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.
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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
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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
Go to ocsb.ca/SchoolMessenger to learn how to create your account.
Create your account using the email address you provided when you registered your child for school.
Choose your contact preferences for each type of message.
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
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