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Weekly Update – Week of February 17th through 21st, 2020

Our family is a circle of strength and love with every birth and union it grows.  Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger” ~ Author Unknown

FAMILY DAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2020

REMINDER: Monday, February 17th, 2020 is Family Day, and therefore, schools is closed. We wish everyone a blessed weekend spent with your loved ones.

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/

DAILY ATTENDANCE

Please make sure to arrive prior to our 9:05am bell in order to avoid being late. Being late can cause additional stress on students and their families as students may miss important information during announcements.

LUNCH SUPERVISORS REQUIRED!

Our school is in need of additional lunch supervisors. This is a paid position that involves supervising our students, inside and outside, from 12:10pm to 1:10pm daily. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a part time employment opportunity, please contact the school office as soon as possible.

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/

PRE-KINDERGARTEN LIBRARY CARDS LINK

For more information, please visit the following link: http://bit.ly/LibraryCardRegistrationHCDSB

TERMS 1 REPORT CARDS & COMMUNICATION OF LEARNING DOCUMENTS

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 Term 1 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning Documents will be coming home. As you are aware, due to OECTA’s Job Action, reports will only highlight your child’s marks (letters or percentages) along with letters for the Learning Skills and Work Habits section.

At St. Peter CES we strive to have meaningful, open and ongoing communication between home and school about your child’s progress. Although teachers have been in regular contact with families throughout the school year,  please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher teacher with any questions you may have after reviewing the Term 1 Report Cards and Kindergarten Communication of Learning Documents

You can also learn more about the how student achievement is reported on in the Halton Catholic District School Board here: Reporting Student Achievement

LAST CALL! CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL MOVIE NIGHT

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! See the flyer attached for more information: Movie Night Flyer Toy Story 4 Feb 20 2020. Gently used school uniform items will be available for exchange or donation in the front foyer on Thursday night.

Please note that we do require a minimum number of  families in order to proceed with the evening, so be sure to sign up if you are interested in attending.

ST. PETER CES HOCKEY TEAM UPDATE

Good luck to the St. Peter CES Ice Hockey Team as they will compete against other teams from HCDSB at the Stoneridge Centre in Burlington on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020. Go Panthers Go!

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/

CIVVIES’ DAY – PINK SHIRT DAY

On Wednesday February 26th, 2020, St. Peter CES will be recognizing Pink Shirt Day. The focus this year is ‘Be Kind and Lift Each Other Up‘. This simple, yet powerful message encourages us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people. Please see the following link for more information:: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

LABOUR NEGOTIATIONS

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.  You can access this information here: Labour Negotiations

OECTA’s Province-wide One-day Full Withdrawal of Services was announced this week indicating that on Friday, February 21st, 2020 all elementary and secondary teachers as well as many education workers across the province will participate in a one-day walkout. OECTA represents all of our HCDSB elementary and secondary school teachers. A full withdrawal of services would mean that no instruction would take place in any of our classrooms, posing significant student supervision challenges that would threaten the safety of our elementary and secondary students. In light of these safety concerns, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Friday, February 21st, 2020. For more information, please visit: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/02/update-7-all-hcdsb-schools-will-be-closed-to-students-on-fri-february-21-2020/

LUNCH BOX PROGRAM UPDATE

Due to the job action by OECTA on Friday, February 21st, 2020 the Lunch Box Program will be cancelled.

HCDSB ALUMNI AWARDS – 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, we will recognize seven (7) HCDSB Alumni Award recipients during Catholic Education Week. Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2020 HCDSB Alumni Awards – deadline for submissions is Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Learn more about the selection criteria and nomination process here.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

St. Peter CES will be hosting its annual Public Speaking Competition on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 beginning at 9:30am in the gymnasium. Thank you to our students, staff, judges, timekeeper and masters of ceremony for supporting this event. More information to follow.

PANCAKE TUESDAY – Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

As part of Shrove Tuesday, our St. Peter CES volunteers will be providing pancakes and syrup for all our students. Thanks to the Mourtos family for donating the pancake mix and syrup. For more information please see the flyer attached: Pancake Tuesday letter 2020

ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. As a school community, we will come together to receive ashes and celebrate our faith at a special Ash Wednesday Liturgy. All parents and and extended family members are welcome to attend!

ISW – SCHOOL UNIFORM UPDATE

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: The holidays are over… now what?

With New Year celebrations and the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us – the decorating, shopping, gift-giving and entertaining are all done. We hear all around us that it is time for new beginnings. Gym memberships beckon and headlines encourage us to eat well and spend less. I should feel energized, optimistic, and excited, right? So why do I feel, well, flat?

I may have the post-holiday or winter blues , that period of feeling underwhelmed once the celebrations stop and the bills come due. I can feel sad, hopeless, and stuck at home during the short days of January and February.

It’s hard to resist the urge to turn off the alarm, snuggle back under the covers, and ignore the long to-do list, the work emails, the crying baby and that growing pile of laundry. Whatever challenges you face, here are 5 tips to get you through winter:

Choose fun and simple ways to fit activity into your day. Walking is easy, doesn’t cost much, and you can wear your baby or take your kids with you. It’s a fact: exercise can boost your mental health.

Don’t be in too big a hurry to take down all the decorative lights and put away the candles. There’s a reason many cultures celebrate with lights during the shorter winter days. Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all encourage us to celebrate by brightening up our environments. Keep some lights up until Valentine’s Day!

Save time, money, and energy by planning ahead for healthy meals. Don’t beat yourself up about what you ate over the holidays but start stocking some healthy snacks like hummus and fresh cut vegetables. Experiment with seasonal produce.

Continue some of the activities that you enjoyed over the holidays. Have neighbours and their kids over for a games night. Decorate your windows with paper snowflakes. Treat yourself to healthy pancakes on a snowy weekend.

Seek support. Connect with friends for coffee. Visit your local Early On Child & Family Centre. If you are a new parent or have a child under the age of two years old, check out an Adjusting to Parenthood (A2P) group. There is a difference between the winter blues and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). See your doctor if you suspect that you or your child may be suffering from SAD.

And remind yourself:  the days are already getting longer. Spring is coming. The holidays may be over, but you can do this! www.HaltonParents.ca

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Feb
16
Sun
Masses at Holy Rosary Parish – 8:30am, 10:00am & 11:30am
Feb 16 all day
Feb
17
Mon
Family Day – No School
Feb 17 all day
Feb
18
Tue
Hockey Tournament – Stoneridge Arena, Burlington
Feb 18 all day
Lunch Program – OPA!
Feb 18 all day
Girls’ Basketball Game, Our Lady of Fatima CES
Feb 18 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Feb
19
Wed
Lunch Program – Chorizo
Feb 19 all day
Term 1 Report Cards & Communication of Learning Documents go home…
Feb 19 all day
Girls’ Basketball Practice
Feb 19 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Boys’ Basketball Game @ St. Anthony CES
Feb 19 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Girls’ Basketball Game @ St. Benedict CES
Feb 19 @ 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Feb
20
Thu
Boys’ Basketball Practice
Feb 20 @ 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm
Catholic School Council Movie Night – Toy Story 4
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lunch Program – Pizza Day
Feb 20 @ 9:59 pm – 10:59 pm
Feb
21
Fri
Lunch Program – East Side Mario’s
Feb 21 all day
Lunch Program – East Side Mario’s CANCELED
Feb 21 all day
Feb
22
Sat
Mass at Holy Rosary Parish – 5:00pm
Feb 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
23
Sun
Masses at Holy Rosary Parish – 8:30am, 10:00am & 11:30am
Feb 23 all day
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update – Week of February 17th through 21st, 2020