October Newsletter

Holy Name of Mary Catholic School, October 2019

Hello, October!

October is the month of Thanksgiving, and we are very thankful for all of our Holy Name of Mary staff, students and families. We wish you all a beautiful fall season!

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International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 2nd is International Walk to School Day! Bring your child to Augusta Street Park by 8:30 am to meet up with the Walking School Bus. Pre-registration is not required for this day…..just a quick signature before the walk! For more information about the program and route visit the Almonte Walking School Bus Registration website.
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Bus Evacuation Drills

On Wednesday, October 2nd we will be practising bus evacuations at school. Students will board buses with their classes to practice safe bus evacuation techniques. Our newly elected Grade 7/8 Student Council members will help guide our younger students off the bus.
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Sacramental Enrollment

Enrollment for any students who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Saturday, October 5th at the 4:30pm Mass at Holy Name of Mary Church. The first Faith Formation session for these students will follow at 5:30pm.

Students who will be receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion this school year will have their enrollment on Sunday, October 6th at 10:30am. Their Faith Formation session will take place after the Mass at 11:30am.

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Soccer Tournaments

Our Junior (Gr. 4-6) and Senior (Gr. 7-8) Soccer teams have been practising hard at lunch hour to prepare for their upcoming tournaments. The Senior Tournament will take place on Monday, October 7th at Beckwith Park in Carleton Place. The Junior Tournament will be held Tuesday, October 8th at Conlon Farm in Perth. Permission forms have been sent home and are also available on our school website. Best of luck to all of the teams!
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Catholic School Council Meeting

Our next Catholic School Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30pm in the school library. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.
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Monday, October 14th is Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy this beautiful weekend with your families!
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October Mass

Our October Mass will take place at Holy Name of Mary Church on Wednesday, October 16th at 10:15am. All families are invited to join us at the church for our monthly celebration.
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School Photo Day

Get your smile on! Wednesday, October 23rd is our School Photo Day. Retakes will take place on Wednesday, November 13th.
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Cross Country Meet

Our Junior and Senior runners will participate in their Cross-Country Meet at Conlon Farm in Perth on Thursday, October 24th. Students will be practising at lunch recesses this month in preparation for race day!
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PA Day

Friday, October 25th is a PA Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
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Orange & Black Day

Thursday, October 31st is Halloween! Students are invited to wear orange and black at school that day. (Please save your child's costume for trick or treating that night.)
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Dental Screening

We will have a dental screening for our JK/SK/Grade 2 students on Thursday, October 31st.
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Eco News

Last year our ECO Team achieved Platinum level for our school! We are already starting our work this year as a team to keep our Platinum level. Here are some of the projects we are working on:
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Snowsuit Campaign

This year celebrates the 34th anniversary of the Lanark County and Town of Smiths Falls Snowsuit Campaign and we are pleased to assist Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville (FCSLLG) with this community initiative. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that all children and youth in our community have a warm winter coat or snowsuit. Last year over 500 snowsuits and or winter jackets were distributed.

Please donate your gently used clean winter jackets and snowsuits in the drop off box located at the school by Friday, November 9th , 2019. Winter boots are also accepted. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated. Our collective efforts can make a significant difference.

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Remembrance Day Contest

Once again the Royal Canadian Legion is holding its Poster and Literary contest. These posters, poems and essays are very meaningful to our veterans, entries will be posted in the Legion the week prior to Remembrance Day.

The winners will be recognized at the Branch and their work will be forwarded to a further competition at the Zone level. Further details can be found at www.on.legion.ca/youthprograms. Please note, all entries must be accompanied by the entry form which can be found at the above website. Entries will be picked up from all schools on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, to allow time for judging prior to November 11. Students should therefore have all entries completed by Monday, October 28th.

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From the Health Unit

Keep an eye out for vision screening information! Vision problems may go unnoticed, and children constantly use their eyes in the classroom and at play. Vision screening will be offered to all SK students, so watch for information from your school explaining the 3 simple tests that will be provided. This screening does not replace a complete eye examination with an optometrist, which is FREE for children 0-19 with a valid Health Card. There are also programs available to help with the cost of glasses. For more information contact the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 or www.healthunit.org/health-information/babies-children/visual-health/

Encourage your child or teen to get involved in school activities! This can help them look forward to their day at school. Even just one or two activities in a school year can help a student feel more connected. School activities can: -provide a chance to try something new, learn new skills, encourage building friendships, help students see their teachers and other adults in a different role. School is more than just book learning! It’s also a place to learn skills through extracurricular activities that will last a lifetime. What will your child or teen try this year at school? For more info, visit www.triplep-parenting.ca, call 1-800-660-5853, or email triplep@healthunit.org. Parenting Matters!