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Nuacht-Litir na Nollag

All pupils are busy at school at the moment and many have been enjoying swimming lessons, football leagues, Science Day, GAA coaching and outings over the past few weeks We wish to congratulate our school Debating team who recently qualified for Round Three of the Concern Debating Championship. Comhghairdeas leis na daltaí ó SN Cill Mhic nÉanain a ghlac páirt sa chómórtas filíochta Guth Ghoill sna Dúnaibh ar na mallaibh. Congratulations to all those who participated in the recent Irish language poetry event in Downings and well done to our winners. We also have a team competing in the Cumann na mBunscol quiz this week and we wish them well.

The Parent’s Association wish to thank all who helped and contributed to ensure that the recent movie night in the school was a success.

In the interests of road safety for all, we wish to thank you for the ongoing efforts to keep the pedestrian crossing area on the main road clear of parked cars. We note that An Garda Síochána members have attended there on occasion too, and thank them for their continued support.

We have scheduled our Christmas Shows/Carol Service for the morning of Wednesday 20th December. We will host a draw for a Christmas Hamper on the day.

We hope to have a Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 22nd December.

We will close for the Christmas Holidays at 12noon on Friday 22nd December, and re-open on January 8th.

November Newsletter

1 November Newsletter 2023

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Board of Management Election

The four-year term of our Board of Management is coming to an end later this month and I wish to thank the outgoing Board for their dedication and commitment to the school over the last number of years.

We propose to hold a meeting to elect parent nominees to the incoming Board in the School Hall on Tuesday, 14 November at 7.15. Nominations will be sought at the meeting from parents for persons to stand for election as parent nominees on the Board for both a mother’s panel and a father’s panel and a ballot held.

Parent’s Association

The PA are holding a meeting in the school on Tuesday, 14 November at 730pm (following the Parent Nominees to the BOM meeting process). All are welcome.

In other News,

The deadline for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal is this Friday morning, 9 November at 9.30am. If participating, please drop your box in to the School Office by then.

GAA coaching lessons will take place for all classes this term on Fridays of each week. Second and Fifth class pupils have started swimming lessons this term.

Details of a HSE Children’s Vaccination programme have been sent home with pupils in Snr Infants only. Please return your preference to the school in the enclosed envelope by the weekend.

We wish to congratulate our Debating Team on winning Round One of the Donegal Concern Debating Competition and we look forward to Round Two later this month.

The Parent-Teacher Meetings are scheduled for the afternoon/early evening of Thursday 23 November. Class teachers will arrange an appointment form in due course.

Guth Ghoill, an Irish language poetry event, is scheduled to be held in Downings on Saturday 1 December. Please let us know this week if your child is interested in participating.

Reminder: to refresh names on jumpers, t-shirts, coats, personal belongings etc; particularly needed by swimming groups as items of clothing mix-ups can often happen.

Reminder: No parents to drop/collect their child by car at the School Gate. This area is reserved for bus and staff parking only.

This Newsletter is also posted on www.kilmacrennanschool.com (under School News).

Kilmacrennan NS

Nuacht Litir na Samhna/ October Newsletter

Parents’ Association News: The Parents’ Association (PA) are holding the Annual Halloween Family Quiz in the School Hall on Thursday, 26 October at 7pm. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. The PA ask for donations for prizes (biscuits, sweets, small vouchers etc). It’s €5 per family for the quiz. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night and there will be a tuck shop too.

Pupil Events:  Well done to all who took part in the School’s Cross-Country event in Milford recently. Our U 9 Boys and Girls, our U 11 Boys and Girls and our U 13 Boys won Team Gold, while our U 13 Girls won team silver medals. Kilmacrennan NS won the Best Overall School Award on the day. The top four runners in each team qualify for the Donegal School’s Cross-Country Finals and this will take place in Inishowen in mid-October.

The school will participate in the Letterkenny District League (Soccer), with the first game scheduled for later this week. The School House Leagues are up and running for Fourth to Sixth with the First to Third Class League scheduled for next term.

Wainfest: A number of classes in our school will attend Wainfest Literary events this month; (details to follow). Pupils in Second and Fifth classes will partake in swimming lessons next term (details to follow).

Parent-Teacher Meetings: The SET teachers will schedule meetings of pupils availing of Learning Support or English as an Additional Language (EAL) in late October, while the PT meetings are scheduled for 23 November.

Board of Management News: We wish to welcome Fr Martin Chambers as the new Chairperson of our Board of Management, and wish him all the best in this role. We too wish to thank Fr Patrick Dunne, outgoing Chairperson, for his much valued dedication and service over the terms of the last two Boards of Management and wish him well in his new post. We too offer our sympathy and condolences to the families of the recently deceased Mrs Anne Gallagher, Churchill (who taught for approximately forty years in our school) and to Fr Conaghan, our former Chairperson.

The four-year term of the present Board of Management is due to end on 30 November. We will be in touch regarding the formation of a new Board shortly, with Parent Nominee meeting on 14 November.

Please note that we post an Agreed Report from each Board of Management meetings under the Parents’ dropbar.

Halloween Holidays: The school will close for the Halloween Holidays at 3pm on Friday 27 October and re-open on Monday 6 November. Pupils are free to dress up in Halloween costume on the day, if they so wish.     

Parent Seminar

Please find attached  information about upcoming School Avoidance Seminar being hosted through Tusla Prevention Partnership and Family Support under Tusla Parent Support Champions Learning Communities Fund. The Seminar is aimed at parents where a child may already be starting to show signs of school avoidance and educators as well as support practitioners. This event takes place in Letterkenny on the morning of the 14th November.  Feel free to share the event with parents. Booking through Eventbrite is essential.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/school-avoidance-an-information-and-support-seminar-tickets-719681746477?aff=oddtdtcreator

Board of Management News

Please note that we post an Agreed Report from each Board of Management meetings under the Parents’ dropbar.

New Chairperson of the Board of Management

We wish to welcome Fr Martin Chambers as the new Chairperson of our Board of Management, and wish him all the best in this role.

We too wish to thank Fr Patrick Dunne, outgoing Chairperson, for his much valued dedication and service over the terms of the last two Boards of Management and wish him well in his new post.

School Athletics Success

Well done to all who took part in the School’s Cross-Country event in Milford recently. Our U 9 Boys and Girls, our U 11 Boys and Girls and our U 13 Boys won Team Gold while our U 13 Girls won team silver medals. Kilmacrennan NS won the Best Overall School Award on the day.

The top four runners in each team qualify for the Donegal School’s Cross-Country Finals and this will take place in mid-October.

Halloween Family Quiz Night

Title: Halloween Family Quiz Night
Location: School Hall
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2023-10-26

September Newsletter

Nuacht Litir na Scoile

September Newsletter

Dear Parent,

I wish to welcome you all for the school year.  The children appear to be settling quickly and we are looking forward to the term.  We particularly welcome all our new pupils, including Ms Hegarty’s Junior Infants Class and new pupils throughout the school.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few issues:

Please note that we call pupils to class each day at 9.20am. We open our school gates from 9am onwards but cannot accept responsibility for pupils who arrive before this time. We therefore request that you do not leave unsupervised pupils at the school gates, whether they arrive by bus or otherwise.

The pupils have a mid-morning and lunchtime break. Lunches are generally eaten in the classroom and we encourage the children to take any litter or wrappings home each day. We respectfully request that our Healthy Lunches policy is adhered to. This means that sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks etc are not sent to school as part of a lunch. We ask that items such as school jumpers, stationery, lunch boxes (anything that moves!) are labelled and that the name tags are regularly refreshed.

The school is operating a No Nut policy.

We request that the school uniform is worn at all times. Teachers will inform you of the day your child is doing Physical Education.

Please provide us with up to date contact numbers, particularly with reference to mobile numbers. We operate a school text service and we will send a greeting to all numbers on our database later this week.  Please inform the school on Monday, 11th September if you have not received the introductory message.

The school will provide text books and copybooks to all pupils but they are to supply their own stationery. We request a Voluntary Contribution of €20 per child or €30 per family to cover costs such as photocopying expenses, Art materials, First Aid supplies and much more.  We thank those who have already paid this amount and encourage any outstanding fees to be paid in the coming days.

With construction works ongoing at the school, we ask that you pay particular attention to road safety issues and request that your child is accompanied to and from the school gates. Parents are to park in the carpark near the chapel, or along the Main Road, observing normal parking regulations, paying attention to double yellow lines etc.  The car park at the school is for staff and bus parking only. Extra traffic in this area leads to greater risk for pupil and adult safety and we request that this zone remains free of parent traffic. Please relay this information to all adults who drop off or collect your child from school.

We do not allow mobile phones in the school. The school office can relay messages from a parent to a child or from a child to a parent.

All teachers have/are in the process of setting up Seesaw as a means of communication with parents. Please scan or download the app to your phone.

The School Photographer is scheduled to call next Monday, 11th September.

Pupils from First to Sixth classes are presently doing cross-country training with an athletics meet scheduled in Milford on September 19th.

We encourage you to contact the school at the earliest opportunity if you have any queries or concerns and we will seek to address any issues at the earliest opportunity. Please note our telephone (0749139295) and e-mail contact details (kilmacrennanschool@eircom.net) or visit the school website at www.kilmacrennanschool.com. Please call the School Office in advance if you wish to arrange an appointment with a teacher. In order to minimise disruption, we often arrange such conversations outside of class teaching hours.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

This note can also be viewed under the School News drop-bar on our website at www.kilmacrennanschool.com

Kilmac’s got talent

A few photos from our recent Kilmac’s got talent competition. What a great way to show off our incredible students talent. From singing to dancing to a few jokes and playing some musical instruments 🎸. Well done to everyone

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