Friday Focus

Holy Name of Mary, Friday, May 10, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi everyone,

We survived Catholic Education Week! It took a village to make it happen. Thank you so much to all of you for pitching in to make it a huge success. I am so proud of our team.

  • Erin, thank you for all your hard work organizing the Mini Enrichment buses and activities for our Grade 8's this week! It is such an amazing experience for them and I know they will all come back re-energized and full of stories next week.
  • Steve, thank you for driving our students to the Board-Wide Mass in Kemptville on Monday and for helping me to represent Holy Name. We are so fortunate to have you as our Faith Ambassador.
  • Megan and Lauren, thank you so much for all the extra time you put into getting everything together for our Welcome to Kindergarten event (name tags, gift bags, etc.) and for ordering supplies and printing all of the labels for the Art Gallery!
  • Sara Reid, thank you for your vision and determination to create those amazing displays of all of the students' artwork throughout our hallways. You put in a ton of extra hours this week, and it was worth it! Everything looked stunning and the kids were so proud to see their work on display.
  • To all the teachers who stayed after school on Tuesday night to help set up the gym and the art galleries, thank you so much for your help. Many of you had other places to be, but when you saw how much work was still left to be done, you dropped everything and pitched in. We couldn't have done it without your help, and the end result was spectacular.
  • Mary, Jillian, Liz R. and Kristine, thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into organizing both the Open House Breakfast and the Volunteer Appreciation Tea this week. You were given a monumental task, and you rose to the occasion and pulled it off beautifully. Both events were a resounding success!
  • To our Kindergarten Team, thank you for putting on so many great activities for our Welcome to Kindergarten celebration on Wednesday. The parents and grandparents I spoke to were so excited to be a part of the experience, and our newest little Holy Namers looked like they were having a blast.
  • Karen B., thank you for leading our students in performing the Our Father at the Open House Breakfast and at the Volunteer Tea! You and the kids did a fantastic job.
  • To all staff members who contributed food to both of our big events this week, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. The parents and volunteers were so impressed and appreciative that our teachers would put on two huge events like that for their families.
  • To our Grade 3 teachers, thank you for taking our students to Relay for Life on Friday in support of little Aiden Verk. We are so fortunate that he was able to join us in the Relay this year, and your show of support meant so much to him and to his family.
  • Mark, thank you so much for taking such good care of us and of our school. You went above and beyond for our staff and our students (especially Liam!). Though we are very sad to lose you, we are thrilled that you will be going back to St. Luke and that you will be so much closer to home and family. We will miss you!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

And happy Mothers Day to all you beautiful, hardworking moms!


Big picture

This might be the ultimate teacher hack

This little video popped up in my Twitter feed this week and I thought I would share it with you. I can't tell you how many times when I had my own class I wished I could make little mini rubrics for assignments. Who knew you could print on Post-its??

Great stuff

I've got so many people to thank and so many photos to share this week! Be sure to click on the smaller photos to have a closer look at the great work your colleagues are doing. I never cease to be amazed by the creativity and work ethic we have in our building!
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

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, May 13th

  • Laura Shilson in for Occupational Therapy
  • Erin & Mary EQAO meeting
  • Rianne MacDonald in from the Lanark, Leeds, Grenville Health Unit to survey students re: Walking School Bus

Tuesday, May 14th

  • Parent meeting (Julie, Liz, Mary) @ 8:30am
  • Grade 8 IPRC meetings with JoAnn Dagley from Notre Dame (all day)
  • Kerri Starr in for Speech/Language
  • Gail Gamble in to volunteer
  • Janet Carioni in for feedback meeting @ 2:00pm
  • Steele/St. Pierre JPSA meeting @ 2:30pm

Wednesday, May 15th

  • Round 1 postings today
  • Sara H out (Sandra Stewart)
  • Spec. Ed. Team Meeting at 8:30am
  • May Mass @ 10:00am (Bible Mass, Ron's class leading)
  • Site meeting @ 11:00am (Norma MacDonald, Roger Cauley, Caroline)
  • National Ballet Livestream for all Junior classes in the afternoon
  • Grade 7/8 trip to Notre Dame to see Legally Blonde play, leaving at 11:45am
  • Wendy's Sewing Club after school @ 3:20pm
  • Art of Conversation with Rachel & Erin @ 3:30pm

Thursday, May 16th

  • HNOM Track Meet at Gemmill Park (Grades 3-8)
  • Kerri Starr in for Speech/Language
  • Nadia out
  • Pay Day!
  • Tier 1 feedback meeting for HS @ 8:15

Friday, May 17th

  • Track Meet Rain Date at Gemmill Park
  • Debbie Balog in
  • Eco Team Pizza Lunch
  • Indigenous Education Day presentation in the gym
  • Julie out (Helga Connor)