December Newsletter

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:00 AM by Sean McGuire

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December Newsletter 2016

In this issue
The Season of Advent

School Advent Mass

Me to We Advent Project

Winter Bus Safety

December Gathering

Office Updates

Important Dates

Quick Links

St. Kateri Tekakwitha




Parish Links

Good Shepherd

The Season of Advent

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.  This is a special time of waiting and we have been sharing this time with our students beginning each week with Advent Liturgies. The end result certainly makes up for the waiting. The end result of course during Advent is the celebration of the Birth of Jesus.  

On behalf of the entire staff Merry Christmas and all the Best for 2017.

School Advent Mass

Our school Advent Mass will be held on December 16th at 9:30 a.m.  Parents and family are welcome to join us.  

Me to We Advent Project 2016

Seasons Greetings!

From December 5th to December 23rd, St. Kateri’s Me to We Team will be doing two fundraisers in support of local charities, the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard and the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund.  Help students learn about the importance of helping those in need this holiday season. They will not only make significant contributions to their community, but also become knowledgeable advocates for change.

Ottawa Snowsuit Fund

What: Students are asked to donate new or gently used winter clothing. Items such as winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens/gloves and scarves are appreciated.

When: Ongoing throughout the month of December. The Ottawa Snowsuit fund will be collecting all donations the final week of December prior to the Christmas break.

Where: Donations will be collected and displayed in the front lobby of SKT.

Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard

What: Students are asked to donate non-perishable food items every Friday. Items such as healthy lunch snacks (granola bars, applesauce) canned fruits and vegetables, beans, pasta, rice, and baby food are greatly appreciated. Please review expiration dates.

When: Every Friday throughout the month of December. We will be hosting spirit days to keep the momentum going.

Friday Dec. 9 - Sports Jersey Day

Friday Dec. 16 -  Tacky Christmas day

Friday Dec. 23 -  PJ Day

Where: Donations will be collected by homeroom teachers to later be displayed in the front lobby of SKT.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. McLaren,  Mme. McKlusky,  Mrs. McGurk,  

Mme. Cousineau, and the  SKT  Me to We Team

Winter School Bus Safety Tips

With the arrival of winter weather, M. L. Bradley Ltd. would like to remind the importance of winter safety to students when riding the bus.  A review of winter school bus safety tips will help to keep our passengers safe throughout the winter months:

Walking to the Bus Stop:  Allow extra time to get to your bus stop. Dress warmly and be sure all drawstrings and straps are tucked in so they cannot get caught on the bus railing or in the door.  Wear bright clothing so the bus can see you in the early morning and late evening. Stand away from where the bus stops. Buses need extra room to stop when there is snow and ice on the roadway.  Use the handrail when boarding or exiting the bus to prevent slipping on wet steps.

Waiting at the Bus Stop:  Do not stand or play on the snow piles at the bus stop. Pay attention to the bus as it arrives at the stop. Don ́t throw snowballs at the bus or anyone else. Don ́t slide on the snow or ice patches in driveways or on the street. Keep away from the bus if you drop something. Never try to pick it up without telling the bus driver that you have dropped something. Never chase after the bus.  Don ́t push or crowd friends getting on the bus. Hands should be kept to yourself at all times while riding on the bus.  On rare occasions, buses are late because of weather conditions or mechanical problems. Talk to your child about what to do if the bus is late. Here are some suggestions:

• When possible, wait with your child for the bus.

• Make sure your child knows their address and a phone number where he can reach you or another trusted adult.

• Help your child set up a bus stop buddy system so your child has someone to wait with for the bus.Wishing you a safe holiday and Winter Season!

December Gathering

We held our December Gathering of the year on Friday, December 2nd.  Congratulations to all the winners from the School Council Fundraiser!  

Office Updates

Student Absence

Just a reminder that when your child is absent (even on a snow day), please call the school to let us know.  As part of our Safe Schools policy, we must contact the parent of each child who is absent if we have not been notified of his/her absence.  As you can imagine—-a quick call into the school would save a lot of time in the morning.  You can call 613-830-2454 any time of the day or night and leave a message.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Catholic School Council

You may keep up to date with our Catholic School Council by visiting their web page.


Important Dates

Advent Mass: December 16th 9:30am

Christmas Choir Presentation:  December 21st 1:15pm

Last Day of School 2016:  December 23rd


St. Kateri Tekakwitha School

6400 Beauséjour Drive

Orléans, ON  K1C 4W2

Phone: 613-820-2454
Twitter: KateriOttawa