Holy Name of Mary Update

September 2020

Dear Families,

2020 has certainly brought many challenges to our lives. We have had to be resilient to the changes we have experienced over the past five months. It is with gratitude that we are able to return to school this fall whether it be face to face or through synchronous learning. Although the children and staff will certainly have new procedures and protocols to contend with, we can once again experience the joy of being part of a community and family at Holy Name of Mary.

I ask for your patience as we determine the best procedures to keep all members of our community safe. As we have new and updated information we will keep you informed.

I am happy to welcome Mr. Crossan as Vice Principal, Mme. Creamer as a French Teacher and Mrs. Soares as an ECE.

Welcome also to our new families. We are so happy to have you join our HNOM family!!


Caroline LaBelle

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Tuesday, September 8 will be the first day of school for:

· JK/SK students

· Select Special Education students (all grades) – Only if you have been contacted.

Wednesday, September 9 will be the first day of school for:

· Grade 1-3 students

Thursday, September 10 will be the first day of school for:

· Grade 4-8 students

Monday, September 14: First Day of School for Remote Distance Learning (Information to follow by CDSBEO Board Office)

PLEASE NOTE: Once your grade level begins, attendance will be on-going. (IE Grade 1 students begin Wednesday and will come on Thursday and Friday as well).


We realize that many students are anxious about the upcoming school year. This year we will be calling or emailing families in Grades 1-8 before their start date to inform them of who will be their classroom teacher. We ask that on their first day, children look for and go directly to find their teacher so that we can maintain our cohorting right from day 1.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be allowing parents (wearing a mask) to accompany their primary children to the yard to help find their teacher. Please maintain social distance and keep the goodbyes short and sweet for the safety of our staff, students and families.


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Cohorting and General Protocol

Masks are required for students in grades 4-8. All students will be encouraged to social distance as often as possible. Younger students will be encouraged to wear masks on the bus, and you as a parent will have the option of sending a mask with your primary child.

Please monitor your child for COVID symptoms (see letter attached) on a daily basis.

Hand hygiene will be practiced all day within the classroom, specifically upon entering and exiting the classroom, school, after sharing equipment or learning materials and before and after meals.

Students will be remaining with their classmates all day in the same classroom with teachers rotating as scheduled. Students will be following a schedule for recess and lunch independent of other classes in the school. Students will play at recess time in a designated part of the yard on a rotating basis and will have access to play equipment which will be used only with their class.

If you would like to send school supplies for your student, they will not be allowed to share. The school has purchased many classroom consumables so that each student will be provided their own materials needed for learning.


Students are asked to limit as much as possible items from home. Here is a list of items that students would be encouraged to bring back and forth in their backpack on a daily basis.....

  • Agendas will be provided to communicate with the classroom teacher
  • Personal items for completing assignments (pencils, pencil crayons, sharpener etc.) These items cannot be shared between students. The school will be providing any necessary school supplies that students have not purchased.
  • Kinders are encouraged to pack a change of clothes.
  • Packed Lunch - At this time all students will need to arrive with a lunch in the morning as parents will not be permitted in the school to drop off forgotten items.
  • Water bottle that is refillable using our water filling stations. Fountains will not be accessible.
  • Personal device (the school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices)
  • At this time, students will not need indoor shoes....they will keep their outdoor shoes on all day.
  • Masks (grade 4-8 students) are required. We will provide a mask if a student forgets to bring one.

Please note that all items will be stored at the student's work station, so please keep in mind that all items will be transported back and forth daily.

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YOU know we LOVE YOU VOLUNTEERS, but we will have to love you from afar. At this time only staff and students are permitted in the school.


If families are comfortable, please send your child with a personal device. Please note that the school will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices.

If a child needs a device at school, computers and Ipads will be available for use and will be cleaned after each use.

If you are interested in buying a device, Dell is currently offering a special price for HNOM.....attached is the link, www.dell.ca/cdsbeo.


Bussing will remain the same as in previous years. Our kinder friends will have bus buddies who will help them to and from the bus each day. All students are encouraged to wear a mask while riding the bus.

We have many people opting to drive their children this year and expect that the Kiss and Ride at the front of the school will cause an increase in backlogs on Paterson Street.

ALL JK - Grade 4 students will be using the Kiss and Ride at the front of the school. We ask that parents of Grade 5-8 students dropping off and picking up do so at the Harold Street gate. If you have children in both panels please pick-up at the front of the school.

Please note that we are asking that parents using Kiss and Ride remain in their cars and pull up to the front of the school as the cars in front of them move forward. Please be patient. This is a great system but takes a few days to get parents familiarized with the tempo and teachers familiarized with who is picking the children up.

Walkers please when able, enter the school yard from Don Maynard Park or Harold Street, otherwise students will access the front doors of the school.

There are bicycle racks in front of the new Daycare as well as at the entrances on Harold Street. If you are a biker please lock your bike.


Please review with your child and return signed document no later than Friday September 11, 2020.



Students can be dropped off between 9:10 am and 9:20 am. Students cannot be on the school property before 9:10 as there will be no supervision available. The breakfast program will be offered as a part of an enhanced snack bin program beginning in a few weeks.

Lunch hour will remain between 12:05 and 12:45 with cohorts alternating between going outside and eating. At this time we will only be allowing regular walkers to go home for lunch. Grade 7/8 lunch privileges will be re-examined as the school year progresses.

Dismissal will be at 3:35pm. Please note: the end of the school day is extremely busy at the office and therefore it is difficult to answer the phones at that time.

We understand appointments and family commitments can fall within the school day. We do ask that because of the excess numbers of families driving, that should you need to pick up your child before the end of the day, that it is before 3:00pm. It is essential that you have communicated your intent to pick up with your classroom teacher. We will be unable to allow parents in the school at the office and therefore will need more time to prepare children for early dismissal. When needing early dismissal, please wait at the front door and your child will be brought out to meet you.

If your child is arriving late please inform the school beforehand. When you arrive at the school, please call the front office and someone will greet your child and complete morning hand sanitizing etc. upon entering the building.


This year we will empower our students to anticipate and prepare for life’s rainy days!

The Umbrella Project is a teacher-led curriculum and school based program created to help teachers, students and parents reframe our perception of challenges and strengthen the skills of well-being to positively cope with the everyday stresses of life.

We are looking forward to introducing the Umbrella Project to our school Community this fall!!! More information will follow.

STEO Information

Families are being called by the Bus company to confirm pick-up and drop off times. If you have not heard from the bus company, please go to Bus Stop Finder on STEO.ca. If there are no times listed or you have changed your address, please contact us at HNOM at 613-256-2532. Any changes to bussing takes approximately five days.
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