“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” ~ Rumi
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION
Congratulations to our Grade 2 students as they received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 (9:30pm) at Holy Rosary Church. We would like to thank Father John and Father Vivek for hosting the celebration. Special thanks to Mrs. Johnston, Miss Vicic, Ms. Ongaro, Ms. Watson and Mrs. Ferraro- Katsilieris for preparing our students to receive the gift of this Sacrament.
May God Bless You!
IT’S TIME TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN!
IMPORTANT: To register your child to begin Junior Kindergarten (Year 1) in September, 2020, your child must be four years old by December 31st, 2020. Children enrolled in Senior Kindergarten (Year 2) must be five years old by December 31st, 2020. You can learn more about this process here: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/01/we-are-excited-to-welcome-your-child-to-kindergarten-3/
CIVVIES’ DAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2020
Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate our love for one another, as well as, God’s love for us. In the Bible, John 15:13 reads “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for his friends”, this is just what St. Valentine did. St. Valentine was a priest near Rome who despite resistance continued to minister. Looking out for your friends and family and showing God your love through your actions is the kind of love that Valentine’s Day is all about.
On Thursday, February 13th, 2020 students are encouraged to wear RED, PINK & WHITE and to donate a toonie in support of Halton Food For Thought Snack Program through the Cash Online System. St. Peter CES students participate in the HFFT Snack Program every Tuesday and Thursday. This program is organized by Ms. Gebel, as well as, a wonderful group of volunteers that prepare healthy and delicious snacks for our students each week! The money raised on this Civvies’ Day will go directly to our St. Peter CES – Milton HFFT Program.
PILGRIMAGE OF THE CROSS LITURGY
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Halton Catholic District School Board. The 50th Anniversary was officially launched at the Regular Board Meeting on November 19th, 2020 with the unveiling of the Pilgrimage of the Cross. St. Peter CES was blessed to have received and to have displayed the Pilgrimage Cross in the front foyer over the last couple of weeks
Special thanks to our Student Parliament members and Pastoral Team that planned and organized a special Pilgrimage of the Cross Liturgy on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020. Following the liturgy, the Pilgrimage Cross was passed along and transported to Bishop Reding CSS.
The Halton Catholic District School Board has also planned a number of additional special events and activities to commemorate this significant milestone in the history of HCDSB, and we want all members of our HCDSB community to join the celebrations! For a list of the events and activities planned so far, visit our Board’s website at: http://bit.ly/HCDSB50
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2020
Don’t Miss Out! On Thursday, February 20th, 2020 the Catholic School Council has planned a Movie Night for families to enjoy! Bring your pillow, sleeping bag, or blanket and join us for a fun event!
Feature Movie: Toy Story 4
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Show Time: 6:30pm
Location: St. Peter CES School Gymnasium
Cost: $3.00 per person or $10.00 per family
This cost covers a drink and popcorn for each person.
Payment is to made using the School Cash Online System only no later then Tuesday, February 17th, 2020. An information flyer will be sent home via the School Messenger email system outlining the details of the event with a portion that needs to be completed by those families interested in participating.
PA DAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2020
REMINDER: Friday, February 14th, 2020 is a HCDSB designated Professional Activity Day. There are no classes scheduled for students on this day. School resumes Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at 8:55am due to Family Day.
FAMILY DAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2020
The purpose of Family Day is to provide a special occasion on which Canadians can celebrate family and community life. Alberta first instituted Family Day in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers, Saskatchewan made it a public holiday in 2007, Ontario in 2008, and British Columbia in 2013.
On Family Day, many people take part in winter sports like ice skating, hockey, skiing, or snowboarding. There are community events and winter festivals to attend all over Canada this time of year. It is also popular to attend art exhibits and various museums, which frequently have discounts or even free entry on Family Day. ~ https://publicholidays.net/family-day/
FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
Black History Month in Canada provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society and introduced to Parliament in December 1995 by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected as a member of Parliament. Black History Month was officially observed across Canada for the first time in February 1996. We encourage families at home to also spend some time learning about the valuable contributions Black Canadians have made to our country. Here is a starting point for you: 23 Historical Black Canadian You Should Know
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTING EVENTS UPDATE
Students wishing to remain at school to watch a game after school need to have supervision as coaches are only responsible for their players. Students are not permitted to remain after school without an adult accompanying them. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Halton Catholic District School Board has provided a link on our school website to assist parents with accessing the most up to date information regarding labour negotiations. More information: Labour Negotiations
TERM 1 REPORT CARD & COMMUNICATION OF LEARNING DOCUMENTS
Term 1 Report Cards and Communication of Learning Documents for all students Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be coming home on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020. We encourage families to use them as an opportunity to have conversations with your children about their learning and interests. We are very proud of the many accomplishments of all of our students throughout the school year! Please take time to celebrate your child’s accomplishments this term and help them to plan some new learning goals and/or revisit those goals that they have not fulfilled for Term 2.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS WITH INCLEMENT WEATHER
Please note that when transportation is cancelled, ALL transportation ‘to’ and ‘from’ school is cancelled for the day. It is at the discretion of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to send their child(ren) to school. If you choose to send your child(ren) to school, please ensure that you have arranged transportation to and from school for the day.
For more information about Inclement Weather Safety, please access the following link: Board’s Inclement Weather Safety Procedure.
SAFE & HEALTHY SCHOOLS
The health and well-being of students and staff members is the highest priority of the Halton Catholic District School Board. Please visit the following link to learn more about the symptoms and how to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/01/safe-healthy-schools-2019-novel-coronavirus/
CELEBRATING OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATES!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new HCDSB Alumni Award. The HCDSB Alumni Award has been designed to celebrate the graduates of our system who embody the attributes of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations (OCSGEs). Beginning this school year, and each year moving forward, the Board will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – the deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30th, 2020. Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.
NATIONAL FLAG DAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15th, 2020
At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time on Parliament Hill. On the same day in 1996, National Flag of Canada Day was declared. Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the national flag is a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects the common values we hold so dear – equality, diversity and inclusion. Make sure to use #CanadianFlag when sharing your photo or tweet. For more information check out: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-flag-canada-day.html
As a reminder, supervision begins at 8:50am. For the safety of your children, we request that your child not be on school property until a supervisor is on duty. Please see that your children leave home with ample time to ensure that they are on the school yard when the bell rings. If your children walk to school, please encourage them to use appropriate crosswalks and walkways. 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. For safety, children arriving late for school must first report to the Main Office. We encourage students to arrive on time and line with their class at 9:05am when possible.
PROMOTING WELL-BEING: How Teaching Kids Empathy Can Prevent Bullying
Kindness and compassion are qualities all parents hope to instill in their kids. Achieving this goal requires more than simply asking your child to do nice things for other people. In fact, authentically kind people are motivated by feelings of empathy. They can see things from another person’s perspective and understand how they might be feeling1. They also can anticipate what might make a person feel better. When they can do these things, they are truly empathetic.
- How to Teach Children Empathy
- Make Sure Your Child’s Emotional Needs Are Met
- Ensure Kids Can Identify and Share Their Feelings
- Encourage Kids to Explore Other Perspectives
- Model Empathy Using Everyday Opportunities
- Teach Kids to Find Common Ground With Others
- Encourage Kids to Imagine How Someone Else Feels
- Talk to Kids About How Their Behavior Impacts Others
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