The student council raised €435 from their fundraiser before spring break. They were inspired by the school's 'Suggestion Boxes' to buy skipping ropes for a skipping zone in yard, 30 chess boards and Junior Scrabble board games for infant classes. There is still €62 left to spend and the council members will confer with their classes on how best the remaining monies.
The Student Council unpacking their purchases.
Happy with the results of their fundraising day!
We were delighted to see that the Department of Education recognised the need for primary level school places in this area, as well as for second-level school places, and that there will be a new 8-classroom school opening in the area in 2020. Our pre-enrolment and waiting lists reflect the growing need for such provision. Right now, we have 56 names on a waiting list for Junior Infants starting September 2018, 37 names on the waiting list for a place in our class for children with autism and 38 names on the waiting lists for places in other classes in our school. That is 131 more children than we can accommodate looking for a place in our school THIS year.
There has been some movement on the waiting list for Junior Infants recently and we have now filled all places again. We are very grateful to those whose circumstances change who let us know immediately so that we can offer the place to a family on the waiting list.
Those offered Junior Infant places in our school are as follows:
April is Autism awareness month and we are celebrating this in our school. Our school will show our awareness and support for Autism on the week of April 9th. Our planned activities will be carried out Wed-Fri. This year we will be stressing the home-school link and there are some helpful links attached below.
Our Home Learning Enrichment Programme returns to 3rd, 4th and 5th classes in Term 3. Be sure to check out your child's class page to keep up to date with all the latest learning and creativity! Last year we were blown away with the high level of learning taking place outside of school. We're looking forward to more great home learning this year.
On Friday March 23rd we are having a fundraising 'PJ and Movie Day'. We are asking each family in the school to donate €2. With the money we raise we plan on buying chess boards and skipping ropes for the school. We got the idea to buy these from our suggestion boxes.
On Friday please wear your PJs to school, with your normal shoes and normal coat. You can also bring your teddy and blanket. If you have a movie that you would like to watch you can bring a 'General' rated DVD to school and each class can have a vote to see what movie is watched. We hope everybody has a cosy day and that we raise funds for our school!
Regretfully, we are unable to open tomorrow. I will email parents and guardians shortly with details. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Caitriona.
Update: We have diggers & workers to clear the snow tomorrow, Monday. Thanks for the offers but help is NOT needed. We fully expect to open Tuesday. Will confirm in the morning.
Following assessment at the school this morning, the school will remain closed tomorrow, Monday 5th March. We will reassess tomorrow morning re opening Tuesday and may be looking for help clearing a path from midday tomorrow. Stay safe.
The Department of Education have given instruction that all schools are to remain closed for the rest of this week. Therefore Citywest ETNS will remain closed until 2nd March. We expect to reopen on Monday 5th March.
Please note: While the school is closed, there will be no activities at the school - Kidorama is closed, after-school activities cancelled, evening classes and meetings cancelled. Please share with those who use services at our school but do not have children attending our school. Thanks.
We have been having difficulty with our portable PA system for a couple of months and cannot seem to figure out what the problem is. Sometimes, when we plug the microphone into the system, it works, and other times, it is patchy or doesn't work at all.
At first, we thought it must be a problem with the microphone itself or the cable we were using to connect it. But replacing both the mic and the cable was not enough to solve the problem.
Now, we think there must be a loose connection within the PA system itself. Unfortunately, the system is just out of warranty. But maybe there is somebody in our school community who knows enough about electronics to take a look and hopefully sort this out?
If you think you might be able to help us get to the bottom of this problem, please drop in to Nicola in the office, or drop us an email to let us know, and we can arrange to let you have a look at it.