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.
The coin trail for Syria raised a staggering €1,450.71 for the registered charity Human Appeal. This is the largest amount collected in a coin trail ever in the history of the school so well done to all.The generosity of parents and children will make a difference to suffering families in war torn Syria. A very particular thank you to the parents who counted the coins, and transported them to the bank . A monumental task indeed
Today, representatives from Human Appeal, a charity working on the ground in Syria, came to our school and spoke to our senior assembly. The PTA is organising a coin trail for the charity and the assembly was told about how their money could help to alleviate some of the many difficulties facing children and families in war torn Syria. We have created a map of Syria upstairs in the school and children are invited to fill in the map with the coins that they bring in from home. We are asking the children to do jobs for their parents to earn money to bring in to the coin trail. All proceeds will be given to the registered charity Human Appeal.
‘At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents’ - Jane D. Hull.
Parents, children and teachers well done on a very successful Maths week! What a week we have had here at Esker ETNS. This was such a good week to show the children why they need maths every day and not just in the classroom or maths book.
Children explained to me this week that we need our numeracy skills when we go shopping, travelling on the bus, going to the cinema and even sharing a pizza with our friends.
Our week was full of maths stations, trails and code cracking. We had so many parents come to join us in every class which made it extra fun.
Junior Infants - Maths Stations. Junior infants showed their parents what they have learned this year by making patterns, sorting, counting, matching and building.
Senior Infants – Maths Stations. Parents came in every day this week to help Senior Infants with their counting, netbooks, patterns, matching and addition sums.
1st Class – Maths 4 Fun session with parents. The children played lots of card and dice games with their parents.
2nd Class – Maths Packs. Parents were invited into school to talk to Gemma about our maths pack. This was a pilot scheme we ran last year which proved successful, so we will continue to run it. Every child was given a maths pack containing: cards, counters,dice, snakes and ladders, a hundred square, language, symbol and number cards. Once a week the teacher will give ‘maths pack’ homework. The parents all agreed to play with their children to develop their numeracy skills.
3rd – 6th Class – Maths Trails. Parents were invited into school to take a team of children from their child’s class on a maths trail around the school. This was a great example of using our ‘maths eyes’ looking at the environment to find shapes, angles, counting, dividing, using fractions and measuring.
A HUGE thank you to all of our parents who took part this week. We could not have run the week without you, and looking at the children’s faces they loved having you in. We are doing lots of work on problem solving skills with the children, we are focusing on maths language and turning this language into mathematical sentences, and solving.
Well done everybody. Please check out our gallery for more photos of our Maths week.
Colette says a great big congratulations to Gemma on our most successful and best attended maths week ever.
On Tuesday 25th October at 7:30 in the school there will be a meeting for the parents of our Junior Infant classes and a meeting for parents 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 the children. Teachers will discuss reading and reading readiness, they will tell you about Aistear, the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework. They will also discuss homework and specifically how best you can help your child 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.
The PTA is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 29th September at 9:30 in the school hall. The officers of the PTA, including our Chairperson, Aoife Linnane, are stepping down from their committee duties and are looking for other parents to take up the mantle. The officers on the committee have been involved for three or more years and would like to pass the baton on to new , enthusiastic parents. I know that they are willing to help out the new committee and to remain involved in PTA activities. All parents are welcome to come to the meeting, to hear about the work of the committee and hopefully to help out in some of the many activities organised during the year. We. would all like to thanks the outgoing committee for all their hard work on behalf of all the children in the school.
The Health Service Executive is organising hearing screening tests for our Senior Infants this week, on Wednesday and Thursday, the 27th and 28th September. This is a simple hearing test and there is no need for parents to be in attendance. If there is a problem with your child's hearing, you will be contacted by the HSE and a follow up appointment will be made.
Last week was Health & Well being week in our school. Have a read below of what Gemma had to say about this very successful initiative for pupils, teachers, other staff and parents. All were involved in this active and mindful week.
"It was a chance for us to be mindful of our surroundings, concentrate on our mental & physical wellbeing, connect with our friends, and take a chance to be thankful of what we have rather than looking at what we don’t have.
Activities throughout the week included: Go noodle in the class, chair yoga, 6th class yoga, class to 1km walks, healthy smoothies made by our parents, sensory walks, mindful eating, gratitude lists, and daily brain breaks with relaxing music and a thought of the day to focus on.
The parents also took part and relaxed with yoga and kept fit with a 5km walk. Thank you to all the mums who spent the morning chopping, blending and serving our healthy smoothies. Also a big thank you to Carambola for the donation of fruit and vegetables. Part of staying well is staying connected with friends. We had a ‘getting to know you’ coffee morning on Friday. It was great to meet new friends and to re connect with familiar ones too.
The week is over, but the message stays the same. Take time to take care of your health and yourself. Look after your body by eating the right foods and by exercising, looking after your mind by relaxing and staying in contact with friends, and if you ever have a worry share it with someone and always ask for help!
A big thank you to everybody involved!
Welcome back to all our pupils and a particular warm welcome to our new Junior Infants and the other new children coming to us up the school. All of our existing pupils will meet in the yard as usual between 9:10 and 9:20 on Thursday morning. Their new teacher will be out there to meet and greet them. Gates open at 9:10. Our new junior infants will be welcomed in through the front door of the school at 9;20 and will go straight to their new class accompanied by their parents. There will be staff on site to help you and to show you where to go.
New children from Senior Infants to 6th class come in through the front door at 9;20 and go to the hall where once again you will be met by staff who will register your child and bring him/her up to their new class.
The school grounds will not be able to accommodate all the cars so you are advised to park outside the school grounds, preferably at the Castle Road entrance., if you wish to accompany your child into the school. You may not leave your car unattended in the school grounds as there is a drop off service only available there. Yopu may leave your car at the CAstle Road entrance carpark which we encourage pur parents to use.
Reminder: Junior Infants go home early at 12;20 pm each day until September 19th. Senior infants go home at 2;00 and 1st to 6th go home at 3 pm
The first day is very busy for all staff, children and the school secretary so please be patient if you have a query or better still come back to us with your query over the next couple of days or early next week.
Once again , a particular warm welcome to our new families and we will enjoy getting to know you over the next few years in the school