We hope that you had a nice time during the recent coffee morning. It was great to have the opportunity to chat to other parents and to get to know each other a little bit more! We plan to make this a regular thing so hopefully we’ll get to see even more faces at the next coffee morning – keep an eye on PA Facebook page for updates.
With February’s break just around the corner it’s about time for a short update.
First of all we would like to thank you once again for your participation and generous support during the Multicultural Concert. We are very proud of all our children and their multilingual performances!
Congratulations to all our raffle prize winners! We hope you were pleased with your wonderful prizes. Unfortunately not all raffle ticket holders could be present during the raffle prize draw, of the 16 prizes up for grabs only 6 were collected on the day, with the 10 absent winners contacted by the school after the Christmas break to collect their prizes. The REAL winners in all this were our children, as we are thrilled to say that thanks to our bakers and cake & cookie donors, cake buyers and eaters, raffle prize donors and all of you who bought the raffle tickets we managed to raise a smashing €796.60!!! As per our agreement with the school 80% of the collected amount goes to the school, which means €637.28 was raised for science resources for our children. Our Parents Association funds are topped up by €144.32 (20% of €796.60 = €159.32, minus €15 for expenses like paper plates, cake stands, napkins, table cloths). Once again thank you so much!
Look out for updates on upcoming events to beat our score and continue to support our school and children. With that in mind we are excited to inform you that a Fundraising Committee, made up of representatives from the Board of Management, Teaching staff and the Parents Association, has been established: Joanne Smith, Mary Treasa Barry, Jenna Boland, Stephen Young, Anita Collings and Clara Geaney. They will be focussing on bigger events to generate even more funds to support our school. Taking into consideration all the future expenses and equipment that will be needed by all our pupils when we move to our lovely new permanent building in September 2016, we are sure that their work will be greatly supported and appreciated by all our parents. Again updates of future events will be advertised through school website and Facebook page aswell as notes home, so please keep an eye out for information coming your way!
You may have read on our website, the great news that our school is on the building list for 2015! This was announced by the Department of Education and Skills in December and it means that work should start on a permanent building for us some time this year. We hope that this means moving in for September 2016. The exact location has not yet been confirmed but we have been assured that it is very near to where we are at the moment. As soon as we hear more details, we will share them with our school community.
We’re very proud to say that our Belief Systems Group members are currently working on the Cultural Policy and are creating a survey to be circulated to all parents. In keeping with the ethos of Educate Together, this survey will give each member of our community an opportunity to have an input into the policy and to the overall planning ahead for the school year. We are looking forward to the outcomes and can’t wait to celebrate many different festivals within the school. We are sure that you will all agree and appreciate how important and valuable parental involvement is here at Citywest Educate Together NS. We would like to wish our Cultural Policy Committee members: Massimo Fermo, Aoife Blood and Clara Geaney the very best of luck in their roles!
Speaking of celebrations & events over the next two months we have few upcoming ones in our school:
From 2nd to 6th March 2015 we will be celebrating Book Week and Mother Language Week. Just like last year, family members are invited to read to the children a book of their choice in their own language. It was a great success last year and many parents and even grandparents volunteered and had fun reading to our pupils.
From 16th to 20th of March we will be celebrating everything Irish (Seachtain na Gaeilge)
On 17th of March we will be celebrating St Patricks Day. You might not know, but this year our teachers and parents: Claire Healy, Aoife Blood, Eliza Knop, Diane Couper & Emanuela Carvisiglia will be working closely to give our children the opportunity to participate in the Parade that will take place in Rathcoole and Saggart. More info on this to follow shortly!
On Friday 27th March we will have the End of Term disco - a favourite with the children before they break up at the end of term! We would like to ask our parents to support the school by donating €3 which the children can bring to school on the day.
Other interesting dates in February and March 2015:
February 12th- Darwin Day - The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general.
February 14th - Valentine's Day
February 19th - Chinese New Year
February 21st - International Mother Language Day
February 22nd - Thinking Day- is celebrated by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is also celebrated by Scout and Guide organizations and some boy-oriented associations around the world. It is a day when they think about their "sisters" and "brothers" in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts choose a theme for each World Thinking Day and proposes related activities. This year the theme is UN Millennium Development Goal 8: "Developing partnerships for global development".
February 28th - National Science Day (India) – celebrated to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, on 28 February 1928. For his discovery, Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
February 28th - Rare Disease Day – to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for individuals with rare diseases and their families
March 1st- Saint David's Day (Wales)
March 8th - International Women's Day
March 14th - White Day – is a day that is marked in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, girls and women typically present chocolate gifts to men/ boys, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation. On White Day, the reverse happens: men who received a 'chocolate of love' on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts. Traditionally cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, white lingerie, and marshmallows.
March 15th - World Consumer Rights Day
March 21st - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21st - World Down Syndrome Day
March 21st - World Poetry Day
March 22nd - World Water Day
March 23rd - Youm-e-Pakistan (Pakistan Day)
March 24th - World Tuberculosis Day - is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. In 2012, 8.6 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.3 million died from the disease, mostly in the Third World.
March 26th - Purple Day - is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. Beginning in 2008, people are encouraged to wear a purple item of clothing on March 26.
March 26th - Bangladesh Independence Day
With our mid-term break next week we thought we’d suggest some fun and exciting things to do!
Spring has definitely sprung so whether you have a garden or a balcony or even just a window ledge, kids will enjoy planting seeds and feel a real sense of achievement as they watch them grow!
Planting edible things like vegetables and beans can be very exciting and a good way to encourage kids to try new food and promote healthy eating. Lidl & Heatons have a great range of seeds and bulbs in stock at the moment.
Here’s some useful links for gardening and growing veggies with kids.
Not that we ever need an excuse but Pancake Tuesday happens to fall over the mid-term on the 17th of February. For a lot of households that means pancakes for breakfast, lunch AND dinner!! .
Try these traditional pancake recipes which include special dietary options.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Kilmainham are running free family workshops where you get to explore the impressive art works on display and then make some of your own! These take place on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th of February from 10-11am.
Afterwards, a stroll around the beautiful, historical grounds is a must!
More info on www.imma.ie
Irish Design 2015 are also running a series of family workshops throughout February and March at the Design Hub @ Dublin Castle where designers guide participants in various design techniques, the next one takes place on Saturday 14th of February.
More info on www.irishdesign2015.ie
Visit the library!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go” - Dr Seuss
Seachtain na Gaeilge and International Mother Language Day are coming up so why not expand yours and your child’s knowledge of the various languages and cultures that surround them and check out what’s on offer at your local library. County Library, Tallaght have some great books about different cultures and languages and a nice spacious kids area where you can sit down, relax and have a read.
More info on www.southdublinlibraries.ie
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
The Year of the Wood Sheep (Wei) - Thursday 19th of February
Visit The National Museum of Ireland@ Collins Barracks on Benburb Street to search the museum for items related to this celebration before taking part in creating art for yourselves. (€2 - booking required)
More info on www.museum.ie
Rua Red in Tallaght are also running an art workshop for ages 12 and under from 12pm (€5 - booking required)
More info on www.ruared.ie
Explore the City!
Check out Pigs on Parade - a public arts initiative in support of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. With 100 pieces of art in the form of painted and decorated pigs scattered around Dublin City it’s a great way of exploring the city, participate in some art appreciation AND maybe win some great prizes along the way!
More info on pigsonparade.ie
Visit the theatre!
The Ark in Temple Bar are running mid term performances (Tue 17th - Friday 20th of Feb) of Far Away From Me - an exciting new theatre show inspired by The Princess and the Pea. (Ticket prices vary)
More info on www.ark.ie
Whatever you do - we hope you have fun!!!
We would like to wish you all a happy break, see you all in a weeks time & Happy Valentines!
Citywest ETNS Parents’ Association