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A Chairde

School is back into full swing again and is becoming a very busy place.  We had extremely successful Christmas concerts and Grandparents Day with a huge amount of money raised for the school and I would like to thank all involved for their help and effort.
We are now preparing for our Biodiversity Day for our fifth Green Flag and preparing for Friendship Week and Science Week.  The school’s football, athletics and quiz teams are all in or have been in training recently and we wish them success in their respective competitions.
I would also encourage parents to attend the seminar on children’s mental health and to talk to your child about their use of the internet and how to stay safe online.
Le gach ghuí
John Britton

Attendance:
The Board of Management have reviewed the Attendance Policy of the school and it is now the policy of the school to send a text when a child has missed 15 days of school out to the parents.  Children may miss a maximum of 20 days a school year and if they miss that TUSLA must be notified by the school.  I would also remind parents that all absences must be explained by way of a written note in a child’s journal.

School Closure for Staff Development:
The school will be closed on Friday 8th March 2019 to facilitate a training day for the whole staff on the new Primary Language Curriculum.  This essential training will help the staff fully implement the new curriculum in English and Irish.
This means the school will be open on the 8th and 20th of February.  We apologise for any confusion over this date.

Parental Talk:
The Parent Association have organised an information seminar for all parents on the topic of ‘Support your Child with Mental Health and Wellbeing’. This will be facilitated by Edel from the National Parents Council and will centre on boosting your child’s self- esteem and resilience.  It will be discussing the importance of open communication with your child, the importance of quality family time and for parents to ask what’s going on in your child’s life.  This talk is free of charge and will take place in the school hall on Tuesday the 5th of March at 7:30 p.m. and the parent association will be providing tea and coffee.

Enrolment for 2019/2020:
Parents wishing to enrol children for the 2019/2020 school year should do so on or before Friday 1st March.  If a child has special needs please let us know and submit all relevant documents and reports along with enrolment form.  Before a child is enrolled his/her parents must complete an enrolment form and submit his/her original birth certificate.   If a family is new to the school, the parents must meet with the Principal prior to enrolment.  Enrolment forms are available from the school.

Grandparents Day:
We had a very enjoyable Grandparents day in Four Masters on Friday 1st February.  It started with a Prayer Service for Catholic Schools week led by Fr. Keogan.  It was followed by light entertainment provided by all the classes. This was followed by light refreshments and some grandparents stayed back in Ms. Daly’s Fifth Class room to make Saint Brigid crosses.  Many thanks to all the grandparents who joined us – some travelling long distances to do so, all the teachers who prepared the art work and concert items.  Huge thanks to the Pupil Council and Michelle Daly who helped co-ordinate and organise the day.  Also the Parent Association deserve special praise for serving the tea and coffee and being a great support to the school.

Agreed Statement by the Board of Management 22nd January 2019:
• The attendance policy was reviewed and
ratified
• The BOM would like to sincerely thank the students, staff and parent association for the quality of the Christmas concerts and the money raised of over €2250
• The BOM would like to wish our school
patron Bishop Leo O’Reilly well in his
retirement
• The BOM notes that the planning for the school extension is in progress

Green School News:
We are fast approaching the end of a two year process on the theme of biodiversity, with the 25th March being the closing date to complete all our work on this particular theme.  Hopefully all our hard work will pay off and we will successfully raise a fifth flag this Spring.  
Just to give you a glimpse of some of the work completed to date by the whole school community:
• An action plan of work to be done
• All classes have been busy doing work to compliment the current theme for example
- The Great Plant Hunt Project
- Oral presentations on native species to our school grounds
- Exploring and investigating in our school grounds
- A biodiversity song composed and sung by the school
- Regular green-school meetings and regular whole school assemblies on the theme of ‘biodiversity’
- Learning our green school slogan i.e. One World, Our World, Our responsibility.
- We will be celebrating all of our dedicated work on the 15th of February, ‘Our Biodiversity Day’.  Two outside professionals will conduct workshops with all classes on ‘bee-keeping’ and ‘pollution in our oceans’.  As you can see we have been extremely busy and this is to name but a few of the activities carried out to date,
Thanking you Kathleen O’Reilly (Green School co-ordinator)

Internet Safety:
Yesterday was Internet Safety Day and I would encourage all parents to have frequent talks with their children about how to use the internet safely and properly.  More and more young people are gaining access to phones and tablets and I would encourage all parents to ensure there are appropriate parental controls on all devices that children are using.  During Friendship Week in March all children will be doing internet safety lessons.  For more information please see www.webwise.ie

Credit Union Quiz:
Congratulations to the Junior and Senior Quiz teams who competed so well in the Mill Park in Donegal Town; last weekend.  Unfortunately they did not come out on top. I would like to give a huge thanks to Michelle Daly and Kathleen O’Reilly for their help in organising the teams from our school.
Athletics:
The School Sportshall athletics team are taking part in a friendly on the 8th of February in Colaiste Colmcille against Creevy NS and St McCartans NS. They will also be competing in St Clare’s Comprehensive on the 20th of February in the North Leitrim Finals with the hope to progressing to the county finals and beyond. We wish them all the best in the competitions and congratulations to everyone who tried out for the teams.
Science Week:
This year we will be having the first Science Week in the school. During this week all children will be exploring science and doing experiments in their classrooms. The Big Bear Planetarium will also be visiting our school which I am sure the children will be very excited about. It will be taking place in the first week of April.

Cara 5km Run:
This year 6th class will be taking part in the Cara 5km Run. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to run or walk and feel a sense of accomplishment at having achieved a target. They will be practicing with their teacher coming up to the event and more information about the details for the day will be released at the end of February.

Football Training:
Football Training for boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes will begin on Tuesdays from 3-4p.m.  All pupils are welcome from these classes.  If weather conditions are not suitable a text will be sent before 2 p.m. on the day.  Our matches will be played in March and April  with the final on 10th of April.

First Confessions and Pre-Confirmation Mass:
The pupils of Second Class made their First Confessions in Saint Aidan’s Church Kinlough on Tuesday morning February 5th.   It was a huge success and we thank Ms Fallon and Mrs Gaffney.  The next Pre- Confirmation Mass is in St.  Aidan’s Church, Kinlough on Sunday 3rd March 2019.

Friendship Week:
The week 4th – 9th of March will be designated “Friendship Week” in Four Masters National School.  During this week pupils and staff will make a special effort to model and encourage friendship both in and outside of the classroom.  Pupils will write poems / stories on the subject and also participate in art work and drama with “Friendship” as the theme of many lessons.  The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy will be discussed with pupils in an age appropriate way during the course of the week.   Lessons on internet safety will be taught to all.

Community Games:
The Kinlough/ Tullaghan, Rossinver local community games swimming event will take place at Ballyshannon Leisure Centre on Sunday 17th February at 12 o’clock sharp. €4 per child entry forms available from school.   All forms to be in by Wednesday 13th February to Kinlough Spar.  No late entries will be accepted.

Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of January were:
Junior Award: First Class – Mrs Mc Gurrin
Senior Award: Third Class – Ms Rooney
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Mid-Term Break:
The school will be closed on February 21st and 22nd for the spring mid-term break.

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