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Parent teacher meetings are over and now the sound of Christmas carols and songs are starting to fill the halls of Four Masters N.S.  Teachers and pupils are busy preparing for our weekly Advent service and our Christmas concerts which I hope as many people as possible can attend.
We are delighted with the parent teacher meetings and the feedback received.  A healthy school is one where parents, teachers and students work together.  I would also ask parents to donate for the Parent Association Christmas Raffle that will be taking place on the day of the school concerts.
Le gach dea ghuí
John Britton

Christmas Concert 2018:
All pupils and staff are currently busy preparing for our annual Christmas Concert which will be held on Thursday 20th December in the school gym.  There will be five concerts and parents, grandparents and family members are welcome to stay for all.  The times for the day are as follows and are subject to change if things run on on the day.
 Junior & Senior Infants
o Shine Star Shine – 10am
 First & Second Class
o Christmas with the Aliens – 10:50
 Third &  Fourth Class
o It’s a Cracker – 11:45
 Fifth Class
o Aladdin Trouble – 12:45
 Sixth Class
o Tír na nÓg – 2:15

Since this is a full school day and to accommodate working parents children will remain with their classes following the concerts and Infants will be finished at 2 o’clock as normal.
The Parent Association will be holding a raffle at each concert with hampers as the prize.  Donations for the hampers will be gratefully received and can be dropped to Bernadette’s office.  The Parent Association will be serving tea and coffee at the concert for a small fee.   Entrance to the concerts is free but there will be a box for voluntary donations at the door.   Car parking will be available at the front of the school.

A note from the Parent Association:
The Parent Association are holding their annual Christmas Hamper Draw on Thursday 20th December during the Christmas Concert.  If any parent would like to donate items towards the Hampers such as puddings, biscuits, chocolates, tinned foods, napkins, crackers, candles etc. it would be very much appreciated.  All items can be left into Bernadette before Friday 14th December.  We will also be serving tea and coffee on the day with all proceeds going to the Parent Association to help with school activities / outings.

School CPD Training Day:
The school will be closed for all pupils on Wednesday 20th February 2019 as staff must attend a school based in-service day on the new Primary Language Curriculum in school.  This essential training will familiarise staff with the new curriculum that the Department of Education is beginning to implement.  The following two days the 21st and 22nd of February are the mid-term break.

Confessions for Christmas / Advent Prayer Service:
This year once again Fr. Keogan, Parish Priest, and Fr. Woods, retired priest, will visit the school on Thursday 6th December for Confessions for pupils from Third – Sixth inclusive.  
Every week between November 30th and December 14th Third Class and their teacher Ms. Rooney will lead the school in Advent Prayer Services with the assistance of Mrs. Smith who does the guitar accompaniment.  

Christmas Jumper Day:
The Student Council will be organising a Christmas Jumper Day on the 21st of December which will be in aid of the Kinlough Community Development Fund as they continue to help develop the football pitch and centre. We hope to see as many jazzy Christmas jumpers on the day as possible and we ask every child to bring in €2 for the cause.

Sr. Anna Visit:
Sr. Anna Smith our Diocesan advisor will be visiting the school on the 4th of December.  Sr. Anna helps the school implement the religious education program and the new ‘Grow in Love’ series and we look forward to welcoming her and to involve Sister Anna in our Advent service on the day.

Gaelfhíseán na Bliana:
6th Class under the tuition of Mr Gallagher decided to enter an Irish music song competition run by Conradh na Gaeilge this year. In this competition they composed their own songs as Gaeilge and videoed the recording.
Firstly they changed the words to the George Ezra song ‘Shotgun’ and composed new lyrics and also sang Bí Ann. Then they had the ingenious idea to sing the infectious tune ‘Baby Shark’ but changed the lyrics to ‘Leanbh Searc’.
Finally they enlisted the help of the school and classes 3rd to 6th who learned the chorus to ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Leanbh Searc’ as well as the dance moves and they choreographed a six minute video which they entered into the competition.
Two weeks ago they got word that they won the competition for Co Leitrim and won the prize of €1000. This is a fantastic achievement considering most of the winners were secondary schools and gaeilscoileanna. The money has already been used to purchase new music equipment for the school and a party for 6th class plus some will be used for a 6th class project at the end of the year. Maith sibh.  The video can be viewed at -
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9F1CtZsk_idkVRMHInVExQ

Music in Action/Rugby/Robotics:
Troy from the Balor Arts Centre is in the middle of an 8 week music program with 3rd and 4th class which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. Ballyshannon Rugby Club have also been doing three days with 3rd to 6th class teaching them the basics of rugby in a fun and safe environment. Brendan Joyce, a parent has also visited 3rd class where he did a workshop on robotics which was very informative.

Infants Trip to a Musical:
Junior and Senior Infants are going to the Abbey Arts Centre on Monday the 17th of December for a showing of a Christmas musical called ‘Elfie Saves Christmas’ which is run by the Talisman Theatre Company. The cost of this trip is €10 and a letter will go out to all parents and guardians about it next week.

P.E. Coach:
James Mc Dowell, qualified coach, will begin a 6 week coaching course in fundamental movements in P.E. in the next term.   He will work with the Junior half of the school first  and then will begin a 6 week programme with the Senior half of the school later.

Parent-Teacher Meetings:
Once again our Parent Teacher Meetings were a wonderful success.  As everybody knows pupils do best in school when parents and teachers work as a team in their education.  If you were unable to attend your Parent Teacher meeting on the date appointed you may reschedule for another mutually acceptable time.

Literacy Lift Off Reading Initiative:
Literacy Lift Off was undertaken in First Class for a period of six weeks, the pupils in these classes were immersed in reading for this period, reading two books a day.  An intensive programme of reading has many benefits for the emergent reader and this was evident.  The Literacy Lift Off Reading initiative will be run in Senior Infants for a six week period after the Christmas Holidays.

“How to Build Resilience & Healthy Relationships in our Children & Teenagers” A toolkit for parents:
Speaker: Dr. Eddie Murphy, Psychologist and Mental Health Advocate.  
Venue: Glass House Hotel, Sligo.
Date: Tuesday 4th December 2018
Time: 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
This is a Free Event.  Everyone welcome.

Christmas Party:
Tullaghan’s 1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Refreshments and music afterwards in Tullaghan Community Centre!  Raffle in aid of Tullaghan Cross field on  Saturday December 8th 2018 at 5 p.m.  Lots of fun and games!  Enjoy an evening of activities on Leitrim’s only coastline.

Christmas Annuals:
Order forms for Christmas were handed out today.  The Annuals cost €2 each and completed orders to be returned to the school by Wednesday 5th December.

Best Kept Classroom for November 2018:
Winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of November:
Junior Award:  Senior Infants – Ms Corr
Senior Award: Fourth Class – Ms Mitchell
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Christmas Holidays:
The school will close for Christmas Holidays at 12.30 p.m. on December 21st 2018 and school re-opens at 9.20 a.m.  on January 7th 2019.   Happy Christmas to all.



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