SBS Weekly Update
December 3rd, 2023
Saint Bridget School: a Catholic community that encourages a love of God, respect for all, and academic excellence.
Today marks the beginning of Advent, with the lighting of the Hope candle. We join together and share our hope for the coming Messiah. May this season of Advent be wonderful for you and your family.
PTO - Pictures with Santa: This is just 5 days away! SBS PTO hopes you will join us for pictures with Santa and a special visit from The Grinch.
Friday December 8th 5pm - 7pm in the parish hall
Children will be able to write a letter with a wish to bring to Santa when they have their picture taken. Also, they will make reindeer food for Rudolph and Grinch Soup to have on a cold winters night.
Entry is $10 per family which includes your picture and all activities. Please follow this link to receive your time - https://e.givesmart.com/events/yTx/
Giving Thursday: Thank you to everyone who donated to our Giving Tuesday drive this past week to kick off The Knights Fund. So far we have received donations in the amount of $7,995! Thank you!
The drive continues and if you would like to donate please follow this link - https://e.givesmart.com/events/z2z/
Giving Tree: This week we also kick off our Giving Tree collection in support of St. Vincent de Paul. This year, they have asked us to contribute toiletries and small items to be bundled together to provide necessities for families. Examples might be shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, combs and brushes. Donations will be collected up until Friday, December 15th. Students can bring items in and place them under our tree in the foyer, or being them to their classrooms. Thank you for your support.
Report Cards: A reminder that Report Cards for Term 1 will be emailed out on Tuesday for grades K - 8.
Parent Conferences: This coming Thursday and Friday will be parent conferences for students in grades K - 8. Please watch for an email with the link to sign-up for a a conference, which will be conducted via zoom.
All my best,
A New Let Grow Challenge!
It has been a joy to see your children, our students participate in the Let Grow Initiative. From Pre-K to eighth grade many students have taken the responsibility of making and packing their own lunches and packing their own backpacks. Our community loved seeing photos of the kiddos doing their chores. It is heartwarming to see the pride the children have, this is not something you can buy. Pride fosters self-esteem and self-esteem promotes success.
Our new challenge is for a student to do something kind for someone not in their immediate family. We brainstormed as a group during Tuesdays Together last week. The ideas the students came up with were, raking for an elderly person, taking in groceries for someone, baking a treat for a neighbor, making a card for someone and donating food to a food bank. These ideas are just suggestions, please discuss with your child what “kind” activity they would like to do. Being kind and doing things for others, not only benefits the recipient, it brings a genuine joy to the child.
Please feel free to check out the Let Grow website, it has great ideas to help kids step up and parents step back. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at jmcdonald@stbridgetschool. Don’t forget to forward photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, lets saturate FaceBook with our SBS pride.
Mrs. McDonald :)
Teacher Spotlight - Music - Mrs. Catalano
December arrives with much excitement to perform! Students prepare for the concerts and learn how important it is to share the gift of song, dance, and instruments with each other and with an audience. The students in Mrs. Catalano’s music classes have certainly been preparing for the spirit of the Christmas season. The classes have been learning about being on stage, what it is like to be an audience, and singing holiday and winter themed songs. For example, in pre- kindergarten, students practiced singing and dancing on “stage” and performing Jingle bells for an audience. Students took turns taking on the role of performers and practicing audience behaviors.
The performing arts have so many benefits for children. The performing arts encourage children to explore their emotions and expand their imagination. Music, dance, and drama engage a child's brain, body and emotions in different ways to encourage their confidence and find joy in self-expression. Many studies have also concluded that children who participate in performing arts enjoy improved performance in their academic subjects. We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas concerts to enjoy some of our Christmas Spirit!
Mrs. Catalano’s favorites: Restaurant: Chinese food; Vacation: BEACH!!! Fruit: Strawberries; Scent: Cinnamon; Pie: Apple; Sports team: Red Sox; Animal: Dog.
~ Donna Rousseau, Instructional Coordinator
School Calendar - The Week Ahead 12/4 - 12/8
Monday, December 4th:
- School Board 6:30 pm
Tuesday, December 5th:
- Tuesdays Together, 8:20 am
- Report Cards for Term 1 issued via email
- Wellness Club, dismissal to 3:15 pm
Wednesday, December 6th:
- Karate Grade 3 - 6, dismissal to 3:00 pm *Start of new session*
- STEM Club, dismissal to 3:15 pm
Thursday, December 7th:
- Karate Club K - 2, dismissal to 3:00 pm
- Keyboard Club, dismissal to 3:30 pm
- Parent Conferences 5 - 8 pm
Friday, December 8th:
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Holy Day, school Mass at 9:00 am - All are welcome
- Early Release Day - 11:10 am
- Free Dress Down Day
- Parent Conferences 12:00 - 2:30 pm
- PTO Pictures with Santa Event 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, in Parish Hall
School Calendar - Looking Ahead 12/11 - 12/15
Monday, December 11th:
- Please pray for our Clergy!
Tuesday, December 12th:
- Tuesdays Together 8:20 am
- Wellness Club, dismissal to 3:25 pm
Wednesday, December 13th:
- Karate Grades 3 - 6, dismissal to 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 14th:
- Karate K - 2, dismissal to 3:00 pm
- Christmas Concert for Grades K - 8, 6:30 pm arrival and concert starts at 7:00 pm. Held at Cardinal Spellman Highschool
Friday, December 15th:
- Pizza Friday
- Lego Club, dismissal to 3:15 pm
Christmas Concert Notice - Grades K - 8 on 12/14
Our Christmas Concert will be Thursday, December 14th at Cardinal Spellman High School, 738 Court Street, Brockton.
Saint Bridget students and families will be allowed to enter the building at 6:30 pm. Parents should escort their child(ren) to their classroom teachers.
We asked that Parents and additional family members fill in the middle section of the auditorium first. Cardinal Spellman High School has installed a state-of-the-art sound system, so the angelic voices of our children should be heard anywhere in the auditorium.
The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. We ask our families to honor the times, as set-up work will have to be done prior to 6:30 pm.
The children should dress up for the concert. Students should not wear jeans or sneakers, and no Christmas hats.
We ask that no food be brought into the auditorium, as that is part of our agreement with the high school.
The bathrooms are located one floor below the auditorium.
Students should stay for the length of the show, as there is an entire school sing-along at the end of the concert.