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Weekly Update October 8, 2018

The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy. ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Thanksgiving Liturgy

Last Thursday, our Grade 4 students led us in prayer at our beautiful Thanksgiving Liturgy. We are grateful to our Grade 4 students and their teachers for the thoughtful celebration they prepared for us and for reminding us all of the many blessings we have to be thankful for. Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who were able to come and pray with us!

Ontario Catholic Graduate Awards

The recipients of our first OCGE Awards this year for being Responsible Citizens are:

Grade One: Leticia
Grade Two: Miriam
Grade Three: Colin
Grade Four: Daniella
Grade Five: Mikaela
Grade Six: Ava
Grade Seven: Carter
Grade Eight: Jacob

We are very proud of each of our recipients for being role models to all of us on how to be kind, accept responsibility for our actions, and treat one another fairly. Over the next several weeks, we will be working on what it means to be a Collaborative Contributor.

Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council held their first meeting on October 2nd, 2018. We thank them for offering up their time to serve our school community this year. Our next Council meeting will take place on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm in the school library. All are welcome to attend!

Boogie-A-Thon Fundraiser!

On Wednesday, October 31st, we will be hosting our ANNUAL ST. ANDREW BOOGIE-A-THON! This is our one major fundraiser for the year. The money from our fundraiser will be used to purchase items and activities for our students that will enhance their experiences here at St. Andrew School. We appreciate any financial support you can give us, it all goes towards enhancing our children’s education! For more information, and to learn how you can support our school, please see our Boogie-A-Thon Announcement.

Parish News 

You’ll notice blue ribbons sprouting up on street signs around our school over the coming weeks. These ribbons are being placed there by the prayer teams at Mary Mother of God Parish who have committed to praying a rosary on every street in our school boundaries. Each ribbon is a sign that a rosary has been prayed on that street for the families living there. Currently, there are over 40 prayer teams participating. Thank you to our parish for this wonderful idea to support our school. We are excited to see how Our Lady will bless our community thanks to all of these prayers. If you would like more information on the Rosary Walks, please view this Youtube video:

If you haven’t already done so, please take a quick look at Mary Mother of God’s new Youth Ministry Website. There are so many exciting events taking place in the parish including a Twilight Retreat for our Grade 7 students, monthly youth masses led by the youth of the parish, and a very special candle-light All Souls Day Liturgy.

First Reconciliation Parents Meeting

There will be a Reconciliation meeting at Mary Mother of God Parish for all parents of Grade 2 students at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Thanksgiving Day – October 8th

Please note that Monday, October 8th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving.

BRAVO Program

The BRAVO Program will be starting this week for our Grade 6 & 7 students offered by Constable Dawn Freeland. More information on this program can be found here: BRAVO Program.

Important Information for Students with Anaphylaxis

If your child or someone in your family has anaphylaxis and carries an EpiPen, please review the following information from Health Canada about a potential issue with the devices getting stuck in their delivery tubes:

As well, please note that the board policy states that epinephrine is the first-line medication that should be used in the emergency management of a person having a potentially life-threatening reaction. Antihistamines such as Benadryl must not be used as first-line treatment for an anaphylactic reaction.

Please contact the school if you have any questions about either point of information.

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.  We ask parents to review your expectations with your children for where they should be and how they should conduct themselves when they are off school property over the lunch hour and remind 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. We appreciate your support in helping keep all of our students safe.

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Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Monday – No School
Oct 8 all day
Boys’ Volleyball Game @ St. Andrew School
Oct 9 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Big Brother/Big Sister Homework Club @ Library
Oct 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

For students who have completed permission forms.

Girls’ Volleyball Game @ St. Andrew School
Oct 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
First Reconciliation Meeting @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Boys’ Volleyball Game @ St Mary Catholic School
Oct 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Girls’ Volleyball Game @ Our Lady of Peace
Oct 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Pizza Day
Oct 12 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Weekly Update October 8, 2018

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