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School is back into full swing again and is becoming a very busy place.  We had extremely successful Christmas concerts with a huge amount of money raised for the school and I would like to thank all involved for their help and effort. Preparation has already begun on the upgrade of the sensory room.
We had an extremely successful and fun Maths Week and I’d like to thank Mrs Corr and 4th class for all their work. We have athletics, football, Friendship Week, First Confessions and lots more coming up in the next few weeks so school will continue to be a busy place.
I would also encourage all parents to attend the seminar on online safety coming up on the 25th of February and to talk to your child about their use of the internet and how to stay safe online.
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John Britton

School Closure for Staff Development:
The school will be closed for a half day on Friday the 13th of March for staff training on the new Primary Language Curriculum. This half-day is sanctioned by the Department of Education with the idea of providing support for staff on the new curriculum. The school will close at 12:30 on this day.

Internet Safety:
Internet Safety is such an important topic these days.  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 February all children will be doing internet safety lessons.  For more information please see www.webwise.ie

Parental Talk:
The Parent Association have organised an information seminar for all parents on the topic of ‘Parental Information on Internet Safety’. This seminar covers cyberbullying, inappropriate content, social media, digital stranger danger and data privacy. The children will also be doing a survey in school about their interaction with online materials and the seminar will discuss some of the results. This talk is free of charge and will take place in the school hall on Tuesday the 25th of February at 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and the parent association will be providing tea and coffee.

Grandparents Day:
On Friday 31st January we will celebrate Grandparents Day and all grandparents are invited to attend a special prayer service at 10.30 a.m. in the school gym.  Afterwards the children will also perform some songs and poetry.
This assembly will also link in with Catholic Schools Week which is happening this week. Afterwards there will be light refreshments and some baking from Ms. Rooney’s class to enjoy.  The grandparents will get to meet and chat with other grandparents from the community.  Perhaps some grandparents might like to volunteer to help with the making of St. Brigid’s crosses that will be taking place in 6th class.  Due to health and safety concerns about the volume of people in our hall, I would ask only grandparents to attend.  If a grandparent needs assistance from a parent that is fine, but I would ask all parents to prioritise chairs to grandparents

First Confessions and Pre-Confirmation Mass:
The pupils of Second Class will make their First Confessions in Saint Aidan’s Church Kinlough next Tuesday morning February 4th at 10am. The first Pre- Confirmation Mass is in St.  Aidan’s Church, Kinlough on Sunday 9th February which will deal with Enrolment and the Commitment Service.

Friendship Week:
The week 24th – 28th of February 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 participate in artwork 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 week.
We will also be focusing on Internet Safety this week and 3rd to 6th classes will be getting a workshop from Zeeko Education that will deal with cyberbullying, online safety, strangers online and will also survey and discuss the online activity of our students.

Enrolment for 2020/2021:
Parents wishing to enrol children for the 2020/2021 school year should do so on or before Friday 28th February.  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.

The Active School Flag
We are busy preparing our active flag application at the moment, which we hope to have completed in April.  Our school at the moment are completing ‘A –run-a-day’ challenge.  We had ‘A-walk-a-day’ challenge before Christmas that went well, with teachers and pupils alike, reporting that concentration and work levels were much better after a healthy walk for 5-10 minutes after the lunch break.  So hopefully the ‘Run-a-day Challenge’ will reap the same benefits!  The Active Flag Committee are very busy at the moment, creating and developing our ‘Active School Walkway’, conducting games at lunch times with the younger pupils and carrying out surveys, on the physical activity engagement outside of school.  The committee is also busy preparing for our ‘Active School Week’ in March, organising sporting events during that week.

Kathleen O’Reilly Active Flag Co-ordinator
Agreed Statement by the Board of Management 14th January 2020
• The BOM is delighted that the new classroom is open and is a wonderful addition to our school
• 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 €2,600
• The BOM would like to thank all parents who put their names forward to become a Parents Representative on the Board and would like to thank Karol Warnock, Sinéad Keogh, John Campbell and Kathleen Ward for taking up their positions on the Board
• The BOM would like to thank Deputy Principal Eileen Kenny for her successful application for an upgrade on our playground facilities in which the school received a grant

Credit Union Quiz:
Two teams, a Junior Team – Jake Collins, Darragh Mc Gowan, Jamie Mc Keen, Cora Cassidy and sub Emma Freeburn; and a Senior team – Nathan Mc Gowan, Hannah Feeley, Turlough Kelly, Darragh Rynne Kennedy and sub Oscar Mc Ginty will represent the school in the annual Ballyshannon Credit Union Quiz which will be held on Sunday afternoon 2nd of February at 2pm in the Bay View Hotel Killybegs.  We hope they do themselves and the school proud.

The School Sportshall athletics team will be competing in St Clare’s Comprehensive on Tuesday 18th of February in the North Leitrim Finals, with the hope to progress 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.

E-mail Addresses
Thank you to all parents who have provided the school with e-mail addresses. I would ask all parents and guardians to give in their e-mail addresses to Bernadette so we can quickly and simply send out messages to parents and reduce the amount of paper we use.

Maths Week:
Maths Week was a huge success with Active Maths lessons, Maths art and daily maths problems taking place.  Thanks to Ms. Corr’s Fourth Class.  Here is what Fourth Class Student Sophia Mulligan thought.
Maths week was a great week.  Everyone thought it was fun.  Junior and Senior infants were full of energy and First and Second class were great at their sums.  We played games at P.E. and everyone listened very well.  They all know their shapes.  Everyone was active.  Nobody argued.  The Art was so hard to choose a winner from each class.  Everyone who won got a prize.  There was a maths question every day.  There were lots of prizes like: rubbers, rulers, homework passes and more.  The Senior end literally took all the homework passes.  It was sooo much fun !!

In My Shoes
In my shoes is a Sligo based charity which sends used runners and football boots to a township in Cape Town, South Africa. It is run by Ciaran Mc Gloin and the Student Council are going to run this appeal in our school.
We are asking children to bring in used but in decent condition runners and football boots only by Friday the 7th of February. Children are also asked to bring in €1 each which is to pay for the postage and packaging of sending over the trainers. All runners/football boots must be cleaned and tied together by their laces. For more information see www.inmyshoes.ie

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 Mondays after the February mid-term break.

Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of January were:
Junior Award:  1st Class – Mrs Mc Sharry
Senior Award:  3rd Class – Mrs Rooney
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Mid-Term Break:
The school will be closed on February 20th and 21st for the spring mid-term break.

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