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Weekly Update February 10, 2020

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” ~ Desmond Tutu

Black History Month

We are blessed at St. Andrew School to be enriched by a culturally diverse community. During the month of February, we enjoy learning about the legacy of Black Canadians, both past and present, and honour their contributions to our society.




In addition to reading daily trivia over the announcements, this year our Student Council has put together a Black History Month Bingo activity for each class. Each class will get a large Bingo Card with photos of famous Black Canadians. Classes will have to do some research together to be able to complete the game.  The class who wins the Bingo game will win a pizza party.

We encourage families at home to also spend some time learning about the valuable contributions Black Canadians have made to our country. Here is a starting point for you: 23 Historical Black Canadian You Should Know

Professional Development Day – No School

On Friday, February 14th, we will be having a Professional Development Day.  There will be no school for students.

Family Day

Monday, February 17th is Family Day and there will be no school. We hope you will enjoy the extra long weekend with your loved ones! We will welcome students back to school on Tuesday, February 18th.

News From Your Catholic School Council

Our Catholic School Council has started a new initiative. They have created a “newsletter” to provide a point of contact and to keep you apprised of Council-sponsored initiatives and events. Check out Issue No. 1 here.

Term 1 Report Cards

Term 1 Report Cards for all students K-8 will be coming home on Wednesday, February 19h. We encourage you to use them as an opportunity to have conversations with your children about their learning and interests. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of all of our students. Please enjoy celebrating your child’s accomplishments this term and help them plan some new learning goals for Term 2.

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.

Important Reminders with Inclement Weather

Please note that when transportation is cancelled, ALL transportation to and from school is cancelled for the ENTIRE day. It is at the discretion of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to send their child(ren) to school. If you choose to send your child(ren) to school, please ensure that you have arranged transportation to and from school. For more information, please review Board Procedure VI-47 Inclement Weather – Transportation Cancellations and Emergency School Closures. For more information about inclement weather safety, please review our Board’s Inclement Weather Safety Procedure.

Yard Supervision

As a reminder, supervision begins at 8:35 am. For the safety of your children, we request that your child NOT be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are on the schoolyard when the bell rings. If your child(ren) walk to school, please encourage them to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. For safety, children arriving late for school must first report to the office. We encourage them to arrive on time and line with their class at 8:50 am when possible.

Grade 7 Immunization

On Wednesday, those Grade 7 students who have returned their consent forms will be receiving their Menactra Immunization from the Halton Public Health Department.

CBC Searchlight 2020

We are very proud of Olivia Chameroy who has entered the CBC Searchlight 2020 with her own original song Break Free. You can listen to it here: Please support this incredibly talented young lady by voting for her. Please vote daily and share the link worldwide to help her get through the first round – the top 100 by February 13th!


Celebrating Our Catholic School Graduates!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award.   
The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs).
Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30, 2020.
Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.


Girls – Monday, Feb. 10 against St. Nicholas at St. Marguerite d’Youville at 3:45 pm
– Wednesday, Feb. 12 against St. John Paul II at St. Bernadette at 3:45 pm

Boys –  Monday, Feb. 10 against St Vincent at St. Vincent at 4:45 pm
– Wednesday, Feb. 12 against OLP at St. Andrew at 4:45 pm

Coming Up

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
Sr. Girls BB Game at St. Bernadette
Feb 12 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Sr. Boys BB Game at St. Andrew
Feb 12 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
PA Day – No School for Students
Feb 14 all day
Family Day – No School
Feb 17 all day
Sr. Boys BB Game at St. Gregory the Great
Feb 19 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Weekly Update February 10, 2020