School News & Announcements

May 22nd Update

posted May 22, 2020, 9:13 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear St. Brother André  Community,


      We were recently informed that the school building will remain closed until the fall but distance learning will continue.  As mentioned last week, our staff has been working diligently to ensure that our delivery of curriculum is effective and works for our community. We recognize that for some of our families, more correspondence is not what they need at this time, and for others, scheduled dates and times may not work for their particular situation. Our focus on equity requires intentional differentiated attention to the many needs of our community and our staff. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the weekly assignments.


Enjoy the sunny weekend everyone,


Mr. Crookshank

Principal

FAQs


Gr. 6 Leaving Ceremony: Planning continues for a Virtual Gr. 6 Leaving Ceremony to take place in June. More information will be coming in the upcoming weeks. 

 

Kindergarten Registration: If you have a child 4 years old on or before Dec. 31 2020 and wish to register them for Kindergarten,  please do so online as soon as possible. Online Registration K-6 

(if your child is already enrolled at SBA you do not have to register each year).


Kindergarten Information Night: In late May or early June, we will be sending home information that would normally be shared on our Kindergarten Information Night for all those who have registered their child for Junior Kindergarten in September.

 

Personal Items: The school board continues to work with Ottawa Public Health to devise a plan for everyone to pick up their personal items. Thank you for your patience and information will be shared with you in the near future.



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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May 15th Update

posted May 15, 2020, 1:24 PM by Sean Crookshank

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 Dear St. Brother André  Community,


      As we enter the Victoria Day long weekend it certainly has a positive feel with Phase 1 of the provincial opening plan.  I was hoping to have some good news with regards to returning to school in June however at this time we are still waiting for official announcements from the Ministry of Education.  


     We are now completing our eighth week of distance learning.  Hard to believe! Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that our delivery of curriculum is effective and works for our community. We recognize that for some of our families, more correspondence is not what they need at this time, and for others, scheduled dates and times may not work for their particular situation. Our focus on equity requires intentional differentiated attention to the many needs of our community and our staff.   


     At St. Brother André school, synchronous learning is currently taking place in many forms and on many platforms. While video conferencing is one form of synchronous learning, it is

important to know that synchronous learning can take many forms.  Synchronous learning is

real-time communication between the educator and the student, including video calls, phone

calls, live Google docs, Hapara workspace, Class Dojo, SeeSaw, and many other

live tools where students and teachers are communicating in real-time.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the weekly assignments.


Enjoy the long weekend,


Mr. Crookshank

Principal


FAQs


Gr. 6 Leaving Ceremony: We are currently planning a Virtual Gr. 6 Leaving Ceremony to take place in June. More information will be coming in the upcoming weeks. 

 

Kindergarten Registration: If you have a child 4 years old on or before Dec. 31 2020 and wish to register them for Kindergarten,  please do so online as soon as possible. Online Registration K-6 

(if your child is already enrolled at SBA you do not have to register each year).

Kindergarten Information Night: In late May or early June, we will be sending home information that would normally be shared on our Kindergarten Information Night for all those who have registered their child for Junior Kindergarten in September.

 

Personal Items: The school board continues to work with Ottawa Public Health to devise a plan for everyone to pick up their personal items. Thank you for your patience.



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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May 8th Update

posted May 8, 2020, 10:54 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated May 8, 2020, 10:55 AM ]

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May is the Month of Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace.

Our Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.

Amen 

Sean Crookshank

Principal


As we wrap up Education Week, let us continue to work together through this unique time.  Staff will update work weekly.  Continue to check the means of communication that is used by your child’s classroom (i.e. email, Happarra, SeeSaw, etc.).  If you have questions or concerns, please do reach out as they are there to help your child’s education continue through this!  As we look towards the weekend, let us enjoy Mother’s Day for those that are with us to hear our gratitude and for those that we continue to reflect on with great memories.  


Stay strong, stay safe, and for this weekend, stay WARM!!!



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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May 1st Update

posted May 1, 2020, 10:54 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

     Today is Mrs. Joyce's last day!  It is an unfortunate way to say farewell to her. We all expected to have a celebration in the class with her students as we wished her well on her maternity leave!  I realize it will be challenging for everyone however by this time next year we will be celebrating her return.  Please join me in wishing Mrs. Joyce all the best and a special thanks for all the amazing things she did for the school and her students.  

    We welcome Ms. Campagna who will be replacing Mrs. Joyce until June.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Sean Crookshank

Principal 




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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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Catholic Education Week Update

posted Apr 30, 2020, 2:22 PM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Apr 30, 2020, 2:46 PM ]

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week celebrates the ongoing gift of publicly-funded  Catholic education. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.  

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8, 2020.  More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario normally take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community.  

Sadly, given our current circumstances, all Ottawa Catholic School Board in-person activities have been cancelled, however we would like to take this celebration to a virtual model.  As a Catholic community, we are called to “Ignite Hope” in our community. Each day, we will invite all our families to demonstrate their hope for others and themselves with a message:  

Monday - For the ones we love - send a message of hope to someone in your family

Tuesday - For the ones who teach us - send a message of hope to your educator(s)


Wednesday - For leaders - send a message of hope to a leader in your community/world

(government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis) 


Thursday - For those in need and those who care for them - send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, The Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, frontline and healthcare workers


Friday - For yourself - send yourself a message of hope - for today and the future 


How do I do this?

  • Write a message of hope

  • Draw a picture

  • Find a symbol or object from nature

  • Witness an act of kindness in your community


Capture by video or photo and send that hope-filled message to your family and those you love!  Be sure to share your message using the hashtag #ocsbHope


We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week 2020 this year with your messages and images of Hope in our community!

April 24 Updates

posted Apr 24, 2020, 3:17 PM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear Parents,

     As we conclude Week 5 of Distance Learning our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by the senseless violence that occured in Nova Scotia.  It is a tragedy beyond comprehension and compounded with the impacts of Co-vid it makes it impossible for our communities to grieve normally.  


     I continue to hear positive comments regarding how Distance Learning is working for different families and I would like to take a moment to commend our amazing staff for all their efforts and to you, our families, for your compassion and flexibility.


Sincerely,

Sean Crookshank

Principal 


School Closure Update:

The Premier announced  that schools and school-based child care centres will remain closed past May 4, 2020, to protect the health and safety of students and staff. This extension is being made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario.


Picking up Essential Items or Devices from School:

At this time, we are still under a state of emergency and only those deemed essential services should be leaving their homes. While many wish to retrieve personal belongings from the school, everyone is doing their part to slow down COVID-19 by staying home. 



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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April 17th Update

posted Apr 17, 2020, 11:59 AM by Sean Crookshank

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE


Dear Families,


I do hope that people were able to take some time over the Easter Weekend to celebrate the wonderful sacrifice that Jesus gave to us, his life.  I must admit, watching the Easter Celebration on-line was a new experience for me but one that I won’t forget.


As we continue to move forward with our journey with distant learning, please do continue to reach out to our staff for any questions or concerns you might have.  Teachers are providing learning for students to do at home, but remember they are there to assist if your child or yourself have any questions or need clarification.  I personally have already reached out to one of my own kid’s teachers and it saved us a lot of heartache!!!


We will continue to work together to get through this together!!!


Enjoy the sun this weekend,


Sean Crookshank

Principal


MOVING?

We request that you keep the office up to date in the event that you are planning a move at the end of this school year and won’t be returning to St. Brother André School in September 2020. Please call the school with this information as soon as possible. Also, if any of your personal information has changed, especially work and emergency phone numbers, please notify us immediately in the event that we need to contact you in an emergency. Please either call/email to inform us as both are being monitored daily.

ECO NEWS

Earth Day is on April 22nd this year. We will acknowledge this important event by encouraging everyone to wear green and our ECO team will encourage students to share how they are celebrating Earth Day via our school Twitter Account (@StBrAndreOCSB) More information to be shared next week.



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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April 9th Update

posted Apr 9, 2020, 10:44 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 10:45 AM ]

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Prayer For A Spring Day

 

Blessed are you, Lord,

for the glories of Spring.

The world bursts with

the signs of resurrection;

Flowers stir in their winter beds,

Poking through

the last traces of snow.

The sun drenches us with its

warmth, stirring the hidden and

waiting life

within the earth, within us.

The world awakening

reflects the movement of my heart,

and I am touched

in the depths of my spirit.

At work is the power in your hands,

the Spirit drawing life from

things both old and new.

To be praised are you. Lord

for the blessings of Spring.

-B. Arbour



Easter Weekend

As we come up to Easter Weekend, the staff at St. Brother André would like to wish you all the best as we celebrate the incredible sacrifice Jesus did for us.  Even though this is a very difficult and trying time for many, please do take the time to celebrate with Christians around the world the gift that Jesus gave to us, the forgiveness of sin.

Staff will continue to reach out weekly for educational activities for their students.  If you do have any concerns or questions, please do contact your child’s teacher and we will do the best to assist.

Continue to stay strong, thanking the many essential workers, from front line workers to city workers continuing to maintain our streets, and to appreciating the blessings we do have through this unique time.

Sean Crookshank

Principal


Below is a link to some kid friendly Youtube videos on Easter:

The Last Supper - Bible Stories  for Kids

The Story of Easter - The Last Supper

The Story of Easter – The Beginner’s Bible




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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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April 2 Updates

posted Apr 2, 2020, 12:57 PM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear Parents,    

I hope you and your family are all keeping well.   

As you are now all  aware, schools in Ontario will remain closed until May 4th.  The Ministry has provided further expectations for our school board with regard to continued learning at home.  I understand and appreciate the general anxiety shared by parents, guardians, teachers and students as we continue on this unprecedented journey.  My daughters are in Grade 6 and 5, so I share your concerns regarding academics, as well as all that school life has to offer.       

Our community is diverse and the continuity of learning requires a range of delivery options that are reasonable and practical.  These learning opportunities will look different from school to school and from teacher to teacher across the city, and may in fact look different within a classroom. I appreciate your support and understanding as our teachers navigate online learning. I can assure you that our staff are doing their very best. We will be collaborating, sharing ideas, and creating a plan to help with your child's education.        

Staff will be connecting with you soon regarding the expectations for the coming weeks with regards to the following guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education. 

Learning Expectation Guidelines

K-Grade 3:           5 hours of work per student with a focus on Literacy and Math 

Grades 4-6:         5 hours of work per student per week with a focus on Literacy, Math                                                                               Science and Social Studies.      

I will be providing a weekly update over the coming weeks but please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher with any concerns.  

Take good care of yourself and your loved ones.  

Sincerely,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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March 30 Update

posted Mar 30, 2020, 10:48 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Hello St. Brother André School Community,

Below is a copy of the letter sent out by our Director of Education that provides important information and updates for our families.  Please do take the time to read over the letter. As well, staff will continue to reach out to our students and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to pass them on and we will do our best to address them. The school e-mail and phone answering machine  are being checked regularly. Feel free to leave a message.

As we all know, the events of the past couple of weeks have greatly impacted our lives. As a result of the contagiousness of the virus many individuals are left working from home or even unemployed for the time being. The government is offering some relief, I have attached the links below: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-children-community-and-social-services?_ga=2.84951001.1912998803.1584974804-1109063299.1584388479 

As we continue to navigate through all of this let us not forget we are in this together and our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to everyone.

Sean Crookshank

Principal

THANK YOU

Our Lenten Fundraiser has been cut short but our school was able to contribute $200 to the Gloucester Food Bank this week. One of Mr. Crookshank’s last jobs before March Break was to deliver a number of boxes of non-perishables. They were deeply appreciated. Thanks everyone for your generosity.

Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Let me start by telling you how much we miss all of our 43,000+ students. We remain committed to the well-being of our students, staff and families. Every decision we make is guided by our Strategic Commitments to Be Community, Be Well, Be Innovative. We ask ourselves, is this in the best interest of our students, staff and the greater community?

We are living in unprecedented times, and no decision we make is in isolation. We continue to follow the advice of our local, provincial, and federal public health officials. 

We expect an official announcement early this week from the Ministry of Education regarding the extension of school closures. We are preparing for the continuation of learning for our students, knowing that circumstances are different for each individual. Last week and this upcoming week, our staff will be reaching out to students to ensure that they can best support their learning needs.

Thank you to all in our community who continue to offer essential services. This includes our students who might be working in part time jobs such as in grocery stores, and of course our parents who serve so selflessly in the health care system. Thank you to all for doing your part to keep yourself and your children safe, and for your patience and understanding as we further prepare for learning until we are safely able to return to our schools. Blessings to all in our Ottawa Catholic School Board community. 

When will Classes Resume?

On March 23, the Premier indicated all Ontario schools might be closed longer than initially anticipated. While we wait for further direction on when schools will reopen, we are implementing strategies to help our students learn in meaningful and innovative ways. 

#ocsbAtHome Learning Resources for Families

You will find a curated collection of educational resources for students to supplement the Ministry of Education’s Learn at home website. Many thanks to our central staff who curated these supplementary resources to support #ocsbAtHome learning. See #ocsbAtHome Learning Resources. As always our educators will continue to use their professional judgment to guide parents and students to the resources they feel are best suited to their class, grade, or course.

Graduating Students

We have heard from grade 12 students who are worried about their school year and how this affects university and college applications. The Province and our Board are committed to ensuring all grade 12 students on track to graduate in 2020 will graduate. We are awaiting specific direction from the Ministry of Education regarding secondary school credits. The Province is also working with colleges and universities to make sure students can apply seamlessly and get into post-secondary education. 

Picking up Essential Items or Devices from School

At this time, we are under a state of emergency and only those deemed essential services should be leaving their homes. While many wish to retrieve personal belongings from the school, everyone is doing their part to slow down COVID-19 by staying home. 

School-provided Chromebooks for Online Learning

Each school will be developing a plan to support your child’s needs that may include both digital and non-digital resources. We have ordered close to 2000 Chromebooks to supplement our existing stock, and we are now working with suppliers to see if they can deliver the units. Unfortunately, until we can access the schools safely, we are not yet in a position to distribute existing devices to students. We are working on a distribution plan so that devices can be redistributed to students once we get approval from Ottawa Public Health. This will take place in the coming weeks and your school Principal will keep you posted on the timelines and processes involved.

Our Educators are Reaching out this Week

During the first week of the school closures, educators touched base with students to see how they were doing and to gather any questions they had. This week, you can expect them to reach out again as they continue to plan learning activities to meet your child’s needs. 

 

Religious Resources

I encourage you to take the time to reflect, breathe, and find strength in our faith. You will find six religious education resources for families on our website. Students and their families may also enjoy watching a video designed to explain Lent to children.

 

It is not possible to attend mass in-person. Still, there are remote options available including the Ottawa Archdiocese Virtual Church.

Your Mental Health Matters

Many families are experiencing some feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Our Special Education and Student Success Teams have put together curated resources to support students and their families. These well-being resources provide information and suggestions about how best to cope during these difficult times.

School Breakfast Replacement Kits

Starting this Tuesday, March 31, the Ottawa Network for Education’s (ONFE) School Breakfast Program will begin distributing School Breakfast Replacement Kits to several community food agencies.

 

The kits will include three food groups, including fresh fruit, 2% milk tetra packs, cereal or bagels, wholegrain crackers, unsweetened applesauce, and granola bars. Each kit includes 18 days of school meals. This week ONFE will reach seven community agencies and seven City of Ottawa emergency family shelters and is actively reaching out to additional community food agencies to broaden their reach as fast as they can.

 

We are Supporting Community Needs

Many of you are asking about redistributing personal resources to the healthcare sector. As soon as we can gain access to our schools, our staff will complete an inventory of school-based resources to donate for use in the healthcare sector. These will include some cleaning supplies, masks, gloves, and in some cases, the use of Board equipment such as 3D printers and CNC machines. Thank you to the many Board staff who have already reached out with the offer to assist in compiling resources for the most urgent local and provincial needs.

 

We are also working with the City of Ottawa to offer space for an Outreach Site for the Montfort Hospital. This site would be for patients who are ill but not affected by COVID-19. The requested location is the closed St. Patrick’s Intermediate School on Heron Road.

 

Do Not Play in School Yards or on Play Structures

Please do not allow your child to play on school play structures. OCSB play structures are not safe to use at any time when the ground is still frozen. Additionally, refraining from using play structures will keep your family safe and help stop the spread of the virus. You may also want to note the City of Ottawa has closed all sports fields, playgrounds and parks (including skateparks) for the same reason. 

Parents Want to Know...

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Kindergarten!

If you missed Kindergarten registration week in January, you can still register. If your child will be four years old by Dec. 31, 2020, they can start kindergarten at an OCSB school in September 2020. 

 

We hope to release an online registration tool on April 6 to allow you to register even while our schools are closed during these unusual times. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit Kindergarten at the OCSB or check out our YouTube channel.

Refunds for School Trips, Pizza and Milk Orders

Staff in our Finance department are looking into how and when this will be done. We should have more information in a few days.

Extended Day Program Payments and Refunds 

Families will not be charged for EDP when schools are closed. For some families, we were not able to stop the payments from coming through from your bank. If that is the case, you will be reimbursed.

 

Work is being done now to ensure April 15 payments reflect automatic refunds for the following:

March 5 – 4th strike day – if your child was registered for Thursdays

March 16 – 20 – if your child was registered for March Break

March 23 – April 3 – for the days your child is registered for.

 

NSFs for March will be addressed at a later date. No further attempts will be made to withdraw from your account before April 15. Please continue to check ocsb.ca for EDP fee information/refund updates.

 

Four Tips to Be Well

 

1. Listen to reliable sources: Make sure that you are getting correct information about COVID-19. Read updates from Ottawa Public Health for reliable local information and data, and try to listen to professional news organizations, regional and national. 

 

 

2. Stay home and wash your hands: Practicing physical distancing will reduce the risk of transmission. Don’t be afraid to slow down. Staying home is the right thing to do for your health, our healthcare system and everyone you care about. Also – wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

 

 

3. Continue making wellness connections: Connect and reconnect virtually with people you trust and love. Speak to your extended family and friends on the phone, through social media channels or any manner that respects physical distancing rules. Nourish those relationships. 

 

 

4. Move your body: Physical fitness is an essential aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. Take long walks, participate in virtual exercise classes, dust off all that old exercise equipment you have around your home. Just move! Remember, sleep also nourishes the body, so try to get at least seven to eight hours a night. 

Status of Events and Initiatives

Cancelled events: 

- OCSB Special Olympics Swim Meet

- All overnight field trips and exchanges

- Cappies Gala

- April extracurricular events

Postponed events: 

- Catholic Education Week events

 

Awaiting decision on events: 

 

- Proms and graduations

- Athletic Banquets

#ocsbAtHome Highlights

Thank you to our incredible students, community and staff for sharing photos, resources, tips, best practices and ideas of how you're learning from home using the hashtag #ocsbAtHome. We're all in this together! See our #ocsbAtHome Highlights video.

 

Denise Andre

Director of Education



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St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100
Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca
Website: ban.ocsb.ca

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