“Motherhood has the greatest potential influence in human life” ~ Author unknown
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
We wish our school community a very Happy Mother’s Day! Some say…“God couldn’t be everywhere, so He made Mothers”, although not theologically accurate, the saying describes the significant role Mothers play in our lives. Motherhood is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. The emotional foundation we give our children at home is unconditional to their life. We cannot underestimate the value of home and the power of a Mother’s love. Take time on May 12th, 2019 to say thanks and ensure that your Mother’s Day is showered with love and blessings.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK UPDATE
Thank you to our school community for a wonderful week celebrating Catholic education together. We sincerely appreciate all of the family members that were able to join us for the many examples of the great learning that takes place at St. Peter CES each day.
CIVVIES’ DAY – DRESS LOUD DAY
Friday, May 17th, 2019 is recognized as Dress Loud Day in support of the Halton Chapter of VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. On Dress Loud Day, we encourage all students and staff members to wear their loudest and most outrageous outfit to school to create awareness about the impact of hearing loss. Please ensure that all outfits are in keeping with our Catholic values and social teachings. Please also note that this is not a day for costumes to be worn to school.
CLASS PLACEMENT 2019 – 2020
The process for creating classes for the 2019 – 2020 school year will soon begin. To learn more about this process, please review the information found here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2019/05/class-placement-2019-2020-school-year/
It is the season for ticks. Please click the link below for information from Halton Region on how to prevent Lyme disease. For more information: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/Lyme-Disease
With Spring comes a variety of weather conditions that can change drastically throughout the day. Our outside playground has tended to be windy and cool in recent weeks. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. We encourage students to wear their jackets that they bring to school during all outdoor activities.
It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time. Research indicates that students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently. Please continue to support positive daily routines for the remainder of the school year to ensure student success. If your child meets specific attendance thresholds as outlined in the HCDSB policies/procedures, a letter will be sent home to address the concern and to support the family. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Main Office.
SCHOOL BUS COURTESY SEATS
The HSTS online courtesy seat application has been available to parents/guardians as of May 1st, 2019 at
www.haltonbus.ca under the Procedures/forms tab. The online form is available from May 1st to September 30th annually. Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) is responsible for the implementation and assignment of all online courtesy seat applications received for the upcoming school year. HSTS staff will review and allocate available courtesy seats for those schools who opt to go with the early approval process in June as well as during the month of October.
PROMOTING WELL-BEING: MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL CHILDREN & YOUTH
What is meant by “child and adolescent mental health”?
- The term “child and adolescent mental health” refers to the social, emotional, and behavioural well-being of children and adolescents, and is considered an integral part of healthy development.
- Just as with physical health, no one goes through life without some mental health problems. This is as true in childhood and adolescence as it is in adulthood.
- Many such problems are a normal part of life. For the most part, we learn and grow from them.
- For children and adolescents, however, adult awareness, sensitivity, and guidance often are very important to help them to learn and grow from such problems.
- For some children and adolescents, the problems are serious enough that supports and guidance from the main adults in their lives (e.g., parents and teachers) are not sufficient, and specialized assistance is needed. Without such assistance, the problems can cause much stress and heartache to the children and adolescents, as well as to their families, their teachers, and the community. In addition, such problems can lead to even more serious mental health problems in adulthood.
What can parents do?
- The daily activities of parents and families, as well as parents’ positive relationships with their children and adolescents, actively promote the mental health of their children and adolescents.
- Parents’ roles and relationships impact children and adolescents’ feelings of self-worth, dignity, identity, and belonging. Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
- Parents also are in an excellent position to observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual, perhaps lasting longer than average, which could indicate a mental health problem requiring consultation and intervention.
- “Sometimes you just can tell that something is not right.” – http://www.sickkidscmh.ca
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