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Weekly Update: Week of May 4th – 8th, 2020

All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, brings us to God. ~ Pope Francis

Thank you…to all our families for your patience and ongoing commitment to ‘Distance Learning’. We know it can be challenging at times, but please know we are all in this together!

Thank you…to all our amazing staff members for their dedication and commitment to our students and our families!

Thank you…to all our students, their families and our staff for sharing their ‘safe at home’ activities on the class platforms and twitter! It is wonderful to see all those smiling faces!

SPIRIT DAY – FRIDAY, MAY 8th, 2020

Mother’s Day is an annual celebration intended to honour and recognize our mothers for all they do to support us throughout the year! There are many ways to celebrate this day – you can make a nice drawing, write a nice message in a handmade card, offer a bouquet of flowers or even prepare a special surprise – but this year, we encourage all of our St. Peter CES students and staff members to wear neon or other bright colours to show our mothers/mother figure-heads how much they brighten our lives up every day!

Don’t forget to share your photographs with us on tweeter @stpetersmilton.

MONTH OF MAY – PRAYING THE ROSARY

Our Holy Father Pope Francis is encouraging everyone to pray the Rosary each day during the month of May. Please find the following  link to his message and two beautiful prayers which can be said at the end of the Rosary to pray for the end of the pandemic.

http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200425_lettera-mesedimaggio.html

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIOCESE

All of the churches in the Diocese of Hamilton are currently closed. However, while we cannot gather for Mass, our priests continue to celebrate Mass privately for the intentions of the faithful. Many of our parishes are regularly live streaming Sunday Masses and special Masses for us as well. But without our weekly offerings, our churches are suffering. Please consider supporting our church with your donations through this period of closure.

To learn more please visit: https://hamiltondiocese.com/stewardship-and-development/supportmyparish

PROVINCE-WIDE MASS

His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be celebrating the province-wide Catholic Education Week Mass scheduled for Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at 10:00am. All families are invited to participate “virtually” in this celebration of the Eucharist by clicking on the following link at the scheduled time: CEW MASS STREAM

Bishop Crosby will also be live-streaming a special Mass from St. Patrick’s Parish in Hamilton on Friday, May 8th at 11:00am. You can watch the Mass on the St. Patrick’s website here: https://stpats.online.church/

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK – MAY 3rd through May 8th, 2020

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled Catholic Education: Igniting Hope.

The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:

  • The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
  • The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
  • The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Igniting Hope are:

  • Our Hope in Christ
  • The Hope Within Us
  • The Hope Among Us
  • Hope for the World
  • A Future Full of Hope

Catholic Education Week is a week in which our students and staff are very excited about welcoming our parents and guests into our school for various activities and celebrations. Although this year will be very different, it is now more important than ever to recognize and appreciate the many gifts of Catholic Education. We are truly blessed to be able to celebrate our faith as we support and nurture your child as they learn and grow. Please consider ways in which you can celebrate this special week at home with your family.

We invite our families to consider the following ways in which you can collectively ‘Ignite Hope’ at home and within our community:

  • Create a fancy message of hope in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk for passerby to read or create a poster to put in a window
  • Write a postcard or note of thanks for front-line healthcare workers and drop this in the mailbox for a local hospital
  • Create a Rosary out of painted rocks and place them in your garden
  • Bake cookies and have a parent deliver them to your neighbourhood grocery store for workers to share
  • Make cards or draw pictures for seniors in your community
  • Music makes us happy. Create a playlist of happy music. Play this in your backyard, or if you are able, send it to a family member who you miss
  • Make a video or recording, singing a favourite hymn. Send this to your parish priest. He needs support at this time too
  • Look in your bible or go online to make a list of psalms that give hope
  • Write an acrostic poem about HOPE… H is for Happiness, O is for Ongoing, P is for … etc.
  • Write words of hope on index cards or paper and hang them from a tree in your yard for others to read
  • Go for a walk past your local parish. Stop in front of your church and say a prayer for your faith community
  • Look through a newspaper for stories of hope and talk about the stories
  • Put messages of hope on social media
  • Plant some seeds in the ground. When they bloom, they will give hope
  • Phone your grandparents and tell them you love them
  • Offer a hug to a family member in your house

Please consider sharing pictures on Twitter of how your family is celebrating Catholic Education Week and tag your tweets @stpetersmilton #CEW2020 #IgnitingHope

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – MAY 4th through May 10th, 2020

Catholic Education Week always coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week. For a calendar of themes for each day, and a list of the resources available to us in the Halton region, please see the documents below. You can also follow the hashtags #HCDSBSelfCare and #HCDSBMentalHealthWeek.

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CMHA Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from May 4th – 10th, 2020.  It’s a Canadian tradition bringing communities, schools and workplaces together to celebrate, protect and promote mental health.

This year’s theme is ‘social connection’ and the importance of mental health.  Share how you are feeling these days online @CMHA_NTL and use #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek 

For more information click here: https://mentalhealthweek.ca/

ST. PETER CES – SPIRIT OF INCLUSION AWARD NOMINEE

The Spirit of Inclusion Award was created by the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) from the Board, and is presented each year to one elementary student and one secondary student who has demonstrated a commitment to school activities and to their community, making their peers feel valued and respected.

We wanted to take a moment to recognize Liam Hannah in Miss Travali’s Grade 4/5 class for being selected as this year’s Spirit of Inclusion nominee for St. Peter CES. Liam is an outstanding builder of school community, he demonstrates an ongoing commitment to school activities – including the spiritual life of the school, and has an excellent attitude and spirit when dealing with challenging situations. Liam should also be recognized for his ability make others feel valued and included. Congratulations Liam – you make us proud!

COVID-19 TOGETHER! WE FEED STUDENTS! FAQ

Halton Food for Thought, Food for Life and Food 4 Kids Halton have partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board and the Halton District School Board to ensure our students receive the support they need.

Q. Can BOTH Elementary AND Secondary students register to receive Together! We Feed Students! support?

  • Elementary and/or Secondary students can register for Together! We Feed Students! support

Q. What is the Together! We Feed Students! registration process?

  • Families contact Food for Life goodfood@foodforlife.ca or 905-635-1106 ext. 7 to register.
  • Must provide delivery address, phone number and email
  • Registrations are being triaged by the usual triage team at Food for Life.
  • NOTE – Students/families who are able to safely access existing FFL food programs will be directed to local programs o Identified/ approved students/families who are not able to safely access existing FFL food programs will receive home delivery of bagged/boxed food, starting with our most vulnerable

Q. Once approved for Together! We Feed Students! how will students receive home delivery support?

  • Identified/approved students/families will receive home delivery of bagged/boxed food, starting with our most vulnerable
  • The goal is to provide deliveries once per week depending on capacity and funding

Q. What type of food is included in the Together! We Feed Students! home food deliveries?

  • Both perishable and non-perishable food items will be included in the home delivery

Q. How can a community member support Together! We Feed Students!

  • ONLINE DONATIONS ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY and can be made to any of the partners of the Together! We Feed Students!
  • Contact Food for Life melissa@foodforlife.ca with food donation inquiries

Q. Are there additional programs / initiatives community members in need of food can access?

  • CLICK the link below for the Where to Get Food in Halton resource
  • Please note, individual providers may have implemented COVID-19 related program delivery/service measures. Please contact them directly

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NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK – MAY 1st through May 7th, 2020

National Youth Week takes place each year from May 1st to May 7th, 2020. Youth Week is a time to celebrate and inspire proactive youth involvement in our community. Youth Week 2020 will be celebrated virtually through the Halton Hills Youth Instagram and Twitter account @_hhyouth

Activities include:

  • Sunday, May 3rd – It’s Sunday Funday and we are making pancakes for breakfast! Virtual Drop-in Game Time: Join in on a virtual game of Scattergories
  • Monday, May 4th Music with Michael from ROCK, who has created some tunes for us to enjoy. DIY of the day. We will be making bookmarks. Trivia Night: Tune in at 7:00pm for live trivia on Zoom
  • Tuesday, May 5th – It’s time to celebrate the value and the contributions youth make in the community with our Youth Recognition Awards.
  • Wednesday, May 6th – Enjoy a wide variety of art through our virtual Youth Art Exhibit. We celebrate and highlight the extremely talented youth artists in the Halton Hills Community.
  • Thursday, May 7th Netflix Party: Join us at 7:00pm for a Netflix party online. Grab your popcorn and join in the fun!

CROSS BOUNDARY RENEWALS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

St. Peter CES will be mailing out Cross Boundary Forms that need to be renewed for existing cross boundary students this coming week. Due to privacy concerns, cross boundary renewal applications are filled in with personal information should not be emailed back to us.

Completed forms will need to be mailed to the board office (802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON L7R 2Y2) or the applications can be dropped directly into the mailbox located at the board office by the Reception entrance. This mailbox is checked daily. Please address the envelope – St. Peter CES – Cross Boundary Renewal Request.

All NEW cross boundary applications will be reviewed by our school Superintendent – Mrs. L. Naar at the beginning of June. Once a determination has been made a confirmation email will be sent to the families.

HCDSB DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

Learning from home is new for everyone, and we know that parents, students and staff have several questions around the expectations of distance learning. While we are still awaiting some of the details and further direction in certain areas from the Ministry of Education. The HCDSB has prepared a guide for families that provides information around the curriculum delivery, assessment and evaluation as it pertains to teacher-led distance learning during this period of school closure. 

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

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 31st, 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 & Year 2)
2. Proof of age (required for Year 1 & Year 2)
· Year 1 children are required to be 4 years of age on or before December 31st, 2020.
· Year 2 children are required to be 5 years of age on or before December 31st, 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.

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION

Due to school closures, we will be providing parents with a different option for the Spring Kindergarten Parent Orientation. More information will be shared soon. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Managing Difficult Behaviours during COVID-19 and Beyond

R.O.C.K. – Reach Out Centre for Kids – is presenting this free webinar – for more information follow the link – https://rockevents.ca/event/managing-difficult-behaviours-webinar/

“A behavioural approach to understanding and addressing problem behaviour. Join an experienced behaviour therapist for this informative webinar to learn ways to help reduce and manage challenging behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

  • Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:30 am OR Thursday May 14th, 2020 from 6:00– 7:30 pm
  • Free – Live webinar through Zoom

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: Week of May 4th – 8th, 2020