Celebrating Advent as A Family
One of the most common ways to celebrate Advent 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. The increase in light from week to week is meant to symbolize the coming of the light of the world. The second Sunday of Advent, December 5th, symbolizes Peace & the prophecies of a coming of a Saviour.
Angel Tree – Holy Cross 2021
A heartfelt thank-you to our students and families for all the gift card donations and support for our Angel Tree! Holy Cross school continues to make a difference this holiday season! Just a reminder that all gift card donations are asked to be submitted by Wednesday December 8th.
Holy Cross Parish Update – Advent Season
- Holy Cross Parish welcomes all families to the Family of School Advent Mass on Thursday December 9th at 7 pm.
- Christmas Mass Times – Christmas Eve – 4 pm, 6 pm 8 pm 10 pm 12 am – Christmas Day – 9 am, 10:30 am and 12 pm. Online services will also be available via the parish Facebook and Youtube channels.
Families can purchase pizza for the new year using Cash Online. The last day for pizza orders is Thursday, December 9th – unfortunately we cannot add orders past the stated due date. If you would like to order a Gluten pizza option, please contact our main office. Please note that Pizza Pizza is adhering to all COVID protocols and will be packing all pizza slices individually!
The winter weather has arrived! Students are reminded to please dress for all winter conditions. Students should have hats, gloves, and boots to enjoy the outdoors. All students need winter boots, and our Gr. 1-3 students will also require snow pants. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Holy Cross Virtual Book Fair!
Families are reminded of our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair. Please visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5169573 This is a great opportunity to purchase some amazing Christmas gifts, while also promoting literacy and helping our school library – last day to shop is December 5th!
COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11 year old
First dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 5-11 year olds can now be booked through Halton Region’s online booking system for children five to 11 years of age (or turning five in 2021). Second doses can be booked at a date closer to the recommended eight week interval. Appointments are dependent on paediatric vaccine supply and will be added to the Region’s booking system as supply is confirmed. Please keep checking Halton’s website and booking form as more appointments are added.
Appointments are available at the Region’s new paediatric child-friendly clinics (similar to a doctor’s office) and their four existing community clinics, featuring the Halton Heroes. Appointments are also available at select pharmacies and primary care providers & paediatric offices in Halton. Parents can decide which setting is best for their child, based on age and other personal factors. Information to assist with the decision is available on halton.ca/COVIDvaccines4kids.
- Read Halton Region’s November 22 media release to learn more.
- Find resources and information for parents and children from the Halton Heroes! Get colouring pages, word search, maze, videos and more!
Winter Break Travel
With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements.
Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening
Parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Check your child’s temperature to ensure they do not have a fever (temperature greater than 37.8oC)
- Monitor for signs and symptoms (including atypical symptoms) of COVID-19
- If any signs or symptoms, students and other household members must stay home, and school must be contacted.
Please note that if a student or staff member shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, they cannot come to school. They must self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19.
Have a safe weekend!
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