Colette

Colette

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:31

The memory tree

The memory tree includes a book of our memories, some Coconut chocolate bars, flipflops and a Brazilian box to remind us of his travels. We put a dictionary there to to remind us of his love for learning and teaching.  

May he rest in peace 

 

 

 

Reminder: Parent teacher Meetings

 Parent-Teacher Clinic Meetings of children in junior infants to 2nd Classes will take place this week. At this meeting the class teacher will discuss your child’s progress in all subject areas and give you the results of their last standardised tests in English and Maths, where appropriate.  They will also discuss your child’s behaviour, attendance and social development. This are very important meetings where the complete foocus is on your child's progreas and development. MAke it a priority to be there. 

 

The meetings will take place on Tuesday 9th and Wednsday 10th February in your child's classroom. We have allocated 10 minutes for each Parent/Teacher meeting.

 We have allocated a time for you to meet with your child’s class teacher.  If you have more than one child in Junior Infnats to 2nd  we have tried to make it convenient for you and have made the meetings close together and on the same day.   Please try and arrive five minutes before your allocated time.  Please be aware that other parents will be waiting outside so if the meeting is running over time or if you are late for your meeting the teacher may request that you come back at another time for a second appointment.

There may be circumstances where the allocated time does not suit you to attend and if that is so, the class teacher will do everything he/she can to allocate you another time.  Please contact them directly if this is the case.

Please note that Parent-Teacher Meetings for parents of children in 3rd class to 6th class have already taken place last November.

 

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Vietnamese New Year to all our families who celebrate

 This New Year festival is celebrated by one fifth of the world’s population, celebrated in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau and nine other Asian countries. It isa very old custom is to name the years by one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. For example, 2016 is a year of the Monkey. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other New Year superstitions. 2016 is the year of the Monkey

People focus on priorities: making amends, reconciling with people, avoiding offence, and re-establishing old ties. They buy and wear new clothes, give gifts, and clean house.

To all our families who celebrate we hope all your New Year dreams come true! I wish you and your families good health, wealth and luck for the forthcoming year of the Monkey!

Reminder: Parent teacher Meetings

Parent teacher Meetings for parents of children in Junior Infants to 2nd Class tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday. These are very important meetings. Please come 5 minutes before your due time and remember the teacher has ten minutes only to discuss your child’s progress with you.

Reminder: Mid-term break

School will be closed on Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th February for mid-term break. Please refer to school calendar

Junior Infants vaccination information: Monday 22nd February  (See overleaf)

新年快 / 新年快樂

 

 

 

Monday, 08 February 2016 19:08

Happy Chinese and Vietnamese New year

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Vietnamese New Year to all our families who celebrate

新年快 / 新年快樂

This New Year festival is celebrated by one fifth of the world’s population, celebrated in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau and nine other Asian countries. It isa very old custom is to name the years by one of 12 animals in their zodiac cycle. For example, 2016 is a year of the Monkey. Many Chinese still believe in astrology and other New Year superstitions. 2016 is the year of the Monkey

People focus on priorities: making amends, reconciling with people, avoiding offence, and re-establishing old ties. They buy and wear new clothes, give gifts, and clean house.

To all our families who celebrate we hope all your New Year dreams come true! I wish you and your families good health, wealth and luck for the forthcoming year of the Monkey!

Reminder: Parent teacher Meetings

Parent teacher Meetings for parents of children in Junior Infants to 2nd Class tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday. These are very important meetings. Please come 5 minutes before your due time and remember the teacher has ten minutes only to discuss your child’s progress with you.

Reminder: Mid-term break

School will be closed on Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th February for mid-term break. Please refer to school calendar

Junior Infants vaccination information: Monday 22nd February  (See overleaf)

 

新年快 / 新年快樂

Monday, 08 February 2016 19:08

Happy Chinese and Vietnamese New year

 

 

January 2016 Newsletter 

EARLY CLOSING

WEDNESDAY 27th JANUARY 12:20 pm

 

Dear parents,

The Department of Education and Skills is introducing a new Language Curriculum (English and Irish) in all Irish Primary schools, commencing next September.  Schools have been informed to close for one half-day to facilitate in-service training for teachers. Our school (and the other Educate Together schools in our Commen Enrolment system) have chosen Wednesday 27th January 2016 for the early closing.

 Schools will close for all children at 12:20 pm on that day.

 

 

SAFETY ON THE ROADS

It has come to my attention that some of our parents continue to be very careless with the safety of the children in the school grounds and also on the road outside the school.

Drivers must stop at pedestrian crossings when there is a person, adult or child crossing the road.  Careless, dangers behaviour will not be tolerated. This carelessness could potentially result in a serious accident or even a fatality.

Your child maybe the victim of some parents’ carelessness or you may be the cause of an accident. Our new Board of Management is making Road Safety a priority for their term of office.  In the meantime make sure that your actions are always in the interests of safety of all of our children. Drive slowly and carefully in the school grounds and in the vicinity of the school.

Be doubly alert for potential dangers.  Work closely with us to ensure child safety.

 

 

USE OF SIDE GATES IN THE MORNING

In the morning when children are coming into the yard to their class lines please use the side gates only.  Please do NOT come in through the front door.  The side gates remain open until 9.35am so even if you are late you can still use them.  Also parents who come into the school building at this time please also leave through these gates.  Thank you.

 

Colette.

 

 

 

 

To all Parents of children in Junior infants to 2nd class  Esker Educate Together N.S.

Parent-Teacher Clinic Meetings of children in Junior, Senior infants, 1st and 2nd  Classes will take place next week. At this meeting the class teacher will discuss your child’s progress in all subject areas.  They will also discuss your child’s behaviour, attendance and social development. The teacher will let you know how your child has settled into school and their class.

The meetings will take place on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th of February  2016 in the school. We have allocated 10 minutes for each Parent/Teacher meeting.

 We have allocated a time for you to meet with your child’s class teacher.  If you have more than one child in Junior infants to 2nd class we have tried to make it convenient for you and have made the meetings close together and on the same day.   Please try and arrive five minutes before your allocated time.  Please also be aware that other parents will be waiting outside so if the meeting is running over time or if you are late for your meeting the teacher may request that you come back at another time for a second appointment.

There may be circumstances where the allocated time does not suit you to attend and if that is so, the class teacher will do everything he/she can to allocate you another time.  Please contact them directly if this is the case. 

Make thie meeting a priority!

 

A reminder that school closes early for the children on Wednesday 27th January to facilitate in-service training for teachers on the introduction of the new language ciurriculum beginning next September. School closes at 12:20 on Wednesday. A reduced, small lunch will be available for the children on that day.

Reminder also that parent teacher meetings will take place on February 9th and 10th for parents of children in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd classes. Make sure that you returm the note from your class teacher and make sure to turn up on time for these very imporrtant meetings. 

 

What a wonderful way to end our first term with a very successful Mother tongue concert. We are really grateful to those parents who came to the school to teach traditional songs and dances in various different languages to children in their mother tongue. Thanks to Virginia and Zedd who taught the Lithuanian Da Gaideliai to Lithuanian speakers; Serena for her Christmas song, Mos Caciun mosul bun for the Romanian group;   Karolina for the Polish song, Domowa Piosenka; Monserrat for Bata Mi for the children speak Yuroba and Shandana for Pakistani anthem in Urdu.

There is an even bigger thank you to parents who actually performed in the concert as well as preparing children. Thanks to Sophie who gave a haunting rendition of an eighteenth century traditional Mandarin song about the beautiful jasmine flower, Mo Li Hua. Her performance with the Mandarin group brought tears to our eyes. This was wonderfully contrasted with a stirring performance by our new family, the Mastrominicos from Italy who performed a rousing Italian song Me so ‘mbriacato as well as preparing a group for an extremely lively traditional Italian dance, the Tarantella, which was greatly enjoyed by the dancers and audience alike.

Class teachers also prepared the children with many different language performances also, including the Latvian chant Es bi j puka, O le le from the Congo, Hung chai may may from China. Adula, a traditional Ugandan chant, Ta San Nichloas ag teacht as Gaeilge, Frere Jacques in ten different languages, Jambo (Swahili) from Kenya, Padesneig from Poland  and  La Vague Noire from France. The two 4th classes did a wonderful Bollywood style dance Jai Ho which was a firm favourite with many of the audience. Second class did a great version of Hello to all the children of the world.

Bell ringers and tin whistle players added to the merriment on the day.

 

We are also very grateful to the many parents, to many to mention, who came to the school during Mother tongue week and who read stories, poems, plays and did artwork and sang songs in various different languages and representing various different cultures.