“Care for our Common Home”

Parent Memo

  Monday, Dec. 5
  Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • 9:30am – Reading Link Book Talk – Gr. 4/5
  • 2:00pm – Intermediate Choir
  • 3:15pm – Arts and Crafts Club
  Wednesday, Dec.7

  • Christmas colours day – come to school dressed in your Christmas colours!
  • Santa Photos – 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Christmas Hot Lunch at 11:30 – all donations from our Christmas lunch will go to the Poor Clare Sisters
  • 2:00pm – Dismissal
  Thursday, Dec.8

  • 9:15am – School Mass led by Grade 3
  • 12:00pm – Primary Choir practice
  Friday, Dec.9

  • 8:45am – Grade 2 Family Reading
  • The construction company for the Edge II Development has informed us that Monday and Tuesday, December 5th and 6th (weather permitting) they willhave a cement pumper truck on Edge Street. Flag people will be directing you around the large truck, allow a little extra time when you drop off and pick up your children next week.
  • Snow Day Procedures – as we approach the winter season, please be reminded that in the case of a school closure due to snow, the closure will be posted on the school website by 7:00am. A message will also be sent out via the Remind App.
  • Santa Photos – Orders were due into the school today, photos will taken between 9:00am and 12:00pm on December 7th
  • Please note that as posted on the school calendar, the Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal will be on Dec. 14th at 1:00pm. The matinee performancewill be on Dec. 15th at 1:00pm, and the evening performance will be at 6:00pm. We encourage parents to try and attend the afternoon shows, as the evening show gets extremely busy, and seating is very limited. There will be a donation box to help offset the cost of the show. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
  • Stocking Stuffers – the school office has 2 Save-On-Foods gift cards ($10.00 & $40.00) available for sale in the school office.
  • Congratulations to all of our Walk-a-thon winners, and to all of our families who helped raise money for this year’s Walk-a-thon. Although we did not meet our goal of $25,000, we still raised an impressive $19,300.00. Funds from Walk-a-thon will go towards many much-needed programs and materials to support the new curriculum, sports equipment, library, Holy Childhood Association, and our parish’s Syrian refugee family.
  • Advent Calendars are still available at the school office for $5.00. The money goes towards supporting the parish youth group.
  • A St. Patrick’s family has 3 umbrella strollers and 1 Graco stroller that they would like to donate to anyone who could use them. Please email paddy.kopieczek@gmail.com if you would like one.
  • Congratulations to our Gr. 6/7 Girls basketball team on a successful season. A big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. van der Pauw who volunteered so much of their time to coach our team. Thank you as well to Ms. Ialungo for sponsoring the team and organizing all of the games.
  • From the desk of Mr. Loretan:

Celtics Celebrate Movember
Many of you have noticed and commented on the handsome, rugged looks that have developed in our male staff members this past month.  No, we are not preparing for a Moses look-alike contest 🙂!  Instead, we decided to take on the role of bringing awareness to our community about the importance of Men’s and Boy’s Health.  We did so by growing mustaches and beards (some of us more successfully than others).  Sadly men on average are still dying younger than women due to treatable cancers and mental health issues.  We all have men and boys in our life that we love dearly, but the stereotype of men remaining strong, quiet, and private about their health still prevails.  It is vitally important that we teach our young boys to care about their health, by eating and sleeping well, staying physically active, expressing their feelings, and building positive relationships.  Thank you so much for helping make Movember such an enjoyable success.

Mr. Loretan

Fundraising News

Thank you to all of you who have offered to help out with Trivia Night. The following positions are still vacant. Please consider helping out. An event like this can only be successful with your help!

Kitchen Staff: Prepare/serve/clean up
8 people
Classroom Representatives: Organize classroom themed baskets for auction
2 x Kinder Classes      2 x Grade 2       Grade 3       Grade 5      Grade 6       Grade 7
Decorations Crew/Set up: day before February 17
6 people
Bottle Game Attendants/Sales: night of February 18
2 people
50/50 Sales: night of February 18
1 person
Lottery Board Sales: night of February 18
2 people
Results Runner: night of February 18
1 person
Toonie Toss Attendants: night of February 18
2 people
Silent Auction Monitors: night of February 18
4 people
Take Down Crew: day after – February 19 after 11:00 mass
8 people
Door Greeters: night of February 18
2 people

We also need 300+ bottles for the bottle game to be a success, please keep us in mind over the holidays for bottles and any re gifts you would like to pass on to us

Thank you for your ongoing support. Have a great weekend.

Yours in Christ,
C. Heah

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: HOPE

We light a second purple candle on the second Sunday of Advent to represent the hope of Christ coming to the world.
The word “hope” has two meanings in the Bible. The first, tiqvah, contains the sense of eager anticipation or waiting. The second, elpis, depicts a sense of confident expectation based on certainty. Biblical hope is secured by God’s faithfulness to His promises. For the Old Testament leaders, their hope was in the Messiah’s arrival. For us, it is the hope of the Messiah’s return.
God’s plan for humanity unfolded in the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Messiah, joyously fulfilling a long-awaited promise. Today we confidently wait for the Messiah’s triumphant return.