Monday Memo

Holy Name of Mary, Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone,

I have great news. We are now officially past the "dead of winter", according to Environment Canada's senior climatologist, David Phillips. Ottawa's Dead of Winter occurs on January 19th. By the dead of winter, "you can say statistically there's more winter behind me than ahead of me," Phillips points out. "You've broken the back of winter." Cheers to that! :)


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This week's Shout-Outs:

The small things really do matter and make a difference-a shout out to Jane for providing me with a warm pashmina on one of the cold days, when I had forgotten mine at home, and to Brigitte who took time out of her planning time to help me clear the jam on the photocopier because I had to get to class.

- Mary Russell

I would like to give a shout out to Pascale for being flexible in helping me make it to daycare to pick up my sick little man on Friday afternoon. I would also like to give a shout out to Ron, Kristine, Laura, and Brigitte who each took a few of my afternoon class, when we couldn’t get a supply teacher last minute. I appreciate your generosity and team work, more than you know.

- Katie

I would like to thank Jillian for being a great teaching and OECTA partner. In this busy time, she has been super helpful.

- Lucie

  • Lucie and Jillian for their time to ensure we are up to date with our current job action and for their efforts getting all of our questions answered.
  • Shane for his quick response to my desk request for my new students.
  • Mike for his support during after school tutoring sessions. It is comforting knowing you are around.
  • Katie and Sarah E. for accommodating my scheduling requests during the snow day.
  • Jane for the resources she shares with me.
  • Mary R. for offering to help me with completing my PM’s.

- Kristine

A huge thank you to the entire staff for making me feel SO welcome as I navigated my way back into the classroom last week. Thanks for answering my many questions, lending resources, checking in on how I was doing and helping with something as simple (and a bit silly) as finding the new Kinder yard for duty! You guys are amazing!

- Ashley

  • Thank you to Micheline for stepping in on Monday to lead the January Assembly when Mary's class was unable to do so. Thank you also to Sara R. for arranging for Pat Muldoon to come in from the Royal Canadian Legion to recognize our many winners from the Remembrance Day Contest.
  • A huge thank you to Mary B., Peter, Julie, Liz B., Shannon and Sandy for staying late on Tuesday for our Kindergarten Open House. You did an excellent job of making parents and our future Kinders feel welcome. Thank you also to our amazing teachers who volunteered to give tours of the school that night: Sara R. (and Carter!), Liz R., Gina and Mary R. Excellent teamwork, all of you!
  • A shout-out to Megan for staying late to cover for Lauren on Wednesday. We are so lucky to have you!
  • A big shout-out to Andi and Amy who spent the entire snow day last week replenishing and organizing our First Aid kits, and to Tanya who worked so hard to get Boardmaker images ready for a student who needed them.
  • Thank you to Rachel for organizing presentations for our students this week! The Grade 6 students really enjoyed the talks from Heritage Fitness and Constable Joe. Thank you also for arranging for Michelle Neville to come in and deliver the Sources of Strength program to our Grade 7/8 students.
  • To the whole staff (and especially captains Lucie and Jillian) for keeping a positive spirit through these tough times. Picketing in -28C windchill is NOT fun, but you all made the best of it.

- Pascale

Great Stuff, Great Staff.

Here are a few photos of great things happening around the school last week. Don't be shy to text 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. Click on any of the smaller photos to zoom in!
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Our Legion winners were so proud to be recognized at last week's assembly!

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Our Grade 6 Girls had an excellent presentation from the Heritage Fitness Gym this week.

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Constable Joe had the Grade 6's captivated during the OPP Kids Program on Friday. They were super excited to learn all about his role and the equipment he wears.

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Shannon's boys built a Tractor Plane. Need I say more?

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, January 20, 2020

  • Hannah away all week
  • Rachel away all week
  • Andi away all week
  • Jane away (pm only, Kelly Pawlikowski)
  • Shannon away (Meganne Thompson)
  • Independent Grocer Community Breakfast for all students, 9:30-10:30am

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

  • OECTA full day strike

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • Peter away the rest of the week (Mary Ellen Grigor)
  • Bryanna's birthday!
  • Ski Club after school
  • January Mass (Sauve) at 10:15am

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • Liz R away (Natalie Lindsay)
  • Mary R away (pm only)

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Nicole Oattes in all day for testing
  • Debbie Balog in
  • Notre Dame Guidance presentation for Grade 8 students (in the classroom) from 11:00 to lunch.
  • OPP Kids presentation in the Library from 1:00pm-2:00pm with Constable Joe.