Thunder News Flash – December 5-9

December 03, 2016
  • School Mass - December 7th

    Due to a funeral at St. James Church, the time of our next school Mass has been changed to 1:00pm on Wednesday, December 7th.  The Mass will still be led by the Grade 3 class, will be celebrated at St. James Church, and will focus on the theme of Advent.  We hope that you will be able to join us.

  • Reserved Parking Spot

    At Fun Night the Chow Family put in the winning bid for the Reserved Parking Spot in the paved parent parking lot.  This spot is marked with a “reserved” sign, and is for the Chow Family to use Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, until September 30, 2017.  This includes parking at all school functions.  We would ask that you not park in this space during the times that it is reserved for the Chow Family.

  • Christmas Challenge

    At our last school assembly the students heard the story “The Perfect Gift” and we learned that a perfect gift is something that comes from the heart.  We also reviewed what we are really waiting for during the season of Advent, and the true reason for the celebration of Christmas – the birth of Jesus.  Once again we focused on our “Give without getting” philosophy and the students learned that for about the price of one piece of electronics such as the latest gaming console, an entire village in a third world country could be provided with a water system to give them clean water. Through Chalice the cost of a water system for a village is $600.  The students were further challenged to consider giving some of the money they may receive as a gift this Christmas as a donation to Chalice.  With 225 students in the school, if each student were to donate even $5 of their Christmas money we could raise almost enough to provide two villages with clean water.  If each student donated $10 we would have almost enough to buy four villages systems to provide clean water.  What an amazing opportunity for our students to have such an incredible impact on the world!

  • Bags of Holly For Sale

    The holly sale is finally here!  The Grade 6 class will be selling bags of holly for $5/bag,  December 5th – 7th from 2:30 to 2:45pm, or until they run out.  This is a fundraiser to help raise money for Outdoor Ed. when these students are in Grade 7 next year.  These bags of holly are very popular, and they will have a limited number of bags for sale, so please come early.  

  • St. Vincent de Paul Donations

    This year the school will be collecting items to supplement the Christmas hampers that St. Vincent de Paul puts together for those in need in the Abbotsford area.  Instead of assigning each class some items, or sponsoring a particular family, we are wanting to help fill those hampers with the staple items that everyone needs.  Each class will have a basket to collect items, and we will be accepting items from November 29th – December 15th.  Here are some suggestions:

    • Canned items such as vegetables, fruit, soups (especially the favourites like mushroom, tomato and chicken noodle), canned fish, meats and beans
    • Pasta and sauces, macaroni and cheese, rice
    • Cereals (basic ones like Cheerios, Shreddies, Corn Flakes, etc.), oatmeal packages, pancake mixes and syrup
    • Juice boxes or bottles of juice, fruit cups, pudding boxes or cups, granola bars and breakfast bars, packages of cookies
    • Coffee, tea, Coffee Mate or whitener, hot chocolate, apple cider packs, powdered milk
    • Christmas candy is always a nice treat

    It is also nice to put gift cards into the hampers so that the recipients can treat themselves later, or buy items for their family when things go on sale after Christmas.  They do not have to be large, even $5 or $10 is a wonderful gift to give someone.  If you are planning on donating gift cards, please do not put them in the classroom baskets, but instead send them straight to the school office so that they do not get misplaced.  Your generosity is most appreciated at this time of year.

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