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Weekly Update February 22, 2021

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Black History Month

As we come to the last week of another Black History Month at St. Andrew School, we realize that our diversity is a wonderful gift to be treasured, something that we must never take for granted. Students in our older grades have been learning about Racism and Antiracism and about our shared responsibility to make our world a more just society through the works of Jason Reynolds and Ibram X.

While February may be coming to an end, we will continue to acknowledge and be grateful for the many contributions made to our society, both past and present, by our Black community, and we will continue to work on being antiracists at St. Andrew School!

Black Shirt Day

Students are continuing to learn about current influencers and their impact on making change and challenging themselves to make positive changes too. We are very excited to start a new initiative at St. Andrew, “Black Shirt Day” which originally began in B.C. Students will be encouraged to wear a black shirt on Monday, March 1st to recognize this important movement. We wear a black shirt to bring awareness of anti-racist work that needs to be done, to acknowledge the wrongs of the past, and to spark conversations about anti-racist education. We chose March 1st to signify that we are moving beyond just the month of February to recognize the important work that needs to be done in moving forward together as a community.

Changes to Daily Screening Tool and Isolation Requirements

As was communicated to parents in an email from the Board, the guidance received from the Ministry of Education includes:

1. Updates to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

The COVID-19 School Screening Tool has been changed and will now require students and staff with any new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, even those with only one (1) symptom, must stay home until: 

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.; OR 
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.; OR  
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better. 

Parents and guardians are reminded to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Tool for each child every day before leaving home for school or child care:

2.  Self-Isolation Requirements for Families in a Household

The Ministry of Health has now indicated that all individuals living in the same household are now required to self-isolate when a family member has COVID-19 symptoms, even if the family member only has one (1) symptom.  

The following isolation requirements now apply: 

  • All members in a household of a symptomatic individual are required to self-isolate until the individual: 
    • Receives a negative COVID-19 test result; OR 
    • Receives an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional. 
  • If someone in your household tests positive, or is not tested and does not receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional:   
    • This individual must isolate (including from others in your household) for 10 days from the date of experiencing symptoms. AND 
    • All members of the same household must isolate for 14 days from their last date of exposure with the symptomatic family/household member. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our health and safety protocols to meet Ministry of Education and Public Health requirements so that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Term 1 Report Cards – Feb 24th

Term 1 report cards will be emailed electronically to parents on February 24th. You will need your child’s OEN to access the report card. This number can be found on their previous report cards. It is important to take the time to review the report card with your child and have them set learning goals for the next term.The report card provides a great opportunity to celebrate what your child has learned and to help him or her set goals for the next term. If you have questions about the learning described on the report, please contact your child’s teacher.

Pink Shirt Day – Feb 24th

International Pink Shirt Day is on Wednesday, February 24th. This is a day that people wear pink to show they will stand up against bullying. We are inviting our students to wear their pink shirts to show they will treat others with dignity and respect. The focus is to “lift each other up” so let’s all do our part in wearing pink to show how much we care and respect each other!

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:

Families who have registered for this even should watch for an email coming home on Tuesday with all of the details for participating.

The St. Andrew 2021 Cookbook…LAST CALL!                

 Thank you to all the families that have already submitted their delicious recipes for our cookbook!

We have extended the deadline for the recipes to March 1st so we look forward to receiving more!

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 March 1, 2021.

Parent Engagement and Webinar Series

The Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) is sponsoring a series of free webinars for parents and guardians throughout the month of March. For more information and to register, please see their website here:

Remote Learning Survey

This school year, in order to address health and safety concerns due to COVID-19,  we implemented remote (online) learning as an option for instruction delivery for students. At the elementary school level, we launched a Virtual Elementary School that offers remote learning for elementary school students for families who do not want their children attending school in person.   

On January 4, as per the direction of the Minister of Education, all schools moved to teacher-led remote learning. The period of remote learning remained in place until Friday, February 4, 2021. 

At this time, we would like to hear your feedback on the remote learning experience for your children and family.  

About this Survey  

This survey will help us to better understand how remote learning is going so far, from your perspective. The feedback we receive will be used to inform us about areas that are going well and the areas that may need improvement so we can continue to build on our practices. 

The survey should take you less than 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous, and responses will be kept confidential. Although we hope to hear from all HCDSB families, responding to this survey is entirely voluntary

If you have more than one child attending an HCDSB school, please think about your youngest child as you complete the survey. You may complete additional surveys for your other children once you have submitted your responses, if desired.  

Here is a link to the Remote Learning Check-in Survey:  

The survey will remain open until Tuesday, March 2, 2021.   

The Next Opportunity to Request a Change in Learning Environment 

The fourth and final opportunity for parents and guardians to request a change in learning environment for their children will be offered between March 11 and March 18, 2021. The requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29th, and will remain in effect for the duration of this school year. The link to the online form to request a change will be emailed to all parents and guardians on March 11, 2021.   

Dress for the Weather

Please remember to send your children with warm clothing such as hats, mittens, boots, and snowpants. Even with the cold weather we will be going outside as much as possible, and we want our students to be dressed appropriately to enjoy the outdoors. As well, please remember to send indoor shoes if you haven’t already done so.

More information about the board’s inclement weather policy and how we make decisions about whether the children can go out or need to stay inside can be found on the board website here

HCDSB Hosting a Parent Information Meeting for Students with Special Education Needs Entering Kindergarten

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be hosting an Information Meeting on March 24, 2021, for parents of students with special education needs entering Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, please go to:

Coming Up

Weekly Update February 22, 2021