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Weekly Update October 26th

For it is in giving that we receive.

Francis of Assis

Boogie-A-Thon Fundraiser

We have already made it to $10, 000, and are two-thirds of the way to our fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who has already contributed!

Congratulations to Brian in Mr. Scott’s class who is the winner of our Early Bird Draw!

There will also be prizes for the three classes who have the most students participate. When a family has three children, we divide the funds between their three classes so that they have all participated!

Our fundraising dollars will be spent on special programming for our students including licenses for particular apps and tools, awards for our Graduates, special celebrations such as Graduation and Joy Day, treats for students during special events, new technologies, (we need additional document cameras and monitors for our Virtual teachers, and additional Chromebooks for our students learning online), specialty classroom furniture, recess and phys ed equipment, and all of the items that make schooling such a positive experience at St. Andrew.

You still have time to donate! No amount is too small and we are grateful for any amount you can afford. Please get your donations in by October 30, 2020!

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

  2. At the top right-hand corner, click on “Make a Donation”
  3. Under the “Fund Destination” please ensure you select St. Andrew
  4. Tribute Information – “Not a tribute gift”
  5. Message to School Board – Please include: student name, specify amount donated per child, and include the child’s teacher
  6. If you use the “Make a Donation” option, a tax receipt will be emailed directly to you.

We will be dancing this Friday in our schoolyard. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we cannot allow parents to come and watch. We are really sorry about that – but we promise to take lots of photos and videos!

We need to say a special thank you to Mrs. Emilia De Simone from our Catholic School Council who has worked tirelessly to help make this event special for our students.

Please remember, Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • 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 color, facial/body features to make it darker or 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?

*PLEASE NOTE: students will not be allowed to bring any props that resemble weapons or wear Halloween Masks that cover the entire face. All students should be wearing their face masks, as outlined in our board policy. Please ensure that the costume is not a tripping hazard and students (especially KDG) can independently manage their costume while accessing the washroom.

Thank you parents for your support for ensuring that your child’s costume is appropriate for school!

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.

St. Andrew Virtual Open House

It is a tradition at St. Andrew to have an Open House on Curriculum Night each Fall whereby our students can take their parents on a tour of their classrooms and share their learning routines. It saddens us greatly that we cannot have parents and guardians in the school this year to show you all the wonderful things happening in our classrooms.

For that reason, we have decided to provide you with a “Virtual Open House” to take place on Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Our classroom teachers will be creating presentations for parents and guardians to showcase their classrooms and share their learning routines and programming information with you.

The evening will begin with a prayer and welcome via a Live Teams Meeting. Mrs. Kotulak and Mrs. Boulos will also walk parents through our new Math Curriculum. Click HERE for the link to the live presentation.

This presentation will be followed by presentations by our classroom teachers. They will each be sharing with you how to access their presentations so please watch for this information.

Holy Trinity AP Program Parent Information Night

If you have a child in Grade 8 and you missed the Holy Trinity Parent Information session, you can view it here:

Halton Public Health Updated Return to School Protocols

Halton Public Health continues to update their return to school protocols. To see the latest version of their guidelines for schools, please see their website here: Halton Region COVID-19 Reopening Schools

They have also updated their Return to School and Child Care Protocol for Individuals for COVID-19 Symptoms, and you can review that information in the flow chart attached below.

The school board will continue to communicate regularly with public health and we will update you as we receive new information.


Dropping Off Items at School

We appreciate your patience with our new routines and procedures. Please remember that students should come to school with the items that they need for the day as we should be limiting our daily contacts with visitors.

Coming Up

Oct 30 all day
Spirit Wear Online Store Opens
Oct 31 @ 4:09 pm – 5:09 pm
BOOgie-A-Thon (Rain Date)
Nov 2 all day
Registration for Optional French Programs Opens
Nov 9 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm

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.

Remembrance Day Service
Nov 11 @ 10:50 am – 11:30 am
Weekly Update October 26th