School News & Announcements

Government Announcement April 7th

posted Apr 8, 2021, 6:02 AM by Sean Crookshank

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This afternoon, Premier Doug Ford announced a province-wide stay-at-home order. Please note that all Ottawa Catholic School Board in-person and virtual schools will remain open. Spring Break (April 12-16) will also continue as planned. Thank you. #OntEd

March 18th Update

posted Mar 18, 2021, 11:30 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Lenten Cause

This year our Lenten Cause is The Gloucester Food Bank. We will be collecting food items. There are three special “Fun Days”  where students are encouraged to make a small donation to our Lenten Cause: Tomorrow, Friday, March 19th is Pyjama Day; Friday, March 26th is Twin Day;  and, Thursday, April 1st is Beach Day. You may make a contribution using School Cash Online. If you have not yet registered, please do so at  School Cash Online .


Ottawa Public Health-Rapid Testing Clinic

Ottawa Public Health (OPH), in collaboration with CHEO and local health care partners, is  running a COVID-19 rapid testing clinic for students and staff from schools in your  neighbourhood as well as their families. 

Rapid Testing Clinic details: 

When:  

Friday, March 19, 2021 

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

All students, staff and their families 


Saturday, March 20, 2021 

9:30 am to 3 pm 

All students, staff and their families 

Sunday, March 21, 2021 

9:30 am to 2:30 pm 

All students, staff and their families 


Where:                Gloucester High School , 2060 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7N8 

Testing will take place in the school gymnasium. Entry into the testing clinic will be located at  the side door from the west parking lot.  

Important Details:

The health cards of all family members who will be tested, if you have them.  Your contact information (i.e., name, phone number). 

Name and address of your family doctor, if you have one. 

NOTE: You can still get tested even if you do not have a health card or a family  doctor

Please wear a mask before entering the school. 

Upon entering the school, use the hand sanitizer available at the door. Families must stay together. Please stay at least 2 metres away from  anyone who does not live in your home. 

You will not have access to any other part of the school.


Picture Days

Due to Covid restrictions, Picture Day is a bit different this year. Lifetouch has implemented comprehensive Picture Day safety protocols.


On Wednesday, March 24th, we will be doing Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6 Graduation Pictures. Robes will be provided and students are asked to wear a plain shirt, preferably white. 


On Thursday, March 25th we will start with Junior Kindergarten students to Grade 5. If there is not enough time to finish this day, or students are absent, the photographers will return on March 26th. While Picture Day may look different this year, your child’s safety remains the priority. 


Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration is ongoing. We know that there are a few siblings who have not yet registered. Please check out our Board Website for further information. If you register by end of day today, your child will receive a Welcome Package.


Kindergarten Registration



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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 12th Updates

posted Mar 12, 2021, 10:53 AM by Sean Crookshank

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March Madness

Next week students and staff will take part in daily fun activities each day. One activity will be a STEM Classroom Challenge on Thursday. We are looking for empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls, cardboard, small boxes, etc. Please send in with your child early next week.


Class Addition

Due to changes in our school enrollment an additional teacher has been allotted to our school.   We welcome Mrs. Bourassa-Barron to our school. Because of this addition, some adjustments are required within our primary classes.  Parents of students affected will be notified early next week.  The change  will take place the morning of Wednesday, March. 17th.


Lenten Cause

This year our Lenten Cause is The Gloucester Food Bank. We will be collecting food items. There are three special “Fun Days”  where students are encouraged to make a small donation to our Lenten Cause: Friday, March 19th is Pyjama Day; Friday, March 26th is Twin Day;  and, Thursday, April 1st is Beach Day. You may make a contribution using School Cash Online. If you have not yet registered, please do so at :


Picture Days

Due to Covid restrictions, Picture Day is a bit different this year. Lifetouch has implemented comprehensive Picture Day safety protocols.


On Wednesday, March 24th, we will be doing Senior Kindergarten and Grade 6 Graduation Pictures. Robes will be provided and students are asked to wear a plain shirt, preferably white. 


On Thursday, March 25th we will start with Junior Kindergarten students to Grade 5. If there is not enough time to finish this day, or students are absent, the photographers will return on March 26th. While Picture Day may look different this year, your child’s safety remains the priority. 


Dress for the Weather

Spring is almost here! Please ensure that your child is dressed for the season. Layering is a great idea at this time of year because the weather changes so quickly. Ensure that your child has extra socks, mitts, etc. There are still many days when snowpants will be necessary, especially to play in the snow that still remains. Also, remind your child not to abandon their coats, hats and mitts outside when the weather is warm. It is their responsibility to keep track of these items.  Due to Covid restrictions the office is not able to lend out items. 



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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 Newsletter

posted Mar 1, 2021, 11:10 AM by Sean Crookshank

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MARCH NEWSLETTER 




Lent - A Journey Home

 

God of Change,

I find myself on a journey called Lent

seeing sign posts of fasting, sacrifice and prayer there to guide me;  ashes and sackcloth cover my naked self,

inviting me to look at all the baggage I find myself carrying, all the temptations and distractions that would lead me from the straight and narrow tract that I know would lead me to you.

 

God of Compassion

I am confused and afraid and lonely; crushed by poverty, discord and suffering; submissive to cares, failures and selfishness, all seem to cling to me like spider webs making my journeying so difficult.

 

God of Possibility

Be with me through these Lenten days, enable me to take up my cross with you, for you.  I hunger.  I want to shed the death and destruction and darkness that weighs me down;  so, like a butterfly  I may spread my wings on Easter morning, transformed full of peace and possibility and love.

 

Bless all your families as we continue our journey through the Lenten season.


 Sean Crookshank

Principal 

ST. BROTHER ANDRÉ SCHOOL NEWS  

LENTEN PROJECT

This year our Lenten Cause is The Gloucester Food Bank. We will be collecting food items and cash. There will be a box in the main office for food contributions. As well, there will be special days towards the end of March and beginning of April where students will be encouraged to make a small donation to our Lenten Cause.  Information to be shared later this month. 


Donations may be made via School Cash online or send in cash with your child. Thanks everyone for your continued support.

MARCH BREAK

With the March Break being moved to April, we have decided to have a March Madness Week with fun activities for the students to do.  Info to be shared with the students in class.


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten Registration is ongoing. If your child is turning four in 2021, we are looking forward to having them join us in September. Please check out the Board Website for Registration Information.


PICTURE DAY

We are hoping to have picture day on March 24th and 25th. This will include graduation pictures for the Grade 6 Students. Further details will be provided when final safety protocols are in place.


DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Spring is almost here! Please ensure that your child is dressed for the season. Layering is a great idea at this time of year because the weather changes so quickly. Ensure that your child has extra socks, mitts, etc. There are still many days when snowpants will be necessary, especially to play in the snow that still remains. Also, remind your child not to abandon their coats, hats and mitts outside when the weather is warm. It is their responsibility to keep track of these items. 


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 2021. 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.


ENERGY DRINKS: TAKE A CLOSER LOOK!!!

With claims to increase energy and alertness, boost nutrition, and even enhance athletic performance, it is no wonder energy drinks are becoming popular among children. But are they a good choice?

Energy drinks contain: Large amounts of sugar – up to 23 teaspoons per 710ml can!  This not only contributes to tooth decay, but replaces beverages that contain important nutrients. Caffeine - two to three times the maximum amount recommended by Health Canada for children up to 12 years old.  Excess caffeine can impair your child’s ability to focus by causing jitteriness, headaches and upset stomachs, or cause abnormal sleep. Extra ingredients never tested for safety in children, and limited scientific evidence to support the claims of improved athletic performance. Bottom line: Energy drinks are not recommended for children. 

For more information go to ottawa.ca/health or call Ottawa Public Health at 613- 580-6744 to speak with a public health nurse.

HEALTHY BODIES

Research shows healthy eating and being active can improve health regardless of weight changes. Weight is not always a good measure of health. Children look to adults as they develop their views about weight and body image.  Parents can play a vital role in helping children feel good with their body, and to value and like themselves for who they are.

What parents can do:

  • Help children know people come in many shapes and sizes.

  • Become aware of the messages and comments you send about your own body and other people’s bodies.

  • Teach your child not to tease others about weight.

  • Talk about how the media promotes an unrealistic body shape and size.

  • Praise your child for their talents and skills, and focus on health rather than on appearance. 

For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 or visit www.ottawa.ca/health.


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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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Feb. 11th Update

posted Feb 11, 2021, 11:45 AM by Sean Crookshank

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RED AND WHITE DAY

This Friday (Feb. 12th), staff and students are encouraged to wear red and white to celebrate both upcoming Valentines Day (Feb. 14th) and Flag Day (Feb. 15th).  Two great days back to back!


Due to covid restrictions, students are asked not to bring items from home (treats, valentines, etc.) to share with the class.  Staff will have fun activities in class to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.


FAMILY DAY

A reminder that FAMILY DAY will be celebrated on Monday, February 15th . This is a provincial holiday and schools are closed.



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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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Jan. 21 Update: Mental Health Resources

posted Jan 21, 2021, 7:57 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Please see the Mental Health Spotlight shared by our board.  This resource, and other important updates, can be found in the Ottawa Catholic School Parent Association’s January Newsletter.

Welcome to our Mental Health Spotlight! Each month the OCSB Mental Health department will be highlighting a different topic surrounding mental health to support parents, students and their families.

Mental health strategies for a safe and gentle return to school.

As we begin a new year, setting resolutions may feel like a “must do” to start the year on “the right path.” We often create our resolutions based on unaccomplished goals from the previous year and high expectations of ourselves on January 1st. Resolutions may eventually feel unattainable and perhaps even exaggerated at the best of times, but may have more power to disappoint during COVID-19.    

This January again will be different for our students and families as remote learning will be in full effect as a result of the lockdown in Ontario. Based on what we know from 2020, patience, flexibility and resilience in starting this new year are keys to success for parents, educators and students. It will also be essential to establish step-by-step strategies and routines as well as a renewed sense of hope that we will get past these times as a community constrained by COVID-19. Recognizing the presence of mental health concerns and identifying these concerns at an early stage is the best intervention. Providing caring support and listening to one another can go a long way towards preventing and/or worsening difficulties. 

Instead of focusing on resolutions, why don’t we use the start of a new year to prioritize time to model and promote self-care, bridging connections and relationships and empathy? Supporting mental health can begin by modelling behaviours and coping strategies. Several helpful stress management strategies that can be introduced at any age include:

Distraction strategies (e.g., doing something enjoyable to take a break)

Visualization strategies (e.g., taking a mini-vacation in your mind)

Noticing strategies (e.g., paying attention to everyday heroes and good news)

Thought-changing strategies (e.g., challenging negative unfounded thoughts and focus on positive thoughts)

Breathing and Relaxation strategies (e.g., learning to focus breathing and promote awareness)

As was noted in a December OCSB memo, if you are concerned about your child’s mental health, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) offers various services to help those struggling with mental health concerns. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

Please visit OPH’s Parenting in Ottawa mental health page for information about child and or youth mental health agencies. If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360, if outside Ottawa toll-free 1-877-377-7775.

Students and families can also contact Kids Help Phone, which offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

Also, as noted in the previous month’s newsletter you may wish to read further on what you are observing. It is always best to consult credible, evidence-based sources of information. Here are a few websites to consider: 

●     https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/mentalhealth

●     https://www.anxietycanada.com/

●     https://smho-smso.ca/parents-and-families/ 

If your child does not seem to be improving and you are still concerned about their well-being, it may be time to reach out for additional support. You can contact your school Principal to learn about school mental health services such as Counselling Connect or contact School Mental Health Ontario for free mental health services in our community. School Mental Health Ontario also has many great resources for students, parents and families.

Wishing you all a safe and gentle return at establishing healthy school routines in your homes in this new year. 

Dr. Richard Bolduc, C.Psych.

OCSB Mental Health Lead

Special Education & Student Services Department


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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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January 22nd PD Day

posted Jan 21, 2021, 6:37 AM by Sean Crookshank

Just a reminder that January 22nd is a PD Day.  There will be no online classes or work provided in Hapara.  Stay safe!

Jan. 9th Update

posted Jan 8, 2021, 11:35 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year and hoping the Christmas Break was one of enjoyment with family.

As we have recently heard, students will be learning from home until Jan. 25th (at the earliest).  This is a stressful time for all and we need to continue to be supportive of each other.  I am truly amazed at the patience and understanding that everyone is showing as we navigate the challenges of these times.  St. Brother André is a wonderful and compassionate community.

If we continue to show flexibility and understanding we will get through this.  Continue to check your email for updates from the board, school and classroom educators.

Blessings to everyone and stay safe,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


ATTENDANCE:   Just a reminder that Attendance is still being done by the Homeroom teachers at 8:30 and 12:15. If your child is going to be late to a Meet or not able to attend virtually, you may send a message to the homeroom teacher.  Once the attendance is done by the Homeroom Teacher, it is turned over to Mrs. Benoit who sends out the electronic message. If you forgot to let the teacher know and receive a message, please email the school with your child's name and reason for the Late or Absence. We are still required by the Ministry of Education to keep daily attendance records. We understand that technical issues can be a cause and we will work through these things with patience!  Phone Messages are also being monitored regularly, if you have any questions or concerns.


VIRTUAL LEARNING TIPS:    Attached are some tips that you might find useful.

Parent Tips for Virtual Learning.pdf




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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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St. Brother André Feast Day

posted Jan 7, 2021, 6:39 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Jan 7, 2021, 6:45 AM ]

We are very excited today, June 7th,  when in Canada St. Brother André's Feast Day is celebrated!  We are proud to call ourselves staff and students of St. Brother André School.

Holiday Spirit Day 2020

posted Dec 15, 2020, 6:37 AM by Sean Crookshank

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT DAYS 2020

To help everyone get into the holiday spirit we will be having two Christmas Spirit Days this week.

Wednesday: Wear Red, Green, and White to show your Christmas Spirit

Friday: Wear your Christmas hat, sweater, tie, decorations, etc. to end the week off in a festive mode.

We would also like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and restful Christmas Break during this unique time.  It will be different this year but remember to not forget the reason for the season.

Blessings everyone,

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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