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St. Paul Weekly Update: Nov. 29-Dec. 3

Hello St. Paul Families,

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

First Sunday of Advent – (November 28th, 2021). Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.

“Come, Lord Jesus, come.”

Welcome to our First Week of Advent where we light the candle of HOPE –

Jesus, you came to us as a baby, helpless and small. Help us to see a call to quiet and stillness in your smallness. Stay close to our hearts today, as we go about our busy lives, and give us the gift of your peace.

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

PRAYER FOR ADVENT

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.
Amen.

ST. RAPHAEL PARISH NEWS:

Please take a moment to read this week’s bulletin by clicking this link.

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE:

St. Paul Catholic School will be holding a Christmas Food Drive during the Advent season in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The food drive begins Monday, November 29 and runs until Wednesday, December 15 and we have set a school-wide goal of 2021 non-perishable food items. Items in need include canned vegetables, cereal, Side Kicks, canned cranberries, turkey gravy, and Stovetop stuffing, but all donations are very much appreciated. We hope that you can give to this very important cause and help us reach our goal.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL – CIVVIES DAYS:

St. Paul Monthly Civvies Day: In partnership with the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation, St Paul Parent Council has organized monthly Civvies Day for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

To add to the excitement, each Civvies Day will have a specific theme.  The dates and themes are as follows:

DATETHEME
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021  JERSEY DAY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021UGLY SWEATER/RED AND GREEN DAY
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022  PJ DAY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2022 WACKY HAIR DAY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022CAREER DAY  
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022  DISNEY DAY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022 FAVOURITE COLOUR DAY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022 JUST BE YOU DAY AND WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT

If possible, we are asking each family to consider donating $10.00 for all 8 Civvies days.  All funds raised will be donated directly to the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation.  Please submit your donation to School Cash Online.

BOOK FAIR:

The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair starts this week!

Our Scholastic Book Fair for students will take place in the library on Monday November 29 – Friday December 3, 2021.

Click below to view your child(ren)’s schedule. Blue are preview days and orange are buying days.

Also, be sure to join us online with our Virtual Book Fair Extension! Our online shop will be open on the first day of our Fair, but you can view a selection of the books you’ll find here:

https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166276

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Remember, all purchases benefit our school and earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.

Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Book Fair!

Coming Soon ~ Student Census 2022:

In February 2022, HCDSB will be collecting identity-based student data through a board-wide Student Census. This census will help our school board better understand and support our students and their experiences in school and will help promote equitable and inclusive learning environments.

NOTE: Parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be invited to complete the online survey on behalf of their child. For more information about the Student Census, please visit the HCDSB website: https://hcdsb.info/StudentCensus2022

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS CONTEST:

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries until Friday, December 3, 2021. Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!


Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)


Submissions Accepted Online ONLY. To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)


Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.org or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

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 (www.hcdsb.org) 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.

Have a great weekend!

N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff

Looking Ahead:

Nov
28
Sun
1st week of Advent – Purple Candle of Hope
Nov 28 all day
Nov
29
Mon
Book Fair
Nov 29 – Dec 2 all day
Christmas Food Drive
Nov 29 – Dec 15 all day

St. Paul Catholic School will be holding a Christmas Food Drive during the Advent season in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The food drive begins Monday, November 29 and runs until Wednesday, December 15 and we have set a school-wide goal of 2021 non-perishable food items. Items in need include canned vegetables, cereal, Side Kicks, canned cranberries, turkey gravy, and Stovetop stuffing, but all donations are very much appreciated. We hope that you can give to this very important cause and help us reach our goal.

Dec
2
Thu
Volleyball Game vs. St. John (Girls home – Boys Away)
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
5
Sun
2nd week of Advent – Purple Candle of Love
Dec 5 all day
Dec
6
Mon
Confirmation Parent Meeting – Grade 7’s – St. Raphael Church
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Baptismal Certificate Needed

Dec
7
Tue
Postponed – To be rescheduled – Volleyball Game vs. St. Raphael (Girls Away – Boys Home)
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
8
Wed
Girls – Volleyball vs. St. Raphael – Home Game
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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