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
Halloween Dance-A-Thon Fundraising Update
Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped support our Dance-a -Thon fundraiser. It was a huge success and the students had a wonderful time! We appreciate all the donations parents provided for our fundraiser. Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $10,000. This will greatly benefit our students in continuing to support their learning and achievement.
Christian J – EB Games Gift Card
Brooke Z – Toys R’Us Gift Card
Gilbert L – Happy Dining Gift Card
Kyle T – Boston Pizza Gift Card
Alex W – Cineplex Gift Card
Alyssa X – Mastermind Gift Card
Principal for a Day – Ruda L
Vice-Principal for a Day – Rachel C
Top 3 Classes with the Highest Participation: Mrs. Couture, Mrs. Caruso, and Mrs. Lepine
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. Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships.
Progress Reports and Interviews:
Progress Report Cards for Grades 1-8 students and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home on November 20, 2019. We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students at the school during the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019, and all day on Friday, November 22, 2019. Once again this year, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. More information will be sent home to families this week via school messenger.
There’s still time to order pictures! Here’s how. Click on the link for details. Picture day reminder
Loyola High school Student Leaders:
The grade 12 leadership students from Loyola HS will be in this coming week to lead the grade 1-4 students in weekly Intramural sports in the gym. They will run from Tuesday- Friday and feature a different grade each day. Tuesday- Grade 1 Students, Wednesday- Grade 2 Students, Thursday-Grade 3 Students and Friday- Grade 4 Students. Permission forms came home on Friday. All students must return the completed form in order to participate. We are thankful for this opportunity!
October 21-27, 2019 was Canada’s Waste Reduction Week. The St. Gregory school community has been focusing on helping our students become Stewards of the Earth. Ms. Wirkowski’s Grade 4/5 class won the most points for the month by bringing in trash free lunches. Way to go! Let’s keep this up everyone.
All Grade 7 students will be offered vaccines through school-based immunization clinics again this year. The Region of Halton Health Department administers this voluntary immunization program. The first scheduled date is Wednesday, November 13th and will be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating.
Starting at the end of this month, we will be running the P.A.L.S program at St. Gregory under the supervision of CYC Ms. Bromley. P.A.L.S stands for Playground Activity Leaders in Schools and will be run by our grade 6 leaders for our primary students. P.A.L.S will be running every Thursday during lunchtime recess. The purpose of P.A.L.S is to promote inclusivity for all during recess. Our leaders are very eager to get this program started. P.A.L.S motto is “there is always room for one more!”
Parish Updates from Mary Mother of God:
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 a fellow worshipers with a welcoming attitude. Feel free to bring whatever supports you may need, including fidgets, weighted blankets, noise cancelling headphones, sunglasses or comfort toys. Dates for our sensory friendly Masses are: Nov 10, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 9, March (cancelled for March Break) April 12, May 10, June 14.For more information, please contact Debbie Frey at email@example.com.
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.
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