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On Sunday, November 28th Advent begins. Advent is a period of time of simple living and extra prayer. It is a time to prepare for a new coming of Jesus our Savior.
The first coming of Jesus, at Bethlehem, will not happen again. At Christmas we will remember that coming, but now we prepare for a new coming. Every time Jesus comes, it surprises us. It is never exactly the way we expect it to happen.
Some people want the Savior to come with great power to reward them and wipe away their enemies. But Jesus is a loving and peaceful Savior. He calls his followers to make the whole world loving and peaceful. During Advent, we try to prepare our homes and our lives for Jesus, the King of Glory and the Prince of Peace. We can also help our families keep the peace of Advent by not worrying about what we are going to get for Christmas. This is very hard because it is so exciting to get gifts! It will be easier if we spend time thinking about the good things we can give to the people we love. We know that Christmas is more than just gifts. We also know that Christmas is more than just one day. December 25 is the first day of Christmastime, a season that lasts until January 9, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
During Advent, we can talk about what the Christmas season means to us. May we find this time a special time to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus with joy and peace. May you all have a very Happy and Blessed Christmas!
Sister Regina Mullen
‘Tis The Season
Report card day is approaching on December 16th and 17th, and as the holidays approach, preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas may add extra burdens that tax your energies as you try to get everything done in a limited time. The excitement and fun of the holidays should be wonderfully memorable but can be a nightmare for parents and a period of great neglect for students who are already struggling in school. Here are a few reminders to help ensure that your children will have a happy and productive holiday season...
1. More than anything else, children need a definite, daily routine that only changes on a rare occasion. If you have designated a certain time each day for homework, stick to the schedule.
2. Do not let the television rob the time. Insist on a good book to occupy your child’s extra time.
3. You thought your child was old enough to do his/her homework without your help, but after looking at your child’s report card, do you still think so?
4. Your child still needs you to help study for tests.
5. Curfews are an important security measure for school-aged children. During the winter months when it gets dark early, don’t feel guilty about insisting that your children be in by dark.
6. The most important gifts you can give your child this Christmas are a good education and strong faith. Put your time and energy into the gifts that will last.
7. Please be on time for your scheduled conference with your child’s teacher. Students should come with their parent/s to the conference.
School Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals
As winter approaches and the threat of ice and snow increases, be on the alert for school closings and delays. KYW (1060) will announce all school closings and delays. If there is any chance of inclement weather, be sure to tune in before starting out for school. KYW does not announce each school individually. The announcement will be for “all Philadelphia Public and Parochial Schools.”
Save Those Labels and Cell Phones
Don’t forget to send in your Campbell Soup Labels, General Mills Box Tops for Education, and used cell phones.
Sharing Some Great News!
This year, the seventh and eighth grade students will participate in the PA Mathematics League. During the 2010-2011 school year, more than 900 schools will participate in the contests. Our school will receive certificates of merit for high scoring students on every grade level.
Just Some Reminders
Please see that your child/children arrive at school by 7:45 AM.
Make a Difference Awards
On Wednesday, November 17th at our Home and School General Meeting, our parish awarded over $25,000.00 in scholarship moniesto families who make Sunday commitments to the Lord, participate in school activities, and therefore “make a difference” in the faith-life of our school community.
Santa Secret Shop
On December 9 and 10, the students will be able to do some Christmas shopping at our Santa Secret Shop. Santa may stop by too!
New Additions . . .
- The pre- kindergarten classroom has received a new rug.
- New Reading Series (2011) copyright for Grades 1-3.
- Library books
- Advent calendars for the classrooms
- Math Manipulatives
- New softball bases, soccer balls etc. for gym class
- Jumpropes and holahoops
- Puzzles and games
- New Art supplies
- Two new LCD projectors
- Educational Games
- First in Math (work on over the holidays)
- Simple Solutions (Gr. K-4)
Service to Others
On November 22nd, three eighth graders, Crystal Soriano, Taylor Thomas and Kiaralis Velez had a bake sale to raise money for Camilla Hall. They raised $149.31!
Holy Innocents ACES
and Tree Lighting Service
This year our Live Nativity and Tree Lighting ceremony will be on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm in church. All the students are involved in this event.
Please join us in this special celebration anticipating Christ’s birth.
Dress Down Day on THURSday, December 2nd for those students with “clear calendars” during the month of November.
Have a Happy Christmas!
Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011!!