All Souls Day – November 2
Jesus, Dear Savior, on this day we prayerfully remember all our loved ones who have died. Please give them comfort and hope and may they be at peace, knowing they will rest in God’s arms eternally. Thank you for our memories of them and for the good times we shared. We ask You, please, through their intercession, to deepen our faith, strengthen our hope and increase our love that we, too, may someday stand before You, ready to enter Your Holy Kingdom. Amen
Keeping our students, staff, and families safe from Covid-19 is truly a team effort and we are all in this together.
You can continue to support us by:
- monitoring your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping them home from school when they do not feel well
- completing the daily screening tool each day before sending your children to school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
- knowing when it is safe to return your child to school after they have been ill by following our Public Health Department’s guidelines found below
- wearing a mask and ensuring physical distancing is in place when picking up or dropping off your children
- You can also help by reminding your children of the importance of following public health guidelines in the community even when they are not at school.
The school board will continue to communicate regularly with public health and we will updates as we receive new information. Thank you for your ongoing support, together we will work to keep our community safe.
Virtual Curriculum Night
We were thrilled that so many people attended our Virtual Open House last Monday night. Thank you for taking the time to dind out more about what learning looks like this year at St. Andrew.
Please remember that you are always welcome to contact your children’s educators with any additional questions that you may have about their learning and/or health and safety.
November is Indigenous Awareness Month
Throughout the month of November and during this school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Our National Anthem that plays over the PA System in the mornings will be in English, French, and in the Anishinaabemowin language during this month to show solidarity with the Indigenous peoples.
Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped organize our Boogie-a-thon by shopping, writing emails, and putting together loot bags for our students. We are extremely grateful to you for helping to make our fundraiser a success. We greatly appreciate all of the donations parents provided for our fundraiser. Through your generosity, we were able to raise over $15, 000! This will greatly benefit all of our students, both those learning in the building and those learning at home. If you didn’t get a chance to donate, our School CashOnline will remain open through this weekend.
St. Andrew Spirit Wear
This year, in an effort to promote community during a time when we cannot gather, we are offering families an opportunity to purchase St. Andrew Catholic School Spirit Wear to commemorate “The one where we were together… apart”.
Beginning on Saturday, October 31st, parents/guardians and staff can purchase St. Andrew beenies/touques, hoodies, and t-shirts. Orders purchased by November 20th will arrive in time for Christmas and we think these will make perfect Christmas gifts for your kids!
We think that this will be an awesome way to show our school spirit, that we are #togetherapart!
You can order online at https://teamandspiritwear.com/st-andrew/shop/home
You do not need to “sign in” or create an account!
For more information:
Remembrance Day Service
We will have a Remembrance Day service on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:50 AM on Teams. Our Grade 3 students will be leading this service. Students who are members of the Girl Guides and Scouting Movement (e.g. Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, etc.) are encouraged to wear their uniforms for the liturgy.
Clocks Changing – Fall Back
Don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour on Sunday so that you are on time for school on Monday!
Parent-Teacher Interview Communication
Progress Reports will be sent home on November 24th. Parent-Teacher Interviews will take place on the evening of November 26th and on the November 27th PA Day. In order to adhere to our safety protocols, interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling program to limit the use of paper. Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews will be emailed to you before the scheduling process opens on November 6th. Please complete the online interview request form by Friday, November 20th, 11:00 AM.
Parents and guardians of students entering Grade 1 in 2021-2022 have the option of entering their child in a French Immersion Program, and for students entering Grade 5, the Extended French program (currently offered at Our Lady of Peace). For information about these programs, and to enter the lottery, please see the information on the board website and the school website.