School News

September Newsletter


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.


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



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, 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 . All of the information regarding registration and access to the Parent Portal is found on our website at


Joanne MacEwan, our school trustee, is eagerly looking forward to the new school year. We look forward to working with her. Phone : 6138420166

Fax : 6132284158

Twitter @JoanneMacEwan


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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

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 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

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, 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


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.


St. Brother André School

1923 Elmridge Drive

Gloucester, ON K1J 8G7

Phone: 613-741-0100



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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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