January Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School

Prayer for a New Year

God of light, as we begin this new year, may we be a source of light for those around us. May we comfort those who are upset, reach out to those who are struggling, love those who feel they are unlovable, and defend those who are too weak to defend themselves. In doing this may we help others shine and allow them to use the gifts you have blessed them with. May our actions be a source of light and hope for all our brothers and sisters. Amen.
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Kindergarten Registration Week

Holy Name of Mary is now accepting new student registrations for September 2019! We invite parents to call the school to make an appointment to visit during Kindergarten Registration Week, which begins Monday, January 14, or drop in during our Kindergarten Registration Open House, which takes place Thursday, January 17th from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Please visit the CDSBEO website registration page at http://bit.ly/CDSBEOKindergarten for information on how to register your child. We look forward to welcoming your child to Kindergarten!

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Dressing for the cold

We have had some very chilly weather this week, and there is more to come! Please remember to dress your children warmly, as they are outside for 15 minutes at morning recess and for 30 minutes during lunch recess. Layers are recommended, and it is always a good idea to pack extra mitts and socks, as they often get soaked at first recess. Don't forget hats and neckwarmers too!
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Construction Update

The construction on our new six-classroom addition is coming along very nicely! The roof was completed over the holidays and windows were installed this week.We are hoping to move our classes who are out in the portables into the classroom addition by Spring. The Daycare addition, however, may take longer to complete. Thank you to all of our Holy Name of Mary families for your patience as we go through this year's growing pains!
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Ski Club & Ski Day

Our Mount Pakenham Ski Club started this week and will continue until mid-February. Students travel by bus after school to the ski hill and enjoy lessons and night skiing every Wednesday until 8:00pm. Thank you to Mrs. Reid for all her hard work organizing this great activity!

We will also have our Grade 4-8 School Ski Day on Friday, February 15th at Mount Pakenham. Permission forms will be sent home soon. All students are strongly encouraged to participate!

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Kids on the Block Program

Since 1983, the internationally recognized educational program called KIDS ON THE BLOCK has been delivering its message on disability awareness and acceptance to students in the Ottawa-Carleton area. Designed to teach children from grades Kindergarten to 6 what it is like to be disabled or different, this entertaining yet thought-provoking puppet show strives to heighten awareness and promote more positive attitudes towards those who are different, and therefore is a step in helping to prevent bullying and promote anti-bullying.

All Grade 4-6 students will attend a KIDS ON THE BLOCK presentation on Wednesday, January 16th and all Grade 1-3 students will see the presentation on Thursday, January 17th.

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Holy Name of Mary spirit wear is available to order anytime from Marchants.ca. Short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts and hoodies are available in youth, ladies and mens sizes. NEW: In addition to the regular grey and black Under Armour colours pictured below, we have recently added sweatshirts in a dark grey colour called Carbon.

Please visit www.SchoolWear.ca/HNM to order your spiritwear! Orders can be delivered to the school for free or to your home for a fee and are usually processed in 4 weeks.

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Skating Program

Our weekly skating program will begin in the first week of February. All students are required to wear hockey helmets at the rink (no bicycle or ski helmets, please!). Grade 1-8 students will be bussed to the rink with their classes every Thursday. Kindergarten students will skate on Tuesday afternoons. Permission forms will be sent home soon, and payment can be made using School Cash Online.

We have many used pairs of skates at the school in a variety of sizes for anyone who needs them. Please call the school or ask one of our secretaries if you need skates for your child.

Parents and grandparents, please remember that all volunteers must have a valid Vulnerable Sector Police Check.

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Grade 8 News

This is the time of year that we begin preparing our Grade 8 students for high school. On Monday, January 14th, our Grade 8 students will have a workshop to learn to use MyBlueprint, a comprehensive education and career/life planning program with the tools students need to make informed decisions about their future.

Guidance Counsellors from Notre Dame Catholic High School will then come to Holy Name of Mary on Tuesday, January 29th to give students a presentation on making their high school course selections for next year.

On the morning of Wednesday, February 13th, our Grade 8's will travel to Notre Dame to participate in a wide variety of exciting Grade 9 workshops.

Grade 8 Graduation photos have been scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd. Retakes will take place on May 1st. Our graduation date has not yet been set, but we will let parents know as soon as we have confirmed it.

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Carleton Place Canadians School Day

Our Carleton Place Canadians' annual "School Day" at the rink is fast approaching. As with previous years, the local school with the highest percentage of attendance to their Carleton Place Canadians Jr A game at the Carleton Place arena will win $500 compliments of MacKay Roofing.

Co-Captains Cade Townend and Ben Tupker, along with a few of the players, will be dropping in to Holy Name of Mary on Monday Feb 25th at 10:00am to hand out game vouchers and to meet a few of the kids.

Holy Name of Mary's game will be: Sunday March 3, 2019 at 3:00pm at the Carleton Place arena. The children simply have to present the "Admit One Child" voucher at the ticket table to access the game. We encourage the children to wear team or school colours and be ready to CHEER LOUDLY!!! The players love it - the louder the better!

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