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A chairde,

The summer has finally arrived and everything is in full flow here at school. We are delighted to see all the children in such good spirits and would encourage all parents to apply sunscreen to their children before they attend school and children are allowed to wear caps during yard time.
We are all looking forward to our school tours, football finals, garden party and sports day and wish everyone a happy and healthy final month in school.
Le gach-dea ghuí
John Britton

Internet Safety:
We treat Internet Safety very seriously in our school and I would encourage all parents and guardians to closely monitor all internet use and any social media use.  There is a very useful booklet for parents that can be accessed at https://www.webwise.ie/parents/  and I would encourage all parents to read it carefully.

Uniforms:
Reminder of the uniform for the 2018/2019 school year:
The colour scheme of the school uniform is as follows:
Boys: Navy trousers, navy jumper, navy tie, white shirt, black runners/shoes.
Girls: Navy skirt/pinafore/trousers, navy jumper, navy tie, white shirt, black shoes/runners.  We strongly encourage the wearing of the school uniform and we ask children to bring in a note to explain why it is not being worn if this happens.
On P.E. day the children wear navy tracksuit bottoms, navy sweatshirt, white polo shirt and comfortable trainers – no brand name tracksuits allowed e.g. Nike, Adidas etc.   

Book Lists:
Book lists were handed out last week and money is due to be collected by Thursday 7th June.  Costs have been kept to a minimum and loan books are in use especially in the older classes.  We would ask all parents to ensure their child looks after their loan books and to not write in them.
If you are having difficulty meeting the cost of the books please contact the school to work out a payment plan as books will not be ordered for children who have not engaged with the school.  Contact the school for any more information.

Graduation Ceremony for Sixth Class 2017/2018:
Parents are invited to a graduation ceremony on Wednesday 27th June at 10.30 a.m. during which the pupils will receive a certificate each to mark the end of their Primary education in Four Masters National School.  They will also perform a short talent show showcasing all their many talents.  All the teachers who have taught them have always commented positively about this special bunch of young people.  We wish them well with their secondary education and their futures.

School Tours:
All classes will be brought on school tours again this year.  A school tours policy has been drawn up and children will be supervised at all times.  Prices have been kept to a minimum and locations have been chosen relative to the age group.  The following is a list of dates and locations of school tours:
• Sixth Class – Lough Key Forest Park, 30th May.
• Fifth Class – Surfing in Rossnowlagh – 8th June
• Fourth Class – Ulster American Folk Park –  1st June
• Third Class – Eco-Tour Rossnowlagh and Cinema,  12th  June
• Second Class – Sheepdog Trials and Five Star Fun, 19th June
• First Class – Castle Adventure Open Farm, 22nd June
• Senior Infants – Cinema and Playground 6th June
• Junior Infants – Beach, 15th June.
Letters with further information and cost regarding these tours will issue to parents involved.

Standardised Tests:
The standardised tests in English and Maths have been completed in school. These are methods of assessment that schools in Ireland use to monitor progress and identify needs. Some children can feel anxious about them and we would like to reduce that anxiety.  Therefore I would ask parents to remind their children not to discuss their results with their peers/classmates to help alleviate some of that anxiety.  There are many ways in which children achieve such as art and sport and also many qualities that they have such as kindness and gratitude that are not reflected in these assessments.   We are proud of all the children in our school.

School Reports:
School Reports will be posted on 13th of June.  All parents of pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class will receive a school report, which tells them how their children are progressing at school.  As the reports had to be issued before the end of the school year attendance on the reports was marked up to and including Tuesday 12th June but children who have a 100% record for school attendance on June 27th i.e. last day of term will receive a certificate to acknowledge excellent attendance and children who missed three days or less will receive a certificate to acknowledge very good attendance.

First Holy Communion:
First Communion was celebrated on the 19th of May in St. Aidan’s Church and was a huge success. The children were outstanding and thanks must be given to class teachers Mairéad Rooney and Lisa Daly.  Also special thanks to all those in the choir who I hope enjoyed their homework passes and their teachers Brenda Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell.  Special thanks to Deacon Padraig Kelly for all his help.

Garden Party:
It takes place on Wednesday 20th of June and will be organised by Fourth Class.  Vegetables and herbs grown in our polytunnel and school garden will be harvested and all classes will get a chance to sample some of the produce.  A donation of €1 / child would be greatly appreciated on the day to go towards the cost of hosting the party.   A special thanks to Anna Marie Mitchell for her green fingers.

Sports Day:
On Monday 25th of June we will have our annual Sports’ Day (weather permitting).  As was the case in previous years, pupils in Junior and Senior Infants will do their activities on school grounds and pupils from First – Sixth will go the local football field.  A certificate of participation will be awarded to all pupils who take part on the day.

Extra-Curricular Activities:
The 4th class had a wonderful trip to St Clare's, Manorhamilton last month to play a chess blitz against the 4th  class there which was a great success.  Ciara Barrett from SEAI came into school this week to do a workshop on Climate Change and Energy Conservation which was excellent for 4th , 5th  and 6th  class.
On Monday the 11th of June 5th Class will take part in a workshop in Bundoran Library in creative writing. This 'Fighting Words' programme is a great opportunity for the children to work on their creative writing.

Micheál Ó Cléirigh Art Competition:
Congrats to all winners of prizes at the recent Art competition, they are Lily Booth, Ellie Kate Mc Keen, Oscar Mc Conville, Fodhla Gallagher, Michelle Birney & Briadán Mc Coy. They attended a prize giving in the Friary Hall in Rossnowlagh to receive their awards.

Parent Association:
The Parents Association held their annual quiz last Friday night and were delighted with the much improved attendance and the quiz raised €647 on the night.  This money will be used to pay for a disco, hot food and go-kart tokens for the 2nd Class tour in recognition of their Holy Communion.  The Parent Association also pays for the 6th class to go for a Surf Lesson on Rossnowlagh Beach before the end of the school year.  The Parent Association would like to thank all the sponsors, parents and attendees at the table quiz and hopefully it will go from strength to strength in the coming years.
Throughout the year the Parent  Association has funded numerous school trips including paying for the bus to Athlon for the All-Ireland Indoor Athletics Championships, paying for the stage and sound at the Christmas concert among many other things.  We are delighted with the contribution that the Parent Association has made to the school and the hard work, dedication and time that the members of the Association have put in.   Four members of the Association will be stepping down this September and we'll be looking for four new members of the Association.

Football:
The final game of the league takes place next Thursday the 7th  of June in Munday's Field in Ballyshannon against Creevy N.S. The both teams endeavored so hard in their last match but unfortunately were defeated and the Boys were extremely close leading until the last minute of the game. Against Creevy we plan to have about 55 pupils playing a game and we wish everyone good luck and encourage parents to come and watch. The finals are on the 14th of June in Manorhamilton and more details to follow.  Again thanks must be extended to Dympna Keegan, Annette Lipsett and Pat Gallagher.

GAA Coach:
Stephen Mc Gurrin has been working for the past few weeks with Third to Sixth Classes on football skills.  He’s been a great help and coach.

Best Kept Classroom:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms” competition for the month of May were:
Junior Award:  Junior & Senior Infants – Ms. Dolan
Senior Award: Sixth Class – Ms. Fallon
Message from Caretaker:
Lots of jumpers, jackets etc. left in school during the year. These will be given to charity if not redeemed by Wednesday 27th June.  There are a huge amount of these and any with names will be returned but most uniforms do not have names on them.  Please ensure that all uniforms are properly labelled with names for next year.

School Holidays:
The school will close for Summer Holidays on Wednesday 27th June at 12.30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 3rd September at 9.20 a.m.  Happy holidays to one and all.



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