February Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, February 2020

February Reflection

This month we will begin the holy season of Lent. We can begin to prepare ourselves for Lent throughout this month by thinking of the kind of choices and sacrifices we want to make to renew our relationship with God. We are always challenged to make this relationship stronger. Whatever we do, we want to stay in God's presence. Lent is a time to exercise discipline in our lives, to live in such a way that brings us closer to God. This faithfulness is practiced not just in acts of charity and fasting; it is also shown in the choices we make every moment.
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February Assembly

Our February Assembly took place on Monday, February 3rd in the gym. Mme Austin and the Social Justice Action Team put together an amazing presentation all about volunteerism and bringing joy to others. The Almonte Lions Club presented the group with a cheque for $100.00 to support their efforts with WE Villages. Congratulations to our awesome Grade 7/8 Leaders!
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Skating Program

This week, our Kindergarten to grade 8 students will begin their skating program at the Almonte arena.

  • Grades 1-8 will skate on Thursdays from February 6th - March 12th
  • Kindergarten students will skate on Fridays from February 7th – March 13th.

Please note:

  • During the second week of skating, Grade 1-8 students will skate on Monday, February 10th instead of Thursday, February 13th, since February 13th is our Grade 3-8 Ski Day at Mount Pakenham.
  • Students may NOT bring hockey sticks to the rink this year, as they are no longer allowed on the buses.
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Winter Carnival Day

The Social Justice Action Team is hosting a Winter Carnival Fun Day on Friday, February 7th in the afternoon. The team is collecting money to help families in underdeveloped countries gain access to healthcare. Please make your donations online by Friday, February 7th. Students should dress warmly and bring a reusable mug for the hot chocolate station.
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Milk Marketing Presentations

The Dairy Industry serves as an interesting and unique learning vehicle for students to gain further knowledge while developing skills that will help them become well-informed decision makers and life-long learners. Mrs. Russell has arranged for presentations for each of our primary classes (JK-Gr. 3) on Tuesday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 18th. The program is 45 minutes in length with interactive activities and is based on the latest Ontario Curriculum and presented by a trained Dairy Educator. Please see the video below for more information.

Dairy Education Promo JUNE 2018

Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking Contest

The Public Speaking Contest, part of the Legion's Youth and Education program, is meant to give young people an opportunity to speak in public. This year's competition will take place at the Almonte Legion on Sunday, February 16th at 1:00pm. Students who are interested in participating must submit their entries by Wednesday, February 12th.

We will also have a practice in the gym for all students who are participating on Wednesday, February 12th at 1:00pm. All parents and family members are welcome to attend.

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Outdoor Activity Day at Mount Pakenham

Thursday, February 13th is Holy Name of Mary's Outdoor Activity Day. Grades 3-8 will be heading to Mount Pakenham for a day of Physical Education. Students will be leaving from the school after morning attendance and returning to school in time for regular bus departures. Please see the form that is posted on our school website for more information.

Please note: There will be NO Grade 1-8 Skating on Thursday, February 13th. Students will skate on Monday, February 10th instead.

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Family Day

Please note that Monday, February 17th is Family Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
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Junior & Senior Mixed Hockey Tournaments

Our Junior Mixed Hockey Tournament will be held at the Carleton Place Arena on Wednesday, February 19th. The Senior Mixed Hockey Tournament will be held at the Smiths Falls Arena on Tuesday, February 25th. All parents and family members are most welcome to attend these events!
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Ash Wednesday Mass

Our February Mass will take place at Holy Name of Mary Church on Wednesday, February 26th at 10:15am. Mrs. LaBelle and our Grade 7/8 students will be leading the Mass this month. All families are invited to join us at the church for our monthly celebration.
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Pink Shirt Day

On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. Here are a few photos from last year's Pink Shirt Day! Click on the photos to zoom in!

Clubs Day

Our February Clubs Day will take place on Friday, February 28th. Take a look at some of the amazing community projects our clubs have been working on! Click each photo to zoom in!

Office Notes


  • Please note that any changes to bussing (i.e. change of bus; adding to bus route, etc.) are to go through the school office. Parents should not contact STEO or Barr Bus Lines directly.
  • A reminder also that it takes 3 - 5 days for any requests to be go through. Parents will need to make alternative bus arrangements until bussing changes are set up. Once changes/updates are confirmed, we ask that parents write a note in their child's agenda so that teachers are aware of the end of the day changes.


  1. Please send your child to school on snow days dressed for the weather. Snow days are like any other school day. Children will be going out for morning, lunch and afternoon recess.
  2. There will be no Kiss & Ride in the morning or at the end of day. Please come in to the office to sign your child in & out.
  3. If your child is walking home by themselves on snow days, please write a note in their agenda so that their teacher/office staff are aware.
  4. REMINDER: If your child routinely walks to school, please ensure you call the office on snow days if your child will be staying at home. This is to ensure the safety of all our students.
  5. If it is a snow day on a Pizza Day or Subway Day, the pizza/sub lunch will be rescheduled to another day. Please send your child with a regular lunch if they are coming to school on a snow day.
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From the Health Unit

Your child is having a meltdown and you can feel yourself starting to simmer. How can you keep from making the situation worse? Try these things:

  1. Listen to your child. Take a deep breath, calm down, and don’t take things personally.
  2. Focus on their feelings and talk about what you see and hear. “It seems like you are really worried about your test tomorrow.” Or “you seem really frustrated with your brother right now”
  3. Try to put yourself in their shoes and see things from their point of view. Offer a calm response.

Now you are both in a better place to deal with the situation! For more parenting tips, call 1-800-660-5853, email triplep@healthunit.org or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca Parenting matters!

Attention Parents of children entering Junior Kindergarten in September 2020: Does your child have the speech and language skills he or she needs to be successful in JK?

Children need a variety of skills, including communication and play skills, to be able to participate, learn, and have fun at school. The Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Program provides FREE assessment and therapy services for children from birth to the end of JK in Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville.

We can help you to be sure your child is on track and ready for school. Don’t wait and see! Go to our website www.language-express.ca for milestone checklists, and call us if your child is missing any of the skills expected for his or her age. Children born in 2016 must be referred by November 30th, 2020. Children referred before November 30th may continue to receive service until the end of JK. Parents can refer or get more information by calling 1-888-503-8885.

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