Dear Holy Name Families,

So much has happened this week that Monday's weather forecast seems like a distant memory. I am sure many spent last Sunday night hoping to wake up to a snow day. Monday morning brought with it little snow and many disappointed faces...but the teachers quickly got over it and moved on to Catholic Schools Week.

Thank you to Fr. Evans and Fr. Denis for beginning our week with a school mass and thank you to the third grade for your assistance as lectors, gift bearers, and petitioners. On Monday afternoon, we surprised the students with a visit from artist Rob Surette. Rob is a speed artist and motivational speaker. He is also a Master Fine Artist for Disney, Lucas Films, Dreamworks, DC Comics, and Muppets. While painting portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and others, Rob spoke to the students about following their dreams and how they can make a difference in the world. He also shared the story of how he told his third grade teacher (at a Catholic school) that he aspired to be a Disney artist. His third grade teacher validated his dream and said she looked forward to it coming true. Rob shared a video clip of him visiting his third grade teacher many years later after he was hired by Disney to share that his dream had come true. It was an inspirational afternoon. Rob also gave us a Star Wars print that we'll be raffling off in the near future.

Students enjoyed the rest of the week's activities with Wacky Wednesday, Move Up Day, and Bingo with Buddies. Amidst all the CSW activities, we also hosted our annual Book Fair. We are very grateful to Adele Horwitz and Kavitha Madhuri for organizing this fair. Also, thank you to the dozens of parents who volunteered during the week. We couldn't host the Book Fair without you. Seeing the excitement over new books brought a smile to my face throughout the week. Hopefully, students are enjoying the new titles. Sour Grape is a new bed time favorite in my house.

Next week we have a half-day on Thursday for parent-teacher conferences. We also have two casual days. Since it is a half-day, Thursday is a casual day. Friday is our Super Bowl casual day. Students can show who they're rooting for by wearing red and gold (San Francisco) or red and white (Kansas City). If students have apparel for one of the teams, they are welcome to wear it. For Friday's casual day, we are asking students to donate $1 or more. This casual day will support the 6th grade trip to Camp Agassiz.

On Tuesday evening at 8 pm, parents are invited to attend a Family Tech Talk via Zoom. See more information below.

Have a great weekend.

Best regards,

Mr. Chisholm

Announcements and Reminders

  • Thursday is a half-day for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Dismissal times are: 12:00 pm (N, K1, K2); 12:05 pm (1, 2, 3); and 12:10 pm (4, 5, 6).
  • Thank you for your donations for Wednesday's casual day. The 5th Grade selected Save the Children and the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Foundation at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the two recipients.
  • Thank you to everyone who supported the coat drive for Cradles to Crayons. We will keep the bins out through the end of the day on Monday for any remaining donations.

Family Tech Talk

On Tuesday evening (February 6th) at 8:00 pm, Holy Name is sponsoring a Family Tech Talk on Zoom. The talk will be hosted by an Internet Safety Expert from Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families program. Tuesday happens to be "Safer Internet Day."

Parents will learn about popular apps, social media, and gaming. The session will also provide strategies to prevent online risks, help kids be safe online, control screentime, and adjust app settings for age-appropriate content.

Please click the button to RSVP for planning purposes.

Click here for the Zoom link for the talk.


Super Bowl 6th Grade Raffle

Who is ready to win cash prizes while helping the 6th grade class go to Agassiz this spring?

Last Call: Return Your Tickets by Next Friday!

Here is how it works:

  • Raffle Tickets are $10 each
  • Please return the tickets with cash or check made out to: Holy Name Parish School and in the memo put 6th grade raffle.
  • All tickets must be returned to Mr. Gordon & Mr. Reilly by February 9th 
  • Winners will be chosen on February 11th 
  • First name drawn will receive $500 
  • Second name drawn will receive $250
  • Third name drawn will receive $250

Click here for tickets. Thank you in advance for your support of the 6th grade trip to Agassiz!

Eagle Recipients

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Eagles this week:

  • Sammy D., N-2 (Empathy)
  • Lily D., K1-5 (Responsibility)
  • Lucas C., Dax K., and Paolo T., K2-6 (Respect)
  • Mya C., 2-4 (Perseverance)
  • Bridget K., 2-4 (Perseverance)
  • Ryan N., 6-12 (Respect & Responsibility)
  • Maeve E., 6-12 (Respect)

Home and School Update

Spirit Wear is on Sale through February 11th

Like us on facebook at Holy Name Parish School Fundraising to learn more about our work!

Holy Name in Pictures

A collection of photos from the different events during Catholic Schools Week 2024.

What an outstanding week!

Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday, February 14th is Ash Wednesday. We will have a school Mass at 8:45 am in the Church.
  • February Break is from Monday, February 19th through Friday, February 23rd.

Bernardines "Me and My Guy" Dance

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