ADVENT The liturgical season of Advent prepares us for Christmas, when we recall Christ’s first coming among us. Advent is a season of joyful expectation. During Advent, each Sunday’s gospel has a specific theme. The Old Testament readings, especially those taken from Isaiah, are prophecies about the Messiah and messianic times. The selections from the writings of the apostles present exhortations and instructions on different themes of this season.
During this time of “joyful preparation” to celebrate the Nativity, let us pray a little more, attend Mass – perhaps even during the week, read the Gospel according to Matthew, and control the “shopping urge.” Do something good for others. Teach your children to enjoy this season with Christ because Christ is the reason for this season!
Advent Wreath Formed from sprigs of green foliage in a circular shape (sign of eternity and everlasting life), which surround four candles (one pink and three purple), the Advent wreath sits on a table, or near the altar, or hangs from the ceiling. Lighting a distinct purple candle on each of three Sundays of Advent (on the third Sunday the pink candle is lit as a sign of joy for the near birth of Jesus) symbolizes the coming of Christ, the Light of the World. Family prayers are recited and hymns sung each day or each week. Parents, try this year to have a wreath on your dining table, or in a familiar spot of the house and gather around it with your children.
Thank you to all families who participated in our QSP fundraiser. Also, thank you to those who supported our Dance-A-Thon. The money raised through these fundraisers will support many of our school activities and special events.
During the month of December, we will collect hard candy for Dr. Simone’s Canadian Food for Children charity. We will also accept donations of new and gently used shoes and footwear for Dr. Simone’s organization.
Our Share Life spirit week and pop-corn
sales were a great success. Thank you to
all who participated.
QSP MAGAZINE FUNDRAISING DRIVE! The money raised through our fundraiser benefits all our children with the many enrichment activities throughout the school year.
Delivery of your magazines!!!
Many magazines will have start arriving shortly, especially for those who ordered their magazines online! Please keep in mind that some subscriptions may take longer to start depending on the magazine ordered and the number of issues per year.
Questions? Contact QSP Customer Service:
Even though our deadline for sending in orders and getting prizes has passed, you can still order online anytime at great prices and our school still benefits! If you want to renew other magazines, or order a new magazine, or order gift subscriptionsyou can still take advantage of QSP’s great prices all year long, just go to:
www.qsp.ca and click on “Shop Now”
Advent Mass Please join us for our Advent Mass which will take place on Thursday, December 12th at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.
St. Aidan School Website
Please visit our school website regularly for the latest information on school events and important dates. www.dpcdsb.org/AIDAN
First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation Guardian Angels parish hosted a parent information meeting on November 30, following the 12:00 mass at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School for parents whose children are receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Communion this year. If you were unable to attend, please contact Guardian Angels Parish at 905-970-9175.
First Reconciliation will take place on April 17, 2015 at 9:15 a.m. at St. Aidan School.
First Communion will take place on May 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church.
On December 7, 2014 there will be a parent information meeting following the 12:00 mass at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School for parents whose children are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year.
Reconciliation for Confirmandi will take place on April 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Aidan.
Confirmation will take place on April 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Edmund Campion Secondary School.
Your child will receive additional information throughout the year regarding their participation in these sacraments.
Extended French Information Meeting Grade 4 parent(s)/guardian(s), who wish to enroll their child in a Grade 5 Extended French class for September, 2015 are invited to attend an information meeting at:
January 13, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
At the present time, the above mentioned schools are the designated centers for our area. Applications will be accepted at that centers until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.
Full Day Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016
Registration for full day kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, will take place at St. Aidan School on the following days:
Monday, January 26, 2015 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, January 30, 2015 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
For more information, call St. Aidan School at
905-840-3042 or visit www.dpcdsb.org
Remembrance Day Liturgy On Monday, November 11, 2013, the St. Aidan School Community gathered in our gym to celebrate our Remembrance Day Liturgy. Thank you to all participants.
Our Kindergarten and Primary classes are hard at work preparing for their annual Christmas concerts. The Kindergarten concert will take place on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. and the Primary concert (Grades 1 to 3) will take place on Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected. We hope you are able to join us!
Parent Lending Library
Last year the Catholic School Council purchased a number of resources for a parent lending library. If you would like to borrow one of the books please send a note with your child with the title of the book you are interested in borrowing. A list of titles can be found on our school website www.dpcdsb.org/AIDAN
Winter Dress It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (mittens, hats, scarves, boots, etc.). Labelling items would be helpful, as many boots and mittens look similar. We ask that each child have indoor footwear and boots to wear outside when it is rainy or snowy. Except during extreme cold or rain, students go outside during recess and the lunch hour.
Create a homework supply kit. This kit can include materials that your child will use on a regular basis such as pencils, pens, ruler, paper, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, etc. By having these supplies on hand, time is not wasted
searching for them when they are
Bus Cancellations/School Closing Due to Bad Weather
Please be advised that during the winter months, inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 am and will be announced on the radio and television stations identified below.
VIRGIN RADIO FM99.9 CHUM AM1050
CJCL AM590 CJBC (FR) AM860
CHFI FM98.1 EZ ROCK FM97.3
CFTR AM680 CFRB AM1010
FM Z103.5 FM93.1
CFNY FM102.1/AM640 CBC FM99.1
CHIN FM100.7/AM1540 CTV
CITYPULSE GLOBAL NEWS CANADA AM
You will hear one of four standard messages:
1.”Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board buses serving St. Andrew, St. Benedict and St. Peter elementary schools and R.F. Hall secondary schools are cancelled for today”
This message does not affect St. Aidan School 2.”The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board buses and the Peel District School Board buses in the town of Caledon and the County of Dufferin are cancelled”.
This message does not affect St. Aidan 3.”The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board Buses are cancelled”.
ALL transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board have been cancelled for the entire day. 4.”The schools and offices of both the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Peel District School Board are closed”
ALL schools are closed to students and staff.
Our Catholic School Heritage
Each month we will highlight some
key questions/answers related to
our Catholic School Heritage.
1. Was there opposition to separate schools before Confederation?
Yes, as now, there were advocates of one school system. Protestant spokespersons believed in the adequacy of the common (now public) school’s basic non-denominational Christianity, which constituted an important element of the common school’s religion lessons and their readers. They held that beliefs specific to certain religions should be taught in the churches and homes.
2. Why did Catholics find the non-denominational religious education of the common school unsatisfactory?
Catholics wanted separate schools where all the beliefs of the Catholic Church would be taught, where the pupils would live their faith in a sacramental and community manner in proximity to the parish church and priest, and where religion would permeate the reading, literature and history curriculum. Furthermore, as modern times arrived, the multiculturalism of the public school’s student body necessitated the eradication of the teaching of Christianity.
3. What sacrifices did Catholics have to make to send their children to separate schools?
Because the United Legislature of Canada East and Canada West roughly had consisted of members advocating non-denominational common schools and half were in favour of them, separate school legislation, for about fifteen years, contained three obstacles to their existence:
Catholics could establish and support a separate school, but had to continue paying common school taxes. Thus, they paid tuition for their children in the separate school;
The separate school had no permanence of existence. If the local common school board hired a Catholic as one of its teachers, then the separate school ceased to exist. Separate schools kept opening and closing in the early years;
In the cities the separate school board required the permission of the common school board to open a new or an additional separate school. Sometimes the permission was not forthcoming.
The legislation required twelve Catholic heads of family resident within a city, town or township common school section. The townships’ common school sections were so small that often there were not twelve resident Catholic families.
St. Aidan Christmas Mingle Jingle St. Aidan’s 2nd Annual Christmas Mingle & Jingle will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Activities include: Christmas café, entertainment, games and fun for people of all ages. Admission to this event is free, however; a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Knight’s Table would be appreciated. We will also have a vendor marketplace where you can pick up some special items for Christmas. A separate information flyer with further details will be sent home prior to the event. We look forward to seeing you!
Sports Corner Congratulations to our boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams who represented St. Aidan in last month’s volleyball tournaments. The students displayed great sportsmanship!
From the entire staff at St. Aidan, have a blessed and joyful Christmas!