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Weekly Update – Dec. 13th

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Philippians 4:4-5
Third Week of Advent

Advent Prayer & Reflection

In this third week of Advent, we light three candles of our Advent wreath. The third candle is the pink candle signifying “Joy” as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus. 

Lord, the good news of Jesus’ arrival brings such joy to our world!

Reach those who are lost and searching with the message of hope that we have through the Messiah.

God, allow your message of peace to bring comfort to our anxious world.

As we all go about the holiday season, let the message of great joy pierce through

all the noise and into people’s hearts.

Amen

The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify Joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. This candle is also known as the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. For more information on celebrating Advent as a Family, visit the Hamilton Diocese website

Advent Liturgy – Dec 15th

Our Gr 2/3 students will be leading us in our Virtual Advent Liturgy on Wednesday, December 15th at 10:45 AM. Father Con will also be joining us to share a special message with the community. All parents are welcome to join us by using the following TEAMs link

Christmas Music Performance

Ms. Runco and Mr. Miguel will be recording the class’ performances on Monday, Dec. 13th (some classes have been recorded earlier) to prepare for sharing with our school community. 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!

Joy DayDec. 16th

Thursday, December 16th is Joy Day! Students will be taking part in a special activity in their classrooms to celebrate the Christmas season. Part of their day will be recorded and put on their learning platforms to share with parents. Students are also encouraged to “dress like an elf” by wearing red, green, and/or white to support Kerr Street Ministries (toonie donations are welcomed).

Christmas Sweater & Accessory Day – Dec 17th

“Deck the halls with Christmas cheer …. by wearing a sweater that has a reindeer….”

Students are encouraged to wear their Christmas Sweaters and/or accessories to celebrate the last day before the Christmas Break! We can’t wait to see all the cheer throughout our hallways.

Early Dismissal – Dec 17th

Students will be dismissed at 1:40 PM. Busses will arrive 90 minutes earlier for drop-off times. Students are expected back after the Christmas Break on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.  We look forward to welcoming everyone back rested, healthy, and on time at 8:40 AM.

Angel Tree

Thank you to all our families who donated to our Angel Tree! Because of your generosity, we were able to donate approximately 60 gift cards to Halton Women’s Place. They are extremely grateful to our community for making Christmas more special for families in need. Spreading joy during the season by giving to others is the true meaning of Christmas.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23

Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child and for your family! Our school offers a full-day, 2-year Kindergarten program, designed to engage curious early learners through different kinds of play, that help children learn how to reason and problem-solve as they interact with one another. For more information on registering your child for kindergarten, please visit our website here.

Rapid Antigen Screening Kits

During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Travelling Outside of Canada

With the holiday season approaching, it is anticipated that many families will choose to make travel plans for the Christmas Break. As we prepare for this, we would like to remind our families of the need to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements.

Individuals must follow federal testing and quarantine requirements upon return from any international travel. This includes not attending school or child care for the 14 days following a return from international travel for individuals advised to quarantine or not attend school/child care upon their return.

Fully vaccinated travellers who are selected for arrival testing must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks. Please continue to follow all current federal testing and quarantine requirements in the upcoming weeks as they monitor COVID-19 cases.

Daily Conifrmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening

The Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID self-screening for all elementary students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks upon the return from Christmas Break (January 3-14) unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education.

  1. Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school.
  2. Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 
  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which your child(ren) bring back and forth to school each day (if a teacher chooses this option, this will be given to your child after the first day of school)

Thank you for your co-operation in keeping everyone safe in our community!

Merry Christmas!

We would like to extend our warmest wishes to our community for the Christmas Season. We wish you many blessings as you spend this time with your family.

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