Letter (2) 17092019

Dear Parents                                        Issue: 02                                                                 September 17th 2019

The Literacy Lift Off intensive Reading and Writing programme commenced in Mr Hanley’s 1st class yesterday Monday September 16th for a five week period. Every child will bring home a new book each night (including Friday) and parents are asked to read this book with their child.


The Schools Dentist will visit 6th class girls on Thursday September 26th. Consent forms are being distributed today. Please return signed consent forms as soon as possible.



  • Mr Naughton & Mr McDonald will be selecting teams to participate in the semi finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship which will take place in Renmore on Tuesday September 24th.
  • The same teams will then participate in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition on Friday October 18th


  • The Camogie committee will select a team to take part in the Cumann na mBunscoil mini-sevens which will take place on Wednesday Sept 25th. Venue to be confirmed.
  • Camogie Training takes place on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s from 1.30pm to 2.25pm:
    • Tuesday – Mrs Greally’s & Mrs Hennessy’s classes
    • Thursday – Ms Murray’s & Mrs Monson’s classes


  • In honour of the Rugby World cup which is happening in Japan this year, the 6th class girls will be taking part in a Tag Rugby Blitz in Dangan on Wednesday October 2nd. All schools taking part will represent one of the countries which are competing in the actual World Cup. The Scoil Chroí Naofa girls have been asked to represent the country of Samoa.


  • John from the FAI will be coaching Mrs Hennessy’s 4th class in soccer. Sessions starting on Thursday October 10th.


  • Band practice will commence shortly. If your child has been selected to play the Melodica, Accordion or Bell Lyre, a rental fee of €15 will be required. 
  • If children need to purchase Tin Whistles, they will be available from office at a cost of €7.
  • Second class children will commence Tin Whistle in the coming weeks. They need to purchase tin whistles in the key of C, which will be available from the office at a cost of €7.


  • All staff will engage in professional development in Digital technologies today provided by the PDST. The commitment of staff towards professional development is always acknowledged and appreciated.
  • Over the Summer the school received an Information Technology grant which was used to purchase new Laptops and Visualisers for all the classrooms. This means that there is now at least one spare laptop in each classroom which the children will use to practice typing.

General Reminders:

  • Please forward all outstanding monies for books, copies, art & craft,photocopying and Literacy Lift Off to the class teacher immediately.
  • Please check your child’s hair regularly to ensure that any infection of Head Lice is treated at once.  Long hair should be tied back. Incidences of head lice have already been reported in Ms O’Byrne’s 2nd class, Mr Hanley’s 1st class and Ms Murray’s 5th class.
  • Class teachers call the roll first thing in the morning, every day. If your child has an appointment in the morning, please notify the teacher the day before so that your child can be marked present.
  • The staff and Parents Council have discussed the following and seek your co-operation in the best interests of all children: Birthday invitations should not be distributed on the school premises as it causes upset to the children who are not invited.
  • Some children have a Severe Nut Allergy. The staff and I are seeking your co-operation in providing your child with fruit/veg for first break. Children are not allowed to bring any food out to the yard except fruit/veg.
  • If you Change Address, Email or Phone Numbers, please inform secretary so she can update school records.

Health & Safety:

In the interest of the Health & Safety of all pupils in the school:

  1. No cars are allowed onto school grounds except in exceptional circumstances agreed with principal. All cars should be parked outside the school grounds in car parks outside the school gates and at the Church.
  2. The barrier at the entrance to the school grounds is being repaired and will be back in operation shortly. It will be left down for the duration of the school day.
  3. Parents of all children from junior infants up to 6th class are requested to say goodbye to their children in the morning as they line up in the yard at 8.45a.m.
  4. Please ensure that your child does not walk on the wall.
  5. For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware that there are classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefabs.
  6. Please note that Coláiste an Eachréidh and Gael Scoil Riada are now operating out of the old Presentation Secondary school building. As a result there will be difficulty parking and a lot of additional traffic.
  7. On the rare occasion where a relative or friend will be collecting your child from school instead of the usual person, please ensure that you advise teacher or the office beforehand.

Please ensure this message regarding the safe system is passed on to the person bringing your child to and from school.

The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for children in the school yard before 8.45am or after 2.30pm unless they are attending Extra Curricular Activities.

Collecting Junior & Senior Infant children at 1.30pm:

  • Mrs Comer, Miss Tyrrell & Miss Feeney’s classes  each line up inside the 2 yard doors with their teacher at 1.30pm. Parents should wait in the school yard for them, until the yard doors are opened. The children will be released one at a time to their parent / guardian.
  • The shelter in the bottom yard is reserved for Mrs Murray & Ms Alani’s Senior Infant classes at 1.30pm:
    • Please vacate the shelter on wet days for the staff and the children, to avoid over-crowding and to ensure children are being sent home with the correct person.
    • Please do not collect your child from the class line until they have entered the shelter.
    • Children will not be allowed to leave until parents/minders approach the child and teacher.
  • If you need to speak to teacher, please be prepared to wait until all the children have been collected.
  • All parents and children will then leave the school grounds through the top or bottom yard.

Parents Council Information:

  • The Parents Council AGM will take place in the school on Tuesday October 15th at 8pm. All parents are welcome.
  • Cash for Clobber collection has been organised for Tuesday October 22nd. The proceeds of this collection are used by the Parents’ Council to fund buses, workshops, treats for different occasions etc.
  • The Parents Council have signed our school up with www.designacard.ie this year. Each child will be given the opportunity to design their own Christmas Card. A sample of their designs will be sent home in November, giving you the option to purchase a pack of Christmas cards designed by your child. A portion of the sales price will come back to the school and be used by the Parents’ Council to fund different things for the children.

Diary Dates:

  • There will be a staff meeting on Thursday October 3rd. All children will go home at 1.15pm. All the staff will be taking part in a First Aid course on this afternoon.
  • The school will host a “Trick or Treat” event on Friday October 25th in aid of Temple Street Children’s hospital, Dublin. Children may come to school dressed in Halloween costumes and can donate €2 to this very worthy cause.
  • The School Photographer will be here on Tuesday November 12th to take pictures of all the children.
  • Parent Teacher meetings for all classes from Junior Infants up to 6th class will take place on Wednesday November 13th and Thursday November 14th. Appointment dates for each parent will follow, closer to the time.
  • The term of the current Board of Management will expire on November 30th 2019. Two parent representatives need to be appointed. Nominations & elections will be held soon.
  • This year Christmas Concerts will be held on Tuesday December 17th & Wednesday December 18th. More specific details will follow in the coming weeks, but all performances / recitals will take place during the school day.
  • The girls in 5th & 6th classes will participate in Peace Proms this year. This project is a Choral Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. Peace Proms aims to entertain, educate and engage children in music and to enrich their lives through exceptional musical experience and performance. Our pupils will perform their repertoire with other primary schools in the county, in Galway on Sunday January 26th. There will be a rehearsal workshop for the girls in Leisureland on Thursday November 21st.  Please return signed consent forms as soon as possible.
  • Confirmation: Saturday Feb 15th
  • First Communion: Saturday May 23rd

Community Links:

  • Athenry Judo club have moved to a new dedicated Judo Martial Arts facility on the Caheroyan road. They have 300 sq metres of sprung matted flooring, parking facilities, and parents waiting and meeting rooms. They are currently enrolling new students. Please contact Edith Murphy on (086) 8252221 or [email protected]
  • Photography Competition: Athenry and Clarinbridge Tidy Towns would like the children to take pictures for a calendar about the Clarin River and the areas it flows through! Entering is easy. Take a picture of your local environment and upload it to: www.ClarinPhoto.com. Pictures should be a scene from your local town, village or parish. Closing date is Friday September 27th.
  • A charity called “Mary’s Meals” are looking for good quality second hand backpacks / school bags, which they send to children in Africa. Mary’s Meals send the backpacks to children who really need them which will enable them to attend school and gain an education that can help them escape from poverty when they grow up. If you have any old school bags, pencil cases, etc. that you are no longer using and you would like to donate them – you can drop them into the office and we will pass them on to the charity. If you wish, backpacks can be filled with e.g. Notepads, pencils, pens, crayons, eraser, sharpener, ruler, pencil case, towel, shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress, flip-flops or sandals, small ball (e.g. tennis ball), soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, spoon. Clothing for children aged between 4 and 12 is suitable. Second-hand items are fine, as long as they are in good condition. www.marysmeals.ie for more information.

After-School Clubs:

Below is a summary of the after school clubs which are currently running in the school. All clubs run from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

Day Club Teacher Classes Duration Dates
Mon Sports Club Mr Hanley 1st Class 6 weeks Sept 16th – Oct 21st
Tues Science Club Miss Tyrrell Senior Infants 5 weeks Sept 24th – Oct 22nd
Tues Basketball Mr Naughton 3rd & 4th 7 weeks Sept 10th – Oct 22nd
Tues Gaeilge Miss Feeney 5th & 6th 5 weeks Sept 24th – Oct 22nd
Wed Basketball Mr Naughton 5th & 6th 7 weeks Sept 11th – Oct 23rd
Wed Art Club Ms Alani Junior Infants 5 weeks Sept 18th – Oct 16th

Yours sincerely


Fergal Naughton


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