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Holy Name School News

There’s always something interesting happening at Holy Name School. On this page, we’ll post details about upcoming events, past activities, school awards, and much more—so bookmark this page and check back often!

Statement from Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha on Racism

The past week in our country has been trying, disturbing, and difficult. We shared understandable concern and anxiety as we took the first steps toward a reopening of our pandemic-shuttered society. We rejoiced with the reopening of our churches. At the same time, we have been shocked and shaken as we witnessed in horror the senseless killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the national protest that followed. In its aftermath, we have seen understandable outrage expressed by so many people, renewed questions of racism, and at times hate and anger that has led to violence and destruction.

We invite you to read the rest of this statement from Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha in full.

Message from Mr. Flanagan

I hope that you are well and staying close to home as we continue to weather this health crisis.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, I will be sending out a detailed memo concerning more plans for distance learning for our students. If your students were not in school (grades K-5) their packets will be available at school Monday, March 16 between 10:00 a.m. and noon. 

For middle school students who were not in school on Friday and need books, please also arrange to pick them up between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Monday, March 16. We will have extremely limited access to the building and will allow people in one at a time to go to the classrooms to avoid unnecessary exposure to one another.

I also just heard that the governor announced that all schools will be closed until April 7. I will send more updated info as I receive it.

Thank you for your cooperation.

God Bless,

David J. Flanagan

All Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools to Close

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and after conferring with Bishop da Cunha, all Diocese of Fall River elementary, middle and high schools will be closed until Monday, May 4, 2020, and will continue online education as per the direction of each school leader. Please keep everyone in your prayers as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Any questions should be directed to the leadership of your individual Catholic school or the Catholic Schools Office at (508) 687-7301.

Parent/Guardian Feedback Survey

Dear Holy Name Families,

The Advisory Committee is asking for feedback from all parents and guardians regarding your feelings/experiences at Holy Name School. Please view and fill out our Parent Experience SurveyMonkey. The survey is anonymous and there are ten short-answer/multiple-choice questions. Your participation is important. We want to see what’s currently working well, and what we need to improve. The results of the survey will give valuable insight on how we can make our school even more successful. We ask that you complete the survey by Friday, March 20, 2020. For more information, please see our parent guardian survey letter. If you prefer not to answer online, we sent a paper copy home. You may also view and print the paper version of the parent experience survey from this news article. Please return the survey to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to the Advisory Committee. Thank you in advance!

Wardell Scholarship Application

The Dr. Patricia M. Wardell Scholarship was established in 2019. Dr. Wardell worked over 50 years in the field of education, serving the last 14 years of her career as Principal of Holy Name School. During this time, she was constantly devoted to ensuring the school was centered on Jesus Christ and the students attained academic excellence rooted in Catholic values, with a commitment to helping others.

In her honor, the Dr. Patricia M. Wardell Scholarship is awarded each year to a rising middle school student, to be applied to tuition for the forthcoming school year. Applicants will submit a brief essay on “How has Holy Name School helped with your faith and how do you show your faith by helping others?” A committee will conduct a blind-review of essays to determine the recipient.

For more information on requirements, the amount received, and the deadline, please view the Wardell scholarship application flyer.

Holy Name School Fund

We reach out in regards to the  5th Annual Holy Name School Fund Appeal, which supports the operation of our Parish School. Your donation to the fund will enhance our academic program as well as the arts, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and facilities. Specifically, in 2020, our goals are to replace our whiteboards in several classrooms; supplement our reading, science, and fine arts curriculum; purchase outdoor equipment, and continue to update our safety and technology.

We realize inviting you to support The Holy Name School Fund means asking you to make a sacrifice. Today there are many "good causes" which seek our help. We ask that you donate during the upcoming season of Lent, aware that sacrifices help us to strengthen our relationship with God, whose Son sacrificed everything for each of us.

For more information on supporting The Holy Name School Fund, please see the Holy Name School Fund flyer.

Dr. Wardell Prayer Card

On February 11 we sent home a prayer card for Dr. Wardell to all families. We realize that not everyone had the opportunity to get one and we wanted to be sure that everyone has one. She was a fantastic leader for our school and role model for our students. Please feel free to send in a donation to the scholarship fund we set up in Dr. Wardell’s memory. There is no better way to honor her legacy than to donate to the fund that will help less fortunate children enjoy our school. Please make checks payable to the Dr. Wardell Scholarship Fund. You may also view and print off the prayer card by viewing this flyer.

New School Policies

Fifth through eighth-grade students, Mr. Flanagan has kindly agreed to authorize a couple of changes in the school protocol.

First, is a modification to the phone rule. Students are now allowed to use their phones when they get to school, however, all phones need to be in the office by the time morning prayer begins. Students may use their phones again after the school day has ended, except for those going to homework club. Secondly, students in grades fifth through eighth are now allowed to wear nail polish.

These generous changes made by Mr. Flanagan go into effect on February 5. Please see the new student policies flyer for additional information.

Attention Middle Schoolers

Mr. Flanagan is allowing all middle school students to use a regular backpack to carry books and learning materials between classes. Please note, rolling bags and drawstring bags are not allowed. Please see our backpack flyer. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

FACE Scholarship Applications

The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) raises money for scholarships to assist with the costs of Catholic education. FACE uses the FACTS system to determine financial need so that each situation can be fairly assessed for a scholarship opportunity. We work very closely with every Catholic school in the Diocese of Fall River to help make a Catholic education a reality. For more information, on application eligibility, as well as how to apply, please view the FACE scholarship flyer.

First-Trimester Honor Roll

We are proud to share our first-trimester honor roll recipients. To make the honor roll takes hard work. Please share our excitement and congratulate the students who earned this recognition! View our first-trimester honor roll list.

Club Hope

Club Hope is a community service club offered to our Holy Name middle school students, grades five through eight. Mrs. Dawn Moniz and Mrs. Sandy Yetman lead this group. Its mission is to bring awareness to the needs in our community, develop skills, and encourage teamwork while emphasizing compassion, sympathy, respect, and responsibility in an upbeat and positive environment. Our main focus is the homeless in our community. 

The club will be meeting on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for 11 weeks starting January 8. Our core project will be packing lunches but there are several other projects planned. Club Hope will be packing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Please consider this when signing up. We have an 18 member limit. If your child/children have an interest, do not delay returning the Club Hope permission slip. Fill it in completely and return it to the school sealed in an envelope with “Club Hope” written on the outside.

Parent Ambassador Program

Holy Name School is establishing a parent ambassador program! 

  • Are you passionate about Holy Name School?
  • Would you like to help advance the school's mission?
  • Are you comfortable reaching out to families to grow enrollment?

If you answered yes to the above questions, email Jana McHenry, director of advancement/alumni, to learn more! You may also view our Parent Ambassador Program flyer for more information.

Flu Information

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses that are constantly changing. Flu causes illness, hospital stays, and deaths in the United States each year. Flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than five years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia. Please see below for more information on the flu.

Strep Throat

Please note that one or more students at our school have been diagnosed with strep throat. Please take the following precautions:

  • Watch your child for signs of sore throat and other signs of strep (headache, fever, stomach ache, rash, and swollen and tender neck glands).
  • If your child develops a sore throat and any of these signs, please see your healthcare provider. Tell him or her that another child in the school has strep, and ask to have a strep test.
  • Tell us if your child has been diagnosed with strep infection.

Please see our strep throat letter for more information.

First Day Forms

There are some families that have not returned the First Day forms. Please fill out the First Day forms online or return them to the office as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.

Pick Up Protocol Changes

We recently began a new procedure for picking up students in pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. Parents are to remain outside the building, and the classroom teachers will bring the students outside for pick up. Parents or other qualified adults need to show the teacher their ID cards, provided by the school, in order to pick up their student. We would appreciate your patience as we refine this procedure, and we will be working on making it as safe and efficient as possible. These changes were necessary to assure that your children are as safe as possible as during the dismissal time and that the building remains secure for students and staff who remain in the building after dismissal.

2019–2020 Calendar

The calendar for the 2019–2020 school year is now available. Please know that the draft is not approved; there may be some changes. However, the dates given for vacations would not change (such as Christmas, February, and April). Keep up to date on everything happening at Holy Name School. Visit our calendar often.