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Weekly Update February 3, 2020

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black History Month

Every February, the staff and students at St. Andrew School participate in Black History Month. It is a time for us to celebrate the many achievements and contributions that Black Canadians have made to help Canada become the caring, compassionate, and richly diverse country it is today. Unfortunately, the important role of Black Canadians in the development of our country has not always been highlighted in our history books. During this month, we learn about the legacy of Black Canadians, both past and present, and honour their contributions to our society.

For 2020, the theme of the Government of Canada’s Black History Month campaign is: Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.

OECTA Job Action

Reminder that all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 as a result of the province-wide one-day full withdrawal of services by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA). For more information and further updates please go to:

National Sweater Day

On Thursday, February 6th, we will be celebrating National Sweater Day. This is an eco-initiative to learn about the importance of saving energy and to inspire us to use less heat all winter. Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our thermostats will be lowered on Thursday, February 6th, so please make sure that your children have a sweater to wear!

Halton Food For Thought “Feeduary”

Halton Food for Thought Feeduary Days return
February 11th,12th and 13th, 2020

St. Andrew School provides ALL students with access to healthy food at school. A Student Nutrition Program has been running in partnership with Halton Food for Thought (HFFT) since September 2007. This program is open to all students free of charge and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:35 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.   All food prepared and served in the school Forum meets the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Nutrition Guidelines and follow Safe Food Handling practices.

To continue this successful program, we need your help!  If you would like to donate your time we need help on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.   If you would like to make a financial contribution to this valuable program, it would be greatly appreciated.  No donation is too small! See below for details on how to easily donate and help ensure “no student goes hungry at school”.

Your donation goes directly to your child’s school to support their Student Nutrition Program.

Donations can easily be made through School Cash Online at

  • Sign in from the homepage of School Cash Online and Click on Make a Donation (located top right)
  • Gift Information – Select donation amount
  • Fund Destination –Select school name
  • Message to the Board – IMPORTANT You must type in “Donation to Student Nutrition Program”
  • Add to cart and Check out. For donations over $20 a tax receipt will be emailed directly to you

For more information about HFFT Student Nutrition Programs, be sure to follow them on Social Media
Twitter: and Facebook

Cross-Boundary Renewal Forms

For those families who currently have cross-boundary approval and are looking to renew for the 2020-2021 school year, please watch for forms coming home with your children soon! Please ensure these forms are completed and submitted by Tuesday, February 18th.

Ready, Set, Go!

We will be hosting an evening offered by the Halton Region to help you prepare your children for Kindergarten called Ready, Set, GO! on Wednesday, February 5th here at the school from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Please call 311 to register.

Regular Attendance and Illness 

While we encourage regular school attendance for all our students, it is important to remember to keep sick children at home to help them heal quickly and to prevent the spread of illness throughout the classroom and school. We have students in our school whose health and well-being can be seriously affected by even a mild illness or infection. Extra care, caution, and compassion on your part will help keep everyone healthy. For more information, please read our post about when you should keep your child home from school.

Senior Basketball

Girls –  February 5th @4:45 pm against St. Marguerite at St. Andrew

Boys – February 5th @3:45 against St. Luke at Our Lady of Peace

Coming Up!

OECTA Strike – Schools Closed – Office Open
Feb 4 all day
Sr. Boys BB Game at Our Lady of Peace
Feb 5 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Sr. Girls BB Game at St. Andrew
Feb 5 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
National Sweater Day!
Feb 6 all day
Pizza Day
Feb 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sr. Girls BB Game at St. Marguerite d’Youville
Feb 10 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Sr. Boys BB Game at St. Vincent
Feb 10 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Grade 7 Immunizations (Menactra)
Feb 12 all day
Grade 7 School Immunizations (Menactra) @ St Andrew
Feb 12 all day


Weekly Update February 3, 2020