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Weekly Update May 3, 2021

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

(Isaiah 40:31)

Catholic Education Week: May 2 – 7, 2021

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021, “Nurturing Hope,” reminds us that publicly funded Catholic education is a call to service.

Regardless of our position or our responsibilities within Catholic education, our role is a call, birthed in our Baptism, to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ into the lives of those students and their families whom it is our privilege to serve.

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021, Nurturing Hope, was inspired by the following considerations:

  • Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for Our Common Home.”
  • In the face of the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, along with those consulted, and supported by feedback from the survey, for continuity with the theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, Igniting Hope, which has served so well during the spring recess from in-school instruction.
  • The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
  • Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality to the spirit of Laudato Si.

Please visit your child’s learning platform to see the learning taking place!

A Prayer for Catholic Education Week

Gracious and generous God, creator of the earth, our common home,

With each new day, we prepare the earth of our lives by sowing seeds of gratitude for all you have given.

Inspire us to cultivate relationships with all living beings.

May we harvest new fruit and marvel in the wonder at the beauty around us.

Nurture us in hope. Amen.

Suggested Family Activities for Nurturing Hope

Each day, we can do simple activities, individually or as a family, to act on the hope that dwells within us. These are suggestions for simple activities to reinforce hope for ourselves and others:

  • Plant some seeds in peat pots and put them near a window. Document their growth on a chart.
  • Make a birdfeeder out of a milk carton or a plastic pop bottle, hang it outside on a tree and see which bird species come to the feeder.
  • Write letters to family members that you haven’t been able to see for awhile.
  • Write a postcard or note of thanks for frontline healthcare workers and drop this in the mailbox for a local hospital.
  • Go for a walk past your local parish. Stop in front of your church and say a prayer for your faith community.

More ideas below:

You can also visit our Feature Story here for more information:

We All Belong in Our Catholic School

At St. Andrew School, we believe that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, and we honour the dignity in each person by treating one another with kindness, compassion and respect. Please see our message about how we celebrate the unique gifts of each member of our Catholic school community on our website here.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Catholic Education Week always coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. For a calendar of themes for each day, and a list of the resources available to us in Halton, please see the documents below. You can also follow the hashtags #HCDSBSelfCare and #HCDSBMentalHealthWeek.

Please visit our feature story here:

Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change.

For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually, and will be recorded live and available on the Board’s YouTube channel. A link to each live session below will be posted on the Board’s homepage the day of the scheduled presentation, and available on HCDSB’s YouTube channel for later viewing.

Family Wellness & Positive Mental Health during COVID-19 – Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 – 7:45 PM

Walk With Jesus – May 6, 2021

Live Kick-off Event at 10:00am on May 6th ( Welcome Message and Liturgy) via HCDSB YouTube Channel.

All members of the HCDSB community are invited to walk at a time that works for them and with family members/caregivers as appropriate. Families can share their participation in the Walk with Jesus by taking pictures along the way and posting on Twitter using the hashtag #HCWWJ

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we adapt the Walk with Jesus while still honouring the meaning and message of our solidarity in faith.

All community members can access the link to this event via the HCDSB website

News from the Oakville Public Library

Library Resources & Services

Oakville Public Library (OPL) continues to offer a wide variety of programs and services that help to promote learning and literacy for all ages. All students need is an OPL library card to access our vast collection of free resources and library materials.

The guide below highlights programs, services, reading lists, and electronic resources geared towards elementary school students.  

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 3rd at this website:

For more information, please see the flyer here:

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). 

Family Paint Night

HCDSB families are invited to participate virtually on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies:

Visit Grandmother’s Voice on YouTube for a direct link to the paint night: Grandmother’s Voice

Fourth Round of Voluntary, Targeted COVID-19 Testing

As you know, for the past several weeks, HCDSB has offered voluntary COVID-19 testing at school sites for asymptomatic staff and students. 

During this round of testing, all staff and families are able to attend any of the testing site locations (i.e. you will not have to attend the site designated for your family of schools). Click here to view the Testing Schedule.

Who Can Be Tested?

  • Testing is voluntary, and consent will be required from parents or guardians.  
  • Targeted testing is offered only for individuals who are asymptomatic (i.e. not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). 

NOTE: If you have been deemed a close contact to an individual that tested positive for COVID-19, please do NOT attend one of our Voluntary Asymptomatic Testing hub sites, as you will be turned away. 

Targeted COVID-19 testing is available to the following individuals:

  • All school staff and their household members
  • All students and their families
  • All Child Care staff and their household members 
  • All Child Care families

About the Testing 

The Ministry of Education has arranged for the testing to be provided through a third party, LifeLabs.    

LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). Their trained staff will perform the test in a designated space within a school.

LifeLabs will ensure that every mobile collection site adheres to the following health and safety protocols:

  • PPE for Droplet Precautions will be worn by all staff working in the location
  • Enhanced hand hygiene will be followed by the staff conducting the testing
  • Hand hygiene for students and staff will be required before and after service is provided
  • Disinfecting of the cubicles and chairs will be undertaken before and after each individual tested
  • Surgical masks will be provided, if necessary

Get Tested

Pre-registration will not be offered for this round of voluntary COVID-19 testing.

If you are interested in getting tested, you are encouraged to walk-in for an appointment at any host school during the designated clinic hours.

More Information

​Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work with the Ministry of Education and our public health officials to keep our school communities healthy and safe.


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 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

Looking Ahead

Weekly Update May 3, 2021