Newsletter – 6th March 2020

ETHOS: Our Core Value is Sharing. The Educate Together AGM is on in April 25th. If any parents would like to come to this event, please contact me for information.

STUDENT CONFERENCING: Thank you to the children and staff for working so hard to make the conferencing another great success this year. We all enjoy this event and trust you enjoyed it too.


The school will be closed for St Patricks Day on the 16th and 17th of March 2020.

Spring Break will start with a half day (12:00pm) on Friday 3rd April and school will re-open again on Monday April 20th at 08:30am.

SLUNCH IS BACK:  We are delighted to announce that SLUNCHBOX service is resuming and you can place your order now.  You have until next Friday, 2 pm to order for the following week. (delivery will start 18th March)

To give you a greater choice, we now have 3 Simple Plans and each is explained on the website…

  1. The Everyday Plan
  2. 3 Days/week
  3. Pay as you Go

I want to thank you for taking part in the 2-week Pilot. It was a great success and we have updated the service and website with all of the fantastic feedback and suggestions.

To order, simply

  1. Go to
  2. Select your School – Canal Way ETNS
  3. Click on Get Started to Select your Plan

Thank you so much for your support – Hanan.


POTOGRAPHS: County Photos Ltd will be coming to the school on the 20th March 2020 to take photos of all children in all classes. The proofs will be sent home after the Spring break and ordering is online.  There is no obligation for you to purchase these photos afterwards.

Save the Date Thursday, March 26th  – Quiz Night for Library Books.

The Parents Association Committee is happy to announce its next event : the Quiz Night on Thursday, Match 26th. Come along to challenge your general knowledge, learn new things and have lots of fun!

Venue: Circular Pub – 538 S Circular Rd, Ushers, Dublin 8, D08 CC02

Time: 8pm

Entrance fee: 10 euros

Get a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes: 2 nights B&B, Skillsset courses at Block T,

Cashmere wrap from Costume, 40 euros voucher Rascals Brewery, Family Pass for Glander farm, Fencing classes at Fence Fit etc.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 23rd in the yard at drop-off. Thank you very much in advance for your support and participation!


THANKYOU PARENTS ASSOCIATION – FROM MANAGEMENT: The work of the Parents Association is extremely important. Grants received from the State fall very short of our everyday expenses here in CWETNS, and we rely on money raised by the parents to support our school. We pride ourselves in being a school that does not ask for sizeable contributions in the middle of the year as many other schools do. We want our school to be inclusive and without unnecessary financial pressure. However, if you are able, we kindly ask that you contribute as generously as you can during events and fundraisers.

Every year we spend money that is raised by the parents association on resources for the children. So when you contribute to events, it goes directly to enhancing your child’s experience in school and their education. Year to date, we have achieved the following: :

Magic Dress Up raised €800 and we purchased plants for the building, and all will agree that they really brighten the environment up.

Winter Cards & Winter Fair raised around €4,200 and we are ordering Aistear teaching resources and science equipment currently. We will be in touch with photos etc on this.

Future Events this year – We will be buying library books for our growing classes.


CANAL WAY HOODIES AND BEANIES  Canal Way School Hoodies and Beanies are available to purchase online which directly help to raise funds for your children and the school. 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.

Covid- 19 UPDATE: Please see the school website for all updates from DES and HSE relevant to the Education Sector. We will update this information should the situation develop. Thanks for your support.

PARENT AND 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.

COMMUNITY We will be welcoming incoming parents on March 15th, and look forward to welcoming our incoming junior infants later in term 3.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT will be meeting on Tuesday. After each meeting, we publish a report, and feature this on our Board of Management webpage on

EXTRA CLASSROOMS are on track to be installed over the summer. Planning is complete, and we are currently organising services to be brought onsite in preparation for their arrival.

SAVE THE BEES  In keeping with our bee friendly initiatives, SuperValu are running a competition to win €50,000 for our school. So if you happen to do your shopping there, when you spend over €30 you will get a “Save The Bees Card”. Please send these in to be added to our wall chart. You’ll find more information on the competition here

SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE – We are planning a great week as always:

Dé Luain:  (Monday)

Tús le Comórtas Póstaeir (Launch of Poster Competition) Each child will design a poster on seanfhocail: Rang 6: Bíonn dhá insint le gach scéal. Rang 5: Is fearr and tsláinte ná na táinte Rang 4: Bíonn an fhírinne searbh, Rang 3: An rud is annamh is iontach, Rang 2: Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin, Rang 1: Is maith an t-anlann an t-ocras, Rang N Shin: Aithníonn ciaróg ciaróg eile, Rang N Shóis: Tús maith leath na hoibre

The 2 winning posters from each class will win a prize at the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge and be published on the school website. Please look up your child’s seanfhocail (proverb) and practise at home!

Dé Máirt: (Tuesday)   Cuairt ó Seachaí do rang 3 go 6 (A visit from a storyteller for 3rd to 6th class).   Comhrá le puipéid do rang N, Shóis. go rang 2 (Junior & Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd class will be getting a visit from some puppets who only speak Irish!).

Dé Céadaoin: (Wednesday)

Dánta Dána do rang N, Shóis. go rang 2 (Junior & Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd class will be treated to a performance of new and well-loved poetry and song in Irish by Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher)

Comhrá le puipéid do rang 3 to 6 (3rd to 6th class will be getting a visit from some puppets who only speak Irish!).

Déardaoin: (Thursday)

Tráth na gCeist do gach rang (Table quiz for all classes)

Dé hAoine: (Friday)

Céilí Mór agus Lá Glas (Irish folk dance with live music and Wear Green Day)

Each teacher will need 2 volunteers to help with the Céilí Mór from approx 10am to 12noon.(NO experience needed!). We will be going to the F2 where there will have organised live traditional music and dancing. Please let your child’s teacher know if you’re available.

On Friday each child is asked to wear as much green as possible.

The following songs will be practised during the week and sung at the Céilí Mór for anyone who wants to try them out at home:

Junior Infants & Senior Infants: Trasna na dTonnta

First & Second Class: Báidín Fheilimí 

Third & Fourth Class: Dillín O Deamhas

Fifth & Sixth: Beidh Aonach Amarach

All the School: Amhran Na Bhfiann

Hope you are enjoying the weekend,

Beir Bua,



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