Dear Parents and Guardians/A Thuismitheoirí agus a Chaomhnóirí,

Child Safety Statement Review
We are reviewing our Child Safety Statement and, welcome feedback in regard to our efforts to protect all children as best we can. Please see attached and provide feedback by Monday.

ET National Forum Meeting Sat 12th October
Thank you to the parents and staff who have volunteered to support this event.

Run Around Europe
Thanks to Colm and Lisa we are continuing we the Active School initiative. Ask your child to update you on current events including the Run Around Europe. You can also have a look at our display in the foyer.

Lord Mayor Invite
As a result of our recent Climate Action the Lord Mayor has invited a couple of representatives from our school to a dinner on the 18th October. GETNS abú! If you get a chance to join Extinction Rebellion on Merrion Square there is a very peaceful atmosphere and opportunities for writing positive messages on a Door of Hope.

Upcoming Events
• Hosting of National Educate Together Forum on Saturday 12th October 2019.
• Highlight of the Term: Awesome Autumn Fair Sunday 20th October 2019. Thank you to all the parents who are already working furiously on this, every bit of help reduces the load.
• Formation of a new Board of Management: all parents are eligible for election
• ET One Day Together 24th/25th October: We will be doing a fundraiser for two events in the one day; Dress up for Trick ‘r Treat for Temple St. and One Day Together for Educate Together.

Frása na Seachtaine: “Las na soilse!” – Turn on the lights!

Le meas,

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Róisín Conlon,
Príomh Oide

AUTUMN FAIR – Sunday 20th October 2019

With just one week to go for Autumn Fair, things are really speeding up! We hope you will be able to join us for an amazing day out with lots of entertainment planned for the whole family. We have go-karts, a fire truck, Chris Judge doing illustrations and story telling, sales of Toys, Arts & Crafts, lots of beautiful homemade items and food, fresh fruit and veg for the day, and lots and lots of delicious food. So spread the word and bring your aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas, your cousins and friends, and join in the fun!

DONATIONS and SUSTAINABILITY:
THANK YOU so much for the lovely donations that have been coming in. There is going to be plenty to buy on the day! Please keep them coming.

Can we please remind people that we are not taking children’s clothes, or electrical items. This year we are really working towards making Autumn Fair more sustainable and a huge part of this is waste management. Any items that are unsellable will have to be disposed of by us at the end of the day. That means that we will need to rent a skip to throw away any of these things. So please, consider what you’re giving before giving it away.

We are taking: any toys in good condition, bric-a-brac, handmade items and food, books, women’s clothes and accessories, sports equipment, halloween decorations and anything you think deserves a new happy home.

FOOD DONATIONS:
From next week we will be taking in food donations. Anything non-perishable can be dropped in on Friday 18th. We are also looking for lots of yummy baked goods for Sunday: savoury bakes, tray bakes, cakes, biscuits, muffins, vegetarian food, vegan food, etc. If you can make it, and you think it’s delicious, share it with the rest of our community.

Freshly baked foods can be dropped in on Sunday morning before the fair starts. Please mark food with what ingredients and/or allergens may be in it. If you bring any trays/containers that need to be returned mark them with your/child’s name and child’s class and/or collect at the end of the day, on Sunday. If in doubt on what to bring, give us a shout.

RAFFLE
If you can’t make the date you can still donate!
Family and friends can snap up tickets for the GETNS Autumn Fair raffle at http://tinyurl.com/getnsfair. More than forty great prizes! Hotel breaks B&B, professional family portraits, restaurant vouchers, food hampers, concert and events tickets, hair and beauty vouchers, afternoon tea, luxury gifts and much more… Funds raised will go directly towards STEM and sports day equipment for the children at the school. 10 euro will buy 5 tickets, or 2.50 euro each. Raffle will take place on 20th Oct and all winners will be contacted.

Please remember to return any raffle tickets – even if unsold by Friday 18th October. There will be a prize for the class that sells the most tickets. Thank you!

REUSABLE CUPS
In keeping with our sustainability theme, reusable coffee/tea cups will be available for purchase on the day. Cups are priced at €10 which includes free refills and cake. Keep an eye out as these cups may be on sale beforehand as well.

We are also encouraging people to bring their own cup. Those who do will be given a discount on their coffee/tea.

HOLISTIC HAVEN:
Our calming team is offering the following on the day, and they are currently taking bookings:
Acupuncture
Reiki
Chair Massage
Mindfulness
Tarot Card Reading
For acupuncture: Paula: 086 845 7217 / [email protected]
For reiki, Chair Massage: Karen: 087 955 8997/ [email protected]
For Mindfulness and Tarot Card Reading: Karen: 087 955 8997/ [email protected]
Sessions run from 10 – 20 minutes and are limited.
Mindfulness and Tarot reading will be a drop-in service.
Grab a bit of ‘me time’ during the hectic madness of the Autumn Fair. Go on – you deserve it!

VOLUNTEERS:
Finally, thank you so much to all the parents who have come forward to help out on the day or in preparation to it. We are still looking for people to help in any of the following: Haunted House, Toys, Aladdin’s Cave, Arts & Crafts, Cafe, Raffle tickets sales. We also need people for setting up on Friday 18th October, right from 2:20pm, and for clean up at the end of the day on the 20th, from 3pm. These will involve setting up rooms with tables, decorating, and at the end of the day clearing up, and putting things away. It would be helpful if for clean up we have some different parents to the ones who would have been on the stalls.

There are lots of dedicated parents outside the school every morning and at pick ups, providing information about Autumn Fair, recruiting volunteers, selling raffle tickets (for children and adults), handing out posters, and just being plain nice! So if you are still thinking about it, have a chat with them and see where you can help; no offers are refused. Or if you’d like to get in touch about anything Autumn Fair you can do so at [email protected]

Regular updates and more information about Autumn Fair can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GETNSAutumnFair Please like and share, and spread the word.

Thank You,