November 19, 2013
Happy November! The weather is finally feeling like fall/early winter.
Please remember to send your child to school with at least a sweatshirt and
hopefully a jacket. They go to outside recess every day (unless its raining)
so need to be appropriately dressed for the weather.
This Friday we will do our Stone Soup project, including reading the book,
acting out the story and making (and eating) the soup. We will eat the soup
at our normal lunchtime, but if you think your child may not like the soup (it
will be a chicken and vegetable soup) please pack them a lunch.
Next week is a short week before the Thanksgiving break. On Tuesday, we
will have a visit from the SPCA, and we will collect pet food to donate to the
SPCA. We ask that the children do chores around the house to earn money to
purchase pet food they want to contribute.
We have started learning about Reconciliation in Religion. This is the
first Sacrament your child will receive this year, on February 15th. Many
parishes hold Advent Penance services (OLL's will be December 4 at 7pm). Your
child cannot receive Reconciliation but can observe you and other adults
Advent starts December 1, 2013 and begins the Church's liturgical year. The
Advent season is a time of preparation that allows us to pause the hecticness
of modern Christmas, and focus our hearts and minds on the peace and promise
that comes through Christ's birth. Advent is most typically symbolized by
Advent wreaths. The three purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and
preparatory sacrifices and goods works that we do during Advent. The rose
candle is lit on the third, Gaudete Sunday, and symbolizes rejoicing, because
it is the midpoint of Advent, and Christmas is close.
The Advent calendar (link to below) has daily activity and prayer
suggestions to help prepare us spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Advent Resources: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-
Advent Calendar: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-
Nov 22 - Stone Soup
Nov 26 - SPCA visit
Nov 27-29 Thanksgiving break
Dec 1 - Advent begins
Dec 3 - Christmas Choral Concert for 1st, 2nd and 5th graders at 7pm
We want to thank all of you for everything you've done and the support you
have given us. We wish you and your families a blessed and safe Thanksgiving
and a peaceful beginning of Advent.
God bless all of you,
Mrs. Frinzl and Mrs. Lynch
"God is not like a treasure that we keep in a corner of our life but must be
increased. It must be nourished every day..." The Simple Wisdom of Pope
Francis (a collection of teachings on the faith).