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Weekly Update June 14, 2021

Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts.

Pope Francis

Responding with Faith, Hope and Love in the Face of Violence and Hatred

A statement from the Director of Education, Pat Daly, on our commitment to responding to racism and discrimination with Faith, Hope and Love.

Our hearts are heavy as we process this senseless act of violence and hatred. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Islamic faith, for this painful resurfacing of the Islamophobia that exists in our communities. Incidents like this may heighten the feelings of fear, vulnerability and isolation. As a Catholic school district, we are called to accompany and love our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community. In times of crisis, it is especially critical that we stand together and support one another with care and compassion. 

While we cannot ease the pain, we can reaffirm our commitment to dismantling all forms of harassment and discrimination in our schools and in our communities. We cannot and will not tolerate, condone or ignore Islamophobia and racism. 

To the students, families and staff who are members of the Muslim community – you have our commitment that we will continue to ensure our Catholic schools are places where you feel a positive sense of belonging and know that you are valued, respected, accepted, and safe. 

Members of our HCDSB community who may need support in dealing with this traumatic event are encouraged to contact your school, who will put you in touch with our Compassionate Care and Crisis Response Team.

We hold close in our hearts the young boy who survived this violent attack, and his family members who did not. We pray for all in our community who have been devastated by this act of hatred. Let us be sources of peace, comfort and healing to one another as we work together to create a world that is free from Islamophobia and all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred.

Goodbye and God Bless

Each year at this time we have to say goodbye to those who are leaving St Andrew to share their gifts and talents in other communities. We have enjoyed much laughter, much joy and much love with you here at St Andrew and we wish you every blessing as you heed God’s calling and serve where He leads you. We have been enriched by your presence here at our school and you will be greatly missed!  May God bless you abundantly as you continue your journey in Catholic Education.

At this time, we also say goodbye to the following staff members:

  • Ms Samantha Urciuoli
  • Ms Carolanne Zeffiro
  • Ms Kelly Komac
  • Ms Nathalie Rosehart
  • Ms Victoria DeChellis
  • Ms Kelsey Mulligan
  • Ms Claudia Buongiorno
  • Ms Kelsey Correiro
  • Ms Melissa Bartlett
  • Ms Christine Ryrie
  • Mrs. Jessica Howden
  • Ms Elisandra Manuel

We wish them all the best as they move onto a new chapter in their lives and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the time they devoted to us at St. Andrew.

Grade 8 Graduation

On Thursday, June 17th, at 7:00 PM, we will email you our Virtual Graduation Ceremony that you can watch together as a family.

On Friday, June 18th beginning at 5:30 pm, we will have a curbside diploma pick up for our Graduates. Families will receive a scheduled time to arrive, along with a safety protocol via email from their classroom teachers. If you do not know what your appointment time is, please contact your child’s teacher directly. We respectfully request that all families adhere strictly to the protocol.

We will be having a special live virtual Graduation Mass for our Grade 8 Graduates on Thursday, June 24th at 7:00 pm which all are welcome to attend (link to follow).

Student Belongings, Medication, & Cookbook Pick-up

We are designating Monday, June 14 – Wednesday, June 16th as pick-up days for student belongings.

Some of our students left items in their lockers and desks. The items found in lockers include boots, shoes, hats, mittens, and extra clothing. The items in desks include used notebooks, a few pencil cases, and other odds and ends. I believe that most students took home the items in their desks that they cared about. However, on the off-chance that they would like their notebooks returned, we have packed up all items found in their desks.

We are inviting all families to send one adult to come to the school Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM to pick up their children’s belongings. Children are not to come to the school. Not all children have items here, so you will want to ask your children if they left personal belongings in their class or locker before you come.

We will also have a table set up with students’ epi-pens, inhalers, and medication for retrieval as well as a table with the cookbook orders.

If we currently hold medication for your child, please note that it must be picked up by June 16th, 2021.  Attached to your child’s medication will be a health care form from this past year.  The information on these forms will need to be reviewed, updated, and returned during the week of August 30th, 2021.  

If you ordered a St. Andrew Cookbook, please come to the school Monday – Wednesday, from 9:00am- 4:00pm for pick up.

To re-iterate, if your child left personal belongings here at school, if they have an epi-pen, inhaler, medication at school, and/or if you ordered a St. Andrew Cookbook, please come to the school Monday – Wednesday, from 9:00-4:00 for pick up. If your child is in our Virtual School, and you ordered a cookbook, please come during this time to pick it up.

When you arrive, park in one of our parking lots, and come to the playground. All items will be in the gym, and we will use the doors directly from the playground into the gym. One door will be designated as an entrance and the other door as an exit. We will allow up to 5 people in the gym at a time. Masks are mandatory on school property.

Anyone accessing the school site must conduct a Visitor Screening BEFORE arriving. Please CLICK HERE to access the link.
Each of the following four (4) conditions MUST apply: 

  1. You are symptom-free of respiratory illness;
  2. You are not to be in self-isolation, as advised by Public Health;
  3. You have not been outside of Canada within the last 14 days from the date of entry to the school site;
  4. You have not cared for or had known contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms (fever, new cough, difficulty breathing).

If any of the above conditions are not met, then you MUST NOT visit the school site.

Returning Technology & Textbooks

If you have any school technology, or textbooks to be returned, we will be designating June 28th and 29th as drop off dates. If you are going to be away before then, and have items to return to the school, please return them before you leave by coming to the front office at any time Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at

Report Cards

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

On March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards.

In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly. Please find staff email addresses on the Staff Directory page on our website.

Cause a Scene for a Good Cause with BLAZE Pizza- June 16th

This special fundraiser event is just in time for Father’s Day!  On Wednesday June 16th, between 4:30 – 7:30pm walk into Blaze Pizza located at 2508 Winston Park Drive in Oakville, show them the flyer below, 20% of the proceeds will go straight to St. Andrew School.  Why not help our school and enjoy a yummy pizza at the same time!!?? 

Pride Awareness Day – June 14th

We Are All Wonderfully Made

On Monday, June 14th, we will hold Pride Awareness Day– a day to reaffirm our commitment to honour the dignity and worth of each member of our community by nurturing safe, welcoming and inclusive schools. 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. Please refer to the board website for further information.

Catholic School Council

We are very grateful for the wonderful Catholic School Council that we are blessed with at St Andrew. Through their efforts this year, your children have benefitted socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. We thank them for their partnership and engagement in everything we do at St Andrew and for the tremendous support they tirelessly give our staff and students. Our heartfelt thank you to the following council members:

  • Christine Krueger – Chair
  • Latifah Tomm – Parent Rep
  • Abiodun Adekitan – Parent Rep
  • Laura Gallo – OAPSCE Rep
  • Crystal Duggan – Parent Rep
  • Tolu Adegbite – Parent Rep
  • Sawsan Selwyn – Parent Rep
  • Kelly Williams – Parent Rep
  • Sonia Lancione – Secretary
  • Richard Selwyn – Parent Rep
  • Emilia De Simone – Treasurer
  • Marion Bastiampillai – Parish Rep
  • Nancy Harrison – Teacher Rep
  • Trish Nadal-Droog – CUPE Rep

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application on Hold

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses.

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and we will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at:

Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to

Special Education Summer Learning Programs for Students in Grades 4-12+

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) is excited to offer Special Education Summer Learning Programs for students in Grades 4-12+!

Special Education Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher, and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher, and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

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.

Oakville Public Library – Updates

Summer Reading Challenge 2021

We are celebrating the Oakville community this summer by showcasing local authors, partnering with community organizations for programs, and buying all prizes locally.
Celebrate our community by joining the Summer Reading Challenge. Challenge your family and friends this summer. The more time you spend reading and earning badges the more entries you earn to win prizes (and bragging rights!).
To register for the Summer Reading Challenge and a chance to win cool prizes visit Summer Reading Challenge.
Also, OPL has put together an amazing summer lineup of both virtual and outdoor partnership programs to bring Oakville together safely for connection and learning.

To register for programs visit

Even when the library building is closed to the public, you can borrow books easily and safely to read for the Summer Reading Challenge. Library Takeout lets you choose your own items from our website and pick them up with an appointment. For a surprise bag of books reserve a Grab and Go bag put together by library staff, to discover new stories and authors. Choose from Picture Books, Early Readers, First Chapter Books or Junior Fiction.

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.flyer_for_summer-2021Download

HCCF Annual Charity Golf Classic

Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!  All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at, 905-802-0918.

Update from Halton Region

Halton Region Public Health is offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to members of our community at two outdoor pop-up clinics.

Beginning Monday, June 7, 2021, the Province of Ontario will be operating pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Milton and Oakville. Halton residents, 12 years of age and older, will be able to book appointments at these clinics using Halton’s online booking system.

Dates and Locations

Craig Kielburger Secondary School          
1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton
Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 2021
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
2420 Sixth Line, Oakville
Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021
9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Book Your Appointment

  • Members of the community 12 years and older are able to book their first dose appointment beginning today, Monday June 7th through the Halton Region’s online booking system:
  • Residents who require booking support can also call 311. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked to avoid calling 311 or visiting the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
  • Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
  • Booking an appointment in advance is preferred; however, there may be very limited capacity for walk-ins based on no-shows or cancellations (last walk-in appointment at 6 p.m.), which will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Youth must have had their 12th birthday by the date of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Important Notes About the Pop-Up Clinics

  • The pop-up clinics will be located outdoors. Individuals are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring a bottle of water.
  • To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a mask. Please note: you will be required to bring proof of age and residency in Halton to your appointment.
  • When possible, residents are asked to attend their appointments alone in order to limit the amount of individuals attending the clinics and to maintain adequate physical distancing. You may bring one support person, if required (for example, a caregiver or interpreter).
  • Residents who need assistance with transportation (if transportation is a barrier to getting to the appointment) can contact 311. Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.

More Information
Click here for more details about the COVID-19 Community Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics in Halton.

Please watch a video about the Halton Youth Vaccination Program from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Chief Officer of Health for Halton Region:

For additional information, please refer to the Halton Region website at: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics.


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

Pride Awareness Day
Jun 14 all day
Parent Pick Up of Student Belongings
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm
Grade 8 Drive Through Graduation
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grade 8 Graduation Diploma Pick Up Extravaganza!
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Families will be provided a time to arrive for their Graduation pick up from their child’s teacher.

National Indigenous People’s Day
Jun 21 all day
Weekly Update June 14, 2021