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Weekly Update June 28, 2021

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change

Maya Angelou

Last Days of School

Our Educators have prepared asynchronous learning activities for the children on June 28th and June 29th. There will be no live meetings on these days. All staff will be at the school building assisting with the return of school technology and textbooks.

If you have any school technology, or textbooks to be returned, please come to the school on Monday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM or Tuesday between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM to drop them off. Please clean the device before returning it, using a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol or a wet wipe, please clean the screen and keyboard. If there were problems with the device, please attach a note explaining the problem.

Please complete the school screening before coming. When you arrive, park in our North parking lot (where we have 6 portables) and come to the back of the school. Returns will take place in the gymnasium.

You may also pick up your children’s belongings at that time if you have not already done so. This includes Cookbook and medication pick up as well.

We ask that you adhere to public health guidelines by waiting if another family is at the door picking up/dropping off their belongings, and wearing a mask when collecting/dropping off your items. Thank you for your co-operation!

Important!
Anyone accessing the school site must conduct the school screening before coming.
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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at bouloslo@hcdsb.org.

SEPTEMBER STARTUP 2021

Office Hours Starting Monday, August 30

The school office will be open on Monday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m. Office staff and administration will be available all of that week. New registrations will be accepted that week as well. Please drop off epi-pens, other medications and forms during this week. Parents are also invited to review the medical plans with the administration this week, if possible.

Tuesday, September 7th, Back to School Grades 1 – 8

On your child’s report card is an OEN (Ontario Education Number).  As of September 2nd, you will be able to log onto the board’s website and access your child’s class placement by using the OEN. As registrations continue to come in, please set your children up for success by explaining that class placements are subject to change based on enrollment. At any given time, it may be necessary to re-organize classes within the school to meet Ministry of Education standards. Please be mindful that many hours of care have been put into creating balanced classes to best meet the needs of our students and we ask that you trust our staff.

  1. http://www.hcdsb.org
  2. Click on the “Schools” tab at the top of the page
  3. Click on “School Listing”
  4. Click on “Elementary Class Placement”
  5. Scroll down to St. Andrew School
  6. Enter OEN, click search
  7. Your child’s name, school year and placement will be displayed

You will be emailed instructions for entry on the first day of school. Due to Covid19 restrictions, students will enter directly into the school building upon arrival at school. Parents are asked not to enter our schoolyard. Staff will be available outside to escort the children into the building as they arrive.

Kindergarten Entry

Welcome to all our little ones as they come to join us in the big school! We are so looking forward to meeting you! Letters will be sent home in July with your interview dates and times.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St Andrew

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Parent / Student Interviews for JK students
Parent / Student Interviews for SK students new to St. Andrew

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Staggered entry for first half of JK students
Full entry for all SK students

Friday, September 10, 2021
Staggered entry for second half of JK students (first half do not attend)

Monday, September 13, 2021
Full entry for all JK students

Student Agendas

This communication tool will be ordered for students in Grades 1-6 and the money will be collected in September at a cost of $5 per student. We are informing you at this time so that you can include this in your back-to-school budget.

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: www.haltonbus.ca/

Lunchtime Supervisors Needed!

Are you a person who loves children? Are you flexible, patient, and comfortable around rambunctious kids? We are looking for Lunchtime Supervisors for our 2021-2022 school year to monitor classes during the lunch period and supervise children on the schoolyard during the middle recess period. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Kotulak ASAP at kotulakm@hcdsb.org or call the school and ask to speak to Mrs. Kotulak.

Volunteers

Due to Covid19, we were unable to invite volunteers into the school to support our programming and extra-curricular activities as we normally do at St. Andrew School. We are very hopeful that we will be able to welcome volunteers back into our school at some point during the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in volunteering at our school we ask that you obtain both a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) and a Criminal Reference Check (CRC) at Halton Regional Police Services. Please consider having this done over the summer. All volunteers, both new and experienced, must have an updated police reference check. You can also apply online at: www.haltonpolice.ca

Moving? Please let us know!

Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) will be attending another school in September by emailing Mrs. Cerqueira at  cerqueirad@hcdsb.org. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

Happy Summer Break!

We would like to thank all our parents and students for a wonderful year at St. Andrew School even though this was not the year any of us anticipated. We thank you for your on-going support and encouragement as we navigated this new way of learning during the school closure. We wish you a relaxing and restful summer break. Take some time to spend with your families and rejuvenate, and we look forward to seeing you in the new school year. Please check the school and Board websites for up-to-date information regarding the start-up for September 2021.

Our office will open the week of August 30th.

Looking Ahead

Weekly Update June 28, 2021