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Weekly Update – Week of September 9th through 13th, 2019

Discern pathways where others only see walls..recognize potential where others see only peril. ~ Pope Francis ~

FIRST WEEK BACK!

It has been a great first week back to St. Peter CES! We welcomed many new students/families to our Year 1 – Junior Kindergarten as well as throughout the larger school population.

Thank you for all the warm greetings, supportive conversations, and best wishes for the school year that our staff members have had with parents and guardians this week. We appreciate the trust you place in us to care for your children each day.

Thank you to all our parents/guardians for respecting our arrival and dismissal procedures. A reminder that adults are not permitted to enter the Kindergarten or main school yard. We will endeavour to dismiss the children in a timely manner, however, please be assured that younger students will not be dismissed without an adult or caregiver present.

REMINDER: We remind students that “Every Day Matters!” and daily attendance is of the utmost importance.

FASD AWARENESS DAY 

Although tomorrow is not a scheduled Civvies’ Day at St. Peter CES, you may see people around the Milton area wearing red shoes and socks in support of FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. FASD Awareness Day is held every year on September 9th, 2019. This day is set aside to increase knowledge and understanding about FASD.

Why Red shoes? RJ Formanek is an adult with FASD and he decided to wear RED SHOES to stand out, be noticed and have some fun starting the FASD conversation with strangers (redshoesrock.com)

It’s all about…
1. Turning invisibility into visibility
2. Creating conversation
3. Changing stigma into understanding and acceptance

For more information visit www.Haltonfasd.ca

YARD SUPERVISION

Supervision begins at 8:50am. For the safety of your children, we request that your students not be on school property until a vested supervisor is on duty. Please ensure that your children leave home with ample time to get to school when the bell rings. We strongly recommend that you encourage your children to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways on their way to/from school. Establish routines at home that will assist your child to arrive on time. Please be aware that the volume of traffic in the parking lot increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. Finally, students arriving late for school must first report to the Main Office for a late slip.

SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated! Please note that a Criminal Reference & Vulnerable Sector Screening is required before you are permitted to volunteer at school. Please note that this process can be completed online at www.haltonpolice.ca – Police Records Check.

SAFE & CARING SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

Last week, students from Grades 1 – 8 gathered to review the school routines and expectations that help keep everyone safe and learning at St. Peter CES. Of note, the St. Peter CES Code of Conduct is located in the front of the student Agenda – please take time to review and discuss this information with your children.

HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

We will continue to provide a Parent Weekly Update each week. It will be posted on the school website and a link will be emailed out to the school community. The school website will be updated frequently, including the ‘Announcements’ page, where we will share good news stories and important school informational items. You can subscribe to the calendar on the website so notifications can be received as dates are added.

PA DAY – NO SCHOOL

Please note that Monday, September 16th, 2019 is a Professional Activity Day. There is no school for students on that day. St. Peter CES staff members will be working on school improvement planning processes and activities.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

If you are interested in becoming a member of the St. Peter CES Catholic School Council, nomination forms must be dropped off at the office by September 13th, 2019. If necessary, elections will be held for positions on September 23rd, 2019. Please see the link below for more information:

https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2019/08/catholic-school-council-update-2019-2020/

If you are not interested in Catholic School Council, there will be plenty of other opportunities for parents/guardians to volunteer for various committees and roles throughout the school year. If interested, please ensure that you have an up to date Criminal Reference Check & Vulnerable Screening on file with the school. We greatly value all our volunteers and look forward to working with new members as well as this year!

FAMILY INFORMATION PACKAGES

We have sent home our Family Information/Consent Form and the Registration Verification form. Please complete and return the Family Information/Consent Form to the school as soon as possible. It is important that we have up to date information in order to contact you in the case of an emergency.

CURRICULUM NIGHT – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 2019

Curriculum Night has been scheduled for Thursday, September 12th, 2019 between 6:30 – 8:00pm. We will have a brief ‘Meet & Greet’ in the gymnasium after which classroom visits will follow. There will be three sessions of classroom visits again this year…more information to follow. We look forward to seeing all our families and coming together as a community to celebrate the exciting beginning of a new school year.

MEDICAL PERILS

Please ensure you have returned the necessary forms for any medical perils (e.g., anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes) to the Main Office along with any medication needed so we can update our files. St. Peter CES strives to be a nut and allergen free environment. We have students with life threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as well since we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter.

GRADE 7 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

All Grade 7 students will be offered vaccines through school-based immunization clinics again this year. The Region of Halton Health Department administers this voluntary immunization program. All forms are due to the school office by Friday, September 13th, 2019. The first scheduled date is Thursday, October 10th, 2019 will be Hep B and HPV-9 for those participating.

CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

Recent research shows that a concussion can have very serious implications on a child`s cognitive and physical abilities. Parents and guardians are reminded that a comprehensive protocol, based on current research and best practices, has been developed to help parents, students, and staff prevent, recognize, and respond to a concussion. More information, including a Parent Fact Sheetcan be found on the Board`s website at: https://www.hcdsb.org/Parents/safeandhealthy/Medical/Documents/Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents.pdf

LUNCHTIME SUPERVISORS

We continue to search for lunchtime supervisors at St. Peter CES. If you are interested, the role is a paid position and requires a daily commitment from 12:10pm to 1:10pm. Please contact the Main Office for more information.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING

You can promote self-esteem with children by letting them take small risks. Building confidence is all about your children clearing small hurdles—on their own. That means you should not rush in every time you think your kid needs help.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
8
Sun
Masses at Holy Rosary Parish – 8:30am, 10:00am & 11:30am
Sep 8 all day
Sep
9
Mon
FASD Awareness Day
Sep 9 all day
Kindergarten Full Entry
Sep 9 all day
Sep
12
Thu
Curriculum Night
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
13
Fri
Catholic School Council Nomination Packages due
Sep 13 all day
Grade 7 Immunization Program Consent Forms due
Sep 13 all day
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Week of September 9th through 13th, 2019