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Weekly Update June 22, 2020

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Maya Angelou

Congratulations to Our Graduates

On Friday evening we celebrated our Grade 8’s with a Drive-Thru Graduation for a Curbside Pick-up of their awards, diplomas and a little bit of St. Andrew swag. We are very proud of these young people and how they have learned and grown during their time at St. Andrew. You can watch the recorded virtual ceremony here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2020/06/congratulations-to-our-graduates/

All are welcome to join us for a special Mass in honour of our Graduates livestreamed by Mary Mother of God Parish on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm here: https://mmogp.ca/livestream

Happy Father’s Day!

We would like to wish a very happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful St. Andrew Dads!

adapted from Kirk Loadman

Let use praise those fathers who strive to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with joy and sacrifice.

Let us praise those fathers, who despite marital discord, have remained in their children’s lives.

Let us praise those fathers who adopted their children and whose love has nurtured and supported them with a life that thrives.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect.

Let us prise those men who have no children of their own, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise all of those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us!

Retrieval of Student Belongings and Drop-off of School Items

By now every family should have received an email from our Office Staff with an appointment date and time to come and pick up their children’s belongings and drop off items that belong to the school. If you do not know your appointment date and time, please email Mrs. Cerqueira at CerqueiraD@hcdsb.org.

Family Names Beginning with:

  • A-C – Entrance #11 – Park in the North Parking Lot – This is the Kindergarten/YMCA entrance near Mrs. Cuggy-Murphy’s room.
  • D- G – Entrance #13 – Park in the North Parking Lot – This is the Kindergarten entrance at the front of the school near Mrs. Harrison/Mrs. Calamanici’s room.
  • H-L – Main Entrance – Park in the bus lane
  • M-N – Entrance #3 – Park in the South Parking lot – This is the Custodial Entrance
  • O-Sk – Entrance #4 – Park in the South Parking lot – This is the side entrance by the Kiss n’ Ride
  • Sm-Z – Entrance #6 – Park in the South Parking lot close to portables – this is the back door closest to the portables.

Please note that only parents or guardians will be permitted to arrive at the school siteStudents will not be able to access the school or playground. If you must bring your children, please ensure that they remain in the car at all times. Please arrive on time and do not linger. Pick-up-and-Drop-off-of-belongingsDownload

Term 2 Report Cards

This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, student report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. Your child’s OEN number can be found on a previous report card.  

The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period.  The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards. 

As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card. You are also welcome to email our Administrators: Lorraine Boulos – bouloslo@hcdsb.org and Michelle Kotulak – kotulakm@hcdsb.org if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report card.

We are so proud of the many accomplishments of each and every one of our students. The report card allows us to comment on their academic accomplishments. But it does not allow us to comment on our students’ many other accomplishments this year. We cannot share how their smile brightens our day, how they helped out in the office when we were short of hands, how they helped their friend when they were hurt on the playground, or how they danced a jig when they scored their first goal. We cannot give them a mark for coming to the office to calm a little brother when he was nervous, or for being kind, or trustworthy. The report card won’t tell you that your child owned up to and made amends for a mistake, forgave a friend for hurting them, or gave away a favourite eraser to someone in need. It won’t tell you that they participated regularly in their “Distance Learning” or wrote letters to our Senior Citizens to boost their spirits. But we would like you to know, we noticed their many accomplishments, and we are so proud of them!

End of the Year Liturgy

We are in the process of organizing a virtual liturgy to come together with our community on the last day of school, June 26th at 11:00 am. This will be an opportunity to pray together, celebrate together, and say good-bye while wishing everyone a safe summer. It will be a live TEAMs meeting where staff, students, and parents will be invited to join in the event. We look forward to ending the year together in this special way!

The link for the virtual liturgy will be posted in your children’s online classrooms by Monday, June 22nd. You can join the session by clicking on the link.

You will then be directed to the following webpage. 

TEAMS will work on an iPhone or tablet by downloading the app. You can also download the app onto your computer. If you wish to join via those methods, you will need to download the app in advance of the virtual liturgy. Alternatively, you can click on “Join on the web instead”.

You will input your name and make sure that the video and audio options are selected to be off.  At this point you will click the ‘join now’ button to join the session. 

Donate Your Empty Bottles to Food4Kids Halton! 

Food4Kids Haltonis a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food. 

From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take them!  

For more information and to find out ways to donate, please visit: https://www.food4kidshalton.ca/ 

Ministry of Education’s Plan for September

On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Ministry of Education released its plan to guide the return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to read the letter to parents from the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce. For additional information about the Ministry’s plan, click here.

Next Steps

For the past several weeks, we have been preparing for a number of potential scenarios that are outlined in the guide, and in the Minister’s letter. We will be sharing updates with parents and guardians throughout the summer, as they become available.

Updates

Regular updates will appear on our school website throughout the summer, as well as in the FAQ on our Board’s Learn at Home website at: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/faq/.

Please continue to follow the recommendations and advice of our Public Health professionals to keep yourselves and your families healthy and safe.

SCHOOL COUNCIL 2020-2021

Being part of School Council is one way of volunteering. It provides an opportunity to develop and promote activities which will enhance the quality of school programs and improve the levels of student achievement.

We do not know what the school year ahead of us will hold, but we do know that working together as a school community will be more important than ever.

A School Council needs to be established within the first 30 school days of the new academic year. If you are interested in being a part of our School Council, watch for details in September through our school Weekly Updates and emails. Information can be found on the Board’s site: www.hcdsb.org/parents/cscouncil/pages/default.aspx

Courtesy Seats on School Buses for the 2020-2021 School Year

Families with children who take the bus to school are advised that the application process for receiving courtesy seats on school buses will be delayed for the 2020-21 school year. Due to physical distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may not be possible to grant courtesy seats or the process may be delayed for next school year.

However, parents and guardians can continue to submit a Courtesy Seat Application, and will be notified via email once a decision on this process has been made.

Please note that there is no guarantee that a courtesy seat will be offered if you submit an application, or if your child had a courtesy seat in the past. Visit the Halton Student Transportation Services website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 

Parents of Students with Medical Conditions

Near the end of the school year, the school usually sends home a copy of current Student Plan of Care for any students with medical conditions (anaphylaxis, asthma, heart conditions, seizure conditions, diabetes, etc.). Parents would update this and return prior to end of year.

This year, copies of the Student Plan of Care will not come home in June. The Plan of Care will continue as is. Upon return to school, the Student Plan of Care will be sent home to parents to review and update if necessary.

If your child has a change in their condition over the summer, please inform the school in the week prior to students returning. Please contact Mrs. Kotulak kotulak@hcdsb.org in this case.

Change in Start and End Times for September 2020

The results of the 2020-2021 HSTS School Hour and Route Efficiency Review identified a change in school bell times for St. Andrew Catholic Elementary School. These changes have been made due to an increased demand for student transportation as a result of residential growth in North East Oakville. In order to accommodate all the students who will require transportation to school next year, HSTS had to add additional trips to existing bus routes, and our school hours were adjusted.

For the 2020-2021 school year, our school bell times will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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.

Happy Summer Break!

We would like to thank all our parents and students for a wonderful year at St. Andrew School even though this was not the year any of us anticipated. We thank you for your on-going support and encouragement as we navigated this new way of learning during the school closure. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. Take some time to spend with your families and rejuvenate, and we look forward to seeing you in the new school year. Please check the school and Board websites for up-to-date information regarding the start-up for Septemeber 2020.

Coming Up

Jun
22
Mon
Parental Retrieval and Return of Student and School Items
Jun 22 – Jun 26 all day
Following the direction of Public Health and HCDSB Protocols, further details will be provided via email to all families itemizing the date and time of retreival/return of items.
Jun
24
Wed
Staff Wrap-Up with Students Virtually
Jun 24 – Jun 26 all day
Jun
26
Fri
Last Day of School
Jun 26 all day
Last Day of School
Jun 26 all day
Virtual Liturgy to End the School Year
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

You will find a link to the TEAMS Meeting for our Virtual Live Liturgy posted in your child’s online classroom by Monday, June 22nd.

Weekly Update June 22, 2020