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Weekly Update November 4, 2019

All Souls Day – November 2

Jesus, Dear Savior, on this day we prayerfully remember all our loved ones who have died. Please give them comfort and hope and may they be at peace, knowing they will rest in God’s arms eternally. Thank you for our memories of them and for the good times we shared. We ask You, please, through their intercession, to deepen our faith, strengthen our hope and increase our love that we, too, may someday stand before You, ready to enter Your Holy Kingdom. Amen

November is Indigenous Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Our National Anthem that plays over the PA System in the mornings will be in English, French, and in the Anishinaabemowin language during this month to show solidarity with the Indigenous peoples.


Halloween Dance-A-Thon Fundraising Update

Thank you to our parent and staff volunteers who helped support our Boogie-a -Thon fundraiser by helping to organize the event. We would like to especially thank Mrs. DeSimone for the many hours she spent decorating, cleaning, and counting donations – we are extremely grateful to her for making our fundraiser a success! We appreciate all the donations parents provided for our fundraiser. Through your generosity, we were able to raise $17, 700; with this money we will be able to purchase many much-needed items for our students, such as new Chromebooks, outdoor equipment for recess, new curtains for our stage and robotics, in addition to providing our students with exciting learning opportunities such as a STEM Night for families. This will greatly benefit our students in continuing to support their learning and achievement.

We Scare Hunger

Thank you to the many families who donated to our school food drive. It is difficult to believe that any school has ever collected more food for the hungry than St. Andrew did this month! All of the donations were collected by our friends at Purolator and delivered to Food for Life.

Remembrance Day Service

We will have a Remembrance Day service on Monday, November 11th at 10:35 AM in the gymnasium. Our Grade 3 students will be leading this service. Students who are members of the Girl Guides and Scouting Movement (e.g. Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the liturgy.

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Learning Conferences

Preference forms for scheduling our Learning Conferences came home last week. Please return these forms by Monday, November 4th to ensure that you get your preferred time for interviews with your child(ren)’s teacher(s). We will do our best to accommodate you for the interviews that will be taking place on the evening of November 21st and the day of November 22nd.

School Bus Safety Presentations

We will be having School Bus Safety presentations for all students K-8 throughout the day on Thursday, November 7th provided by Halton Bus.

Catholic School Council

Our next School Council meeting will be taking place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 13th in our library. To learn more about our School Council, please visit the Council page on our school website. All are welcome to attend.

Parish Updates

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada Annual Christmas Bazaar, Nov. 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,

Bring your family and friends and stroll through our Christmas Wonderland.  We will have an amazing selection of gift baskets for those special people on your gift-giving list. You will find delicious baked goods and preserves, many interesting books and a selection of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and adult jigsaw puzzles.  Let your kids have fun playing games in the Children’s Corner.  Browse the selection of home-made crafts, jewelry, and advent wreaths.  Order beautiful poinsettias for December delivery.  Take your chance in the Grand Raffle with fantastic prizes and try your luck in the Lucky Draw and 50/50 draw.  Both breakfast and lunch will be served in our Christmas Café-come enjoy pancakes, home-made soups, and chili, pizza, beverages, and desserts.  Hope to see you there!

SENSORY FRIENDLY MASSES: Beginning  November 10th – 3 p.m., Mary Mother of God Parish will offer a monthly Mass for Catholics (young and old) with sensory sensitivities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD. On the second Sunday of the month at 3:00 pm, we will offer Mass with less sensory input. You can expect lower lights, softer music, low gluten host, smaller host portions, shorter and more literal homilies, and the freedom to move around if necessary…Most important: you’ll receive the Eucharist while surrounded by fellow worshipers with a welcoming attitude. Feel free to bring whatever supports you may need, including fidgets, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses or comfort toys. Dates for our sensory-friendly Masses are: Nov 10, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 9,  March (canceled for March Break) April 12, May 10, June 14. For more information, please contact Debbie Frey at

MASS WITH GRANDPARENTS: Our youth group will host the Advent Mass with Grandparents. All are welcome to attend. More details to come.

MASS IN A BARN: We’re now selling tickets to our upcoming “Advent Mass in a Barn” with a petting zoo, donkey rides with St. Joseph, dinner in the barn after Mass.

Kick off Advent this year with an event that the whole family will remember. Enjoy a live petting zoo, donkey rides with St. Joseph, candlelight Mass around a first-century manger and chili and hot dogs for dinner. Click here for tickets: Tickets

Organized by Mary Mother of God Youth Group.

Clocks Changing – Fall Back  

Don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour on Sunday so that you are on time for school on Monday!

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Weekly Update November 4, 2019

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