Advent: A Time For Waiting and Preparation…

Advent is a time where we come together as a community and prepare to receive Jesus in a new and fresh way each year. One tradition many Catholic families adopt is an Advent Wreath. It is kept in the home in a central place and a candle is lit on each of the Sundays before Christmas. We will be doing this as class families at St. Michael, but we encourage you to do the same at home. The first candle is the candle of hope, often called the ‘Prophet Candle.’ It is lit first to symbolize the news that a Saviour will be coming and we can have hope that God will never forget us. There is a 2 minute video on Advent that

goes over the big ideas if you want to check it out. Wherever you are at in your family faith journey, we encourage you to connect with your kids and go a little deeper into the season of Advent then you may have in the past.

Week of December 3, 2018

Monday, December 3rd

  • All Day – Scholastic Book Fair Open
  • 9:00 Umbrella Project assembly – New skill Kickoff
  • 12:05 Choir Practice

Tuesday, December 4th

  • All Day – Scholastic Book Fair Open
  • Trashless Tuesday – reduce the trash for school lunches
  • 3:30 Social Justice Meeting

Wednesday, December 5th

  • All Day – Scholastic Book Fair Open
  • AM Katie McArthur – Community Resource Worker
  • 3:30 Healthy and Accepting Schools Meeting

Thursday, December 6th

  • 9:30 Gr. 4 Bible Celebration – Parents invited
  • 11:45 Pizza Lunch
  • 12:05 Boys Basketball practice
  • 12:05 Social Justice Meeting

Friday, December 7 – Professional Development day – NO SCHOOL

The Scholastic Book Fair is here!

Please join us December 3-5 for our Enchanted Forest of Books.

Monday December 3   8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tuesday December 4   8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Wednesday December 5   8:30 am – 5:00 pm

We have set aside extended hours for families to join in the fun. We would love to see parents and grandparents and have them enter our special family draw.   Cash, cheque, debit, and credit are all accepted. All proceeds go to support our Library Learning Commons. See you at the Book Fair!


  • Social Justice Team


Let’s stay warm and help out a good cause!   The St. Michael’s Social Justice Team will be hosting a movie and popcorn event each Thursday at 12:05 in rm. 3.  The cost of admission and one cup of popcorn is $1. Money raised will be going towards helping those who suffer with food insecurity.   CashOnline purchases can be made for your convenience. Movies are expected to be played until the end of January.

December – The Umbrella Project: Self-Compassion

What is Self Compassion?   Self-compassion is:
  • The care we offer ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve
  • Honoring our own humanness and accepting that in life, sometimes we are at fault, and that this is what it is to be human
  • Kindness, care, warmth, and understanding (instead of criticism) toward oneself when faced with shortcomings, inadequacies, or failures
Why does Self-Compassion Matter and How Does It Help?  (Source: K. Neff 2015, reproduced with permission). Self-compassion can be broken down into 3 main parts that help us in different ways:
  1. Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgment:  Seventy-five percent of people treat others more kindly than they treat themselves. Self-compassion is treating yourself with care and understanding instead of harsh judgement. Many people are hard on themselves because they feel it is motivating. Self-criticism actually reduces our self-confidence and perceived abilities, making it harder to get tasks done.
  2. Common Humanity vs. Isolation:  Common humanity is when we see our experience as part of a larger human experience, rather than isolating or abnormal. It is the recognition that life is imperfect, including us. We have an assumption that normal is perfect. Therefore, when we make mistakes or fail we feel something bad is happening to us instead of feeling that mistakes are normal and part of what it means to live a human life. This can lead to a lot of unneeded worry and stress and when you treat yourself badly after making a mistake your brain will do everything in it’s power to blame someone else instead of taking responsibility.
  3. Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification: Mindfulness allows us to be with feelings as they are instead of trying to change them. It avoids the extremes of suppressing our feelings or running away with the painful feelings. Over-identification is when we get lost in the dramatic story-line of the struggle we are going through. We often start having thoughts like “I AM bad” instead of “I DID something bad.
Research Based Outcomes of Self-Compassion:
  1. Improves well-being, happiness, life satisfaction, connection to others, self-confidence, curiosity, gratitude and optimism
  2. Reduces anxiety, depression, stress
  3. Reduces perfectionism and shame
  4. Increases our desire to learn
  5. Increases feelings of competence and ability to complete tasks
  6. Lowers our fear of failure, and makes us more likely to persevere and try again
  7. Allows us to take greater responsibility for past mistakes and a gives us a greater disposition to apologize.