November 27th, 2016
Monday- No School: Pastor's Holiday
Tuesday- DARE (DARE Shirt); Mass 9:00 AM; Advent Gift Giving Mass 7:00 PM
Thursday- Gym (Gym Uniform)
Friday- First Friday Mass 9:00 AM; Christmas Tree Blessing 2:15 PM
I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday and Thanksgiving break. There is no school tomorrow, Monday; classes will resume on Tuesday.
We have DARE on Tuesday; please remember that the Taking a Stand Projects are due next Tuesday, December 6th.
Starting this week, we will be attending the 9:00 AM Mass on Tuesdays for Advent.
Our parish Advent Gift Giving Mass will be on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The gifts will be donated to families of St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Chester & Sacred Heart Parish, Camden. Refreshments will be served after Mass. If you can not attend, gifts may be dropped off to school Tuesday morning, and they will be taken over to the church.
We will begin scheduling parent/teacher conferences through OptionC on Thursday; instructions will be sent out this week as well as included in the Weekly Update. You will be able to schedule all conferences (for multiple students or teachers) from one screen. I look forward to meeting and discussing the students successes and strategies for improvement in the second trimester. I will also be available before or after school (my class schedule does not allow for meetings during the day) if we are not able to arrange a meeting for the designated conference day of Tuesday, December 13th.
First Friday Mass for December will be this week at 9:00 AM. We will recognize two Disciples of the Month for peace. Please join us if your scheduled permits.
For the month of December, we will be collecting breakfast items to assemble breakfast bags for Aid for Friends as a service project. Aid for Friends (AFF) provides meals to home-bound seniors in our area, and both St. Ignatius and St. John the Evangelist Parishes have a long tradition of providing meals for AFF. You can send in any of the items listed below over the next few weeks. On the morning of December 21st, we are going to assemble the bags along with cards that the students will make to place with the bags. Here is a description from AFF of items that we can put in the bag:
"miniature boxes of cereal, orange juice cartons, packets of oatmeal, tea bags, instant coffee, pudding, fruit cups, boxes of raisins, plastic utensils, napkins. 4 or 5 items in each bag is plenty but they must be non-perishable. *Heavily sugared cereals are not good for many of our clients. Please do not put in the bags any of the following: cookies, muffins, fresh fruit or apple sauce cups that come with an aluminum top that can be easily punctured."
Our class will be going to Santa's Secret Shop on Monday, December December 5th from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. The shopping lists and other information will be sent home this week.
For the Christmas Concert on Monday, December 12th, the 5th graders need to wear dress clothes for their song "Soon and Very Soon." They need to wear their outfit to school that day for the dress rehearsal at 1:00 PM as well as to the evening performance. The evening show will begin at 7:15 PM this year; the students need to be dropped off in the church by 7:00 PM.
Please be sure to visit the 5th Grade page of the school website for copies of the newsletter, photos, forms, homework, and the assessment calendar.
Thank you for all of your efforts, support, and for entrusting your children to St. Ignatius School. I am very thank for all of you, to work at a place where I look forward to each and every day, for supportive colleagues, and for such an amazing group of students.
I will be returning from a visit with family, in New Mexico, tomorrow, and I look forward to welcoming the fifth graders back to school on Tuesday. Have a great week!