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Weekly News November 18

November 17, 2019

 

Dear Thunderbolt Families!

By an act of the provincial legislature, the fourth Saturday of November has been declared Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day in Saskatchewan. This year Holodomor falls on November 23.   Holodomor comes from two Ukrainian words that roughly translate to murder by starvation. From 1932-1933, the policies of Josef Stalin resulted in the starvation of 10 million Ukrainians.  Our school division was the first to recognize this event in Saskatchewan.  We will have a short prayer service and our Ukranian students in the school division will also be singing at the Saskatchewan Legislature this week.
As we continue to pray for the virtue of peace this month, our prayers for this historical moment remind us to be peacekeepers and learn from the past.

"God is not a God of disorder but of peace"   1 Corinthians 14:33

 

Important News

  • The conference manager closes Monday morning.  ​If you still need to book conferences for Wednesday or Thursday evening, please contact the office in the morning.   We have also shared the Student Achieve Parent Portal student and parent log in information.  Remember to save this log in to allow a parent to view student progress at any time throughout the school year.  We look forward to seeing you and your child at our  Student Involved/Goal-Setting  Conferences Grades 1-8 and PreK.   Remember that students are expected to be in attendance with the parent/guardian.
  • ​Thank you for picking up your cookie dough orders on Friday.  We are now selling Christmas Oranges to fundraise for classroom bus transporation, guest speakers, and classroom activities.  We appreciate your support - forms are due back November 25 for our first order with the oranges pickup on Thursday, November 28.  See the Orange Fundraiser Letter and order Oranges Order Form ​for purchase deadlines and delivery dates.
  • Congratulations to our girls volleyball team for their excellent participation and impressive skills at the Sacred Heart Invitational Tournament this past Thursday.  The team showed excellent volleyball skills for some exciting and tense rallies.  The girls split the two sets in the final between St. Theresa.  As we prepare for the playoffs, we are very proud of both St. Gregory volleyball teams!
​ Upcoming Events
  • Our first Lego Literacy and CSCC Movie Night has been rescheduled to November 29.  It will be a focus on MakerSpace activities for literacy followed by a movie night in the gymnasium with a concession!  We hope you can save the date and join us.  Click here to view the poster!  
  • We also invite you to our Book Fair​ this week during our conference evenings.   The students will have an opportunity to check out the Scholastic Book Fair during the week but it will be open every night of conferences for purchases.  The purchases made at our book fair help to support additional book purchases for our school library.  We also encourage students to read at home regularly!
  • Ukrainian students this week will all be going on a field trip to the Legislative Building for a special Holodomor presentation.  All students will attend Ukrainian on Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00 - 1:00.  
  • We are pleased to start our Recess Guardian program this week with special training from the Blue Cross.  Students from Grade 5 - 8 that are interested in being a recess support for our primary students will be trained on Tuesday morning.  They will learn cooperative games and problem solving strategies to build their skills in supporting positive recess play.  Thank you to our students that have volunteered!
  • Remember that there is no school on Friday this week.​
  • Save the date - December 18 will be a Family Christmas Carnival at St. Gregory school in the evening.  We will send more information as the date approaches.  It will be a PreK - Grade 4 focus but all are welcome! 
  • ​Our school will be serving Our Lady of Peace at the 5:00PM mass on Saturday, November 30.  We will have our choir sing as well as serve the various ministries of altar serving, lector, hospitality and communion ministry.  Please save the date and join us in this celebration.  We will be asking for student volunteers this week at school.

Prayer for Holodomor

Holy and most merciful Father in Heaven.
We thank you for the food we receive every day.
 We thank you for remembering us and nurturing us both in body and spirit.
 
Lord we ask you to supply us with our daily bread every day
We ask You to care for the souls of those who perished during the
Holodomor in Ukraine.
 
We ask you to care for everyone who goes without food or water.
We humbly ask you to fill their bodies with water and food
so that they neither thirst nor hunger this day.
          
Most of all, Lord, we ask you to fill their souls and spirits with the Holy Spirit.
Lord, fill them this day and every other day with your Spirit
so that they may rejoice in feeling the hand of God in their lives.
 
We ask this through Christ our Lord Who lives and reigns with you
For ever and ever, Amen.

Growing in God's Grace, 

Leanne Forrest
St. Gregory Principal