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 momentFrederick Buechner
Celebrating Advent as a Family
One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent 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 around a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The first Sunday, November 28th, of Advent, symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that there is hope because Jesus is coming. We light a purple candle on the wreath. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website
Advent & School Liturgy
We will be praying during Advent together as a school community each Monday over the PA system during the next 3 weeks. On Wednesday, December 15th the Advent liturgy will be at 10:45 AM and led by our Grade 2/3 Class. Parents are welcome to join our virtual liturgy by using the following Teams Link at the scheduled date and time.
International Day for Persons With Disabilities – Dec 3rd
International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place each year on December 3rd. This day is set aside to increase knowledge and understanding about disabilities. St. Vincent will be recognizing International Day of Persons with Disabilities with activities throughout the week of November 29th – December 3rd. On Friday, December 3rd, we will have a Spirit Day to celebrate our own abilities and uniqueness. Students are allowed to wear what makes them comfortable as we continue our discussions about disabilities during the week.
Christmas Shop Update
Information and order forms for our Christmas Shop were emailed to parents and a hard copy of the order form went home with each student as well. Please visit our website here for more information and to access the order forms.
Our Peace Ambassadors are organizing an Angel Tree this year to donate to Halton’s Women’s Place during Christmas Time. Due to COVID restrictions, the organization is requesting gift cards for families in need. Angels will be ready to be distributed on Monday, November 29th. Students are welcome to come to our Angel Tree and choose an angel with a specific gift card request (it will be labeled with the store and amount) to donate to Halton’s Women’s Place. The gift cards will be given to moms to help purchase gifts or things they may need for their family at Christmas.
All gift cards need to be returned by Friday, December 10th (morning). Thank you for supporting this organization!
Christmas Music Performance
This year, due to COVID protocols, we cannot have the typical Christmas concert that we have enjoyed in the past. However, each class will be performing one or two songs that will be recorded and shared with our parent community. Ms. Runco and Mr. Miguel are organizing these performances for our students and parents to enjoy! Students will be wearing masks while they sing, but we will make them fun by decorating them to go with the song or theme of their performance. The performance should be ready to be shared with parents before the Christmas Break. More information will be communicated to you from your classroom teacher in the upcoming weeks. If you have chosen on the school forms for your child not to be videotaped, please email your child’s teacher if you will allow your child to participate in the musical performance. If we do not receive confirmation, we will have to film the performance without your child for safety reasons. Thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to bringing joy through music to our community!
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