Holy Name of Mary Winter Update

January 2021

Dear Families,

Happy New Year to all of our Holy Name of Mary families. We continue to miss being back at School and are looking forward to getting back to business next week. Please note in the update there are several changes that are being mandated by Public Health.


Caroline LaBelle


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Enhanced Screening Protocols

Please continue to access the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ every morning. Please ensure you follow the direction provided by the screening tool.


With protocol in place for all children to wear masks while outside, recess included, we ask that families send a few masks in their child's backpack each day. Children are outside 3 times a day for recess in addition to their daily gym class. When children come into the School their masks are soiled and wet. Soiled/wet masks are no longer effective against COVID and are uncomfortable for students to wear.


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Any devices borrowed during the 3-week closure of the School must be sent back on Monday, January 25th with your child and returned to their homeroom teacher. Alternatively, devices can be dropped off at the School between 9:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. A table will be placed outside the front door for drop off. If returning devices with your child or leaving them on the table, please put devices in a large zip-lock bag labelled with your child's name and include any cords and cases that you may have received.


  • Please send indoor shoes with your child on Monday which will remain at School.
  • For the safety of our staff and students, we ask that parents remain in their vehicles when using the Kiss & Ride zones in the morning and afternoon. Once the cars in front of you have moved, please carefully drive forward. Not only will this ensure safety, but will allow the Kiss & Ride system to work efficiently. In addition, fewer people congregating in the designated zones will allow us to adhere to the COVID protocols in place.
  • We ask that you ensure your child arrives at School prepared for the day with their lunch, water bottle, masks, indoor shoes, mitts, hats and snow pants. Any personal belongings dropped off after the School day begins will need to be left outside the front door for your child to pick up when time permits from their class instruction.

Milk, Pizza and Sub Orders

With the closure of HNOM for the past 3 weeks, families who ordered milk, pizza and/or subs for their children for the month of January will now have their payments applied for three weeks starting this coming Monday, January 25th (Jan. 25 - Feb. 12).

Cash on-line will be available the first week of February for families to order food items for the remaining weeks of February and early March.

Lanark County Food Drive

We would like to thank our Holy Name of Mary families for your kind donations to our Annual Christmas Food Drive this past December. As a school community, we raised $735 in donations for the Lanark County Food Bank. Your contributions are very much appreciated.


Family Day

Family Day will take place on Monday, February 15th and the School will be closed. Enjoy the long weekend with your family.
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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 17th and marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter. With the current COVID protocols in place, our Ash Wednesday Mass will be held virtually this year with students viewing the Mass in their individual classrooms. Please click here if you wish to view the Mass with your family at home.
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School Immunization Clinics: Do you have a child in grade 7, 8 or 9 that still needs their Hep B, HPV or Meningitis immunizations? The Health Unit will be scheduling additional catch-up clinics, so stay tuned for dates and locations. For more information: http://bit.ly/Grade7Immunizations

The 4 D’s of Mask Wearing: If a mask becomes DAMP, DIRTY or DAMAGED, change it up, and wash cloth masks at least DAILY! A dirty mask no longer does the job of protecting others and puts the person wearing it at risk of contaminating themselves. Did you know? You can hand-wash cloth face coverings in a sink or basin and hang them to dry. This can be a great way to teach laundry skills to children of any age. For more information on masks and how to obtain free or low-cost masks, visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/face-coverings-masks/

Report Cards

Term 1 report cards will be sent out via School Messenger on Monday, February 22nd. Please contact the School Office if you have recently changed your email address.

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 24th is Pink Shirt Day; a day in which people take a stand against bullying by wearing pink. Bullying can take place in schools, workplaces, homes and on-line. We encourage our students to wear a pink shirt on February 24th to show their support and demonstrate to victims of bullying that we at Holy Name of Mary care.

Catholic School Council

Our next Catholic School Council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting. All parents are invited to attend. If you wish to take part in the meeting, please e-mail Caroline LaBelle no later than Monday, February 22nd by 2:00 p.m. to receive a link to attend the TEAMS School Council meeting.


Holy Name of Mary School is currently accepting registrations for the 2021/2022 school year. If you have a child who will be 4 years old by December 31, 2021 and you would like to enroll them in Kindergarten, please visit our school website www.hnom.cdsbeo.on.ca for information on registering your child on-line.

If you know of families in the area with children of Kindergarten age, please encourage them to visit our website for registration information.


Please check out our NEW School website format to view monthly calendars detailing upcoming events and activities; access school newsletters along with forms and letters pertaining to events at the School in addition to information on our Parish, Catholic School Council and School Cash Online.

Snow Day Reminders

  • Please send your child to School on snow days dressed for the winter weather. Snow days are like any other school day. Children will be going outside for morning, lunch and afternoon recess.

  • If your child is walking home by themselves on snow days, please inform the teacher through TEAMS or the School Office, so that we are aware.

  • ONLY the front Kiss & Ride Zone will be available on snow days for end of day pickup. This is to ensure safety for our students and staff during inclement weather.

  • There will be NO pizza or sub lunches provided on snow days. Please ensure your child comes to School with a lunch.

REMINDER: If your child routinely walks to School, please ensure you call the office on snow days if your child will be staying home. The office needs to be aware of your child's absence to ensure the safety of all our students.

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