To all the members of the extended Clarke and Dinsmore families, we offer our condolences and extend our sincere sympathy at this sad time.
Happy New Year - we hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas holiday. We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school tomorrow morning and hearing what Santa brought.
Thank you so very much to the very hardworking members of our P.T.A. who organised this year's Christmas party. A huge amount of work, effort and time went into arranging everything so we thank them very much.
Thank you also for your support of this year's Carol Service. We hope you enjoyed the children's singing and dancing - they put a lot of effort into getting this performance ready for you. As always thank you to those parents who provided food and sweets for the evening. We also appreciate the help of those parents who served tea and the refreshments in school after the service and also those who helped to tidy up afterwards.
Copies of the show DVD are available from school for a donation of €5 to school funds. Our thanks to Ezra and Muriel for their help with recording.
School will close for Christmas on Friday 22nd December and will open again on Monday 8th January.
Our current attendance is 98.5% which is excellent! Thank you for ensuring that the children are in school regularly. We especially appreciate the effort made recently when the weather was poor - we hope the delayed roll call in frosty mornings has been helpful.
Don't forget to check our Facebook page from time to time. It often has updates which aren't always posted here.
The staff would like to thank you for all your support and help this term and we wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you all back in 2018.
On behalf of everyone in school, I would like to thank everyone, especially Nan Leslie, for the hard work they put into organising this year's Table Quiz. A total of €1,367 was raised for our school. Thank you to those who came along and took part in the Quiz. Thank you also to those families who bought or sold Quiz Sheets.
The total raised so far is €878. Thank you all very much and our thanks again to Muriel, Ezra and those who helped on the day. Please could we ask any remaining sponsor money be returned to school as soon as possible.
Ballintra Community Centre Whist Drive
We would like to thank most sincerely the players in the Community Centre for donating €500 to our school funds. This was raised at a recent Whist Drive.
Thank you to all those families who sent in filled shoeboxes this week for the Shoebox Appeal. Forty filled boxes are now on their way to bringing smiles, laughter and hope to children who think the world has forgotten them.
Cheerios Breakfast Morning
The total raised for our Breakfast Morning was €122. Thank you all very much.
We offer our sincere sympathy to the Mc Crea Family following their recent bereavement.
If you would like to order a Christmas annual, please return your order and money by Monday 27th November.
Parent Teacher Meetings
Parent Teacher meetings will be held in school during the week beginning Monday 20th November. Please let teachers know if you are unable to attend.
Hopefully the children will be telling you about all the things that have been going on in school over the past few weeks. We have had lots of visitors and workshops and events. These have included:
...and in the next few weeks we hope to be doing some pottery workshops and investigating some marine biology, as well as preparing for Christmas.
Christmas Party: Monday 18th December at 7 p.m.
Carol Service: Wednesday 20th December at 7 p.m.
School Holidays: School will close on Friday 23rd December and re-open on Monday 8th January at 9.20 a.m.
School will be closed on Tuesday 16th October, as instructed by the Minister for Education.
Internet Safety Workshop for parents
An Internet Safety Workshop will held in the Millpark Hotel on Tuesday 17th October at 8pm. This workshop has been organised by the P.T.A. in association with several other schools in the area and will be a great opportunity to find out how to keep your children safe online.
The children had great fun this week visiting the local libraries. Junior Infants - 1st visited Bundoran Library to watch a play. 2nd - 4th visited Ballyshannon library for storytelling.and the Senior children went to Bundoran Library for a talk by visiting author Steven Butler.
If you are not already a regular visitor to the library, please take time to bring the children along.
Co Donegal Schools' Service
5th Class and 6th Class enjoyed their outing to Ramelton Presbyterian Church on Thursday 5th where they joined with over 600 other children from the other 30 schools in Donegal which are under Church of Ireland or Presbyterian management. We say well done to Bobbie Griffith for reading a 'Please' prayer on behalf of our school.
Our annual sponsored Unihoc will take place at 12.30 p.m. on Friday 20th October. Our thanks as always to Muriel and Ezra and if you can help in any way, please let us know.
Cheerios Breakfast Morning
Although we are always trying hard to raise funds for ourselves, we believe that it is important to support other causes from time to time. We will be holding our 'Cheerios Breakfast Together' morning on Wednesday 18th October. Cereal and milk will be provided for the children in return for a donation of €2 (or whatever you would like to donate). Money raised will be donated to Childline. The children will need to bring their own bowls and spoons!
We are delighted to have Brian Donaghy from C.E.F. rejoining us on Thursdays. We have missed his lively guitar and fun stories.
Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Well done to the children from 1st to 6th Class for singing and performing so well at this morning's Harvest Thanksgiving Service. We also thank all those parents who ensured their children were present and came along to support their children and the school. On display in the church was a selection of the fruit and vegetables grown in the school organic garden. Miss McGinley and Miss Johnston did a great job of arranging the display and as always we thank Mr Barnett, without whom we would not be able to keep our garden going. Pictured are some of the children who came along to school in the summer holidays to help in the garden.
What a lovely morning we had celebrating Harvest. Well done to the children and thank you to all the parents and friends who came along to hear them sing.
Hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of the holidays despite the weather. Just a couple of things to bring to your attention...
Next year's holiday dates are on the school website if anyone needs to plan in advance.
Please make sure you have submitted your school lunch order via the Carambola website
Their help number is on the website and you should have received your log-in details before the holidays.
Please note that free school lunches will start on Monday 4th September so you will need to send lunch as normal next Friday (1st). Please continue to provide drinks until our fresh water dispenser is delivered.
I am happy to answer any last minute questions or queries...send me a message via Messenger on our Facebook page.
Congratulations to the Leslie family on the birth of baby Shona during the Easter holidays. She has already made her first visit to school and was even able to help us with one of our science investigations. We thank her mum and dad for allowing her to take part.
Please bear in mind that there is little shelter or shade in the playground so please make sure the children have sun hats this week and if necessary, either send or apply sunscreen.
Please make sure there are no absences or morning appointments from Monday May 15th until Thursday 25th May.
Senior Tour - Wednesday 7th June
Junior Tour - Friday 9th June
Beetle Drive - Wednesday 14th June @ 7 p.m.
End of Year Show - Thursday 22nd June @ 7 p.m.
Last Day of Term - Tuesday 27th June
New School Term begins - Friday 1st September
The children in the middle room enjoyed a football blitz in Killybegs on Wednesday.
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