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Weekly Update November 8, 2021

Make peace, create peace, be the example of peace. We need peace in the world.

– Pope Francis

COVID-19 Daily Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Veterans’ Week

November 5 – 11 is Veterans’ Week in Canada. This is a time where we honour those who have served our country, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.

As a school community, we will come together virtually in prayer to honour those who have served our country at 10:45 AM as the students in Mrs. Kerr’s and Mrs. Colontino’s classes lead use through our virtual Remembrance Day observance.

Poppy stickers and poppies will be available for all students. Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion for the poppies are gratefully accepted and students can drop them in the box in the office during the week, or you can make your donations through School CashOnline. Thank you to the many families who have already donated!

You can learn more about how you can observe Veterans’ Week as a family here: Veterans’ Week.

A Prayer of Remembrance

Lord, You sent Your Son to lead us into the peace of Your Kingdom.

Look with kindness on all who have served the cause of peace in our armed forces.

Send Your comfort and healing to their families, and to all who suffer due to war and conflict.

May You Son’s gospel message of peace burn ever more brightly in our hearts, our words and our actions,

And lead all to fullness of life in You.

We make this prayer to you in Jesus’ name, Amen.

The #NoHateInHalton Campaign

The #NoHateInHalton will launch on Monday, November 8th in schools across the Halton Region. This is a community campaign that was developed by our Halton Regional Police Services in collaboration with the four school districts in Halton. 

As a school, we will be promoting this campaign through various activities in the classroom and on social media. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant and diverse community and are committed to nurturing a safe, welcoming and inclusive school where all students, families and staff know they are valued, respected, accepted and safe. Let’s work together to ensure that there is #NoHateInHalton!

Picture Day!

We are so excited to once again be permitted to take school photos! In order to ensure that a social distance is maintained between students at all times, we will be having our photos taken over two days. On Tuesday, November 9th we will be taking photos of the students in Grades K-4; and on Wednesday, November 10th, we will be taking photos of our students in Grades 5-8. Please note that there will be no class photos taken, only individual photos.

For more information, please see the photo here:

Please note that should your child not be in attendance on either of these days, there will be a make-up photo day on Thursday, November 18th.

November is Indigenous Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November and throughout the school year, HCDSB students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada.

“We acknowledge that St. Andrew is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabe the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee and the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation. These lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history.  We wish to recognize the long history of First Nations and Indigenous peoples in Ontario and show respect to them today.”

Days of Importance in November

  • Treaties Recognition Week was celebrated November 1-7, 2021 to educate students about the importance of treaties.​
  • Inuit Day, November 7, 2021. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples. 
  • National Indigenous Veterans Day, November 8, 2021.  This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2021. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.

Hot Lunches

Lunch Box

We are happy to share that Lunchbox by SchoolCash Online will be offered once again on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Andrew school for the 2021/2022 school year!

Lunchbox is a convenient, online ordering platform featuring local vendors. An ordering calendar has been coordinated for the school community and can be found on your SchoolCash Online items page.

Please see these flyers for more information:

Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady is back and better than ever with a new ordering system and new menu items. ! They are available every Wednesday at St. Andrew school. You can check them out at theLunchLady.ca

For more information see their flyer here:

Pizza Days!

That’s right, St. Andrew Pizza Days are back! Each Friday, we will be serving Pizza Pizza to students who have ordered pizza via School CashOnline. Students can choose either cheese or pepperoni pizza for $3.00 per slice. Each slice will come in an individualized box for sanitary reasons. Pizza orders are due midnight Wednesday, November 11, 2021no late orders will be accepted.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

On Wed. Nov. 17, 2021, the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation will be hosting their annual Evening with Bishop Crosby. This event will be virtual this year, beginning with a reception at 6:30pm, and the Main Event will follow at 7:00-8:30 pm.

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) and with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees). “With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning. They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

This event will NOT be another Zoom call. We are using https://www.kumospace.com/ so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/

Catholic School Council Meeting

The next meeting for our Catholic School Council will be held virtually at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 17th. Please email Lorraine Boulos at bouloslo@hcdsb.org if you would like to attend; all are welcome!

Progress Reports, Kindergarten Communication of Learning, and Learning Conferences

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, school communities exist to foster and exemplify Catholic values. Educational programs, facilitated in the context of faith, promote the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development of students. On November 24, 2021 the Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8, and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations, will be sent home electronically to all families. Please click here to learn more about the reporting process.

Parents / Guardians have the right and responsibility to participate actively in your child’s education.  As such, interviews with your child’s teacher(s) will be offered Thursday, November 25, 2021 during the afternoon/evening, and Friday, November 26, 2021 during the school day as this is designated Professional Development Day.

In order to adhere to our safety protocols, interviews will be scheduled using an online scheduling program to limit the use of paper. Communication with a link and information on how to schedule your interviews will be emailed to you before the scheduling process opens on Monday afternoon. Please complete the online interview request form by Friday, November 19th, 11:00 AM.

Vacation Notifications

We know that families may be eager to travel and visit family. While we certainly understand, please note that you will need to complete an Extended Absence Form (available from the office) and that any absence longer than 15 consecutive days may result in your child being demitted from our register and having to re-enroll upon your return.

Families should also consider any quarantine requirements when planning for their children to be absent from school.

While educators are happy to help support student learning, please note that they are not required to provide your child with work for the length of the absence.

Holy Trinity Mini-High School Day

On Wednesday, our Grade 8 students participated in Holy Trinity’s virtual Mini High School Day, where they were able to sample some lessons and explore extracurricular teams and clubs. Thank you to the staff and talented students at Holy Trinity for this sneak peek into Grade 9! If you wish to access the activities, click on the link below:

https://sites.google.com/my.htoakville.ca/minihighschoolday/home?authuser=0

Coming Up

Nov
1
Mon
Treaties Recognition Week
Nov 1 – Nov 7 all day
https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties-recognition-week
Nov
8
Mon
Parents to Schedule Learning Conferences Via Online Scheduling System
Nov 8 @ 2:30 pm – Nov 19 @ 3:30 pm
Nov
9
Tue
School Picture Day K-4
Nov 9 all day
Nov
10
Wed
School Picture Day Grades 5-8
Nov 10 all day
HCCF -Evening with Bishop Crosby
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • he Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).
  • HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.
  • Please consider donating to the foundation by attending the Evening with Bishop Crosby on Wednesday, November 17.
  • For more information, please see the website here: https://www.hccf.ca/evening-with-bishop-crosby/
Weekly Update November 8, 2021