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Weekly Update June, 4, 2018

Look up not down, look forward not back, look out not in. 

School BBQ

We celebrated another wonderful year at St Andrew at our Annual Spring BBQ on Thursday evening. The the rain held off and we had a marvellous evening. We wish to thank the many incredible parent volunteers for all of your help in organizing such a spectacular event. We also want to thank the many staff members who came to help out, our student volunteers, and the volunteers from Holy Trinity. Many hands make light work!

Dismissal Routines on the Pavement

We would like to establish some new dismissal routines for the pavement on the playground at the end of the day. We now have double yellow lines dividing up our playground. We respectfully request that, for the safety of our students, no parent stands within the boundary created by the grass and the yellow lines. Parents can wait for their children on the outside of the rectangle created by the pavement, the grass, and the double yellow lines. We thank you for your cooperation.

School Hallways

Parents and guardians are reminded that when they are dropping off or picking up their children during school hours they are to enter the school building via the main entrance only and report immediately to the office. Parents are not permitted in the hallways or near the students’ lockers. We need to enforce this rule to keep all of our students safe.

Final School Council Meeting 

Our final school council meeting this year will be held Wednesday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm in the school library. As always, you are welcome to join us.

Closing School Mass

As we leave for the summer, we take time to thank God for the gift of Catholic Education, and for the wonderful school year we have spent together as a community at St Andrew. Our final school mass will be taking place on June 14, 2018, at Mary Mother of God Parish at 10:00 am. We will be celebrating the Eucharist in honour of our graduating students. Please join us in praying for our young people as they leave us and take the next step in their faith journey.

St Andrew Play Day

On Tuesday, June 12th our students in Grades 1 – 8 will participate in outdoor sports and games for the morning.  Please remind your children to wear hats, bring water bottles and use lots of sunscreen to ensure an enjoyable day for all! 

St Andrew Talent Show

Preparations for our school Talent Show are in full swing! Auditions for all grades will continue this week. A variety of acts and talents from various grades 1 – 8 will be featured. The talent show will be presented in the school gymnasium on Tuesday, June 26 beginning at 9:00 am. Parents are welcome to attend. The talent show is always a school favourite and we have no doubt that this year’s show will be a winner!

Sunny Days

Sun Protection – With the warm, beautiful days of spring and summer approaching, parents need to be aware of, and take action to prevent damage from the sun’s rays to your child(ren)’s skin. Students are outside for two separate 15-minute recess breaks and a 40-minute lunch recess break each day. Please assist us in keeping your children safe and healthy by ensuring your children wear appropriate clothing, including close-toed shoes, a hat and sun block. Our staff cannot apply sunblock on to your children.

Dress Code – With the warmer weather upon us, we remind students that they are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for a learning setting; i.e. we do not dress for the beach at school. We ask that students not wear: tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, or very short shorts; no undergarments should be showing. Students are running and playing at recess and during physical education. The clothing they are wearing should allow free and flexible movement with comfort, and their footwear should not fall off and should be close-toed. Students are reminded that their clothing should represent the values we aspire to as Catholic students, offensive language or images are not appropriate on school premises. If your child is wearing clothing that is not appropriate for the school learning environment, they will be given something else to wear, or alternatively, a call home will be made to make arrangements for your child to change. We thank parents and students for cooperating with our school dress code.

Missing Textbooks and Library Books

Parents, we ask that you continue to check closets, trunks, under beds, etc. for any school books that may be hiding and return them to us as soon as possible. The more we receive back, the fewer we have to replace. By working together to locate missing textbooks and library books, we are able to responsibly minimize costs to the school. If a book belonging to the school has been damaged or lost, please contact your child’s teacher and he/she will assist you in determining the replacement cost.  All books are due back June 8th, 2018 so that we can conduct an inventory and make purchases for the new school year.

Social Media Fitness

Our Catholic School Council is pleased to announce that renowned speaker and recognized educator, Chris Vollum, will be presenting to our Grade 4 – 8 students on the healthy use of social media. There will be two presentations, one for our Intermediate students from 9:15 am – 10:15 am and one for our Junior students from 10:45 am – 11:30 am. Parents are welcome to join us for either of the presentations regardless of whether or not you have children attending the presentation. To learn more about Chris Vollum:

Grade Eight Graduation

Our wonderful Grade 8’s will be graduating from St Andrew on Friday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm. The ceremony will be followed by a dance in the gymnasium. Pick up will be at 10:45 pm. Parents of our graduates are reminded to watch for communication coming home about the Graduation Ceremony and events leading up to this special occasion.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items will be on display this month. Please encourage your child to look through the items. Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of June.

Youth-Led Family Mass

This Saturday, June 2, 2018, Mary Mother of God Parish will be hosting their Youth-led Family mass at 5:00 pm. ALL ARE WELCOME to this vibrant Eucharistic Celebration. The youth of our parish participate as lectors, ushers, and Eucharistic Ministers. The amazing Youth Band, Ablaze, plays contemporary music.

Following the Mass, there will be a new Life Teen Youth Group taking place in the church hall for students in grades 8 – 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 PMwhich promises food, fun, and an opportunity to connect with others who live their faith.

Upcoming Events

Pizza Day
Jun 8 @ 12:48 am – 1:48 am
St. Andrew Closing School Mass @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pizza Day
Jun 15 @ 12:48 am – 1:48 am
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
Last Day of Instruction (Elementary Schools Only)
Jun 29 all day


Weekly Update June, 4, 2018

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