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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Christmas Services at St. Teresa Church

St. Teresa Families,

Please find attached the schedule for services at St. Teresa of Avila Church over the holidays. Father Gil welcomes everyone, and encourages us to celebrate together!

Christmas Church Schedule

On behalf of the St. Teresa School staff, I want to wish everyone a very blessing-filled Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank-you for all your support! We are truly blessed to work with your children each day!

Mr. Goodyear



Christmas Craft Sale- last reminder!

Tomorrow is our annual Christmas craft sale for the students. It’s a wonderful time for each class to come and purchase some small gifts for parents and other family members. Students are reminded to bring their money in small denominations, along with a ziplock bag or wallet with their names on it in case it gets lost. Parents please make sure that the raffle tickets have your child’s first name and last initial on the ticket, and cut up. Raffle tickets are 3 for $1.00 or 50 cents each.

The Christmas craft sale is always a highlight for the students and staff of St. Teresa School.  Thanks so much for all your donations and your support!


When the Holidays are Difficult

Dear Families,

As we all know, Christmas can be a time of great joy, but can also be a time of sadness and grief. Please find enclosed a caring and very supportive letter by our St. David Family of Schools Social Worker, Mrs. Cathy McDonald-Reis, about supports available during this week and some contacts for during the holidays. We ask for God’s blessings on all our families during the Christmas season and New Year.

Finding Joy at Christmas Dec 2018


Christmas Sweater/Colours Day this Friday!

Christmas Sweater/Christmas Colour Day!

This Friday,December 21st, The Social Justice Club, is sponsoring Christmas Sweater/Christmas Colour Day at St.Teresa School. We are asking students to make a free-will “loose change” (quarters, loonies, toonies) donation. We would like to purchase a Christmas gift for a family in a developing country through Chalice, a Catholic charitable organization. If a student brings in a coin donation, we will give them a ballot  for a raffle prize generously donated by Mr. Goodyear.

The donations collected from the classrooms will go towards buying a goat, cow or maybe even vaccinations! Last year, just the Social Justice Club raised $75 dollars and we were able to buy a goat! A goat doesn’t just help the family but it helps the whole community. A goat can give milk, reproduce and make more goats and be used as meat. Any donations are appreciated. You do not need to bring money to dress up and enjoy the day. Thank you and Merry Christmas!


Ianis, Lourdez, Maya and Madison on behalf of The Social Justice Club

December 17-21st Week at a Peek


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Week of: December 17th-December 21st, 2o18.


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A very special thank-you goes out to all those involved in the Christmas Pageant at the Church this past weekend at mass! Thank-you to all the students involved, the parents who supported this, and to the volunteers who helped make this such a wonderful event during the season of Advent! Thank-you to Mrs. Schaus for directing the performance again this year! It was wonderful, and so meaningful when it was included as part of the mass!

Thank-you to Fr. Gil as well for not only supporting the pageant, but for welcoming in the students with absolute joy! It was fitting that we lit the pink candle this past weekend not only to symbolize the third week of Advent, but of the Joy of the birth of Jesus to come!

Father Gil went out of his way to spend time talking to the whole congregation about the children of the Parish, telling them how important they are, the energy they bring, and how they are the future of the Church.  Father invited all the children along with their families to Church each weekend. He really wants everyone there to celebrate on the weekends!

In fact, the following document “appeared” in each pew this weekend about children at Church.

Celebrating Children at St. Teresa of Avila Parish

“This is the warmest welcome I’ve ever witnessed in a Church for the young people. Our community is so very fortunate to have the parish of St. Teresa of Avila that is building together so strongly with such a strong emphasis on the children.” (Mr. Goodyear)

We thank all our First Communion Candidates, their parents and teachers, for sharing their projects at the Church this weekend as well! We also thank our Confirmation Candidates, their parents, and teachers for sharing their projects last weekend at mass!

We wish all our families all the very best that this Christmas season has to offer!  We as a staff are truly blessed to work in such a caring, committed community with Christ at the centre! We thank our parents, grandparents, guardians, and community partners for all you do on behalf of the students at St. Teresa School! We are told that the special feeling when you enter into our building and walk down the halls is the Holy Spirit at work! We as the staff of St. Teresa School are all truly blessed to work, learn, and celebrate in such a special school! Thank-you for sending us your children every day!


What’s Happening This Week…

Monday, December 17th, 2018

  • Pizza Money is Due tomorrow
  • What God Wants for Christmas Box 4

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

  • Pizza Money is Due. $1.00 a slice. No late orders or Wednesday orders.
  • What God Wants for Christmas Box 5

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

  • Pizza Day!
  • What God Wants for Christmas Box 6
  • Christmas Craft Sale in the gym- please send wrapping paper/tape for the students to wrap their gifts they buy at school

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

  • What God Wants for Christmas Box 7
  • Advent Celebration in the gym- The Living Advent Wreath- 11:00am

Friday, December 21st, 2018

  • Santa’s Helper Day- Dress in Christmas colours! Christmas sweater day- donations accepted
  • Annual “Wheel of Love” contest on the PA following morning announcements!


Christmas Holidays are from Monday, December 24th to Sunday, January 6th. School resumes on Monday, January 7th at 9:20am.

Once the Christmas Eve/Day mass(es) have been announced, they will be shared with the community.

Have a great week Tigers!

School Council Update

St. Teresa Community,

Here is a short update from School Council. Thank-you!

Christmas Pageant

The students of St Teresa School would like to invite you to their presentation of “The Christmas Story” on Sat Dec 15th during the 5pm mass. Please bring a non-perishable food item to help restock the shelves for the St Vincent de Paul, that help a lot of families in our community. Suggested items are Spaghetti and Pasta Sauce, Instant Oatmeal, Canned Fruit, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Canned Soup, Cheese Whiz, Pancake mix and Syrup and Pickles. This presentation is sure to fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas while helping our community.

Factory Shoe Playground Renewal Fundraiser-ongoing

Factory Shoe Playground Renewal Fundraiser Winter boot season will very soon be upon us! Since last year we have had an incentive plan with Factory Shoe. For every $35.00 spent they will donate $5.00 to our school. So far we have over $220 raised! We sent cards home in June. You keep using the same card over and over 🙂 If you need another card, please just send a note with your child and we will send one home. Also, the number for our school is 0064341 if you don’t have the card with you.

Playground Renewal Donations

Dear Tiger Families,

Donations to the Playground Renewal Fund can be made directly to School Cash online. It can be found at the following link

School Cash Online

Thank-you for your ongoing support!!


Our Pizza Days will be changing to School Cash online next September, so please be sure to sign up for School Cash online asap!


Volunteers still needed!

Dear Parents,

We are still in need of some volunteers for the Christmas craft sale, especially the afternoon of Wednesday, December 19th. Helping students shop, collecting money, and setting out items are a few of the volunteers tasks required. If you can help us at this wonderful annual event, please give the school a call at (519)-743-2131 and let us know! Thanks in advance!


December 10th-15 Week at a Peek

St. Teresa School- Home of the Tigers!

Week of:  December 10th-December 15th, 2o18.

Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations Theme: “I Have Responsibilities”

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What’s Happening This Week…

Sunday, December 9th– 10 am mass- “Holy Mass with Gifts” for Grade 7 and 8 Confirmation Candidates

Monday, December 10th, 2018

  • Pizza Money is Due tomorrow

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

  • Pizza Money is Due. $1.00 a slice. No late orders or Wednesday orders.
  • Advent mass at the Church-11am- All are welcome!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

  • Pizza Day!
  • What God Wants for Christmas program starts today

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

  • Pageant rehearsal at the Church from 6-7pm- Dress Rehearsal
  • Grade 1/2 class and 2/3 class to Laurel Creek today
  • What God Wants for Christmas Program

Friday, December 14th, 2018

  • Pageant presentation for the School at 1:15pm- Please bring your costume if you are in the play.
  • JK/SK “Happy Birthday Jesus” in the gym at 2pm
  • What God Wants for Christmas Program
  • Parent Meeting for Confirmation Candidates 7pm in the Church Hall

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

  • 5pm Mass at St. Teresa. All families are invited to join for mass and the Christmas Pageant directed by Mrs. Lorianne Schaus. The pageant will take place as part of the mass this year, not after.
  • Those in the Pageant need to sign in at 4:15pm please.

Weekend Masses at St. Teresa Church- Fr. Gil welcomes all families, and he encourages us to celebrate mass together! Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 10am.

Have a great week Tigers!