Letter (9) 08012020

Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 09                                                       January 8th 2020

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 €3,678 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, Karen Brackin & Deirdre Leech for helping with the raffle on the day.

Daniel Byrne Ashley & Cayden Coffey-O’Brien Emelia Costello
Hannah Coye Megan Crimmins Ruby & Andrew Dalton
Mrs Devally Anna Doyle Ted & Bonnie Fitzpatrick
Áine Gannon Matteo & Sofia Grassi Freddie & Maisie Hardiman
Isobel & Isaac Heffernan Lucy & Claire Hough Hannah Kennedy
Charlotte Keogh Mairéad & Caitríona Leech Mr McDonald
Cian McCullough Makayla Mentane Adriana Moore
Will Morris Callum & Sophie Murphy-Coffey Ciara, Éabha & Keelin Murtagh
Katie O’Hara Jessica O’Shea Sophia Phillips
Grace Rice Chloe & Ruby Somers Isobel & Eoghan Sweeney
Christian & Alicia Szabo Siudy Bradys Meat Market Michael Nolan (Cahertec)

Christmas Concerts:                                                                                                         

This year the Christmas concerts took place during the school day. Highlights from each of the concerts are available to view on the school YouTube channel.

Staff Meeting Term 2:

There will be a half day on Thursday January 30th to facilitate a staff meeting. All children will go home at 1.15pm.

Literacy Lift Off:

The Literacy Lift Off intensive Reading and Writing programme will commence in Miss Dolan’s 1st class next week. Every child will bring home a new book each night (including Friday) and parents are asked to read this book with their child.


  • Congratulations to all the girls in 6th class. They had the best attendance for the month of December.
  • The Education Welfare Officer (E.W.O) has organised another attendance clinic for Feb 5th. Parents of pupils who have missed 10 or more days will be asked to attend. Please ensure your child has good attendance throughout the year.

Internet Safety Talk:

An age-appropriate Internet Safety talk has been arranged for Thursday January 16th. It will be delivered to all the children from 1st class up to 6th class during the school day. It will be followed up with a Parent session that evening from 7pm to 8.30pm, here in the school. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this evening session. The facilitator of the sessions is Jeremy Pagden, who comes very highly recommended.

Enrolments for September 2020:

  • The Open Night for parents of children due to start school in September 2020 will take place on Thursday February 6th at 8pm in the school hall. Enrolment Forms will be handed out to parents at the open night. Completed forms should then be returned to the school by Friday February 21st
  • Mr John Connolly, Principal of the Boys National School will speak to the boys from 1st class tomorrow. 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.                                                                    

Transition Assessment Tests:

Transition Assessment Tests for 6th class pupils will take place in the Presentation College on Saturday, January 18th from 9.30 – 11.30am. Pupils are allowed to bring calculators.

Confirmation Programme:

  • The next Confirmation Preparation Mass will take place on Sunday, January 26th at 11am.
  • Service of Light for Confirmation children on Thursday, January 30th at 7pm.
  • Reconciliation for Confirmation girls on Friday February 14th from 6-9pm.
  • Confirmation for 6th class girls will take place on Saturday, February 15th at 2.30pm.

All of these services will take place in Athenry church.

General Reminders:

  • Punctuality: The staff of Scoil Chroí Naofa consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that your child is in school by 8.50am (at the latest) to avoid constant disruption to morning prayers and to the beginning of the school day for teachers. Roll call is taken in the early morning, every day.
  • School Uniform: Your co-operation to ensure that your child wears the full school uniform every day is most appreciated. Please remember to label your child’s uniform and all their belongings.
  • Head Lice: An incident of head lice has been reported in Miss Dolan’s 1st class and also in Miss Tyrrell’s Junior Infants class. Please check your child’s hair regularly and treat immediately, if necessary. Long hair should be tied back.

Diary Dates:

  • Kilchreest Table Quiz: Wednesday January 22nd at 7.15pm in St. Brigids school Loughrea
  • First Communion Mass: Sunday January 26th at 11am in the church
  • Peace Proms concert: Sunday January 26th at 7pm in Kingfisher NUIG for 5th & 6th class girls
  • Grandparents day will take place on Wednesday January 29th 10.45am to 12pm.
  • Credit Union Table Quiz: Clarin College on Sunday February 2nd at 2pm
  • Book Fair: Annual book fair with Tara Book Company Mon Feb 10th to Fri Feb 14th.
  • First Communion: Saturday May 23rd at 12 noon

After-School Clubs:

  • Ms Alani will offer Art Club to 1st class children commencing Tuesday January 7th.
  • Mr Hanley will continue with Quiz Club for 5th & 6th class children from Wednesday January 8th.
  • Mr Hanley will offer Sports Club to Senior Infant children commencing Monday January 13th
  • Miss Feeney will offer Gaeilge Club to 2nd & 3rd class children commencing Tuesday January 14th
  • Mrs Murray will offer Spanish Club to 3rd & 4th class children commencing Tuesday January 14th
  • Mr Naughton will offer Guitar club to 5th & 6th class children commencing Tuesday January 14th.

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir

Fergal Naughton    

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