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Weekly Update: December 16th

“Help us to make our whole life a ‘yes’ to God, a ‘yes’ composed of adoration of Him & of daily gestures of love & service.”

 Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to all of our families who have been able to support our Food Drive!~ We are blessed to live in such a generous community!

Thank you to our AMAZING staff & students for such an AMAZING Christmas Concert!

Thank you to all of our families that were able to join us for our Christmas Concerts ~ your children were STARS!

Gentle Reminders:

“Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel Shall Come to thee

O Israel”

Third Week of Advent

Joy-filled Giver of Life let the anticipation of your birth

Fill us with overflowing Joy.

May our excitement & anticipation be a sign to the world

That you are always near.



Friday December 20th will be a spirit day~ we are encouraging all of our students & staff to wear red, white & or green!

Please note on Friday, December 20th all schools in Halton will be Dismissed Early. Our students will be dismissed @2pm. Busses will be following this schedule, please ensure that you have made the necessary arrangements to meet your child. ~ Thank you!

We will be having an Advent Liturgy on Friday, December 20th @11:15 in the gym, followed by our OCGE Recognition Assembly ~parents are welcome to join!

Winter is here!

Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.

Inclement Weather Reminder

Please refer to the HCDSB website for the Inclement Weather procedure & info on school emergency closures & bus cancellations.

Inclement Weather Days ~School Entry

Please note on mornings when we need to go to our inclement duty schedule, students will be able to enter the school building @ 8:45am using Door 6 (by the KDG gate) or Door 2 (primary junior door).

Milk Program

 We will be offering a Milk Program in the New Year beginning the week of January 20th to June 5th! We will have both white & chocolate milk available for $1.00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. All orders can be placed using Cash on Line. Please note the due date for orders and payment is January 15th.

Joy Day

Joy Day will be taking place during the morning of Wednesday, December 18th ! Thank you to our amazing Catholic School Council and our parent volunteers for your support in organizing this wonderful community event. Please note we will be encouraging all of our students, staff & volunteers to wear your Christmas PJs!

Promoting Well-Being – Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:

Spending More Time Outside

Although it may be a little more challenging to enjoy nature in the big city, one may be able to get the same benefits walking in a city park as walking the trials in the woods. Studies have suggested being outdoors enhances both physical and emotional wellbeing. Through exposure to sunlight (and the vitamin D that results) and fresh air to the cognitive benefits, choosing to walk outdoors, if possible, will influence health more than the treadmill.

Research from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry reviewed studies comparing outdoor with indoor activity. The findings suggested that outdoor physical activity has a positive influence on depression, cognitive functioning, anxiety, and stress. The idea isn’t driving for miles to find a patch of grass but to just be outside. It’s free, it’s there, and we don’t have to worry about buying the special gear to enjoy it.


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Looking Ahead:

Joy Day & Christmas PJ Day
Dec 18 all day
Lunch Basket
Dec 18 @ 7:51 pm – 8:51 pm
Early Release Day @ 2pm
Dec 20 all day
Christmas Holidays
Dec 23 2019 @ 4:03 pm – Jan 5 2020 @ 5:03 pm
Welcome Back
Jan 6 all day
Lunch Basket
Jan 8 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Pizza Day – Term 1
Jan 10 all day
Gr. 4 & 5 Floor Hockey Tournament @ ND
Jan 14 all day
Gr. 7 Confirmation Retreat
Jan 14 all day
KDG Registration 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Jan 21 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: December 16th