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Weekly Update: November 29-December 3, 2021

“The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.” ~ Frederick Buechner

Virtual Book Fair – ends on November 28th

A gentle reminder that the Virtual Book Fair ends today. When you are ready to shop, you can visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5166525. Happy reading!

Lunchbox orders

Our first Lunchbox Subway sandwich order day was very smooth and quite popular with nearly 200 sandwiches enjoyed by St. Timothy’s students! Thank you for your interest and support of this initiative.

Please note that orders must be in every Sunday by noon for the upcoming week. Parents can order weekly or for the full length of the program. A gentle reminder to look for “the blue message bar” on School Cash-on-line when ordering Subway sandwiches.

Accessibility Day

This year, Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd. The international focus for this year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.” St.Timothy will be using the week to promote, raise awareness and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities. We will draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all!

School Parking Lots Before & After School

Thank you to our families for your patience & support in both of our school parking lots before and after school. With the arrival of cold weather, a few key reminders:

  • Parents are reminded to model and encourage social distancing expectations by not congregating on the fence and must leave the school property immediately after their child has been directed into the correct doors. We have been reminded by Public Health to ensure we do not have large groups of people congregating.
  • By the Kindergarten gate, please stand behind the painted yellow lines to ensure clear access for our littlest learners.
  • Please do not park and/or leave your vehicle in the Kiss & Ride lane. The Kiss & Ride is intended for students who can independently come out of/enter vehicles. Parents and caregivers are welcome to use any valid parking spot in our lot, including the “pen” which is available in the morning and in the afternoon for children who require assistance. 
  • Parents who have parked are asked to walk children along the sidewalk, rather than walking between moving vehicles in the Kiss & Ride lane.
  • NO PETS on school property.   Though we love our four-legged friends, some of our children have severe allergies and are frightened by an encounter with a dog. Our school board prohibits dogs on school property for the protection of your children as well as for the protection of your pet.

Please know that our intention in promoting these points is to ensure safety. There is no intention to inconvenience anyone, and we acknowledge that everyone has a busy schedule. We thank you for working in partnership with us to keep all of our students, families and staff safe!

The Season of Advent

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity.  Indeed, the longing of all humanity for God’s presence.

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent as a family 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. On the first Sunday of Advent, we light a purple candle on the wreathsymbolizing Hope. The “Prophet’s Candle” reminds us that Jesus is coming.

We look forward to celebrating each week during the season of Advent as a school community, through virtual liturgies led by our students and by Father John and Father Greg. A special thank you to our Parish partners who have prepared and shared wonderful videos to launch the season of Advent!  

Gift Card Donation Campaign for Families in Need – 2 Week Blitz

Recognizing our call to support those in need, especially over the holiday season, schools and community partners are invited to engage in charitable drives that are keeping with COVID-19 restrictions.

As we enter the season of Advent, we have much to be grateful for as a school community. We recognize that families in our community may require support this Christmas due to a number of circumstances. Therefore, we are asking for your support as we assist our local families who need a helping hand. We are kindly requesting donations of gift cards from various retailers. In order to ensure a variety of options, we would ask that each division have a particular target:

  • Kindergarten families — Walmart
  • Primary families — President’s Choice (Fortinos, Superstore, No Frills)
  • Junior families — Food Basics
  • Intermediate families — Fresh Co

Of course, ALL gift cards are welcome in ANY amount. Every gesture is appreciated.

Gift cards can be sent to the school from November 29th to December 9th. Gift cards will be quarantined in accordance with Halton Public Health guidelines prior to distribution.

Any families requiring assistance for Christmas are asked to reach out to Mrs. Toltl via email at toltla@hcdsb.org.

Christmas Cheer at St. Timothy’s

Throughout the Advent season, staff, students, and community will enjoy many different fun activities. One of the planned events includes our “Christmas Music in the Halls” initiative, led by our Music specialist, Mrs. Grenier. Kindly review the attached for further details:

Please look out for weekly alerts & reminders via email for details on upcoming events! The attached flyer may provide a useful overview:  

St. Timothy Tips:

Prepare our Hearts for Jesus!

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.

https://hamiltondiocese.com/advent2021/

Tips for Celebrating the Advent Liturgies with your Family

1. CARVE OUT TIME

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.

2. SET THE SCENE

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.

3. KEEP THE PRAYER SIMPLE WITH EASY, ACCESSIBLE LANGUAGE

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.

4. KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING

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?

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.

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl/ Susan Jack
Principal/Vice Principal

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Toltl, Anna MarieWeekly Update: November 29-December 3, 2021