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November 29, 2019 Update

This holy season trumpets God’s extravagant love for us, a love beyond reckoning. Into our beautiful yet wounded world comes Emmanuel, God-with-us, carrying the promise of fresh hope to enliven our hearts. No matter how broken or seemingly hopeless our world may sometimes seem, the Advent messages are rich with joyous expectation and longing, insisting that God can and does bring forth life where none seems possible.  – Pope Francis –

Sunday, December 1, 2019 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. While Advent expresses the deep longing of all humanity for God, it also celebrates the three-fold coming of the Lord by:

  • Remembering the events that surrounded the Lord’s coming long ago;
  • Celebrating his coming among us today, and;
  • Looking forward to his final coming in glory;

While Advent is certainly a time of celebration and anticipation of Christ’s birth, it is more than that. It is only in the shadow of Advent that the miracle of Christmas can be fully understood and appreciated.  The promise for the church is Jesus Christ; he has come, and he will come again. This is the essence of Advent.


Our Focus on Faith theme for the month of December is Promotion of Peace.  You can learn more about this theme here:  December Focus on Faith theme.


God Bless our grade 2 students as they will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this weekend on Saturday, November 30, 2019 beginning at 1:00pm at Holy Cross Church.


Our Poinsettia Sales Program was warmly received as we have over 170 plants arriving at the school on Monday, December 11, 2019.  Plants will be available for pickup during the school day on:

Please note pick up times have been revised due to a high volume of demand for plants at Terra Greenhouses.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
    • 8:00am – 4:00pm
    • 6:30pm – 8:30pm during our Christmas Family Night

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board.  ​The 50th Anniversary was officially launched with the unveiling of the Pilgrimage of the Cross, which arrived at our school on Thursday, November 29, 2019.  To celebrate the journey of the cross and the anniversary of our school board, our pastoral team has planned numerous events for our students.  You can learn more about our observations of our board’s 50th anniversary, along with pilgrimage of the cross, here:  50th Anniversary


Our Christmas tree has been placed in our front foyer with Paper Angel Ornaments placed on the tree.  Each paper angel has specific gift card suggestions printed on them. If you are interested in participating, a family member may select one or more angel ornaments. We ask that you purchase the suggested gift card and return it to the school with the original paper angel ornament that you or your child has selected from the tree.  All collected gift cards will be donated to Halton Women’s Place to support women and children in need. Sincere thanks to all families who have already selected an angel from our tree.  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.


Christmas Family Night at our school is always an exciting night!  This year’s event take place on Thursday, December 12, 2019, scheduled activities include gingerbread decorating (small fee via School Cash Online), Christmas craft, Christmas STEAM activities, Christmas carols, Christmas stories, and an opportunity for each family to have a Christmas photo taken.

If you are planning to attend and decorate gingerbread cookies, you must register via School Cash Online and make the payment of $20.00.  The opportunity to register and pay for gingerbread cookies closes Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Midnight.  Regrettably, late gingerbread orders cannot be accepted.

All families are asked to return the red form that was sent home to indicate how many adults and children will be at the school that evening so that we can order enough milk and cookies.

Tickets for our basket raffle to support Holy Cross HELPS will be available for purchase on Thursday, December 5, 2019 and can be purchased during the day by students, or during the evening of our Christmas Family Night.  Tickets are $1.00 each and can be conveniently purchased in groups of 10 tickets for those that are interested.  This year’s basket raffle themes include:

  • Shapes and Solids
  • Christmas  Snuggle Up and Read
  • Mystery
  • Cozy Christmas
  • Colourful
  • Sports
  • Mixed
  • Family Night
  • Movie Night
  • Comfy Basket
  • Winter
  • Alphabet
  • Community Helpers
  • Games Night
  • Arts & Crafts

Upcoming events at our school to plan for:

  • Catholic School Council meeting on December 2, 2019 at 6:30pm
  • School Focus on Faith Liturgy on December 3, 2019 at 11:00am
  • Holy Cross Church Advent Family Mass on December 3, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • School Advent Mass on December 4, 2019 at 1:00pm
  • Christmas Family Night on December 12, 2019 beginning at 6:30pm

December 20, 2019 is the final day of school before Christmas Break.  The school board has confirmed that this will be an early dismissal day for students.  St. Francis of Assisi students will be released 90 minutes early this day, dismissal time will be 2:10pm.  Bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly.  Please ensure that your family has a plan in place for after school care for your child.


Our calendar for the upcoming week:

Dec
1
Sun
Advent Begins
Dec 1 all day
Dec
2
Mon
Pilgrimage of the Cross
Dec 2 all day
Dec
3
Tue
Pilgrimage of the Cross
Dec 3 all day
Monthly Focus on Faith Liturgy
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Family Advent Mass @ Holy Cross Church
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
4
Wed
Pilgrimage of the Cross
Dec 4 all day
Dec
5
Thu
Pilgrimage of the Cross
Dec 5 all day
Dec
6
Fri
Trip to Christ the King Cathedral Basilica
Dec 6 @ 9:15 am – 3:00 pm

Grade 7, 8, and Structured Teaching Class

Dec
10
Tue
Swim Test – Grade 8 students and Halton Skills team members
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dec
11
Wed
Comic Book Workshop: Grades 2 – 6
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Witter, MarkNovember 29, 2019 Update