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Weekly Update October 25, 2021

For it is in giving that we receive.

Francis of Assis

Boogie-A-Thon Fundraiser

We have already made it to over $13, 000, and are well on our way to our fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who has already contributed!

Congratulations to Colin in Mrs. Wilkinson’s class who is the winner of our Early Bird Draw!

There will also be prizes for the four classes that have the most students participate (one from each division). When a family has three children, we divide the funds between their three classes so that they have all participated!

Our fundraising dollars will be spent on special programming for our students including licenses for particular apps and tools, awards for our Graduates, special celebrations such as Graduation and Joy Day, treats for students during special events, new technologies, (we starting up a media club!)specialty classroom furniture, recess and phys ed equipment, and all of the items that make schooling such a positive experience at St. Andrew.

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.  

You still have time to donate! No amount is too small and we are grateful for any amount you can afford. Please get your donations in by October 29, 2021!

We will be dancing this Friday in the gym. Our student body voted to have our Boo-gie-a-thon indoors. Students will therefore need to wear a facemask, please do not have your child wear a mask or head covering that prevents them from wearing a facemask. Classes will be kept two meters apart from one another. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, we cannot allow parents to come and watch. We are really sorry about that – but we promise to take lots of photos and videos!

Please Remember:

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful that someone’s culture is NOT a costume!

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume mimicking 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 color, facial/body features to make it darker or 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?

*PLEASE NOTE: students will not be allowed to bring any props that resemble weapons or wear Halloween Masks that cover the entire face. All students should be wearing their face masks, as outlined in our board policy. Please ensure that the costume is not a tripping hazard and students (especially KDG) can independently manage their costume while accessing the washroom.

Thank you parents for your support for ensuring that your child’s costume is appropriate for school!

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 school. Students are not allowed to share food at any time to protect those in our school community with life-threatening allergies, and this includes special occasions like Hallowe’en. Food treats sent to school will not be distributed and will be sent home with your child. While providing treats is not necessary, if you would like to have your child share an individual, non-edible treat with other students in the class, you may send it to school on Friday, October 29.

Fox Visitor

This past week we had a visit from a neighbourhood fox. Please remind your children that should they see a fox at school or in the neighbourhood, they should never approach it. Foxes and coyotes are commonly seen in Oakville neighbourhoods, especially near ravine systems, large grassy fields, and large parks where small mammals – a main staple in their diet – are plentiful. If you encounter a fox or coyote who does not immediately run away, make some noise, yell, clap your hands, wave your arms, stomp your feet- make your presence felt, but do not approach or chase the animal.

Dressing 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. Students should have both indoor and outdoor shoes (or boots) here at school.

Unless it is raining heavily, we will head outside for recess, so please ensure your child has a water-resistant coat with a hood or a hat, umbrellas are permitted, and rainboots are ideal.

Thank you in advance for your help and support in keeping our students active and healthy!

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 25, 2021