Welcome to the Newsletter. Thanks for the continued support in keeping our school open and safe. We trust you are all coping a little better with Level 5 restrictions, given the schools have remained open. We are delighted that Canal Way ETNS is thriving. I have not been around for the last two weeks, but have returned today and I am uplifted by the wonderful work that has been going on. I have been forwarded work from Emily’s class, and have received snapshots from Science Week and I am looking forward to this afternoon for the last part of the student science expo in the garden. I have been working with the newly formed Parent Association Committee and have enjoyed online meetings, where we have been rethinking our schedule of work for 2020 / 2021. Big thanks to the parents for volunteering. Enjoy the weekend, Dermot
November Parent Teacher Meetings
This year’s Parents Teacher meetings are taking place from the 16th – 19th November. Due to level 5 restrictions, face to face meetings are not possible and we will conduct the meetings via Zoom. An email has been sent out explaining how to sign up for your meeting via Aladdin Connect. Zoom links will then be sent out by individual teachers We look forward to seeing you all at your chosen time. If you haven’t had an email, please contact the office.
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday 13th December Join us for a Family Quiz. Details of this virtual event — suitable for every member of the family shall be coming soon. All we need you
to do for now is to put an X in the calendar.
NEWS FROM THE PARENT ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE (PAC)
First and foremost, we in the PAC would like to welcome you all to a new, and for some people first, school term. Secondly, we want to let it be known that this year’s new committee is a committed group whose most important role is fundraise and to nurture a sense of community among families. You should by now know who your class rep is, and they will liaise with you on behalf of the Parents Association Committee. For Junior Infant parents, don’t forget to send your contact details to the class rep so that a class list can be finished and made available to you.
As fundraising for our school, we have to reinvent the ways we do things a bit, as we can’t do the usual events at the moment. But in a time where the school needs it more than ever, we would like to ask that you keep an extra eye on newsletters and social media, as we will be posting and sharing ways to support the PAC and the events we organise. It will all go towards a better experience for our children at Canal Way ETNS.
Core Value this month is Equality
Each class is exploring the theme of Equality throughout November. Seán’s class did a drama based on Rosa Parks. They learned all about her in history, then rehearsed a drama and filmed themselves. They then watched it back on the big screen and discussed the equal rights movement. Click here for more!
Science Week 9th — 13th November 2020
The whole school has taken part in Science week this week. Lots of great activities have been going on. There were a few broken eggs in Siobhán’s class, as they experimented to find out how many thick dictionaries four eggs could hold. Siobhán’s class demonstrated Capillary action using drinking glasses, paper, and food dye. Emily’s class also demonstrated Capillary action using pristine white carnations and food dye. Luke’s class learned about gravity, force and friction by building structures using natural objects in the garden. Ciara’s class tried their hand at building houses of cards! Michael’s class created a Lava lamp, which caused a stir! The week finished with an Expo of science work by 5th and 6th classes, held in the yard and the garden. Every class got to see the work and there was a great buzz around it. See more on Twitter at @canalwayetns or #ScienceWeek2020 or click here for photos
Connecting with elders in Glenaulin Nursing Home
This week, all of our classes have been focussing on empathy. We’ve been discussing how difficult it must be for residents in nursing homes who are not allowed visitors due to current restrictions. Each class wrote letters and made cards to the residents in Glenaulin Nursing Home to let them know we are thinking of them during this time. Over the coming year we are really looking forward to linking in with Glenaulin in different ways. See images here,
It was national Outdoor Learning day recently. We use our wooded area, and the whole garden as an outdoor learning area, which helps, keeps us safer during this time. Did you know that at Canal Way we use Forest School school principles and resources? Siobhán is Forest School trained. Click here for photos!
Harvest Time in the Canal Way Garden
We had a great harvest this year, with potatoes, lavender, mint, and lemon balm. Our orchard is coming along nicely with six of the seven trees producing fruit and with some TLC from Ingrid, we are hoping for a bumper crop next year. There were lots of green tomatoes to bring indoors to ripen on the windowsill of each classroom. The garden looks so beautiful with the autumn colours. It really is a magical place to be enjoyed by our whole school community. Click here for photos!
Thank you to everyone for their continued co-operation surrounding the school zone and making the area around the school safer in the mornings and at pick up time.
Please remember not to scoot or cycle in the yard, and please don’t bring dogs into the yard.
Our lost property box is starting to fill up… Each Friday it will be placed in the yard to have a look through. As we are coming into cold weather please ensure all hats, gloves, scarves and coats are labelled and please make your child aware of all these items they are bringing to school and they need to bring them home!
Kevins club are continuing to do hurling with our classes this year. The club also runs its ABC nursery for children aged 4-7, on Saturday mornings (10.30am—11.30am) in the grounds of Loreto on Crumlin Road – all welcome to join in. For more information, please contact either Dónal Dowling (087 9342498) or Jenny Kearns (086 891 0914). You can also find them on Twitter: @KevinsHurling
Templeogue Synge Street are in doing GAA football with the younger classes for this term. They are inviting new members, boys and girls ages 4-7 year old, to join them every Saturday morning (11.30am—12.30am) during school term, for their Football Academy for boys and girls in Dolphin Park. Our aim is enjoyment, participation, and basic skills. For details, please contact us at: [email protected] You can also find them on Twitter: @Tempsyngest