May Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, May 2019

May Greetings

Dear Parents & Guardians,

May is finally here! It is always a very busy month, as you will see from the many activities listed below. We are very excited to celebrate Catholic Education Week with our students and their families. Please see the activities listed below and plan to join us that week! We will have student art displayed from our Arts Days last week, and you will have a chance to visit the new addition for the first time. We look forward to seeing you!

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Math Olympians

Our Junior students worked very hard and did an excellent job at the Math Olympics in Ottawa this past weekend. Thank you so much to Ms. Koehler for encouraging our young mathematicians to challenge themselves at this event!
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Senior Badminton Tournament Results

Our Senior Badminton teams had an excellent day at their tournament earlier this week. Hannah Trader and Ella Brown won gold in the girls doubles and Dylan Leonard and Owen Meredith won gold for the boys doubles. Congratulations to the entire team, who played smart and demonstrated great sportsmanship. A huge thank you to Ms. Koehler for her dedication and enthusiasm in coaching the team!

Junior Badminton Results

Our two Junior Girls Badminton teams played each other in the finals in their tournament on April 30th at St. John Catholic High School. Congratulations to Lily Merritt and Caleigh O'Connell who won gold and to Alexia Francoeur and Emily Caldwell who won silver. Thank you to Mme Empey and Mme Francis for coaching the teams!
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Kindergarten Fluoride Treatment

Our Kindergarten students will receive their second fluoride treatment on the morning of Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. This date was rescheduled from last month, as the April 11th fluoride treatment had to be cancelled.
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Grad Photo Retakes

Grade 8 Graduation Photo retakes will take place on Wednesday, May 1st in the morning. Students who are having retakes done should come with their hair/makeup done and will need a white collared shirt or blouse to wear under the graduation gown.
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Used Toy & Book Sale

Spring Cleaning Alert! We will be having a Used Toy & Book Sale on Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd in the school library. We are asking for donations of all unwanted used toys and children's books as families do their spring cleaning. All proceeds will go toward our Grade 7/8 year-end trip. Items will be sold for $0.25-$5.00, depending on the quality/condition. Many thanks in advance!
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Catholic Education Week

We are very excited to celebrate Catholic Education Week with our students and their families. This year's Catholic Education Week will take place from May 5th-10th and will be filled with all kinds of great activities:

Monday, May 6th

Board Wide Mass at Holy Cross Church in Kemptville @ 11:00am

Wednesday, May 8th

Open House Breakfast, 8:00-9:00am (All families are welcome!)

Welcome to Kindergarten, 9:00am-10:00am

Thursday, May 9th

Volunteer & Bus Driver Appreciation Tea @ 10:00am

Indigenous Education Day

Friday, May 10th

Relay for Life at St. John Catholic High School (all Gr. 3's)

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May Mass

Our school Mass for the month of May will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00am at Holy Name of Mary Parish. All parents and family members are invited to attend.
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HNOM Track Meet

Our school Track Meet will take place at Gemmill Park on Thursday, May 16th. The rain date for this event is Friday, May 17th. Parents and relatives are welcome to join us at the park for an exciting day of racing, jumping and throwing!
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Victoria Day

There will be no school on Monday, May 20th. Enjoy your long Victoria Day weekend!
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First Reconciliation

Our Grade 2 students will be making their First Reconciliation at Holy Name of Mary Parish on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:00pm. (Please note that the wrong date was indicated on the May calendar that was sent home on April 30th. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.)
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EQAO Testing

Our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will be writing EQAO at the end of the month:

  • Grade 6 students will write all day on May 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
  • Grade 3 students will write all day on May 28th, 29th and 30th.

Please avoid scheduling appointments on these dates. If your child must be absent due to travel or an appointment, please advise the school as soon as possible so that we can ensure that all students have adequate time to be successful.
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PA Day

Please note that Friday, May 31st will be a Professional Activity Day for teachers. Enjoy your day off!
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From the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

CDSBEO Adult Education

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario would like to announce our upcoming Personal Support Worker program information sessions. Our next session will begin in September. To register go to and link to the PSW program, followed by clicking on Program Outline and Information/Registration Sessions.

Program information sessions are as follows:

  • Vankleek Hill on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at St. Jude Catholic Elementary School from 3- 4:00
  • Cornwall on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Holy Trinity C.S.S from 2- 3:00
  • Brockville on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Mary C.H.S from 3 – 4:00
  • Smiths Falls on Friday, May 17, 2019 at St. James Catholic Education Centre from 2- 3:00

Other programs that are offered through the CDSBEO for adult learners include:

  • Evening Cooperative Education
  • eLearning
  • OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprentice Program) including adult Meat Cutting Program in Cornwall,
  • PLAR (Prior Learning and Assessment)
  • Adult Dual Credits in affiliation with Algonquin College, St. Lawrence College and Loyalist College.

Applications are due in May. Please contact Kevin Dionne, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Experiential Learning for more information at
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From the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Language Express

New Process for Language Express Referrals. The process for referring children in JK to Language Express will be different in the fall of 2019. Referrals for children in JK will only be accepted directly from parents or legal guardians. We encourage JK teachers to use speech and language milestone checklists to support conversations with parents about their children’s development. Checklists are available at . If the teacher and parent agree that a referral to Language Express is warranted, then the parent must call Language Express to refer the child. Please contact Language Express at 1-888-503-8885 if you have any questions about this change to the referral process. As a reminder, the deadline for referrals for children in Junior Kindergarten is November 30th. This means that children born in 2015 must be referred (by their parents!) by November 30, 2019.
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Mountain Bike Challenge

Eastern Ontario School Mountain Bike Challenge is happening Friday May 17th. This is a mountain bike event designed to get kids of all ages on bikes. It is perfect for a fun or first mountain biking experience. It is not about results or winning, it is about doing the challenge. The event has both individual events as well as an optional team event. For more information visit:

Family Transitions Course

Are you divorced or separated? Are you worried that your child or teen might be caught in the middle? Arguments about holidays and birthdays, dealing with ex-partners, financial concerns – these might be just a few of the things you are dealing with. Triple P’s Family Transitions course can help. You will learn ways to deal with these issues, manage emotions and protect your child from the trauma of your situation. First Family Transitions Group starts on May 15 at 9:30 am and is 3 weekly sessions in length; second one will start on June 6 at 5:00 pm with 3 weekly sessions. To learn more or to sign up today, call 1-800-660-5853, visit or email . Parenting Matters!
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Always check for tics!

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
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