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Weekly Update: Week of May 25th – 29th, 2020

Love of God and love of neighbour should be the two cornerstones of our lives. ~ Pope Francis

Thank you for your continued patience as we work together with Public Health, The Ministry of Education and the HCDSB to devise a plan in which access to the building will be permitted to retrieve student belongings. Please continue to monitor your email for further instructions.

Thank you to all those students that wore their favourite team jersey to show their school spirit on Friday, May 22nd, 2020. Special thanks to Student Parliament members for planning and organizing the event.

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.

ST. PANTHER PRIDE MESSAGE OF HOPE TO OUR STUDENTS

EXTENSION OF SCHOOL CLOSURE

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that it is extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year. While it saddens us deeply to know that we will not be returning to finish off the school year together face-to-face, we understand that this decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Teacher-led Distance Learning will continue to occur via our virtual platforms for the remainder of the school year. Our staff members will work diligently to engage our students in meaningful learning for the next five weeks. Please continue to provide us with your feedback so that we can better meet your children’s learning needs by adapting our practice.

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

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.

DISTANCE LEARNING CODE OF CODE

As Digital Citizens, users recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, in which they act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

Students are required to demonstrate digital citizenship through the appropriate use of technology as outlined in our Code of Conduct. The St. Peter CES Code of Conduct can be found in the front of our student agendas.

During this period of Distance Learning, there is an expectation that students continue to must abide by Board and school Codes of Conduct. To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, please review these student expectations.

Students are expected to:

  • Treat other students and school staff with dignity and respect
  • Represent only themselves online. Students should never pretend to be someone else or allow someone else pretend to be them
  • Complete all work assigned to the best of their ability while adhering to rules around plagiarism
  • Always protect their password(s) and schoolwork so others cannot take advantage
  • Use appropriate and encouraging language when posting opinions, critiquing others and chatting on school platforms
  • Immediately contact the teacher if they are having issues with class platforms (e.g., password no longer working, difficulty submitting work, concern about cyber-bulling, etc)
  • Notify their teacher should they feel their work has been compromised, copied or used without their permission
  • Be aware that inappropriate behaviour online could result in disciplinary action as per our Progressive Discipline policy
  • Follow the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations while engaging in distance learning

We are committed to working with you to ensure a safe and productive learning environment for all members of our school community.

Related Documents:

Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – HCDSB

Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools – HCDSB

Assessment and Evaluation: Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism – HCDSB

Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations – HCDSB

Parent’s Guide to the Ontario Code of Conduct – Ontario Ministry of Education

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 meeting virtually to plan a safe and meaningful celebration. We are currently in the beginning planning stages of hosting a virtual ceremony that will take place in the end of June. Committee members will be reaching out to students and families as we organize this milestone event.

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH

May is the designated Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990’s. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. 

Join us as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month virtually with multiple activities and resources to enjoy at home with your family. Please see the flyer​ for more details.

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.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: BIKE SAFETY

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity, it’s a low-cost way to get around, and it’s good for the planet. Cyclists have to share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists.

Before you head out on a bike, learn the rules of the road, helmet information and safety tips for cyclists of all ages.

As recommended by Parachute Canada:

  • Always wear a helmet. Properly worn, it can reduce the risk of serious head injury by up to 80%. Know and follow the 2V1 Rule
  • Be prepared. Know the rules of the road
  • Check your ride. A fun and safe cycling experience starts with a properly equipped bicycle
  • Be a role model. Set a good example and practice safety together

The Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide has additional information on riding tips to keep you safe while cycling.

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

Demeris, TrevorWeekly Update: Week of May 25th – 29th, 2020