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Weekly Update September 16, 2019

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

PA Day September 16, 2019

Please note that our staff will be involved in Professional Learning on Monday, September 16, 2019, and there will be no school for students on that day.

School Picture Day

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 is picture day at St. Andrew school!!   We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful smiles!!

Curriculum Night

Our Curriculum Night will be held at St. Andrew School on Thursday, September 19th starting at 6:30 p.m. Teachers will be having an open house in their classrooms. Watch in your children’s agendas for more information. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend Curriculum Night as there will be engaging and collaborative activities for parents and students to do together in the classrooms.  We hope you can join us, we look forward to seeing you!!

 

Family Information Packages

Please continue to send in the completed family information packages as well as updated student verification forms.  Please return your forms to the classroom teacher as soon as possible.  It is important we have the most up to date and relevant information at the school, in case we need to get in touch with you for any reason.

Medical Perils

Please continue to send in updated medical condition forms and appropriate medications if your child has a medical condition such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy.  We want to keep your child safe by having the correct information and medications on hand. If you need a new package, please contact the office.

Grade 7 Immunizations

As you may know, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides a school-based immunization program for Grade 7 students only that is delivered by the local health departments. Parents/Guardians of our Grade 7 students would have received information along with consent forms over the summer. In order for your Grade 7 child to participate in this immunization program, you must return the forms either to the Halton Health Department or to the school no later than Wednesday, September 18th. A representative from the Halton Health Department will be coming to pick up the forms at the school on the morning of Thursday, September 19th.

For more information please go to:  https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2019/09/grade-7-immunization-program/

Pizza 

Please note that our first Pizza Day will be on October 18th. Please consider using the website or the electronic calendar to track our Pizza Days.  You can order your pizza using School Cash Online. Hard copies of the order forms are also available at the office. If you would like to help out with our pizza days, please be sure to complete our Volunteer Form or to contact the office.

Parish News

GRADE 7 AND 8 SINGERS AND MUSICIANS: Mary Mother of God’s Youth band ABLAZE will have a casual jam session to meet the new band leader Brian Dunn and have fun playing and singing together. If you’re curious about the band and want to give it a try (with no commitment), this is your chance. No pressure, just come and have fun playing music! Monday Night September 16th from 7:00 to 8:00 at the Church.

FRIDAY FAITH NIGHT OPEN HOUSE: Grades 5 – 8, This Friday, Sept. 20th at 6:30 here at St. Andrews, Mary Mother of God youth group will hold an OPEN HOUSE for their Friday Faith nights: “Conquest and Challenge”. Our faith nights are a blast: food, music, games in the gym and faith talks led by high school teens about issues that matter to you. Join us on Friday to check it out: no strings attached. visit mmogyouth.com for more information.

Interruptions to the School Day

We would like to keep interruptions to the children’s school day to a minimum. Please make every effort to book medical appointments and extra-curricular activities outside of the school day. When that is not possible, and you need to pick up your child from school at a time other than the regular dismissal time, we kindly ask that you write a note in your child’s agenda that day. Also, make sure your child knows what time you will be picking him/her up. When our office staff need to call a student down from the classroom, we are interrupting instructional time for the entire class. Letting the teacher know about early dismissal through the agenda helps us to minimize distractions and allow students to maintain their focus on their learning. We thank you for your assistance with this request.

Parking Lot Safety

As children are still getting used to dismissal routines, we entreat you to use caution and be vigilant in the parking lots for the safety of our children. All parents using the Kiss-and-Ride are reminded to use patience and not get out of your car. Please always wait your turn and pull up to the curb. Please do not pass another vehicle in the Kiss-and-Ride. Please follow the traffic flow even if your children have disembarked.

Students should never be running across the parking lot to enter vehicles. If you wish to walk your child you must park your car first! We cannot have parents parked in the Kiss-and-Ride lanes as this inhibits traffic flow, blocks parents who have parked as requested, and creates a hazard for children who are getting in and out of cars. If all of the spots have been taken, please park in the parking lot directly across the street from the school.

Once again we will be enlisting the support of the Halton Police to monitor our parking lot during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. People who violate parking lot regulations will be ticketed.

We thank you for your support and understanding. As always, the safety of our children is our number one priority.

Transportation

Thank you for your continued patience with busing as drivers adjust to their new routes. Halton Bus has let us know that we can expect another week or two of delays as everyone adjusts to new schedules. You can check for delays at haltonbus.ca or subscribe here: https://www.haltonbus.ca/notifications/

Volunteers Needed!

Our volunteers are very important to us! In so many ways, our volunteers are the heart and soul of our school. Do you have some free time during the day? Please consider completing our Volunteer Sign-Up Form online: https://forms.gle/nFQ3Xfi7STmQkotk9

Please note that all of our volunteers are required to have a Police Records Check on file at the school. These police checks can now be done online: at https://www.haltonpolice.ca/about/courtsrecords/policerecordchecks.php

Interactive School Calendar

Our website features an interactive school calendar, which allows parents to view the calendar right within our school site, but also offers the ability to subscribe to the calendar and add it to your Apple, Google, and/or Outlook calendars. To subscribe to this feature, click on the CALENDAR tab, and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a button that says ‘SUBSCRIBE’ and when you click on this button, you will be prompted to select a calendar option.  View the How-To Guide

Coming Up!

Weekly Update September 16, 2019