|FROM THE DESK OF MS. BRESLER... |
This will be the last newsletter prior to Thanksgiving so I want to wish all our families a joyous and restful Thanksgiving holiday. If you are looking for an easy Thanksgiving prayer, check out the Parish website. The Faith Formation Commission has posted some options for you to use.
I want to thank everyone for the last two weeks. I know going virtual was a big switch, and by working together we were able to make it happen with little learning time lost. For the most part, I feel that these two weeks have gone a lot smoother than last spring. The changes we have made with our platform and how virtual teaching is arranged time-wise have made a big difference. Please share your thoughts about your family's experience with me along with any suggestions you may have to make it better.
Our continued hope is that we will be back in session on November 30th as planned. That being said the Governor will talk today and give the state an update on how the state is doing, and I have a meeting with the Health Department at 4:00 today to get their take on how the community is doing as a whole. These two, plus the number of cases we are seeing in our school community (we have not had any new cases since my last email to you - 6 staff and 5 students) will all count, as I weigh the decision on what to do.
If you do have cases of COVID-19 that you have not reported to the school please do so. We need all the information we can gather as we decide the safest course of action for our school community.
We are also looking at sports, practices, games and tournaments, to see what the safest course of action is. I am in contact with the Boosters and, again, we want to move cautiously, but we also want to allow our students the chance to participate in something "normal". Please know that if we decide to continue with sports, as a parent, you have the final say on what your child does or does not do.
We are planning to release report cards virtually by noon on Friday. You will need to go to MSP and log into your parent account, like normal. In the upper left-hand corner there will be a "Modules" tag. Hover over this and it should reveal a drop down menu. You should find "Report Cards" here. Click on "Report Cards" and it should open directly to all student report cards that are tied to your parent account. You can print this out for your conference(s) on Monday and Tuesday if you would like.
PARENT - TEACHER CONFERENCES:
You should have signed up for parent conferences that are happening on Monday evening and Tuesday morning. You should be receiving an email from your student's teacher, giving you the Zoom link to use when attending your conference. Be sure to show up a couple of minutes early so when the teacher is finished with the previous conference he/she can admit you into the meeting. Just pretend you are sitting on a chair in the hallway outside the teacher's door - at least this year you could be sitting in your recliner with you feet up waiting....we gotta find the silver lining where we can.
I would suggest that you find a quiet place - without the children, especially if they are little - for the conference. Come to the meeting prepared with questions so you don't forget any topics you want to discuss.
FEED THE HUNGRY:
St. Veronica's 8th Grade Food Drive is still going on, but this is your last chance to help! They are accepting final donations TODAY, November 19th, in the school parking lot, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. See flyer below!
We are working in conjunction with the parish on using the LITTLE BLUE BOOK for Advent this year. On Monday, November 30th, the youngest/only child will be given a Little Blue Book from the parish to bring home (or you could pick one up at Mass over the weekend, if you haven't already done so).
You will also be given an Advent Calendar that highlights things you can talk about and do with your family, and an overall plan for the Advent Season. We have planned the first three weeks we are together, though there are four weeks of Advent. You can continue the final week on your own, using the Little Blue Book.
Each week will be focused around a theme that echoes the Sunday Gospels. Each week the days will be organized around five ways to prepare, one for each day of the school week:
- A Practical way to prepare
- A Charitable way to prepare
- A Kindness Journal prompt to help you prepare
- A Personal Idea of something you can do to prepare
- A Prayerful way to prepare
The Weekly Themes are:
- Week One - Watch and be Alert
- Week Two - Prepare the Way
- Week Three - Share the Joy
- Week Four - We are Called and Chosen
Our goal is to help you and your family have a more prayerful and meaningful Advent Season.
There is still time to help with our Parish Giving Tree. You have the option of picking a gift off off the tree in the Narthex, or going virtual and committing to a gift card or donation online. All donations need to be back to the church or parish office by December 6th after the 11:30 Mass. All items and gift cards will be picked up on December 7th by different organizations.
SPLIT THE POT:
It is still not too late to participate in the parish "Virtual Festival" by purchasing a Split the Pot Raffle ticket. You can find tickets in the Narthex on a high table. You can even do it online! Just check out the parish website and it will direct you on what to do.
ONE DAY OF GIVING - DECEMBER 1, 2020:
If you are looking for a spot for giving before the end of the tax year, we have a great idea! On December 1, 2020, you can give directly to St. Veronica Parish and all proceeds remain in the parish. No Archdiocesan assessment will be levied on the donations made on December 1 - only on that day! Below are two ways to participate in this fundraising event. You can click on the link below and it will take you to the Give Central website and the direct link to St. Veronica's page. You can also text to the number below and make a donation that way. Be sure to use the keyword: veronica when you do!
Text-to-Give Phone Number: 513-586-1943
Text-to-Give Keyword: veronica
Know that if December 1, 2020 doesn't work for you, you can always donate to the parish anytime and mark it "School Support" and no Archdiocesan assessment will be taken.
DON'T MISS OUT....
TO SIGN UP IS
PARENT / TEACHER
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020
Gratitude Around the Campfire
November 22, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Come with your children and join Fr. Alex for a campfire at
Valley View Park located at 790 Garfield Avenue in Milford.
We will have a fire and s'mores for the children.
Each family should bring:
- A bible verse about gratitude/giving thanks
- An example of what they are thankful for this year
- A jar of peanut butter to be donated to IPM
We will have fun and some intentional time reflecting
on God's word relative to Thanks/Praise. Please eat dinner
prior to coming.
Due to COVID-19 we will take into consideration the following health precautions.
- Families will be spaced out. No getting into contact with other families unless face masks are worn.
- Each child or the child's parent will prepare s'mores.
SPLIT THE POT RAFFLE
As a way to help with finances and make-up for our missed festival this year St. Veronica is hosting a Mega Split the Pot Raffle. All parishioners should be receiving a mailing from the Finance Commission containing information about the raffle and tickets to purchase. Tickets are also available to purchase online by going to the parish website. Please encourage your relatives and friends to participate. The more who participate the greater the winnings!
Drawing November 26, 2020
Winner not be present to win.
PRIZE 1: 75% of split pot
PRIZE 2: 12.5% of split pot
PRIZE 3: 12.5% of split pot
Early bird drawing
on October 23, 2020 for $100 prize!
$5 for 1 ticket / $25 for 6 tickets / $50 for 14 tickets / $100 for 30 tickets