Dear Thunderbolt Families!
October brings us to a new virtue of the month. We are now focused on the virtue of gratitude. We practice this virtue often as a staff and in our classrooms as it is also a practice of mindfulness which builds positive mental health. Our prayers are often filled with gratitude for God's blessings and helps shape our world view. With this lens of gratitude, our students will look for the good in all things.
- Orange Shirt Day celebrations and prayers started on Monday with liturgy and continued throughout the week. The students showed respect and reverence for this important memorial day. Our classrooms all continued to learn, pray and discuss in their classrooms as well throughout the week as they prepared their Project of Heart tiles. We will now work as a school to install these tiles as our memorial and reminder that we are all journeying together.
- On Wednesday, our students were blessed with the opportunity to learn about the smudge ceremony and traditional teachings and stories. Rodger Ross taught about the sacred circle and how the smudge ceremony and smudge medicines are part of these sacred teachings. Then our older students participated in a smudge ceremony with just over 100 students participating. Mr. Ross used sage for this ceremony. We have been gifted with our own smudge feather, sage, and smudge bowl so that we will continue to have the opportunity to smudge within our school. We are very grateful for this educational and spiritual experience.
- Picture Day is coming October 10! You will have the opportunity to purchase your photos online or through order form once the proofs are returned.
- Thank you to the teachers and families that joined us at Our Lady of Peace last Sunday for our Educator Commissioning. Father James blessed our educational staff as we enter into the new school year. We also celebrated World Teacher Day on October 5.
- We celebrated the end of September and all the wonderful things we did to welcome and encourage one another as a school community - Stronger Together. This included recognizing our Bolt of Light winners who earn tickets for good deeds, kindness, and demonstrating virtues as actions. We also recognized one student from each class as identified by their teacher or peers as having truly shown the virtue of hospitality throughout the month. Every month also ends in a video sharing highlights of the learning and activities we have participated in.
- Speech and Language has undergone some changes this year at a school division level. Our students have been assessed by the Speech Pathologist, Colleen Kozak. We will be getting our speech services during the month of February rather than the traditional once a week schedule.
- First Reconciliation class begins this Sunday evening at Our Lady of Peace. Please contact the church for more information. You can register at the meeting. Parents are part of the classes and stay to also learn and support the child on this sacramental preparation.
- Thanksgiving Liturgy is on Friday, October 11 @ 2:50PM.
- We are hoping to enjoy a teacher vs student football game this week - maybe as early as Monday! The weather looks great on Monday and then it gets cold again. Cross Country letters will also be going home with a plan for a wind-up celebration lunch.
- No School on October 14 for Thanksgiving and October 18 for Teacher Convention.
- CSCC Meeting on October 8 at 6:00PM in the St. Gregory library.
- Ms. Horsman and Ms. Hopfauf are both welcoming pre-intern students from the University of Regina this week. They are students studying to be teachers and will be working with these classes to develop their experience.
Prayer for Gratitude
Let us pray,
God, we thank you for creating us and giving us to each other.
Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows,
for your comfort in our sadness,
your presence in our loneliness.
Thank you especially for the people in our lives that lift us up.
Help us to find ways to give thanks to them
and give back with our own words of support and love.
Fill us with gratitude and work to give that gratitude to others.
Growing in God's Grace,
St. Gregory Principal