Monday Memo

Holy Name of Mary, Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Monday!

Here we are in November. This is often a difficult month for teachers: the shine of the beginning of the year has worn off, it is report card and interview season, the days are short, and the weather can be downright miserable.

So please make sure that you take some time to do something nice for yourself - especially after you just spent so much time and effort getting progress reports ready for today. We know that writing report cards can be long and exhausting and that they take a lot of time away from your families. Caroline and I really appreciate all the work that you put into them. Thank you to every one of you for all that you do for our school and for the kids!

My apologies in advance that this memo is so long. I missed last week's memo and there were lots of great photos from the week before to share. You guys do great work!


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This week's Tech Tip

I am going to experiment with putting technology tips right here in the weekly memo. That way the information is accessible to anyone at any time, and you can learn something new in less than 10 minutes! If there is a tech topic you would like covered, let me know and I will record a quick screencast to help you out. For now I will start with some of the suggestions you all gave me earlier this year when I sent out the technology survey.

This week I was asked to do a little demo of how to enter an item in the staff calendar. Here is a quick little screencast for you. It's less than 4 minutes long.

How To Enter An Event on the Staff Calendar

This week's Shout-Outs:

I just wanted to put in a shout out to Lauren and Kris for helping me out on the walk this week. In general anyone who has or is helping me out is much appreciated but this was for sure above and beyond!

- Sara Hart

Andi for being so flexible and understanding. She always thinks of her student’s needs first. Thank you for being you! Mike for changing his nightly routine so I could stay after school so I could work in a quiet environment.

- Kristine

Shout out to Micheline, for organizing the Remembrance Day Ceremony and for bringing in wreaths for each class to decorate. Shout out to Kelly who is always so helpful in my classroom!

- Laura James

Thank you to Hannah for showing me how to add the Staff Calendar to the Outlook app on my phone! I've spent the past year "double-entering" items into the Staff Calendar and then into my personal calendar because I couldn't figure out how to get the Staff Calendar to show up on my phone. You have just saved me so much time and aggravation!

- Pascale

"Shout out" to Sara Reid for being such a tremendous help with getting ready for the Remembrance Day Ceremony. And to Kris and Catherine who always have my back and are always at my side for good times as well as for challenges.

- Micheline

To Julie for getting me a tea, on a cold damp day!

- Liz Baldwin

Shout out to the Intermediate Team for coming together in the face of difficulty this week! So nice to be on such a caring and connected team! Shout out to Micheline for all her hard work on the Remembrance Day Assembly! Thanks for taking this project on!

- Sara Reid

I wanted to send out a Shout out to Amy Knight. Last week she was kind enough to compile all of the notes pertaining to the snowsuit drive and ensure that they were all put into the correct mailboxes. Her help was beyond appreciated. Thanks so much!!!

- Mary Russell

Great Stuff, Great Staff.

Here are a few photos of great things happening around the school last week. Don't be shy about texting me your own photos to include in these weekly newsletters. (Lots of people do!). I can't always get around to see everything, but I love to share what is happening in your classrooms. Click on any of the smaller photos to zoom in!
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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, November 11, 2019

  • Remembrance Day (Assembly at 10:30am. The gym will be closed for the morning.)
  • Progress Reports due today
  • Andrew away (pm only, Chris Toderian)
  • Liz R away (pm only, Miffy Thomas)
  • Micheline away (pm only, Christine Provost)
  • Shane away (Mike covering in morning)
  • Sara H away (am/pm, Nancy Granda)

*Please note: Sara H. will continue just on afternoons until the Christmas break, and Nancy Granda will continue to fill in for her in the mornings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Andrew away (pm only)
  • Laura Shilson in
  • Lucie away (pm only, Jeannie Hendry)
  • Cochran meeting at 8:30am
  • Full Moon
  • Flutes Alors for Grades 1-4 at the Old Almonte Town Hall (two groups, morning and afternoon)
  • Caroline away for a meeting in Kemptville in late afternoon

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

  • Caroline away at Regional Principal's Meeting
  • Melanie Fielding in for a meeting with a student
  • School Photo retakes (am)
  • Spec. Ed. team meeting at 8:45am

Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • Primary Math Launch all day in the Library (We are hosting! The library will be closed all day.)
  • Jane at Math Launch (Tammy McDonald)
  • Jillian at Math Launch (Karen Buchanan)
  • Katie at Math Launch (Jennifer Bowler)
  • Laura James away (Jessica Sokolowski)
  • Mary at Math Launch (no resource support today)
  • Shannon at Math Launch (Helena Skowronska)
  • Pay Day :)

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Rachel away