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Weekly Update September 9, 2019

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. ~ Coretta Scott King

Thank you to all of our St. Andrew staff, students, and parents for a wonderful start to a new school year!

FASD Awareness Day

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99.  This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.  Anytime is a good time to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). On Monday, September 9th, 2019, we are inviting all of our staff and students to wear red to support FASD Awareness. 

Family Package Information

Thank you for completing and returning family information packages and updated student verification forms.  If you have not already done so please return your forms to the classroom teacher as soon as possible.

Medical Perils

If your child has a medical condition such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy,  please return the medical conditions package and appropriate medications. 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.

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.

Curriculum Night

Our Curriculum Night will be held at St. Andrew on Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. Please join us in the gymnasium for a brief presentation. This will be followed by presentations and/or activities in our classrooms. Look for more information to follow.

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/

Seeking Gently Used Toys

The kindergarten team is looking for gently used items to refurbish their classrooms. If you have any of the following items we would be very grateful…

Lincoln Logs
Wooden building blocks
Wooden dollhouses
Plastic animals and dinosaurs
Matchbox cars
Wooden train sets and accessories
Plastic play people
Magnets and magnetic building kits
Tinker toys
Marble run
Small steel pots and pans
Items for a kitchen
Costumes

Martial Arts

Back by popular demand Mr. Paterson and Mrs. Williams from Paterson’s Karate Works will be offering an extra-curricular martial arts program during the lunch hour for students in grades 1 – 6. If your child is interested in participating, put a note in your child’s agendas, or call the office, to request a form. Forms will be due back to the school no later than Friday, September 13th. Space is limited to the first 50 students. The cost of the program is $108.48. If you require financial assistance, please contact the office. Our number is: 905-257-7102. The 12-week program will begin on September 18th, 2019.

Opening School Mass

On Wednesday, September 27th at 10:15 am (please note this is a new date) we will be celebrating Mass together at Mary Mother of God Parish to mark the beginning of the school year. We will be walking to the Church together as a school community. We need parent volunteers to walk with our classes; if you would like to volunteer to walk with your child’s class, please contact your child’s teacher. All are welcome to attend.

Transportation

Thank you for your patience with bussing 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/9tNHvs6DMmunKtM87

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

Catholic School Council Nominations

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the Catholic School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future.  All council nomination forms are due into the school by 9:00 am Friday, September 13th. If you are interested in being on our school Council, please pick up a nomination form at the school office from Mrs. Dunne.

If elections are required, the candidates will be asked to provide an optional one-page information biography sheet, and this will be posted on our school website. This year, if needed, elections for our 2019/2020 Catholic School Council will take place in September according to the following timelines:

  • Nomination Forms Due:  Friday, September 13th
  • Profiles Due (if required): Tuesday, September 17th
  • Council Elections (if needed): Thursday, September 19th 
  • First Council Meeting:  Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm

All parents are welcome to attend regular Catholic School Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Library. For more information about the election process: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2019/09/school-council-election-process/

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 on that day.

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 9, 2019