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A Chairde,

All of the primary schools are preparing for the busy finale and last two months of this school term.  The school is a hive of activity as you can tell by the busy newsletter with competitions, visitors and tours all taking place.  
We are delighted that our school has earned it’s 5th Green Flag which is rewarded for Biodiversity. All the classes have completed lessons on its theme and we are especially proud of our ‘Biodiversity Song’ which was created by 3rd and 4th classes.
I would like to remind parents about not parking on the double yellow lines opposite the school or the yellow box, ensuring that the children are behaving themselves when they are unsupervised before 9:20 in the morning, and about going to the office when visiting the school or collecting a child.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy last term

Le gach dea ghuí

John Britton

Green Flag
We are delighted to be able to say, we are successfully raising our 5th flag on the theme of Biodiversity.  The achievement is well deserved by the entire school community.  All classes worked tirelessly composing songs, poems and stories on the biodiversity theme.  Our Science Week greatly enhanced and complimented the application process.  The expertise that visited our school on the subjects of ‘our oceans’ and ‘bee-keeping’ was very worthwhile and interesting for our pupils to engage with.  The school garden was another terrific asset to have when working on this theme.  The green school committee worked parallel with the entire school, informing everyone of important dates ad work to be completed.  A great team of pupils!  
On the 16th of May, the An Taisce Green Flag ceremony is being held in Mc William Park Hotel in Claremorris.  This is a day when all schools in the Northwest accept their well-earned flag on whatever theme they are currently working on.  This year our two most senior members of the green school committee Annabelle Moore (6th)  and Emma Gilmartin (5th ) will accompany Ms. O’Reilly and Bernadette our secretary, who worked very hard typing the application, uploading photos and generally figuring out where everything went on the digital application process.    
Mise le meas,
Kathleen O’Reilly (Green School Co-ordinator)

Picking up Children:
If you’re child needs to be picked up for an appointment or to be brought home from school early because they are sick you must call to the office first.  Bernadette, our secretary, will then visit the classroom that your child is in and bring them to you.  

Open Afternoon for New Junior Infants:
On Friday 24th May from 2-3 p.m. the newly enrolled Junior Infants and their parents are invited to visit the school and meet with Principal, Mr. John Britton and present Junior Infant teachers Mrs. Mc Sharry and Ms. Fitzpatrick.  The children will be given the opportunity of playing with and talking to each other while the parents speak with the teachers.  Booklist for 2019/2020 and HSE information will be handed to parents on the day.  

School Tours:
After last year’s success with school tours all classes will be brought on school tours this year.   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 – Blueway water park Drunshanbo – 29th May
• Fifth Class – Surfing in Rossnowlagh – 7th June
• Fourth Class – Omagh Folk Park – 31st May
• 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, 21st June
• Senior Infants – Cinema and Playground 5th June
• Junior Infants – Beach, 14th June
Letters with further information and cost regarding these tours will issue to parents involved two weeks before the date.

First Holy Communion / Confirmation:
Confirmation takes place next Saturday the 11th of May at 12 o’clock at St. Aidan’s Church. There will the thirty pupils
celebrating their Confirmation on the day and they have been rehearsing really well. Their teacher Mr Paul Gallagher has prepared them really well and we wish them luck on the big day. A photographer, Peter Mulligan, will be there on the day to take a group photo and also families can have family
pictures taken.

First Holy Communion takes place on the 18th of May at 11am in St. Aidan’s Church.  All of the children and their teachers Maire Gaffney and Aoife Fallon are working really hard.

We would like to show our appreciation to the children who have volunteered for the choir from Third and Fourth Class under the tutelage of Brenda Rooney, Mairéad Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell. They will be accompanied by organist Conor Gallagher for Confirmation.

Student Council:
For the seven weeks leading up to Easter, we have been
extremely busy raising money for an Irish Charity called Bóthar.  The grand total raised was an outstanding €568.  We also held a ‘silly socks and shoes day’ to raise  money for the school.  The total money collected was €385, which will be spent on sports equipment.  Thanks to everyone who kindly donated money.

Parent Association:
Cash for Clobber: The Parent Association will be taking part in the Cash for Clobber fundraiser this year. This involves bringing in Clothes, shoes, hats, scarves, belts, handbags, curtains, bed linen and towels. They must all be in good
condition as they will be re-sold. The items must be brought into school on Monday the 20th of May only in plastic bags and members of the Parent Association will collect them in the yard. For every 1kg of clothes collected 50c will go to the school funds.

Table Quiz: The Annual Four Masters Table Quiz will take place on the 24th of May at the Anglers Rest in Kinlough. It starts at 8 pm and we hope to see as many parents as
possible for this fun event.

The South Donegal/North Leitrim Cup was a huge success this year with the finals played before the Easter holidays.
The Girls team were the strongest and most committed team we ever had and qualified for the A Final for the first time ever. In the final played at the Bee Park they faced down St McCartans of Bundoran in a repeat of a very close game in the league match. The game started really well and Zakia Brennan Shyabo scored a great goal in the first half where we had a slender lead. In the second half Caitlyn Gallagher scored a fantastic long range point and the game finished level after a controversial point scored by Bundoran. We played one period of extra time for 5 minutes and nothing could separate the two teams. In the spirit of the game the two principals decided to share the Cup and declare two winners. Fr Keogan agreed to purchase a new cup meaning both schools would get a cup for the year.
The Boys Team played in the B Cup Final and played really well throughout the game winning on a score line of 4 6 to 1 4. Goals were scored by Sean Carolan, James Mc Gurrin a fantastic goal by Conor Maxwell and super sub Darragh Brennan. Special mention must also go to captains Evan O’Donnell and Eoin Downey and a brilliant goalkeeper in Turlough Kelly.
We would like to thank all the parents who helped out with the training and match days and all the support we got on finals day.

GAA Blitz:
Third and Fourth will take part in a GAA blitz in St Osnat’s on the 21st of May. They will travel by bus and will be accompanied by their teachers.

Magh Ene Familiarisation Day:
There will be a Familiarisation Day for all Sixth Class
students who will be attending Magh Ene, Bundoran next year.  It will be on the 30th of May and details will follow in the post from the school.

Booklists 2019/2020:
Booklists will issue at the end of May.  We are offering as many books as possible on Loan to keep costs down for parents.  All non-loan books are being offered at a very competitive price as when the school orders in bulk we get a substantial discount which we pass on to parents.  Don’t forget also that you can often get books, in very good condition, second hand, either from other families in the school or from second- hand book stores.

Community Games:
Congratulations to some of the winners of the Community Games in the Leitrim Division. They include:
Art Competition
U8 Boys: 1st Frank Regan
               3rd  Bradáin McCoy
U12 Girls: 1st  Zara McLoughlin
                3rd Annie Warnock
U14 girls 2nd Aoife Gallagher

U10 Boys: 1st Eli Regan (front crawl)
  1st Tiernan Mc Gloin (back crawl)
U12 Girls: 3rd Emma Gilmartin (breaststroke)
U12 Boys: 3rd Alfie Regan (back crawl)
  3rd John James O’Hara (freestyle)
U13 Relay: 2nd Alfie Regan, John James O’Hara, Eibhear O’Hara, Emma Gilmartin

Congratulations to all and good luck to Frank, Zara, Tiernan and Eli in the All-Ireland Community Games in Limerick later this month.

Leitrim Primary Athletics Championships
The Leitrim Track and Field Athletics Championships took place last Monday in Manorhamilton. Congratulations to Kyle Kenny, Fintan Brennan, Keefe Dolan, Grace Fergus, Jim Daly, Jaime Brady, Alfie Oldham, Tony Brennan, Conor Kenny and Joshua Fergus who all took part in the event. A huge congratulations must go to the Under 11 Relay team of Kyle, Fintan, Keefe and Grace who won the event, took home a huge trophy.
Special thanks to all parents who helped out on the day.

Support for Parents:
As part of the Department of Education and Skills strategy to improve literacy and numeracy skills, the National Adult Literacy Agency developed the website www.helpmykidlearn.ie . This provides enjoyable activities in which parents and their children can engage.

Best Kept Classroom for April 2019:
The winners in the “Best Kept Classrooms “Competition for the month of April were –
Junior Award: Mrs. Mc Gurrin – First Class
Senior Award: Mrs Rooney – Third Class
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Last Day of Term:
The school will close this year on Wednesday 26th of June at 12.30 p.m.  School will re-open on the 2nd of September at 9.20 a.m.  See school calendar enclosed for 2019/2020 school year.

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