December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Important Dates:

Dec 4 – Advent Liturgy Dec 7 – PD Day (no school)

Dec 10/11 – Dental Screening

Dec 11 – School Advent Mass Dec 17 – School Christmas Carol Sing

Dec 18 – Advent Liturgy

Dec 19 – School Christmas Craft / Pita Pit Lunch

Dec 20 – Christmas Concert Rehearsal (PM)

Dec 21 – Christmas Concert @9:30 AM

Dec 22 – Jan 6 – Christmas Break

Looking ahead to January 2019…

Jan 1 – Happy New Year!

Jan 7 – Welcome back to school!

Jan 16 – Pita Pit Lunch

Jan 17 – School Mass

Jan 25 – PD Day (no school)

 

School Cash Online—REGISTER TODAY!

There are a number of students that have not yet been signed up for School Cash Online. PLEASE ensure that you sign up ASAP as this is our main source of receiving payments  for pizza days, school trips, spirit wear etc. If you have not yet signed up your child(ren) for School Cash Online, please contact their classroom teacher. They will send you a copy of the step-by-step instructions. Once your child is set up, you do not have to complete the process again. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact The Parent Helpdesk:

parenthelp@schoolcashonline.com OR 1-866-961-1803

 

As we Prepare for Advent

(https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever/advent-prayers) 

Advent Liturgies

Advent is a time when we prepare our hearts for Jesus’ coming to Earth. There are 4 Sundays in Advent leading up to Christmas. Here at St. Aloysius School, we are preparing for Jesus’ birth by holding 4 liturgies. There will be 3 liturgies before Christmas, December 4th at 2:30, December 11th at 10:30 and December 18th at 9:30, and one on January 9th at 12:45 to celebrate Christmas.

Week 1, Hope

Dear Jesus, you are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important. We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth on Christmas. Amen.

Week 2, Peace

Dear Jesus, you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the-best-version-of-ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.

Week 3, Joy

Dear Jesus, help us focus on you during this busy season. May we stay aware of the joy you bring into our lives. We want to find you in the everyday moments and come with hearts of gratitude to your manger on Christmas. Amen.

Week 4, Love

Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts. As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter. Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.

Advent Prayer for Families

Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world  with the light of your love. Amen.

Christmas Activities and Holiday Spirit!

The students at St. Aloysius are getting excited about the upcoming Christmas events. The last week of school before Christmas Break is filled with activities and school community gatherings. We look forward to celebrating the Christmas season together!

Monday December 17th – Christmas Carol Sing – The whole school will gather together in the gym for some good ol’ Christmas Carols!

Tuesday December 18th – Advent Liturgy – We will continue with our weekly Advent Liturgies as we gather together in the gym as a school community.

Wednesday December 19th – School Christmas Craft – The whole school will take part in making different Christmas crafts. Students will be given the opportunity to use their creativity and make some special crafts to take home!

Thursday December 20thChristmas Concert Rehearsal PM – Students will gather in the gym and watch all the classes perform their Christmas Concert routine. This is our preparation for the concert on Friday.

Friday December 21st – Christmas Concert 9:30am – Students get to show off their talents and Christmas spirit as they perform for the parents of St. Aloysius! Come and join us share in the Christmas spirit at our school concert!

Absent Students

A friendly reminder to call the school if your child is going to be absent or late before 9:00 am on the day of the absence. The answering machine is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you to leave a message.

Extended Day Program Update and Information

Christmas is almost here and the fun activities and events are in full swing! The Extended Day program students have been practicing Christmas carols for the Christmas Concert. The students are so excited about making Christmas ornaments and making some presents for their families. The older students are leading some activities and games for the younger students by reviewing the rules and how to play different games. The older and younger students have had the opportunity to learn from one another through reading, writing, building and cooperative games. The students are going to be writing Christmas stories to share with each other in the coming weeks. The students have continued to use Chromebooks as a tool to gather information and play interactive games. They love using these devices!

Reminders:

  1. Please remember to label all of your students belongings
  2. Please ensure the students are coming prepared for the outside and colder weather
  3. Beware of the inclement weather as the temperature changes when picking up and dropping off and program closures
  4. Program times are 7am-6pm

 

NEW SCHOOL LOGO!!!

Here at St. Aloysius we are excited to announce that we have a new school logo. We will soon be offering school spirit wear that has our new school logo on it at very reasonable prices. Students can choose from hoodies and t-shirts.  We will be having a fitting day in the near future where students can try on samples to make sure they order the right size.  All purchases will be available on SCHOOL CASH ONLINE. Stay tuned for further details.


Exciting News!

Moose Winooski’s in Kitchener is holding a Christmas tree decorating contest. Mrs. Levato & Mrs. Hoekstra’s Kindergarten class was one of 8 Kindergarten classes chosen from many in the region. The class will be given two weeks to decorate their tree. The Christmas trees will then be displayed at Moose Winooski’s restaurant.

Guests of Moose Winooski’s will be able to vote on the best Christmas tree. The class with the most votes will be rewarded with a catered Moose Winooski’s lunch! If you and your family make it to Moose Winooski’s check out the trees and please VOTE!!!

PALS Program

The PALS program is getting ready to take off. The PALS program is a great opportunity for students to support each other through cooperative games and play. The Grade 5 and 6 students sign up to be PALS leaders to the students in grades 1-3. During lunch hour each day, the PALS leaders plan and implement games to teach and play with the younger students. This program supports cooperation, teamwork, leadership and physical activity. We are looking forward to sharing more with you about the program as is takes off in the next few weeks!

 

Curriculum Connection

Here is a look into our classroom learning …

Mrs. Courvilles’ grade 4 class have been putting on their mathematician hats for their unit on Measurement. The class has been practicing using estimation skills for linear measurements and finding the perimeter of polygons. They really love the hands-on activities, such as estimating and testing how many tiles are in our hallway and creating different shapes with the same perimeter using string.  Keep up the great work!

The Kindergarten students at St. Aloysius are busy learning new and exciting things. From the seasons of the year, number equality, 2D and 3D shapes and how to write their names, the learning is endless and the excitement for the new season and snow falling is contagious. The students are enjoying the falling of snow and all the fun that comes with it. Through play and inquiry, the students are engaged with the learning they are doing and eager to explore new materials and learning opportunities with their classmates.

What is a Breakout?

Grade 1’s are working together to find and solve clues around the classroom to open up locks. Once all the locks are open, they have solved the mystery of a themed bigger box! Breakouts are an excellent tool to practice 21st century skills including collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving. Thank you to Mrs O’Meara’s class for helping the grade 1s! We had so much fun on Halloween!!!

 

 

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