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Weekly Update November 29

” Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.”

~ Pope Francis

Welcome to the first week of Advent. The word Advent means “coming” and this is the time when we wait in hope, peace, joy and love for the coming of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. As we enter this season, we look to ready our heart, our soul and our minds. It’s important to take time during this busy season to prepare not only our homes but our whole selves. Below are some ideas for the season.

This week we recognize International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3rd) by celebrating the differences and unique gifts and abilities of each person in our school and community, our students, staff and families beyond the walls of our schools.

Friday, December 3rd will be a non-uniform day in celebration of the uniqueness of each individual.



The Offices for Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis are pleased to bring you a weekly Advent resource that can be celebrated with family in your home. Below you will find tips, videos and a simple prayer to be prayed around your wreath each Sunday of Advent.



Together, decide on a time for your weekly Advent prayer in the home. Advent can be a busy and difficult time for many. Try to find a time and day of the week that is predictably calm so that as many members of the family can participate as possible. A weekly family meal can make for a perfect time for prayer.


Create an intentional space for prayer. If you are gathering during mealtimes, consider using your Advent wreath as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Before Advent begins, gather some simple greens and candles to create your own Advent wreath (an instructional video for this process is available in “additional resources”). Make sure the space you choose for prayer is comfortable and inviting for all children present. Have a match or lighter ready to light the candles on your wreath for each week’s prayer.


Using the text provided below, prepare to lead your family through a brief time of prayer and reflection. Remind those present that we light our wreath to remember that Advent is a season of preparation, and we are called to keep our eyes and hearts open for the coming of Christ into the world. Before you begin your celebration, have your children share whom or what they would like to remember in prayer this day.


Advent is a beautiful season of preparation, both for our homes and for our hearts. Take time in these busy days to stop and engage in prayerful conversation on the “reason for the season”. At the supper table, in the car on the way to an Advent gathering, or before bed after a hectic day, take time to ask:

  • How can we prepare our hearts as a family to welcome Jesus on Christmas day?
  • It is a wonderful time of the year to give gifts. What gift can you offer to Jesus out of love for Him?
  • Our Advent wreath brings the light of Christ into our home. How can you shine Christ’s light to others?
  • It can be hard to wait patiently for the joy of Christmas. What is one thing we can do together as a family to help us remain focused on Jesus and His coming?


As you light your candle(s) for each week of Advent invite all who gather to share in this prayer:
God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy,
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope and love this Advent.

Important Reminders:

  • Thank you to all for your patience and understanding as the board rolled out Progress reports with our new system. If you are still having trouble accessing the report, please reach out to your child’s teacher and we will send home a paper copy.
  • Please join us Monday, November 29th at 10:50am for our Advent Liturgy hosted by Ms. Lombos’ class. A TEAMS link will be sent Monday morning.
  • The Angel Tree Donation campaign has begun. Families can support those in need in our own community through donations of gift cards. These can be brought in any time up until December 10th. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  • Virtual Paint Night Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30PM.
  • Poinsettia Pickup Wednesday, December 8th between 4-7PM.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: .

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)
The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website ( during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can safely attend school. Please follow us on twitter @stjburlington to see all the great things happening at school!

Advent Liturgy- Hope
Nov 29 @ 10:50 am – 11:15 am
International Day of People with Disabilities Non-Uniform Spirit Day
Dec 3 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Advent Liturgy- Peace
Dec 6 all day
Virtual Paint Night
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Poinsettia Pick up
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pizza Day
Dec 10 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Christmas Sweater Day
Dec 13 all day
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