School News & Announcements

Congratulations To Mrs. Q-B

posted Mar 19, 2019, 7:03 AM by Sean Crookshank

A huge congratulations goes out to Mrs. Q-B on winning the Directors of Education Award.  We are so proud of you!

Feb. 20th Updates

posted Feb 20, 2019, 10:21 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Head lice are common in school-aged children, but anyone can get them. These small insects can crawl from person to person by direct head to head contact and most commonly cause itching.  Parents should check their children’s hair weekly for head lice. Look for nits (eggs) of head lice. Nits look like dandruff, but they cannot be shaken or flicked off the hair. They are found on the hair very close to the scalp. If you see lice or nits, notify the school and treat your child. Ottawa Public Health recommends that the first of the two required treatments be done before your child returns to school.  Daily nit/lice removal is important between treatments. Teach your child to protect himself or herself from getting head lice:

  • Avoid sharing combs, brushes, hair accessories or helmets.  

  • Tie back long hair in a braid or ponytail.

  • Keep hats, mittens, and scarves in the sleeve of your child’s coat.

For more information on the prevention and treatment of head lice, call the Ottawa Public Health information line at 613-580-6744 or visit


Reminder that Pizza Day is Friday, February 22nd for those that have already ordered.


We were so happy to see so many volunteers at the recent Valentine Dance, Winter Walk and tubing trip. Just a reminder that there is a new procedure for volunteers in the school. We are once again sharing this information. If you wish to take part in field trips, work with students directly or be a member of council, you must get a  Level 3 Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check. This includes parents and other volunteers who will be:

● Taking part in field trips

● Working with students in schools

● Parent council members

● Volunteering at events where they may be in isolation with students even for a brief period of time (helping in classrooms, distributing food, etc.).

If you think you might like to be volunteering for any activity during the school year, you will be required to visit to apply for your reference check. There are two options for completing a vulnerable sector check:

1. In person – Details can be found here

2. Online – Details can be found here

Please call the office if you wish a letter that will waive the fee associated with the reference check. The fee waived will apply to a reference check that is not a same day request reference check. If you choose a same day reference check, you will be required to pay for this. When making your request, please select a mailed copy as it will be embossed with an official seal. Once complete, please bring your reference check for the vulnerable sector to the Main Office. We will make a copy and place it on file to enable you to volunteer in the school. Thank you for considering volunteering in the school. Volunteers are a valued part of our school community and enrich the experience of school for all of our students.



Jammin' Juniors (ages 4-8) and Volleyball (ages 9-14) email registration is now open! Programs begin the week of March 18th, 2019. Schedule for each area is below. Jammin' Juniors for ages 4-8 offers a variety of gym games that focus on skill development, active play, teamwork, and having fun! Games we play include: British Bulldog, Octopus, Owl's Egg, Soccer-baseball, Pin-ball and Dodge-ball games. Volleyball for ages 9-14 will include: bumping, volleying, and serving techniques, positioning and team play, and a tournament. The Jammin' Juniors / Volleyball program is once per week for 7 weeks.

Fees: All new 2019 families must pay the $20 GRDO membership fee plus the $15 fee per child for the current program. Families who have already paid the 2019 GRDO membership are only required to pay $15 fee per child for the current program. Payment: Only cash or cheques are accepted. Please have your payment by cash or cheque ready for our staff on the first day of the program.

********** HOW TO REGISTER **********

To register, please email with:

1) Child(ren's) first and last name(s) and age(s)

2) Name of the area/location (see schedule below)

3) By registering for our program(s), you are consenting to our program and member waiver available at

Parent's name and phone number:

4) If you would like to donate to GRDO to help more kids participate in sports, please provide an amount. Each $10 = 1 child.


Area: Cyrville

Program starts Monday March 18th, 2019 . 5:00pm-6:00pm for ages 4-8 and 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel school located at 675 Gardenvale Road.

Area: Carson Grove

Program starts Monday March 18th, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Carson Grove Elementary school located at 1401 Matheson Road.

Area: Beacon Hill

Program starts Tuesday March 19th, 2019

5:30pm-6:30pm for ages 4-8 and 6:30pm-7:30pm for ages 9-14

Location: St. Brother Andre school located at 1923 Elmridge Drive.

Area: Orleans

Program starts Wednesday March 20th, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: St. Matthew High School located at 6550 Bilberry Drive.

Area: Pineview

Program starts Thursday March 21st, 2019 . 4:15pm-5:15pm for ages 4-8 and 5:15pm-6:15pm for ages 9-14.

Location: John Paul ll school located at 1500 Beaverpond Drive.

Area: Blackburn

Program starts Thursday March 21st, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Good Shepherd school located at 101 Bearbrook Road.

Area: Blossom Park

Program starts Friday March 22nd, 2019 . 6:00pm-7:00pm for ages 4-8 and 7:00pm-8:00pm for ages 9-14.

Location: Sawmill Creek elementary school located at 3400 D'Aoust Avenue.


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Upcoming Local Community Events

posted Feb 8, 2019, 10:34 AM by Sean Crookshank

Please click on the link below for news on upcoming local community events.

Feb. 1st Announcement

posted Feb 1, 2019, 7:51 AM by Sean Crookshank

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There have been a number of cases of Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever in the school.

What Is Strep Throat?

Strep throat is an infection caused by a type of bacteria (group A streptococcus). Strep bacteria cause almost a third of all sore throats. Strep throat usually needs treatment with antibiotics. With the proper medical care — along with plenty of rest and fluids — a child should be back to school and play within a few days.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Strep Throat?

Symptoms of strep throat include sore throat, fever, red and swollen tonsils, and painful or swollen neck glands. Not all sore throats are strep throats. Often, kids have a sore throat because of a virus, which will usually clear up without medical treatment.

Kids who do have strep throat might get other symptoms within about 3 days, such as:

  • red and white patches in the throat

  • difficulty swallowing

  • headache

  • lower stomach pain

  • general discomfort, uneasiness, or ill feeling

  • loss of appetite and nausea

  • rash

Is Strep Throat Contagious?

Strep throat is very contagious. Anybody can get it, but most cases are in school-age kids and teens. Infections happen most often during the school year when big groups of kids and teens are in close quarters.

How Do People Get Strep Throat?

The bacteria that cause strep throat tend to hang out in the nose and throat, so normal activities like sneezing, coughing, or shaking hands can easily spread infection from one person to another.  Kids whose strep throat isn't treated are more likely to spread the infection when their symptoms are most severe, but can still infect others for up to 3 weeks. That's why it's so important to teach kids the importance of hand washing — good hygiene can lessen their chances of getting contagious diseases like strep throat.

How Is Strep Throat Diagnosed?

If your child has a sore throat and other strep throat symptoms, call your doctor. The doctor will likely do a rapid strep test in the office, using a cotton swab to take a sample of the fluids at the back of the throat. The test only takes about 5 minutes.  If it's positive, your child has strep throat. If it's negative, the doctor will send a sample to a lab for a throat culture. The results are usually available within a few days.

How Is Strep Throat Treated?

Doctors usually prescribe about 10 days of antibiotic medicine to treat strep throat. Within about 24 hours after starting on antibiotics, your child will probably no longer have a fever and won't be contagious; by the second or third day, other symptoms should start to go away.

Even when kids feel better, they should continue to take the antibiotics as prescribed. Otherwise, bacteria can remain in the throat and symptoms can return. Completing all the antibiotics is the best way to prevent other health problems that a strep infection can cause, such as rheumatic fever (which can permanently damage the heart), scarlet fever, blood infections, or kidney disease.

To prevent spreading strep throat to others in your home, keep your child's eating utensils, dishes, and drinking glasses separate and wash them in hot, soapy water after each use. Your child shouldn't share food, drinks, napkins, handkerchiefs, or towels with other family members.

Make sure your child covers all sneezes or coughs (if a tissue isn't handy, kids should sneeze or cough into a shirtsleeve, not their hands). Give your child a new toothbrush after the antibiotic treatment starts and he or she is no longer contagious.

How Can I Help My Child Feel Better?

Home care can help your child feel better while battling strep throat. Give plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration, such as water or ginger ale, especially if he or she has had a fever. Avoid orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, or other acidic beverages, which can irritate a sore throat. Warm liquids like soups, sweetened tea, or hot chocolate can be soothing. Talk to your doctor about when your child can return to normal activities. Most kids can go back to school when they've taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours and no longer have a fever.


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1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


A Huge Thanks To Mr. Delaney

posted Jan 28, 2019, 7:37 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

The staff and students would like to thank Mr. Delaney for all his hard work over the years here at St. Brother André Catholic School.  You kept the school in tip top shape and your hard work was much appreciated.  We wish him all the best in his retirement and he will be greatly missed!

Pancake Breakfast

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:28 AM by Sean Crookshank

From @TimTierney : Our next pancake and sausage breakfast is coming up on Saturday January 26th at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School (2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester, ON K1J 8M5). From 9am-11am hosting you in their gymnasium. Cooking will graciously be done by Enbridge. 


posted Jan 23, 2019, 8:07 AM by Sean Crookshank

BUSES CANCELLED/SNOW DAY PROCEDURE: On days when transportation is cancelled and/or there is inclement weather the school remains open so we kindly ask that parents of all students (bus and walk) call the school if your child will be remaining at home. It is difficult to predict if and when some students (busers and walkers) will decide to come to school via other means or not and we want to ensure the safe arrival of everyone travelling in inclement weather.

To report an absence, please leave a very brief clear voicemail message stating your child’s name and whether they are absent due to the bus, weather or illness. If the voice mailbox is full please try again soon or you may also send an email to  Subject Line: Child’s Full Name and reason for the absence.

As usual, an automated attendance call will go out for any student who is not accounted for. Be advised you must listen to at least the first few seconds of that call to prevent the system from repeatedly calling.

Finally, when transportation is cancelled it remains cancelled for the entire day; you must pick your child up at dismissal at 3:00pm.

Sign up for transportation notices at: and

Thank you for your patience & cooperation!

Kindergarten Registration

posted Jan 14, 2019, 6:39 AM by Sean Crookshank

We’re all ready to go for Kindergarten registration week!! If your child will be 4 years old by December 31, 2019, we would like to welcome you to our wonderful community.

Advent Spirit Day: Friday, Dec. 21st

posted Dec 19, 2018, 10:07 AM by Sean Crookshank

Friday, Dec. 21st is PJ day in support of our Advent Collection of non-perishable food items.  Merry Christmas everyone and see you in the new year!!!

Pancake Breakfast December 9th

posted Dec 5, 2018, 11:07 AM by Sean Crookshank

As a result of the Canada Post strike, we are sending this message to get the word out about our upcoming Pancake and Sausage Breakfast this SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2018, from 9-11am at Colonel By Secondary School.

With the event taking place right in the heart of Beacon Hill, be sure to come and say hello to the Beacon Hill Community Association and its members; in addition to the Rothwell Heights Property Owners Association, and the Pineview Community Association.

Our focus during this event is to gather food donations and new or lightly used winter clothing to give to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard. We also have community groups in attendance, including Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa, and YOW.

We hope that you and your families will be able to make it out this weekend. I hear there will be some ornament decorating and garland decorating stations for the kiddies as well.


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