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I would like to welcome everyone back to school after a welcome break and lovely Christmas.  The year of 2019 ended with a flurry of excitement with the school concert a huge success.  The teachers and students put in a huge amount of effort and I’d like to thank them.  
I would also like to acknowledge the hard work the Parent Association put into organising the raffle and raising over €2,600.  We look forward to their future events this year and hope to get as much involvement from parents as possible.
Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh.
John Britton

Catholic Schools Week:
Catholic Schools Week 2020 will take place from Sunday 26 January to Sunday 2 February on the theme ‘Living in Harmony with God’s Creation’.  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 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 in the school on that day.  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.

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.

Christmas Concerts:
The Christmas concerts were a huge success and I wish to thank all involved for a tremendous day.  For all those present I’m sure you’ll agree that the atmosphere in the hall that day was electric and filled us all with Christmas spirit. The effort that the teachers and students put in was amazing and everyone left that day with a huge grin on their faces.
I would also like to thank the Parent Association of Eloise Mc Ginty, Brigid Birney, Denise Simpson, Stuart Regan, Martina Fergus, Onora Gill Fitch, Biddy Golden and Maureen Mc Gowan for all their hard work on the day.  Also the donations which were made by the parents were huge and €2,616.84 was raised which is a massive amount. This money raised will be used to pay for the sound system, an upgrade of our sensory room and stage set up and dismantling.  A huge thank you to all.

A note from the Parent Association:
The Parents Association have organised an Internet Safety Parent Talk through Zeeko Education on the 25th of
February at 7:30pm., during the day the children from 3rd to 6th classes will do a workshop and questionnaire based on their internet usage and there will be advice on how to be a safe internet user. This parental talk is extremely beneficial to all parents and is open to any parent of the school. Therefore I would urge as much people to attend as possible.

The Parent Association would like to thank all the parents and staff who kindly donated towards the hampers and thanks to everyone who bought tickets and made donations on the day of the concert.  Thanks also to our sponsors.  

Open Day in Local Secondary School:
An open day for Sixth Class has been organized by the staff of Magh Ene College, Bundoran for Thursday 30th January 2020.  As has been the case in previous years, our Sixth Class pupils, together with their teacher, will attend the open days.  Transport both to and from the school has been organized by the secondary school staff.  
Students enrolling in Coláiste Cholmcille are asked to return their Enrolment Forms by Friday 10th January.  Please note late applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Preparation for the Sacraments:
Preparation is on-going for the sacraments of First Eucharist, First Penance and Confirmation.  The next ‘Do This In Memory’ mass for Second Class pupils and their parents will be celebrated in Saint Aidan’s Church on Sunday 26th January at 11 a.m.  Special pre-Confirmation Masses will take place in Saint Aidan’s Church on Sunday 9th February and Sunday 8th March at 11 a.m.  The pupils of Second Class will be making their First Confessions in Saint Aidan’s Church Kinlough on Tuesday morning February 4th 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.

Athletics Training:
James Mc Dowell, PE coach will begin a series of six lessons next Monday for classes from Third to Sixth.   These will focus on athletics and the fundamental movements.  Classes will be asked to wear their PE uniform on Mondays.  
P.E. for Junior Infants to Second Class will resume as normal:
Junior Infants (Mrs Mc Gurrin) - Friday
Junior Infants & Senior Infants (Ms Dolan) - Tuesday
Senior Infants (Ms Fitzpatrick / Ms Mitchell) - Wednesday
First Class (Mrs Mc Sharry) - Thursday
First Class & Second Class (Mrs Gaffney) - Tuesday
Second Class (Ms Fallon) - Friday

Active School Flag:
• Our Active Flag Committee is busy doing lots of games with Junior Infants to Second Class at 12.30 lunch break on the yard.
• We have almost completed our mile-a-day challenge with the entire school.
• At the moment we are making an active walkway around our school using all of our school grounds in an active way.
• 3rd & 4th classes recently wrote an active flag song with accompanying music.  Very soon we will have dance movements to the song.  The whole school will then learn the song and corresponding movements.
Active Flag Co-ordinator Kathleen O’Reilly

Fun Friends:
Ms Mitchell / Ms Fitzpatrick will begin a school based positive mental health programme called ‘Fun Friends’ this term.   Fun Friends is a programme to build emotional resilience in four to seven year old children through play.  When children are encouraged to develop their emotional resilience, they are more likely to become happy, successful people in their later years.  The Fun Friends programme is very effective and will have a positive impact on your child.  It has been scientifically validated through many years of clinical research.  All parents are invited to a meeting on Wednesday 22nd January in the Senior Infant Classroom at 7.30 p.m.

School Calendars:
Thanks to all parents/grandparents who purchased one of our school calendars. The calendar was prepared by Mrs Cass Smith and is a beautiful and professional presentation of the children’s art work. The cost is €10 and all proceeds will go towards improving our school sensory room.  If you wish to purchase one please place your order along with payment and return to school office by Friday 17th January 2020.

Parenting Courses:
Triple P gives practical tips and strategies to help parents cope positively with the challenges of raising children and managing misbehaviour making family life more enjoyable.   There are a number of courses taking place over the coming months and the list is on the school noticeboard.  Two of the courses taking place in Sligo and Leitrim are:

Raising Resilient Children – Tuesday January 21st Park Suite, Sligo Park 7- 9pm.
Dealing with disobedience - Thursday 5th March Bee Park, Manorhamilton 7- 9 pm.
Student Council:
We decorated the hall for the Christmas concerts and helped sell calendars.  On the 20th of December we held a Christmas jumper day. It was a great success and we raised €421 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.  We want the pupils in the school to be able to voice their opinions so we have put an idea box in the school corridor.  We are going to be helping to organise the upcoming Grandparents Day by decorating the hall.

Mobile Phones:
Mobile phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed in school at Four Masters National School.  If for some reason a child needs to bring in a phone it must be accompanied with a note from a parent/guardian explaining why it is necessary for the phone to be brought in.  Phone must then be left in the office.  If a phone is brought in without permission it will be confiscated until a parent / guardian collects it.

Opening and Closing Times at Four Masters N.S.:
The school opens to receive pupils at 9.20 am.  No responsibility is accepted for children coming before the time.  Children on the school yard are unsupervised until the official school bell rings and the doors are open at 9.20 a.m.   It is important that parents are aware that no arrangement exists for the supervision of their children who arrive at the school, whether by school bus or otherwise, before the official opening time.  The same rule applies if children remain on school grounds after official closing time.  In the case of children travelling by the school bus, the school cannot accept responsibility for escorting them from the bus to the school or from the school to the bus.  

Best Kept Class for December 2019:  
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of December were:

Junior Award:  Junior & Senior Infants – Ms. Dolan
Senior Award:  Fourth Class – Ms. Corr

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