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Weekly Update November 9, 2020

They gave their tomorrow so we cold have our today…Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day Service

We will have a pre-recorded Remembrance Day service on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:50 AM. 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.

Students are invited to bring a loonie or toonie to school to purchase a poppy. All proceeds will got to the Royal Canadian Legion.

My Child is Sick! When Can (S)He Return to School?

Has your child been ill? Were they sent home from school? Are you confused about when your child can safely return to school? Please read the following guidelines to help you know what to do if your child becomes ill.

Please make sure you are conducting the School Screening Tool 7 days a week with your children! For your convenience, a link can now be found at the top of our school website.

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.

Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Wednesday, October 28 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!

Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLY

To minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.

For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website:

Deadline for Entries: November 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website:

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

You do not need to “sign in” or create an account!

For more information:St.-Andrew-Spirit-Wear-Flyer-002Download

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be coming home on Tuesday, November 24th. We are now organizing our annual Learning Conferences for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. This year’s interviews will be held on Thursday, November 26th from 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday, November 27th from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm. Interviews will be 10 minutes in length and they will be conducted by telephone or via a virtual Teams meeting. A link will be emailed to parents/guardians to sign up electronically for an interview time.

Registration for Optional French Programs

On November 9 registration for the lottery for places in the HCDSB optional French Programs opens. Parents and guardians of students currently in Grade 4 can apply to register their children for the Grade 5 Extended French Program hosted at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School.

There is also a French Immersion program available to children entering Grade 1 in 2021-2022. That program is currently offered at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School.

For more information about these programs, and for the registration link for the lottery for program entry that will open on November 9, please see the board website here:

The deadline for registering is November 20.

Virtual Lego Club

Thank you to all of the students who have been regularly participating in our Virtual Lego Club! Every Sunday evening, our CYC, Miss Ryrie, posts students’ photos to Twitter. We have learned that the students at St. Andrew School are VERY creative! Every week, the Lego Challenge is announced during our Monday morning Announcements. Students snap a photo of their creation and email it to Miss Ryrie so that she can post it on Twitter. This week’s challenge: Build an Outdoor Adventure!

Parish Updates

Sign up for our Current Grade 2 students to receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

Due to Covid-19, registration for the sacrament WILL NOT be done through the schools, and registration will now be submitted digitally instead of on paper.

PARENTS: To register,  please complete the Google document found HERE. You will be asked to provide a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate with your registration. Simply scan the certificate or take a photo with your phone and attach it to the Google Form. Be advised that the form won’t allow you to submit your registration without the Baptismal certificate, so make sure you have it before you begin.

For more information please visit:

Sign up for our Current Grade 7 students to receive Confirmation

Due to Covid-19, registration for the sacrament WILL NOT be done through the schools, and registration will now be submitted digitally instead of on paper.

PARENTS: To register,  please complete the Google document found HERE. You will be asked to provide a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate with your registration. Simply scan the certificate or take a photo with your phone and attach it to the Google Form.

For more information please visit:

Peace Light from Bethlehem

This year, our Youth Group will be bringing the PEACE LIGHT FROM BETHLEHEM to Halton Region. The Peace Light is a flame that originated in the grotto of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem where it has burned uninterrupted for more than 1,000 years. Each year it is passed around the world, not unlike the Olympic torch. Everyone is welcome to light a flame from the Peace Light to bring home and enjoy, and  share with others.
The Peace Light will be available to the public to light a flame on Saturday, December 12th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at KelyNack Stables: 6391 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7M 0P7 (approx. 20 minutes from Mary Mother of God Parish).

If you are unable to join us at the barn, we will have two additional dates for you to collect the flame from ary Mother of God Parish: 

Saturday, December 19th from 6:15 until 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 20th from 12:30 until 2:00 pm. 

For more information please visit:

Coming Up

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
Catholic School Council Meeting
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our Catholic School Council Meeting will be taking place virtually via TEAMS. All are welcome to attend – please use this link:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Last Day to Order Your Spirit Wear to receive in time for Christmas!
Nov 20 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
Virtual Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 23 – Dec 4 all day

Our school’s Scholastic Virtual Book Fair starts next week! It will be open from

November 23rd to December 4th.

 Let’s continue to give our students access to the books they want to read! We are excited to provide this opportunity for families to shop together, from the comfort of home.

Plan to participate in our Virtual Family Event on November 25th from 6-8pm and December 2nd from 6-8pm. Find out how your family can join the fun HERE.

Your investment in your reader also helps our whole school. All purchases earn Rewards that can be redeemed for books and Education Resources for our school’s classrooms and library.

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link:

 Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

  • SAVE it to your browser
  • WATCH videos of popular new titles
  • PREVIEW our Featured Books

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!


Happy reading!

Weekly Update November 9, 2020