This weekend we light the third candle on the Advent Wreath. Happiness is an emotion that can disappear as quickly as it rises to the surface. Joy, however, is a choice. We have a choice. God gives us a joy that is unconquerable. We can choose to live in an attitude of resentment, anger and fear or we can choose to pursue the joy of Christ. Joy is trusting when you want to doubt. As Christ followers we aren’t pressured to do it all for everyone. We trust in Jesus to do the heavy lifting. The key is trust. Joy is receiving what you want to reject. Imagine how the innkeeper would have felt if he said to Mary and Joseph, “Of course you can’t stay in that stable! That’s for paying customers. Who do you take me for?” We find joy in making room for people in need. Joy is celebrating when you want to fear.
The angel Gabriel said: “Fear not.” In times of fear, we find joy in the journey.
On Tuesday, December 17th, our Grade Three students will be hosting an Advent Liturgy at 11:15 AM in the gymnasium. All families are welcome to attend.
Dressing for Winter!
Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.
Early Dismissal – December 20th
December 20, 2019 is the final day of school before Christmas Break. The school board has confirmed that this will be an early release day for students. St. Gregory 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.
Promoting Well-Being – Dealing with Holiday Stress
While the holiday season can be a fun and happy time of year it can also be a stressful time for families. With all of the preparation, shopping, parties, social events, and family gatherings it can easily become overwhelming. Some families may also find this time of year difficult due to change, loss, or uncertainty about the future. Knowing how to minimize stress can help make this holiday season more enjoyable.
Tips to help you deal with holiday stress:
- Remember to pace yourself. Set realistic goals about what you can achieve. We all have ideas of what would make the “perfect” holiday season but remember – change can be good. Every holiday will inevitably be different, so remember to be flexible.
- When you are feeling stressed, take the time to sit back and evaluate why you’re feeling this way.
- Be aware that the holidays can be stressful for the whole family – including children.
- Between all of the school plays and caroling, try to find a balance. Remember the importance of healthy eating, staying active, and getting enough sleep.
- Make time to relax. Laugh, have a bath or take a walk to help wind down.
Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
‘Tis the season for illnesses and viruses!
Parents are encouraged to remind their students to wash hands and practice good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs.
Immunization and Reporting – Keeping children safe and healthy
Be sure to update the Halton Region Health Department after every immunization your child receives.
Online – visit halton.ca/immunize to update your child’s immunization record
-OneHalton App – Download and use Halton’s app
-In Person – Deliver the up-to-date immunization record to the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Rd in Oakville
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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great
Please note Office Hours for January 21-22 will run from 8:00 am -5:00 pm.