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Weekly Update: Week of May 18th – 22nd, 2020

Faith in action is love and love in action is service. ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

HAPPY VICTORIA DAY!

Monday May 18th is Victoria Day ~ Please enjoy a wonderful long weekend with your family!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF THE VIRGIN MARY

May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary refer to special Marian devotions held in the Catholic Church during the month of May honouring the Virgin Mary as “the Queen of May”. These services may take place inside or outside. A “May Crowning” is a traditional Roman Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May.

To read more about Mary visit:
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/prayers/devotions/to-the-blessed-virgin-mary/month-of-mary-may-devotions https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/05_1.cfm

SPIRIT DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 22nd, 2020

Friday, May 22nd, 2020 has been designated as our next Spirit Day! We encourage students to wear their favourite team jersey to show their school spirit. See the message from Student Parliament below for more information and don’t forget to share your photographs with us on tweeter @stpetersmilton.

MAY IS HEARING AWARENESS MONTH

May is Hearing Awareness Month – the entire month is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of hearing health. Hearing awareness is very important. We will be sharing information and activities around the impact that a hearing loss can have on individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as hearing protection and conservation.

Professor Hallux’s Hearing Helpdesk is a fun, animated video series that covers a wide range of topics about hearing. The link can be found hereHallux’s hearing helpdesk

HCDSB DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

We wanted to remind you of the importance of staying connected and participating in ‘Distance Learning’ during this time of school closure. If your child has not logged onto their virtual classroom or has not been submitting their work for a few days, your child’s teacher(s) 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.

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

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.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Many of our students have participated in classroom Christian Meditation. Our students and staff find that it brings students a sense of calm and is a natural ‘reset’ to engage in learning. Please find the following links to support Christian Mediation at home if you are interested in trying it:

Christian Meditation Resources

GR. 6, 7 & 8 LITERACY & NUMERACY SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy & Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7 and 8 students from July 6th – July 17th, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20th – July 31st, 2020 (Session 2). 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.

NOTE: Teachers will be committed to providing an engaging educational experience and interactive lessons in a virtual format to review the past school year, in preparation for next year. Educators will provide live and/or pre-recorded lessons for all students.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs

Register Now!
New this year ~ online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning
The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26th, 2020.

JOIN THE VIRTUAL RUN4LIGHTHOUSE #5kAnyWay

HELP SUPPORT LIGHTHOUSE FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN – Register at www.run4lh.com

Share your posts on social media @lighthouse4grievingchildren – for more information visit http://www.grievingchildrenlighthouse.org

CLASS PLACEMENT 2020 – 2021 SCHOOL YEAR

St. Peter CES has begun the process of preparing tentative class lists for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Thank you to those parents/guardians that submitted class placement requests last month.

When creating classes, the following criteria are given due consideration:

  • Student personality
  • Student’s academic strengths and needs
  • Creating a group of students that allows for flexible instructional groupings
  • Attempting to create a balance of males and females when possible
  • Creating a heterogeneous group reflecting the diversity of students of differing abilities, needs and interests
  • Creating classes that give students the opportunities to form new friendships, and meet different academic and social challenges

Keeping these criteria of class formation in mind, our school staff:

  • Develop an individual profile of every student’s academic, social, and emotional strengths and needs
  • Tentative groupings are compiled, and a team of staff members discusses and makes suggestions regarding the groupings
  • The class lists then remain tentative pending possible school enrollment changes

The objective of this organization process is to achieve the most practical heterogeneous combination of student groups. With your trust in our professional judgment, we will continue to provide all students with the best possible learning environment.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness can reduce the risk of depression, help with anxiety and boost the immune system. These skills can also be applied to maturely navigate challenging peer or family interactions. 

Remember to speak kindly to yourself, everyone has good and bad days. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Pause and make sure to take time for yourself during the day, listen to music, take a few deep breaths, go for a mindful walk.  Maybe your family can try a mindfulness video together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRkILioT_NA

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

We miss all of you! Stay safe!

Demeris, TrevorWeekly Update: Week of May 18th – 22nd, 2020