School Closures The school will be closed on Friday 27th Staff Development and Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st of October and Wednesday 1st November 2017 for the Halloween Holidays.
We intend to send out a text message on the day this Newsletter is being sent home. A message will be sent to the primary contact of each family. If you do not receive a message and you are the primary contact for the family, please let Catherine know in the office.
We would like to extend a special word of thanks to our School Chaplain, Fr. Kevin Duffy, who celebrated our beginning of year mass for the pupils, staff and parents of St. Mary’s P.S. in St. Mary’s Church. Thank you also to all the parents and other family members who were able to attend and enjoy what was a beautiful, community liturgy.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Accompanying this Newsletter will be a note which provides the time and date for your meeting with your child’s class teacher. All meetings will take place in the class teacher’s classroom. We are trialling this system this year and we ask for co-operation in relation to being on time and as best you can go with the time and date provided. If for some reason there is no note accompanying this newsletter, contact the school immediately.
If your child is absent, please contact the school on the first morning of absence. It is also important that your child brings in a signed note to explain their absence on their return to school.
During this month of October, to promote the performing arts and allow our children to shine in a public setting we will be encouraging the children to take part in the Lisnaskea Feis in St Ronan’s Parish Centre, Lisnaskea.
Good luck to all our competitors.
Verse Speaking will take place on Sunday 22nd October P1- P3 at 9:30am and P4 – P7 at 1:30pm.
The school Nurse will be in school on Monday the 27th of November to administer the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine will only be given to pupils whose parents have given written permission which accompanies this newsletter. Permission slip to be retuned no later than Thursday Oct 6th.
Gaelic Football continues on Fridays with Emmett Conlon. I would ask all children to remember to bring their mouth-guard or they will not be permitted to participate.
The P.3 - 7 children will be taking part in a number of Gaelic Football blitzes during the year, organised by Fermanagh County Board. The first one involves P.5 & 6 on Tuesday the 17th of October at the Lakeland Forum 4G from 10am to 12pm. Children will be back in school for lunch.
Lessons continues with Mrs. Mc Aleer on Thursdays. It is £3 per lesson and £90 for the year. We would strongly suggest to pay £50 at the start of the year which covers the first half of the year.
We would like to inform parents that we have a child in school who has a nut allergy. Children are not permitted to have nuts or any product which may have been in contact with nuts of any kind in school.
Please ensure your child’s uniform including spare uniforms are clearly labelled. We already have a number of pupils who have parts of their uniform missing.
The Book Fair has been moved from the month of October this year to the month of March to coincide with World Book Day. However, you will notice from time to time throughout the year the children will have Scholastic Book Catalogues in their bag, books can be ordered using the catalogues from the school office. A percentage of each book purchased goes back to the school which allows us to buy reading books for the school.
School Meals cost £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week to be paid at the beginning of the week please.
Free School Meals
If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, please ensure you complete an application form which is available from the school office or the EA website.
Snack – Primary 1 and 2 Pupils
The cost for this term is £22.00 or for the year is £53.00.
Milk P.3 – P.7 Pupils
We have recently secured a fridge from the Milk suppliers for the purpose of storing the pupil’s milk only. We hope this will help encourage more children to take the subsidised Milk in school which has great health benefits for children. Milk money can be paid for each term or for the year. This term is £13 or for the year is £52.
Any money being paid into the school must be placed in an envelope and clearly marked. All Money should be sent into school at the beginning of each week please.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION
Another important date for the Diary. Our school Christmas Nativity will take place on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Please take note of the venue. More details will follow in subsequent Newsletters.
Halloween Dress Up
To celebrate Hallowe’en, the children are encouraged to dress up in Hallowe’en costume on Thursday the 26th of October. We ask parents to be conscious of the younger children in our school community so costumes should not be too scary. All clown Costumes are not permitted.
P.3-7 children will be travelling to the Opera House in Belfast to see ‘Peter Pan’ in Pantomime on Monday 11th December. The cost of the trip is £15 per pupil; we would ask all money to be in before the end of the week. Details of the P1 & 2 trip to the cinema on the same day will follow in the December Newsletter
We have had an unusually wet September; however, it is very important that the children get to stretch their legs outside during the school day. For this reason, if the rain isn’t too heavy children will be outside. It is therefore very important that all children have a raincoat to school during these Autumn and Winter months.
Fivemiletown College Soccer and Netball Competition
The P.5-7 boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Netball teams will be travelling to Fivemiletown College to compete in their respective tournaments on Thursday the 19th of October. Good Luck!
Ulster Orchestra Performance
The P.5-7 children will be attending a performance by the Ulster Orchestra in the Lakeland Forum on Wednesday the 18th of October. The children will leave immediately after lunch. The cost of the performance and bus will be paid for by the school.
Introduction to Phonics
There will be a presentation for P.1 parents by Mrs. O’Hanlon on Monday the 9th of October 2pm-2.30pm. The purpose of the presentation will be to inform parents in how best they can support their child’s learning in the area of phonics.
Shared Education Programme
The Shared Education Programme, linking with our neighbouring school Maguiresbridge Primary School will continue again this year with details to follow. Both schools’ staff have already had a joint Child Protection Training day in August and we would like to thank Mrs. Honor Irvine and all her staff for the very warm welcome we received.
I would like to thank all the Pupils and Parents of St. Mary’s Primary School for the fantastic welcome I have received since becoming Principal. It is hard to believe a month has gone by already, time flies when you’re having fun. The friendliness and dedication of the staff here at St. Mary’s has certainly helped my great start. Thank you.