School News & Announcements

Lenten Project Info

posted by Sean Crookshank


Our Lenten Project this year is to once again support Sacred Heart Children's Home in South Africa.  Our Lenten team has organized special Fun Fridays that are listed below.  A small donation will be encouraged.  You will be able to pay through School Cash Online.  As well, in March, we will be holding an Easter Raffle for two gift baskets with more information to follow.

Friday, Feb. 23rd: Hat Day

Friday, March 2nd: Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 9th: Dress to Impress

Friday, March 23rd: Beach Day

Thanks everyone for your continued support,

Sean Crookshank


February 13th Update

posted Feb 13, 2018, 11:58 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 11:59 AM ]

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Parents/Guardians are welcome to join us tomorrow for our Ash Wednesday Celebration in the gym at 9:00 a.m.  Hope to see you there.


The parking lot can be a busy place during drop off and pick up.  Please continue to practice patience and care during drop off and pick up, especially at the top and bottom of the parking lot where it can be a tight squeeze for cars to turn around.  We thank everyone for their cooperation with this.


We are making an effort to ensure that children have a full and balanced school day that allows for full participation in all areas of the curriculum. We appreciate the efforts of parents and students who begin the day on time without disruptions caused by lateness. A child who disrupts a class for two or three minutes because of late arrival means a loss of a whole hour of time when added up for everyone. The teacher has to go over the same instructions again. “Lates” must be noted on record, both upon entry to the school and in the classroom. This takes time for teachers and the secretary in addition to the time lost in the classroom. All students should be at school by 8:30 to line up with their class at the proper door. We understand that some lates are unavoidable in extraordinary circumstances, such as medical appointments or family emergencies. We appreciate your calling to let us know when a child will be late. Please support our efforts in this area. Just a reminder, that when you are signing your child in late, it would be appreciated if you say goodbye to them in the front foyer.


A reminder that Feb. 19th is Family Day so there will be no school on Monday.  Enjoy the extra time together.


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


Jan. 24th Updates

posted Jan 24, 2018, 12:26 PM by Sean Crookshank

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There is a Parent Council Meeting this evening at 7:00 in the Learning Commons. All parents are invited to attend.


We are looking a volunteer who would will be willing to pick up items at Costco and Loblaws for our Snack Bin Program. It would require having your own vehicle and a couple of hours a week to shop. Please get in touch with Mr. Crookshank or Mrs. Benoit, if you are interested.


In the event of a severe snow or ice storm, parents are reminded that local radio and T.V. stations will begin broadcasting cancellation of transportation starting at 6:00 am. Generally the schools remain open. Parents who drop off their children are reminded that they must make arrangements to pick them up as well. Once buses have been cancelled in the morning they do not run for that entire day. Students must be picked up at 3:00 p.m, our regular dismissal time. The Board provides a link on the school’s website to inform parents of bus cancellations. As well, one can visit OSTA website for the latest updates on bus cancellations, current late buses, etc.

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When Should I Keep My Child Home From School? Many parents struggle with the answer to this question.  As such, we’d like to provide some guidelines to help in your decision-making.

Cold and/or Cough

A sore throat, runny nose, cough and mild congestion are common, recurring symptoms, especially in young children.  More often than not, children are safe to attend school.  Ask yourself: “Can my child still participate in school activities?”  However, if any of these symptoms are accompanied by fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, wheezing or distinct change in mood, please keep your child home until he or she is feeling better.


A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.  If your child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of a fever-reducing medication and without other symptoms, he or she is safe to return to school.  Otherwise, your child is likely fighting an infection, meaning he or she may be vulnerable and/or contagious.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons to keep your child at home.  Both are symptoms of infection that could be spread to others.  A child is safe to return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

Sore Throat

A severe sore throat accompanied by swollen glands and/or fever may be indicative of strep throat, which is highly contagious.  A child with strep throat should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Pink Eye

Red, itchy eyes accompanied by yellow or green discharge are symptoms of conjunctivitis (or pink eye).  This condition is highly contagious and spreads quickly through schools.  Once diagnosed, your child should be kept home until he or she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.


A rash may be a symptom of another infection.  If your child has an undiagnosed rash, please keep your child home until these symptoms clear or until you’ve spoken with the doctor.

Other general symptoms to watch for include: fatigue beyond what you would expect from a mild illness, a pale or tired appearance, irritability or disinterest in normal activities, loss of appetite and any form of pain (earache, stomach, headache, body pain).  Some of these may be indicative of infection or other conditions that should be checked out by a doctor.


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


Jan. 18th Updates

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:47 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 11:48 AM ]

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Our next meeting in on Jan. 24th, at 7pm in our Learning Commons.  Hope to see you there.


Just a friendly reminder that Jan. 26th is PD no school that day for the students.


Just a reminder that the next pizza day is Thursday, January 25th.


Permission and payment for the Junior Tubing Trip is due by January 29th. It is strongly encouraged that you pay using School Cash Online (


Lice Squad does free weekly family lice checks at two locations.

Thursday nights from 6-8 pm at our east end location
427 MacArthur Avenue Suite 06

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us
Ottawa Lice Squad


The Ottawa Catholic School Board warmly invites community families and friends to a Circle of Learning. Come learn about the Indigenous programs and supports being offered in our schools.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Immaculata High School - 140 Main Street

We invite you to join us for a Feast from 6:00 - 6:30 PM (Three Sisters Soup, Bannock, Dessert Squares, etc)

Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30 PM

FREE babysitting for pre registered children.

OCSB has partnered with COPA to bring valuable resources into our schools that will support safe and inclusive learning environments. Learn more about COPA and the "A Circle of Caring" project and how it can support parents and families.

COPA presenters: Deb St. Amant, Elder-in-Residence, Queen's University & Mohini Athia, COPA educator.

Meet OCSB Indigenous Education team members.

Families will be provided with free takeaway materials.



St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


Jan. 26: PD Day

posted Jan 18, 2018, 8:24 AM by Sean Crookshank

Just a reminder that Jan. 26th is a PD Day...there will be no school that day.

Kindergarten Registration Week Jan 15-19

posted Jan 15, 2018, 7:45 PM by Sean Crookshank

You can register at anytime, but we’ve designated a special week to help welcome your kindergarten child into our OCSB community. Visit for more detailed information and to find your school. 

Advent Mass

posted Dec 19, 2017, 11:42 AM by Sean Crookshank

Our Advent Mass will be held on Wednesday. Dec. 20th at 10:15 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church. The staff and students will walk the short distance to the church. Parents are most welcome to attend. 

Dec. 14 Updates

posted Dec 14, 2017, 9:42 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Milk Orders

Milk Orders are due in the office tomorrow, December 15th.

Pizza Orders for Term Two

Pizza order is now available in School Cash Online. A hard copy is available on the school website. Just a reminder that the deadline is Friday, January 12th. This deadline is firm so that our parent volunteer has enough time to organize and place the order with Pizza Pizza. Late orders will not be accepted.

Festive Friday

Tomorrow is Festive Friday for United Way. Students are encouraged to be creative. Dress as an elf, an ornament or just have lots of sparkle. We are asking for a loonie or twoonie or canned goods to support the Food Bank.

Christmas Concert

We invite you and your family to join us for the St. Brother Andre Christmas Showcase on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm in the gym. Participating classes will be performing different songs, plays, and dances in English and in French. We hope to see you there to celebrate the Christmas spirit with our school community.

White Elephant Sale

The Grade 6 fundraiser is taking place on Thursday, December 21st. Children may bring a bit of money to purchase items for family members or themselves. There will also be baked goods for sale.

Parent Council Meeting

The next Parent Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 24th.


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


November 22nd Updates

posted Nov 22, 2017, 12:45 PM by Sean Crookshank

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Tomorrow, Thursday, November 23rd is Pizza Day.


Friday, November 24th is a Professional Development Day. There is no school for students.


The White Elephant Rummage Sale and Bake Sale has been changed to Thursday, December 21st. The Grade 6 students are organizing this fundraiser for the year end trip to St. Brigid Camp. They are still looking for donations of toys, movies, kitchen and household items, jewelry, nick knacks, etc. Please send the items with your child or drop at the main office. We are also looking for donations of Christmas Wrap and Tape to wrap the gifts.


Winter is approaching fast which brings the possibility of "snow days". Here are a few reminders:

1. When school buses/vans are cancelled due to inclement weather schools and extended day programs remain open.

2. Transportation cancellations are for the entire day; students who are dropped off must also be picked up at the regular dismissal time of 3:00 pm.

3. If your child normally uses school bus transportation you do not need to report their absence to the school these days.

4. Students who normally do not take the bus/van must report their absence by leaving a voicemail on the school line: 613-830-2454.

5. Sign up for direct notification of school bus/van cancellations here: Bus Cancellations. Cancellations will also be reported on,, twitter and the media (we are the Ottawa Catholic School Board).

6. Students remain indoors at recess when the temperature reaches -25C or colder. Please make sure children are prepared to go outside each day with boots, snow pants, hats, scarves, extra gloves and extra socks.


We are repeating this very important message because late arrivals continue to be a problem.

Because St. Brother Andre School is committed to improving student achievement, we are concerned when a child arrives late to school for any reason. The process of education requires instruction that is based on skill building, class participation, learning experiences and study. Frequent lates affect your child’s learning opportunities. When students have too many absences and/or lates, they are missing valuable classroom instructional time.

The Education Act of Ontario, 1989, Sec.20 (5) states that, “the parent or guardian of a child who is

required to attend school under the section shall cause the child to attend school as required by this Section.” Regulation 262 (1989), Sec 23 (d) under The Education Act of Ontario, 1989 states that “A pupil shall attend class punctually and regularly”.

We work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible and are certain that you share our concern regarding missed instruction. Please help us to provide the outstanding education your child deserves by ensuring that your child is at school each day to participate in the learning on time.

The school bell rings at 8:30 and if your child is not in the schoolyard when the bell rings they are

considered late and must be signed in at the office. Because children in JK-6 are under the age of 16

they are required to be signed in by a parent/guardian. A special reminder for students who are at the school on a Cross Boundary transfer that chronic absences/lateness is grounds for cancellation. For the benefit of your child’s success, we thank you in advance for your support in this matter.


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


Nov. 16 Updates

posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:35 PM by Sean Crookshank

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Western Day for United Way...students are encouraged to dress up in western theme gear and bring in a small donation for United Way.

As well, School Council has a few extra boxes of chocolate that have not been sold...if you are interested in helping out and selling the last few boxes, please let the office know.

We are asking for parents assistance in ensuring the safety of all our students. There are some students who have severe allergies to various types of nuts, dairy, various fruits, etc.. It is very difficult if parents bring in birthday cakes or treats for the classroom teacher to serve. There are other ways to celebrate this special day. You may wish to send in a pencil, a sticker, fruit tray, or just have the class wish the birthday child well. Please make our school a safe place for all.

Just a reminder that there are two handicapped parking spots in the lot; one right at the front door and the other is the first spot in the big lot. These spots are for those who have a handicapped sticker. They are not to be used for drop-off spots. Thank you for your co-operation.

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