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Weekly Update June 17, 2019

Don’t count the days, make the days count!

Happy Father’s Day to all of our St. Andrew Fathers!

Thank you!

A special thank you to all of those parents and grandparents who were able to join us for our closing school mass last week. It was so wonderful to see so many of you praying together with us and we are grateful to you for joining us! We say good-bye and thank you to Fr. John Van Hees as he moves on to Holy Rosary in Milton.

We wish to say a very special thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped with our Breakfast Program and our Pizza Lunches. These programs nourished our bodies and also our souls and we are truly grateful to all of the time and dedication our volunteers devoted to caring for our students’ well-being. We want to especially thank all of the organizers, Mrs. Carone, Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Mothersill and Mrs. Williams. A special thank you also to our Knights of Columbus!

Early Dismissal

The last day of school will be Friday, June 28, 2019. We will be having early dismissal on that date. We will be dismissing at 1:50 pm. Please make sure you have made arrangements so that your child will not be left at school after 1:50 pm.

Medical Conditions – Parent/Guardian Packages:

If your child has a serious medical condition, please review the information package he/she brought home.

If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by dismissal (1:50 p.m.) on Friday, June 28, 2019. We do not store medications over the summer.

Medication or any other medical apparatus (i.e. AeroChamber ®, EpiPen ®),
which is not picked up will be sent home with your child at dismissal.

For safety reasons, please immediately inspect your child’s backpack for medications upon arrival at home.

  1. Health care forms for the 2019-2020 school year were already sent home. Please complete the forms. The forms MUST be completed and returned to the school during the week of August 26, 2019, prior to the first day of school.
  2. Accompanying these completed forms, please provide:

– Updated medication for the 2019-2020 school year in a Ziploc® bag that is clearly labeled with your child’s name.

– For PRESCRIBED medications, complete MEDS.1-P form (Request and Consent for the Administration of Prescribed Medication) PRIOR to your child’s first day in September 2018.

Please understand that at the beginning of the school year, parents assume complete responsibility for the administration of the medications their children require until such time as all of the requirements of #2 above are satisfied in full.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding the safe provision of medication and the information pertaining to your child. Their safety, and the safety of all other students, is our first priority.


Our Grade 8 graduation will be taking place in our school gymnasium at 7:00 pm on Friday, June 21st. Graduates will need to arrive at 6:30 pm. Your Grade 8 children will have brought home more information about the week leading up to their graduation.

Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Lost and Found

All of our Lost and Found items will be put on display in the front hallway. Any items that remain unclaimed by Friday, June 28th will be donated to charity. Please stop by and pick up any missing items that belong to your children.

Missing Library Books and Textbooks

We are still missing over 900 items from our school library. Please help us! Remind your children to return any library books and textbooks this week. These items are costly to replace and a comprehensive library that is well-stocked is an indispensable learning support for our children.

Strategic Planning Feedback

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey at the following link: HCDSB-StrategicPlan-Year3. The survey will be open until Monday, June 24th. Results are used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus On Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021”, and will be included in the “Director’s Report to Trustees – Year 3 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

Dressing for the Weather

With the return of good weather, it is important that students are dressed appropriately for recess. Please send your child to school with a hat and a reusable water bottle to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the day. We would encourage you to make applying sunscreen part of your morning routine rather than send it to school. If you are sending sunscreen to school, please make sure that it is not a spray application as the sprays can make floors slippery if misapplied. Students need to wear clothing that does not reveal their undergarments and provides freedom of movement so they can run and play at recess. Flip flops and open-toed sandals should not be worn at recess.

Please note we follow our board policy regarding Extreme Heat (with or without humidex):

  • cooler than 35 degrees C, students remain outside for all regular outdoor activities
  • between 35 & 40 degrees C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 min intervals.
  • hotter than 40 degrees C, students must remain inside

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.

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 in the park across the street from the school.

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Weekly Update June 17, 2019