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A chairde,

We are fully settled into our new school year and I’m delighted with the attitude shown by the children and by so many children wearing their full school uniform and I thank the parents for that.
We have also embraced our four new simple school rules:
1. I come to school every day, on time and prepared.
2. I have respect for people and for property.
3. I do my best in class and allow others to do the same.
4. I behave in a proper manner around the school.
It would be great if parents also discussed these with their children at home.
Also through assemblies and lessons in class we are trying to help the children build resilience and take responsibility for their actions at present. We would urge parents to talk to their children about this and let them know that it’s ok not to be perfect as long as they try their best.  We will organise a parent talk about building resilience in children this year.
We look forward to the school year and all the experiences it will bring.
John Britton

Parent Association:
Here in Four Masters NS we have a very active and hard working Parent Association who last year raised over €2000 for our school through initiatives such as a Christmas raffle, a table quiz and a bag pack. They also organized a very informative talk on Internet Safety and provided tea and refreshments for our Grandparents Day and we thank them for that.
Parents do two year cycles on the council and this year Liam Freeburn, Karen Gallagher, Siobhain Mc Gloin and Pat Gallagher all step down after their two year cycle. We sincerely thank them for all their hard work over the past two years.
Four new members will take their place and they are Stuart Regan, Denise Simpson, Eloise Mc Ginty and Bridget Birney and we thank them for stepping forward and helping everyone make our school a better place.
The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Association takes place in the school on the 10th of October at 8:30pm

Book Fair:
We will be hosting our annual School Book Fair during the period of 3rd – 8th of October 2018. All classes will be taken to view the book fair by their respective teachers and the middle and senior classes will be able to purchase their own books.   Parents of Junior and Senior Infants who wish to purchase books may do so between 2-3 pm only on Friday 5th and Monday 8th of October.  Bernadette will only be taking money for the books during these times and please do not approach the office to purchase books outside of these times.
The school receives 60% of money raised in books that are used to replenish our classroom libraries.  So the more parents support the fair the more books we get for our school libraries.

Homework Policy:
At the beginning of a new school year Homework can become an issue with change of teachers, pupils moving up a class etc.  All pupils from Infants – Sixth Class have a Homework Diary into which each night’s homework is written.  No homework is given at weekends.  Pupils working consistently should normally complete all homework within the following time allocations:
Infants – about 15 minutes
First & Second – 15 – 30 minutes
Third & Fourth – 30 – 40 minutes
Fifth & Sixth – 45 – 60 minutes
Any difficulties with homework should be communicated to class teacher as soon as possible.  The diary can be used for this purpose also.

Visiting Classes:
We would ask any parents who wish to drop off lunch or anything else to their child to please drop it in the office where Bernadette will deliver it to the classroom.

Cumann Na mBunscoil Mini Sevens:
Four Masters had a very successful year this year in our mini sevens. The boys played really well last week in atrocious conditions defeating Manorhamilton and drawing against Drumalease in a cracking game but unfortunately did not progress to the county finals.
On the other hand the girl’s team won all their matches and have qualified for the county finals which will take place next Thursday at Pairc Seán Mac Diarmada at 11am. They won all their matches in North Leitrim and we wish them and their coaches Mr Gallagher and Ms Kenny all the best in the county finals.
We’d also like to congratulate the Melvin Gaels under 17 team who won the county finals this year. Most of the boys in the squad came through our school and we are all very proud of their achievements and were delighted they came to our assembly last week to a raucous reception. Up the Gaels.

Upcoming Events:
We are one month in to the school year and it is already a very busy place. 6th class went on a field trip to Campview farm last week where they learned all about farm safety from the crew there as well as the local ambulance service. They found the trip really enjoyable.
4th and 5th class will be participating in programmes run during Wainfest with the Donegal libraries and on the 8th of October 5th class will be visiting the Discovery Dome a 3D planetarium experience and on the 11th of October 4th class will be attending a workshop with Éanna Ní Lamhna about biodiversity which links in with our next Green Flag.
3rd class will be participating in a soccer blitz at the end of the month organised by Damon Kearney and we’re sure there’ll be lots of spooky costumes about before the mid-term break.
Green – School News:
We are currently working on our 5th flag ‘Biodiversity’ and this is year two of this flag.  Biodiversity is the variety of plant and animal life in a particular habitat and our school grounds has a rich variety of plant and animal life.  While the whole school is working on this particular theme, the junior and senior infants are taking part in an international project called the ‘Great Plant Hunt’ which will directly compliment the ‘Biodiversity’ theme and flag.  The project will be at a suitable and appropriate level for the infants and will provide education and fun for all the junior pupils.
Green – School Co-ordinator

Student Council:
Third – Sixth class was a hive of activity the last two weeks.  Interesting manifestoes and creative posters were drawn up.  The following children were elected on to the Student Council for this year.
Sixth Class –Roisín Williams & Ruairí Stewart
Fifth Class – Hannah Feeley & Fergal  Rooney Mc Clafferty
Fourth Class – Kaya Kerins
Third Class – Ellie Reynolds & Katie Ryan
They are all looking forward to representing the pupils in the school.  Watch this space!

Birthday Invitations:
A reminder to all parents that birthday invitations are not allowed to be handed out in school. When invitations are handed out in class the child that does not receive an invitation can easily feel left out and upset. Also due to a number of allergies in the school I would ask that parents do not send in treats on children’s birthdays.

Parent Teacher Meetings:
Parent-Teacher meetings will take place during the month of November.  Parents will receive notification regarding these meetings after the mid-term break.

Information Meeting for Parents of Junior Infants:
A meeting for parents of Junior Infants will take place in the school on Tuesday 9th October at 2.00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to give the parents / guardians information on the Jolly Phonics Programme.

School Photographer:
A photographer will visit the school on Wednesday 14th November 2018.   If you do not wish your child’s photograph to be taken please inform his/her class teacher on or before that date.  We get group photographs of all classes taken for our own records.

Fire Drill:
A Fire Drill for all pupils and staff took place in the school recently.  At least two further Fire Drills will take place over the course of school year.

Parenting Classes:
The Sligo Leitrim Parent Hub are organising a series of parenting workshops this October and November.  These deal with a Triple P approach to positive parenting.  For more information see our notice board or at https://www.facrbook.com/SligoLeitrimParentHub  or www.triplep-parenting.net

Best Kept Classroom:
All classrooms were well kept for the month of September and the winners in the competition for the month of September were:
Junior Award: First & Second Class – Mrs Gaffney
Senior Award: Third Class – Mrs Rooney

Mid Term Break:
The school will close for the Halloween mid-term break on Friday October 26th at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday November 5th at 9.20 a.m.

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