Your Weekly School Update
December 8, 2017
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This week's adventures..
Happy Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary!
Let Our Blessed Mother, who was conceived without sin, continue to intercede for us to her Son, Jesus Christ!

Our week began with a beautiful prayer service in honor of our patron saint. The school wide assembly included a presentation of a school gift! A replication of the painting “The Miracles of St. Francis Xavier” was presented and explained by Father Williams. Our students were very interested in the rich symbolism and details found within the sacred art, as described by Father during his homily. In addition, thanks to The Captains’ Place, we were also able to “gift” our students with the special treat of enjoying a taste of rice pudding delivered to their classrooms! Father was able to make a connection between the rice pudding and St. Francis Xavier’s evangelization efforts in Asian countries. 

Words cannot even begin to describe the unbelievable generosity displayed by our students as we celebrated the Feast of St. Nicholas on Wednesday. While our students entered the school building with great excitement and anticipation for the evidence of St. Nick’s visit, they also arrived with selfless hearts, as they offered the gift of new and gently used toys to children less fortunate than themselves. The number of toys donated is truly overwhelming. Thank you so much for teaching your children that GIVING is more important than RECEIVING! The donated toys will be delivered to Gifts to Give by our 2nd and 3rd graders next week, as they participate in a field trip of service and love! Thank you to St. Nicholas and the School Events Committee for making memories and moments that our school family can be tremendously proud of! Thank you also for your support of our 8 th grade class and their fundraising efforts! St. Nick’s Workshop was a wonderful opportunity for our students to once again put others first..  your reinforcement of GIVING TO OTHERS is greatly appreciated.

The Christmas spirit will continue as our classes pray for and provide for some very needy St. Vincent dePaul families. Ask your child about the family that has been “adopted” by their class, and let’s plan continuing to make this Advent season a beautifully impactful experience for our kids!  
God bless and have a wonderful weekend~
Mrs. Russo
Next week's lunches
at-a-glance:

MONDAY (Dec 11) --Mozzarella Sticks
TUESDAY (Dec 12) --Sloppy Joe
WEDNESDAY (Dec 13) --Creamed Turkey
THURSDAY (Dec 14) --Tomato soup and grilled cheese
FRIDAY (Dec 15) --Taco salad


Please continue to keep your child(ren)'s Advent Families in prayer each day.
If you are out and about and able to pick up a grocery, Walmart, Target or pharmacy gift card...they can be sent in at any time for the families needs.
Thank you for your generosity!
 "Love for Christ is the secret of holiness."
~St. John Paul II
PRACTICING our FAITH
Please join us for
our next school Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Tuesday,
December 12th @ 9am
PS3-Grade 8
(weather permitting)

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

If you would like, students may bring in
a single RED rose to add to
a vase display to honor Our Lady.

As we enter into Week 2 of Advent, we pray for an increase in PEACE .
and learn about the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) starting in January at our parish.
**HELP STILL WANTED** 
Please click here to  email Mrs. Shaughnessy    if you are willing or able to assist with prep before the pageant or on the actual evening. (Creative touches, costumes, backstage help, programs, intermission, etc.)
2017 NATIVITY PAGEANT and CONCERT
Looking forward to sharing the JOY in
TWO performances
to help with crowd control...

Wednesday, Dec 20th @ 6:30pm evening performance
and again during the day on
Thursday, Dec 21st @ 12 noon

*Please note: These are mandatory
K-5 music performances.
The ADVENTURE begins!
This coming Monday night we meet
to begin discussing
the fundraiser of the year! 
Please come! 
December 11th, 7pm in the library.
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 !

Cookie Dough will actually be here MONDAY. Dec. 11th

**An adult must come at pick-up to take items. They are perishable and we have no space to store unclaimed orders.

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EXTENDED CARE
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 and Girls on FRIDAY!
  • TUESDAY-- Grade 8 Student News
  • DECEMBER CUPCAKE CLUB is WED Dec 13th ...CLICK HERE to RSVP please and send your $5 in next week labelled "Cupcake Club"
  • BOOK CLUB WITH MRS. BENTLEY is on THURSDAY!
FLY on the WALL...
heard from the HALL
(this week a "top secret spy fly")

As I assisted St. Nicholas in preparing for his classroom visits, there were numerous pieces of the costume to be affixed. While placing the final pieces of St. Nick's beard and wig, the following exchange took place:
ME: " St. Nicholas, you don't think anyone will recognize you, do you?"
ST. NICHOLAS (as he adjusted himself in the mirror):
" Heck, I don't even recognize myself!"
#schooltraditions
#whoisthat?
#thankyoustnicholas
#soblessed
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Attention parents of Girls Grades K-7:


Interested in Southcoast Girls Softball?

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 .