Parent Weekly Mail: September 13th, 2019

posted Sep 15, 2019, 6:51 PM by Julie Fortier   [ updated Sep 15, 2019, 6:52 PM ]

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Friday, September 13th Mail Day

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St. Andrew 




Parish Links

St. Monica

Our Motto: Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Principal’s Message

It was so wonderful to have had the opportunity to  connect with many of our St. Andrew’s families at the Open House this past week.  I hope you are all just as excited as we all are to continue the school year with enthusiasm, energy and faith.  It was a great showing and my goal is to keep parent engagement going as there is an abundance of research that supports that with increased parental/home engagement, come increased student success.  So let’s do just that!

Welcome Back Bash

Our next community event is just around the corner - The Welcome Back Bash that is put on by our parent council.  It is this upcoming Wednesday, September 18th at 5:00p.m.

St. Andrew Deep Learning:  The Global Competencies (6Cs)

As discussed in the Introductory presentation at the Open House (slide deck linked below).  The OCSB Strategic Commitments this year are focusing on the 6 global competencies: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, Character, Citizenship.

This term, St. Andrew is going to focus on collaboration.  We are going to try and further our understanding of what collaboration really means, what it looks, sounds and feels like and then apply it to our daily lives.  

St. Andrew Bus/Foot Patrol

FYI:  The St. Andrew patrol program is going to be up and running next week.  We are so lucky to have CAA patrollers. If you see our patrollers outside, give them a smile!  We want to show them that we respect their contributions to the school community. 

Parking Lot “Clean-up”

It is very important that parents do not block the 2 accessible parking spots as well as the access to the sidewalk where the curb cut outs are- there are yellow lines to indicate the no parking zones. We have St.Andrew community members who need to access the parking spaces as well as the school sidewalk during drop-off and pick up times. Thank you, in advance, for respecting the needs of all of our community members.

St. Andrew Giving Back: Woven Milk Bags Mats

In keeping with our board theme this year, Love Kindness and Mercy, members of the new St. Andrew Mat Making Team will be collecting clean, dry milk bags (the large coloured bags) to weave mats for people in need.  Please drop off your clean, dry milk bags at the front office throughout the school year. For more information: https://milkbagsunlimited.ca/

Cross Country at St. Andrew

Cross-country try-outs started today at 8:30a.m. in the yard for grades 4, 5 and 6 students. Practices will be every Wednesday and Friday mornings in September. The Cross Country Meet for the 30 chosen students is on October 9th, 2019.

Pizza and Milk Orders

The pizza and milk orders are due next week on Tuesday, September 17th.

The St. Andrew Eco Club

The Eco Club met this week to plan for some whole-school initiatives this 2019-2020 school year.  The club would like to remind you that St. Andrew is continuing the battery collection initiative as well as the Crayola Colourcyle (marker recycling).  https://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

Looking ahead to next week…

Monday, September 16th

Tuesday, September 17th

  • Cross Country Tryouts @ 8:30a.m.

  • Pizza and Milk Orders are due 

  • September Parent Council Meeting @ 6:30p.m. We would love to welcome back previous members and see new faces at our 1st meeting.

Wednesday, September 18th

-Welcome Back Bash @ 5:00, organized by the St. Andrew parent council.

Thursday, September 19th

Friday, September 20th

Cross Country Tryouts @ 8:30a.m.


St. Andrew School

201 Crestway Drive

Nepean, ON  K2G 6Z3

Phone: 613-843-0050
Email: Andrew@ocsb.ca
Website: and.ocsb.ca
Twitter: andrewnepean


Parent Weekly Mail: Sept. 6th

posted Sep 15, 2019, 6:46 PM by Julie Fortier

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Friday, September 6th Mail Day

In this issue
Principal’s Message 

Program Night Highlights

Visitors to School 

Absence Procedures

 Student Activity Fee

Closing Quote

Quick Links

St. Andrew 




Parish Links

St. Monica

Our Motto: Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You

Principal’s Message:

On behalf of the St. Andrew School staff we welcome back all students and families to St. Andrew School. We trust that each of you had a restful and safe summer. A special welcome to families new to our school. We are sure you will find our school friendly and one in which you can feel safe, secure and proud to attend.

Our spiritual theme is “ Seek justice, Love, Kindness & Mercy and Walk Humbly with God.”  

This year at St. Andrew, we will continue to build on the tradition of Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You, which the school community has been establishing for years in collaboration with St. Andrew Parish

The school educational team consists of home, school, church and parish. We all must take an active role in the development of each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The staff at St. Andrew School complements the Christian values that are nurtured in your home. Communication between home and school is essential. We will continually update you on your child's progress and development. Similarly, we encourage you to contact your child's teacher if you have any concerns or questions.

We look forward to working with you, your children and the staff of St. Andrew  School this year.

Welcome to a wonderful new school year! 

J. Fortier, Principal                         

Open House Details


Administration’s introduction to the evening and welcome back address.

6:30-7:00p.m. (Julie)

1st Classroom Presentation


2nd Classroom Presentation


Meeting for Staff


Morning Drop-off and Afternoon Pick-up

Morning: Please ensure that if you are dropping off your child(ren) in the morning that you park on the right hand side of our bus lane and well behind the Daycare entrance.  There will be a pilon out as a marker for you. This way, our buses will have plenty of space to park and pull up to the curb to allow our students a safe exit from the bus. Secondly, it is essential that cars DO NOT PASS the bus in the bus lane.  Once the buses have landed on St. Andrew school property, there are to be no moving vehicles in that lane. This is both a St. Andrew and OSTA health and safety policy.    

Afternoon:  The same expectation of the bus lane applies to the afternoon. The only additional piece of information to add to the afternoon pick-up is to ensure that all students who are walkers and connect with a parent at the end of the day are not to play on the structure that is inside the yellow line. This way, we are able to account for all students during dismissal in order to confidently give the office and supervision staff an “all clear” to indicate that buses can leave.  

Absence Procedures

Please call the school or put a note in your child’s agenda book when your child will be absent from school.  Our number is 613-843-0050.

Message from OSTA:  Empty Seat Information

Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2018-19 will need to re-apply for service for the 2019-20 school year. The “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available on the OSTA website at: http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/empty-seat-seat-availability-provision-2/ and should be sent to OSTA directly. The application deadline is September 20th, 2019 for the October review period. Students are prioritized based on age, distance and other factors. A waitlist may be created and new applications throughout the year will be added to the waitlist. We ask that parents and school staff NOT put students on the bus prior to assignment to a bus route, for the students’ own safety as they will not be insured until they are formally provided an “empty seat.” 

School Security

For the safety of our children, we expect that all adults entering the school or arriving on school property during the regular school day will report to the office, please.  Parents are asked to sign in at the front office, where they will be given a visitor pass if they are volunteering. Please do not accompany your child to class if they are being dropped off. School staff have been instructed to direct all adults to the office.  Your understanding and co-operation is appreciated.  

Volunteers in the School

We would love to have you volunteer in the school whether it is helping out with a class craft, activity and field trips.  The policy is the same as the previous year where volunteers must have their Volunteer Sector Check (VSC). It is a 3 step process where you must 1) complete the application form 2) Apply online and 3) Submit your police check.  Note that as of Sept. 1, 2019 a fee of $10 will apply for all volunteers and this increases to $20 as of January 1, 2020. The school will reimburse any volunteer upon receiving a receipt as proof of their payment to obtain a criminal record check to volunteer at your school.Check out more details on our OCSB website 

Student Activity Fees

Student Fees are collected via Cash Online from each student to assist in enriching your child’s curricula, grade presentations, field trips, agenda and in stimulating the theory delivered in the classroom. The fee is $35.00 per student and is voluntary.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Student Fee Form - attachment below 

Milk and Pizza Orders

Lunchtime Milk Order Form - attachment below

Pizza Lunch Order Form - attachment below



St. Andrew School

201 Crestway Drive

Nepean, ON  K2G 6Z3

Phone: 613-843-0050
Email: Andrew@ocsb.ca
Website: and.ocsb.ca
Twitter: andrewnepean


St. Andrew's Welcome Back Bash!

posted Sep 12, 2019, 10:37 AM by Julie Fortier

We are all looking forward to coming together as a St. Andrew community to kick start the new school year.  We hope to see you are this year's Welcome Back Bash on Wednesday, September 18th at 5:00p.m. 

Welcome Back St. Andrew Students!

posted Aug 29, 2019, 1:40 PM by Julie Fortier   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 1:45 PM ]

Hello and welcome back to all. The St. Andrew staff are more than happy to see all of you return to school next Tuesday, September 3rd. All of the senior kindergartens (SK) through to Grade 6 students will meet their new teachers and peers at school for 9:10 a.m. The St. Andrew Staff will meet you all outside with class lists and smiles to start the first day of school.  
Happy long weekend ahead, The St. Andrew Staff

School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day: August 25th

posted Aug 22, 2019, 1:04 PM by Julie Fortier

Take part in Pedestrian Safety with the Ottawa Safety Council.  Get on the bus with your children for a bus ride.  Learn about the walking school bus. Enjoy videos, colouring, and more fun activities for all ages. 
Register online and learn of locations and times for the School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/  

Grade 7 Welcome BBQ

posted Aug 14, 2019, 8:40 AM by Julie Fortier   [ updated Aug 22, 2019, 12:57 PM ]

St. Mother Teresa new student welcome bbq will be on Wednesday, August 28th.  Parents are asked to drop your child off at 10:00 AM and pick them up at 12:00 PM.  We look forward to welcoming all of our new Grade 7/8 students. 

Vulnerable Sector Information - renewal information

posted Jun 24, 2019, 7:33 AM by Michael Schreider   [ updated Aug 14, 2019, 8:33 AM by Julie Fortier ]

Family members who have submitted a Vulnerable Sector Check to the school will be receiving an email inviting you to renew it before the start of the new school year.  You will be directed to a survey that will help you do this before it expires.  Thank you for your attention to this over the summer months.

Distribution of Report Cards

posted Jun 24, 2019, 6:07 AM by Michael Schreider

Just a reminder that our Report Cards will be distributed to all students  on Tuesday June 25.

Happy Father's Day

posted Jun 14, 2019, 1:01 PM by Michael Schreider

The staff at St. Andrew would like to wish all Father's a wonderful day on Sunday June 16th. Happy Father's Day!!

Friday June 7 - PD Day

posted Jun 6, 2019, 12:45 PM by Michael Schreider

Friday June 7th is a PD Day in all our Catholic Schools.  There is no schools for students!

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