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Jump Rope For Heart Update

Dear Parents,

Jump Rope for Heart is an event nobody wants to skip!

Our school participated in the Jump Rope for Heart digital kick-off. From now until the event which will be held Thursday, May 26th, students can learn fun ways to get active for heart health while raising awareness and support for Heart & Stroke! We encourage students to raise money online for this great cause! We have a school goal to raise $2000. Join our school and help Heart & Stroke save lives by jump-starting your fundraising! Every little bit helps! It's never been easier! Help your child set up their fundraising page online and email family, friends or neighbours asking for any donations. By fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, students are collecting donations that fund critical research that's saving lives, preventing heart disease and stroke, and supporting survivors and their families. Please be part of the movement!

Here is the school link:

http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/stbrotherandre

St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca

April 26th Update


APRIL 26 UPDATE


STUDENT CENSUS SURVEY

Further to our April 21st, Update, the link has been updated for the FAQ Link.


VOLUNTEERING AT AN OCSB SCHOOL

As things start to return slowly to pre-covid norms, it is important to remember that you must complete the information on the link below to be allowed to volunteer at an OCSB school, including school trips. Please visit the link below and fill out the information required.

https://www.ocsb.ca/contact/volunteers/


ST. BRIGID’S SUMMER CAMP

Registration is this weekend!

You can acres the link online and accessed from the camp website

http://stbcamp.ca

Boys month registration is Saturday April 30th. Girls month registration is Sunday May 1st Registration will open at 9:00am.

St. Brigid’s Summer Camp is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all staff and campers. As such, our Covid protocols for operating this summer will follow the latest guidelines from all levels of government, (including the provinces of Ontario and Quebec). For detailed information regarding Covid guidelines, please visit the following websites:

Ottawa Public Health https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Centre intégré de la santé et de service sociaux de l’Outaouais

https://cisss-outaouais.gouv.qc.ca/language/en/covid19-en/



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





April 20th Update


EARTHDAY, APRIL 22

Friday, April 22 is Earthday. We are encouraging everyone to wear GREEN in support of this special day.


GROUND SWEEPING UPDATE

Grounds sweeping is an annual activity that occurs at all OCSB schools and properties. Contractors clear sites of grit and debris from winter snow maintenance to facilitate a clean and safe learning environment for students and staff. The grounds sweeping contract started on Tuesday April 12, 2022. Contractors are allocated three weeks to complete all school sites. However, they are limited as to when they can access the school sites while working around the hours of school occupancy, Extended Day programming and evening Community Use permits. Even within these restricted timelines, school sites should be fully cleared within a few days. We apologize for the potential disturbance and we will monitor that all contractors are operating within the City of Ottawa noise bylaw restrictions.


GIRLS LACROSSE INFO

Griffins Lacrosse are reaching out with an invitation to all girls born between 2001 - 2013 to join a FREE Lady Griffins Try Lacrosse session this Friday April 22.

From research conducted during COVID we know that 1 in 4 girls will not be returning to youth sports. This is a staggering effect of the pandemic and one we hope to change.

We have two sessions this Friday April 22 at Lois Kemp Arena (formerly known as Blackburn Arena):

  • 6-7pm all girls born between 2010 - 2013 (U11 - U13)

  • 7-8pm all girls born between 2001 - 2009 (U15, U17, U22)

Please reach out if you have any questions at help@gloucester-lacrosse.com.


COVID TESTING KITS

We have a limited number of testing kits available at the school. Please feel free to email your child’s teacher and/or contact Mrs. Benoit at the office and we can send a kit home with your child.




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





March 21 Update


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. There are four special “Fun Days” where students are encouraged to make a small donation to our Lenten Cause:


Thursday, March 24th is Lumberjack Day/Plaid

Thursday, March 31st is Sports Team Day

Thursday, April 7th is PJ Day

Thursday, April 14th is Beach Day.


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


Sean Crookshank

Principal


ST. JOSEPHINE INTERMEDIATE PARENT NIGHT

To: Parents of Gr 6 & 7 Students who have already registered for St. Josephine Virtual

Intermediate School

We would like to invite you to a Parent Information Evening on Wednesday March 23, 2022, at 7 pm.

Please join us to learn more about St. Josephine Virtual Intermediate, and have a chance to ask some questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/odk-hzvz-jcy?authuser=0




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





March 11th Update


OFFICE PROCEDURES

Following the March Break, we will continue with the non-contact sign-in for students. If students are late, parents should bring them to the front door and Mrs. Benoit will let them in and do the adjustment to the attendance records. If a student must go to an appointment, let the office know and the same process applies. This method works well for parents and is less disruptive in the office area.


STAFF AND STUDENT SCREENING

Staff and students should continue to self-screen every day before attending school using the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. The screening tool has been updated to align with the updated COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge. Thus, after March Break, staff and students (and their parents) should continue to self-screen but schools are no longer required to collect verification of this screening being done. You will no longer receive the daily email requesting your acknowledgement of screening.

BUS DRIVER COURSE

If you know someone who would make a great bus driver, the School Bus Driver Preparedness Course offered by OCSB Continuing & Community Education department may be right for them! The course helps prepare for the Bus Driver Licensing Program to ensure training is a success!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3sQUvrX

Happy March Break!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Spring!



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





March 9th Update


IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION UPDATE FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Further to our Update on March 7th, the link has changed for this important survey.

Parents/guardians please check the updated OSTA poster/flyer Transportation Confirmation .so that you can complete the survey regarding transportation needs for 2022-2023.

You may wish to check out this link to the OSTA's Transportation Confirmation Frequently Asked Questions (to be shared with families) to answer questions regarding how to complete the survey if they don't have an OEN number (ie; newly registered JK students), what to do if a student takes OC Transpo and requires a presto pass, etc.

Reminder the deadline to complete the survey is April 3rd.


For more information or resources visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca .


FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE

This Thursday (March 10th) we will be encouraging students to wear Blue and Yellow in support of the citizens of Ukraine. Please feel free to donate any amount either with cash or using School Cash Online. Every amount will help. The money will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Government will be doubling any donations up to March 18th.

Let us continue to pray for peace during this Lenten Season.


MARCH BREAK

Reminder that March Break is from March 14th to 18th and students will return to school on Monday, the 21st. We wish our families a fun and restful week.


GRADUATION PHOTOS

Graduation Photos for Grade 6 and Senior Kindergartens will take place on Wednesday, March 23rd.




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





March 7th Updates



FUNDRAISER FOR UKRAINE

This Thursday (March 10th) we will be encouraging students to wear Blue and Yellow in support of the citizens of Ukraine. Please feel free to donate any amount either with cash or using School Cash Online. Every amount will help. The money will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Government will be doubling any donations up to March 18th.

Let us continue to pray for peace during this Lenten Season.

GLOUCESTER LACROSSE ASSOCIATION

Registration for the Gloucester Lacrosse Association is now open for the 2022 season for all boys and girls born between 2001-2019. Learn to play Canada's National Summer Sport and the fastest game on two feet! We are celebrating the return to our sport and have special events planned. New this year is a *FREE* Soft Lacrosse program for children aged 3-4 years. The first 70 New to Lacrosse players receive a free lacrosse stick. Please visit https://www.gloucester-lacrosse.com/ for more information.

BUS DRIVER RECRUITMENT

OSTA is looking for you! Are you interested in becoming a burs driver, please check out this recruitment video: Bus Drivers are Superheroes for the Environment

IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION UPDATE FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

OSTA is planning for next school year. If your child is entitled to transportation, you MUST complete the Confirmation of Transportation Form. You will need your child’s OEN (Ontario Education Number) which you can find on the top of the report card or in the Parent Portal (click child’s name and info. will be on the right hand side. The deadline for completing the survey is April 3rd.


TRANSPORTATION CONFIRMATION

FOR THE 2022/2023 SCHOOL

This is not the empty seat program!

OSTA is planning for September 2022! Do you intend to use student transportation in the 2022-2023 school year?

If your child is in one of the following school programs and is eligible for transportation please take a few minutes and confirm your plans. We must hear from you!

Programs = Early French Immersion, Middle French Immersion, Regular (English with core French), Gifted, International Baccalaureate, School of Arts, High Performance Athletes, Specialist High Skills Major Program, English as a Second Language, English Language Learner, English Literacy Development, Alternative Program, and Adaptive Program.

Important: If you do not confirm transportation before the deadline, your child may not have transportation on the first day of school. OSTA will review late submissions beginning on

September 12th, 2022.

Questions? Review the Transportation Confirmation Frequently

Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional important information.

➜ Parents/guardians of students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes and/or using specialized transportation do not need to confirm their plans. In both situations, separate transportation forms must be completed. Refer to the FAQ for more information.

OSTA will review all form submissions to ensure that the student is eligible for transportation and that all terms and conditions are met prior to transportation being assigned.

All student’s transportation information for 2022-2023 will be made available Online, through the OSTA Parent Portal, in mid-August 2022.

Ready to confirm transportation?

CLICK HERE

Deadline: April 3rd, 2022

For more information or resources visit www.ottawaschoolbus.ca .



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Fundraising for Canadian Red Cross: Crisis in Ukraine


Fundraising for Canadian Red Cross: Crisis in Ukraine

This Thursday (March 3rd) and next Thursday (March 10th) we will be encouraging students to wear Blue and Yellow in support of the citizens of Ukraine. Students are welcome to bring in a donation (or make one via School Cash online) that will be made to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Government will be doubling any donations up to March 18th.

Let us continue to pray for peace during this Lenten Season.

Sean Crookshank

Principal




Feb. 24th Update


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Starting Friday, Feb. 25th a new policy for masks outdoors will be in effect:

“As per the new guidelines from the Ministry of Education and supported by OPH, masks outdoors at recess are now optional for staff and students.”

Just a friendly reminder that every student is still required to have their parent/guardian fill out the school screening tool. Please fill out the form that will be emailed every morning to let us know you have completed the screening tool as this tracking is required by the Ministry of Education for all schools to do.

Term 2 IEPs for students that have one are now available on the Parent Portal.

Thanks everyone,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


WEATHER

With the cold/winter weather still here please keep in mind that Board policy dictates that students will be outside for recess unless the windchill is –25° or greater. Please take special care in ensuring your children are properly dressed for the weather. All students are required to wear snow pants for recess!




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Jan. 18th Update


Dear Parents/Guardians,

It was great to see so many of our friends back in person today! Just a reminder, if any students borrowed a device from school it is very important they return it to the school. The devices are needed for in-school learning and assignments. Your cooperation on this is much appreciated.

As well, every student is required to have their parent/guardian fill out the school screening tool. Please fill out the form that will be emailed every morning to let us know you have completed the screening tool as this tracking is required by the Ministry of Education for all schools to do. A few families experienced difficulty with the link. If this is the case, please use your child’s school account to fill in the form.

Looking forward to the rest of the week!

Sean Crookshank

Principal


WEATHER

With the upcoming cold weather in mind, please be aware that Board policy dictates that students will be outside for recess unless the windchill is –25° or greater. Please take special care in ensuring your children are properly dressed for the weather. All students are required to wear snow pants for recess!


PD DAY

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, Dec. 3rd as it is a Professional Development Day for staff.



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Jan. 14th Update


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware we will be returning to in-person learning on Jan. 17th. We are excited to see everyone back and look forward to wrapping up Term 1 with the students in the classrooms. If any students borrowed a device from school it is very important they return it on Monday when we head back in. The devices are needed for in-school learning and assignments. Your cooperation on this is much appreciated.

As well, every student is required to have their parent/guardian fill out the school screening tool. Please fill out the form that will be emailed every morning to let us know you have completed the screening tool as this tracking is required by the Ministry of Education for all schools to do.

Have a great weekend,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


“SNOW DAYS” AND BUSES

In the event of a severe snow or ice storm, parents are reminded that local radio and T.V. stations will begin broadcasting cancellation of transportation starting at 6:00 am. Generally the schools remain open. Parents who drop off their children are reminded that they must make arrangements to pick them up as well once buses have been canceled in the morning due to the weather they do not run for that entire day. The Board provides a link on the school’s website to inform parents of bus cancellations. As well, one can visit OSTA website for the latest updates on bus cancellations, current late buses, etc. http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca

BLACK SHIRT DAY

On Monday, Jan. 17th, students and staff in the OCSB are invited to participate in our first Black Shirt Day, which is brought to you in collaboration with the OCSB Black Educator Network. This day provides us with an opportunity to raise the profile of the struggles Black and racialized people have faced and continue to face and to speak up against racism wherever it shows itself.



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Jan. 14th Update



Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware we will be returning to in-person learning on Jan. 17th. We are excited to see everyone back and look forward to wrapping up Term 1 with the students in the classrooms. If any students borrowed a device from school it is very important they return it on Monday when we head back in. The devices are needed for in-school learning and assignments. Your cooperation on this is much appreciated.

As well, every student is required to have their parent/guardian fill out the school screening tool. Please fill out the form that will be emailed every morning to let us know you have completed the screening tool as this tracking is required by the Ministry of Education for all schools to do.

Have a great weekend,

Sean Crookshank

Principal


“SNOW DAYS” AND BUSES

In the event of a severe snow or ice storm, parents are reminded that local radio and T.V. stations will begin broadcasting cancellation of transportation starting at 6:00 am. Generally the schools remain open. Parents who drop off their children are reminded that they must make arrangements to pick them up as well once buses have been canceled in the morning due to the weather they do not run for that entire day. The Board provides a link on the school’s website to inform parents of bus cancellations. As well, one can visit OSTA website for the latest updates on bus cancellations, current late buses, etc. http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca

BLACK SHIRT DAY

On Monday, Jan. 17th, students and staff in the OCSB are invited to participate in our first Black Shirt Day, which is brought to you in collaboration with the OCSB Black Educator Network. This day provides us with an opportunity to raise the profile of the struggles Black and racialized people have faced and continue to face and to speak up against racism wherever it shows itself.



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Jan. 5th Update




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. 17th (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. Most staff are working remotely and using different devices to return phone calls. Some of the numbers might seem strange and look like sales calls. If you have left a message at the school, expect to receive a response in a timely manner and accept these calls. This will speed up communication. Thank you.


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Please inform family, friends and neighbours living within our school boundaries that Kindergarten Registration for new students takes place the week of January 10-14. By December 31st, 2022, the child must be four years old to qualify for Junior Kindergarten, or five years old to qualify for Senior Kindergarten.


Visit: https://www.ocsb.ca/our-programs/kindergarten/ to register.


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

Parent Tips for Virtual Learning.pdf

Remote Learning Checklist for Families




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca

Oct. 26th Update


Picture Retake Day:

Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th. All students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 will be taken at this time as these students were away on the original picture day. Any other students who were absent or if the parent wishes a retake, please indicate your wishes to the classroom teacher. Graduation pictures will be taken in the spring.


Black and Orange Day:

Students are invited to wear Black and Orange on Friday, October 29th as a lead-up to the Halloween weekend. There will be no costumes. Just a reminder that no outside treats are allowed at this time.


B&G Virtual Club:

The virtual club at the BGC (formally known as the Boys and Girls Club) are offering students the opportunity to attend some virtual programs we are offering this fall. The virtual clubhouse has been safely connecting kids from across Ottawa since 2020. The virtual clubhouse is a great support system that some kids might crave, and best of all, they are absolutely free! If you know of any kids, parents, community members or anyone who might be curious please share this link.

BGCO Online Club




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Oct. 7th Update


Thanksgiving Weekend

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday, October 8th is a Professional Development Day for staff and no school for students. Monday, October 11th is Thanksgiving. We wish all our families a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Weekend.


Retake Picture Day

Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th. All students in JK to Grade 6 who missed this week's pictures will have their picture taken on that day. Graduation Pictures will be taken later in the spring. Lifetouch are very concerned about keeping us all safe and have protocols in place. Check out the flyer for further details.


Absences

We are once again reminding parents, that during this fourth wave, it is very important that the school has an accurate count of which students are away and for what reason. All parents should be doing a daily Covid-19 Screening for each child. If a child is being tested, siblings who are symptom free must stay at home until a negative test is received for the sibling. Please call into the school in a timely manner in the morning providing details of the absence.


Update for our Junior Students and Parents

For junior students who are currently isolating, Ottawa Public Health will be contacting you on Day 10 of isolation with return to activity/school date. Any questions or concerns should be directed to OPH directly.




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Sept. 30th Update


Indigeous Education Team

All parents who are interested in opting-in to communications from the Indigenous Education Team must fill out the form included in THIS LETTER. Many opportunities and events are available for Indigenous children and families, and opting-in is how we are able to communicate them to you. If you’re non-Indigenous, but also would like to receive updates, you are also encouraged to use the form to opt-in.


Picture Day

Pictures Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5th. All students in JK to Grade 6 will have their picture taken on that day. Graduation Pictures will be taken later in the spring. Lifetouch are very concerned about keeping us all safe and have protocols in place. Check out the flyer for further details.


Terry Fox Run

We are excited to announce that St. Brother Andre will be participating in the Terry Fox Walk on Friday, October 1st, 2021. Each class will have a designated time for this activity. The students and staff of St. Brother Andre Catholic School will walk around a path that will be set up in the yard. This event will be part of your child’s Quality Daily Physical Education Program. Each student is being asked to donate a toonie for the Marathon of Hope foundation. We will be collecting donations on throughout next week. Donations may be made via school-cash online. If you have not done so, particularly new families, please register at https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/ . This is the preferred method of payment for all activities throughout the school board.

School Bus Issues

As you are no doubt aware, school buses are very much in the news these days due to driver shortages. We are very lucky to have 2 regular drivers on our routes. In order to get the most current information on delays, cancellations, etc.,make sure you register with OSTA . If you had declined transportation last year, your child may not be registered on the bus. If you plan to transport your child, please decline on the same site. The school is no longer able to make these changes on your behalf. If your child is in JK/SK, please ensure that you are at the stop for pick-up at least 5-7 minutes before the scheduled time. Starting in Grade 1 students are let out at the stop without a parent waiting. Please ensure you have a safety plan in place for your child in case you are not there to meet them.


Absences

Just a reminder, that during this fourth wave, it is very important that the school has an accurate count of what students are away and for what reason. All parents should be doing a daily Covid-19 Screening for each child. Please call into the school in a timely manner in the morning providing details of the absence.




St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





Sept. 23rd Update


Terry Fox Run

We are excited to announce that St. Brother Andre will be participating in the Terry Fox Walk on Friday, October 1st, 2021. Each class will have a designated time for this activity. The students and staff of St. Brother Andre Catholic School will walk around a path that will be set up in the yard. This event will be part of your child’s Quality Daily Physical Education Program. Each student is being asked to donate a toonie for the Marathon of Hope foundation. We will be collecting donations on throughout next week. Donations may be made via school-cash online. If you have not done so, particularly new families, please register at https://ocsb.schoolcashonline.com/ . This is the preferred method of payment for all activities throughout the school board.


School Bus Issues

As you are no doubt aware, school buses are very much in the news these days due to driver shortages. We are very lucky to have 2 regular drivers on our routes. In order to get the most current information on delays, cancellations, etc.,make sure you register with OSTA . If you had declined transportation last year, your child may not be registered on the bus. If you plan to transport your child, please decline on the same site. The school is no longer able to make these changes on your behalf. If your child is in JK/SK, please ensure that you are at the stop for pick-up at least 5-7 minutes before the scheduled time.


Absences

Just a reminder, that during this fourth wave, it is very important that the school has an accurate count of what students are away and for what reason. All parents should be doing a daily Covid-19 Screening for each child. Please call into the school in a timely manner in the morning providing details of the absence. Some scenarios:

  • I am calling for my child, (name). My child has a doctor’s appointment and will not be in today.

  • I am calling for my child, (name). My child has the sniffles. We are monitoring and will not send today.

  • I am calling for my child, (name). My child has a fever. We have done the Covid-19 Screening and will take our child for a test. My child will be off until we receive our results.


Snack Program

The Snack Program has begun. Healthy snack bins are sent to each class, Monday to Thursday, for morning snack. Students who do not have a snack may help themselves.


GRDO

Important Information from our community partner, Gloucester Recreation Development Organization:


PROGRAM 1 - GRDO is offering a modified outdoor soccer program in October for 2 locations: Cyrville and Jasmine. Please note: this program is only offered for ages 9-14.


When: every Saturday in October 2021.

Where and what time:

1) Cyrville location will be at Ken Steele Park, 1195 Ogilvie Road from 12pm to 1pm on Saturdays October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th.

2) Jasmine location will be at Jasmine Park, 2040 Jasmine Crescent from 2pm to 3pm on Saturdays October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th.


How to register? Please email us at info@grdo.ca with:

- Child(ren)'s FIRST and LAST NAME,

- AGE *** (program only for ages 9-14) ***

- LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE

- PARENTS PHONE NUMBER


Cost: $15 per participant for the entire program. Family membership fee is not required for this program.


COVID-19 considerations: outdoor program , restricted number of participants , on-site screening , hand sanitizers , equipment sanitized between programs , masks recommended .


Once your registration is accepted, you will receive a link to make your online payment securely through our new PayPal account and finalize your sign up. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.


PROGRAM 2 - We are aiming to run another online Leaders-in-Training (LIT) this Fall 2021 if there is enough interest! This program is for ages 14-18.


We ran this program earlier this year and due to high demand, we are seeking interest from youth for a session this Fall. The program will be for 8 weeks (once per week on Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm) starting October 20th, 2021 to December 8th, 2021. The program will take place online on Google Meet.


A random draw will take place on the last day of the program where one lucky participant will win a $50 gift card to their choice of Amazon, Uber Eats, or SkipTheDishes!!!


The program will:

  • have experienced GRDO LIT instructors/staff

  • provide youth ages 14-18 with volunteer hours which can be used towards high school volunteer hours (1 hour for each class attended)

  • provide additional volunteer hours for online assignments related to GRDO activities

  • discuss topics such as: leadership, goal setting, communication, program planning, behaviour management, resume writing, and interview skills

  • allow youth meet and chat with other youth and students and share ideas and experiences

Duration: 1 session per week for 8 weeks. Program will be 1 hour each week.

Cost: $30 for the entire 8 week program. Payment can be made online, full details to be provided to those who are interested.


IF INTERESTED: If you have a youth/student in the age range of 14-18 interested in this online program, please email us at info@grdo.ca with:

1) first name(s), last name(s), and age(s)

2) a GMAIL email address (required to join Google Meet)


We will then reply to you with full details on how to complete the sign up process.



Orange Shirt Day

On September 30th we are asking staff and students to wear an orange shirt to honor the children who survived Residential Schools and to remember those who didn’t. There are many resources available in the school.





St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca





September Newsletter


MEANING OF THE BOARD’S SPIRITUAL THEME 2021-2022

We turn to the Letter of St. James for inspiration for our new Spiritual Theme. Let us thank God for our many blessings so we can be filled with “Gratitude, Rooted in Joy, which Fills us with Hope.” It will be another three year spiritual journey. Our first year will focus on Gratitude. Scripture exhorts us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Gratitude is an acknowledgment that everything that is good in our lives is a gift from God. Even in challenging times we have a great deal for which to be thankful - like family, friends, food, shelter, education and for all of you.


PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

I would like to wish everyone a warm welcome as we start off a new school year. The staff has been eagerly

preparing for the upcoming year as we welcome the students back. I am honoured to once again be taking on the role of principal to such a dynamic group of staff that are looking forward to working in partnership with you, the parish, and community in providing the learning that will help foster your child’s growth during this unique time.


I am looking forward to an excellent year!!


Sean Crookshank

Principal


SCHOOL/HOME COMMUNICATION

Parent/School communication is the cornerstone of student success. Again this year, we will have a progress report and two report card periods. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher or me at any time throughout the year to discuss his or her progress. Parents know their children best and any information that you believe would help us in designing a program for your child’s success would be greatly appreciated. It will be important to check the School website often http://ban.ocsb.ca/, Parent Portal, and emails from the school and your child’s educator for up-to-date information.


Please see the information below for the Parent Verification Form:


The recommendation of the school board is to have parents verify student information via the parent portal. This information is pulled from PowerSchool. Should you have new or changed information, please email the school with any changes at brother.andre@ocsb.ca . All of the information regarding registration and access to the Parent Portal is found on our website at https://www.ocsb.ca/parentportal/l.


WELCOME FROM OUR TRUSTEE

Joanne MacEwan, our school trustee, is eagerly looking forward to the new school year. We look forward to working with her.

Joanne.MacEwan@ocsb.ca Phone : 6138420166

Fax : 6132284158

Twitter @JoanneMacEwan


PARISH NEWS

Do you have a child who is starting Grade 2 this Fall or who has missed receiving their Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in the past couple of years? The First Prep Program at Annunciation of the Lord Parish provides parish-based catechesis for children from Grades 2-6 who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We will be holding information and registration sessions on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30pm and Sunday, October 3 at 11:30am in the parish hall. All interested families are welcome to attend. Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate. There will be a $30 program fee to cover the cost of materials, which can be payable in the form of cash or cheque on registration night or can be paid online. Details about online payment will be shared at the registration sessions. Inquiries can be sent to firstprep@annunciation-ottawa.com.


SCHOOL STAFF

Staffing is based on enrollment projections and may be subject to change. We should receive the final staffing

decisions within the next few weeks. Please check our school website for the most up-to-date list.


SCHOOL HOURS

The School Day for students is from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6:

Morning Recess: 9:45—10:00 a.m.

Lunch Hour: 11:15 a.m. —12:15 p.m.

Afternoon Recess: 1:30—1:45 p.m.

***Kindergarten Students are on their own schedule to be determined by the teachers.

Morning drop off begins at 8:15 a.m. Therefore, for safety reasons, it is in the best interests of children who

walk, ride their bicycles or receive a ride from a parent/guardian not to arrive prior to 8:15 a.m. and arrive before 8:30 a.m. so they are not late.


DOORS

Guests are not permitted in the school at this time. Students that arrive after the bell or from appointments need to be buzzed in to enter the school. For the safety and protection of the students, all doors are kept locked during instructional time.


STUDENT SAFETY AND SECURITY REMINDERS (Drop off and pick up)


At dismissal (3:00pm for both bussers and walkers) and drop off time, there is supervision provided to ensure children safely leave the schoolyard and/or safely board the bus. Staff who are on duty wear bright vests to ensure that they can be quickly and easily located by children on the yard. Walkie Talkies are carried, to allow for immediate communication between staff on the yard and the front office. Children in Grade 1 to 6 are to be dropped off/picked up at the back gate by the schoolyard. We request that the accompanying adult not enter the yard. Kindergarten students are picked up at the grass area in front of their classroom door. For those coming across the park area at the back of the school, drop off would be at the edge of the asphalt. This allows teachers on duty to better monitor the yard. The same areas would be designated for pickup.


Children are advised to return to the office should their regular pickup not be waiting for them. Parents are not permitted in the school yard.


Bicycles at School: All students riding their bicycles to school must wear a helmet. Locks must be used when the

bicycles are placed in the appropriate stands in the yard. All students must walk their bicycles on school property. We

cannot be responsible for damage to bicycles.


Emergency School Closing: In the event that our school closes in the middle of the day for emergency reasons, your

child should have a prearranged location; a friend or neighbour etc., where s/he can wait if you are not at home.

All parents/guardians would be contacted if the school were to close. During snow days, when busses are not running, schools remain open but parents are responsible for transporting their students to and from school.


Bus Lane for Buses Only! At the front of the school, there is a designated lane for school buses. This lane is used by our buses when they arrive at school for student drop off and after school for student pick up. If you are dropping off or picking up your child at school, please do not park in the designated school bus lane.


No Electronics at School: We ask that parents ensure their child keeps any valuables and electronics at home during

school time (Please info your child’s teachers if your child will be bringing in their own Chromebook). Should your child have a cell phone at school,the phone MUST be turned off and left in his/her school bag. The school cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items.


Indoor/Outdoor Shoes: In order to keep our school clean, and for your child’s safety, we are requesting that students have an indoor pair of shoes and that they put them on immediately upon entering the school. Soles should be non marking.


Drop Off and Pick Up: To ensure the safety of all our students, maintaining routines of dropoff and pickup

are extremely important. If a child takes the bus, then it is expected that every day the child will take the bus. If a child walks or rides a bike, then this is the expected daily routine. Please advise the office if there is a change in drop off and/or pick up routines.


Absences and Late Arrivals: Attendance at school is very important. If your child is to be absent, parents are asked to

call the school. Please leave your child's full name and grade (e.g. 4A) as well as the reason for the absence or late arrival (e.g. illness/ appointment/vacation/sport event/music). Children arriving late MUST report to the office. An answering machine is available 24hrs a day.


HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Sick Children: For the protection of our students and staff, kindly keep your child at home in times of illness, until they are completely well . Please follow the guidelines set out by Ottawa Public Health.


Please use the Ottawa Public Health Screening tool for students each day.

A student should not be sent with a request to remain indoors during recess or lunch hour. Recess and lunch hours are part of the school day and the school is organized and staff is allocated accordingly. Please do not send your child to school with undiagnosed rashes or skin complaints. The school is obligated to contact parents when such cases present themselves and the student must be picked up and should not return until the cause is identified. In the event of an injury, e.g. broken leg, asthmatic condition or other long term disability or where a doctor's certificate is provided, special accommodation will be made.


Epipen, Food Allergies, Inhalers, Allergens:

1 Parents/guardians of students with serious medical conditions must inform the school and work with the school staff and the student’s health care provider to create a plan of care. Please visit ocsb.ca/student-health to access the required forms. If your child has life threatening allergies or reactions, asthma, or any medical conditions, etc. and requires an

EPIPEN or other medications (puffers, pills, etc.), you and your physician need to complete a "Request and

Consent for Administration of Medication" form and return it to the school with the medication(s). N.B. These forms

must be completed each year. Please be sure to indicate an alternate "Emergency Medical Contact" in case we cannot reach you.


2 If your child requires an Epipen, they must wear it at all times in a pouch and wear a medicalert bracelet. A

second Epipen must be stored at the front office.


3 As you are probably aware, we have several students with severe allergies to nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy . We would like to thank you for continuing to avoid sending any products that do or may contain nuts/peanuts or sesame seeds of any kind to school with your child. Students are also reminded that there is no eating allowed on the bus. If children who have peanut allergies come into contact, either by smell, touch or ingestion with peanuts, they can experience an allergic reaction. Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call. Homeroom teachers will send specific details on inclass procedures.


4 We are a scent free school so please avoid sending hand sanitizer that is scented with something other than aloe.


Pediculosis (Lice): The Ottawa Carleton Health Department no longer checks schools for head lice. Parents are asked to check their children on a regular basis. Nits (eggs) are oval shaped and stick to the hair. Treatment with special shampoo is required. It is not uncommon for children returning from summer camp, etc. to pick up pediculosis.If you have any questions, please contact the school.


Fifth’s Disease - Please let us know!: Fifth’s Disease is a very mild childhood illness that presents itself with an initial

“slapped cheek” rash. The disease is quite harmless and can often go unnoticed and is not considered reportable under the Ottawa Carleton Health Department guidelines. The Health Department, however, does advise that some caution be exercised for pregnant women, if not immune, as there is some risk to the health of an unborn baby. For the safety of our staff, as well as our volunteer parents, we ask that you report any cases of Fifth’s to the school office as soon as your child has been diagnosed.


Suspected Child Abuse:

"In accordance with the Child and Family Services Act, 1984 , it is the policy of the Ottawa Catholic School Board that all employees shall report suspected cases of child abuse". It is the role of the Children's Aid Society, to whom we report, to investigate such a report. If your child is bruised or marked from an accident, you may wish to let the teacher know the circumstances. Should a report be made to the Children's Aid society, please understand that we are complying with the law and have the best interest of your child in mind.


Tips for a Safe Lunch Box:

Keeping cold foods cold (4°C or below):

∙Place a frozen ice pack, water bottle or juice box beside the cold foods.

∙Use an insulated lunch bag and keep it away from any heat sources.

∙Fresh foods like cut fruit, veggies, meat, eggs, mayo, pasta, rice, milk products and leftovers cannot be left at

room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Keeping hot foods hot (60°C or higher):

∙Use an insulated food jar for foods like soup, chili, stew and leftovers so they are still hot at lunch.

∙In the morning, preheat the insulated food jar by adding boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Heat the

food in the microwave or stove top. Empty the food jar of the boiling water and fill it with the hot food.

Keeping the lunch box clean:

∙Wash the lunch bag or box often with warm soapy water.

∙Wash fruits and vegetables before cutting up or eating.

For more information contact Ottawa Public Health at 6135806744

or visit www.ottawa.ca/health


Opt in to receive emails

To receive all types of email messages, you must opt in. Otherwise, we will only send you emergency and attendance email messages. (Families with children in our Board since 2017 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. 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.


Create your SchoolMessenger account

  1. Go to ocsb.ca/SchoolMessenger to learn how to create your account.

  2. Create your account using the email address you provided when you registered your child for school.

  3. Choose your contact preferences for each type of message.


Have questions?

If you are having difficulty creating your parent account, please email the OCSB at School.Messenger@ocsb.ca.


Please note that St. Brother Andre Catholic School does its best to conserve. Therefore, all newsletters,

updated information, etc. will be posted at the beginning of each month on our website, ban.ocsb.ca and

sent home via email.


If you do not have access to a computer at home, do let us know and a paper copy will be provided to you. We appreciate your support and understanding in this endeavour.



Prayer for Beginning a New School Year


Father,

We thank you for the opportunity

to begin the 2021-22 school year,

and we ask that you bless

the staff, students, and students' families.

We pray that you will guide us in all ways,

and that we will seek your will

in everything that we do.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen



St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7


Phone: 613-741-0100

Email: Brother.Andre@ocsb.ca

Website: ban.ocsb.ca






Welcome Back: First Day of School is Sept. 7th.

Staff will be contacting parents via e-mail for instructions for the first day of school for SK to Grade 6. JK parents will be contacted this week for their time slot for a virtual meeting (Phone Call) to answer any questions they might have.

Last day of instruction June 21, 2021

The last day of class instruction for all grades will be Monday, June 21! All schools will be following @OttawaHealth guidelines and sending instructions next week for June 22, 23 and 24:

  • Returning devices or other supplies

  • Retrieving student personal items and more.

June 15th Update

Date: June 15, 2021


As you are aware, the final day of classes for all students is Monday, June 21st. There will not be any more synchronous or asynchronous instruction after this date.


On Wednesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 24th, students will be invited to come to the school to retrieve their belongings and have an opportunity to say goodbye to staff. Entry to the school will be through the front doors by the main office. Students will then proceed to their classrooms, pick up their belongings and leave through the doors to the school yard where parents will meet them. Due to COVID restrictions, parents/guardians are not allowed into the school.


COVID restrictions will be in place for students. Please ensure that you have done the Self Screening tool for each child prior to arriving at school. Students must wear masks and will be expected to use hand sanitizer on entering and exiting the school. Within each classroom, students will need to maintain physical distancing of 2 meters at all times.


We ask that you don’t linger in the school yard after students have returned to their families. As you are aware, even outdoor groups are currently limited to 10 individuals. The play structure will be closed.


Staff will be available throughout the building to assist students and ensure that they are able to move through the process quickly.


Chromebooks

Please do see the information that went home today about returning borrowed Chromebooks (both in school students and virtual).

A link is provided here as well: Chromebook return information.


Textbooks, Library books

If your child has borrowed any textbooks or library books, we ask that they also be returned at this time. We will have a central location for library book return near the Learning Commons where students can drop their books. Textbooks should be returned to their classrooms.


Medications

All medications currently housed at the school will be returned to your child at the office or in their classroom.


Grade 6 School Leaving Ceremony

The pre-recorded virtual leaving ceremony will be shared with the Grade 6 families on Wednesday, June 23rd. Grade 6s are invited to come on their special time slot to pick up their certificates, t-shirt, etc.


Schedule

The schedule is based on family names listed alphabetically. If you have children with different last names, please choose one of the appointed times to bring all of your children. There is no need to return multiple times for different last names.


We ask that families come to school at their appointed time in order to manage the numbers of students in the building and families waiting in the school yard.


Wednesday, June 23

9:00 am - 10:00 am

A - C families (JK to Gr.5)

10:30 am - 11:30 am

D - H families (JK to Gr.5)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

I - L families (JK to Gr.5)


Thursday, June 24th

9:00 am - 10:00 am

M - P families (JK to Gr.5)

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Q - Z families (JK to Gr.5

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Grade 6 Students (12:00pm to 2pm).


Finally, it goes without saying that this has been a challenging year in many ways. On behalf of the staff, we would like to send a sincere thank you to you, our families, for all that you have done to make this year a success. Your patience and flexibility in often trying circumstances has not gone unnoticed. Our success lies in the strength of our partnerships with you and on that basis, our students have been well served. Thank you!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give the school a call at 613-224-6341.


Happy summer!


Sean Crookshank

Principal


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