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Weekly Update: June 1st – 5th, 2020

Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed.  Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary. ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Thank you for your continued patience as we complete week eight of Distance Learning and work together with Public Health, The Ministry of Education and the HCDSB to share a plan in which access to the building will be permitted to retrieve student belongings. Information will be shared next week.

Thank you to all our families who continue to support the ‘Front Porch Clap’ in support of our essential workers! Please remember to show your support each Friday evening at 7:00pm. Together let’s make some noise and show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication.

SPIRIT DAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 5th, 2020

Friday, June 5th, 2020 has been designated as our next Spirit Day! We encourage students to dress up as their Favourite Book Character to show their school spirit. Think about your favourite picture book or novel, and then dress up like your favourite character! Thank you to our Student Parliament members for planning and organizing this initiative. Don’t forget to share your photographs with us on Twitter @stpetersmilton! If you can, include your book in your photograph, so everyone knows your story!

GRADE 4 – 8 VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW

Do you have a special talent that you want to share? Have you been honing a skill during school closure? Or, have you been working on an act all year long? Get ready to shine, Panthers, because (Virtual) Talent Show auditions are fast approaching! As usual, students from Grades 4 to 8 wishing to share their talents with our community can audition and then prepare acts for the Talent Show!

Please see the flyer attached  for all the details on how the Talent Show will run this year! TalentShow2020Letter.pdf 

GRADE 8 GRADUATION CELEBRATION

Our Graduation Committee is currently in the process of investigating creative and innovative ways to honour students who are graduating in June. Staff members have been regularly meeting to plan a safe and meaningful celebration. Grade 8 families were sent an information email this week detailing some of our plans and requesting a number of key items (e.g., baby picture) to support our celebration. If you have not already done so, please review email and submit those items requested. Thanks in advance.

JUNE 3rd is RED SHIRT DAY

What is Red Shirt Day? – Red Shirt Day is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity. The goal is to show support for persons who are living with disabilities and a commitment to helping to create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada. Of note, Red Shirt Day is an Easter Seals initiative and was first celebrated in 2019.

Red Shirt Day takes place on the Wednesday of National AccessAbility Week each year. In 2020, Red Shirt Day will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 and National AccessAbility Week is from Sunday, May 31st to Saturday, June 6th, 2020. We encourage students to consider wearing read on Wednesday!

SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING GUIDELINES & EXPECTATIONS

The purpose of synchronous learning is for students to engage with their classmates and teachers to create a greater sense of classroom community during distance learning. These sessions provide opportunities for staff members to further explain concepts that have been taught during distance learning, answer any questions students may have and/or facilitate discussion about the topics that the students are learning. In order to respect the learning, dignity and privacy of students and staff members, the guidelines and expectations for synchronous learning are below:

  • Participation in synchronous learning is not mandatory 
  • Students are not to record or take screenshots of the meeting in order to protect the privacy of the other students
  • Parents are welcome to join (sit beside the child, help the child set up)
  • Students are expected to abide by our school’s Distance Learning Code of Conduct, which were included in our Parent Weekly Update during the Week of May 15th, 2020
  • Students should be located in a common area in the home such as the living room, kitchen, family room (please refrain from being in the bedroom) 
  • Students are to speak to one another and treat one another with the respect that is expected within our school’s classroom
  • Good practice would be to inform the rest of your household that your child is taking place in a synchronous meeting
  • Students are to be dressed appropriately when participating in synchronous learning opportunities

HCCEF 24-HOUR FAST

On June 3rd – 4th, 2020 we are inviting members of the St. Peter CES community to join the “HCCEF 24 Hour Fast” to help raise much-needed funds for HCDSB Students & Families in Need – to help low-income students with financial barriers to learning. Struggling HCDSB families need your help to purchase food and other basic necessities.

Fasting can help us to understand the suffering that our neighbours experience, and lead us in our efforts to alleviate that suffering. You can fast from food, social media, negative talk, or anything else. For more information and to donate visit: https://bit.ly/2ZRIWmm

ISW UNIFORM UPDATE

ISW’s annual June sale is coming up! Please visit their website link provided for more information about the upcoming sale. Home

ISW has been working hard behind the scenes to create some useful resources which will help our school’s and their families. Back-to-school is an important time of the year for everyone and finding the right fit of uniform is essential, without the added stress of the current situation.

To keep people safe, ISW is encouraging new families to St. Peter CES to shop in June using any of the 3 ways that have been introduced to reflect these challenging times.

1.    In-store appointment

2.    Virtual appointment

3.    Online live chat

Returning families may also book appointments, but we encourage them to shop online and/or use our new chat window letting them connect with one of our uniform experts.

MINDFULNESS

What do you do when you have down days? How do you bring yourself back up? We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Check out this “pep talk” from a kid to help us feel better.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o

HALTON FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES

Halton Families for Families is offering Zoom sessions in June. To register visit: haltonfamiliesforfamilies.com/events/registration/

  • June 3rd from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Scattergories – What’s in your family time capsule that begins with the letter “D”?
  • June 10th from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Pictionary – Can you decipher your family’s drawing skills? Guess the picture
  • June 17th from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Wheel of Winning – Spin the wheel and guess the phrase on the board.

WATER SAFETY WEEK

June 6th -13th 2020, is Water Safety Week, an annual campaign to educate Canadians on how to stay safe around water and prevent drowning incidents. Every year, approximately 520 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities. A high percentage of these preventable water-related fatalities consist of young children, almost always due to lack of or adequate supervision. For more information visit: https://www.redcross.ca/in-your-community/campaigns-and-events/water-safety-week

FAMILY SUPPORT

Please remember to take care of your health and the well-being of your family. Halton Region has provided an updated resource for families to refer to if in need of assistance: Halton-Food-Supports-for-FamiliesDownload

The Board also continues to provide many helpful resources listed on their website.

REACH OUT CENTRE FOR KIDS EVENT – ROCK

Back by popular demand…Anxiety Part 1 Webinar! A discussion on understanding what anxiety is and how it shows up in children and teens. Join ROCK Clinicians on June 8th, 2020 for this informative session. For more information and to register, please visit :https://rockevents.ca/event/anxiety-part-1-webinar/

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Bring Peace into Your Home:

 1.       Speak Kindly

2.       Forgive Quickly

3.       Work Cheerfully

4.       Pray Frequently

5.       Stand Firmly

Follow us on Twitter @ stpetersmilton and share your #TogetherApartHCDSB happenings!

Have a great week everyone from the staff members at St. Peter CES!

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: June 1st – 5th, 2020