Week in Review

Week in Review
Posted on 01/04/2021

Happy Friday MHES Community!

I hope you and your family enjoyed your first full week of school. I know we did!

All students are doing an incredible job following our Covid-19 protocol. We are happy to report that all students are wearing their masks properly in the school and most students are wearing them outdoors at recess. We continue to strongly encourage our students to wear their masks outside at recess through teacher reminders and daily announcements in the morning.

We would kindly remind parents to follow board protocol and remain off school property during drop-offs and end-of-day pickups of child(ren). We realize that many parents were a bit anxious, but your children are doing an amazing job knowing where to go. As always, we continue to have admin and support staff outside to help guide them in the right direction.

Thanks to our families for completing the Covid Self Assessment with their child(ren) prior to their arrival at school. This important procedure is a vital step in ensuring our students and staff remain safe. For grades Kindergarten-Grade 3, please continue to fill out the Google form. For grades 4-6, students will give a verbal confirmation to their teacher when attendance is taken each morning. By helping us complete this, the office staff can ensure our Safe Entry to School policy is being followed as staff complete any absence calls to families.

Online Forms for Parents

There are 3 forms that teachers require for students. Please fill out a form for EACH child.
These forms must be completed before your child can have access to a school computer.

Use of Technology

Media School Website Consent Form

The form below is required for students to participate in walks around the school and to Weybridge Park.

Weybridge Park Permission Form 


Agendas are now available for purchase online only. They will be available at https://www.schoolcashonline.com. You will have to set up an account if you have not already done so. Teachers strongly encourage parents to purchase one for their child.The cost is $7.00 per agenda.


Mabel's Labels 

If you are planning on purchasing labels this year, please consider supporting our school by selecting Mary Honeywell  ES from the support a fundraiser option on their website: https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/


Story of My Name

You may have noticed that your child came home with a questionnaire all about their name this week. Honouring a child’s name by learning how to say it properly, as well as its origin and meaning, is one step of many towards building community, as it helps children to feel seen and valued. Each class is working on their own versions of a name project that will be shared during our September assembly and displayed throughout the school as the first of many school-wide projects focused on building our school community. 

Here’s a great TED talk we shared with our staff (you may need to copy and paste into your browser): Getting it right: Why pronouncing names correctly matters


National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th has been honoured for many years as Orange Shirt Day throughout the country and this past year, legislation was enacted to recognize this date as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. We will be encouraging our students to wear their orange shirts on September 30th to honour residential school survivors, their families and their communities. Additionally, we are focusing on ReconciliACTION and have many school-wide actions planned throughout the entire year that will address the TRC’s Calls to Action for schools and educators. We will share these actions with you throughout the year.


Terry Fox Run

Mary Honeywell Elementary School is proud to be participating in this year’s Terry Fox School Run. Let’s get our fundraising going and show everyone how we can “try like Terry”!. Donate to: http://www.terryfox.ca/MaryHoneywellESNepean. Together, we can all make a difference. #terryfoxschoolruns #tryliketerry @terryfoxfoundation


Student Accident Insurance

Creating a caring and safe environment for our students is our top priority. Unfortunately, despite all reasonable precautions being taken, accidents can still happen. Some injuries may result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans. As a parent/guardian, you become responsible for these expenses. Student accident insurance is available for purchase, on a voluntary basis, through Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada. Parents may apply online at www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-5437. The OCDSB encourages all parents/guardians to consider purchasing this insurance.  The accident insurance coverage options range from $17.00/year to $33.00/year. This coverage is for the entire calendar year and also applies to accidents that occur outside of school hours.  If you have any questions, please call Binks Insurance Brokers directly at 613-226-1350.


MHES School Council

We are preparing for our upcoming School Council! This year, we will begin with virtual meetings using Google Meet. Our first meeting of the year will be Thursday, Sept.23rd at 6:30pm. We will have last year's Council provide closure to the term and we will conduct elections for this year. If you are interested in seeking election to the Council please email the Principal, pete.veurtjes@ocdsb.ca. Below you will find a brief outline regarding the roles and responsibilities of the executive members. Nominations will be accepted up until the time voting begins. If voting is required, voting by proxy is not allowed. Finally, if you are interested in participating in our first virtual School Council meeting of the year, please email the Principal so that we can invite you to our Google Meet.

School Council Executive Roles and Responsibilities (1).pdf 


Important dates to remember:

Sept. 23           School Council Meeting at 6:30pm-meeting will be virtual

Sept. 30           National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Oct. 11             Thanksgiving (no school for students and staff)

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