Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we enter into our final week of school before our Christmas Break, we would like to thank you for your on-going support. This Christmas let hope warm your heart, love warm your family, and the Holy Spirit warm all mankind. May the harmony of Christmas stay in your heart all year round and may the Lord send His blessings. May God bless you and let this Christmas season bring comfort and joy to you and your family.
We would like to remind students to avoid walking on culverts, ponds and creeks as water may not be frozen.
While there will be a number of fun activities taking place in the classrooms this week, please avoid sending in food to share in the classroom as we have a number of allergies.
We express a huge thank you to our Catholic School Council for organizing our Christmas Family Night!! Thanks also to John’s No Frills and Mint Leaves Catering for providing refreshments. We so appreciate your support!! Approximately 100 families came to the school to enjoy an evening of carolling, gingerbread house creating, having a photo with Santa, writing Santa letters and creating crafts. Thank you as well to Mrs. Thomas and the Glee Club for your beautiful renditions of Christmas carols.
Thank you to those who were able to support St. Anthony Ten Days of Christmas. We were able to support the St. Vincent de Paul with $2360.00 of gift cards. Thank you to Mr. Abraham’s class for organizing this initiative.
Thank you for the hundreds of pairs of socks that have come in for Socks for Souls. There are many in our community who will have warm feet and hands as a result of your generosity. We will continue to collect pairs of socks until Monday. Thank you to Eric and the grade 8’s for spearheading this.
Before School Reading Program:
The last day for the before-school reading program before the break will be on Wednesday, December 18. We look forward to seeing all of our students back again on Monday, January 6.
Region of Halton Rabies Update:
Rabies is a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans. The virus spreads through exposure to saliva from infected animals – bites, scratches, or licks on broken skin and mucous membranes such as eyes or mouth. After someone is exposed to rabies, timely administration of rabies treatment can prevent rabies infection as it is only effective if administered before any symptoms occur.
The Health Department is reminding families to:
- avoid unfamiliar cats and dogs
- not pet, feed, or touch sick or dead animals and to observe wild animals from a distance
- wash animal bites and scratches with soap and water and seek medical attention right away
- keep their pet dogs and cats up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations
- not allow their pets to roam free and keep them indoors at night to prevent contact with wild animals
- take pets that come in contact with a raccoon or other wild animal to a veterinarian for follow–up
- not attempt to relocate wild animals
Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by an animal or had physical contact with wildlife should seek medical attention immediately and report the exposure to the Health Department by dialing 311 as soon as possible. For more information on rabies, please visit https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Rabies
Please see brochure: SS 31 – Rabies brochure
This Week’s Activities:
Kindergarten Concert: December 18th @ 2:00 PM.
Parents are asked to sign in as you enter the school. Thank you to our Kindergarten Team for your hard work in organizing this wonderful event.
Joy/PJ’s Day: December 19th
Students are invited to wear their pyjamas today. Classes will participate in fun and religious activities.
Advent Liturgy: December 20th:
11:00 – 11:25 – Grades 1-5
11:30 – 12:00 – Grades FDK, 6-8
Early Dismissal: December 20th @ 2:15 PM
For all upcoming events and spirit days, please see the calendar:
Thank you for the continued support for our popcorn program! Buttersalt seems to be the fan favourite here at St. Anthony of Padua! The next deliveries will be happening on February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 12, 26. Are you brave enough to try a new flavour? Check out CASHONLINE and get your orders in for the month of February and March, as the deadline to order is January 20th.
Kindergarten Registration will take place between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM on the 21 and 22 of January. Please click on the link for further information: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stanthonyofpadua/2020/01/we-are-excited-to-welcome-your-child-to-kindergarten-2/
Milk Orders for term 2 (February 18 – June 19) are due on School Cashonline Feb 7th.
Last date for term 1 milk is Feb 15th.
Pizza Orders for Feb 20 – June 19 due on school cashonline Feb 7.
Last day of delivery for term one is Feb 13.
Your partners in Catholic Education,
G. Giacalone, L. MacLennan, D. Owens