December Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, December 2018

Forward Into Advent

The four weeks before Christmas are called Advent. They let us count down the days that remain before the birth of Jesus. Advent is a joyful time of waiting and hoping. We let ourselves be lit up by Jesus, the true Light who comes from God. Advent is also the start of the religious year for Christmas!


Please join us for the following advent celebrations at the school over the next several Mondays:


  1. Monday, December 3rd at 9:30am (Ms. Buchanan's class)
  2. Monday, December 10th at 9:30am (Mrs. Luknowsky's class)
  3. Monday, December 17th at 9:30am (Mme Empey and Mrs. Doran-Veevers' class).



You are also invited to join us for our Advent Mass at Holy Name of Mary Church on Thursday, December 20th at 10:00 am (Ms. Koehler/Mr. Darou's Gr. 5 class).

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Advent Activities

Below are some advent activities for the whole family to enjoy. These activities provide an excellent opportunity for families to discuss the importance of this time of year for all Christians.
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Annual Christmas Food Drive

The Season of Advent is a wonderful time to reflect on our many blessings, and it is also a time to reach out to those in need. Our Annual Christmas Food Drive begins this week. Each student is asked to bring in at least one food item. If you are visiting the school anytime over the next couple of weeks and you wish to drop off items, please feel free to do so. Every little bit helps!

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School Council News

Thank you to all who helped and participated in the Christmas Wreath fundraiser. This event raised approximately $2000. Wreaths and planters will be available for pick-up on December 3rd from 3:35-5:30pm.
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Christmas Concert & Open House 2018

Our annual Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday December 18th from 1:15-2:15pm. Families are invited to come and enjoy the musical talents of the Kindergarten to Grade 3 students.


Following the primary concert, families are invited to visit the Junior/Intermediate (Gr. 4-8) classrooms for Christmas Open House activities and performances from 2:15-3:15pm. More information will follow with times and activities!!

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Pyjama Day

On Friday, December 21st, we will celebrate the last day of school before the holidays in style as we do every year...with pyjamas, Christmas carolling in the gym, and movies in the afternoon!
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Christmas Holidays

Christmas holidays will begin on Monday, December 24th, 2018 and students will return to class on Monday, January 7th, 2019.
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Parking Lot Safety

We kindly request that parents not drive through the front parking lot in the morning between 8:50-9:05am or between 3:15-3:30pm (when buses are loading and unloading), as this poses a serious safety concern for our students. Thank you!
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Skating in the New Year

We have booked the arena for five weeks of skating in February and March for all students from Kindergarten to grade 8. More details will follow in the new year. Please note that ALL children and adults on the ice are required to wear a CSA approved hockey/skating helmet. Bicycle and other helmets will not be permitted. If you are interested in volunteering at skating please be reminded to pick up a volunteer form as police checks are required for all volunteers.
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From the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

The holiday season can be a stressful time for families. There may be extra activities at school, work and home. There can be added financial stress to buy gifts or have family and friends over.


There are many strategies to cope with stress. Plan ahead to avoid last minute rushing. Help your children know what to expect. Stick to your routines as much as possible. Don’t forget to take care of yourself as a parent. This shows your children healthy ways to deal with stress. Try the following stress busters:

• Exercise, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of sleep

• Ask for support from family and friends when needed

• Plan for child-free times

• Talk regularly with your co-parent


For more strategies, visit www.triplep-parenting.ca. To register for a local Triple P Parenting session, visit http://healthunit.org/clinics-classes/triple-p-parenting/ or call locally 1-800-660-5853. Parenting matters!


Are you ready for Flu Season? Influenza (flu) season in Canada usually starts in November and goes until April. The flu virus changes each year, so it is important to get a flu shot every fall. This is the best way to prevent getting the flu. It is important to remember that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to work. By getting the vaccine early, you’ll protect your family and other people who are at risk. For more information, and to find out where you can get your flu shot, visit the Flu Facts page on Ministry of Health website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts

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