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Weekly Update April 19, 2021

We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Teacher-Led Remote Learning Begins for ALL Students

On April 12, 2021, the Premier of Ontario announced that all Ontario elementary and secondary schools will be moving to remote learning following the Spring Break. Read the News Release here. Students who are currently enrolled in our Virtual School will resume their classes as per usual on Monday, April 19th, 2021. Students who are currently enrolled in our Face-to-Face school will begin their remote learning on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.

Beginning on Tuesday, April 20th, we will generally follow our regular school schedule, including a 9:00 AM start time for individual classes. You can expect recess and lunch breaks, French period, Arts period, etc. to occur at their usual times.


Please note that attendance will be taken daily as per usual. If your child will be absent from their virtual classroom, please report the absence via School Messenger.

Safe Arrival Student Absence Reporting

Parents are reminded to report both full-day and partial-day absences using our automated student attendance management SafeArrival system prior to 9 a.m.. The student attendance management system is available 24/7 and will allow you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger®  web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

For more information, please click here

Learning Platforms

There are three platforms that our teachers are using – Office 365, Google Classroom and D2L. Your children should be familiar with their educators’ platforms and they should know their Usernames and Passwords to log in. 

Links to these three platforms are here:

If your child does not know their Username or Password, you can contact your child’s teacher on Monday morning and they will provide it to you. 

If you have any technical difficulties with your child’s learning platform (e.g. your child’s username or password do not work) please contact your child’s teacher; if they are not able to help you, you can contact our Board’s HelpDesk: Contact our HCDSB Help Desk for Remote Learners  

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:


As office staff will be working remotely whenever possible, secretaries will not always be available to answer school phones. If you need to contact any of our staff please use our email addresses.

  • Mrs. Gike – Secretary:
  • Mrs. Cerqueira – Office Assistant:
  • Mrs. Kotulak – Vice Principal:
  • Mrs. Boulos – Principal:

Communication with classroom teachers can continue to take place using previously arranged communication methods. Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond.

Mother’s Day Cookie Drive!

Our School Council has decided to partner with a local business, the Marylebone Café and Creamery, for a Mother’s Day Cookie Drive Fundraiser. These cookies are fresh from the oven and baked with the finest ingredients. Orders must be placed any time up until May 6th at this website:

For more information, please see the flyer here:

Family Paint Nights

HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in virtual family paint nights to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!

The online sessions will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by- step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved! However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies, IndigenousArt.pdf

  • Wednesday, May 5th – Sugar Moon, Representing the Maple Syrup
  • Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being the First Fruit of the Season

Each session will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A link to the live sessions will be available on Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel on the scheduled time and day.

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at:

St. Andrew Cookbook

You can begin pre-ordering your St. Andrew Community Cookbook at noon on Monday, April 19th, 2021 through School Cash Online. The cost of the cookbook is $20. Thank you to the many families who contributed photos and recipes, and thank you to the members of our School Council who worked tirelessly to put this beautiful book together for us. This is definitely a keepsake from our 2020-2021 school year that you won’t want to miss!

Parish Updates

First Reconciliation liturgies will ALL BE DELAYED BY AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS:

At this time, we will be delaying the First Reconciliation dates to May 29 and June 5 (tentatively). These dates are contingent on no further restrictions going into effect.

Since families are only entering the church long enough to receive the sacrament and then exiting immediately, we can do this safely and well within our allotted 15% capacity. We will have several volunteers on hand to make sure social distancing is maintained and to disinfect the stations after each confession. Below is a brief video for you and your child to see what this will look like:


We know this is not the news you were wanting, but it is necessary. Our Masses were originally scheduled several weeks ago at 30% capacity, which has now been reduced to 15%. Further, as the Covid-19 case numbers continue to rise daily, we recognize that further restrictions on our capacity could be implemented at any time. At this time, we will be delaying the First Communion Masses to June 12, June 19 and June 26 (tentatively). These dates are contingent on no further restrictions going into effect.

We will hold off until WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 to open the new registration forms, in case we have to adjust our plans again. All previous registrations for a specific Mass are cancelled and all families will have to register for a Mass time again.

Kindergarten Orientation

Do you have a child who will be new to Kindergarten in September? If so, please review our Kindergarten Orientation Presentation here:

Our staff will host a live Q & A session for parents on April 22nd, 2021 via TEAMS. This link will be emailed out directly to all parents who have a child registered in Kindergarten for September.

P.A. Day – No School on April 23rd

Friday, April 23rd is a Professional Activity Day for all staff. There will be no classes for students on this day.

Coming Up

P.A. Day – No School for Students
Apr 23 all day
First Reconciliation for Grade 2 students – POSTPONED @ Mary Mother of God Parish
Apr 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Please click here to access the parish website to register your child. Your child must receive First Reconciliation prior to receiving First Holy Communion. 

Catholic School Council Meeting
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Email if you would like the link to join this virtual meeting.

Last Day to Post to Fr. Issac’s Kudoboard
Apr 29 @ 8:15 am – 12:00 pm
Catholic Education Week
May 3 – May 7 all day
Weekly Update April 19, 2021