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Weekly Update: June 22nd – 26th, 2020

May every Sunrise hold more Promise, and every Sunset hold more Peace! ~ Blessing

Thank you for your continued participation and support of your child/ren and our teachers as we complete week eleven of Distance Learning.

Thank you to St. Peter CES Graduation Committee and HCDSB Strategic Communications Department for all their creativity and support in producing the St. Peter CES 2020 Graduation Ceremony.

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.

Thank you to Mrs. E. Champoux and Mrs. L. Gall for all their time, effort and dedication to the St. Peter school community during the 2019 – 2020 school year! For those of you who know our office staff members, you know that they go ‘above and beyond’ daily to make a difference!

Thank you to all those who have volunteered at St. Peter CES this year!
Your contribution is very much appreciated and it makes a tremendous difference for our students.

Special thanks to our Catholic School Council members who serve diligently throughout the school year to make a difference for the St. Peter CES community.

Thank you…we would like to offer a very special note of appreciation to our Pastor John Van Hees and his team at Holy Rosary Parish for their ongoing spiritual wisdom and guidance throughout the year! We wish them well over the summer months and look forward to the guidance again in the fall.

Thank you…we would like to thank all of you for a wonderful school year working together filled with patience and understanding as we ventured into new territory – together we aimed for the success of all students! We wish all of you a blessed summer holiday and look forward to seeing everyone in September.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

On June 21st, 2020 we celebrate all the amazing Fathers, Dad, Grandfathers, and Uncles who play such an integral role in our lives and are always there for us! Special thanks to those students and staff members that participated in the Spirit Day on Friday, June 19th, 2020 in recognition of this special day!

END OF SCHOOL YEAR REFLECTION

O God of all beginnings and endings,
we praise and thank you for the gift of this school year.
It has been a time filled with grace and blessings,
with challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows.
The days have passed quickly, O Lord.
The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and the holy days,
the exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies,
all have come forth from your hand.
While we trust that your purposes have always been at work each day.
Sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate
just what you have been up to in our school.
Give us the rest and refreshment we need this summer.
Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit.
Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion,
and bless us, according to your will,
with the fulfillment of our summer hopes and dreams.
Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead,
and guide us each day as you have done this past year.
Help us to return to school with a new spirit and a new energy.
May we continue to grow
in age, wisdom, knowledge and grace
all the days of our lives.
Amen

STAFFING UPDATE: Farewell & God Bless!

Each year we say farewell and thank-you to those staff members who are leaving St. Peter CES to share their gifts and talents in other school communities. Whether the staff members have served while others have been absent this year or they are long standing members of the school community – we have enjoyed much laughter, joy and love with you! In the years ahead, we wish you every blessing as you heed God’s calling and serve wherever He leads you. All of you have enriched our lives and will be greatly missed! May God bless you abundantly as you continue your journey in Catholic Education.

Thank you to Mrs. L. Gall – Office Assistant, Ms. O. Mensah – Educational Assistant, Mr. C. Marfisi – Grade 7/8, Miss Vicic – Grade 2, Mrs. K. Vuksani – Kindergarten, Miss M. Neo – Early Childhood Educator, Mr. W. Popa – Kindergarten & Miss M. Silva – Child & Youth Counsellor for sharing their gifts and talents this year.

Thank you to…

Mrs. Ferraro Katsilieris – Grade 2 who will be moving on to teach at St. Rapheal CES in Burlington.

Mrs. D. Wybraniec – Grade 2 who will be moving on to teach at St. Anne CES in Burlington.

Mrs. M. Mendonca – Teacher of the Arts who will be moving on to teach at St. Joseph CES in Acton.

Miss M. Bruno – Primary Team Member who will be moving on to teach at St. Francis CES in Georgetown.

Mrs. L. Furlong – Early Childhood Educator who will be moving on to teach at Guardian Angels CES in Milton.

Mrs. D. Therriault – Early Childhood Educator who will be moving on to teach at Queen of Heaven CES in Milton.

Mrs. M. Moffat – Grade 7/8 Teacher who will be moving on to teach at St. Catherine of Alexandria CES in Georgetown.

Ms. L. Covey – Primary Team Member who has made the difficult decision to retire this year after 21 years of service in the St. Peter CES community. We wish you a heartfelt congratulations on your retirement! Your dedication, hard work, enthusiasm for teaching, and genuine love of each and every student is truly inspiring. St. Peter CES is your home, where family and friends reside…please take comfort in the fact that you are always welcome to return to brighten our days. We know that you have new places to go, new stories to live, so on behalf of past and present St. Peter CES staff members and the greater school community, we would all like to wish you well as the next chapter begins! Best wishes for your retirement!

GRADUATION UPDATE

Graduating families should carefully review their email on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 for final details regarding this week’s virtual Graduation Ceremony!

Please visit the following link for more information: https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/06/congratulations-to-the-class-of-2020/

SPIRIT DAY – RED & WHITE DAY!

Just a reminder that on Friday, June 26th, 2020 we will be hosting our final virtual Spirit Day -Red & White Day at St. Peter CES this year! Students are encouraged to wear red and white in support of Canada Day on July 1st, 2020. Show your school spirit! Don’t forget to share your photographs with us on tweeter @stpetersmilton.

ST. PETER CES TALENT SHOW

Our St. Peter CES Talent Show Committee has been working effortlessly over the last few weeks to finalize the show – we can’t wait to see it!

Thank you to all of those students that submitted video clips of their amazing gifts and talents! This week a link will be shared via the School Messenger email system giving families access to show. Stay tuned!

DISTRIBUTION OF REPORT CARDS & KINDERGARTEN COMMUNICATION OF LEARNING DOCUMENTS

This year, in light of the school closures due to COVID-19, student report cards will be delivered electronically. The report cards will be delivered directly to parents and guardians by email on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.

Parents and guardians will need their child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) in order to access the report card. Your child’s OEN number can be found on a previous report card. The Ministry has waived the expectation for both a teacher and parental signature for this reporting period. The School Principal’s electronic signature will appear on all student report cards.

As with all reporting periods, parents and guardians may contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time to discuss the report card. You are also welcome to contact our school administration with any questions or should you require further clarification.

CLASS PLACEMENT – SEPTEMBER 2020

We are in the process of preparing ‘tentative’ class placements for the 2020 – 2021 school year shortly. It must be emphasized that the plans are tentative as summer registrations can significantly affect our proposed school organization.

In forming groups the following points are considered:

  • Equitable balance of boys and girls in each class at all grade levels
  • A range of academic ability and potential in each class (e.g., classes are not streamed)
  • A mix of previous classes – so students can form new friendships, meet different academic/social challenges
  • Children who are best kept together and children who are best separated
  • Number of years in a combined class – students in split grades the previous year will be placed in a straight grade, where possible

Keeping the above issues of class formation in mind, each teacher develops a profile for every student, noting academic, social, behavioural, and physical strengths/needs. These are made into class lists through teamwork and collaboration, reviewed by administration, and then returned for discussion and suggestions to the group of teachers at each grade, with
further changes made as required. The class lists then remain ‘tentative’ pending changes necessitated due to increased or decreased student enrollment.

Placement decisions are based on awareness of your child’s academic, social, learning needs, and strengths. The objective of this organization process is to achieve the most workable heterogeneous combination of student groups. With your trust in our professional judgement, we will continue to provide all of our students with the best possible learning
environment. If you have concerns or questions regarding class placement, please leave a written response at the Main Office addressed to Mr. B. McCauley or Mr. T. Demeris.

Please be advised that you will be able to access information about your child’s class placement on Friday, September 4th, 2020 after 9:00 a.m. This information will be available on the Board’s website at: www.hcdsb.org. On the Home page, please click on the “Schools” tab and then on the “School Listing” tab in the drop-down menu.  You will be directed to the school listing page. Once you have arrived on this page, please click on “Class Placements”, beside the appropriate Elementary school name.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to access this information, you will require your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN), which can be found on his/her report card.

REACH AHEAD CREDITS AVAILABLE FOR GRADE 8 STUDENTS

RETRIEVAL OF STUDENTS’ BELONGINGS

The retrieval of student belongings (including items in the class, lockers, and student medicine) and the return of school items (technology on loan, athletic uniforms, textbooks and library books) will take place from Thursday, June 18th through Wednesday, June 25th, 2020 as outlined in the parent communication last week.. Confirmation emails will be sent out this week with your date/time and the appropriate protocols for pick-up/drop-off.

STARR POLLINATOR GARDEN

We are searching for families that would be willing to maintain the ‘Starr Pollinator Garden’ throughout the summer months once again. Thank you to the Haig Family who has been doing a wonderful job caring for the garden over the last several weeks! If you are interested in sponsoring the garden for a week or two, please email Ms. D. McLaren at  McLarenD@hcdsb.org as we are setting up a maintenance schedule before the school year ends.

DONATE YOUR EMPTY BOTTLES TO FOOD4KIDS HALTON!

Food4Kids Halton is a not-for-profit organization that provides healthy food packages for at-risk children who have limited access to food.

From June 22 to July 9th, Food4Kids Halton will be available to collect empty bottles from families in our community. If you have empty bottles (wine, beer, coolers, liquor bottles or cans) Food4Kids Halton will take them! For more information and to find out ways to donate, please visit: www.food4kidshalton.ca

ISW JUNE SALE – Save 10% on your entire purchase

Returning Students – Log into your account to shop for your uniform. Our new chat window lets you connect with one of your uniform experts while you shop!

New Students 3 WAYS TO SHOP:

  1. IN-STORE APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an in-store one-on-one appointment with one of our uniform experts.
  2. VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT – New families are welcome to book an appointment from home via video chat with one of our uniform experts.
  3. ONLINE LIVE CHAT – Our new chat window lets you connect with one of our uniform experts while you shop. https://www.iswuniforms.com/

SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK – ONTARIO’S FRAMEWORK FOR CONTINUED LEARNING

The Ministry of Education has released Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning. Parents and guardians are invited to review this document, and provide feedback through a written submission by email to: EDUconsultation@ontario.ca

Make sure to: 

  • Include your name, and the name of our school board (Halton Catholic District School Board)
  • Use “Ontario’s Plan to Reopen Schools” in the subject line 
  • Attach your submission as a PDF or Word document

COURTESY SEATS ON SCHOOL BUSES FOR THE 2020 – 2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Families with children who take the bus to school are advised that the application process for receiving courtesy seats on school buses will be delayed for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Due to physical distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it may not be possible to grant courtesy seats and/or the process may be delayed for the next school year. With that being said, parents/guardians can continue to submit a Courtesy Seat Application, and will be notified via email once a decision on this process has been made.

Please note that there is no guarantee that a courtesy seat will be offered if you submit an application, or if your child had a courtesy seat in the past. Visit the Halton Student Transportation Services website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca

SCHOOL YEARBOOKS

You can now purchase your 2019 – 2020 school yearbook through School Cash Online. The cost for a yearbook is $25. Yearbooks are expected to arrive in early September.

MOVING?

Are you planning on moving before the end of this school year or in the summer time? If yes, please email Mr. T. Demeris or Mrs. E. Champoux to let us know so that we can update our information and prepare for September 2020.

STUDENT INSURANCE

The Halton Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities. Since accidents can happen, and some injuries result in medical, dental or other expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group plans, as a parent, you may wish to consider purchasing student accident insurance. Student accident insurance can provide you with financial peace of mind against the possible expenses that can be incurred if a child is injured at school.

The Board makes an Accident and Life Insurance Program for students exclusively through Old Republic/Reliable Life Insurance Company available on a yearly basis. Participation is voluntary and the costs for the program are paid by the parent or guardian. The program offers a variety of plans and benefits, which can be tailored to suit your needs. The coverage provided by the policy is comprehensive and reasonably priced.

The insurance agreement is between the parent/guardian and the insurance company. If you wish to subscribe or for more information, please visit: www.insuremykids.com or call 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Mental Health Family Stress

When we first become parents, the hopes and dreams we have for our children are boundless. These tiny little humans who we have sworn to nurture, protect and love without condition have a lifetime of opportunities awaiting them. But life is unpredictable, and we face challenges for which we are unprepared. No matter how fiercely we fight to protect our children, there are some things in life we can’t control. According to the World Health Organization, 20% of adolescents (age 10-19) will experience a mental health condition, and now with families facing life during the Coronavirus, those mental health conditions will intensify. In the article Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization outlines the impact that COVID-19 can have on children and families and makes recommendations on how to handle this unprecedented time.

When a loved one, especially one of our children has a mental health disorder, the added stress it brings to the other members of the family can be overwhelming. Not only are there day to day challenges, but when an extreme crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic hits, managing life becomes much more difficult. If your family is coping with the stress of a mental, behavioural, or developmental disorder, here are some tips to bring a little peace to your life and ease some of the anxiety in the home.

  1. Build family relationships – 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis
  2. Find a support system – Resources for Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19
  3. Learn to cope with fear and anxiety – 7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
  4. Be an advocate – Coping With Anxiety and Depression During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  5. Stop blaming yourself – Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
  6. Take a break – How to Look After Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

Whether you are new to this journey or have been on this road for a long time, it is always a good idea to check in with yourself and your family. The stress of caring for someone with a mental health condition can make you feel powerless. With a strategy in place for dealing with the obstacles ahead, you and your family can stay strong together. ~https://stressfreekids.com/131475/mental-health-family-stress/

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Have a safe, blessed and restful summer break from the staff members at St. Peter CES!

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: June 22nd – 26th, 2020