March Newsletter

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

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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




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.


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 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.


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.


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. 


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.


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 or call Ottawa Public Health at 613- 580-6744 to speak with a public health nurse.


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


St. Brother And School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON  K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100