Advent is a time to wait, listen and ponder the awesome wonder of God who sent his only son as a baby to save us. Pause and spend some time this season reflecting on God’s gift of love.
Our Angel Tree was a huge success thanks to everyone’s generosity. Together we were able to help those in need this Advent season. We are grateful for all your support and trust throughout the year.
Poinsettia Fundraiser Pick Up- Dec.11
All Poinsettia orders must be picked up at St. Mary School on Wednesday, December 11th between 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Advent Mass- Dec. 12
We will be celebrating our Advent Mass in the gymnasium at St. Mary on Thursday, December 12 @ 1:15 pm. All are welcome to join us!
Christmas Concert – Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Our Christmas Concert is fast approaching and 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 click HERE for the costume list.
We very much look forward to this wonderful day of performances.
Cultural Presentations & Global Gift Shop- Dec. 18
Guest speaker, Loretta Penny, from Down to Earth Education, will be visiting our students to present We Are All Connected: Celebrating Our Commonalities to our K-Gr.3-8 classes. Following the presentations, students will have an opportunity to visit The Global Village Gift Shop, to purchase items from around the world.
Many items help individuals from underprivileged communities, gain a digniﬁed social standing. Items range from $1.00 to $20.00. 10% of all sales will be returned to our school. All sales will be cash only. Please see the flyer for more information.
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.
Spirit Days- Dec. 19 & 20
We invite students and staff to participate in our upcoming Spirit days:
December 19 – Pajama Day-Non Uniform Day (Students and Staff are invited to wear their PJ’s to school)
December 20 – Red, Green & White Day- Non Uniform Day (Students and Staff are invited to wear the festive colours of Red, Green or White)
Early Dismissal- Dec. 20
Please note that school will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m. on Friday, December 20. Buses have been notified and will pick the students up at that time. We return to school on Monday, January 6th, 2020.
Parking Lot Safety
Everyone’s patience and co-operation are needed in the parking lot while dropping off and picking up your children. A reminder that the North Parking lot is a Kiss-and-Ride, while the South Parking lot is NOT a Kiss-and-Ride. When using the South Parking lot, caregivers are to park in the appropriate spaces, and come to the gate to pick up children. Once the parking spaces are filled, caregivers must find alternative parking and walk up to the school to retrieve children. Thank you to those who continue to use our parking lots properly by following the posted and painted signs and the suggestions from the school and for modelling Catholic Faith behaviour with regards to any incidences or concerns that may occur.
Please check our school calendar found on our school website for upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmary/
St. Mary Tips
As we celebrate Advent and reflect on our many blessings, children are encouraged to focus on doing good deeds for others. Some suggested ideas include: Tell your siblings what you like best about him/her; be kind to someone who is hard to get along with; give everyone in your family a hug and say a prayer for the poor, the hungry and the homeless.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito