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Weekly Update: Week of April 27th – May 1st, 2020

“Mercy opens the doors of the heart because it makes us feel like we are all children of one Father.” ~ Pope Francis

STAFF MESSAGE

The staff members of St. Peter CES would like our students and families to know that we are thinking about them during these difficult times.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support as we conquer new ways to learn together. Please know that we think about all of you each day and miss you tremendously!

All our families remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your families.

ST. PETER CES SPIRIT & APPRECIATION

Thank you to all our families who participated in the St. Peter CES Catholic School Council ‘Front Porch Clap’ in support of our front-line workers! Please remember to show your support each Friday evening at 7:00pm moving forward. As a school community, let’s make some noise and continue to show our appreciation for the front-line workers that are keeping us safe and well. Special thanks to all the families that decorated their front doors and windows with positive message and words of appreciation.

Thank you to all our students, family members and staff that supported Earth Day by being environmental stewards and performing a good deed last Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020! We loved seeing everyone sharing their pictures of how you celebrated this important day!

Thank you everyone who participated in our first annual virtual Spirit Day – Beach Day! We appreciated all the school spirit and enjoyed your creativity!

*REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS VIA EMAIL TO MISS ANDERSON FOR THE YEARBOOK – andersonha@hcdsb.org.

P.A. DAY CANCELLED – MONDAY, APRIL 27th, 2020

Due to the current school closure, the Professional Activity Day that was originally scheduled for Monday, April 27th, 2020 has been cancelled. Monday is now a regular instructional day for our students and our educators will be available to provide Teacher-Led Distance Learning.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH

The month of April marks Volunteer Appreciation Week. We are very disappointed that were not able to be together to celebrate the many contributions of our volunteers. St. Peter CES is blessed to have tremendous volunteers that regularly support our students and our staff members throughout the school year. We are so grateful to all our volunteers who give generously of their time to help support our school community.

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THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS – YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

10 WAYS PARENTS CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME

For more information, please visit the following link: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/04/10-ways-parents-can-support-learning-at-home/

GRADE 7 SCHOOL GRADE 7 SCHOOL-BASED VACCINE CLINCS – Cancelled for 2019-2020 School Year

The Halton Region Public Health Department has made the decision to cancel the third round of Grade 7 school-based vaccine clinics for the 2019-2020 school year, due to the school closures related to COVID-19. This round would have included the second and final doses for both the Hepatitis B and HPV 9 vaccines, offered to Grade 7 students who received the first doses of these vaccines in the fall of 2019. Halton Region Public Health will reschedule these clinics for the 2020 – 2021 school year and will let families know once the clinic rescheduled dates are finalized.

Parents and guardians can contact their healthcare providers directly if they wish to have their child receive this vaccine through their family doctor. Please report any vaccines your child receives outside of school by visiting: halton.ca/immunize or by calling 311. 

LEARNING AT HOME – GREAT ARTICLES & UPDATES

Halton Region Public Health – Coronavirus Update #6: Update #6 – Novel Coronavirus

What if instead of behind these kids are ahead? What if instead of behind these kids are ahead?

Dear Homeschooling Parents – Please Cut Yourself Some Slack: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dear-homeschooling-parents-please-cut-yourself-some-slack/

How to Reduce the Stress of Homeschooling on Everyone: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_reduce_the_stress_of_homeschooling_on_everyone?fbclid=IwAR2_HxeSJAHY-xasBCO9Vg1Ffp5Sz_UT5nqcEwS9ytatHuou0iC9GFCzFVg

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: FAMILY ASSETS

Family Assets are the everyday things families do to be strong, even in challenging times. They are the actions we take to build healthy relationships and healthy family members. Whether you are a child, teen or parenting adult, everyone in the family plays a role in building these assets.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
The last month has brought so much change to students and their families. Everyone’s daily life has changed and we’ve all been forced to learn about things like social or physical distancing, contact tracing, flattening the curve and more. With so much information available, especially online, it can be hard to know whom to trust. Halton Region Public Health is a local partner with up-to-date COVID-19 information online at halton.ca/covid-19.

ESTABLISHING ROUTINES

Families are stronger when they share meals, traditions, and activities together, and when family members know they can depend on each other. Consider some of the following ways to establish routines in your home:

how you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones in life. For some families, these may include religious or spiritual traditions such as worship, prayer, sacred readings, or music. Whatever the specific tradition, tell stories about its importance, history, and meaning – both across generations and for each member of your family. – The Search Institute~ Family Assets

Please Follow us on Twitter @stpetersmilton and consider tweeting out/sharing pictures of your family learning and spending time together.

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