As the summer draws near, I have been reflecting on the fact that we have almost completed yet another school year together graced with new opportunities, new relationships and new experiences. Once again, we have enjoyed a year of tremendous growth and new learning that extends from the academic, sporting, and creative to the charitable and socially just. We have achieved much because we work together as a team and this is one of the most beautiful attributes of the St Andrew School community.
We are especially proud of our Grade Eight graduates who have been developing many skills connected to our Catholic Graduate Expectations and we wish the graduates all the best with their future endeavors as they move onto secondary school in the fall. They have developed a strong foundation in their faith and have been empowered to think critically about the world in which we live – I feel confident that they will do great things and am comforted that our future is in their capable hands.
Our school community would not be the warm and welcoming place that it is if it were not for the many volunteers who devote their time to our students and staff. We are grateful to all of our volunteers who contribute in so many ways to our students’ achievement and wellbeing through faith-based, academic, social and health initiatives. We especially thank those parents who have represented all parents through their membership on the Catholic School Council.
As a community grounded in our faith, we are thankful to Fr. John Van Hees and the partnership we share with the catechetical team at Mary Mother of God Parish. Their unending support in helping our students to develop their faith through prayer, liturgy, mass, and celebration of the sacraments has been a true blessing to our community. I am especially thankful to Mrs. Debbie Frey for her many visits to our school; she has been a godsend to our community.
Thank you to the incredible staff I am blessed to work with each day at St Andrew School. Their dedication and devotion to our students is unparalleled. They work together seamlessly as a team to ensure each student is empowered and thrives at our school. I am thankful to each of them for sharing their personal time and talents to support our students, one another, our parents, and our local community.
Finally, I would like to thank our students for trying to work to the best of their ability throughout the school year. I am confident that they will continue to work to discover the wonderful plan that God has waiting for them.
Please be sure to continue visiting our school website for updates on all you need to know as the school year draws to a close and as we prepare for start-up in September! While the month of June brings with it the promise of sunshine, there is still much learning to be done and many wonderful activities planned for the days ahead.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
We are very grateful for the wonderful Catholic School Council that we are blessed with at St Andrew. Through their efforts this year, your children have benefitted socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. We thank them for their partnership and engagement in everything we do at St Andrew and for the tremendous support they tirelessly give our staff and students. Our heartfelt thank you to the following council members:
Susan English – Council Chair
Emilia De Simone – Parent Rep/Treasurer
Marion Bastiampillai – Parent Rep
Kendra Paiement – Parent Rep
Kelly Williams – Parent Rep
Louisa Oliveira – Parent Rep
Christine Krueger – Parish Rep
Nancy Harrison – Teacher Rep
Trish Droog – Non-Teaching Staff Rep
Final Council Meeting of the School Year – Our final school council meeting this year will be held Thursday, June 20th, at 6:30 pm in the school library. As always, you are welcome to join us.
SCHOOL COUNCIL 2019-2020 Being part of School Council is one way of volunteering. It provides an opportunity to develop and promote activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and improve the levels of student achievement. If you are interested in being a part of our Catholic School Council next year, nomination packages will be available in the office at the start of September. A School Council needs to be established within the first 30 school days of the new academic year. Details will follow in September through the newsletter and our school website. Information can be found on the Board’s site: www.hcdsb.org/parents/cscouncil/pages/default.aspx
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 13, 2019, 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.
GRADE EIGHT GRADUATION
Our wonderful Grade 8’s will be graduating from St Andrew on Friday, June 21st at 7:00 pm. The ceremony will be followed by a dance in the gymnasium. Pick up will be at 11:00 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.
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.
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.
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 14th, 2019 so that we can conduct an inventory and make purchases for the new school year.
TERM TWO REPORT CARDS
Report Cards for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will be sent home on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. Please sign and return the bottom portion to school on Thursday, June 27th. This form is a legal document which must be attached to the copy of the report and included in your child’s Ontario School Record file. Please note this is an opportunity for you and your child to comment on goals, student achievement and home support.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The last day of school for students will be on Friday, June 28th. The Board has informed us that there will be an early dismissal, therefore the students will be ready for home (the Y /buses) at 1:50 p.m. Please ensure that your children know how they are arriving home after this early dismissal day.
SEPTEMBER STARTUP 2019
Office Hours Starting Monday, August 26
The school office will be open on Monday, August 26 at 8:30 a.m. Office staff and administration will be available all of that week. New registrations will be accepted that week as well. Please drop off epi-pens, other medications and forms during this week. Parents are also invited to review the medical plans with the administration this week, if possible.
Tuesday, September 3, Back to School Grades 1 – 8
On your child’s report card is an OEN (Ontario Education Number). As of August 30th, you will be able to log on to the board’s website and access your child’s class placement by using the OEN. As registrations continue to come in, please set your children up for success by explaining that class placements are subject to change based on enrollment. At any given time, it may be necessary to re-organize classes within the school to meet Ministry of Education standards. Please be mindful that many hours of care have been put into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of our students and we ask that you trust our staff.
- Click on school tab-school listing
- Click on Elementary school placement
- Enter OEN, click search
- Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed
On the first day of school, teachers will be in our schoolyard holding a sign with their grade and name. For this first day only, you are welcome to bring your children into the schoolyard and see that they are settled in the proper line.
Parents and Guardians are respectfully asked to avoid entering the hallways or visiting the classrooms on the first day of school. With nearly 700 students, the goal is to have students in their respective classrooms as quickly with as few disruptions as possible.
Welcome to all our little ones as they come to join us in the big school! We are so looking forward to meeting you! Letters will be sent home in July with your interview dates and times.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St Andrew
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St. Andrew
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Staggered entry for first half of JK students
Full entry for all SK students
Friday, September 6, 2019
Staggered entry for second half of JK students (first half do not attend)
Monday, September 9, 2019
Full entry for all JK students
This communication tool will be ordered for students and the money will be collected in September. We are informing you at this time so that you can include this in your back-to-school budget.
Bus Transportation for Fall
Route information for your child is available online at the transportation website at www.haltonbus.ca. To access this information, you will need your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) which appears on the top of all of your child’s report cards. Courtesy seat forms will be available in the school office starting June 1st. Bus stops and times will be posted on the front doors of the school during the first week of September. Students should be waiting at bus stops at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled bus arrival time. Parents are encouraged to sign up for email alerts about late buses online at halotnbus.ca.
A special thank you to all of our volunteers who have assisted us throughout the past school year. If we already have your documentation on file, an annual declaration form will be sent home for you to complete for next school year. If you have never volunteered with us before, but would like to in the 2019-20 school year, you must obtain both a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) and a Criminal Reference Check (CRC) at Halton Regional Police Services. Once you have received the CRC & VSS please bring it to the office. Please consider having this done over the summer, so you’re ready to go in September! You can also apply online at: www.haltonpolice.ca
The best way to keep informed on all that is happening at St Andrew School is by regularly visiting our school website: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/
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