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Weekly Update June 24, 2019

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” ~ Maya Angelou

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Grade Eight Graduating Class of 2019! We wish you a future filled with great hopes and great things, for great are the plans of God. Go now and make us proud!

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the parents who helped decorate the gym so beautifully for our graduation ceremonies and dance. It was a magical evening and the gym was transformed. We are truly grateful to you for making the evening so special for our students. We uld like to especially thank our chief decorator, Mrs. Oliveira, for all of her time and energies, but most of all, for her beautiful vision and her help in making it a reality.

Thank you to the many staff members who contributed their own time to help make the graduation a special event for our graduates. Your work is God’s love made visible. A special thank you to our Grade Eight teachers, Mr. Tallevi, Mr. Maillet, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Boyko, and to our amazing secretary, Mrs. Walters (who spent many hours printing graduation certificates).

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

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

Term 2 Report Cards

Report Cards for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will be sent home on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019. We hope that you will take this opportunity to celebrate learning and growth as well as accomplishments with your child. Please sign and return the bottom portion to school on Wednesday, June 26th.

We are so proud of the many accomplishments of each and every one of our students. The report card allows us to comment on their academic accomplishments. But it does not allow us to comment on our students’ many other accomplishments this year. We cannot share how their smile brightens our day, how they helped out in the office when we were short of hands, how they helped their friend when they were hurt on the playground, or how they danced a jig when they scored their first goal. We cannot give them a mark for coming to the office to calm a little brother when he was nervous, or for being kind, or trustworthy. The report card won’t tell you that your child owned up to and made amends for a mistake, forgave a friend for hurting them, or gave away a favourite eraser to someone in need. It won’t tell you that your child has practiced doing cartwheels at recess for four days straight before finally getting it right. But we would like you to know, we noticed their many accomplishments, and we are so proud of them!

Year End Assembly

We will be having a Year-End Assembly on Tuesday, June 25, 2018, at 1:00 pm. We will be giving out our final OCGE Awards for the year. Parents of the award winners will all be notified in advance. We will also be saying goodbye to the staff members who are leaving during this assembly. All are welcome to attend.

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is absolutely over-flowing with many items of clothing including winter jackets and winter boots. Please come and check out the items before we donate it all to charity.

Medications

If we hold medications for your child in the office, please arrange to pick them up by dismissal on Friday afternoon. If they are not picked up, we will send them home with your child at dismissal.

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. Buses will also be arriving at that time and dropping students off 90 min earlier at home. Please ensure that your children know how they are arriving home after this early dismissal day.

September Start-Up 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 Friday, August 31st, 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.

  1. http://www.hcdsb.org
  2. Click on school tab-school listing
  3. Click on Elementary school placement
  4. Enter OEN, click search
  5. 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 over 700 students, the goal is to have students in their respective classrooms as quickly with as few disruptions as possible.

Kindergarten Entry

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

Student Agendas

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.

Volunteers

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 2018-19 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

We wish you all a safe and happy summer!

Be sure to watch our website in August for all you need to know for a smooth transition back to school in the Fall!

Weekly Update June 24, 2019