Monday Memo

Holy Name of Mary, Monday, December 2, 2019

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone,

December has arrived and so has the beginning of Advent. It is going to be a busy three weeks, so remember to breathe. When it all gets too crazy, try to take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

We will need to work hard to get our songs ready for Carolling in the Community on the 18th. Jane has volunteered to help me with making up the family groups for carolling, and we will send out the groups and the songs very soon so you can start practising with your classes.

Have a great week!


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This week's Shout-Outs:

Thanks to Julie and Liz for their efforts in organizing staff Christmas party and secret Santa.

- Cathy

I would like to thank Shannon, Ron and Andrew for all of their musical talents, especially the help they gave me for my assembly. Pascale also deserves a big thank you for her patience and tech expertise. I think the new saying is "It takes a village to put together an assembly".

- Jane

Andy, Tanya, Kelly and Amy for completing the costumes for the Christmas parade. This helped us out more than you know.❤️

- Kristine & Mary

I would like to thank everyone at HNOM for being so supportive during the last couple of weeks. I really appreciate all the prayers, positive thoughts, and condolences in regards to Dave's passing. I am so grateful to work with this amazing group of people.

- Ron

Thank you to Sara H and Nancy for allowing groups of students to walk through their classroom in order to get to the fishbowl so as not to disrupt meetings in the library.

- Erin

And as usual I have several shout outs:

  • Thank you to our teachers and ECEs for working so hard to get Progress Reports out on Monday and for staying late on Tuesday night for interviews. It's a tough way to start a week, and we appreciate the extra effort you all put in.
  • Shout out to the Kitchen Elves who are doing such a great job of keeping the staffroom kitchen clean. There have been no dirty dishes in the sink or messes on the counter all year. I don't think I've ever seen that in any staff room anywhere!
  • Thank you to Jane, Katie and Shane for helping me to set up for the staff meeting on Friday, and thank you to all the readers who agreed to read for our prayer service. I really appreciate your help!
  • Shout out to our volleyball coaches (Steve, Kris, Laura and Sarah E) for putting in so much extra time to work with the kids these past few weeks, both at lunch recess and after school.


Attendance reminders

A reminder to all staff to please remember to inform the front office of all early dismissals/end of day changes, using the sheet in your attendance folders. Lately it seems that we are experiencing lots of "surprise" visits by parents at the front or we are only calling one child down when we should be calling all 3 in the family.

Please encourage parents to write notes in the agenda for each of their children, as it does make things a lot easier for Megan & Lauren. Thank you!

Great Stuff, Great Staff.

Here are a few photos of great things happening around the school last week. Don't be shy to text me your own photos to include in these weekly newsletters. (Lots of people do!). I can't always get around to see everything, but I love to share what is happening in your classrooms. Click on any of the smaller photos to zoom in!
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Our first Bake Walk was a huge success! Over 100 items were donated and we raised over $1000 for our Catholic School Council.

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Lana learning with Lexia.

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We had some great moderation and collaboration in the Library on Friday morning!

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Thank you to our awesome EAs for helping Mary and Kristine to finish up their Christmas tree costumes for the parade on Friday!

The Week Ahead

Here is a peek at the week ahead. Please check our Holy Name of Mary Staff calendar for all of the latest updates on what is happening this week at HNOM. As we often have last-minute changes, checking the staff calendar is the best way to get the most up-to-date information on events and absences. This short video tutorial will show you how it's done.

Monday, December 2, 2019

  • Aidan Verk IPRC (mom) at 8:15am
  • Michael Callahan IPRC at 8:30am
  • Carter Kunopaski IPRC at 8:45am
  • Advent Week 1 Assembly at 11:30am (Jane's class)
  • Intermediate Meeting at 3:45pm in Caroline's office

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

  • Gina away (FLS ANL Training, Christine Provost)
  • Kris away (FLS ANL Training, Jennifer Bowler)
  • Kablalik/Rintoul meeting re: KK at 8:30am
  • Sophie W IPRC at 8:15am
  • Emily W IPRC at 8:30am
  • Hector N-M IPRC (mom) at 8:45am
  • Senior Volleyball Practice at 3:40pm
  • Annual Mass, Dinner and Board Meeting in Kemptville at 4:30pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Nicole Oattes in for testing
  • Jillian away (pm only)
  • Senior Volleyball Tournament (Girls @ ND, Boys @ SF)
  • Hector N-M IPRC (dad) at 8:15am
  • Parker B IPRC at 8:30am
  • Lilly R IPRC at 8:45am

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • Nicole Oattes in for testing
  • Dental screening (JK, SK, Gr. 2) in am (Pascale's office)
  • Gina away (FSL ANL Training, Christine Provost)
  • Kris away (FSL ANL Training, Marina Rigakis
  • Laura away (Jeannie Hendry)
  • Samantha D IPRC at 8:15am
  • Carter D IPRC at 8:30am
  • Ethan B IPRC at 8:45am
  • Junior Volleyball Practice at 3:40pm

Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Staff Meeting at 8:00am
  • Tara Larocque IPRC at 8:15am
  • Liam Rathwell IPRC at 8:30am
  • Student Council Trivia Challenge 1:30pm - 3:00pm in the gym (Gr. 5-8)