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Weekly Update Feb. 8, 2021

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Desmond Tutu

Welcome Back!

We are very excited to welcome our staff and students back into the building on Monday. Working together, we can make the return to school safe and positive for all.

On Monday morning, we will have a Virtual Assembly for our staff and students to review our enhanced safety protocols at school. You can preview the information and discuss the routines at home with your children prior to their return here:

Please note that children will now be required to wear masks during recess. Public Health has given the direction that students need to wear their masks when they cannot maintain a social distance, including outside. We want students to be able to enjoy their recess and be active, and wearing their masks is the safest way to do this. Their teachers will provide them with mask breaks throughout the day when they can ensure it is safe to do so. Please provide your children with two or three masks as they will need to be changed during the day if they get wet or soiled.

Proper Mask Wear

Prior to the Christmas Break, many students wore ill-fitting masks that would not stay over their nose. There are three new variants of the virus which are reported to spread more easily. Proper mask wear will be critical in keeping us all safe. Please ensure that your child(ren)’s mask sits snuggly on their face, covers their nose and chin without gaps. Teach your children how to wear them safely.

Stay-At-Home Order

We want to remind you that even though we are returning to school, our province remains in a State of Emergency and there is still a Stay-At-Home Order in place.

For this reason, we respectfully request that you do not organize play dates or carpool with other families. We ask that you do not congregate when dropping off or picking up your children. Children should go straight home at the end of the day and should not be going across the street to the park to play with their friends. Students are not to leave school premises during the lunch hour unless they are being picked up by a parent.

We cannot guarantee that we will not have a case of COVID-19 in our school; we just can’t be sure that a student or staff member won’t bring it to school. But we can and will do everything in our power to limit its spread through Infection Control and Prevention strategies including:

  1. daily screening for every student, staff member, and visitor
  2. proper hand hygiene
  3. respiratory etiquette including the use of face masks AT ALL TIMES for staff and students except when eating and brief periodic mask breaks
  4. physical distancing measures
  5. cohorting of students
  6. working closely with our Halton Public Health Unit

More information can be found regarding the reopening of schools on the Public Health website. Below you will find a practical resource for Cold Weather Tips in reducing the risk of COVID-19:

Celebrating Black History Month

During this month, we continue to recognize the important contributions of Black Canadians in our history, and we are challenging our students, as developmentally appropriate, to reflect on their own personal biases. Through the use of a variety of texts and media, teachers are prompting rich classroom discussions about racism and micro-aggressions in the classroom and students are learning that they can be instrumental in making a better and more just society for everyone.

St. Andrew Family Kahoot Night

We are excited to tell you about our St. Andrew Family Kahoot Night that will be taking place on Thursday, February 25th. We hope that all of our St. Andrew families will join in on this fun trivia night. To learn more about this event sponsored by your School Council please download our flyer or visit our Feature Story for this event here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/standrew/2021/02/st-andrew-family-kahoot-trivia-night/

Important Reminders with Inclement Weather

On the advice of our Public Health Department, we will be outside as much as possible with the exception of extreme cold. Please ensure that you send your children to school with appropriate clothing for all weather conditions. Boots are a must! Hats, mittens, and scarves help our students stay warm during recess on those cold and blustery days!

Please note that when transportation is canceled, ALL transportation to and from school is canceled for the ENTIRE day. It is at the discretion of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to send their child(ren) to school. If you choose to send your child(ren) to school, please ensure that you have arranged transportation to and from school. 

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. 

St. Andrew Spirit Wear Flyer Winter.pdf 

St. Andrew Spirit Wear General-Sizing-Guide.pdf 

St. Andrew Spirit Wear Sizing – by image and mass.png 

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. 

http://www.teamandspiritwear.com/st-andrew/shop/home

Thank you for showing your St. Andrew Spirit! 

Paint the Town Red for United Way – Feb 12th

Friday, February 12th is “Paint the Town RED Day” for the United Way Halton branch. Students are invited to donate $2.00 through school cash online and wear RED to show their support of this important local charity. #LocalLove

Valentine’s Day Treats 

St. Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, February 14th, and while the week leading up to Valentine’s Day is a time when students typically enjoy sharing Valentine’s cards and treats with one another, this year in light of COVID-19, we will need to be extra cautious to ensure we are following the health and safety protocols that are in place to protect our students, families and staff.

If your child would like to bring something in to share with classmates for St. Valentine’s Day, please ensure:

  • that the items are non-edible, such as a traditional Valentine’s card or a pencil;
  • that there are enough items to share with everyone in the class so that all students are included; and
  • that the items are sent to the classroom teacher no later than Tuesday, February 9th. 

In accordance with the Halton Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Handling Materials, materials that are not able to withstand disinfection should be stored for a period of 1-3 days to ensure any virus that may be on the material is inactivated.  

Your child’s teacher will hold onto the Valentine’s items for three (3) days to ensure that they are virus-free, and they will be distributed on Friday, February 12th.

Any items received after February 9th, will not be distributed until Tuesday, February 16th.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our practices to keep our students, staff and families healthy and safe.

Family Day

Monday, February 15th is Family Day and there will be no school. We hope you will enjoy the extra long weekend with your loved ones! We will welcome students back to school on Tuesday, February 16th.

Change to Learning Environment

To those students whose parents requested a change to their child’s learning environment in our November survey, your children will finally begin with their new class on Tuesday, February 16th. If your child is switching from Face-to-Face to Virtual, you will receive an email from your child’s new Online teacher by the end of the week with information about how to log in.

Parish Update

One Heart One Soul Campaign

Our parish is about to join the other parishes of the Diocese of Hamilton in the One Heart, One Soul Capital campaign. The first step is to determine which projects or initiatives should be our priority going forward. To assist the committee with this, you are invited to complete the following survey.

The brief survey shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete, and will give everyone a chance to be heard on what they think our parish should focus on financially, now and over the next several years.

Here is the link (your response will be kept confidential):

https://forms.gle/i3JcaDSMhghsz7Hm9

Thank you!  Your input is EXTREMELY valuable to the team and much appreciated as we plan how to move forward.

For more information on the campaign, including a message from the Bishop, visit https://mmogp.ca/capital-campaign.  

Coming Up

Jan
25
Mon
Spirit Wear Available from Online Store
Jan 25 – Feb 11 all day
Feb
1
Mon
Black History Month
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all day
Feb
4
Thu
National Sweater Day
Feb 4 all 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.

Feb
5
Fri
P.A. Day – No School for Students
Feb 5 all day
Feb
14
Sun
Have a Blast at Mass
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/MMOGYouth

 

Feb
15
Mon
Family Day – Schools Closed
Feb 15 all day
Feb
16
Tue
Pancake Tuesday
Feb 16 all day
Feb
17
Wed
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Feb
24
Wed
Pink Shirt Day
Feb 24 all day
Weekly Update Feb. 8, 2021