Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday marked the beginning of our Advent Season and a new Liturgical Year. Advent comes from the Latin word for “arrival” or a “coming.” Advent means that the Lord is coming. We must be ready to receive and welcome Jesus when he comes, however he comes. To help mark the start of this first week of Advent, some of our Grade 3s have prepared an Advent Liturgy that will be shared with our entire school and our community on Friday, December 4th. Our school will participate in the Advent Liturgy Friday afternoon at 1:15pm so please join us as we watch our liturgy virtually. Advent is also a time for giving and this year we still need to ensure that we are taking care of those in need. For more information on how we as a school community can assist this year while following our COVID Health Protocols, along with some other important reminders and updates, see below:
Angel Tree Each year, St. Anne spreads the Christmas spirt by collecting items to disperse to those in greatest need within our surrounding community. Due to COVID, we want to ensure that we continue to limit the possibilities of spreading the virus as much as possible, while still encouraging this giving season. Here at St. Anne we will be collecting GIFT CARDS to donate to families in need within our community, and to the St. Vincent de Paul society to assist with their initiatives. Gift Cards in any amount, from various places will be accepted. Please send in any that you wish to purchase with your child with a note that says “Angel Tree.” You can purchase your gift cards with FlipGive in which the purchases you make will earn cashback for the school – at no extra cost to parents! The school will earn between 1-20% back every time you shop online or buy gift cards through the school’s page. This is a win-win for our community as we help those in need during this Advent Season! For more information, please see our website:
OR Click here to join our page: https://www.flipgive.com/teams/join?joincode=XM6LLK
Advent Food Drive ideas! Normally we encourage donations of non-perishable food items and collect these at our school to be delivered to the Food Bank. Due to COVID, we are trying to limit contact with items brought into our school, therefore we are encouraging you to support the Burlington Food Bank by bringing non-perishable items to your local Grocery Stores during your visits. For more information on how you can help the Food Bank in our community, please see the “Loblaw Holiday Food Drive” initiative running now through to December 24th: https://www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca/2322-2/ Thank you for your support to those in need!
The United Nations has proclaimed December 3rd as the International Day of Person with Disabilities, and beginning this year, HCDSB will recognize and celebrate board-wide an annual weeklong initiative to build system awareness and education. This is an opportunity to demonstrate a collective support of people with disabilities in our community. Please see the featured story on our website for more information:
Christmas will also be a lot different from the school perspective this year, as we will not be able to host our annual Christmas Musical. Staff are working hard in ensuring that something will be done for you within their classrooms. Please keep a look out for information on how your child’s class will be celebrating the season this year, and for opportunities to see things virtually! We will still be able to have more “Spirit Wear” days this month, along with a Red and Green NON-UNIFORM day on Friday, December 18th. More info to come!
Please remember to follow the guidelines and protocols from Halton Public Health and complete the COVID-19 School Screening tool for your child(ren) before leaving for school each day. As the numbers increase in the community it is still important that you continue to keep your children home when they aren’t feeling well and ensure our morning drop offs and afternoon pick-ups are safe and quick (stay 2m apart, wear your masks, one parent, no pets). Please take care of yourselves and stay safe and healthy!
Yours in Catholic Education,
Mr. B. Melanson