The SAN Script – The week of December 5 – 9

If one gives answer before hearing,
it is folly and shame.

– Proverbs 18:13

2016 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar

This picture, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster. The new images taken with Hubble show the dusty filaments surrounding the center of this huge galaxy in greater detail than ever before. These filaments loop and curl inwards in an intriguing spiral shape, swirling around the supermassive black hole at such a distance that they are dragged into and eventually consumed by the black hole itself. #

This picture, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, shows NGC 4696, the largest galaxy in the Centaurus Cluster. The new images taken with Hubble show the dusty filaments surrounding the center of this huge galaxy in greater detail than ever before. These filaments loop and curl inwards in an intriguing spiral shape, swirling around the supermassive black hole at such a distance that they are dragged into and eventually consumed by the black hole itself. #

St. Anthony This Week

Monday, December 5

Office Hours Rec Link Mondays 9:00 – 3:00PM

rec-link

Karen Morin (Behaviour consultant) to observe in grade 3 class

Starr Gymnastics

Monday, December 5th
9:00 to 10:00 – Group 1 (50 Kids)
Grade 3 Solymar (16 students)
10:30 to 11:30 – Group 2 (50 Kids)
Kindergarten (46 students)
46 Students

Tuesday, December 6

SAN- IPRC St.Elizabeth (Paul and Teresa) in the Learning Commons

Teresa at System Class Networking at CEC- PM only

Tiffany Drummont from Algonquin College in for visit

Lunch Lady in

Goodlife – Ms Troccoli – 12:50

Wednesday, December 7

Wastefree Wednesdays

Paul away – CLL

Rosary Visit Schedule

JK 8:30-8:50
SK 8:50-9:10
grade 1/2 12:15-12:40
grade 2/3 12:45-1:15
grade 3 9:15-9:45
grade 4/5 10:00-10:40
grade 5 10:40-11:15

Teresa to run EQAO Cognitive Lab with Grade 3 class- Maria/Kirsten to cover Teresa’s class

Goodlife Gymnastics – Grade 3 – 2:00 PM

Thursday, December 8

In-school collaborative team – 7:45

Advent Week 2 – 1:00 PM

Children Support School Meeting, Hub #3 at Prince of Peace – Paul away (PM)

Parent Council Meeting – 6:30 PM

Friday, December 9

Pizza Day

Paul away

Goodlife Fitness M Chartrand’s class – 2:20 PM

St. Anthony Super Stars – 3:00 PM

Poinsettias at Christmas

A Poinsettia flower

Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcon’ where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them ‘cuetlaxochitl’. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)

The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that’s why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.

One of the friends he sent plants to was John Barroom of Philadelphia, who gave the plant to his friend, Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania. Robert Buist was probably the first person to have sold the poinsettias under their botanical, or latin name, name ‘Euphorbia pulcherrima’ (it means, ‘the most beautiful Euphorbia’). It is thought that they became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830’s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.

There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:

There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”

Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

The Poinsettia is also the national emblem of Madagascar.

To learn about caring for Poinsettia plants, visit the Poinsettia profile on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website.

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