School News & Announcements

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.

October 31st: Orange and Black Day

posted Oct 29, 2017, 6:26 AM by Sean Crookshank

 This Tuesday, October 31st is ORANGE & BLACK Day!  Let's show our spirit at St. Brother André!!!

Oct. 23rd Updates

posted Oct 23, 2017, 9:56 AM by Sean Crookshank   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 11:29 AM ]

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The parent-teacher conference we have planned is an important part of the school’s reporting and evaluation process. During the past months, your child’s teacher(s) have been gathering information which he/she will share with you about your child’s progress and growth. Parent Teacher Interviews for students will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 8th from 3:10 to 5:00 pm and then again from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Parents may schedule an interview by calling Mrs. Benoit from Monday, October 23rd to Friday, October 27th. This is the best option to get a time that works for you.

If no specific time was requested, teachers will assign students to an interview time and this information will be sent home with your child’s Progress Report, and in the agenda for Kindergarten students.

CSPA Parent information

Please Click Here to get information on upcoming CSPA information nights for parents.

Chocolate Fundraiser

The chocolate fundraiser ends on Thurs. Oct. 26th.  Thank you all who have returned the money for the box of chocolates ($60.00) to the school office.  If you are not able to sell your box of chocolates please return the chocolates to the office as soon as possible so that another family can sell them.  Please ensure that all the money and chocolates are returned as soon as possible or by Oct. 26th at the latest.  We would like to conclude the fundraiser on that time.

The draw for our prizes will take place on Wed. Nov. 1st.  For every box of chocolates sold, where money is returned by Nov. 1st, your child’s name will be entered into a draw for one of two prizes.  We will be drawing for a MIP (toy robot that can dance, perform tricks, and much more) and 1 prize of a Movie Pass package (2 adult and I child admission, 2 regular drinks, popcorn and a child’s combo-popcorn, drink and candy).  As well, the top selling student will receive a Movie Pass Package!

Halloween Dance

A reminder that the Parent Council’s annual Halloween Family Dance will take place on Fri. Oct. 27th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in the school gymnasium.  Students need to be accompanied by an adult.

Once again this year Volunteers are needed to bake cupcakes and to help out the night of the dance: running games, selling food and helping to clean up at eh end of the evening.  Cupcakes can be brought to the school the night of the dance.  Please consider volunteering your time.

Halloween Day

Staff and Students are welcome to wear black and orange on Halloween Day at school.  No costumes please!


Our WE SCARE HUNGER CAMPAIGN is coming to an end this Friday, October 27th. Please continue to donate non-perishable food items for this week. The class with the highest number of items donated will win a pizza lunch.

Dress Purple

The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa (CASO) annually dedicates the month of October to spreading awareness about the Duty to Report and the community’s responsibility to “Speak up for Kids.” The campaign urges community members to report suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, or at risk of being abused or neglected of abuse or neglect.

Marked by Dress Purple Day on October 24, 2017, the campaign's main goal is to keep children and youth safe by increasing public knowledge of child abuse and neglect and outline the steps to take to eradicate it.  We encourage staff and students to dress in purple on October 24, 2017.


Dear Parent/Guardian,     

The Ottawa Catholic School Board was one of the first school boards in Ontario to allow students to BYOD - Bring Your Own digital Device - to school. Over the last ten years, we have made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety current technologies. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tool in the classroom.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home.  Many parents have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.

We have been working with STAPLES CANADA to provide three good Chromebook options that families can choose to purchase at a STAPLES store or online. These three models are the same devices that are currently used in schools. Each is a rugged commercial-grade Chromebook, with a full keyboard and touchscreen, (and some that fold over to also act as a tablet with a pen).  Each of these devices will support your child’s school work, including the use of their Google account and all related educational applications they are already use at school.

Detailed information about the recommended options are available online at the following site:            

OR visit your local/Ottawa STAPLES store to view these three Board-recommended devices:

  1. Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook

  2. Acer R13 CB5-312T-KOYQ Chromebook

  3. Acer Spin 11 R751TN-C5P3 Chromebook

As well, a representative from Staples will be on hand during our interview night to provide information to any parent/guardian that might have questions.

Please note that here is NO expectation that students must purchase and bring their own devices to school, nor is there any incentive to the Board beyond sharing this information. Devices will continue to be made available in schools for use by all students.


Sean Crookshank


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100


Upcoming Parent Workshops from CSPA

posted Oct 17, 2017, 5:54 AM by Sean Crookshank

Special Education and Your Child - Workshops for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Workshop session descriptions: you may choose 2 options from sessions 1 - 4 (each is 1-hour in length) or choose only #5 (2-hour session)

1. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies & SEL language​ in the classrooms

2. Deep Learning: learning environments for students with special needs

3. Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) - Unlocking the Curriculum

4. Literacy and Numeracy for Students with ADHD

5. Assistive Technology (2-hour session)

Register Now:

Monday, November 6, 2017

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Notre Dame High School

710 Broadview Ave


Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs

Would you like to learn how to advocate more effectively for your child with special needs?

Louise McGoey, former chair of the Ottawa Catholic SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee), will provide participants with strategies for effective advocacy.  Learn about the importance of knowing what your goals are for your child, how to communicate effectively with school and board staff and how to prepare for productive meetings.  Presented by SEAC and CSPA.

Register Now:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

7:00 - 8:45 PM

Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic School


posted Oct 2, 2017, 6:25 PM by Sean Crookshank

Please support our school's WE SCARE HUNGER CAMPAIGN and donate nonperishable food items during the month of October.  We are doing a special donation this Thursday, before Thanksgiving, to help the food bank with much needed supplies.  Please consider donating early and throughout October.

Picture Day: Sept. 22

posted Sep 21, 2017, 7:42 AM by Sean Crookshank

Friday, September 22nd is picture...double check that teeth and hair are brushed!!!

Your Action Plan for Supporting Big Emotions - Yours and Your Child’s

posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:55 AM by Sean Crookshank

Your Action Plan for Supporting Big Emotions - Yours and Your Child’s

This highly interactive workshop will have you working on your own and in groups to understand your emotional triggers and your child’s and find better calming techniques and solutions to create more harmonious relationships in your home.
Speaker: Joanne Boyd

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:00-9:00 PM

St. Mother Teresa High School

440 Longfields Drive, Barrhaven

Cathy Philpott
Co-Chair, CSPA

Program Night

posted Sep 11, 2017, 12:52 PM 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 Thursday, September 14th starting at 6:30 p.m.  If possible, we ask that students stay at home as the information is geared towards parents/guardians.

MedicAlert No Child Without program

posted Sep 7, 2017, 7:31 AM by Sean Crookshank

We're helping to save lives with MedicAlert No Child Without program 
Did you know that one in five Canadian children are in need of a MedicAlert ID? These children have medical conditions or allergies and are at risk every day. If something happens, they could be too shy, too scared or unable to say what's wrong. 

MedicAlert is the most trusted, most recommended medical ID service provider in Canada. For more than 55 years, MedicAlert has protected the lives of over one million Canadians by offering exclusive services to those in need. Through the No Child Withoutcharitable program, founded by MedicAlert in 2006, students attending participating schools can receive a free MedicAlert medical ID and free MedicAlert service plan coverage until their 14th birthday. 

Our participation in the MedicAlert No Child Without program enables these lifesaving services become available to all of our students who need it, regardless of their financial situations. 

No Child Without has helped kids like 9-year-old Joshua, who bravely points to his MedicAlert ID bracelet during a seizure to tell others what's wrong. 

"It put my mind at ease that the MedicAlert bracelet meant people could help him. I never imagined that he would use his MedicAlert ID to communicate," says his proud mom, Laurie. 

Parents and guardians, please consider this program if your child lives with:
  • Anaphylaxis or severe allergy to foods, drugs or chemicals

  • Asthma, diabetes, autism, and other congenital diseases

  • Medical devices, such as insulin pump and cochlear implant

  • Medications like prednisone, insulins, and EpiPen®

For a more comprehensive list of conditions or to simply learn more about the No Child Without program, visit

If you would like to receive any images or social media posts about No Child Without program, please feel free to contact us at

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