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At the heart of our ethos of education and care at Four Masters National School is the health and safety of our students.  Therefore there are two important matters I would like to bring to your attention.
Firstly, it is essential that all parents take great care when parking before and after school time.  A large volume of children come through our gates every time and I would ask all parents to be extra vigilant at school opening and closing times.  Extra parking was provided at the request of the Parent Association a few years back and I would ask no one to park on the double yellow lines opposite school.
Secondly, the Parent Association have organised an Internet Safety Talk at school in the hall on Wednesday the 21st of February at 7 p.m.  This will deal with all aspects of internet safety, cyberbullying and privacy settings.  I think everyone will agree that this area is changing so rapidly and it’s up to all parents to keep themselves informed and up to date with internet safety.  I would like to see as many parents as possible in attendance.
Le gach-duí
John Britton

Internet Safety:
On February 21st all classes from 1st to 6th will take part in a workshop presented by Trish O’Sullivan on Cyber Bullying and internet Safety Training.  The information given will be relevant to their age group and a certificate will be presented at the end.
An evening session beginning at 7 p.m. for parents will take place.  This will discuss similar topics to what the children will cover and also information focused for parents. The Parent Association will serve tea and coffee and there will be a donation box on the evening.

As I have discussed earlier, I would urge all parents to observe the rules of the road outside the school gates.  A number of parents park on the double yellow lines which affect the two way flow of traffic and makes it very difficult for buses turning into the school.
The guards have been made aware of the issue and they will be keeping an eye on the issue in the coming weeks.

Enrolment for 2018/2019
Parents wishing to enrol children for the 2018/2019 school year should do so on or before Wednesday 14th February 2018.  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 Thursday 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 – songs, poetry and dance.  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.

Lent and Bóthar:
Once again we will be asking pupils and staff to donate to the third World Charity called “Bóthar” which sends live animals to families in Africa.  The thinking behind the charity is that of the old proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach him how to fish and you feed him for life.”

Ash Wednesday:
Wednesday February 14th is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent and on that day Fr. Keogan will visit the school and distribute ashes to pupils and staff.

First Confessions & Do This In Memory:
The pupils of Second Class will be making their First Confessions in Saint Aidan’s Church Kinlough on Tuesday morning February 13th at 10 a.m.  They will be taken to the church by their teacher and a parent or guardian is asked to be in the church to support them on this very special day in their spiritual lives.  The next Do This In Memory mass will take place on Sunday 11th February at 11 a.m. in St. Aidan’s Church, Kinlough.

Friendship Week:
The week February 19th – 23rd 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.

Sports Hall Athletics 2018:
Our school has once again been invited to take part in Sports Hall Athletics 2018, the first round of which will take place in the hall of Saint Clare’s Comprehensive School Manorhamilton on Tuesday 13th February starting at 10.00 a.m.  This year forty five pupils from Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class will participate and will be accompanied by their teachers.  A sincere thanks to Mr. Britton who puts a lot of effort into preparing the pupils for this competition.

Whitehill Nature School, Ballyshannon:
Whitehill Nature School is participating in the Bundoran Tidy Towns Event on the 17th of February.  Weekly at the Nature School we are starting to create an art piece out of plastic lids from all bottles, cartons and cosmetics.  We would be so grateful if you the students of the Four Masters National School, Kinlough would help us collect all different colours and sizes of plastic lids to aid us in the creation of our art piece and also in helping raise the awareness of the amount of plastic we all use day to day.

Community Games:
Community Games Art will take place in the Community Centre on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 2 p.m. sharp.  Registration from 1.30 p.m.  €4 per child.  Please bring own paper and colours.
Community Games Swimming will take place at Ballyshannon swimming pool on Monday 26th February at 6.45 p.m. sharp.  €4 per child entry forms available from school or Glamour Girl Bundoran.  All forms to be in by Wednesday 21st February to school office or Glamour Girl Bundoran.  No late entries will be accepted.

Statement BOM Meeting Tuesday 30th January 2018:
• The Board of Management would like to thank and congratulate the staff, pupils and Parent Association for the wonderful Christmas Concert which raised over €2,000 for our school
• The Board of Management reviewed and ratified Differentiation Policy
• The Board of Management  would like to congratulate Class Teacher Sandra Fitzpatrick on the birth of her new baby boy Peter

Student Council:
January was a busy month for the Student Council.  We helped organise Grandparents Day.  We decorated the hall and encouraged the pupils to bake.  It was a great success.  We loved meeting our special guests and welcoming them to the school.  This month we are going to go through the suggestion box and see what ideas the pupils have and how we might be able to voice these ideas and opinions.

Best Kept Classroom:
The standard was very high this month and as a result we have two winners in each section in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of January:
Junior Award:  
Junior & Senior Infants – Ms. Dolan
First & Second – Ms Daly
Senior Award:
Fifth Class – Ms. Daly
Third Class – Ms. Rooney
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Mid-Term Break:
The school will be closed on February 15th and 16th for the spring mid-term break.

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