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Weekly Update October 18, 2021

There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dressing for the Weather

The only times children get a break from wearing their masks is when they are eating and when they are outside. For this reason, except in extreme weather conditions, such as a downpour or thunderstorm, we will attempt to go outside for every recess.

Because we have staggered the recesses, there are many fewer children outside at any one time. We have found, given our fewer numbers, that the children can safely carry umbrellas outside at recess.

With the rain, and hundreds of running feet, our field has already started to get muddy. But in order to maintain social distancing during recess, we are going to try to keep it open unless it becomes unsafe. You may therefore want to provide your child(ren) with rain boots to wear on wetter days.

Please Remember

Please remember to pack utensils and a water bottle with your child(ren)’s lunch. We do have plastic utensils and plastic cups at the office, but they should be for emergencies only. We are going through them very quickly and we would prefer to use our school funds on other items that support student engagement and learning!

Boo-gie-a-thon

Thank you to the many families who have already donated to our Halloween Fundraiser!

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! Some things we are hoping to use our fundraising dollars for this year include dedicated computers and cameras for a Media Club, new crash mats for our gymnasium, and more equipment for outdoor recess.

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 have the greatest 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.

To help you reflect on the appropriateness of potential costumes, please see this flyer:

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.

Parish Updates

INFORMATION REGARDING 2022 FIRST COMMUNION/CONFIRMATION

First Reconciliation and First Communion for students in Grade 2 and the Sacrament of Confirmation for students in Grade 7 will take place at Mary Mother of God Church in May of 2022 and March of 2022, respectively. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the sacraments, enrollment is happening through the church. Our teachers will be assisting with the preparation for the sacraments, but Mary Mother of God Parish will be administering them. To enroll your children, please use the following links: https://mmogp.ca/first-eucharist or www.mmogp.ca/confirmation For more information, please contact Debbie Frey, the Sacramental Coordinator at Mary Mother of God at this email address: mmog.sacraments@gmail.com with any questions, concerns, or special requests

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. Specifically, you may want to mark your calendars for the events below:

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

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

Planning to Travel?

If you are planning to travel with your family, please be sure to let our office staff know. We have a form for you to complete for your child’s Ontario Student Record for Attendance purposes.

Please note that currently, the Ontario School Screening Tool requires that any unvaccinated student who travels outside of Canada must isolate for 14 days upon their return. This will include weekend trips across the border to the U.S.

Coming Up

Weekly Update October 18, 2021