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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 looking for funding at present for a new classroom and for work to be done on re-tarring the car park at the front of the school, and we’ll let you know how progress goes with both of them.
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 ghuí
John Britton

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.  Children are not allowed to leave the school to a waiting car in the car park during school time.

Open Afternoon for New Junior Infants:
On Friday 18th 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 Junior Infant teacher Mrs. Mc Sharry.  The children will be given the opportunity of playing with and talking to each other while the parents speak with the teachers.  Booklist for 2018/2019 and HSE information will be handed to parents on the day.  Mr. Britton will give a short power point presentation to the parents about preparing their child for primary school.

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 – Lough Key Forest Park, 30th May.
• Fifth Class – Surfing in Rossnowlagh – 8th June
• Fourth Class – Eagles Sanctuary, Ballymote –  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.
First Holy Communion / Confirmation:
First Holy Communion takes place on the 19th of May in St. Aidan’s Church.  A photographer will be there on the day.
All of the children and their teacher Mairéad Rooney are working really hard as are the choir from Third and Fourth Class under the tutelage of Brenda Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell.

Confirmation was a huge success and all of the Sixth Class students did a great job.  A huge congratulations to class teacher Aoife Fallon as well as all the singers in the choir and their teachers Brenda Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell.   Thanks also to our organist Niamh Mc Sharry.

Board of Management Statement:
• The Board has agreed to purchase I-pads, trolley and laptops, also upgrade to internet  as part of IT upgrade
• Intimate care policy was reviewed and ratified
• School Self Evaluation – Board of Management agreed that school will re-engage with School Self  Evaluation process

Parent Association:
The Parent Association are hosting a fun Table Quiz on Friday, 25th May at 8.30pm in The Anglers Rest Pub, Kinlough.  Entry fee €5 per person, teams of four.  Bring your friends and family along for a great night out and a chance to test your knowledge.  Donations of spot prizes for a raffle to be held on the night would be extremely welcome and these can be left in the school office up to May 25th .   We hope to see you all there and would ask all parents to support this final Parent Association fundraising event for the current school year.

Four Masters NS have played two games so far in the North Leitrim/South Donegal Cup.  Up first was Manorhamilton at home two weeks ago.  Fifty four children played a game of football that day but unfortunately the boys team lost.  The Girls Team 1 lost narrowly and Team 2 had a dramatic draw against a strong Manorhamilton team.
Upcoming fixtures include Bundoran on the 17th of May in Bundoran and Creevy on the 29th of May at home.  Good luck to the boys and girls.

The Boys and Girls teams both qualified for the Leitrim 5 a-side soccer finals that took place last week.  They put up a great fight but unfortunately did not progress to the finals.  Well done to all involved.

GAA Blitz:
Third and Fourth will take part in a GAA blitz in the sports field in Kinlough on 28th of May.

Extra School Activities:
The children had great fun with the Samba Drumming workshop that took place in the school.  The Infants have also produced some great art with Ross Cochrane, an artist who did some work with the infant classes using the medium of ‘Print’.  This term there will be a SEAI workshop on Climate Change and 5th class will also be working on a ‘Fighting Words’ workshop in Bundoran Library on the 11th of June.

We’d also like to thank parent, Aideen Campbell, who visited the Infant classrooms and talked to the children about dental hygiene and the children learned lots about minding their teeth.  Mags O’Donovan from Bóthar also came to an assembly and told the children about the great work that Bóthar do and how the money raised by Four Masters N.S. during Lent would be used to buy a goat for a family in Africa.

Civvies Day:
We’ll be having a civvies day on Friday the 11th of May in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs Society.   A parent, Elaine Monaghan, will be climbing Croagh Patrick in aid of this charity and the money will be going directly to the Irish Guide Dogs.

Magh Ene Familiarisation Day:
There will be a Familiarisation Day for all Sixth Class
students who will be attending Magh Ene next year.  It will be on the 31st of May and details will follow in the post from the school.

Booklists 2018/2019:
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.

Kinlough Community Development Project:
The Kinlough Community Development Project Information Evening takes place at the Community Centre at 8 p.m. on Saturday 12th of May.  The school will be represented by the Student Council who conducted a survey about how many and for what uses the students at Four Masters N.S. use the development and pitch.  A huge amount of students use the facilities weekly and we are indebted to the Community Centre.

Community Games:
Congratulations to everyone on fantastic results in the community games.
Art County Finals Boys U8
1st Frank Regan.   Frank will now go to represent Leitrim in the All-Ireland Finals in May.

Girls U10
2nd Zara McLaughlin

Quiz County Finals
Joint 3rd place Conor Maxwell, Lily Booth, Catherine Hill, Michelle Birney & Saidbh Mc Morrow.  Many thanks to Ms Daly for all her hard work organising and coaching the team.

Talent County Finals
U12- 2nd Meadhbh Mc Ginty
U13- 3rd Katie Ryan
U12- group
1st Katie Ryan, Jane Ryan, Meadhbh Mc Ginty &
Adeline Mc Ginty.
U16 group
1st Georgia Higgins.  Good luck girls in the All-Ireland in May.
U10 front crawl -2nd Eibhear O’Hara
U10 backstroke - 3rd Tom Gallagher
U12 breaststroke - 3rd John James O’Hara
U12 breaststroke -2nd Emma Gilmartin

Community games Athletics will take place on Sunday 13th May 2 p.m. in Melvin Park.  Registration forms are available from Bernadette in the office in Four Masters National School and from North Leitrim Athletics club. Completed entries and entry fee must be returned to the community games box in Bernadette’s office in Four Masters N.S.  Deadline for all entries is Wednesday the 9th of May.  No late entries will be accepted.    

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 2018:
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 – Second Class
Well done to the pupils and teachers involved.

Last Day of Term:
The school will close this year on Wednesday 27th of June at 12.30 p.m.  School will re-open on the 3rd of September at 9.20 a.m.  See school calendar enclosed for 2018/2019 school year.

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