We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded, and preach peace. – Pope Francis –
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/
OECTA’s province-wide one-day full withdrawal of services – On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), representing Catholic teachers across the province, gave notice that they will hold another one-day, province-wide full withdrawal of services (strike) on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020. These sanctions are in addition to the administrative job action that began on January 13th, 2020. Therefore, all HCDSB schools will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA. Please refer to the emails sent by the Board and the school in addition to Board/school website and Twitter.
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
LUNCHBOX PROGRAM UPDATE
With schools closed to students on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 Lunchbox Orders will canceled and a credit will be placed on all Lunchbox Orders accounts. The credit will be applied to your next transaction at the time of check out. If you have any questions, please contact the Lunchbox Orders Team at 1.877.426.6860 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HCDSB 50th ANNIVERARY – PILGRIMAGE OF THE CROSS
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 is blessed to have received the Pilgrimage Cross this week!
To honour this special observance of our Board’s 50th Anniversary, the Pilgrimage Cross is on display in the front foyer of the school. Students will be joining as a faith community for a Pilgrimage of the Cross Liturgy on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 beginning at 1:30pm before we transport the cross to Bishop Reding CSS. All community members are welcome to attend this special event.
The Halton Catholic District School Board has also planned a number of 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
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. For more information visit https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/black-history-month-in-canada
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE
Our next Catholic School Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd, 2020 in the Learning Commons at 6:30pm. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend!
WINTER WALK DAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th, 2020
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 is Winter Walk Day! Students are encouraged to walk to school and get outside for some winter fun! Dressing warmly for a brisk walk to school can be exhilarating and fun.
Winter Walking Tips:
- Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
- On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth
- Wear warm, waterproof boots
- Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
- Wool clothing helps to retain the heat
SAFE & HEALTHY SCHOOLS
The health and well-being of students and staff 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 – NATIONAL SWEATER DAY
Our school will observe National Sweater Day on Friday, February 7th, 2020. All students and staff are encouraged to wear a warm and comfortable sweater this day as we will be lowering our school temperature in the school by a couple of degrees. Heating accounts for approximately 80% of residential energy use in Canada. If all Canadians put on a warm sweater and lowered their thermostat by two degrees, greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by four megatons.
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/
MILTON COMMUNITY EVENTS
Please see the events occurring in Milton for you and your families to access:
Milton Softball Girls Association: 2020 MGSA Flyer
ISW Winter Sale: ISWUniforms WINTER SALE MIL
WINTER WEATHER & SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep parents from getting their children to school; so can colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. These absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they do not attend class. These absences can result in lower test scores and grades.
There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help avoid absences this year.
- Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents.
- Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. Above all, let us know how we can help. We want your children and all our students to succeed and that means attending school every day possible.
PROMOTING WELL-BEING: How Much Privacy Should Teens Have in the Digital Age?
“As children get older, they begin to individuate, or develop their own unique sense of identity. As part of this normal developmental process, they begin to want more space and privacy from their parents and caregivers. Most parents remember going through this stage themselves. But you might still feel a little uneasy, even frightened, about your teen’s increased need for privacy, especially when it comes to the internet. You love your child and want to keep them safe, and your awareness of internet predators, cyber-bullying, and other online dangers can make you wonder how it’s possible to both give them privacy and ensure their safety.
There are several ways to allow your teen a measure of privacy online but still keep them safe.” Read more at – https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-much-privacy-teens-digital-age/
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