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Weekly Update April 23, 2018

Let us all remember this: one cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus wihout the tangible witness of one’s life. ~ Pope Francis

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our Grade 2 students who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Sunday. Thank you to our teachers Mrs. Fiesser, Mrs. Meeussen, Mrs. Ramelli, and Mr. Scott for helping our little ones to prepare so beautifully. Many thanks to Fr. John Van Hees, Marisa Patskou, the music ministers, altar services and the entire parish team for making this day so special!

Lord, give us the wisdom and the courage to help our children as you would
to develop in them a Christ-like love for all people …
To nurture in them a desire to give and not simply to take …
to teach them to be doers of Your Holy Word.
Guide us in our parental responsibilities,
strengthen our love as a family
so that we may work together in coming closer to You.
May we be the expression of Your love to our children
so that each day will be as today …
Your love received and shared …
to help us be one in the Body of Christ.

Change to School Start Time and Morning Supervision

Please remember that we’ve had a change to the start time of our morning supervision. Supervision for all students begins at 8:35 AM. The school Entry Bell is at 8:50 AM.

Soap for Hope

Thank you to all of the families who donated to the Soap for Hope campaign. Your generous donations are much appreciated and the campaign was a huge success!

ECO- News

Thank you to our Eco Team for all of our Earth-friendly initiatives! Last week we participated in a used battery collection and a power-down hour that helped us be more Eco-conscious. Stay tuned for “Pitch-In-Week”, mulching, and Bike-to-School Week!

Avengers Basketball

Congratulations to both our Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams for winning their first games in the System Quarter Finals against St. Peter’s and Our Lady of Fatima respectively. Good luck this week to both teams!

Girls play at St. Benedict at 5:30 on Tuesday, April 24th .
Boys play at St. Andrew at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 24th.

Both teams will be playing at Jean Vanier on Thursday, April 26th in either the gold/silver or bronze game (Boys and 4:30 and Girls at 5:30 PM).

Parish News

Mary Mother of God will be sending a group of our parish youth to the Diocesan-wide Youth Rally on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. This promises to be an exciting and inspirational day for our Youth in Grades 7 – 12! For more information:

The next Youth-Led Family Mass at MMOG Parish, featuring the amazing Youth Band ABLAZE, will be on Saturday, May 5th at 5:00 pm followed by the #Aftermass Youth Group open to students in Grades 8 – 12. Are you interested in becoming a Reader or Eucharistic Minister, or would you like to join the Ablaze Youth Band? If so, please email

Grade 7 Immunizations

Nurses from Halton Health will be administering Heb B and Menactra vaccinations on Monday, April 23rd to our Grade 7 students who have submitted their consent forms.

Confirmation Luncheon

Our Grade 7 students will be having a Confirmation Celebration Luncheon at the Mandarin Restaurant on Tuesday, April 24th.

School Council Meeting

We will be having a Catholic School Council Meeting at 6:30 pm in our school Library. All are welcome to attend!

School Climate Survey for Parents

Parents are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment. The School Climate Survey for Parents will be available from April 3, 2018, through April 30, 2018.

School Climate Survey for Parents – Your Opinion Counts!

Catholic Education Week

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Renewing the Promise.”

The theme for CEW 2018 draws upon previous documents on Ontario Catholic education, namely, “This Moment of Promise” (1989), “Fulfilling the Promise” (1993) and “Our Catholic Schools” (2006-2007). These three documents, while several years apart from each other, all speak of the unique mission of Ontario Catholic education, the importance of its shared leadership by all those involved in Catholic education and the critical role of Catholic education in contemporary society.

Catholic Education Week 2018 combines the themes of reconciliation, solidarity, love, justice and ecology.

There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:

Day 1:              Remembering the Promise

Day 2:              The Promise is Within You

Day 3:              Praying the Promise

Day 4:              Living the Promise

Day 5:              Proclaiming the Promise

We will be holding a special Mass on Monday, May 2nd, 2018 at 10:00 am at Mary Mother of God Parish for all students in grades 1 – 8. All are welcome, we would love for you to come and pray with us!

New to Kindergarten 2018-19 Orientation Night

Have you registered a child to start Kindergarten for the first time in September 2018? If so, come to St. Andrew on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm to find out what you and your child can look forward to in the Kindergarten Program! Meet our Kindergarten educators and bring your questions with you. To learn more, see visit this link:

Professional Activity Day – April 27

Friday, April 27th is a PA Day, therefore, there is no school for students. Staff will be engaged in professional activities

Annual School BBQ

The School BBQ Committee has begun planning for our community BBQ event that will take place on Thursday, May 31. Mark your calendars!

We always depend on volunteers from the community and school to run this event. Please call the office to let us know if you are interested in helping out in any way. Watch for more communication coming home on May 1st.

EQAO Dates

Our Grade 3 students will be participating in the EQAO Primary Assessments on Tuesday, May 29th – Thursday, May 31st.

Our Grade 6 students will be participating in the EQAO Junior Assessments on Wednesday, May 23rd, Thursday, May 24th, Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th.

If at all possible, please avoid booking appointments or holidays during these dates if you have a child or children in Grades 3 or 6 so that they can write the assessments with their classmates. As always, we thank you for your support!

Summer Learning

If your child is in grade 6, 7 or 8, and you are interested in the Intermediate Transitional Literacy and or Math Summer Program, please see the information on the Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education: Please note information flyers and registrations were sent home on Monday, April 9th.

If you are interested in the International Languages Summer Program for your child, please contact Kelly @ 905-693-6676 Ext. 233 or visit the following website:

Cross Country Meet 2018-2019 School Year

Save the Date: Please note that next year the Cross Country Meet for Oakville will be on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, for all Grades 4, 5, 6,7, and 8. It will take place at Kelso Conservation Area, 5234 Kelso Rd, Milton.

Upcoming Events

Grade 7 Spring Immunizations
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grade 7 Confirmation Luncheon @ Mandarin Restaurant
Apr 24 @ 11:50 pm – Apr 25 @ 12:50 am
School Council Meeting @ St. Andrew School Library
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kindergarten Program Orientation Session @ St. Andrew Gymnasium
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Parents/Guardians who have a child(ren) registered to enter our Kindergarten program for the first time in September 2018, are invited to join us for an informative evening with members from our Kindergarten team.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Where: St. Andrew Catholic School – Gymnasium

Address: 145 Millbank Drive, Oakville

Time: 6:30 pm –  7:30 pm

Kindergarten Orientation Session

P.A. Day
Apr 27 all day
BBQ Pre-order form & Raffle Basket donation flyer home today
May 1 all day

Mark your calendars for our Year-End Community BBQ on Thursday, May 31! We are sending home communication today about our event with a pre-order option for food and  “play-all-day” wristbands.  This will be available for purchase by cheque or our preferred payment method, cash-online.

This year we are bringing back the Raffle Baskets. We are looking for donations with themes by grades:


Gr. 1 Arts & Crafts, Gr. 2 Summer Fun, Gr. 3 Baking & Cooking, Gr. 4 Gardening, Gr. 5 Movie Night, Gr. 6 Food Around the World, Gr. 7 Books & Board Games, Gr. 8 Sports.

Both the pre-orders and the raffle basket donations are due to the main office by Monday, May 14 to allow our BBQ Planning Committee time to organize. If you are interested in being a volunteer at the BBQ please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your generosity! We look forward to this amazing community event. We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 31st!

Pizza Day
May 4 @ 12:47 am – 1:47 am
Youth-Led Family Mass @ MMOG Parish
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekly Update April 23, 2018

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