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Weekly Update June 3, 2019

Look up not down, look forward not back, look out not in. ~ Edward Everett Hale

Goodbye and God Bless

Each year at this time we have to say goodbye to those who are leaving St Andrew to share their gifts and talents in other communities. We have enjoyed much laughter, much joy and much love with you here at St Andrew and we wish you every blessing as you heed God’s calling and serve where He leads you. We have been enriched by your presence here at our school and you will be greatly missed!  May God bless you abundantly as you continue your journey in Catholic Education.

At this time, we also say goodbye to the following staff members:

Mrs Linda Young will be moving on to teach at St. Timothy School in Burlington

~ Mrs Ania Stolarz will be moving on to teach at St. Anne’s School in Burlington

Mrs. Grace Rogulski and Mrs. Inese Hill will be retiring this year. We wish them all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the many years they served in Catholic Education.

Welcome to St Andrew

We all welcome Mrs Susan Brioux, who will be teaching Grade One, she joins us from St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Mrs. Brioux has a wealth of experience especially with teaching the Primary Grades. We also welcome Miss Katelynn Johnston, joining us from St. Mary School. Miss Johnston will be our Teacher of the Arts, and is an accomplished musician, dancer, and choreographer. Additionally, we all welcome Mrs Anna Santini who will be teaching Grade 5. Mrs. Santini was most recently working as an Instructional Coach with our Curriculum Department and is highly knowledgeable in Pedagogy K-8. Lastly, we welcome back Miss Michaela Yan. Miss Yan taught Grade 3 here at St. Andrew last year, and has spent this past school year broadening her teaching skills at St. Mary School. We are extremely pleased that she will be returning to us to teach Grade 3 again in September! We feel blessed to welcome all of these accomplished teachers into our school community and we are grateful for the gifts and talents they bring to share.

School Hallways

Parents and guardians are reminded that when they are dropping off or picking up their children during school hours they are to enter the school building via the main entrance only and report immediately to the office. Parents are not permitted in the hallways or near the students’ lockers. We need to enforce this rule to keep all of our students safe. We respectfully ask that you honour this request.

Annual School BBQ

Please join us on Thursday, June 6th  at 5:30 pm as we celebrate another fantastic year at St Andrew. There will be games and events for all the children at the school. As with all volunteer-run events, more volunteers mean a smoother running event. Thank you to our many community partners, parents, staff and student volunteers who are making this all possible! Please continue to have your children bring in items for our Raffle Baskets.

Families who have pre-ordered play-all-day wristbands, treat tickets, raffle tickets, and meal tickets will be receiving them on Wednesday, June 5th.

The girls in our Little Flower Club have been working hard making beautiful candles that they will be selling at the BBQ to raise money for the Carmelite cloister in St. Agatha.

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. PARENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT ABA ARE ENCOURAGED AND WELCOMED TO PLEASE JOIN US! Please click on the link below to view our Feature Story for more information!

ABA for All Bonanza

Safety Drills

Over the next few weeks, we will be holding our fire and lockdown drills to practice our emergency procedures for this school term.

PA Day – No School Friday!

Please be advised that Friday, June 7th is a scheduled PA Day. Staff will be involved in assessment and evaluation activities. There will be no school for students on this day.

Busing and Courtesy Seat Requests – 2019-2020

Halton Student Transportation Services has posted busing eligibility for the 2019-2020 school year. As well, they have opened the courtesy seat request process for 2019-2020. (Courtesy seats may be available for students who are not eligible to ride the bus due to the location of their residence but may still want a seat.) For more details, and to complete an application, please see the HSTS website at https://www.haltonbus.ca/

Summer Camp Opportunities

Please see the fliers below for local summer camp opportunities for your children:

HT ART CAMP 2019

Girls Inc of Halton Summer Camp Flier

Summer School Opportunities

The Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to be offering a Literacy and Mathematics Summer Program for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 2 – July 12, 2019 (Session 1) and July 15 – July 26, 2019 (Session 2). Both sessions will run from 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Sessions 1 and 2 will take place at the following locations:

  • Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School (Burlington)
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Oakville)
  • Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School (Milton)

For program details, please review the following information sheet: http://bit.ly/Literacy-Math-SummerPrograms

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 by calling our Office staff at 905-257-7102. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

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.

Sunny Days

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 sunblock. 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.

Personal Electronic Devices

Digital Citizenship – We would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices on school premises. Students who bring a cell phone or any personal electronic device to school must demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology, as outlined in our school Code of Conduct. They must use board technology for curriculum-related/educational purposes only. Lastly, in order to maintain the order and safety of our students, they are to use the office phone to contact parents during the instructional day, with permission from the teacher.

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 6th, 2018 so that we can conduct an inventory and make purchases for the new school year.

Coming Up

Weekly Update June 3, 2019