April Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, April 2019

April Greetings

Dear Parents & Guardians,


March went out like a lion this year, giving us one final blast of snow and freezing rain on the very last day of the month. Fortunately, it looks like the warmer weather will finally arrive this week.


Students will need to wear rubber boots for the next little while, as the school yard tends to be quite mucky at this time of year. Hooded spring jackets are also great for when we get sprinkled with a little rain during recess.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Megan Richards, who is our new morning secretary. If you would like to communicate your child's absence by email, you can contact Megan at Megan.Richards@cdsbeo.on.ca. Please also cc Mrs. Lenouvel at Lauren.Lenouvel@cdsbeo.on.ca.


Happy Spring!

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to our Grade 6 students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last week: Marley St. Dennis, Mason Baldwin, Sheldon Leonard, Cohen Mulligan, Caleigh O'Connell, Erika Toop, Grace Hunt, Sierra Rich, Katie McHardy, Grace O'Brien, Jordan Grace, Ethan Broome and Emily Caldwell.


Thank you so much to our celebrants, the Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck and Father Paul Gaudet. Thank you also to Cheryl Martin, Christina Humber, Maureen Gareau, Louise Laplante and Julia Martin who gave of their time and gifts in the preparation of the students for the Sacrament of Confirmation and for making this a very special day and memorable time for the candidates in their journey of faith.

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Grade 8 Update

  • Our Grade 8 students will have their Graduation Photos taken in the morning on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Photos will be taken on a green screen. This gives you the opportunity to choose from many different backgrounds once you receive your proofs. Please do not wear green, as this ruins the magic! Students should arrive wearing a white collared shirt & tie or a blouse and their hair styled the way they like it. Students can also bring a prop (e.g. football, musical instrument) and their regular clothing for a few casual poses.
  • The Grade 7/8 year-end trip will be held at Camp Iawah on Wednesday, June 5th.
  • The Grade 8 Clap Out will take place at 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 25th.
  • We will host a Grade 8 Graduation Breakfast at the school on the morning of Wednesday, June 26th.
  • The Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony will be held at Holy Name of Mary Parish at 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 26th. A reception will follow at the Church.
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Catholic School Council Meeting

There will be a Catholic School Council Meeting in the school library on Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm. All parents are welcome to attend.
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Professional Activity Day

Please note that Friday, April 5th, 2019 will be a Professional Activity Day for teachers.
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April Mass

Our school Mass for the month of April will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:00am at Holy Name of Mary Parish. All parents and family members are invited to attend.


Here are a variety of Lenten Activities that you can do as a family over the next three weeks. Please click this link to see a larger version of the calendar below.

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Kindergarten Fluoride Treatment

Our Kindergarten students will receive their second fluoride treatment on the morning of Thursday, April 11th, 2019.
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Earth Week ECO Days

Did you know that Holy Name of Mary became a GOLD level Certified Ontario Eco School last year? We are very proud of this achievement, and we are working hard to maintain it!


This year we are celebrating Earth Week this year by taking small steps to help our planet. All students are invited to join us in the following Earth Week activities:


  • Monday, April 15th - Re-useable Water Bottle Day
  • Tuesday, April 16th - Lights Out Canada Day
  • Wednesday, April 17th - Butterfly Bake Sale
  • Thursday, April 18th - Take Me Outside Day
  • Monday, April 22nd - Earth Day (Easter Monday)
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Happy Easter!

There will be no school on Good Friday, April 19th or on Easter Monday, April 22nd. Enjoy Easter weekend with your families!
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Badminton Tournaments

Badminton season is underway and our Junior (Grade 4-6) and Senior (Grade 7-8) students have been practising during gym classes and at lunch. Though we do not yet have exact dates, the badminton tournaments are expected to take place the week after Easter (April 23-26th).
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Arts Days

We are excited to announce that April 25 & 26th will be Arts Days at Holy Name of Mary! Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of arts workshops led by guest instructors and our own teachers in visual art, drama, dance and music. Student artwork will be displayed at the school during Catholic Education Week, May 6-10th, 2019.
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Caring Relationships

Does your child have three or more non-parent adults they can connect with? Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they have adults outside their family that they can turn to. Below are some questions parents can ask to help their children connect with other positive adults.
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Healthy Mouth: 101

New Resource for Youth! Our mouth is the link to our entire bodies and overall health. How well we clean our teeth, what we choose to eat and drink, and our personal habits all have a major impact on our oral health. It is important for youth to know that tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity can have an impact on their oral health as well. To learn how these aspects of our lifestyle can affect the teeth and tissues of our mouth, check out Healthy Mouth: 101

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Triple P Parenting

Did you know? Triple P Parenting has an ONLINE program for parents of toddlers through tweens. Get parenting strategies in your PJs! Learn WHEN you want, WHERE you want! Here’s what one parent says https://youtu.be/Gkz-YYNqH-Y . To sign up at no cost, call 1-800-660-5853 or email triplep@healthunit.org. What will your happier home look like?

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Let’s talk about your social support system

Did you know who you spend time with can support your health? Healthy relationships and the opportunity to share in community life is a social determinant of health. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, 71% of people report having a strong sense of community. Who do you enjoy time with or turn to for help? Family, friend, neighbour, co-worker, fellow parishioner, community service provider? For more information on social support systems, visit www.healthunit.org or call 1-800-660-5853.

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Lyme Disease is Preventable

Ticks that may carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease are now found throughout our region. As temperatures rise above 4°C ticks become active and begin to look for a blood meal. While not all ticks carry the bacteria, if an infected tick bites you and remains attached for over 24 hours you may be at an increased risk of getting Lyme disease. Lyme disease is preventable. Always do a tick check when you return from the outdoors and remove ticks promptly. For more information visit www.healthunit.org
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Spirit Wear

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.


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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