Catholic schools have been part of Ontario communities for over 170 years and play a vital role
in the province by producing graduates who are collaborative contributors to the common good of
The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides the provincial voice for
elected Catholic school trustees to promote and protect publicly funded Catholic education. The
OCSTA has launched a new campaign, called Together in Faith, to
strengthen support for Catholic education in Ontario.
Parents are invited to sign up and join in strengthening our community of support for Catholic
education in Ontario by visiting www.togetherinfaith.ca. When you sign up, you
will be provided with ongoing information about our Catholic system and will be counted among the
many Ontarians who want to protect our incredible Catholic schools.
Thank you for continuing to choose Catholic education. We look forward to continuing this journey
The Holy Name of Mary Social Justice Squad is hosting a “Toonie” Dance Party on Tuesday, October 31st for the whole school. There will be a JK/SK, Grade 1 and Grade 2 “Dance Party” in the morning before lunch recess. The students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will have their “Dance Party” from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm, followed by a dance for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 from 2:00 until 3:10. The students are asked to donate a toonie for the entrance fee to the “Dance Party”. All of the money collected will be given to the Good Samaritan Trust Fund to help families in need. Costumes are not to be worn to school and students are encouraged to wear Orange and Black this day. Thank you for your support!
The HNOM Social Justice Squad
The Child Abuse Prevention Committee of Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville is inviting all elementary schools to participate in Dress Purple Day on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 during Child Abuse Prevention Month. This campaign is symbolized by the purple ribbon and focuses on the need for the whole community to work together to keep children and youth safe. http://www.fcsllg.ca
Our County Cross-Country Meet will take place on Wednesday, October 18th (scheduled rain date TBA) at the Conlon Farm in Perth. If your child is on the Cross-Country team, please sign the permission and have him/her return to school by Monday, October 16th. All forms can be returned to either Ms. Fitzpatrick or Mrs. Russell.
School Council is taking prepaid orders for popcorn again this year. This order form is for October 6th, 2017 through to December 22nd, 2017. Money raised from popcorn sales goes directly to School Council Initiatives. All funds go back into purchasing items for your children. All order forms must be returned to your child’s Morning teacher no later than September 29th, 2017. Please see the form below for further details:
Please see the attached form to order Subway for September/October:
As in past years, we will once again be participating in our school’s Annual Terry Fox Walk. Our walk will occur on Thursday, September 28th. Since we are running our event later in the month, and with Thanksgiving weekend just around the corner, we are asking for a donation of a Toonie and one food item per student. The funds will be donated to the Cancer Society and the food items will be donated to the Lanark County Food Bank. If families would also like to purchase a luminary in remembrance or in honour of someone affected by cancer these will be displayed outside our school on the day of our walk.
This year we would like to add a theme to our walk: Canada Proud. Each student is invited to wear their favourite Canadian symbols. This could be any piece of clothing with Canadian symbols on it. Two classes at a time will walk a mapped out route, handing off a poster to the next group, indicating their turn to participate. This allows a presence of support from our school over a longer time frame throughout the day, and mimics more of a “relay for life” format. We hope to a have a great day. Let’s all come out wearing our favourite hats, T-shirts, or Jerseys displaying Canadian symbols, and celebrate the beautiful country we are proud to be part of.
Our Breakfast Program will be up and running beginning next Monday, September 18th. Our breakfast menu varies, offering both a hot and cold breakfast on different days, and is open Monday to Thursday, 8:45-9:05 a.m., when the bell rings for the school day to begin.
Running the Breakfast Program is a great endeavor but it takes a lot of time and planning, and therefore, anyone who might be available to help us on any of those mornings would be greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to donate food items (cereal, juice, bread) to our Program is welcome to do so. We would greatly appreciate this.
Every student is welcome to join us at the Breakfast Program. Early risers who don’t feel like eating might want to join us when they arrive at school. Students arriving early for sports often join us before class. We encourage all students to take part. We all think better when our tummies are happy! If you have any questions about our program, are able to volunteer, or wish to contribute food donations, please feel free to contact either Mrs. Russell, or Madame Boissonneault.
We invite you to attend the Catholic School Council Summit, which is being sponsored by the CDSBEO Parent Involvement Committee. This event will take place on September 28th, 2017 at St. Michael CHS in Kemptville. The goal of the Summit is to continue to involve parents in the education of their children.
The evening will begin with a barbeque which will be served between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by a number of informative workshops. Each participant will have the opportunity to attend two workshops. The focus of the workshops will be around Technology, as well as various other topics of interest. Social time from 8:10 – 8:30 p.m. will help round out the evening.
Please contact Dan Lesser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pascale Michaud (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending.