Our Advent Journey Continues…

Last week we began with lighting the first candle on our Advent Wreath. The first candle is lit to remind us of the Hope we have in Jesus’ coming. This week we light a candle for Peace. We are meant to bring peace to our neighbours, and also accept the peace that Jesus gives to us. In the middle of all the busy-ness this week, please take a moment for yourselves and your families. Light a candle. Reflect on the peace that comes from knowing that the God of the universe chose to come to Earth and live amongst us. He did this so we could more fully understand how deeply we are loved. He did it for the poorest of the shepherds and the wealthiest of the wise men. All of us are equal in His eyes and we are all worthy of love — no exceptions or strings attached. As that candle light shines in your home this week, let that remind you that hope and peace are the gifts God wants to be unwrapped first this advent season.

If Advent is new to you on your faith journey, or you need a reminder of all the things your children will be learning at school there is a great video that goes through advent in 2 minutes. Worth a quick watch.

Volunteers Wanted!

We have several events happening in the school to support our school family and we would love some help pulling it off. First, on Thursday, December 14th we are doing our second annual Cookies with Santa event. This is sponsored by our Catholic School Advisory Council. We need some help setting up, tearing down and helping our youngest learners with their cookie decorating.

The second opportunity to get involved is our Christmas Turkey Lunch being held on Monday December 18th. We will need help setting up, serving the meal and with clean up. Many hands make light work and it will be a lot of fun!

If you would like to help with either of these events, please reach out to Lesley Di Tullio by email at les.ditullio@gmail.com .

Pizza Day Update

We have heard many parents request that Pizza Day be done weekly. We have adjusted our process in the office to accommodate and Pizza Day will close on Wednesdays the previous week. This will allow everyone to purchase on a week by week basis. Thanks for your feedback and partnership.

Final 2 Weeks of 2023 at a Glance:

Monday December 11th

  • Christmas Pinecone Crafts Continue in Library

Tuesday December 12th

Wednesday December 13th

  • Spirit Wear Day! Rock Your Spirit Wear –Especially the Golden Student of the Month Shirts!

Thursday December 14th

  • Cookies with Santa Event.

Friday December 15th

  • DrumFit Kits Set-Up in Library

Monday December 18th

  • Free Turkey Lunch Sponsored By Our CSAC Bingo Volunteers
  • Drum-Fit Begins in Library

Tuesday December 19th

  • Pizza Day
  • Christmas Concert at 1:15PM in gymnasium. All are welcome to attend (choose this performance or tomorrow morning, but not both, so there is room for everyone) Wear Red and Green

Wednesday December 20th

  • Christmas Concert at 9:30 AM in gymnasium. All are welcome to attend (please do not attend if you already attended yesterday) Wear Red and Green

Thursday December 21st

  • Sparkle and Shine Day. Dress in Silver, Gold or anything that Sparkles or Shines!

Friday December 22nd

  • Last Day Before Christmas Break!
  • Dress in your favourite Christmas Pajamas or Comfy Clothes.

Important Upcoming Dates

Sunday Dec 24 – Christmas Eve

Monday Dec 25 – Christmas Day

Tuesday Dec 26 – Boxing Day

Monday Jan 1 – New Year’s Day

Monday Jan 8 – First Day of School in 2024

Tuesday Jan 9 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Learning Partnerships

Friday Jan 19– P.A. Day

Tuesday January 30 – Junior Mass and Field Trip at St. Ambrose Church

Wednesday January 31 – Primary Mass and Field Trip at St. Ambrose Church

Thursday Feb 1 – Intermediate Mass and Field Trip at St. Ambrose Church

Friday Feb 2 – Groundhog Day

Friday Feb 2 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday Feb 13 – Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day

Wednesday Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday

Thursday Feb 15 – Term 1 Report Cards Go Home

Monday Feb 19– Family Day Holiday

Friday March 1 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Tuesday March 5 – First Reconciliation for Grade 2 Students at 6:30PM at St. Ambrose Church

Thursday March 7 – Last day of school before March Break

March 8-15 – March Break

Monday March 18 – First day of school after March Break

Tuesday March 26 – Epilepsy Awareness Day Wear Purple

Thursday March 28 – Holy Thursday

Friday March 29 – Good Friday

Monday April 1– Easter Monday

Wednesday April 3 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Discerning Believers

Saturday April 13 – First Communion for Grade 2 Students at 11 AM at St. Ambrose Church

Thursday April 18 – Easter Mass at St. Ambrose Church at 10 AM. All are welcome to attend.

Friday April 19– P.A. Day

Friday May 3 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Global Citizenship and Sustainability

May 5-10 – Catholic Education Week

Sunday May 12 – Mother’s Day

Thursday May 16 – Crowning of Mary Liturgy at St. Anne’s at 10:45 AM. All are welcome to attend.

Monday May 20 – Victoria Day

Thursday May 23– Grade 7 Immunizations

Saturday May 25 at 11AM at St. Ambrose Parish– Confirmation

Friday May 31 – PA Day

Monday June 3 – Student of the Month Assembly: Focus is celebrating Inclusion and Belonging

Sunday June 16– Father’s Day

Thursday June 20 – Closing School Mass at 10AM at St. Ambrose Parish. All are Welcome to Attend.

Friday June 21 – National Indigenous People’s Day

Tuesday June 25 – Term 2 Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday June 26 – Closing Assembly in St. Anne’s Gym: Focus is celebrating Self-Directed Learning

Thursday June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

Friday June 28 – PD Day