and to cheer the cup and some of the players and support team from the victorious Dublin side. Johnny also brought in the Bob O'Keefe cup which was won by the Dublin hurling team, the winners of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship. 2013 was a year of great success for the Dublin sides and our school was thrilled to be part of the celebrations. Congratulations boys! There were many questions asked and a rousing chorus of Dublin's Fair City before photographs were taken with the cup.
Drumming Workshop: €2 euro per child: We are delighted to host Neil Dowling from Drum Nature to a drumming workshop here in the school for all children from Junior Infants to 6th class on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Every child will get a chance to participate in a drumming circle. Drumming is a great way to relax, to have fun and to connect with others. The aim of DRUM NATURE is to use rhythm-based events to bring people together and to create a positive outlet for creativity, energy and self-expression. A drum circle is what happens when any number of people get together to create rhythm. Using drums and percussion the participants together create a unique in-the-moment rhythm consisting of everyone's individual contribution. Neil from Drum Nature will assist this process but ultimately the music is made by the children. Drum circles are about community, creativity and fun. If you have not yet sent in your €2 please do so immediately, even if your child has already had his/her session. We are only able to offer these very exciting, educational experiences to your children if we can cover the costs
PTA Toy and Treat sale on Friday 6th September. See PTA note. Please support this event.
Storyteller Niall de Burca Wednesday 11th December: One of Ireland’s best known and much loved storytellers, Niall De Burca, is coming to our school on Wednesday 11th of December. He will entertain the children with stories from Ireland and from all corners of the world. We are very grateful to the PTA who are covering the cost of this performance, meaning that there will be no cost to you or your children for this wonderful experience.
The Heathers Perform: A popular Irish acoustic group, the Heathers, twin sisters from Dublin/Wicklow, are paying a visit to our school on 18th December. The singers are friends of Linda, one of our teachers and have very kindly agreed to come and perform a few songs for our children. They have achieved significant radio airplay with the song “Remember When” which featured in a Fáilte Ireland advertising campaign which has brought widespread coverage on television, cinema and radio. They appeared on RTE's The Late, Late Show in 2012. Following on from the success of ‘Forget Me Knots’ from their Choice Music nominated 2nd album ‘Kingdom’, Heathers are continuing their international rise and have now signed a deal with Warner Music Germany for the whole of Central Europe which will include releasing the new album in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Poland. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing the girls perform in our school in December.
Winter Extravaganza Performance for Parents December 19th: We are hosting our own winter extravaganza for our parents here in the school hall on the morning of Thursday 19th December, the day before we break up for the holidays. Each class will perform a song or poem and there will be a short performance from the Bell ringers and the choir. The teachers might even be enticed to perform something for you. This is the last concert that we expect to have in this school hall as the new building is due to start on your new school in January 2014. All plans are running to schedule at the moment and we expect to be in the new school in September 2014. Plans of the building and the site have been received and we will have them on display for your attention at the Winter Extravaganza.
Schools Materials Money: There is still a small number of parents who have not sent in the €95 to cover for class materials and book rental and have not made any arrangement with the school. Please send in the money in an envelope to your class teachers or speak to Colette or Tom to make an arrangement.
Bus: Please remind your children to behave in an appropriate manner on the bus. We are receiving a lot of complaints from children, parents and the bus company about unacceptable behaviour of a small number of children. I am advising the bus company to ban children completely from the bus if they behave in an inappropriate or dangerous manner. As you know the school has no jurisdiction on the bus and issues are between you and the bus company. However, the matter is to be discussed at our next Board of Management meeting.
Going home time: We ask parents not to block the entrance to the school or the school porch in the afternoons. We have to get hundreds of children safely out this narrow gate. Please stand well back from the entrance. Your child will still be able to see you through the fence. Thank you.
A new newsletter has gone out in the school bags and is also uploaded here in News section-newsletters There is lots of information for you to find here. The website can translate the letter into 31 different languages - just choose 'languages' at the right hand side of the page.
Parents. Please remind your children on a regular basis about the need for care and good behaviour on the school buses. AS you are aware, there are no supervisors and the bus driver is the only adult on the bus. His job is to drive the bus and must not be distracted by noise or children out of their seats. I am asking that children who do behave badly or in a dangerous manner (taking off seat-belts and walking while the bus is moving) be removed from the bus list on health and safety grounds so make sure that your child is not one of those children. If they are removed from the bus list, you will have to make other arrangements to get them to school.
Johnny Mc Caffrey, the famous Dublin hurler from our Local GAA club, Lucan Sarsfields, brought the Sam Maguire cup to Esker ETNS last week. This cup was won by the Dublin team in a thrilling match against Mayo in the All Ireland Football final last September. All the children from 1st class to 6th class gathered in the hall to welcome and to cheer the cup and some of the players and support team from the victorious Dublin side. Johnny also brought in the Bob O'Keefe cup which was won by the Dublin hurling team, the winners of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship. 2013 was a year of great success for the Dublin sides and our school was thrilled to be part of the celebrations. Congratulations boys! There were many questions asked and a rousing chorus of Dublin's fair city before photographs were taken with the cup. And they got no homework!!!