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Weekly Update: December 6-10, 2021

“This Advent, make yourself, small, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace.” ~ Pope Francis

Virtual Book Fair – thank you for your support!

The results are in: we raised $362.08 in book rewards! Thank you for your support, and thank you, Mrs. Buttery for ensuring that we can add more of our favourite Scholastic titles to our shelves! 

Indigenous Art Family Paint Night – Tuesday, December 7th 6:30-8:00 p.m.

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online session — Big Spirit Moon Paint Night —  will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.

A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel: Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

The Season of Advent

Each Sunday of Advent another candle in the Advent wreath is lit and special prayers are said. The increase in light from week to week is meant to symbolize the coming of the light of the world. The Second Sunday of Advent, December 5th, symbolizes Peace & the prophecies of a coming of a Saviour. We begin each Monday with a brief Advent Liturgy to highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company). 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.

Advent Outreach — Gift Card Donation Campaign for Families in Need

Thank you for your contributions to our Gift Card Donation Campaign thus far! Our campaign continues this coming week. To support our local families who need a helping hand, we are kindly requesting donations of gift cards from various retailers:

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

As previously noted, we will also hold a Food Drive as part of our Advent Outreach. Food donations (canned goods, dry pasta, and baby food) will be accepted from December 13th – 17th.

Christmas Cheer at St. Timothy’s

As previously shared in our Christmas Cheer overview —

throughout the Advent season, staff, students, and community will enjoy many different fun activities. This past week, we “decked the halls” with beautiful décor. A very special thank you to our custodial team – Miss Nancy, Ms. Kiss, Mrs. Fonseca — and to Mrs. Konczarek, who worked with our FIAT team on our tree and altar. Staff and students did an amazing job within classrooms and on bulletin boards, including a special Christmas-themed Math challenge from Mrs. Young!

For this week, we will be filming our Virtual Christmas Concert, and we will enjoy our Crazy/Cozy Christmas sweater day on Friday, December 10th. Once all the recordings are complete, they will be merged into one video. Parents will receive the link to the Virtual Christmas Concert for their viewing enjoyment at home!

Please note that individual teachers may ask for students to wear a particular colour/accessory for the recording of their portion of the Christmas concert. Students will not be required to change, so long as they are warm and comfortable. This is in order to avoid unnecessary congregating in the washrooms.

Please rest assured that all safety protocols continue to be observed and reinforced throughout the season.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Virtual Christmas Trivia KAHOOT Night – December 16th at 7:00 p.m. Looking forward to enjoying some fun as a community!

Flip-Give comes to St. Timothy!

COVID restrictions and lockdowns made on-line shopping popular last year. Since you may be shopping on-line again this year, please note that St. Timothy has recently teamed up with “Flip-give”. Flip-give is an app that receives a commission when used and shares the profits with the school. Many sports teams have used this service and several HCDSB schools are beginning to use this program as it has proven to be quite successful.

The school earns cash back on every purchase you make all year long! All you have to do is shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sport Chek, Indigo, Old Navy, Apple, Esso, and Loblaws.  Please note that you may also purchase gift cards through Flipgive and the school would receive cash back.

Join our team now and you’ll get a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams/join?joincode=KGK9SW

This is the St. Timothy code: KGK9SW

For further details, review this 2 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vTO_Qg4n80

Please consider downloading the app for Flip-give, entering our code, and supporting the school, each time you make an on-line purchase that you would normally make anyways. There is nothing additional to purchase, and your participation is anonymous. We thank you for considering this option!

Inclement Weather

Parents are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones maphttp://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather.  Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Holiday Travel

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many staff, students and families will choose to make travel plans over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

St. Timothy Tips:

Promoting Well-Being – Dealing with Holiday Stress

While the holiday season can be a fun and happy time of year it can also be a stressful time for families. With all of the preparation, it can easily become overwhelming. Some families may also find this time of year difficult due to change, loss, or uncertainty about the future. Knowing how to minimize stress can help make this holiday season more enjoyable.

Tips to help you deal with holiday stress:

  • Remember to pace yourself. Set realistic goals about what you can achieve. We all have ideas of what would make the “perfect” holiday season but remember – change can be good. Every holiday will inevitably be different, so remember to be flexible.
  • When you are feeling stressed, take the time to sit back and evaluate why you’re feeling this way.
  • Be aware that the holidays can be stressful for the whole family – including children.
  • Try to find a balance. Remember the importance of healthy eating, staying active, and getting enough sleep.
  • Make time to relax. Laugh, have a bath or take a walk to help wind down.

(Source: www.halton.ca)

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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