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Weekly Update October 12, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 107:1

Thanksgiving Liturgy – Oct. 9th

On Friday, October 9th, we had a special Thanksgiving Liturgy with our students. Due to our current situation, we couldn’t gather as an assembly, therefore we broadcasted our Liturgy into the classrooms through TEAMs. We were very happy to have many of our online students join us as well – next time we will know better and turn off the chat! Doing everything virtually brings with it new opportunities and new challenges that we are still learning to navigate.

Thanksgiving Day – Oct. 12

We would like to remind our parents that Monday, October 12th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday and that schools are closed. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving!

School Council 2020-2021

Our Catholic School Council held its first meeting on October 7th, 2020. The following members have been appointed/elected to represent our school and parent community for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to all of our parents and staff for volunteering their time to be part of our council this year.

School Council 2020-2021 Members:

  • Christine Krueger – Chair
  • Sonia Lancione -Secretary
  • Emilia De Simone – Treasurer
  • Abi Adekitan – Community Representative
  • Marion Bastiampillai – Parish Representative
  • Laura Gallo – OAPSCE Representative
  • Sawsan Selwyn – Parent Representative
  • Richard Selwyn – Parent Representative
  • Tolu Adegbite – Parent Representative
  • Crystal Duggan – Parent Representative
  • Latifah Thompson – Parent Representative
  • Kelly Williams – Parent Representative
  • Trish Droog – Support Staff Representative
  • Nancy Harrison -Teacher Representative
  • Michelle Kotulak – Vice Principal
  • Lorraine Boulos – Principal

Our next meeting will be on November 18th, 2020 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to attend!

Boo-gie-a-thon

The DJ has been booked! It is time to get your costumes ready – we are all set for our Annual St. Andrew Boogie-a-thon! It will look a little different this year. To ensure everyone’s health and safety we will be dancing outside this year and we won’t be able to have any parent visitors. We will video the children and share the video here on our school website.

We encourage our students who are learning online to dress up in their costumes and dance along with us!

This will be our single major fundraiser this school year. We depend on the funds raised by our families to support us so that we can purchase special programs, technologies, and recess equipment for our students. No donation is too small, every little bit counts!

Donating is easy! Simply login to your School Cash Online Account:

  1. https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/
  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
  3. Under “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Andrew
  4. A tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.

Please get your donations in by Friday, October 30, 2020. Please donate today!

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

To learn more about the Halton Catholic District School Board’s commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Board/Equity/Pages/default.aspx

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

Dress for the Weather

We will continue to encourage outdoor play and learning as much as possible this year, so please send your children to school prepared for the cooler weather. We know that some of you have been wondering about using lockers and we will wait to see if Halton Public Health gives us any new direction about being able to use them as the weather changes.

Grade 3 Students Celebrating First Communion

Throughout the month of October, our Grade 3 students will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at Mary Mother of God Parish. We wish them all the best and continue to pray for them and their families.

As you grow in your friendship with Jesus, may your words be gentle and may your touch be kind. May you hear the whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you see God in everyone you meet and may you always know that you are dearly loved!

High School Placement Options

Grade 8 is a very exciting year, even during a pandemic! Our high schools will be hosting information nights for parents of our Grade 8 students so that you can learn more about the different program placement options available. Specificially, you may want to mark your calendars for the events below:

Holy Trinity AP (Advanced Placement) Information night- October 20th- 7pm 

Holy Trinity Grade 8 Information night- October 22nd- 7pm 

STA- IB (International Baccalaureate) Information night- October 21st- 7pm  

We will provide you with more information closer to the events.

SafeArrival Student Absence Reporting

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line


SafeArrival 
enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.

Coming Up

Oct
12
Mon
Thanksgiving Day Schools Closed
Oct 12 @ 5:25 pm – 6:25 pm
Oct
19
Mon
Transition Date for students switching from Online to F2F or F2F to Online Learning
Oct 19 @ 2:46 pm – 3:46 pm
Oct
20
Tue
Holy Trinity AP Information Night for Parents of Grade 8 Students
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
21
Wed
Early Bird Draw for Boogie-a-thon Fundraiser
Oct 21 @ 2:49 pm – 3:49 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas IB Information Night for Parents of Grade 8 Students
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Weekly Update October 12, 2020