GET READY TO BOOGIE!
On Thursday, October 31st, we will be hosting our ANNUAL ST. ANDREW BOOGIE-A-THON! This is our one major fundraiser for the year. The money from our fundraiser will be used to purchase items and activities for our students that will enhance their experiences here at St. Andrew School.
Every child who participates in our Halloween Dance will receive a chance to win a fabulous prize! There will also be prizes for the FDK, Primary, Junior and Intermediate classes that raise the most money. Classes will be able to choose from: pizza party, movie day, technology party, sundae party, pajama day, or any request that receives principal approval. Please donate by October 31st. The draw for prizes will take place on Friday, November 1st.
Making a Donation
The easiest and most helpful way for you to donate is through our School Cash Online Make a Donation Button.
Then Complete the following steps:
- Gift Information – select an amount
- Select Destination – Andrew
- Tribute Information – “Not a tribute gift”
- Message to School Board – student name, specify amount donated per child
- Click – “Add to Cart”
If you would like to donate via cheque, you can follow the instructions on our pledge form which you can download here: BOO-GIE-A-THON FLYER 2019 . A hard copy will also be coming home with your child.
It is our hope to use fundraising dollars to purchase faster and more versatile technology that will allow our students to connect and collaborate with other students and experts as they develop their 21st Century competencies.
Physical activity is important for children’s health, brain development and intellect. Being physically active before, during and after school has been proven to improve academic performance. Physical Education and sports are a huge part of our St. Andrew School community and we are in need of new equipment for our gymnasium. We also are in need of new playground equipment for our children to play with at recess that is safe, durable, and fun.
Two years ago we began changing our Library into a Learning Commons. This transition included the addition of a Makerspace to develop students’ problem solving and creativity through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities. Our Makerspace was so successful that we would like to continue to build on what we started so that more children can experience this space.
Funds will also be used to continue providing our students with exciting learning opportunities in the form of subsidies for field trips, guest speakers, and specialty programs brought into the school.
Last year, we used funds to make seating more flexible in our classrooms. Some of our classrooms now have wobble stools and standing desks. This type of furniture has become very popular and we would like to make it available to more students in more of our classrooms.
But to make all of these things happen, we need your help! Any financial support you can offer is most welcome and appreciated!
All students are encouraged to wear costumes. Students who prefer not to wear a costume may want to wear black and orange as an alternative.
Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage you to reflect and talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.
The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:
- is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture, or religion?
- Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it more like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not a part of my background?
- Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
Costume considerations to be safe at school:
Parents and students are all asked to be mindful of our children’s safety when selecting costumes. To that end, we ask that costumes not:
- Impair vision or breathing (no masks);
- Present a tripping hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
- Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;
- Be too revealing or suggestive;
- Include weapons or replica weapons;
- Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up;
- Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.
- Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.
Below is the schedule for each grade and the time they are allocated to dance. Parents/Guardians are welcome to join their children during their dance times in the gym.
|Grade 1 & 2||9:40-10:20 a.m.|
|Grade 3 & 4||10:35-11:15 a.m.|
|Grade 5 & 6||11:15-11:55 p.m.|
|Grade 7||1:00-1:45 p.m.|
|Grade 8||1:45-2:30 p.m.|