December Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, December 2019

An Advent Prayer

All powerful and loving God, help each of us to feel your love for us. May our celebration of the birth of Jesus be a time of great joy. May we come to know the depths of your love in our search to get to know you more intimately. Give us a generous heart so we may spread this love throughout the world by sharing your love with all people. Amen.

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Junior & Senior Volleyball Tournaments

Our Senior (Gr. 7/8) volleyball tournaments will take place on Wednesday, December 4th. The Senior Girls will play at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, and the Senior Boys will play at St. John Catholic High School in Perth.

Our Junior (Gr. 4-6) volleyball tournaments will be held on Wednesday, December 11th. The girls will play here at Holy Name of Mary and the boys will play at St. Francis de Sales in Smiths Falls. All parents are welcome to attend the tournaments.

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Dental Screening

Our JK, SK and Grade 2 students will have a dental screening on Thursday, December 6th in the morning. This screening was re-scheduled from earlier this year.
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Almonte Christmas Parade

This year's Almonte Christmas Parade takes place on Sunday, December 8th from 5:00-6:00pm. Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Caldwell and our amazing team of Educational Assistants have been working very hard to make costumes for our Holy Name of Mary students who will be walking in the parade. We hope to see you there cheering them on!
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Christmas Concert

Advent is here and we are moving into the joyous season of Christmas. December is a very busy month here at Holy Name of Mary and we are blessed to be able to celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas in so many ways with our students.

One of our most popular and enjoyable events during the Christmas season is our Annual Christmas Concert. This year in an effort to bring our theme of Community to life, Grade 1-8 students will be performing their concert at various locations around Almonte. At 1:30pm on Tuesday December 17th all siblings will be grouped together and will perform several songs for parents, grandparents and community members at venues such as: Patrice's Independent Grocer, the Almonte General Hospital, Fairview Manor and Orchardview just to name a few. Students will be bringing home a note informing you of their specific performance locations. Our community partners at the venues we have chosen are very excited that our students will be making Christmas brighter for the elderly, the sick and the general public.

Our JK and SK students will be performing their own short Christmas Concert at 12:30pm in the gym. This will leave time for families with Junior or Senior Kindergarten students to watch them perform and then take them to see their siblings perform at a community location.

Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas Season!

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December Mass

Our December Mass will take place at Holy Name of Mary Church on Wednesday, December 18th at 10:15am. Mr. Darou's Grade 6 class will be leading the Mass. All families are invited to join us at the church for our monthly celebration.
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Staff vs. Student Hockey Game

On Thursday, December 19th, our Grade 7/8 students will be challenging our teachers to a hockey game at the Almonte arena! The game will start at 1:30pm and the whole school will attend. There is plenty of room for spectators at the arena, so please come and join us!
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PJ & Movie Day

Friday, December 20th is the last day of school before the Christmas holidays. As always, our students and staff will celebrate by singing Christmas carols in the gym in the morning in their pyjamas. In the afternoon, we will watch Christmas movies in various locations around the school. Our Holy Name of Mary Social Justice Team will send out more information closer to the date.
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Catholic School Council Meeting

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30pm in the school library. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.
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From the Office


  1. Please send your child to school on snow days dressed for the weather. Snow days are like any other school day. Children will be going out for morning, lunch and afternoon recess.
  2. There will be no Kiss & Ride in the morning or at the end of day. Please come in to the office to sign your child in & out.
  3. If your child is walking home by themselves on snow days, please write a note in their agenda so that their teacher/office staff are aware.
  4. REMINDER: If your child routinely walks to school, please ensure you call the office on snow days if your child will be staying at home. This is to ensure the safety of all our students.


Thank you to all parents for writing early pick ups or end of day changes in your child's agenda. This greatly helps the office staff ensure that your child is at the right place/right time when you come to pick them up. If you are picking up more than one child, please ensure that you write a note in each child's agenda.


Our Kiss & Ride is working very well and has become very effective in quick departures for students and their families at the end of the day. Parents, please remember to remain in your car, and please move up when a spot becomes available. NOTE: Please do NOT double park or block access to busses that are exiting or entering the bus loop at the side of the school.

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From the Health Unit

We all need money to provide the basics for living. The basics include housing – a place to call home, food that will fuel our body and mind with energy, health and joy, clothing, a phone to stay connected, a way to get to work or school, leisure activities, and prescribed medications. A living wage can assist people in our communities living on low incomes to have the basics for living. Our local living wage is $17.21/hour. Learn more about the benefits of a living wage.

Looking for the best gift for your child or teen this holiday season? Something that will never break, wear out or get old? How about YOU? Spend time and make a memory with your child or teen. Our children don’t need more things. Just a parent who plays with them, listens to them and loves them! What memories will you make this holiday season? For more parenting tips, visit, call 1-800-660-5853, or email Parenting Matters!

Spending time outdoors in winter, in nature or enjoying a sport is a great way to stay healthy but there are a few things to think about to stay safe in the cold. Proper clothing is important to prevent cold related injuries including frost bite. A few lighter layers are better than one heavy layer. Choose a loose absorbent synthetic fabric next to the skin, a warmer middle layer and a water resistant/repellant outer layer. No drawstrings for safety. Parachute Canada has more information for parents about dressing for the cold, preventing frost bite and ice safety.

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