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Weekly Update October 11, 2021

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever.

Psalm 107.1

Thanksgiving

On Thursday, October 7, we had a special Thanksgiving Liturgy that had been pre-recorded by the students in Mrs. Tilley’s, Mrs. Galluzzo’s and Mrs. Densmore’s classes. Thank you to the many families who were able to join us for this beautiful presentation on TEAMS. The video was a bit washed out. We have cleaned it up and it is too beautiful to miss. Please enjoy it here whether for the first time, or second.

We would like to remind our parents that Monday, October 11th, is the Thanksgiving Holiday and that schools are closed. We wish all our families a blessed Thanksgiving!

Welcome!

We would like to wish a very warm welcome to Mrs. Sharon Deery, our new Vice Principal, and Mrs. Emily Stewardson-Gregory, our new Child and Youth Counsellor. We are so happy to have these dynamic individuals join our St. Andrew Community!

School Council 2020-2021

Our Catholic School Council held its first meeting on October 6th, 2021. The following members have been appointed/elected to represent our school and parent community for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you to all of our parents and staff for volunteering their time to be part of our council this year.

School Council 2020-2021 Members:

  • Christine Krueger – Chair
  • Sonia Lancione – Secretary
  • Marion Bastiampillai – Parish Rep
  • Larua Gallo – OAPSCE Rep
  • Abi Adekitan – Community Rep
  • Karen Gike – Treasurer
  • Latifah Thompson – Parent Rep
  • Crystal Duggan – Parent Rep
  • Sawsan Selwyn – Parent Rep
  • Kelly Williams – Parent Rep
  • Jonathan Wylde – Parent Rep
  • Tolu Adegbite – Parent Rep
  • Jennifer Sully-Ferraro – Parent Rep
  • Trish Nadal-Droog – Support Staff Rep
  • Nancy Harrison – Teaching Staff Rep
  • Sharon Deery – Vice Principal
  • Lorraine Boulos – Principal

Dates for Future Meetings:

  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • January 19, 2022
  • March 23, 2022
  • April 27, 2022
  • June 8, 2022

All of our meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft TEAMS. All are welcome to attend; if you would like to attend a Council Meeting, please email bouloslo@hcdsb.org to request a link to the meeting.

Boo-gie-a-thon

The DJ has been booked! It is time to get your costumes ready – we are all set for our Annual St. Andrew Boogie-a-thon!

This will be our single major fundraiser this school year. We depend on the funds raised by our families to support us so that we can purchase special programs, technologies, and recess equipment for our students. No donation is too small, every little bit counts!

Every child will receive a ticket for a chance to win a fabulous prize.  There will also be prizes for the FDK, Primary, Junior and Intermediate classes that has the most participation. Classes will be able to choose from: pizza party, movie day, technology party, sundae party, pajama day, or any request that receives principal approval. The draw for prizes will take place on Monday, November 1st

There will be an Early Bird Draw for donations received by Friday, October 22nd!

3 Ways to Donate:

1:

Complete the following:

  • Gift Information – select an amount
  • Select Destination – St. Andrew
  • Tribute Information – “Not a Gift”
  • Message to School Board – student name, specifiy amount donated per child
  • Click – “Add to Cart”

2:

SCHOOL CASH ONLINE

http://schools.hcdsb.org/andr/

Complete the following:

  • Go to School Cash Online
  • Make purchase as per usual

3:

PAY BY CHEQUE    

Complete the following:

  • make cheques payable to St. Andrew Elementary School
  • send in to classroom teacher

Tax Receipts will be issued automatically for on-line donations of $25 or more and emailed upon payment.  Tax receipts for donations over $25 made by cheque will be mailed via Canada Post.      

Please get your donations in by Friday, October 29, 2020. Please donate today!

Hallowe’en Costume Selection:

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to creating and supporting a positive climate in each of our school communities, that fosters and promotes equity, inclusivity and celebrates diversity.  Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, a velociraptor. However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume this year, we encourage you to talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on with your child when choosing a costume.  Your conversations at home on this topic directly help to support our school’s efforts to create and maintain an equitable and inclusive learning environment:

  • Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make them more like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

Hallowe’en Candy and Treats:

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at schoolThank you for your understanding.

High School Placement Options

Grade 8 is a very exciting year, even during a pandemic! Our high schools will be hosting information nights for parents of our Grade 8 students so that you can learn more about the different program placement options available. Specificially, you may want to mark your calendars for the events below:

Holy Trinity Grade 8 Parent Information Night – October 14 at 6:00 PM

Holy Trinity AP (Advanced Placement) Information night- October 21st- 6:30 pm 

STA- IB (International Baccalaureate) Information night- October 20th at 7pm  

Dress for the Weather

We will continue to encourage outdoor play and learning as much as possible this year, so please send your children to school prepared for the cooler weather. The field can be quite muddy this time of year, please make sure your child has footwear for both indoors and outdoors.

Grade 3 Students Celebrating First Communion

Throughout the month of October, our Grade 3 students will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at Mary Mother of God Parish. We wish them all the best and continue to pray for them and their families.

As you grow in your friendship with Jesus, may your words be gentle and may your touch be kind. May you hear the whispers of Love in your heart each day. May you see God in everyone you meet and may you always know that you are dearly loved!

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Weekly Update October 11, 2021