Friday Focus

Holy Name of Mary, Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy Friday!

Hi everyone,

We are down to the final four days of school! There is still lots to be done before we all head off for the summer. Please read through all the reminders in this newsletter and make sure that you do everything you need to get done before you leave for your well-deserved break.

Have a great Water Fun Day and a wonderful weekend!


Lockdown Drill

This is a reminder that we will be having a Lockdown Drill next week. Please be sure to review Lockdown procedures with your students today so that they are well prepared. I have requested more keys from Maintenance, but we will not have them before the end of the school year. Roger Cauley will come to show us how to lock the doors from the inside in the new wing at 10:30am on Monday.

Please review the document in the email I sent this week regarding Lockdown procedures. If you are in one of the following open areas, please take note of where you should go:

  • Front foyer/front desk: Caroline or Pascale's office or Kindergarten room - whichever is closest.
  • Gym: Equipment room
  • Library & Fish Bowl: Storage room behind the Fish Bowl
  • Outside: R. Tait MacKenzie School
  • Staff Room: Room 121 (Karen B's room), 124 (Mary's room) or the staff washrooms
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Technology & SEA Equipment Roundup

We will be collecting all SEA equipment on Monday, June 24th.

  • Erin and Mary will collect your SEA equipment (chairs, etc) in the afternoon.

All technology will be collected on Tuesday, June 25th.

  • Please bring all laptops and iPads to the Library in a stack or in a bin. Clearly label your stack with your name and room number. We also need all of your power cords, wireless keyboards and headphones. Micheline will be checking to ensure that everything is returned.
  • Point of instruction computers will be collected on the last day of school, Thursday, June 27th before you leave. You can keep any iPad stands that you have in your classrooms.
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Library Book Roundup

  • Please remind students that all library books must be returned this week.
  • Have students check at home and clean out all desks and shelves to make sure that none are left in the classroom.
  • Micheline has provided each class with an updated list of books that are still outstanding. Please send notes home in students' agendas if they are still missing any books.
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OSR Tasks

Please ensure that you do the following before you leave for the summer:

  1. File all report cards from this year (Progress Report, Term 1 report, Term 2 report) in the OSRs with the most recent report on top.
  2. File all IEPs from this year with the most recent on top.
  3. Fill out and sign the front of each OSR with the start and end dates for this year.
  4. Check that each OSR is in good order, using the guidelines at the front of each OSR.
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Classroom Cleanup

Classroom teachers, please ensure that the following things are done before you leave for summer:

  1. Each student desk is checked to make sure it is empty.
  2. Decorations, including all posters and notices, are removed from walls and windows.
  3. Teacher’s personal belongings are removed from the classroom.
  4. If your class is being painted this summer, please remove all artwork, pictures and staples from the walls.
  5. Make sure to address any Health & Safety violations that were addressed in last week's email - especially excessive clutter and items stored on top of cupboards.
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H: and T: Drives are disappearing!

Please be advised that CDSBEO is requesting that all staff move their remaining files from H: and T: drives to their OneDrive. The links below demonstrate how files can easily be moved to OneDrive:

How To Move Files to OneDrive

Home folder move.mp4

H: and T: drives will continue to be accessible until July 1, 2019. Please see the communications below for further information and clarification regarding the H: and T: drives. Any files that have not been transferred before July 1, will be backed up and may be retrieved by submitting a request to If you have any questions or concerns, or require assistance, please contact

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Keys, please!

All keys must be collected from all staff on Thursday, June 27th. You must check in with Lauren on the last day before you leave and hand in your keys. We will remind you of this on Thursday. Thank you!
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Great stuff

Here are some photos of great things happening around the school this 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.
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Water Fun Day

Thank you, Brigitte, for all your hard work on the Water Fun Day! It was fantastic! You and the Social Justice Crew did an exceptional job of leading the way.
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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, June 24th

  • Grade 5/6 Year-End Trip to Gemmill Park
  • Debbie Balog in to collect all equipment and inventory
  • Erin & Mary completing ONSIS (am)
  • Practice "The Summons" for the Grad Mass with Karen at 8:30am
  • Lockdown Drill (am)
  • Constable Tereschuk in to speak with the Grade 8's (after morning recess)
  • Grad practice at the church (1:45 pm)

Tuesday, June 25th

  • Kerri Starr in
  • Report cards go home (except for Grade 8's)
  • Gail Gamble in to volunteer
  • Pascale & Micheline collecting all technology in the Library
  • Talent Show in the morning
  • Kindergarten Celebration outside at 1:00pm
  • Clap Out at 3:00pm

Wednesday, June 26th

  • Sandy out (Natalie Holmes)
  • Sara H out (Sandra Stewart)
  • Sharon O'Brien in to visit Micheline and Kris re: next year
  • Graduation Breakfast @ 9:30am
  • Grade 8 Graduation @ 6:30pm at the Church. Slide show at school at 8:00pm. Dance from 8:30-10:00pm

Thursday, June 27th

  • Last Day of School!
  • Grade 3&4 Trip to Mooney's Bay
  • Kerri Starr in
  • Liz B out (Natalie Holmes)
  • Pay Day!