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Weekly Update June 18, 2018

Don’t count the days, make the days count!

Happy Father’s Day to all of our St. Andrew Fathers!

Thank you!

A special thank you to all of those parents and grandparents who were able to join us for our closing school mass last week. It was so wonderful to see so many of you praying together with us and we are grateful to you for joining us!

We wish to say a very special thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped with our Breakfast Program and our Pizza Lunches. These programs nourished our bodies and also our souls and we are truly grateful to all of the time and dedication our volunteers devoted to caring for our students’ well-being. We want to especially thank all of the organizers, Mrs. Carone, Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Mothersill and Mrs. Williams. A special thank you also to our Knights of Columbus!

Early Dismissal

The last day of school will be Friday, June 29, 2018. We will be having early dismissal on that date. We will be dismissing at 1:50 pm. Please make sure you have made arrangements so that your child will not be left at school after 1:50 pm.

Medical Conditions – Parent/Guardian Packages:

If your child has a serious medical condition, please look for information coming home with your child on Monday, June 18th.

If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by dismissal (1:50 p.m.) on Friday, June 29, 2018. We do not store medications over the summer.

Medication or any other medical apparatus (i.e. AeroChamber ®, EpiPen ®),
which is not picked up will be sent home with your child at dismissal.

For safety reasons, please immediately inspect your child’s backpack for medications upon arrival at home.

  1. We will send home health care forms for the 2018-2019 school year. Please complete the forms. The forms MUST be completed and returned to the school. You may return them any time in the next two weeks, they must be returned by the week of August 27, 2018, prior to the first day of school.
  2. Accompanying these completed forms, please provide:

– Updated medication for the 2018-2019 school year in a Ziploc® bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.

– For PRESCRIBED medications, complete MEDS.1-P form (Request and Consent for the Administration of Prescribed Medication) PRIOR to your child’s first day in September 2018.

Please understand that at the beginning of the school year, parents assume complete responsibility for the administration of the medications their children require until such time as all of the requirements of #2 above are satisfied in full.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding the safe provision of medication and the information pertaining to your child. Their safety, and the safety of all other students, is our first priority.

Social Media Fitness

Chris Vollum will be presenting at St. Marguerite Elementary School on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm. this is a free event offered by their School Council. They have kindly invited our parent community to attend. For more information on how you can help your children use Social Media safely click HERE. Chris Vollum will also be speaking to our Junior and Intermediate students here at St. Andrew on Monday, June 18th. He will be presenting to our Intermediate students at 9:15 am and to our Junior students at 10:45 am. Parents are also welcome to attend these two presentations.


Our Grade 8 graduation will be taking place in our school gymnasium at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 22nd. Graduates will need to arrive at 6:30 pm. Your Grade 8 children will be bringing home more information about the week leading up to their graduation.

On Thursday, June 21st, the Grade 8 students will take part in a lunch and bowling afternoon. Students will take school buses from St. Andrew to Classic Bowl and later they will walk over to the Mandarin Restaurant where they will break bread together before returning to school. Information and permission forms for this event came home last week.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Talent Show

Our talent show acts have been chosen! Thank you to all of you who tried out, we had over 100 acts audition and the selection process was very difficult! Thank you to Mrs. Hill for all of the time you have already dedicated to ensuring that this year’s talent show will be one of the very best! From martial arts, to singing, dancing, and classical music, St. Andrew has talent! This year’s extravaganza will be taking place on the morning of Tuesday, June 26th. Make sure you save the date, all are welcome!

Lost and Found

All of our Lost and Found items will be put on display in the front hallway. Any items that remain unclaimed by Friday, June 22nd will be donated to charity. Please stop by and pick up any missing items that belong to your children.

Missing Library Books and Textbooks

We are still missing over 900 items from our school library. Please help us! Remind your children to return any library books and textbooks this week. These items are costly to replace and a comprehensive library that is well-stocked is an indispensable learning support for our children.

Dressing for the Weather

With the return of good weather, it is important that students are dressed appropriately for recess. Please send your child to school with a hat and a reusable water bottle to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the day. We would encourage you to make applying sunscreen part of your morning routine rather than send it to school. If you are sending sunscreen to school, please make sure that it is not a spray application as the sprays can make floors slippery if misapplied. Students need to wear clothing that does not reveal their undergarments and provides freedom of movement so they can run and play at recess. Flip flops and open-toed sandals should not be worn at recess.

Please note we follow our board policy regarding Extreme Heat (with or without humidex):

  • cooler than 35 degrees C, students remain outside for all regular outdoor activities
  • between 35 & 40 degrees C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 min intervals.
  • hotter than 40 degrees C, students must remain inside

Catholic School Board Elections

On October 22, 2018, Catholic School Board elections will be held throughout Ontario. If you are interested in the vocation of Catholic School Trusteeship, OCSTA has created a pamphlet for information on what this role entails:

Student Safety When Signing Out Over the Lunch Hour

To help keep our students safe, please remember that we require written permission for students to leave school property unaccompanied by a parent or guardian during the lunch hour.  As well, we continue to ask all students to sign out and back in again at the school office if they will be leaving school property over the lunch hour. This request includes students who go home daily at lunchtime. We would ask for your help in reminding them of this procedure, reviewing your expectations for where they should be and how they should conduct themselves when they are off school property over the lunch hour, and in reminding them to be on time when they return to school in the afternoon. Please remember that students are not supervised by school staff when they are off school property, and this includes in the park across the street from the school.

Early Dismissal

The last day of school will be Friday, June 29, 2018. We will be having early dismissal on that date. We will be dismissing at 1:50 pm. Please make sure you have made arrangements so that your child will not be left at school after 1:50 pm.

Coming Up

Social Media Fitness with Chris Vollum for Grades 7 & 8
Jun 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Social Media Fitness with Chris Vollum for Grades 4 – 6
Jun 18 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am
School Council Meeting @ St. Andrew School Library
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

All parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

Grade 8 Graduation Ceremonies @ St. Andrew Gymnasium
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grade 4 Visit to the Zoo @ Toronto Zoo
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weekly Update June 18, 2018

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