“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”Martin Luther King Jr.
Black History Month
What Needs to Change –
Everyday Voices Against Racism
Traditionaly during Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
“This past year we were reminded of the continued existence of anti-Black racism worldwide. The events of 2020 reinforced the importance of educating ourselves on our privileges and perceptions, the need for difficult conversations and was a reminder to seek support when we need it. We know that the lived experiences of Black students, their families and their friends are unique, and the challenges faced can be overwhelming at times.” (from Sheridan Student Union in Oakville)
This year, students at St. Andrew School will be engaged in discussions and activities with a focus to learn about social justice through a Catholic lens. We will be connecting the past and the present, as well as unpacking important present-day conversations and events to help us understand that we all have a role to play in making a better and more just future for all!
“We cannot close our eyes to any form of racism or exclusion, while pretending to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
PA Day – No School
Friday, February 5th is a Professional Activity Day, teachers will be writing students’ Term 1 Report Cards, there will be NO school for students (this includes the students in the Virtual School) on that day.
National Sweater Day
Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have shown their support for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by turning down their thermostats by the same amount (or more) and wearing their favourite sweaters to stay warm. On February 4th, please remember to put on a snuggly sweater and turn down the heat to help do our bit to save the climate!
St. Andrew Spirit Wear
We are very pleased to tell you that due to the high number of requests we’ve had, we’ve re-opened the online store for our school spirit wear. Attached you will find the flyer for our St. Andrew hoodies, hats, t-shirts, and facemasks. We’ve also attached a sizing chart, and a handy sizing guide with visuals.
You will recall that we sold St. Andrew facemasks in the Fall. Those we ordered in bulk, so we had a very good price on them. We sold out of the Youth Facemasks quickly. We still have a number of Adult Facemasks left at the lower price of $7.00. Our facemasks have two layers with a built-in pocket for an optional filter (a third layer of protection). If you would like to purchase an Adult Facemask, you can do so via School CashOnline.
Along with our other Spirit Wear, we will be selling more of the Youth Masks. However, we do not have the bulk-order price this time, they will be selling for $10.00 each as a result.
The Online Store will close on February 11th at midnight. Please check it out today! All orders will be delivered to the school before the March Break.
Thank you for showing your St. Andrew Spirit!
Have a Blast at Mass
Mary Mother of God will be having a Blast at Mass on Sunday, February 14th. Students in grades K-3 are invited to send in a digital valentine to someone they are missing during the Pandemic. Their virtual valentines will be shared during the mass which will be livestreamed at 11:00 AM.
To view please visit: https://www.youtube.com/MMOGYouth
To send in your valentines to be included during the Mass, please email them to email@example.com
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
St. Andrew Recipe Book
Everything this past year is different than in previous years. For that reason, Parent Council thought one way we could be together as a school community, and document the year we were “Together but Apart” is to publish a Cookbook. Food brings people together and we feel this would be a great opportunity to get our beautifully diverse community to participate and share some of our favourite family recipes and photos with one another to capture who we are!
We would appreciate receiving your family’s treasured recipe or your go to dinner recipe in a crunch, or your favorite on-line recipe, along with a photo of the yummy dish. Please remember:
- Recipes do NOT have to be original. If your recipe is from another source (i.e. Allrecipes or the Food Network), just let us know.
- Please include a photo of the dish if possible
- We would love to include as many pictures of the students (and their families if they wish) in the cookbook by their recipe.
- Please let us know the name and grade of your child for any photo submitted.
The goal is to compile as many recipes as we can for a cookbook which we hope to have available for sale in the spring. Please send your recipes and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 5, 2021.
We hope to include recipes from as many of our families and staff as possible, along with photos! This way everyone can appear in our “yearbook”.
Winter Water Safety
The safety and well-being of our students and families is always our greatest priority, and we work closely with our partners to share important information to help keep our community safe.
As the province-wide lockdown continues and families are exploring ways to stay active outdoors, the risk of water-related incidents are increasing.
Conservation Halton and the four municipalities in Halton have issued some important reminders and water safety tips to help keep our families safe during the winter months.
Some of these measure include:
- Keep family members and pets away from all bodies of water.
- Don’t follow pets or people on the ice or attempt to rescue – call 911 for assistance.
- Avoid recreational activities in or around waterways and check with your local municipality for alternative outdoor skating opportunities.
- Recreation of any kind is not permitted on stormwater management ponds. These areas can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all times.
Please take a few minutes to share these important reminders with your children. For more information, please read the joint News Release.
Kindergarten Registration for September 2021
To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register their children for Kindergarten to follow the guidelines posted on the front page of our website: New Registrations 2021-22 School Year. Online registrations are now open. Document verification will take place when schools re-open for face-to-face learning. Our secretaries will be in touch with all new registrations to follow-up.
We look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students and their families in the Fall 2021!
Since 2010, more than a million Canadians have shown their support for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by turning down their thermostats by the same amount (or more) and wearing their favourite sweaters to stay warm.