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Weekly Update November 29

“To have Joy in your heart, one must know how to appreciate the small things in life” ~ Anonymous

Report Cards

When our Board IT department released the report cards on Wednesday November 25, there were some issues that prevented some reports from being viewed. If this is not resolved this weekend then please let your child’s teacher know on Monday and they can send a hard copy home with your child. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Staffing Changes

We welcome back Mrs. Joanna Giacomini on December 6 as she is returning from a leave of absence. We thanks Ms. Megan Brachen for her great work with the grade ones this school year.

Ms. Mara Cipolla is on a leave and we welcome Ms. Mary-Judith Smith who will be covering the Grade Four class in the meantime.

Next week Principal, Mrs. Liz MacIntyre will be returning to wrap up the month of December with our Vice Principal Mr. Rory Sneyd. Mrs. MacIntyre’s solid leadership skills started the school year; filling in for Ms. Karen Dobbie who is on a leave of absence.

It has been a sincere pleasure serving the St. Mary School Community for these past two months,

-Kelly Cascone Brown

Extended French

For those in Grade 4 interested in joining the Grade 5 French Extended program, registration begins Dec 1 -17. Please note that admission to the program is based on a lottery system. Students will be randomly selected by a computer algorithm. A notification goes to the parent to accept or decline a seat. For more information visit:  https://www.hcdsb.org/learning-resources/french-programs/extended-french/  For those accepted into the program, a follow-up from the school will be in the new year.

Personal Belongings

We know students enjoy bringing personal items to school, however, at times it can cause some conflict and worry. We are asking that hockey cards, pokemon cards, toys, recess equipment be limited. Keeping your ‘treasures” at home is best.

Angel Tree

The Advent season is truly a wonderful and joyful time of year when we prepare for the coming of our Lord. It is also a time for us, as a faith-filled Catholic community, to come together in love to help those who do not enjoy our abundance and who are in need.  We are asking for gift card donations to brought into school.

We are once again approaching the Christmas season and gearing up to help the 137 or so Glen Abbey
families (about 400 people) who will be receiving Christmas assistance from SSVP. We ask, if you are able,
that you contribute towards our Christmas Angel Tree program. Should you wish to purchase a grocery/gift
card, we require $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart, and $10 gift cards
from Shoppers Drug Mart and Tim Hortons. Cash/cheque donations will be used to purchase grocery and gift
cards in bulk at a discount. Cheques can be made out to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – St. Matthew. There
is also an online donation portal that you may access on their website:
https://www.ssvpsaintmatthew.org/Donate.asp.
As stated by Pope Francis in his address for the fifth World Day of the Poor, celebrated on November 14th,
“The poor are not people ‘outside’ our communities, but brothers and sisters whose sufferings we should
share, in an effort to alleviate their difficulties and marginalization, restore their lost dignity and ensure their
necessary social inclusion.” Join us in our efforts to demonstrate what a caring community we have in Glen
Abbey.
Most importantly, should you know someone who requires assistance, encourage them to contact St. Matthew
SSVP at 905-825-0219 (press 2 to leave a message). They will call them back promptly.

Daily arrival

It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time.  Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently.  Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.

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The first Sunday of Advent in 2021 will be Sunday, November 28th. After a tumultuous year, there is a comfort to be found when we pause to read, pray, and reflect over the course of the Advent season in which believers eagerly anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth.

The first Sunday of Advent gives us the opportunity to center our thoughts on hope. As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Jesus’ arrival as a gift to all humanity; let’s stir up in our hearts and homes a sense of anticipation. Over this Advent, we pray that hope would rise up in our spirits in a tangible and life-giving way.

It’s a beautiful chance to remember the hope God offers to our lost and dying world, and that He’s given us through Jesus. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” ~ Psalm 42:11

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Cascone-Brown, KellyWeekly Update November 29