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Weekly Update June 1st, 2020

Look up not down, look forward not back, look out not in.

Edward Everett Hale

Goodbye and God Bless

Each year at this time we have to say goodbye to those who are leaving St Andrew to share their gifts and talents in other communities. We have enjoyed much laughter, much joy and much love with you here at St Andrew and we wish you every blessing as you heed God’s calling and serve where He leads you. We have been enriched by your presence here at our school and you will be greatly missed!  May God bless you abundantly as you continue your journey in Catholic Education.

At this time, we also say goodbye to the following staff members:

Mrs Santini will be moving on to the role of Special Education Teacher at St. Benedict School in Milton

Mrs Nedelko  will be moving on to teach at St. Mark School in Burlington

Mrs. Bowles will be moving on to teach at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Burlington

Mrs. Forsyth will be moving on to teach at St. Mary School in Oakville

Mrs. Brioux will be moving on to teach at St. Scholastica in Milton

Welcome to St Andrew

We all welcome Mrs. Peric who will be teaching Grade Five, she joins us from St. Micheal School; Mrs. Bozzeli who will also be teaching Grade 5, who comes to us from St. Joan of Arc School; Miss Clark who will be teaching Grade 7, she comes to us from St. Christopher School; Mrs. Ambrozy, who will also be teaching Grade 7 and comes to us from Holy Cross School; Mrs. Mascarhenas, who will be teaching Grade 3, she comes to us from St. Marguerite School; and Mrs. Saputo, who will be teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Saputo officially joined our staff in September but has been on maternity leave.  We also welcome Mr. Fredette who will be our new Library Technician. We feel blessed to welcome all of these accomplished educators to our school community and we are grateful for the gifts and talents they bring to share.

Messages of Hope for Our Seniors

Students are invited, and encouraged, to write letters and/or create artwork for the Seniors in Delmanor Retirement Home. Many of our Seniors are not able to receive visitors due to the pandemic, and they are very lonely. If your child(ren) would like to brighten the day of a Senior in our community, have them write a letter and/or provide some artwork. We will place a bin outside the front door of the school where you can place your child(ren)’s messages throughout the week beginning the morning of Monday, June 1st up until 3:00 pm on Friday, June 5th at which time the letters and artwork will be brought to Delmanor to be distributed to the residents there.

Retrieval of Students’ Belongings

The retrieval of student belongings, (including items in the class, lockers, and student medicine), and return of school items (technology on loan, athletic uniforms, textbooks and library books) will take place during the last week of June. The School Board is currently finalizing the protocol for this process in consultation with Halton Public Health. Once the protocol has been finalized, we will be in contact with you to share the procedure.

Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8

The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education will be offering Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for HCDSB students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. There will be two sessions; Session 1 will run from July 6 – July 17, 2020, and Session 2 will run from July 20 – July 31, 2020.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Therefore, both Session 1 and Session 2 programs will be offered through a Distance Learning format.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs

Online registration is available for Session 1 and Session 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning

The completed online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020

School Yearbooks

You can now purchase your 2019-2020 school yearbook through School Cash Online. The cost for a yearbook is $22. They will be given out in the Fall.

Ministry of Education Consultation

The Ministry of Education has shared a document called Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning which describes its framework for preparing for learning in the 2020-2021 school year. It is inviting people to share their feedback through written submissions as described below:

  • You can provide a written submission with your input, ideas or data by sending an email to EDU.consultation@ontario.ca. Make sure to:
    • include your name and the name of your organization
    • use “Ontario’s Plan to Reopen Schools” in the subject line
    • attach your submission as a PDF or Word document

Moving? Please let us know!

Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) will be attending another school in September by emailing Mrs. Cerqueira at cerqueirad@hcdsb.org. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

Weekly Update June 1st, 2020