School News & Announcements

Ottawa Health Info Nights

posted Oct 15, 2018, 8:03 AM by Sean Crookshank

As you may know, cannabis will be legal in Canada as of October 17th, 2018.


Join Ottawa Public Health, all four school boards and our community partners at one of our parent information nights to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to youth as well as available resources and services. 


Please see available dates and locations outlined on our website.

Pizza Order Update

posted Oct 12, 2018, 10:14 AM by Sean Crookshank

PIZZA DAY ORDER - The last day to order pizza in SchoolCash Online is Tuesday, October 16th.  No late orders can be accepted after this date. Mark your calendars. Pizza Day is on the last Friday of each month, namely: Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 21. PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE THE CORRECT DATES. On the order option form the dates showing are last years - oops!!! Mrs. Benoit

Parenting in Ottawa

posted Oct 4, 2018, 10:02 AM by Sean Crookshank


Did you know that every weekday, a public health nurse posts on Facebook information on various health topics related to children and youth? 

Do you have questions?

A nurse can respond to you on the wall or by private message.

Take this 5-minute survey and let us know what you think!

School Updates: Sept. 26

posted Sep 26, 2018, 11:36 AM by Sean Crookshank

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September 26, 2018


We are (once again) collecting canned foods and non-perishable food items for our local WE DAY campaign called “WE SCARE HUNGER”. We like to do this around Thanksgiving for families in need and it’s actually great timing for families affected by the tornado.  Students can start bringing in cans ASAP until the week following Thanksgiving. Each class will keep track and the class with the most cans will get a FREE PIZZA LUNCH!

Start Date: Friday, Sept. 28

End Date: Friday, Oct. 12


Our Terry Fox Run is taking place this Friday, September 28th in the afternoon. We are asking each child to contribute a toonie. You are welcome to contribute more to this wonderful cause. You are able to contribute using SchoolCash Online or have your child bring in cash.


Our first Parent Council meeting of the school year will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. Parent Councils are vehicles for communication and consultation between the school, the community at large, the student community, and the parent community. The Parent Council is always in need of parent volunteers. New parents are most welcome to join us at our monthly meetings.


Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Adolescents

Does your child have trouble getting through their morning routine to get off to school on time, getting homework done without a battle, cleaning their room or getting to be on time? This workshop will help parents to understand why these difficulties happen at home and what parents can do to help.

Tuesday October 16, 2018

7:00 - 9:00pm

OCSB Boardroom

570 West Huntclub Road

Ottawa K2G 3R4



St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100



Chapters Adopt-a-School

posted Sep 19, 2018, 6:27 AM by Sean Crookshank

Hello St. Brother Andre community! We are in the midst of the Chapters Adopt-a-School fundraiser and the Gloucester Chapters has adopted our school! They would like to raise funds at the store and online for us. The online link is  To donate online, you will have to create a user account which will then take you to the donation page. Thank you so much for your support of our great learning commons! Our students will have so many fantastic new books to read!

School E-Mails

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:08 AM by Sean Crookshank

Don’t miss any news

Our board's SchoolMessenger communication system enables teachers as well as the school and school board to send email messages to parents. If you wish to receive all types of email messages, you must opt in. Otherwise, you will only receive emergency and attendance email messages. (Families with children in our school last year and who had previously provided Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation(CASL) consent will receive General messages.)

You can opt in by creating an account with SchoolMessenger and choosing your contact preferences for each type of message. (There is also a free SchoolMessenger App available for both iOS and Android based phones which enables you to receive notifications of school messages as well as set your contact preferences for each kind of message.) To receive any emails sent by the school, your preference must be set to “yes” for General Messages. To receive any emails that may be sent by your child's teacher, your preference must be set to “yes” for Teacher-to-Parent Messaging.

You can find instructions for creating your account and setting your preferences at If you have any questions about your SchoolMessenger account, email

Program Night

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:19 AM by Sean Crookshank


In order to provide two way communication between home and school, we are planning a Meet the Staff/Curriculum evening for parents/guardians of all students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6. In addition, this meeting will provide you with the opportunity to discuss class programs, timetables and class routines with your child’s teacher. If you are,interested in discussing your child’s progress, we ask that you contact his/her teacher, as the focus of the evening will be on curriculum and routines. Please plan to join us for this important meeting, which will take place Wednesday, September 12th starting at 6:30 p.m.  If possible, we ask that students stay at home as the information is geared towards parents/guardians.


posted Aug 31, 2018, 7:56 AM by Sean Crookshank


Beginning September 2018, the majority of volunteers working with students in the OCSB must complete a vulnerable sector check. This includes parents and other volunteers taking part in field trips, those working with students in schools, and those volunteering at events where they may be in isolation with students even for a brief period of time (eg., meeting in a small office area to distribute food/beverages).   More information will be sent home shortly.

School Supplies for September

posted Jun 25, 2018, 7:35 PM by Sean Crookshank

x-defaultWhat supplies will your child need for school in September?  The school will provide all children with the pencils, notebooks, art paper, etc that they will need throughout the year.  We also provide access to Chrome books and iPads, gym equipment and yard equipment, and of course, plenty of books.  If you want to supplement the basic supplies provided by the school, feel free to consider providing the items listed below.  Also, if you would like to donate a few additional items, these will be made available to children who might not come to school with any of the 'extras'.  

Supplies for Students in Kindergarten:

  • 1 small blanket.  This should be labeled and be able to fit into an XL size Ziplock type bag.
  • 1 pair of non-marking indoor running shoes for the gym.  Please, label shoes and NO LACES 
  • 2 boxes of tissue (to be shared by all students in the classroom)
  • 3 glue sticks or a bottle of white glue (e.g., Elmers glue)
  • 1 box of any size of Ziploc freezer bags (to be shared by all students in the classroom)
  • 1 pump bottle of hand sanitizer

Supplies for Students in Grade 1 to 6:

  • 1 pair of non-marking indoor running shoes for the gym
  • 2 boxes of tissue (to be shared by all students in the classroom)
  • 1 pump bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 box of large freezer Ziploc bags (to be shared by all students in the classroom)
  • 1 soft, zip up, pencil case
  • 1 pair of scissors  
  • 4 large glue sticks 
  • Gr. 2 to 6 only: 1 box of pencil crayons or washable markers
  • Gr. 2 to 6 only: 1 plastic pencil sharpener with case to hold shavings 
  • Gr. 1 to 6 only: 1 pair of earphonescould be from the dollar store  

Bus Driver Job Notice

posted Jun 25, 2018, 7:10 AM by Sean Crookshank

Do you know someone who wants to make a difference in kids' lives?  Be a school bus driver!  OSTA's Operators are hiring now.  Visit for more information today.

* Great part-time job that's different and exciting
* Stay-at-home-parents, bring your little ones along
* Park-outs available
* Weekends and holidays off
* Ministry Bonus and other benefits

You can make a difference!

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