Dear Parents and Guardians,

Throughout the year I am blessed to be able to go into the classrooms for guidance lessons.  This year we have had lessons about things like friendship, tattling vs. reporting, kindness, and more.  As we finish out the first semester of our school year and enter into the Advent and Christmas seasons I will be doing guidance lessons about the giving spirit of Christmas.

PreK-5th will be reading a fun book, North Pole Ninjas, Mission: Christmas! By Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden.  The book tells the story of Santa’s secret helpers who are given a special mission to spread the Christmas spirit through good deeds.  If you haven’t heard of this book I encourage you to check it out.  You may find it to be a great addition to your family’s Advent and Christmas traditions.

The Middle School students we will be doing a similar lesson, but with a twist. They will be watching a short video clip from Fr. Mike Schmitz that reminds us that Christmas is a time for us to give our best AND our worst to God.  After the video, we will be talking about the things we want to ask God to help us transform in our lives as we begin a new liturgical year and about the ways we can offer our best to serve Him and others.

Both lessons will help all of us think about our call to do good deeds and search for opportunities to be an answer to someone’s prayer every day of our lives.  The Lord reminds us of this call in His scripture:

“Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.”

Hebrews 13:16.

All students will be coming home with a few “Christmas Missions” they can perform during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  You are not limited to these “Missions” feel free to add to the list or purchase the book to receive the 50 ideas they have!  The younger students will be given mission ideas and the older students will be writing their own missions.

As we reflect on our year and prepare to celebrate the gift of our Savior in a special way during this Advent season I encourage you and your family to join our school community in finding ways to answer His call to do good deeds.  Wishing you a joyous and fruitful Advent and Christmas!  As always, if you have any questions or need to request services for your child please do not hesitate to contact me (Kendall Bard) through the school office, via email, or through the online referral process.

Peace and Blessings,
Mrs. Bard
School Counselor