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"Do Good" December

This year in particular, it just doesn’t feel like the holiday season. So we’ve created this "Do Good December" Advent calendar, hoping it provides Christ-centered fun for your whole family. Scheduling quality time with our kids can really change our perspective in the most welcome and wonderful ways. Let’s find opportunities to “be the light” during this unprecedented Advent season. Check out our Do Good December Advent calendar for some creative ways to listen to, learn about and love the spirit of the Advent season. 

 

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt

A "Do Good December" event: Take a ride in the car with your family and look for Christmas lights. Check off all the items you see listed in this Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt

 

Prayer Partners

We all could use someone in our corner. As part of our "Do Good December" event, we ask that you prayer for your assigned family and they will be praying for you! Find your assigned family in our Saint Thomas Prayer Partner list. 

 

Christmas Riddles

More fun for our "Do Good December" event. Check out these Christmas Riddles to tell your family and friends. If you have more riddles to share, send them to Mrs. Edgerton and she'll post them to our Saint Thomas Facebook page!

 

Popcorn Cranberry Garland

Here's another item for our "Do Good December" event! Make a popcorn cranberry garland. Hang it outside for the birds and squirrels or decorate your Christmas tree. 

 

Supplies:

  • white popcorn kernels
  • fresh cranberries
  • 26 gauge floral wire (you can also use thread or fishing line with a needle)
  • scissors

Directions:

  • Make your popcorn the day before so it gets stale and it isn’t brittle or fragil.
  • Wash the cranberries. Toss any that are mushy or soft.
  • String a pattern of berries and popcorn long enough to loop onto your tree.

If you want to preserve it for next year, spray it twice with Shellac and wait for it to dry before placing it on your tree.

 

Make an Advent Wreath

Here's another fun idea for our "Do Good December" event. Make a flameless Advent wreath! Don't forget to send pictures to Mrs. Edgerton for our Saint Thomas Facebook page!

Craft Supplies Needed:

  • Pipe Cleaners (1 Green and 2 Yellow per wreath)
  • Pony Beads (24 purple and 8 pink per wreath)
  • Green tulle (you could substitute ribbon, fabric scraps, or evergreen)


Directions for this super easy craft:

  • Start by making your green pipe cleaner into a circle, and twisting it together.
  • Take a yellow pipe cleaner, and cut it in half. Then fold one piece in half again, and pinch it over your green circle. This will be your first “candle.”
  • Take a pony bead, and put it over both ends of the yellow pipe cleaner. Push it down firmly. The force of the beads will hold your candle upright.
  • Put 7 more beads totaling 8 onto the pipe cleaner. Push down firmly.
  • Make the remaining part of the yellow pipe cleaner into the shape of a flame.
  • Repeat three more with one having 8 pink pony beads.

  

Saint Nicholas Bingo Game

Here's a fun Saint Nicholas game to play during our "Do Good December" event! 

  1. Print this Saint Nicholas Bingo game
  2. Make extra copies of each page.
  3. Cut the squares and glue onto blank Bingo cards.
  4. Use extras for Bingo square calling.
  5. Use coins or counters for Bingo chips.

 

All Saints Day Trivia

To celebrate All Saints Day, Mrs. Furtwangler and Mr. Corcoran will be visiting classrooms on Monday asking Saint trivia. We thought your family might enjoy celebrating All Saints Day with these trivia questions as well. Check out our All Saints Day trivia questions. Answers to be published in next week's Buzz! 

 

Canvas information

Canvas is a new tool to help teach our students and keep our parents connected. This learning management system lets Saint Thomas students and parents easily navigate learning and expectations from any device. Log into Canvas at https://canvas.grdiocese.org/.

 

COVID-19 Response Plan

We are delighted to start the year with you. Our prayers have been focused on your health, your family's health, and your children. Now, our prayers turn to your return. God has blessed us with many lessons during this time. We have experienced many hardships, but we have learned to slow down and enjoy many of the simple blessings we have in our life. Please check out the COVID-19 Non-Public Schools Preparedness and Response Plan for information about our return to school. 

 

Saint Thomas YouTube channel

Check out our Saint Thomas YouTube channel, which we created as a place for Saint Thomas the Apostle School to share information about our school and community with our parents, staff, and neighbors.

 

Saint Thomas student featured in Faith magazine

Check out the April 2020 FAITH Grand Rapids magazine, which features our own Daniel! The article discusses why his family chose Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School for their family. 

 

A Prayer to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

Most merciful and Triune God.
We come to you in our weakness.
We come to you in our fear.
We come to you with trust.
For you alone are our hope.
 
We place before you the disease present in our world.
We turn to you in our time of need.
 
Bring wisdom to doctors.
Give understanding to scientists.
Endow caregivers with compassion and generosity.
Bring healing to those who are ill.
Protect those who are most at risk.
 
Stabilize our communities.
Unite us in our compassion.
Remove all fear from our hearts.
Fill us with confidence in your care.
 
Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Jesus, I trust in you.
Amen.