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Weekly Update: Week of April 20th – 24th, 2020

“Be patient. Be gentle. Let yourself learn to hear the gentle and trustworthy words of your heart.” ~ Melody Beattie 

ADMINISTRATOR’S UPDATE: TEACHER-LED DISTANCE LEARNING

Thank you to all our families for their patience and support as we navigated through our second week of teacher-led distance learning. We have been able to connect with almost all our families. If you have not accessed your classroom platform or returned our staff members attempts to contact you, we ask that you please reach out as soon as possible. Participation in distance learning is important to maintain the skills that students have gained throughout the school year and to offer new learning experiences that will guide preparation for our return once the school closures have been lifted.

As a school community, we hope that our families are beginning to settle into a new learning routine that is manageable. If there is anything that we can do to support you with that, please email us to let us and we will do our best to support you. If your child has not logged onto their virtual classroom or has not been submitting their work consistently, your child’s teacher may reach out to you to see if there are any additional supports that we can offer you to assist in making the learning successful. We strongly believe that maintaining a strong rapport with teachers and fellow classmates will be beneficial to students’ well-being and academic achievement.

As the Ministry of Education continues to update the parameters for teacher-led distance learning our Board will share updated information, provide tips, resources and supports through the new Learn at Home red icon found on the menu at the top of the St. Peter CES website. Please take some time to explore that site.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher directly or us at mccauleyb@hcdsb.org and demerist@hcdsb.org should you have any questions.

We miss our amazing students and families – take care and stay well! Sincerely, St. Peter CES Staff Members

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE

St. Peter CES community continues to be thankful and to pray for our courageous front-line workers! Thank you to our many families who are front-line workers and bravely put themselves at risk to provide us with the essential services we all need – we are forever grateful to you!

Please consider joining us in honoring these selfless individuals each Friday evening at 7:00pm for a 2-minute ‘Front Porch Clap’. Together let’s make some noise and show our St. Peter CES spirit and appreciation!

GREEN TEAM UPDATE – EARTH DAY

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 is Earth Day! The St. Peter CES Green Team encourages all families to take a few moments this week to perform a good deed for the environment while maintaining physical distancing and isolation practices. Please send photographs to andersonha@hcdsb.org for the school yearbook and post the ways you are being good stewards of the earth on Twitter.

SPIRIT DAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 24th, 2020

It seems like Mother Nature may need a reminder of warmer temperatures we are all expecting at this time of year. As a result, St. Peter CES will be holding its first annual virtual Spirit Day – Beach Day on Friday, April 24th, 2020.

Students, family members, and staff are encouraged to wear their best beachwear/summer attire and post appropriate pictures on Twitter. Don’t forget to send your photographs to andersonha@hcdsb.org if you would like them to be considered for the school yearbook!

HCDSB DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

Learning from home is new for everyone, and we know that parents, students and staff members have several questions around the expectations of distance learning. While we are still waiting for some of the details and further direction in certain areas from the Ministry of Education, the HCDSB has prepared a guide for families outlining information around the curriculum delivery, assessment and evaluation as it pertains to teacher-led distance learning. Of note, it was emailed out to all families on Friday, April 17th, 2020.

View the HCDSB Distance Learning Plan – A Guide for Parents and Guardians

PARISH UPDATE – FROM THE DESK OF FR. JOHN VAN HEES

Dear Parishioners,

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of people across the province, the Ontario government announced on Tuesday an extension to emergency orders until May 12th, 2020. Thank you for all your efforts and diligence around public safety.

We have received instruction from the diocese that our Parish and our Parish Office is to remain closed until then.

However, if there is anything we can do to help you that is within our limited capacity, please call or email us.

I am sure that God hears our prayers, and together with the Mass that I celebrate every day, our efforts add great spiritual benefit for the well-being of our parish community. We are in this together.

I have included a well-written article titled, Living Alone, Physical Distancing, and Loneliness: If you are feeling isolated, here are Seven Strategies to help you cope.

The article does not discuss the benefit of prayer, which we know is our greatest strength and strongest support.

You are in my prayers. I know the sun will rise on us again, and we will experience the joys of Christ’s Resurrection.

Yours in Christ, Fr. John Van Hees

CASH ONLINE UPDATE – REFUNDS

We are currently in the process of refunding families who paid for field trips, food programs, or other school-related items purchased through School Cash Online. Due to the high volume of refunds currently being requested provincially, School Cash Online is experiencing processing delays. This means that it may take longer than usual for funds to be deposited back into your accounts.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For items paid via cash or cheque, we will issue reimbursement once our school re-opens. If you have any questions or concerns regarding refunds, please contact our Secretary, Mrs. E. Champoux at champouxe@hcdsb.org
 
SCHOOL YEARBOOK UPDATE

Despite the current global health situation, we have enjoyed so many wonderful memories at St. Peter CES this year that need to be documented! Our Yearbook Committee is still committed to providing a school yearbook for our 2019 – 2020 school year and they feel that it is important to include memories of this time while we are apart though together in spirit.

To that end, we are inviting families to share their photographs of the activities and learning experiences that are taking place at home. Please send your pictures to andersonha@hcdsb.org if you would like them to be considered for our school yearbook.

HALTON CATHOLIC ATHELETIC ASSOCIATION SPRING ATHELETICS – CANCELLED

In light of the current COVID-19 health situation, our school board has made the decision to cancel all H.C.A.A. Spring Athletics that were planned through the remainder of this school year. Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4th, 2020 given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision was made to cancel all H.C.A.A. sports games, tournaments, and practices for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. For more information, please visit the H.C.A.A. website: https://hcaa.ca/

PART 1 of KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ONLINE

Although schools are closed, we are still accepting Kindergarten registrations online!

When Can My Child Begin Kindergarten?

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.

How Do I Register?

Part 1 – Online Registration Online registration is available as the first step of the registration process.

If you have never used the online registration portal, you will need to create an account first:

1. Click on Online Registration link.
2. Hit ‘Sign in‘ on the top right-hand corner.
3. Press the green button to ‘Create an account’.

Once you have done this, you will be able to login with your personal username/email and password. Register Online Now!

Part 2 – In-Person Registration

The second part of the registration process involves going to the school to show required documents (listed below). NOTE: At this time, our school is closed until Monday, May 4th, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 health situation. You will be contacted to complete Part 2 of your child’s Kindergarten registration after our school re-opens.

What Will I Need to Register My Child?

After you are contacted by our school, parents must bring the following documents with them to their appointment (required documents):

1. Birth Certificate (required for Year 1 and Year 2)
2. Proof of age (required for Year 1 and Year 2)
· Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31, 2020.
· Year 2 children are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2020.
3. Roman or Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. If your child has no Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate, your child may be admitted if one parent can provide a Roman/Eastern Rite Catholic baptismal certificate. Please refer to the Board’s Operating Policy I-22 for more information.
4. Proof of address

Please note: Children currently registered in the Year 1 Kindergarten program are not required to register for the Year 2 program. Placement in the Year 2 program will be processed by our school, unless otherwise stated.

How do I know if this is my home school? 

Use the School Finder Tool here to determine your home school. For more information, please visit the Board’s website: Kindergarten Program.

HOME – SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Now more than ever before, the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns around their learning. All our teacher emails are listed on our website: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/staff-directory/

HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING IN MULTIPLE CHILDREN ON D2L?

In households where multiple children need to log into D2L on one device, there are options that will allow two or more students to be logged in to their class portals at the same time. This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. For detailed instructions, visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website and access the following page: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/d2l/

MENTAL HEALTH TIPS & RESOURCES OR HCDSB FAMILIES

Ongoing news coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be upsetting for many children, youth and families in our community. Our HCDSB Mental Health Leadership Team has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you and your child feel safe during this time of uncertainty. 

Speaking with Children about COVID-19

Key messages for supporting children include:

  • Reassure your child(ren) that they are safe
  • Provide extra emotional support (attention and affection).
  • Minimize their exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Talk calmly about the events and answer any questions they might have at a good level for their age (not too much detail, especially for younger children).
  • Look for signs that your child is struggling (e.g., nervousness, irritability, problems eating or sleeping), and check in with a professional if you are worried.

Community Resources:

In addition, parents may want to further explore the following resources in our community:

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