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Weekly Update May 17, 2021

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.

Ticht Nacht Han

Congratulations to our Grade 8 Award Winners

The Student Awards of Excellence are presented annually to a student from each elementary and secondary school who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in Catholic leadership, family commitment, involvement in school affairs and community activities. This year’s winner is Erica Brohman. Please read more about Erica in our Feature Story.

The Spirit of Inclusion Award was created by the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), and is presented each year to elementary and secondary students who demonstrate a commitment to school activities and to their community, making their peers feel valued and respected. This year’s winner is Gabriella Fuoco. Please read more about Gabriella in our Feature Story.

Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 5 – July 16, 2021 (Session 1) and July 19 – July 30, 2021 (Session 2).

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs

Online registration is available for Session 1 and Session 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance

The deadline to register is June 24, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after June 24th .

Halton Food for Thought – Support Available for Families

We would like to make you aware of the support available to all families during these uncertain times through Halton Food for Thought and their partnership with Food for Kids. Please see the information below and note the link to access the website.

The Healthy Student Snack Bag program is open to all HDSB and HCDSB students and student families. There is no registration required – families are encouraged to go to the HFFT website Halton Food For Thought for dates, times, and locations to pick up the bags.

St. Andrew Cookbook

You can order your St. Andrew Community Cookbook 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!

The last day to put in your order will be Monday, May 31st. Families who ordered cookbooks will be able to pick them up at the school between 8:30-3:30 beginning the week of June 7th. If in-school learning has not resumed, and those times do not work for you, never fear, we can make alternative arrangements for you to get your cookbook(s). 

School Climate Parent Survey – Your Opinion Counts!

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we want our school communities to be safe and welcoming places. School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from parents, students, and staff to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

The survey provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.

Some important notes about the parent survey:

  • The survey is completely voluntary.
  • You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. Names will not be collected, and your responses will be securely stored by HCDSB Research and Development Services staff.
  • Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified. 

Access the Survey Here! 

All parents in our school community are invited to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. The survey will be available online May 10, 2021 through May 24, 2021.

Parents are encouraged to access the School Climate Survey online by Clicking Here.

Once you access the website, you will be asked for the following password: ParentSchoolClimate2021

The survey should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

For more information about the School Climate Survey for Parents, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions: Parent Survey FAQs.pdf 


Questions?
If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Collimore, Chief Officer, Research and Development Services at: CollimoreL@hcdsb.org

We value your input and greatly appreciate your support! Thank you for participating.

Responsible Digital Citizenship 

We would like to remind our students and families of the policies around the acceptable use of personal electronic devices.  Catholic School Codes of Conduct continue to be important in our Distance Learning Environment. As students continue to work in virtual classrooms, it is important to remind children about the norms and expectations for online communication. They may be used for texting or chatting with friends on social media, but how they interact in the online school setting will be different. Thank you for your continued partnership during this time.

Responsible Digital Citizenship Through the Lens of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations

Dress LOUD Day

May is Hearing Awareness Month which is an entire month dedicated to educating the public about the importance of hearing health. HCDSB is dedicating this week to promote Hearing Awareness among our students and school community.

On Monday, May 17th, we will have DRESS LOUD DAY. Students and their families are encouraged to have fun and dress in their wackiest loudest clothing. Please post your pictures on your virtual classrooms and/or tweet them out using the hashtags #Dressloud2021.

Do you know these FUN facts about hearing?

  • Cicadas have their hearing organs in their stomachs.
  • Crickets have their hearing organs in their knees.
  • Fish do not have ears, but they can hear. They hear pressure changes through ridges on their bodies.
  • Snakes do not have ears, but their tongues are sensitive to sound vibrations.
  • In World War I parrots were kept on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, because of their remarkable sense of hearing. When the parrots heard the enemy aircraft coming, they would warn every one of the approaching danger – long before any human ear would hear it!

HCDSB Recognizes Asian Heritage Month

May is the designated Asian Heritage Month in Canada.

Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. 

Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.

This month, HCDSB recognizes the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to the growth and prosperity of our country.

Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually with multiple activities and resources to enjoy at home with your family! Please see the flyer for more details.

Reminders

Attendance! 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.

Not Returning? If your children will not be returning to St. Andrew in September, please email Mrs. Cerqueira at CerqueiraD@hcdsb.org to let our office staff know as soon as possible. This information will be helpful to us as we begin to consider our classes for next year.

Moving? Families are reminded to contact the school if any of your personal contact information has changed or if you are moving out of our school boundary. Please email Mrs. Cerqueira at Cerqueirad@hcdsb.org

Looking Ahead

Weekly Update May 17, 2021