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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:15

March/April Newsletter

The March/April newsletter is now available in the News section on this site. Don't forget that there is a translation option on the website so that you can read this newsletter in any language that you wish- most of our languages are covered with this app. A hard copy ( in English)  has been sent out through the school bags, Wednesday 9th April.

School closes on Friday 11th April (also Esker Loves Books Day) at 12;10 for the Easter holidays. School reopens on Monday 28th April for our very last term in Adamstown.

September brings a whole new beginning for our school community. 

Happy EAster to all our families who celebrate the Easter festival and happy holidays to you all. 

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:13

March April 2014

Newsletter March/April 2014

Dear Parents: This has been a very difficult term for all of us, staff and children, with the sad death of our colleague and teacher, Paul Kilgarriff. As the term comes to a close, I want to thank you, the parent body, once again for your support to us over this sad time. In spite of our sadness, the busy life of a school continues and I want to tell you of some of the initiatives that have taken place and will take place next term and fill you in on other news.

The New Building: Work is progressing nicely and we are assured that we will be in our new building for our new school year in September. We have seen more detailed plans and are satisfied that all is going along as it should. We are due to get the keys at the end of July and we plan to do the ‘big move’ in late August, ready for the children to start on Monday, September 1st 2014. We may need some help from our parents during the last week in August- more about that later. It will be a very exciting time (if exhausting) for the school community.

ICT Grant. €71,000: We have been awarded the great sum of €71,000 (with a promise of a further €9,000 in the next two years) to further equip our school with Computer technology. That is very exciting for us as we have already in place interactive whiteboards in 15 of our classrooms and have already purchased a bank of 16 tablets and a charging trolley. This grant is a considerable amount of money to augment a decent amount of equipment already in place. Rob and some members of the Board of Management will investigate the best way to use this grant to maximise ICT provision in the school.

Per cent for Art Grant €38,000: It is probable that a grant of €38,000 will be also awarded to us to allow the school to purchase a major piece of art work designed to enhance our new school building. The Board of Management will put out for tender for projects when we move to our new building. Google “Per cent for Art scheme” for further information.

RSE: There was a good turn-out for our parent meetings on RSE and second level schools last Wednesday night in the school. Thank you to those parents from 3rd to 6th who turned up at the meeting. RSE classes run by Accord for 5th and 6th took place in the school on Monday 7th. 4th class teachers will hold their final sessions this Thursday. Permission slips have gone out to parents in 4th class.

Second Level Schools: Thank you to Tom who spoke to the parents in 3rd class to 6th class at the same meeting about the transition to second level schools and enrolment procedures etc. We have a high levels of priority in Adamstown Community College and Kishogue Community College and we will let parents know the closing dates for enrolment in each of these schools, which happens when the children are in 5th class.  If parents wish to enrol their children in other schools inside or outside of Lucan they need to follow up these dates themselves by checking on the website of their chosen school. Some schools begin to take names as early as 3rd class.

Adamstown Community College: We have always had high priority status (level c) on the enrolment criteria for Adamstown Community College and the majority of our children have moved on to Adamstown CC from here. We were due to lose this priority when we moved out of Adamstown to Esker Lane. However, following negotiations between our Board and the Board of Adamstown Community College, I am delighted to report that we will retain the same level of priority that we always enjoyed. This is very reassuring for our parents.

Anti-Bullying Information Evening Thursday 10th April, 7 pm in Lucan East ETNS. Esker ETNS is in the process of revising its Anti Bullying policy in line with the Department of Education’s Anti-Bullying Action Plan. The first step is to highlight the issue with staff, parents and pupils. The Student Council have already spent a day in training along with children from other schools in Skerries Educate Together and were trained to become “Anti-bullying Ambassadors”.  The staff have been involved in the revising our current policy and will continue to explore the issue at our staff meetings, next term.

We intend to involve you the parents next term through the PTA to help with the review and final revision of the policy. In order to give parents as much information as possible, Lucan East and ourselves are hosting a speaker from the National Parents Council who have developed an Anti-Bullying Programme for parents of primary and post primary children. This programme will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the new Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools. This meeting for parents of both schools will take place on Thursday 10th April at 7pm. .Please note that this meeting will be held in Lucan East Educate Together and not Esker Educate Together

 PTA Book and Treat sale: PTA ran a very successful book and treat sale last week. Thanks to all who sent in donations of wonderful cakes and treat as well as lots and lots of books. Sinead will let you all know shortly how much was raised.

PTA Clothes collection: PTA are continuing their bid to raise funds with a further clothes collection. Any donations can be sent in this week and the week after Easter. Further information to follow from the PTA.

Esker Loves Books Day: Friday 11th April: This year the focus is on Roald Dahl and the children from 1st to 6th have been reading and working on novels written by this famous children’s writer. Children are invited to dress up as Characters from Roald Dahl books (1st to 6th). Junior Infants and Senior Infants have been concentrating on Nursery Rhymes and they are invited to dress up as nursery rhyme characters. Prizes of books for one ‘best’ costume in each class.

 ‘Remembering Paul’ Assembly: We had a very poignant and moving ceremony here in the school for Paul’s family, partner and friends on Friday 28th March. The children in 3rd, 4th and 6th classes ran a beautiful ceremony with memories, art work and songs which proved to be very emotional for Paul’s family and for ourselves. 3rd class Red sang a song My Favourite Things which Paul had taught them.  There were presentations from the Green School Committee, the Pupils Council and the choir performed some suitable songs. The family were very grateful for the opportunity to get to meet the children in Paul’s class and in our school and to see the place where Paul had been so happy in the last seven years of his life. I was extremely proud of all the children and staff on this very emotional day, as I know that you would have been. 

Paul Kilgarriff “Croí na Scoile” Award: Recipient-Reem Awad Hussein 6th Class

This new ‘school spirit’ award, inaugurated in Paul’s memory, was awarded to Reem Awad Hussein (6th Class) by Paul’s mother and father, Marguerite and Sean on March 28th. Congratulations to Reem, a well-deserved recipient. This award will be presented to a sixth class child each year at our annual graduation ceremony.

School website www.eskeretns.ie : Please see school website for further information on Esker Loves Books and other items.  I try to keep the home page up to date with information for parents and children. Back copies of Newsletters are also available on the site.

 

 

Important meeting in the school on Wednesday April 2nd 2014

Second level Schools 7:15 pm

We are holding an information meeting next Wednesday evening for parents of 3rd class to 6th class on two very important topics. The first meeting will be an introduction to the process of choosing a second level school for your child and a description of what you might expect when your child makes the important transition to Second level. This meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and will be conducted by Tom Costelloe (Deputy Principal and Home School Liaison Teacher) and Colette Kavanagh (Principal) who will be available to answer your questions.

The second meeting begins at 7:45 pm and it is for parents of 4th 5th and 6th classes on the topic of RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education). Third class parents are welcome to stay for the second meeting if they wish but the content is not relevant to you until next year, when your child is in 4th class.

****************************************************************Kishoge Community College Information Meeting in Finnstown House on Monday 31st March

Kishoge Community College is opening this September. The new principal Mr Niall Hare will be hosting an information meeting for parents in Finnstown House Hotel at 7:30pm on Monday, 31st March. The meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the school principal and to find out information about plans for the school. Parents from all classes are welcome to attend this meeting

Remembering Paul

We have invited Paul’s family to visit the school on Friday next at 2 pm. They expressed a desire to come and see the school and to meet with the children in the classes that Paul taught. We are preparing an assembly for Friday afternoon, where the children in third classes, fourth classes and sixth will attend. The children in third class red and fourth class red will share some memories and a song with the family. The Green School Committee which was led by Paul this year will also share some of their thoughts and memories and will present the family with a beautiful Camellia plant to bring away with them.  The Students’ Council will also address the family. The choir will perform two songs, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and our school song, ‘What A Wonderful World’.

We have set up an award in Paul’s name. The Paul Kilgarriff “Croí na Scoile Award”- School Spirit award which will be awarded each year to the child in 6th class who we feel best epitomises the school spirit, the heart of the school. This will be awarded each year at the graduation ceremony for 6th class. This year however, we are asking Paul’s parents to award the medal to the 1st recipient ever at the ceremony on Friday afternoon.

 

We are asking the children to dress in their national costume if they wish, or in their favourite clothes- to make an effort for the day which we feel will be a very special day for the children, the family and for ourselves.  

As you are all aware, we postponed our Esker Loves Books Day because of the recent tragedy in our school. Many of the children have reminded me over the last number of weeks that we still have our Esker Loves Book Day to come and we have decided to hold it next Friday, the 11th April, the day that we close for the holidays. The note below tells us all about it.

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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. This year we are celebrating our love for reading at the end of this term and we have come with a new Title for the Day-Esker Loves Book Day.

Over the last couple of weeks each class from 1st class up to 6th class have been reading books 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 formed part of the children's work before we celebrate on April 11th. On that day the school will celebrate our love of books with a special Roald Dahl assembly. Children will be invited to dress up as a character from 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.

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 storytelling. The children from the infant classes will be invited to dress up as  a nursery rhyme character, eg 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.  If you google ‘Roald Dahl images’ and ‘Nursery Rhymes’ you are sure to come up with some ideas-Good Luck !

 Remember school closes at 12:10 on Friday 11th for the Easter Holidays. Happy Easter to all our families who celebrate Easter. 

 

 

As you are all aware, we postponed our Esker Loves Books Day because of the recent tragedy in our school. Many of the children have reminded me over the last number of weeks that we still have our Esker Loves Book Day to come and we have decided to hold it next Friday, the 11th April, the day that we close for the holidays. The note below tells us all about it.

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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. This year we are celebrating our love for reading at the end of this term and we have come with a new Title for the Day-Esker Loves Book Day.

Over the last couple of weeks each class from 1st class up to 6th class have been reading books 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 formed part of the children's work before we celebrate on April 11th. On that day the school will celebrate our love of books with a special Roald Dahl assembly. Children will be invited to dress up as a character from 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.

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 storytelling. The children from the infant classes will be invited to dress up as  a nursery rhyme character, eg 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.  If you google ‘Roald Dahl images’ and ‘Nursery Rhymes’ you are sure to come up with some ideas-Good Luck !

 Remember school closes at 12:10 on Friday 11th for the Easter Holidays. Happy Easter to all our families who celebrate Easter. 

  

 

 

 

Anti-Bullying Programme for Parents

Information meeting for parents of Esker ETNS and Lucan East ETNS

Thursday 10th April 2014 7:00 pm

Venue: Joint meeting in Lucan East Educate Together

The National Parents Council has developed an Anti-Bullying Programme for parents of primary and post primary children. This programme will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the new Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools. Even if your child has not encountered bullying, this is an important meeting which will enable you to support your child should the occasion ever arise.

Lucan East ETNS and ourselves Esker Educate Together will be holding one of these sessions for parents of both schools on Thursday 10th April at 7pm.  Each session runs for 2 hours and is provided free of charge.

Please note that this meeting will be held in Lucan East Educate Together and not Esker Educate Together

Please note: these sessions have been developed specifically for a parent audience and they are therefore not suitable for children.

This Training Programme is a joint initiative between National Parents Council Primary and National Parents Council Post Primary. The training is funded by the Department of Education and Skills under the Anti-Bullying Action Plan.

 

 

Anti-Bullying Programme for Parents

Information meeting for parents of Esker ETNS and Lucan East ETNS

Thursday 10th April 2014 7:00 pm

Venue: Joint meeting in Lucan East Educate Together

The National Parents Council has developed an Anti-Bullying Programme for parents of primary and post primary children. This programme will enable you to support your child regarding issues of bullying and will also inform you about the new Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools. Even if your child has not encountered bullying, this is an important meeting which will enable you to support your child should the occasion ever arise.

Lucan East ETNS and ourselves Esker Educate Together will be holding one of these sessions for parents of both schools on Thursday 10th April at 7pm.  Each session runs for 2 hours and is provided free of charge.

Please note that this meeting will be held in Lucan East Educate Together and not Esker Educate Together

Please note: these sessions have been developed specifically for a parent audience and they are therefore not suitable for children.

This Training Programme is a joint initiative between National Parents Council Primary and National Parents Council Post Primary. The training is funded by the Department of Education and Skills under the Anti-Bullying Action Plan.

 

 

The PTA is organising a Book & Treat Sale on Thursday. Parents are welcome to come to the school from 10.30 - 1.30pm.

 

A note went out in the children's school bags on Friday about it just in case you missed it.

 

We are looking for donations of childrens books, magazines, dvds and cd's.

Also if you like baking we would love some donations of muffins, biscuits and small cakes.

 

Donations of shop bought muffins, sweets, chocolate bars, crisps, popcorn, fruit, raisins etc. are also very welcome.

 

Please give generously!!

 

Last year we ran out of food before the sale was over and had to go to Spar to buy chocolate bars and crisps so that the children who came at the end of the day were able to buy something. There was no homebaking left, so nothing went to waste, everyone's cakes were much appreciated by the children.

 

If you could give your child a small amount of money, perhaps 2 or 3 euro or whatever you can afford. It is a great chance for them to practice independence and use their own money to pick out things to buy that they might like to eat or read.

 

We will have food items divided into Halaal and non halaal and the cake area will be monitored by muslim parents.

 

Profits from the sale will be divided between Unicef for Syria, the Kevin Bell Trust and the PTA fund.

 

For those parents with younger children in Junior or Senior infants, if you wish you may come in with them to help them with their money and choosing items.

I have given the times that they will be visiting the sale below.

 

Sinead Harrington

Chairperson

Esker ETNS PTA

 

Jun Inf Red            11.05- 11.20 (come from little breaktime straight to sale)

Jun Inf Green        11.20-11.35

 

Sen Inf Red            13.10 – 13.25

Sen Inf Green       13.25 – 13.40

 

 

Second level Schools 7:15 pm and RSE 7:45 pm for Parents of Children from 3rd to 6th Class

We are holding an information meeting next Wednesday evening for parents of 3rd class to 6th class on two very important topics. The first meeting will be an introduction to the process of choosing a second level school for your child and a description of what you might expect when your child makes the important transition to Second level. This meeting will begin at 7:15 pm and will be conducted by Tom Costelloe (Deputy Principal and Home School Liaison Teacher) and Colette Kavanagh (Principal) who will be available to answer your questions.

This second meeting will be an introductory meeting to present the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Programme as it is delivered to children from 4th Class to 6th class. This will be hosted by Colette (4th Class programme) and by a representative from Accord (5th class and 6th class children). Please note that this is the same meeting as we held last year for 4th, 5th and 6th class parents. We have invited Accord, an agency which has experience and expertise in this area, to speak to the children in 5th and 6th classes. These lessons, which will be delivered by a representative of Accord to 5th class and 6th class separately, will take place here in the school during the school day on Monday 6th April. Parents of 5thand 6th classes will be asked to sign a consent form to allow their children to take part in these lessons. Accord are experts in the field of delivering RSE to primary school children and have worked with us very successfully over the last four years. The aim of the programme is to provide children with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish healthy personal relationships as children and subsequently as adults.  

We strongly advise all parents and parents of pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th Class attend, particularly if you were not at last year’s presentation. We also strongly encourage you give consent for your children to participate in these lessons to ensure that the information they receive is factually correct and is delivered in a safe environment. Children receive messages from television, advertising, videos, magazines and computers as well as from their friends about this subject. Parents may not even be aware or, or indeed may not like, the messages their children get from informal sources. We believe that it is preferable that this information is presented accurately and sensitively by a professional educator.

Further information available on the parents section of the website, under Policies, RSE doc and PowerPoint Please do not bring your children with you to this meeting as it is reserved for parents only.

 

 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:39

School Remembers Paul

The children and the staff of Esker ETNS have invited Paul's family to a special assembly "Remembering Paul" on Friday 28th March. Both third classes and both fourth classes (all of whom have been taught by Paul) will host an assembly with memories and songs in Paul's memory. 6th Class are also invited. The choir will perform Over the Rainbow and our school song, Wonderful World. Our Green Schools' Committee and our Pupils' Council will also share memories with Paul's partner and family. We will be asking Paul's parents to present a new award in Paul's memory, 'The Paul Kilgarriff Croí na Scoile Award', to the 6th class child who we feel best reflects the spirit of Esker ETNS, the heart of our school.  This will be awarded on an annual basis at our 6th class graduation ceremony. 

We regret that we cannot invite the parent body to the ceremony, due to the small size of our hall. We cannot even have all of the children there. Again, we would like to thank all of our parents and friends who sent us cards, mass cards, flowers and messages of condolences. They really meant a lot to us. And a special thank you to Maureen Kelly Fox who made the beautiful cover for our programme for the assembly, shown above. 

Friday will be a very emotional day for all concerned.