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Weekly Update: November 30-December 4, 2020

“The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.” – Frederick Buechner

The Season of Advent

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity.  Indeed, the longing of all humanity for God’s presence.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent as a family is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles, (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. On the first Sunday of Advent, we light a purple candle on the wreathsymbolizing Hope.  The “Prophet’s Candle” reminds us that Jesus is coming.

We look forward to celebrating each week during the season of Advent as a school community, through virtual liturgies led by our students and by Father Dave. 

Advent Outreach

Recognizing our call to support those in need, especially over the holiday season, schools and community partners are invited to engage in charitable drives that are keeping with COVID-19 restrictions. Holy Cross can continue its beautiful tradition of helping the families at Halton Women’s Place with our Angel Tree initiative.   We are respectfully asking all students and families, both conventional and virtual learners, to consider one of the following options:

Option 1 – Making any monetary donation through School Cash-on-line, beginning on November 30th.

Option 2 – Sending in a gift card to Walmart or to any grocery store. Gift card donations will limit the handling, storing, cleaning, and distribution of items that our traditional drive would require. To donate, simply purchase a gift card of any amount and place it in a plastic sandwich bag and have your child bring the card to their teacher. For virtual learners, please have a parent/guardian deliver the card in the plastic bag to the school during school hours.

Thank you for supporting families in need during these challenging times.

Virtual Book Fair – consider the gift of reading!

Mrs. Sims, our dedicated Library tech, has organized a Virtual Book Fair for Holy Cross Families. The Virtual Book fair will take place from November 30th – December 11th.  There are 2 special family nights.  When you shop between 6pm – 8pm on Wednesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 9th, shipping is free!  Items ship right to the student’s door.  Great Christmas gift ideas!

Please review the attached flyer for further details: **

The Virtual Book Fair Shopping Link will be activated on Monday, November 30th: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5153570Thank you, Mrs. Sims, for your work in organizing this for us!

Winter Clothing Reminders

Families are reminded of the following winter dress expectations of our school.  For children in Kindergarten, full winter wear including boots, snow pants, etc., should be brought to school at all times.  For children in grades 1 through 8, full winter wear is also recommended, however, all students are expected to have winter boots at school as our recess, lunch and outdoor learning periods take place outside.   A gentle reminder to ensure that students always have indoor shoes.  Your support is appreciated.

Holy Cross Tips

We wish to express our gratitude to all families who attended Parent-Teacher Interviews with the goal of supporting learning and achievement in the months to come. We appreciate your commitment to working in partnership to promote the utmost success in your children.  As children reflect on their achievements in school thus far, here are a few goal-setting tips. To set effective goals, children are encouraged to:

  • Set specific goals that are measurable
  • Set challenging yet attainable goals
  • Set realistic goals that can make a difference in their daily lives
  • Write their goals down as a reference for monitoring their achievement
  • Celebrate their achievements…even the baby steps along the way!

As always, we thank you for continuing to perform daily screening of your child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment using the online tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.

AM Toltl/M. Simon
Principal/Vice Principal

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Toltl, Anna MarieWeekly Update: November 30-December 4, 2020