The joy of giving...through the eyes of a child!
Grade 8 presents...St. Nick's Workshop!
Open for sales...Mon 12/10 through Wed 12/12 from 1-3pm.
(All proceeds benefit the Gr. 8 Graduation Activities fund.)
We had quite a week of celebrations here at the school! Our week opened on our patronal Feast Day with a beautiful and well-attended Mass that included the youngest members of our school family. Upon returning to the school, students enjoyed a special feast day treat honoring St. Francis Xavier and his evangelization efforts that landed him in several Asian countries.  We are so grateful to Lisa Borges (mother of Matthew, gr.8) who prepared fried rice for 246 students plus our faculty! St. Francis Xavier, please continue to intercede for us!
The festivities continued with the tremendously popular and equally as important annual tradition of celebrating the Feast of St. Nicholas. The school hallways were lined with shoes on Wednesday evening, waiting to be filled with treats from jolly old St. Nicholas. Chocolate coins, treats and a special prayer card surprised our students on Thursday, and with the bellow of a “Ho Ho Ho” over the intercom, they knew that St. Nicholas had come for a visit as well.  Students entered the gym to see St. Nick, bringing with them their excitement and joy, as well as their selfless giving hearts that must also accompany this season. As they entered into the gym they offered their new or gently used toys to St. Nick to be given to children less fortunate than themselves. Thank you for reinforcing with your children the importance of giving this Christmas season, in a world that is more often focused on receiving . St. Nicholas then cut the ribbon to open his workshop that will be run by our 8 th graders, for the purpose of raising funds for end of year festivities. This wonderful opportunity for our students to purchase gifts for their loved ones, once again reiterates putting others first. Quick classroom visits, photo opportunities and delivering milk and delicious cookies were next on St. Nick’s agenda, finishing his visit at the school. Thanks so much to St. Nick’s helper and grade 8 student, Cianna Sylvia, who baked 200 cookies for delivery to classrooms, and Momma Elf Michelle Hamel who also made her fair share of cookies for distribution to our students. 
Thank you for a great week filled with Christmas joy.
Have a great weekend-
~ Mrs. Russo


Dates to note:
  • Report cards for K-8 were emailed home on Tuesday, Dec 4th. Please contact the office if you did not receive your son/daughter's report card.
  • December 21--is a half day dismissal (11:30am); extended care until 1pm only, Hot lunch will be available to students in extended that day.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Sat,
Dec 8th

A Holy Day of Obligation

St. Francis Xavier Masses
Tonight--Friday Vigil Mass 6pm
Tomorrow--Saturday 9am
Thank you,
St. Nick...
for reminding us of the gift of Jesus and what this season is truly about!

A flyer went home this weekend with more details about your class' Adopted Advent family.

Please pray as a family for their intentions and send in your gift cards (grocery, pharmacy, Walmart/Target) NEXT WEEK.
Collection ends-Dec 14!
Thank you, in advance for your generosity.
Next week at-a-glance:
Monday, Dec 10th-
Spaghetti with meatsauce
Tuesday, Dec 11th-
Chicken Patty
Wednesday, Dec 12th-
Shepherd's Pie
Thursday, Dec 13th-
Breaded Chicken Drumstick
Friday, Dec 14th-
Pizza Wedge
2nd Week of Advent!

A refrigerator calendar went home in Friday Folders today to help each of our school families mark the days until Christmas.

Gala Theme 2019... Imagine
If you would like to be a part of the planning committee for this annual fundraising effort, please mark your calendars and plan on attending our first meeting, set to take place on Monday, December 17th at 6pm in the school library. Soon you will be hearing from your SEC rep, with details pertaining to a collaborative basket making effort for the auction. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
I Seek Your Face, O Lord.
~Psalm 27
Next School Mass:
9am
Monday, December 10th!

(K- 8 in attendance weather permitting)

Grades 6-8 should wear their Special Occasion Uniform with the required sweater/vest when we return on Monday!

1st reading: Rebecca Antonio (8)
Psalm: Ava de Almeida (8)
Prayers of the Faithful: Nathaniel Moniz (6)


Save-the-Date:
Our students in K-5 will help us to celebrate
the Nativity of our Lord
in pageant and song...

Thursday, Dec 20th @ 6:30pm evening performance
*Please note: This is a mandatory K-5 music performance. Christmas best attire. :)

Thank you to all who sent in Boxtops...the school collected 4,218 tops!!

Congratulations to
Grade 1 and Grade 5 who were the winners on each floor!
Extended Care Club Schedule
MONDAYS- -Mrs. Angeley's Art Lab- Session 2;
This Monday 12/10 is the final day of session!
Mr. Robinson's Music Lessons (K-4); Boys Instructional Bball;

 TUESDAYS 2:55-3:30pm -- Upper Grade (4-8) Chorus with Miss Cournoyer:

FRIDAYS 3:00-4:00pm -- Girls' Instructional Bball

Coming in the new year... Bay State Tumbling and Fitness Class to take place on Wednesday afternoons!
This space will be used to request parental support and volunteerism at school!

NATIVITY CONCERT AND PAGEANT:
Are you are willing or able to assist with prep before the concert/pageant or on the actual evening? (costume prep, backstage/classroom help, programs, intermission, etc.)
Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Please click here to let us know you might be able to help!
All things fundraising....
Cookie delivery is set for Monday, Dec 17th ...pick up will begin at 2pm! An adult will need to come to pick up/sign out the orders, as this is a perishable product and we have no place to store it. Please plan accordingly. Thank you!
As you get your to your shopping in the days ahead, don't forget to add SFX as your preferred charity!
Grocery card program began in September and continues thru May. Initial orders can be sent in on regular paper and in plain envelope and the pink grocery envelope will be sent home with the first set of gift cards.