Trojan Times

Week of 12/4 - 12/8

Mrs. Pierce’s Principal Message

Advent is in the air. This Sunday begins Advent. “Advent” means “coming” (More4kids.info). Advent is the time we use to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior’s birth. Advent helps us focus on Jesus rather than Santa Clause and the other commercial things. How can you celebrate Advent? One may make or buy an Advent Wreath, light the corresponding candle and pray

Each candle on the Advent Wreath has a specific meaning:

  • Candle one (purple) represents hope. It is often called the prophets’ candle.
  • Candle two (purple) represents peace. It is often called the angels’ candle.
  • Candle three (pink) represents joy. It is often called the shepherds’ candle.
  • Candle four (purple) represents love. It is often called the Bethlehem candle.

Many advent wreaths also include a Christ candle in the middle of the wreath. Here are a few websites to help you create a wonderful prayerful time with your family:

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/prayers/advent-family-prayer

http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/2008/11/lesson-plan-advent.html

http://catholicmom.com/faith/advent/

May we continue to keep Christ in Christmas as we prepare and hope for Jesus.


Peace be with you,

Mrs. Pierce

Christmas Program


Dec. 4th and Dec. 5th


Performing Groups:

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. – School Cafetorium

PK4 and KA

1A and 2A

3A and 4A

5A and 6A

8A and 8B


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. – School Cafetorium

PK3 and KB

1B and 2B

3B and 4B

5B and 6B

7A and 7B


All students need to check in their homeroom by 5:45 P.M. the evening of their performance. Students in Grade 1 - Grade 8 need to be dressed in Mass uniforms. Students in PK3, PK4, KA, and KB will be wearing angel costumes.

Attire-formal uniform for grades 1-8

Prek and Kindergarten – angel costumes

Week at a glance:

Monday, Dec. 4

· Advanced Band 7:00-7:40 A.M.

· Morning Prayer in cafetorium

· Yearbook Meeting CANCELLED

· Christmas Program @ 6:30 P.M.


Tuesday, Dec.5

· Beginning Band 7-7:40 A.M.

· Christmas Program at 6:30 P.M.

· Robotics 7:30 P.M. – note special time

· Remind your students to bring canned goods for Mass on Wed.


Wednesday, Dec. 6

· Advanced Band 7-7:40 A.M.

· No school Mass, will attend Friday's Mass for Holy Day Feast of the Immaculate Conception

· Library Club 3:00-3:40 P.M.

· 6th grade boys and girls basketball tournament at SMG – times TBD


Thursday, Dec. 7

· Beginning Band 7-7:40 A.M.

· NO Running Club

· Individual makeup picture day by Glamour Craft

· Strategic Planning Committee @ 6:00 P.M.


Friday, Dec. 8

· 10:00 School Mass - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

· Lunch times are as follows: 11:15, 11:45, 12:15


Saturday, Dec. 9

· 6th grade boys and girls basketball tournament at SMG – times TBD

· Rosie Breclaw representing SMG at Reading Bee at the Metro Opportunity Center

Friendly Morning Drop Off Car Line Reminders:

1. Beginning Monday, November 13th if you have a PreK 3 or 4 student, please walk them in using the front of the building, unless they are walking with an older sibling at carline. It is becoming too dangerous to have families park in between car line drop off and walk through the back.

2. Please DO NOT park on Saint Maria Court and walk your student across the street or let them cross by themselves.

3. If your student does not arrive before 7:50 A.M., you must walk them to the front office to receive a tardy pass. Students cannot walk inside unless a parent accompanies them when they are tardy.

Thank you for your cooperation! We appreciate the extra effort on your part to ensure the safety of the students.

Looking ahead:

Dec. 11-14 – Christmas Store


Dec. 11-14 – Lunch in Classrooms


Dec. 11- 7th Grade Pre-Season Basketball Tournament @3 P.M. at St. Rita


Dec 11 - Yearbook Meeting 3:30-4:15 P.M.


Dec.11- Home & School Board Meeting @6:30-8:30 P.M.


Dec. 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Dec 13 – NO Chess Club – cancelled due to Christmas Store


Dec. 14 – 3rd - 5th Grade Reconciliation Service 9:30-11:30 A.M.


Dec. 14 – Tentative Pep Rally at 2:00 P.M.


Dec.14 – Running Club 3:30-4:20 P.M.


Dec. 16 – 7th Grade Pre-Season Basketball Tournament at 3 P.M. at St. Rita


Dec. 16 – Middle School Christmas Dance (6th – 8th gr) 6:30 – 9:00 P.M.


Dec. 18-20 – 7th/8th Midterm Exams


Dec. 18 – Student Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 P.M.


Dec. 20 – Chess Club during lunch


Dec. 21 – 6th, 7th, 8th sponsor Polar Express for PK-3rd


Dec. 22 – AM Classroom drop off

Band Performance

Students may wear Christmas socks, shirt, or sweater WITH uniform bottom. Christmas bows or Santa hats also allowed

9:00-9:30 Jessie Tree

11:00-12:00 Class Parties

Noon Dismissal

Indoor Pickup (SMEED NOT available)

End of Quarter


Dec. 22 – Dairy Queen Dine-Out Fundraiser 12pm-5pm (Bowen Road Locations)


Dec. 25- Jan 5 – No School - Christmas Holiday

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