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Weekly Update May 13, 2019

“To be a mother is a great treasure. Mothers in their unconditional & sacrificial love for their children are the antidote to individualism.”

Pope Francis

Happy Mothers’ Day!

Thank you for celebrating Catholic Education Week with us!

We are so thankful for the many guests who came to St Andrew this week to share in our celebration of Catholic Education, and for the parents and families who support learning at home every day. We hope that you enjoyed the events and activities and were able to spend some time in our inspirational Good News Gallery. For those of you who bid on the Art in our Silent Auction, you will be contacted on Monday if you won any of the artwork. Thank you all for your support!

First Communion

Congratulations to our Grade Two students who received the Holy Eucharist for the first time this weekend. As you grow in your friendship with Jesus, may your words be gentle and my your touch be kind. May you hear the whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you see God in everyone you meet and may you always know that you are dearly loved!

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 when at the park across the street.


Our yearbook will remain on sale until midnight, Sunday, May 12th. They can be ordered through School Cash Online.


The month of May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. VOICE is an organization for Hearing Impaired Children. They are a Canadian charity that serves children with hearing loss. On Friday, May 17, 2019, we will be having DRESS LOUD DAY at St Andrew in support of this charity. Everyone is asked to wear their wackiest, loudest and wildest clothing to raise awareness for children with hearing loss. We will be collecting toonies if you would like to donate to support VOICE.

Victoria Day

Monday, May 21st is Victoria Day. This is a holiday and the school will be closed.

End-of-the-Year BBQ Extravaganza

Make sure to mark your calendars for our Annual St. Andrew School BBQ Event on Thursday, June 6th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Back by popular demand will be our raffle baskets. Classes will be collecting items for themed baskets to raffle off during the BBQ.  A flyer along with a raffle basket letter will be coming home with your children this week. You can download the raffle basket list by grade here: Copy of BBQ raffle basket letter 2019 and the flyer here: 2019_BBQFlyer. Our preferred method of payment is School Cash Online, however, you can print off a REVISED order form here if you do not wish to order online: 20190425_BBQOrderForm 

ABA for All Bonanza

ABA stands for Applied Behaviour Analysis and it is a form of therapy based on the science of learning and behaviour.  The Special Education Department is excited to announce the ABA for All Bonanza event running for one entire day in our school on Wednesday, June 5th. Please click on the link below to view our Feature Story for more information!

ABA for All Bonanza

EQAO – Let’ Show What We Know!

At St. Andrew Catholic School, we understand that the purpose of the E.Q.A.O. assessment is to promote academic excellence and improvement in student achievement throughout all schools in our province.  As educators, we respond to our E.Q.A.O. results with appropriate accountability, integrity and due diligence.  As a Catholic school and as Catholic educators, however, we are called to respond in a distinctive manner for we believe that our students are described not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but also in terms of values, attitudes and actions. When we encourage our students to utilize all of their God-given gifts to the best of their ability, we are fostering an environment of servitude and promoting the understanding that we are loved and valued as children of God because of who we are rather than how we perform and what we produce.

Our Grade 3 students will be participating in the EQAO Primary Assessments on Wednesday, May 22nd, Friday, May 24th, and Tuesday, May 28th in both the mornings and afternoons.

Our Grade 6 students will be participating in the EQAO Junior Assessments in the mornings from May 21st – May 28th.

The types of questions in the EQAO test booklets will be familiar to your child as they are based on the work your child has been doing throughout the year. Sample questions can be viewed on the EQAO website at

We ask that you make every effort to avoid holidays during these days and to try to make sure your children are in attendance each day during the assessment.  In advance, we appreciate your efforts in scheduling appointments around this block of time.

The EQAO assessment results help us to continue to improve upon the quality Catholic education offered to your children

Moving? Please let us know!

Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) will be attending another school in September. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

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Weekly Update May 13, 2019