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Weekly Update June 8, 2020

What’s the problem with being “not racist”? It is the claim that signifies neutrality: “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist”. It is “anti-racist”.

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Anti-racist

What a troubling week it has been as we have witnessed the ravages of racism in our modern society. If you have not already done so, now is the time to speak to your children about racism and to teach them that we each have a part to play in stamping it out. We have never been made more aware of the fact that we are all One Body in Christ, all of us created in the Image of God, all dependent on one another. During this global pandemic, we have come together as a community to support and care for one another as never before. Let it not stop there!

Silence is Not an Option

Please read the message from our Director, Pat Daly, about our collective commitment to creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive communities for all of our students, and acting to end racism in our schools and institutions:

Grade 8 Graduation

We will be having a special live virtual Graduation Mass for our Grade 8 Graduates on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 pm which all are welcome to attend here: Following the Mass, we will provide you with a link to our Pre-Recorded Virtual Graduation Ceremony.

On Friday, June 19th beginning at 6:00 pm, we will have a curbside diploma pick up for our Graduates. Families will receive a scheduled time to arrive, along with a safety protocol via email from their classroom teachers. We respectfully request that all families adhere strictly to the protocol.

Share Your Feedback – Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning

The Ministry of Education has released Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning. Parents and guardians are invited to review this document, and provide feedback through a written submission by email to:

Make sure to:

• Include your name, and the name of our school board (Halton Catholic District School Board)
• Use “Ontario’s Plan to Reopen Schools” in the subject line 
• Attach your submission as a PDF or Word document

Parent Retrieval of Student Belongings and Return of School Items

Retrieval of student belongings and return of school items will be taking place from June 22nd – 25th. Following protocols provided by our Halton Public Health Department, parents will receive an email invitation with a scheduled appointment to retrieve their children’s belongings. We ask that you begin considering which items you have at home that belong to the school such as library books, technology, team uniforms, and textbooks, and plan for their return during the last week of school. Our staff will be packing up students’ belongings in the classroom and lockers, as well as any medication, for their safe return to you.

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.

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.

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 This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

Coming Up

Gifted IPRCs
Jun 15 all day
Grade 8 Virtual Grad Mass
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The mass will be livestreamed at this website:

Grade 8 Curbside Diploma Pickup
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Families will be invited to come to the school to pick up their Graduates Diploma and special Grad gifts. Each family will be given a unique time slot and may come in one vehicle only (no additional vehicles). Only family members living in the same house may be in the vehicle.

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.

Staff Wrap-Up with Students Virtually
Jun 24 – Jun 26 all day
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 8, 2020