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A chairde fáilte romhaibh thar n–ais ar scoil.
I must admit it has been brilliant to get all of the children back to school and into a settled and good routine. It is amazing how resilient your children are and how quickly they adjust.  
I would especially like to welcome our twenty-three new Junior Infants who joined the school for the first time and the five new students who have joined different classes up the school.   We are looking forward to having them as part of our school community and hope they all enjoy all their years at Four Masters NS. There are now 285 children enrolled here so you can imagine it is a very busy place.
We are delighted to welcome Ms Claire Gibbons and Mrs Alicia Corr for the school year and wish them all the best at Four Masters NS.
It is also the last month in which our Deputy Principal Eileen Kenny will be working here before her retirement. Eileen has been a great help preparing the school for its re-opening and has worked tirelessly here over the past twenty-one years.
Le gach dea ghuí
John Britton  

Opening and Closing Times:
Firstly, I would like to thank all of the parents for adhering to all our new Covid-19 guidelines. The morning routine is very calm and the children are coming into school happy and relaxed. I also feel that some of the parking issues have been resolved by having staggered opening time. Senior Infants now come in with everyone else and Junior Infants will continue to come in at 9:45am for the month of September and it will be reviewed after.
Collection is also working really well. Junior infants are picked up at 1:50 pm, Senior Infants at 2 pm, 1st and 2nd class and their siblings at 2:50pm and 3rd to 6th class as well as all those children who go to after schools or get the bus go home at 3 pm. It is really important that all children are collected on time.

Parent/Teacher Communication:
All visits by parents to speak to teachers must be made by appointment through the school secretary.
Messages can be conveyed via the teachers email addresses.  The purpose of the email addresses is to give information such as absence, getting picked up early etc. If you have a complaint or grievance to make please contact the office to organise an appointment or telephone call.
If parents need to call in with lunches, forgotten homework etc.  they also need to do so by calling to school office and placing the items in the drop box at the front door.  

Two years ago, we updated our Code of behaviour and we have four school rules. These are:
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
We would be grateful if you could discuss them with your child.

School Attendance:
The roll call in Four Masters National School will be recorded electronically in all classrooms at 10.20 a.m. each morning.  School opens at 9.15 a.m. each morning and the period from 9.15 a.m. – 9.40 a.m. is assembly time.
Any pupil who arrives after 10:00 a.m. will be recorded as present but also late.  If your child has an appointment with doctor, dentist or other health professional and will not be at school for roll call at 10.20 a.m. but will come in later then you must provide the teacher with a copy of the appointment the day before or otherwise your child will be marked absent.  
Please email the child’s teacher with an absent note excusing non-attendance.  All emails to cover sickness must be dated and number of days absent stated.  They may have to be shown to Education Welfare Officer if a child has missed twenty days or more.

Special Education Teachers
Guidelines for the return to school have specified that Special Education Teachers would mix with as few bubbles as possible. That is why this year our Special Education Teachers will be based in certain year groups i.e. Ms Gallagher will be taking Junior Infants and 6th class, Ms Mc Kenna will be taking 5th Class and Senior Infants, Ms O’Reilly will be taking 1st and 4th class and Ms Kenny and Ms Curneen will be taking children from 2nd and 3rd classes.

Picking children up for Appointments
If your child has an appointment an email must be sent to the class teacher beforehand. Then at the specified time the parent parks at the front of the school and rings the school at 0719841123 at which point Bernadette will ask the child to walk out to the parent.

Class Allocations for 2020 – 2021:
The class teachers are as follows:
Junior Infants: Mrs Mc Gurrin
Senior Infants:   Ms Mitchell / Ms Corr
Senior Infants & 1st Class: Mrs Gaffney
1st Class: Mrs Mc Sharry
2nd Class: Ms Fallon
3rd Class: Ms Dolan
3rd Class & Fourth: Mrs Rooney
4th Class: Ms Rooney
5th Class: Ms Daly (covered by Ms Duffy)
5th Class: Ms Gibbons
6th Class: Mr Gallagher

Special Needs Teaching Team: Ms Gallagher, Ms Kenny, Ms O’Reilly, Ms Kneafsey, Ms Mc Kenna & Ms Curneen.
Special Needs Assistants: Mrs Smith, Sheila Mc Gloin, Kathy Mc Gloin, Margaret Gilmartin, Ms McGee

Healthy Food Policy and Treats on a Friday:
Our school is committed to the implementation of a healthy food policy. At present we allow the children to bring one small treat on a Friday. A treat is a small bar of chocolate/small bags of sweets/a few biscuits/chocolate yoghurt. We expect parents to adhere to this policy in the coming year. Items that are not allowed for lunches during the week include: biscuits, chocolate yoghurts, yoghurt with sweet mix (e.g. Crunch corner with chocolate balls), chocolate spread, energy drinks, fruit winders or chocolate flavoured cereal bars.

School Uniform:
Children must wear their full school uniform on all days with the exception of PE day.  Full uniform for boys
consists of a navy trousers, navy jumper, white shirt and navy tie.  Girls can wear the same or can choose to wear a navy pinafore / skirt instead of trousers. Leggings are not appropriate school uniform.  Footwear is black or brown shoes and appropriate runners on PE day. PE uniform consists of a plain navy tracksuit with a white polo shirt (no branded tracksuits allowed).

Confirmation will take place on the 19th of September in Kinlough. There will be two services at 11am and 2pm as there is a maximum number of 50 allowed in the church at any time. Anyone aged 13 or older is recommended to wear face coverings. A practice will take place on Wednesday the 16th of September at 7pm for the candidates only.

Communion will take place on the 10th of October for the current 3rd class who did not get to celebrate their Communion last year. Face coverings do not need to be worn for children under the age of thirteen but are recommended for everyone else. Further details will follow regarding the amount of people allowed per family, but it is very likely that the maximum capacity of the church will still be fifty.

Do This in Memory:
“Do This in Memory” information meeting for parents on September 29th at 8pm in St. Aidan’s Church.

School Calendar:
A calendar showing school openings and closures for the school year 2020 - 2021 is now available.  Dates on which the school is open will be circled and it is attached to this email and on our website.

P.E. Days for Pupils:
The following is a provisional timetable for P.E.  It may have to change to facilitate external coaches.
Junior Infants (Mrs Mc Gurrin) - Monday
Senior Infants (Ms Mitchell/Ms Corr) - Wednesday
Senior Infants  & First Class (Mrs Gaffney ) - Thursday
First Class (Mrs Mc Sharry) - Thursday
Second Class (Ms Fallon) - Wednesday
Third Class (Ms Dolan) - Thursday
Third Class & Fourth Class (Mrs Rooney) - Monday
Fourth Class (Ms Rooney) - Tuesday
Fifth Class (Ms Daly/ covered by Ms Duffy) – Friday
Fifth Class (Ms Gibbons) Thursday
Sixth Class (Mr Gallagher) - Wednesday

Birthday Invitations
Birthday Invitations are not allowed to be distributed within the school grounds. This is to not cause upset to children who may not be invited to the particular party.

Jersey Day
We will be holding a Jersey Day on Friday the 25th of September in aid of Crumlin’s Children Hospital. Eoghan McGowan a past pupil of the school is a patient there and it is an extremely worthwhile charity. Children are asked to bring in €2 and may wear a jersey/t-shirt and their PE tracksuit on the day.

Parenting Course
Sligo Family Resource Centre is hosting Parents Plus Children's Programme for parents of children aged 6-12.  It will run over 8 mornings starting Thursday 01 October at 10.00 - 11:30.. For more information or to book a place TEXT ZOOM with your name or call me on 0879143646

Ballyshannon Rugby
Mini Rugby with Ballyshannon RFC will start it's 2020/2021 season on September 12th at the Lakeside at 9.45AM until 11.00, with the necessary social distancing measures implemented. Ages 6 - 12 and new members always welcome. For more info, checkout their Facebook page or contact Martin O’Halloran on 0872507609

Change of Contact Details:
Please inform Bernadette, the school secretary, of any changes to your contact details.  It is very important to have up to date phone contact details in the event of any illness, accident or school information.

Please feel free to browse our website to view photos of school tours, Junior Infants and other news of ongoing events in the school: www.fourmastersns.com

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