“Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man.” ~ Pope Francis
Celebrating Advent as a Family
One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candle holders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The first Sunday, December 1st, of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. We light a purple candle on the wreath. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).
Advent Liturgy- Dec. 2
We will be celebrating the Advent Season with our first Advent Liturgy on December 2 @ 9:30 AM. All parents are welcome!
Grade 2 Sacrament of Reconciliation
Congratulations to our Grade 2 students who received the sacrament of Reconciliation this past week. May God bless you on your continued journey in your Catholic faith.
Angel Tree- Dec. 2
Thank you for your generous support of our Advent outreach project in support of the St. Matthew Angel Tree. All gift cards need to be returned to St. Mary School by Monday, December 2.
St. Mary Poinsettia Fundraiser- Dec. 2
All poinsettia orders are due by Monday, December 2. Please complete this order form by no later than Monday, December 2.
Poinsettias must be picked up at St. Mary School on Wednesday, December 11 between 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Preferred method of payment is through School Cash Online or by cheque.
Junior Girls & Boys Volleyball Tournament- Dec. 5
We are thrilled to be hosting a Girls and Boys Junior Volleyball tournament on Thursday, December 5 after school in our gym.
New ISW Uniform Items
Two new uniform items are now available for order. We are pleased to add a Navy and Grey Sport Hoodie to our approved uniform for everyday wear.
Oakville Speaker Series- Dec. 5
Loyola, Holy Trinity and St. Thomas Aquinas are partnering together to run the Oakville Speakers Series for the parents of the community. Families from all schools (secondary and elementary) are invited to attend the final session.
- Thurs. Dec. 5 (7:00 – 8:30p) at Loyola – Transition to Post Secondary
Christmas Concert – Dec.17
Our Christmas Concert will take place on December 17th at 10 AM &1:15 PM.
Please note that Mrs. Marlin & Mrs. Jones’ Kindergarten class and Mrs. Romaniw & Mrs. Soares’ Kindergarten class will only perform in the morning concert and Mrs. Stevens & Ms. Jaworska’s Kindergarten class and Ms. Marai & Ms. MacLellan’s Kindergarten class will only perform in the afternoon concert.
Our Gr.1-5 classes and our Gr.6-8 cast will perform in both the morning and afternoon performances. Please mark it on your calendars!
Gr.6, 7 & 8 Ignite Program- Jan. 28
We are thrilled to offer this lunch time program-K4K Ignite Leadership Program. This program will take place starting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from Noon- 1 p.m. It will run for 5 consecutive weeks. The cost is $85 per child.
This program promotes mentorship and leadership development. Topics include: How the characteristics of a leader will build an impenetrable personal brand, anti-bullying strategies, social media and how it can affect your reputation and so much more. This program is recommended for all Gr.6- 8 children. Please see the registration form for more details.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tips
As children reflect on their achievements in school thus far, here are a few goal setting tips to help them set themselves for success. To set effective goals, children are encouraged to:
- Set specific goals that are measurable
- Set challenging yet attainable goals
- Set realistic goals that can make a difference in their daily lives
- Write their goals down as a reference for monitoring their achievement
- Celebrate their achievements…even the baby steps along the way!
K. Dobbie & D. Comito
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