SCHOOL NEWS

Well-Being Week, Friendship Week have all taken place and were a mighty success. We are starting to work on our annual anti-bullying week, and will continue to do so until next Friday.

STUDENT CONFERENCING: will be held on the last week in February and the first week in March. This is a student led initiative, where your child will invite you into their class for a 15 – 20minute conference meeting, and you can enjoy looking at their work and their learning with them. We have been doing this since 2013 and it is a lovely event that you are sure to enjoy. Your teacher will be in touch with you with your appointment time.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

The school will be closed for Mid-term break for one week from 17th – 21st February.

Half Day February 28th – finish at 12.00 noon (Staff Curricular Training)

ENROLMENTS

Junior Infant places have been offered out to all siblings in the school. We are currently on our third round of offers from the waiting list. Please direct any queries to Eavan in the office.

In line with new legislation, as of the 1st February 2020, we are no longer taking pre-enrolments or holding waiting lists for future Junior Infant intakes. Existing lists will remain in place. A new enrolment policy is being drafted for approval by the board of management and we will be consulting with the staff and parent body on this over the coming weeks. We will continue to operate a sibling policy. Here is a summary article from the IRISH TIMES

PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS

CANALWAY HOODIES AND BEANIES

As some of you will know from previous years there is Canal Way School Hoodies and Beanies available to purchase online which directly help to raise funds for your children and the school.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to view items and to order items.

The hoodies are available in 4 bright and cheerful colours – red, navy, orange and blue. Each hoody features the Canal Way logo at the front and snug kangaroo pockets. They are very soft and warm, and they wash and wear extremely well. There is also some lovely beanies are available in red, royal blue, pink and navy.

If you would like to buy one you can place and pay for your order online on the website, you just need to select the school and then choose your item/colour/size and pay. Items ordered will be delivered to the school the following week and will be available to collect from school reception each Friday.

SAVE THE DATE – March 26th Table quiz. Details TBC.

ANY IDEAS / WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR EVENTS?

The PAC organise events all along the year to raise funds for the school and that all parents are very welcome to share their ideas and initiatives or to volunteer at any time if they wish for the next events like the Quiz Night or the Summer BBQ. Parents can contact directly their class rep or the Parents Association – parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org

THANK-YOU TO OUR CHAIRPERSON PAUL MADDEN. Paul Madden is stepping down from the role of Chairperson, as unfortunately for us, his schedule has changed. On behalf of the whole school community, we thank you Paul, for your work as Chairperson this year and in 2015. You brought so much to the committee – your leadership was refreshing and you were a joy for us to work with. Go raibh maith agat Paul.

NEW CHAIRPERSON: Welcome Catherine Legras. Thank-you for stepping up to the role, and we look forward to supporting you and working together for the rest of the year

PARENT TODDLER GROUP

The Parent & Toddler takes place every Monday during school term in Room 2 from 09:15 – 10:15. This is a community based group and all families are welcome so if you know anyone in your locality with a baby or toddler at home who might enjoy this group please let them know. There is no charge.

Best Regards and Enjoy the Weekend,

Dermot & Staff.