Letter 13 10012019

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Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 13                                            January 10th, 2019


The staff and I hope you and your families had a very happy, peaceful Christmas. We wish you health and blessings for this New Year.


The Parents’ Council Monster Raffle took place before Christmas. Thank you so much to everyone who bought lines for the raffle. The sum of €3,935.10 was raised and this money will be used to fund buses, workshops and treats for the children over the course of the year.  We are very grateful to all the people who donated prizes for our raffle (see list below). The event would not have been such a  success without your generosity. Special thank you to Eiranne Heffernan, Rachel Moore, Karen Brackin & Deirdre Leech for helping with the raffle on the day.


Daniel & James Byrne Emma Tynan Eileen O’Malley, Knitting Club
Ruby & Chloe Somers Andrew & Ruby Dalton Mary McGovern, Knitting Club
Caroline Gorton Anna Doyle Athenry Knitting Club
Bonnie Fitzpatrick Maisie Hardiman Owen & Lillian Gannon
Cian McCullough Katie O’Hara Amber Cook
Isaac & Isobel Heffernan Eimear & Diarmuid Fitzgerald Harry Melia
Victoria Lundstrom Bonnie Fitzpatrick Alicja Olejnik
Emilia Costello Will Morris Ailbhe de Vere
Áine & Farrah Flannery Hannah Kennedy Grace Rice
Aoife & Aishling Kelly Hannah & Eva Coye Victoria Kovacs
Jacob & Adriana Moore Maya Baranouskaya Áine & Orla Hannon
Matteo & Sofia Grassi Sophia Phillips Ella James
Sophia Phillips Cathríona & Mairéad Leech Makayla Mentane
Jessica O’Shea Katie & Laura Monson Sophie Murphy Coffey


A special thank you also to Eileen O’Malley of the Athenry Knitting Club for her amazing generosity to the school. Eileen held a sale of her crafts before Christmas and from the proceeds she made a donation of €150 to Mrs Monson, in recognition of all the great community involvement that Mrs Monson & the girls of 6th class are involved in. The money will be used to purchase knitting materials for the girls in 6th class.


Enrolment Forms for new children starting school in September 2019 will be distributed next week.


The Best Attendance record for December has been awarded to Mr McDonald’s 3rd class.


Congratulations to the following pupils for making an extra special effort to speak Irish for the month of December: Charlotte Keogh, Lucy O’Brien, Ethan Momoh, Ava Mason, Isaac Heffernan, Caoimhe Mitchell, Sarah Murray, Remi Biernaczyk, Nicole Kelly, Sophie Murray, Abbie Ward, Rebecca Casey, Aoibhe Whyte and all of 6th class.


The Literacy Lift Off intensive Reading and Writing programme has commenced in Mrs Murray’s Senior Infants. Every child will bring home a new book each night (including Friday) and parents are asked to read this book with their child.


The Maths Blast programme is taking place in 5th & 6th classes this week & next week.


Mr John Connolly Principal of the Boys National School will speak to the boys from 1st class today. He will give the boys their Enrolment forms for the Boys National School. Please complete the forms and return them to the Boys National School as soon as possible.


The Green School Committee will be having a Marine Explorers workshop on Monday January 14th.


The Parents Council are inviting the Parents of children in the 3 Junior Infants classes to a Tea/Coffee Morning on Friday January 18th from 9am-10am in the school hall. There will be no assembly on that morning. Children will go straight to their classes. The junior infant parents can then take a seat in the hall and meet, greet, mingle (& exchange phone numbers!).


Transition Assessment Tests for 6th class pupils will take place in the Presentation College on Saturday, January 19th from 9.30 – 11.30am. Principal will address parents at 10am. Pupils are allowed to bring calculators.


The next Confirmation Preparation Mass will take place on Sunday, January 20th at 11am. Service of Light for Confirmation children on Thursday, January 31st at 7pm. Reconciliation for Confirmation girls on Friday February 15th from 6-9pm. Confirmation for 6th class girls will take place on Saturday, February 16th at 12pm. All of these services will take place in Athenry church.


Mr. Hanley has re-commenced coaching for Table Quiz on Wednesday’s from 2.30 – 3.30pm. Teams have been selected to participate in the Kilchreest Table Quiz which will be held in the St. Brigid’s Vocational school Loughrea on Wednesday January 23rd at 7.15pm.


There have been a few confirmed cases of Mumps reported in 6th class. For more information on Mumps check out www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/m/mumps/. We have been in touch with the Schools Public health nurse to see when they will be coming to the school to administer the MMR vaccine to the Junior Infants children. They have confirmed it will be March, exact date to be advised.


There have been a number of incidences of Head Lice reported: Miss Feeney’s Junior Infants, Mrs Comer’s Junior Infants, Miss Moloney’s Senior Infants and Mrs Forde’s 1st class. Head lice can spread quickly so it is important to check your child’s hair regularly. The most common sign is itching at the back of the head or neck, so check for tiny white empty egg shells (nits) on hair near the scalp at the back of the neck and behind the ears. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat the hair immediately, if you find any evidence of head lice. This is the only way to prevent it spreading.

The Board of Management wish to thank all of you who gave the annual Voluntary Contribution during the first term. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations of €30 per child or €50 per family will still be accepted and appreciated throughout the remainder of the school year.


Extra-curricular activities for Jan / Feb:

  • Tues: Drama Club for 3rd & 4th classes commencing Tues Jan 15th for 6 weeks (FULL)
  • Tues: Science Club for Junior Infants commencing Tues Jan 22nd for 5 weeks. Miss Tyrrell is running this club in Room 3 from 2.30-3.30pm at a cost of €25.
  • Tues: Gaeilge Club for 1st class commencing Tues Jan 22nd for 5 weeks. Ms Feeney is running this club in Room 1 from 2.30-3.30pm at a cost of €20.
  • Wed: Quiz Club with Mr Hanley (FULL)


Community Links:

  • There are a few copies of “The Clarin River from Source to the Sea” 2019 calendar available to buy from the office. This calendar features the photos of some of our pupils. The calendars cost €5 each. All proceeds are in aid of the Athenry & Clarinbridge Tidy Towns Committees.


Diary Dates

  • The next Parents’ Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday January 14th at 7.30pm. All parents are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
  • Do this in Memory mass for First Communion children on Sunday January 27th at 11am.
  • Credit Union Table Quiz will be held in Clairin College on Sunday, February 3rd at 2pm.
  • Catholic Schools’ Week January 27th to Saturday February 2nd. Grandparents are invited to visit the school on Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday January 30th from 10.45 – 12.00 pm.



Yours sincerely   ______________________________Fergal Naughton, Principal

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