November fun begins at Monsignor JH O'Neil

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November begins! So, Monsignor J.H. O'Neil Catholic School said goodbye to October with our fun and fantastic Halloween celebrations.

We had a Mummy Wrap competition, a Pumpkin Race, costume contests, and a special Saintly Challenge! Students and staff dressed up in ghoulish and grand styles, and we had a great day.

Happy "Mo"vember from all of us at Monsignor O’Neil! You heard it folks: November (Movember) has begun. At O’Neil we have three male staff members Mr. Good (7A), Mr. Henry (7/8) and Mr. King (custodian) volunteering to put away their razors for the thirty days of November and grow mustaches and beards for prostate cancer. All students and other staff members are so excited to support our fellow staff members. We need as much encouragement as possible. Donations will be accepted for the cause all through November. We all thank Mrs. Barlow for creating a wonderful bulletin board so we can see the weekly progress through pictures of our three staff members. Hope to see those crazy moustaches from all males everywhere!

As you know November 1st was also All Saints Day. We all honoured the Saints for the work they have done for us. On November 2nd it was All Souls Day; legend has it that Stingy Jack’s spirit wanders the Earth on All Souls Day. Stingy Jack is said to be a man who tricked the devil three times. He was not allowed in Heaven because he was bad, and since he was rude and tricked the devil, the devil didn’t let him into hell so now his spirit currently wanders the Earth. Hope you kept a lookout for Stingy Jack on Saturday, November 2nd, also known as All Soul’s Day.

On November 4th the Grade 5s took a trip to “Little Prince” in LaSalette. All of them enjoyed the wonderful play and hope to see another one. Also on the fourth, poinsettia orders began. Hope all our Knights will do an amazing job on selling these beautiful flowers to amazing people.

Do you like reading? If so, visit the library and see the amazing books set out at the Book Fair from November 4-7. Some books there will be the Dork Diaries series, a NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, and much more. It will be a really fun week. Special thanks to our librarian, Mrs. Plumb, for organizing and setting up this wonderful event.

Finally, our school is selling 10-pound bags of apples for a great deal of $10.That’s like only a dollar a pound! There are different choices of apples, such as Empire, Cortland, McIntosh and Royal Gala. The order dates are between November 1st and 22nd. Each student has taken home an order form for these delicious apples. Apples will be delivered on December 2nd.

And remember, as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, don’t forget to layer your clothing and make sure you dress appropriately according to the weather!

– Alana Luciani and Sami Maerten

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