Letter (12) 13122018

Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 12                                             December 13th 2018

I would like to make you aware of the following changes to the School Lock-up Routine:

  1. All 3 yard gates and school doors will be closed ASAP after the school day is over
  2. The main door of the school (beside secretary’s office) is the one to use after school time i.e. for pick up from after school clubs
  3. If children have not been collected and parents have to be phoned, the children will wait at the secretary’s office until they are collected


I am attaching a copy of the school Healthy Eating Policy as a reminder of what foods are not permitted at school as part of your child’s lunch. It has been noted that some children have been bringing chocolate yogurts and popcorn to school as part of their lunch. These items are not permitted at school. The school wants to assist you in encouraging the children to make healthy, safe and practical choices when it comes to food.


Congratulations to the following pupils for making an extra special effort to speak Irish for the month of November: Aleksander Lukaszeki, Ruby Somers, Patrick Madden, Makayla Mentane, Maya Rapacz, Ellie, Murphy, Aimee Farrell, James Byrne, Orla Hannon, Grace Rice, Megan Crimmins, Éabha Murtagh, Lauren Casey and all of 6th class.


At the recent parent-teacher meetings a number of parents (where English is not their first language) mentioned that they found it difficult to help their children with Irish homework. There is a free app for Smart Phones and Tablets called Duolingo which you may find helpful. This App helps you to learn Irish using game-like lessons.


Mr. Byrne & Mrs McSpadden’s 1st classes will travel to Castleturvin Nursing Home on Monday December 17th to sing Christmas Carols for the residents. Sincere thanks to the parents council for funding the cost of the bus.


Santa Claus will be visiting our school on Tuesday, December 18th in the morning.


Staff and children will participate in a Carol Service next week in the school hall.


The Parents’ Council Monster Raffle is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 20th at 11a.m. in our school hall. A most sincere thank you, to all the parents who have so generously donated spot prizes, especially all the beautiful hampers. The prizes are currently on display in the hall. We very much appreciate your support in making this a successful event.

  • Each family has received a numbered card
  • Each line on the card is €2 each so each card is worth €20
  • Cards must be returned whether filled or not
  • When card is complete, please send card and money into the secretary
  • Families can request additional cards if so desired
  • We are encouraging children to ask family and close neighbours for sponsorship as their safety is of utmost importance

All cards and money have to be returned before Tuesday, December 18th, whether they are complete or not. We truly appreciate your support once again.


Green School Committee:

  1. New initiative: no more Single-Use Plastic Cups or Cutlery for children who forget to e.g. bring their drink to school, or forget a spoon for their yogurt, or a fork for their pasta etc. The Parents Council have funded the purchase of some re-usable plastic beakers, plates & cutlery. The Green School committee manage these items; ensuring they are returned to the kitchenette after lunch, so they can be washed & ready for use again the following day.
  2. The Green School Committee are recommending that children do not exchange Christmas Cards at school. This is our way of caring for the environment and reducing the amount of waste paper as well as cutting cost to families due to the current economic climate.


Ms Alani’s 3rd & 4th class girls have taken over the role of this year’s Diversity Committee. One of their main duties is to act as “yard buddies / helpers” on the junior & senior yards.


The following Transition Year students (past pupils) are currently on work experience in the school: Sarah Dowling, Ava Earls, Megan Earls, Caoimhe Rohan & Alanagh Doherty. Rebecca Dennis & Abbie Gibbons will be here next week.


The Board of Management has introduced an annual Voluntary Contribution for each family, as a result of reduced funding towards the running costs of the school. The Board is seeking a contribution of €30 per child or €50 per family. We would be very grateful for your donation. Sincere thanks to those who have already given the contribution, it is very much appreciated. In the light of the economic climate, staff have requested that no gifts be given to them throughout the year. Instead however, your appreciation of staff can be acknowledged in your Voluntary Contribution.


We would like to draw your attention to the school website – the teachers have been very busy “blogging” about all the events that the children have taken part in during the first term. Visit www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie to check it out!


Community Links:

  • Copies of “The Clarin River from Source to the Sea” 2019 calendar, featuring the photos of some of our pupils, will be available to buy from the office, next week. All proceeds are in aid of the Athenry & Clarinbridge Tidy Towns Committees.


Diary Dates

  • Do this in Memory Mass for 2nd class children and their parents on Sunday December 16th at 11am in the church
  • Christmas Holidays – School closes on Friday December 21st at 11:45am, school re-opens on Monday January 7th 2018
  • Fri Jan 18th 9am-10am: Junior Infant Parents Tea/Coffee morning in school hall
  • Sat Jan 19th 9.30am: Presentation College Transition Assessment
  • Confirmation Commitment Mass on Sunday January 20th 2018 at 11am in the church.
  • Grandparents will be invited to Grandparents Day which will take place on Wednesday January 30th 2019 as part of Catholic School Week.
  • Sat Feb 16th at 12 noon: Confirmation for 6th class
  • Sat May 25th at 12 noon: First Holy Communion for 2nd Class


Yours sincerely   Fergal Naughton   Principal



The staff wish you and your families a very Happy, Peaceful, Healthy and Safe Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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