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A note from the principal…

February, 2019

January 2019 was another busy month at HNOM. It was filled with challenging learning activities, service opportunities and spiritual development. We began with our Christmas season Mass and supported Ronald McDonald House by having a bake sale. We celebrated the feast of St. Agnes in school, and at St. Agnes Cathedral, and we welcomed new families, current families, parishoners and alumni to our school during Catholic Schools Week at the conclusion of the month.

 What a wonderful Catholic Schools Week we celebrated at HNOM! From our opening Mass on Sunday, January 27 to the final performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. on Saturday, February 2, HNOM exemplified everything that is good about Catholic education. The activities highlighted the reasons behind the success of Catholic education, and Holy Name of Mary School in particular. A few highlights were our Mass and daily prayer services, a trip to the Valley Stream Village Courthouse, Buddy Day, Brain Challenge, Pep Rally, History Fair, and our Drama Club’s performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Dr. Walsh, superintendent of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and Mr. Biscione, assistant superintendent, were our guests at Friday’s performance. Thank you both for your enthusiasm and support. The parents of our cast members also deserve a heartfelt thank you for all the work they put into the scenery and the costumes, you made our students shine! Thank you to our PTL who worked with us to bring all these events to fruition. A special thank you to the Honorable Judge Virginia Clavin-Higgins for hosting us at the courthouse. Thank you to our “Career Day” participants who shared, with our students, information about their careers and the integral role that their faith plays in what they have chosen to do: Mrs. Longsworth, Ms. Camille, Ms. Graham, Mrs. Pena and Reverend Whritenour. Thank you to the faculty and staff who worked tirelessly to have a fun-filled, faith-oriented and academically sound week.

 I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the families, alumni and friends of HNOM who donated to our “Many gifts, One Nation” Day of Giving. The $980.00 raised will purchase STREAM materials to enhance our program. Thank you!

Congratulations to our Class of 2019, each of whom has been accepted into the Catholic high school of their choice. Our prayers are with you as you make your final decision. You have so much to offer. These high schools will be lucky to have you as students!

As we move forward into February, all students who will receive First Eucharist in May will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, February 4. Please keep them in your prayers. Also, tune into the Catholic Faith Network (CFN) on Sunday, February 10 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. I will be answering phones for the CFN Telethon. Call and say hi! On February 14, we will celebrate our monthly school Mass at 10:00 a.m. Winter Recess begins on February 18. Enjoy some winter fun! Spring is right around the corner.

We are currently in the process of re-registration and accepting new registrants. Registration information has been sent home to current families and was available during our open houses for prospective families. Registration information is also available on our website at If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Bagwandeen at (516) 825-4009.

Stay Warm,

Mrs. Pamela Sanders


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Welcome to the Holy Name of Mary Website! Holy Name of Mary Catholic School offers an outstanding education for student from Nursery - 8th grade, most of whom reside in Valley Stream and the surrounding areas including Elmont, Malverne, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, Hempstead, Freeport, and Woodmere. The education at Holy Name of Mary, including curriculum, technology, extracurricular activities and faith experiences, is especially tailored to meet the education, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of our students enrolled in our early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs. Our goal is to create a faith-filled learning environment where students are able to excel both in and out of the classroom, during their time here as students and beyond. 

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