Your Weekly School Update
December 15, 2017
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This week's adventures..
This Advent season of joyful anticipation is whizzing by! Although the weather did not quite cooperate with our desire to attend Holy Mass, we were able to very beautifully honor and express our devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Tuesday. Thank you so much, to all of the students and families who responded quickly to our request to bring in a rose to demonstrate our great love for the Blessed Mother. 

Our students and teachers continue to prepare for the coming of Our Lord and Savior at Christmas. While the rest of the world bustles about shopping and preparing in a material fashion, joyful songs and hymns of praise can be heard throughout the hallways of the school. While the rest of the world focuses on what they are hoping to receive this Christmas, our students continue to demonstrate the joy that comes as we “GIVE TO OTHERS”. Today our 2 nd and 3 rd graders traveled to Gifts to Give to transport the hundreds of toys donated on the Feast of St. Nicholas. The students worked like little elves, as they sorted and prepared the toys for delivery to those less fortunate than themselves. After participating in such a labor of love, they then traveled to Our Lady’s Haven to spread Christmas joy and sing Christmas carols to the seniors! Thank you for your generosity as we collect gift cards for our adopted St. Vincent dePaul families. A special “shout out” to Mrs. Bentley’s 5 th graders who conducted a bake sale to increase their giving to others! If you have not done so already and would like to participate in our great act of love to our Advent families, please pick up a gift card in your travels this weekend!

This upcoming week will be a fantastic frenzy of faith filled fun. Small Christmas celebrations will be taking place, and preparations will continue for our annual K-5 Christmas Concert and Nativity Pageant to be held on Wednesday evening the 20 th at 6:30pm. If an evening performance (and a large crowd) is not your preference, we will also be conducting a full performance at noon on Thursday the 21 st . Please plan on joining our school family in a true celebration and reflection on the real meaning of Christmas!

God bless and have a wonderful weekend! Happy Gaudete Sunday!
Mrs. Russo
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Next week's lunches
at-a-glance:

MONDAY (Dec 18) --Spaghetti with meat sauce
TUESDAY (Dec 19) --Chicken Patty
WEDNESDAY (Dec 20) --Pizza Wedge
THURSDAY (Dec 21) --Baked Ham
FRIDAY (Dec 22) --NO HOT LUNCH dismissal at 11:30am


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NEXT FRIDAY 12/22 is a half-day for all students (dismissal at 11:30am). There will be NO HOT LUNCH available, and Extended Care will be available to those who need it, but ONLY UNTIL 3:00pm.
 "Love for Christ is the secret of holiness."
~St. John Paul II
PRACTICING our FAITH
Please join us for
our next school Mass:

Friday,
December 22nd @ 9am
PS3-Grade 8
(weather permitting)

1st reading: Ryan Martins (8)
2nd reading: Amber Engel (6)
Prayers of the Faithful: Brayden Borba (8)

As we enter into Week 3 of Advent, we pray for an increase in JOY .
and learn about the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) starting in January at our parish.
Last weekend to get your gift cards for Advent families!
Please have your child bring in a grocery, Walmart, Target or pharmacy gift card for your child's Advent family-in-need who their class has adopted in prayer this Advent .
 We need all gift cards by MONDAY to deliver in time for Christmas.

Thank you for your generosity!
2017 NATIVITY PAGEANT and CONCERT
NEXT Wednesday, 
Dec 20th @ 6:30pm evening performance

and AGAIN a full show during the day on
Thursday, Dec 21st @ 12 noon

**PLEASE NOTE:  This is a mandatory K-5 music performance-- students should arrive by 6:00pm, should go straight to their classrooms, and are being asked to wear their "Christmas Best" outfits ... boys shirt and tie or sweater with slacks, no jeans or sneakers; and girls dresses or skirts.
The ADVENTURE begins!
The first Adventure meeting took place on Monday evening, and we began an ongoing discussion regarding the importance of securing sponsors and donors for this monumental event! Are you yourself a business owner, or do you know any business owners that may be interested in supporting our fundraising efforts? Click here to provide us with contact information of possible sponsors/donors!
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1st Trimester REPORT CARDS 
were emailed to parents
(Gr. 1-8) and sent home in hard copy (only for Kindergarten).
Please contact the school if you did not receive a report.

Honor Roll certificates for Grades 3-8 were sent home in hard copy in Friday Folders today...congrats to those who qualified!

Please contact your child's teacher directly with any questions.
Attention grade 3-5 parents:
Bishop Stang is looking for children for a few major and some ensemble roles in their Spring Musical: The Music Man !
AUDITIONS DEC 21st

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A message from the school nurses:
The air is getting dryer! Please be sure to send in your child with a water bottle and lip balm in their backpack to help them stay hydrated and comfortable in the winter months.
EXTENDED CARE
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Next week's line-up, for those who are signed up!

  • Miss Wilson's Art Club on MONDAY
  • Instructional Basketball continues next week for Boys on TUESDAY
  • TUESDAY-- Grade 8 Student News
  • BOOK CLUB WITH MRS. BENTLEY is on THURSDAY!
A musical treat for our families...
To show our appreciation of the Catholic School Community, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is offering  free  tickets for families to the  Friday January 5th  evening concert at the Zeiterion Theater. This amazing concert features world-renowned pianist, Inon Barnatan, NBSO Music Director, Yaniv Dinur and the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. The concert entitled, “Kiss of the Earth” features Rachmaninoff's  Piano Concerto No. 3  and Stravinsky’s  Rite of Spring . If you would like to reserve tickets to this special concert, please email Terry Wolkowicz at  twolkowicz@nbsymphony.org .
FLY on the WALL...
heard from the HALL

This week's fly hovered around the 2nd grade classroom as cupcake decorating club was taking place. This month's cupcake creation involved an adorable replica of Jesus in the manger.
The following was heard:
"This cupcake is so good... and so good for you! Sweet Baby Jesus!"

#nourishmejesus
#merrychristmas