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Weekly Update May 31, 2021

Look up not down, look forward not back, look out not in.

Edward Everett Halet

Thank You

Thank you to our Grade 4 teachers and their students for the beautiful Marian Liturgy. Throughout the month of May we have been saying the Hail Mary together during our morning announcements to pray for an end of the Pandemic. Our devotion to Mary culminated with our beautiful Marian Liturgy on Friday and we are grateful to all of the families who joined in and prayed with us online. If you missed the liturgy, you can review it here.

Student Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.

Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the School Messenger Safe Arrival System:  https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.

 We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

 Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

Pride Month & Rainbow Day

June is the designated Pride Month in Canada, and throughout the month, we will join other schools in our district in raising awareness, and nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

HCDSB Rainbow Day ~ Tuesday, June 1st

We will kick off our Pride Month celebrations with Rainbow Day on Tuesday, June 1st.

To learn more about our commitment to Equity and Inclusive Education, please take a few minutes to read Responding with Faith, Hope & Love.

PA Day – Friday June 4th

A friendly reminder that Friday, June 4th is a PA Day and there is no school on that day. The day is dedicated to professional learning and report card writing.

Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6 – 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 

Thomas Merton Grade 8 Reach Ahead Program

The HCDSB Thomas Merton Centre for Adult and Continuing Education is offering Grade 8 Reach Ahead programs in the 2021 Summer School for only those students who are pupils of the Halton Catholic District School Board. This program offers highly motivated students of a high academic standing to earn Grade 9 courses in advance of starting high school.

For students interested in engaging in the Reach Ahead program, the courses offered will represent their first exposure to high school credits. However, please be advised:

  • summer school secondary credits are conducted at an accelerated pace (5 times faster than secondary day school programs) over 20 days
  • students are expected to attend classes from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • students can expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours per day on homework

Please Note: For the reasons stated above, elementary principals, in consultation with their parents, must provide the approvals for all Grade 8 students engaging in Reach Ahead studies indicating that their students are ready for secondary school studies.

Students who wish to register themselves for this program must register through myBlueprint on the Thomas Merton Summer School website. The deadline for summer school registrations is June 24, 2021 at 4PM sharp. For more information, please see the Grade 8 Reach Ahead information page.

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). 

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 supplieshttps://www.hcdsb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/PaintNights- IndigenousArt.pdf

Wednesday, June 9th – Strawberry Being the First Fruit of the Season

The 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: saevils@hcdsb.org.

Kids Safety First – VIRTUAL Red Cross Courses

This summer virtual courses for students are being made available. For students in grades 2 & 3, there is a First Aid for Kids Workshop; for students grades 4-8 there is a At Home all by Myself and First Aid for Kids Workshop, as well as Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course for grades 6 and up. Please see the attachment for dates, times, and registration details.

Promoting Well-Being

Free and Fun Challenge Inspires Kids to Get Outside and RUN

There’s no doubt that it’s been a long, tough year for everyone. And while there may be light at the end of the tunnel, right now, kids in many parts of Canada are still unable to participate in the team sports or physical activities that they love. What we could all use now is a little inspiration. And this month, we’ve got it, thanks to a Canadian track star and a 14-year-old Montrealer. A recent CP24 article reported that Canada’s Andre De Grasse and teen Jesse Briscoe have started up an initiative that invites and encourages Canadian kids coast-to-coast to join the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge. Briscoe said he was tired of sitting at home playing video games after his team sports were cancelled due to the pandemic, so he and his dad reached out to De Grasse. Luckily, De Grasse was up for the task of inspiring kids to get active and to hopefully find joy in getting outside and moving again. As a result, the virtual racing challenge was brought to life. 

Here’s how to participate in the RACE WITH ME! Virtual Challenge:

From May 1 to June 25, go to your local 400m track and run one lap as fast as you can. Then go back weekly to improve your time. It’s that simple! Siblings and/or parents can record times and capture photos and videos to be shared online. Registration is free, although any donations will go to youth mental health initiatives such as Kids Help Phone. The beauty in this challenge is that running is something we can all safely do, by ourselves or together as a family. If you’ve got a pair of running shoes and some time to get out there, you can take part. But if running isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get active outside during the pandemic, while also gearing up for the excitement of the Olympic games. 

Read more about kids and running:

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 31, 2021