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End of School Year 2020 Message

posted Jun 25, 2020, 12:19 PM by Sean Crookshank

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As the school year nears an end, during this beautiful season of summer, God will give us the opportunity to spend time in the outdoors, admiring nature and all its beauty.


Let us reflect upon what seeds we have planted and nurtured this school year in our inner gardens and in the hearts of others.

Gracious Gardener,

How wondrously You care for my soil,

You send Your waters of refreshment.

You fertilize me with Your wisdom.

You warm me with Your tender kindness.

You keep drawing us toward your light.

New growth continually sprouts

From the soil of my spiritual garden.

Flowers of creativity bloom.

Herbs of joy flavour my days.

Vegetables of nourishment flourish.

Gracious gardener,

I trust that You will continually

Water my growing garden

And drench my flower beds

With Your abiding love.

Amen 


           I would like to wish each of you a wonderful summer, hoping that you will have an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Before we know it, it will be back-to-school (whatever that might look like).


Cherish every moment of the summer.  

Sean Crookshank, Principal


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).


Virtual Pilgrimage Update: We did it St. Brother Andre! Our Virtual Pilgrimage was a great success. As a school community we "walked" from our school to Saint Joseph's Oratory. Then, we went to Mont Saint-Grégoire (birthplace of St. Brother Andre). Next, we travelled to Farnham, QC (childhood hometown of St. Brother Andre). Thank-you for your participation.


Report Cards: Please visit https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/ for more information.


Important Board Updates: Please visit https://www.ocsb.ca/parent-update-june-23-2020/ for more information.


Saying Good-Bye: At this time of year, we unfortunately have to say good-by to a number of staff members that are moving on to other positions in our board.  We wish them all the best in their new roles and know that they will be missed.  All the best to:  Ms Mazzarello, Ms Harvey, Mme Gauthier, Ms Campagn, Mrs. Thoby, Ms Markhauser, Ms DiNardo, Ms Sheffield, Ms Cape, Mrs. O’Connor, Mrs. Brandow.


Mental Health Resource Links.

Links to various community supports

Phone line Support

Importance of routine during the summer

July SEL calendar for elementary students

July Wellness Calendar for Teens

August Wellness Calendar for Teens

Virtual Stress Lessons for Grades 5-6


Have a safe and healthy summer SBA!!!

Have a safe and healthy summer SBA!!!


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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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Last Call for Personal Items and Grade 6 Items

posted Jun 22, 2020, 12:30 PM by Sean Crookshank

Last Call for Personal Items and Grade 6 Items (Certificate, Grad Shirt, etc.):


For Grade 6 students and those families that were not able to make the scheduled time for retrieval of personal items our last pickup will occur on Thursday, June 25th from 9:30 to 11:00 am.

June 19th Update

posted Jun 19, 2020, 12:14 PM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear St. Brother André Community,


      As we finish up our last full week of distance learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the weekly assignments.  Keep up the hard work...we are almost done!


     We have been very excited about our St. Brother André Virtual Pilgrimage that started June 1st.  See the information below and a huge thanks goes out to Mrs. McIntyre for her hard work on this.  Updates continue daily as the pilgrimage goes right to June 26!

    

     Enjoy the weekend everyone,


Mr. Crookshank

Principal


FAQs


Gr. 6 Leaving Ceremony: Information has been sent to the Grade 6 families. 

 

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).

 

Personal Items and Grade 6 Items (Certificate, Grad Shirt, etc.): For Grade 6 students and those that were not able to make the scheduled time our last pickup will occur on Thursday, June 25th in the AM (exact time to be determined).


Report Cards: Please visit https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/ for more information.


What? SBA Virtual Pilgrimage


 A pilgrimage is a journey. A person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good. It can lead to a personal transformation. (wikipedia)


St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec is where St. Brother Andre lived and worked. The distance from our school to the oratory is approximately 200km. Our goal is to walk or run 200km throughout the month of June to make our way “virtually” to the Oratory. We might even be able to walk there and back (400km)!


When? Monday June 1st - Friday June 26th


Who? St. Brother Andre School Community (students, families, staff)


Where? Participants can choose their own route. Here is a 1.6 km loop, starting at our school, that families can walk or run.


How? In order to monitor our progress, please send an email to margot.mcintyre@ocsb.ca every Friday.  Include your family name (last name) and number of kilometers walked during that week.


Send your email every Friday (June 5th, June 12th, June 19th, June 26th)


On your walk or run, please remember physical distancing. 

Follow our progress! @McIntyreSBA  


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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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Grade 6 Update

posted Jun 18, 2020, 11:59 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Hello Grade 6 Families,


Our Virtual Moving On Ceremony will be Wednesday, June 24. This will not be a live stream, rather a video link you will be able to watch at a convenient time for your family (via YouTube).  It is an opportunity to celebrate your child’s accomplishments.  More information on the exact time the link will be made live will be shared early next week.


A date has not been confirmed for grade 6 students to pick up their certificates, pictures, t-shirts and awards. We will send out another message once we have a confirmed date.


Thanks for your understanding,


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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Retrieval Of Personal Belonging

posted Jun 10, 2020, 8:21 AM by Sean Crookshank


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Dear St. Brother André Community:


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together through this challenging time. The Ministry of Education has now given permission for students to temporarily access the school to retrieve personal belongings.  


SBA is going to begin this process on Wednesday, 17th from 10am-2pm. Your arrival at school will be in alphabetical order using the student's last name. 


Wednesday, June 17th 

10-11am A-C

11-12pm D-J

12-1pm  K-O      

1-2pm   P-Z


A Step by Step Guide to “Retrieval of Personal Belongings” at SBA: 


This time is reserved for pick up of personal items only. Please plan to limit the number of family members and your time in the school (10 minutes or less.) Report cards will not be distributed at this time. Alternate methods of report card distribution are being planned (electronic or Canada Post). A second pick up day will be arranged for the last week of school for Grade 6 students to pick up their certificates, Grad t-shirts and, hopefully, a composite graduation photo.


Before coming to school:


All individuals entering the school must confirm that they meet the conditions listed here.   (please click the link and review)

  • Please bring any items (library books etc) that are to be returned to the school. Chromebooks may be kept until the fall if you are remaining with our board.

 

Arriving at the school: 

  • Park in the school parking lot and enter at the front door...if there is a line, please follow the proper spacing of 2 meters apart. 

  •  Confirm with the designated staff member that you meet the conditions listed here prior to admittance.

  • Wash your hands using the provided hand sanitizer.

  • At the designated table, drop off any items you are returning to the school. 

  • Proceed to your child’s homeroom to retrieve personal items. Staff in Grade JK-3 will have collected, bagged and labelled items. Bags will include personal items: clothing, school supplies, school work, books, shoes, etc. Select the bag for your child. Students in Grade 4-6 are to bring their own bag to collect their items from their various classrooms.

  • Unlabelled/Unbagged items from the same classroom, will be placed in or outside the classroom... please check for your items there as well.

  • There will also be a table for lost and found items near the exit.

  • When you have all your items, exit the school from one of our back or side doors...do not return to the front office. 

While in the school:

  • Please limit the number of family members entering the school; parent and student only.

  • There will be no access to the school washrooms, gym, Learning Commons

  • Respect social distancing and maintain a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from anyone else in the school at all times. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands.

  • Cover any cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not onto your hands. 

  • Avoid unnecessary touching of any surface or items within the building.

  • Ottawa Public Health suggests that wearing a mask can add an extra layer of protection, please bring your own mask.


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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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June 5th Update

posted Jun 5, 2020, 10:10 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear St. Brother André Community,


      As we continue our distance learning into June, please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the weekly assignments. 


     We are very excited about our St. Brother André Virtual Pilgrimage that started June 1st.  See the information below and a huge thanks goes out to Mrs. McIntyre for her hard work on this.  I know we can make it happen!

    

     Enjoy the 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:  Information was sent home that would normally be shared on our Kindergarten Information Night for all those who have registered their child for Junior Kindergarten in September.  If you did not receive the information, please do email the school:  Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

 

Personal Items: The school board and Ottawa Public Health have devised a plan for everyone to pick up their personal items. Thank you for your patience and information we will be sharing with you late next week about our schedule and procedures for our school.


What? SBA Virtual Pilgrimage

 A pilgrimage is a journey. A person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good. It can lead to a personal transformation. (wikipedia)


St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec is where St. Brother Andre lived and worked. The distance from our school to the oratory is approximately 200km. Our goal is to walk or run 200km throughout the month of June to make our way “virtually” to the Oratory. We might even be able to walk there and back (400km)!


When? Monday June 1st - Friday June 26th


Who? St. Brother Andre School Community (students, families, staff)


Where? Participants can choose their own route. Here is a 1.6 km loop, starting at our school, that families can walk or run.


How? In order to monitor our progress, please send an email to margot.mcintyre@ocsb.ca every Friday.  Include your family name (last name) and number of kilometers walked during that week.


Send your email every Friday (June 5th, June 12th, June 19th, June 26th)


On your walk or run, please remember physical distancing. 

Follow our progress! @McIntyreSBA  


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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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Ottawa School Transportation Updates June 1st

posted Jun 1, 2020, 6:53 AM by Sean Crookshank

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Transportation Communication

OSTA is working with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to develop a safe plan for bused students for the 2020/21 school year. We thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncertain times and will continue to update parents throughout the summer and beginning of the school year.

Parents can register for email notifications through the OSTA Parent Web Portal or follow OSTA on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates, safety tips, bus delays and cancellations. 

Information Accuracy Affects OSTA’s Planning

Are you moving or changing daycare providers?  Considering Extended Day Program part-time or 5 days a week? Your decisions, and school data, affect OSTA’s accuracy when we plan routes.  During these complex times, it is critical that parents give their school the most accurate information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall. OSTA is contemplating restricting changes this summer due to new processes that protect student health, and we are also anticipating increased operational pressures which will delay changes. So, get your information in to be sure your eligible child has a spot reserved on a bus.

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes - Renewals

A temporary renewal form for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is now available online.  Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing there are no changes to the existing schedule, including access days and stop locations. 

Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th

NEW Joint Custody Transportation Forms, and any joint custody transportation changes, will only be accepted AFTER September 15, and then, only if the request can be safely accommodated and there is room on the required vehicle.

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating - Suspended

In the event physical distancing becomes a requirement on yellow buses, the impact would significantly reduce available seating capacity.  If this is the case, OSTA will suspend the Empty Seat program until such time as physical distancing on school buses is no longer required. We encourage parents to plan ahead and practice walking their children to school over the summer. Check OSTA’s website for information on why the empty seat program has been suspended, Pedestrian Safety, Walking Routes and Walk-A-Block.  OSTA would then resume the empty seat program as soon as it is feasible to do so.

OSTA Parent Web Portal Upgrade

OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) has been upgraded! You will notice the Parent Web Portal has a new look and feel, and buttons or input fields may be in different locations. We encourage parents to go on the Parent Web Portal and test it out in June to prepare for next school year. Instructions on navigating the new Parent Web Portal are available on our website.

Choosing to Drive? Let OSTA Know

Some parents may choose to drive their children to school in the fall, rather than letting them take the bus, or may not be sending their children to school at all. OSTA will be circulating a request for parents to opt out of transportation during COVID-19 risk mitigation to give those who really need transportation space on the bus. All services are expected to resume to normal standards once the COVID emergency protocols have been removed.

School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block 

As parents make decisions about how to get their children to school, we anticipate there will be an increase in car traffic around the school. We encourage students to walk to school as much as possible but if walking isn’t an option, then we urge parents who drive their children to school to add Walk-A-Block to their routine. Try parking away from the school and walk the last block or two. Take some time this summer to plan your route by finding the five-minute walk radius around your school using google maps or check your school website for a Walk-A-Block Map. By planning ahead, you’ll get a jump start on your back to school planning!

Pedestrian Safety – Walk to Your School Initiative

This summer, families in the walk zone are encouraged to safely spend time outside while familiarizing themselves with their route to school and learn more about the benefits of active transportation. Walking to school is a great way for children to get their daily quota of physical exercise. It also helps improve student behavior and students come to school prepared to learn. Visit OSTA’s Walk and Roll Zone to find information on Walking Routes and Pedestrian Safety. Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to school before classes are back in session! #getyourwalkon #ottwalk2school.

Virtual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day

OSTA’s Annual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day will be a virtual experience this year.  New materials are being prepared and will be shared throughout the summer to prepare new riders, and remind experienced riders, of how to stay safe on the bus. OSTA will also be producing materials relating to physical distancing on the bus, as well as hygiene and germ safety while traveling. Stay tuned for more information to come.



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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 29th Update

posted May 29, 2020, 12:55 PM by Sean Crookshank

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Dear St. Brother André Community,


      As May wraps up we continue our distance learning into June.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the weekly assignments. 


     We are very excited about our St. Brother André Virtual Pilgrimage that is starting June 1st.  Please see the information below and a huge thanks goes out to Mrs. McIntyre for her hard work on this.  I know we can make it happen!


     On a side note, congratulations goes out to Ms Mazzarello who has accepted the job as our board's new Elementary Arts Consultant.  She will be greatly missed at SBA but will be an asset to so many schools in our board.  Other staffing changes continue to go on and will be announced in our end of the year update.


     Enjoy the 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:  Information was sent home that would normally be shared on our Kindergarten Information Night for all those who have registered their child for Junior Kindergarten in September.  If you did not receive the information, please do email the school:  Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

 

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.



What? SBA Virtual Pilgrimage


 A pilgrimage is a journey. A person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, others, nature, or a higher good. It can lead to a personal transformation. (wikipedia)


St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Quebec is where St. Brother Andre lived and worked. The distance from our school to the oratory is approximately 200km. Our goal is to walk or run 200km throughout the month of June to make our way “virtually” to the Oratory. We might even be able to walk there and back (400km)!


When? Monday June 1st - Friday June 26th


Who? St. Brother Andre School Community (students, families, staff)


Where? Participants can choose their own route. Here is a 1.6 km loop, starting at our school, that families can walk or run.


How? In order to monitor our progress, please send an email to margot.mcintyre@ocsb.ca every Friday.  Include your family name (last name) and number of kilometers walked during that week.


Send your email every Friday (June 5th, June 12th, June 19th, June 26th)


On your walk or run, please remember physical distancing. 

Follow our progress! @McIntyreSBA

 


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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 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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