Holy Name of Mary

June 2021

Message from Principal

We are very proud of our rich community and of the educational accomplishments of our students and staff despite the challenges we have faced this year. At Holy Name of Mary we strive to ensure our children are engaged in an environment focused on high expectations reflecting spiritual, academic, social and emotional development. Fostering a positive culture of kindness within our building continues to be our focus.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the tremendous staff that I have the privilege of working with every day. As well, a shout out to a very special grade 8 class this year. Wishing you all the best on the next leg of your academic journey!

Hoping everyone has a restful and happy summer vacation!

Caroline LaBelle



An email will be sent on Wednesday, June 16th with more information and safety protocols in place for the drop off of devices and the pick up of personal items. Although students took home most of their belongings in April before the spring break, some students may have a few items remaining in their classroom. Families are asked to follow the schedule below when planning their visit to the school next week. The schedule is organized based on last name.

Monday, June 21st

9:30 - 11:30: A - G

12:30 - 3:30: H - N

Tuesday, June 22nd

9:30 - 11:30: O - T

12:30 - 3:30: U - Z


Graduation will be held in a Virtual format on June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. All families will receive an email with the graduation ceremony just before 7:00 p.m.

Awards and certificates will be delivered to our graduates' homes on June 23rd between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. by Holy Name of Mary Staff.

Staff Appreciation Gifts

At the end of most school years some families like to give a token of appreciation to staff. If this is something you would like to do, please leave your gift on the table outside the front entrance on the day/time your family is scheduled to come to the school (see schedule above). We ask that you clearly label your gift so that it will be delivered to the correct staff member before the end of the school year.

Report Cards & IEPs

Report cards and IEPs will be sent out electronically to families between June 23rd and June 25th. If you have recently changed your email address, please let us know by contacting the school office by email holynamemary.almonte@cdsbeo.on.ca.
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Below is an overview of Holy Name of Mary's activities/achievements from the

2020/2021 school year. I am so proud of our students and staff for their many accomplishments during what has been an extremely challenging year.


Basketball Nets Installed - Our new basketball court was completed for the start of the new school year. Money from fundraising efforts allowed us to construct a brand new court!! GO WOLVES!


New Website - Our administrative staff created a new look for Holy Name of Mary’s website for parents to have easy access to monthly calendars detailing upcoming events and activities; school newsletters along with forms and letters pertaining to events at the school in addition to information on our Parish, Catholic School Council and School Cash Online.


Royal Canadian Legion Poster & Literary Contest - All students were encouraged to take part in the annual poster & literary contest. Winners were recognized at the Branch and had their work forwarded to a further competition at the Zone level. Holy Name of Mary had several winners in various categories.​

Mass - Arrangements were made with Holy Name of Mary Church for our students to partake in readings at select virtual Masses starting in November and for the remainder of the year. A link was sent to families in our monthly newsletter to view at home.

Below are some of the winners of the Legion contest


Virtual Christmas Slideshow - Our Virtual Christmas Concert was scheduled for Thursday, December 17th in the evening. Each class recorded their Christmas performance in advance and a link was emailed to all our Holy Name of Mary families to view at home together. Class performances included art, dancing, performing a Christmas song in sign language and acting out the Christmas Story. Some classes created Christmas postcards which were mailed to our Soldiers.


Lanark County Food Drive - As a school community, Holy Name of Mary families raised $735 in donations for the Lanark County Annual Christmas Food Bank Drive in December. Way to go Holy Name!


100th Day - Our three kinder classes celebrated 100th day on February 12th. Check out Levi sporting his 100 eyeballs butterfly!

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PINK SHIRT DAY - February 24th


Spirits/Arts & Activity Week on Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity - In honour and recognition of diversity in our school community and around the world, Holy Name of Mary students explored different cultures and traditions during the week of March 15 - 19th. Our week was themed, We All Belong…Together. This theme reminded us that everyone has an equal place in our school and community. It also incorporates the message, that even though we have been challenged throughout the year, we are all stronger together. To celebrate this endeavor, artists from various cultural disciplines held virtual workshops for our classes. Such artists included, Bollywood Dancers, Drumming, Hoop Dancing, Hip Hop Dancing, Percussion, Inuit Games and Gym Games. In addition to these visiting artists, we had many talented staff members who directed workshops. At the end of the week, students received a school t-shirt in recognition of all of the tremendous work they have done this year and as a reminder that we are all in this together.​

St. Patrick’s Day Door Decorating Contest - Classes were challenged to come up with a slogan and decorate their doors to celebrate our Irish Heritage. Students were also encouraged to wear green to recognize St. Patrick's Day.


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Stations of the Cross - A Holy Week tradition at Holy Name of Mary is to participate in the Stations of the Cross. Our new learning environment created a bit of a challenge. After reading the book Drawing God by Karen Kiefer, the Grade 7 and 8 students embraced their creative sides to draw their interpretations of the Stations of the Cross. This was compiled into a video that was shared to the whole school on Holy Thursday.


CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK - The Catholic schools in our parish engaged in a series of events to celebrate the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education. This year’s Catholic Education Week theme was “Nurturing Hope.”

Our Catholic Education Week Mass was celebrated live by Cardinal Collins, and was held during this week. All classes watched the Mass together through Teams.

Students and staff participated in virtual learning which included activities based on our Board theme. See pictures below of our Grade 1/2 Core class where they used items from home to create a self portrait. We also celebrated Indigenous Education Day with Wilfred Buck. This presentation highlighted our Indigenous theme this year "Skyworld."

Our Grade 1/2 Core class enjoyed a LIVE virtual cooking class which connected Friday's theme "Harvesting the Fruits" which they loved and enjoyed with their families that night.


Congratulations to our Grade 8 graduating class. We wish you all the best as you travel to High School!


Holy Name of Mary School is currently accepting registrations for the 2021/2022 school year. We ask families to use our new website to find the link for registration information.

We are looking forward to seeing our returning students back in school in the Fall and meeting our new Holy Name of Mary families.

Last Day of School - Friday, June 25th

We hope our students and their families have a wonderful summer break!
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