“If we lose our memory, we destroy the future. The anniversary of the indescribable cruelty humanity discovered 75 years ago is a call to stop, be silent and make memory. We need this to not become indifferent.” – Pope Francis
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY – JANUARY 27th, 2020
We need to remember the Holocaust to not become indifferent. The year 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. It is a date calling for pause and reflection. On Monday, January 27th, 2020 many classes will be doing lessons/activities to honour the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
PA DAY – No School Friday!
Please remember that there is no school for students on Friday, January 31st, 2020.
HCDSB JANUARY MENTAL HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH
Our school board’s mental health team will be providing parents with a monthly mental health tip. You can access this month’s tip here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/01/mental-health-tip-of-the-month-january-2020/
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL: A Caregiver’s Guide
Early in the morning, it is often difficult to make a decision about whether or not your child is sick enough to stay home from school. Please visit the following link for information that may help to make that decision: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/01/when-to-keep-your-child-home-from-school/
CREDIT VALLEY CONSERVATION – WATERSHED CONDITIONS
Please visit the following link for updated Watershed Conditions – Flood Warning January 26th, 2020
UPGRADED PEDESTRIAN CROSSOVER
The Town of Milton has recently upgraded the pedestrian crossover (PXO) at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Book Drive to aid pedestrians to safely cross the road.
For more information, please visit the following link: Upgraded Pedestrian Crossover at Maple Avenue and Book Drive
LUNCH TIME SUPERVISORS REQUIRED!
We are currently looking to hire a lunch time supervisor for our school. The role entails reporting to the Principal and/Vice-Principal and supervising children during lunch breaks. The hours of work are from 12:10pm to 1:10pm daily (Monday to Friday). Any interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and an updated Criminal Reference Check – Vulnerable Sector Screening to the Main Office as soon as possible.
PARENT LITERACY TIPS
By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. For more information visit – https://abclifeliteracy.ca/
ARRIVE ON TIME!
Research in child development tells us that our young ones live a much more ‘hurried life’ than ever before. The resulting anxiety can stand in the way of our children reaching their true potential and, in their ability to learn at school. In order to allow children the opportunity to calmly begin their instructional day, and to support their social, emotional, and academic well-being, it is important to arrive at school well before the bell.
When students arrive late, they miss the opportunity to join their peers as they socialize and prepare for the day ahead. Lining up, greeting the teacher, learning of the day’s expectations, participating in prayer and opening exercises, and getting a head start on schoolwork are opportunities for growth and skill development. Being present during these activities encourages students to feel that they truly belong to their classroom and to the school. Being absent from them has the potential to create anxiety within our children as they hurry to catch up with their peers.
Teaching our children to be organized and ready to attend school on time is a treasured life skill that will reduce their anxiety and assist their daily development.
Finding the right services for your family can be challenging. These links can help you find the information and services you are looking for in your community.
- Where to Get Help in Halton is a guide to community services in Halton.
- Halton Multicultural Council is a community-based settlement agency that provides a variety of programs and services to immigrant and refugee communities.
- ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) provides multi-disciplinary mental health services for children, youth and families.
- Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations and agencies serving children and youth. Visit the website to find out more about Halton neighbourhood data, local services and events in the Halton community.
- Dial 311 from any telephone to access information about Halton government services including consultation with a Public Health Nurse.
MILTON COMMUNITY EVENTS
Please review the many events occurring in Milton for you and your families to access:
FUNTastic Fridays – An exciting program for 9-13-year-old at Milton Leisure Centre COMMS_REC18-007_FUNtasticFridays January_March_2020
Milton Kids Art Club – FREE Registered arts club for kids aged 7 – 12 years. Come after school and create with ArtHouse! You must sign your child up for all weeks they plan to attend. When: January 22nd, 2020 at 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Location: Milton HUB, 540 Commercial St. Milton, ON L9T 4Z3, Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 – Drama Workshop, Feb 9, 26, Mar 4, 11- Art House lean green, community clean up and art creation/installation.Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/milton-kids-art-club-tickets-89158807393
ADHD & Anxiety Workshop for Parents – At this free live workshop you’ll be able to get answers and actions steps to immediately make changes in your kid’s life and your life. You can get answers that could help your child’s concentration, grades, temperament and sleep issues, know the steps forward to calming the master control system of the body, and even find the missing piece of the puzzle that nobody has addressed! When: January 21st, 2020 at 8:00pm-9:15pm, Location: Milton Sports Centre, 605 Santa Maria Blvd., Milton. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/adhd-anxiety-workshop-for-parents-tickets-84898368305
January Kids Club 2020 – With the Holidays behind us, and the chilliest time of year in the air. We want the Milton Mall Monkey Kids’ Club to stay warm with a fun and festive craft this month! Supplies are limited for the first 200 children. Kids’ Club is free of charge for children ages 4-12, and they must be accompanied by an adult. When: January 25th, 2020 at 10:00am-12:00pm. Location: Milton Mall, 55 Ontario St. S, Milton. Sign up here: https://miltonmall.com/events/milton-january-2020-kids-club
Terra Greenhouse Winter Market – All Ages/Free. Food and artisan vendors in a lush indoor greenhouse. When: January 18th, 2020 10:00am – 3:00pm (Reoccurring until March 28th, 2020), Location: Terra Greenhouse Milton, 12800 Britannia Rd., Milton
Milton Menace Jr. A Hockey – All Ages/$12 (seniors/students – $8, 7 & under, free). The Milton Menace face the Markham Royals in Ontario Junior Hockey League play. When: January 19th, 2020 3:30pm – 11:59pm. Location: Milton Memorial Arena, 77 Thompson Rd. S., Milton
Evening Snowshoe Hike – All Ages, not recommended for children under 10. $19 for adults, $14 children/seniors. Enjoy a guided snowshoe hike through beautiful landscape to a fireside with hot chocolate. Pre-registration is required. When: January 25th, 2020 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Location: Crawford Lake Conservation Area, 3115 Conservation Rd., Milton. Sign up here: https://secure.conservationhalton.net/parks/ItemList.aspx?node_id=3747334
After School Create Club – Children are Free. Join our After-School STEAM Club and explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through play and experiments. Drop in, first come, first served. Space is limited. When: January 28th, 2020. Location: Milton Public Library: Sherwood Branch, 6355 Main St. W., Milton.
APPROPRIATE OUTDOOR WEAR
It is cold and windy outside in our playground! Please remember that it is that time of year when our weather changes drastically throughout the day. Layering is a great solution for our students to ensure that they have the proper wear. Don’t forget indoor shoes, boots, snow pants, gloves, and hats! Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.
INCLEMENT WEATHER REMINDER
Please check out the HCDSB website for the Inclement Weather Procedures and information on School Emergency Closures & Bus Cancellations. When we have inclement weather days, students will enter the gym at 8:50 am.
BACK TO SCHOOL ROUTINES
A new year and new beginnings! As we enter a new year, this is the perfect time to remind students of the expectations and routines at school. Students should know what their home routine is and where to be picked up before they come to school that day. The office is very busy, especially first thing in the morning and at the end of the day. Students should not be coming to the office to call home for pick-ups or forgotten items. Writing a note in their Agenda and/or having this discussion with your child will help us tremendously at the office. We truly appreciate your co-operation in this as we work together to keep our students safe and organized!
EXPECTED UNIFORM ATTIRE
ISW is the uniform provider for our school board. Clothing from ISW is the expectation for students. Jogging pants and leggings are not uniform items, unless used for gym classes. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions or if you need further information.
MORNING DROP OFF
Thank you to our parents for continuing to get your children to school in time to line up with their class at the 9:05am bell. Please remember that supervision does not begin until 8:50am, therefore students should not be on the playground until that time. Thank you for your cooperation!
PROMOTING WELL- BEING
How to talk to your child when you feel there is a mental health concern…when it comes to mental health, every action counts. It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will, therefore, make things worse. Thursday, January 29th, 2020 is Bell Let’s Talk Day, consider visiting the following link to learn how to help end the stigma around mental illness and create positive change – https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
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