If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ unknown
Thank you to all those students that participated in Red Shirt Day – Easter Seals initiative and our Spirit Day – Dress Like Your Favourite Book Character this week!
Thank you for your continued patience as we complete week nine of Distance Learning.
RETRIEVAL OF STUDENTS’ BELONGINGS
The retrieval of student belongings, (including items in the class, lockers, and student medicine), and return of school items (technology on loan, athletic uniforms, textbooks and library books) will take place during the last week of June.
The HCDSB has completed the Elementary School Curbside Access for Student Belongings Protocol for Parents/Guardians. Details for family pick up times and information will be emailed separately this week. Please note that pick up dates will be during school hours from Monday, June 22nd and Wednesday, June 25th, 2020.
SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION
What a troubling week it has been as we have witnessed the damaging effects of racism in our modern society. If you have not already done so, now may be a time to speak to your children about racism and to teach them that we each have a part to play in stopping it. We have never been made more aware of the fact that we are all One Body in Christ, all of us created in the Image of God, all dependent on one another. During this global pandemic, we have come together as a community to support and care for one another as never before. Let it not stop there!
Please read the message from our Director, Pat Daly, about our collective commitment to creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive communities for all of our students, and acting to end racism in our schools and institutions https://elem.hcdsb.org/stpeter/2020/06/silence-is-not-an-option/
GRADE 8 GRADUATION UPDATE
We will be virtually celebrating our Grade 8 Graduation on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 this year. Please note that families should have received an email update last week as well outlining more details about our upcoming Graduation Ceremony – special thanks to the Graduation Committee for all their efforts! If you have not reviewed it already, please do so as soon as possible.
Graduates should have received their Graduation Silhouettes and Class of 2020 Graduation Sign compliment of the Catholic School Council on Friday, June 5th, 2020. If you did not receive these items, please email Mr. B. McCauley or Mr. T. Demeris.
ITALIAN & FILIPINO HERITAGE MONTH
ITALIAN HERITAGE – In May 2017, the House of Commons designated the month of June as Italian Heritage Month in Canada. Italian Heritage Month provides an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Italian Canadians to the growth and development of our country. Visit https://www.hcdsb.org/News/Pages/HCDSB-Recognizes-Italian-Heritage-Month.aspx
FILIPINO HERITAGE – In October 2018, the Canadian House of Commons officially designated the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month across the country. The Philippines have become one of the largest population of newcomers to Canada, with Ontario being home to over 340,000 Filipinos! The Filipino Canadian community plays a significant part in fostering growth, prosperity and innovation throughout our province. Visit https://www.hcdsb.org/News/Pages/HCDSB-Recognizes-Filipino-Heritage-Month.aspx
ISW UNIFORM UPDATE
ISW’s annual June sale is coming up! Please visit their website link provided for more information about the upcoming sale.
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. ~ https://www.iswuniforms.com/
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
GR. 6, 7 & 8 LITERACY & NUMERACY SUMMER PROGRAMS
The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education will be offering Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for HCDSB students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. There will be two sessions; Session 1 will run from July 6th – July 17th, 2020 and Session 2 will run from July 20th – July 31st, 2020.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Therefore, both Session 1 and Session 2 programs will be offered through a Distance Learning format.
For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs
Online registration is available for Session 1 and Session 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning
The completed online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26th, 2020
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.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CONSULTATION
The Ministry of Education has shared a document called Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning which describes its framework for preparing for learning in the 2020-2021 school year. It is inviting people to share their feedback through written submissions as described below:
You can provide a written submission with your input, ideas or data by sending an email to EDU.firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to:
- Include your name and the name of your organization
- Use “Ontario’s Plan to Reopen Schools” in the subject line
- Attach your submission as a PDF or Word document
MOVING? PLEASE LET US KNOW!
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.
International protests show the vast reach and profound importance of learning about racism and belonging. Here are some resources that can help you talk with your family about the historical context and mission behind Black Lives Matter.
- CBC website for kid – https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/why-has-the-death-of-george-floyd-sparked-protests
- CBC video that can spark a great conversation about privilege, belonging, identity, etc. – How I picked my English name – CBC that many students can relate to and can spark a great conversation about privilege, belonging, identity, etc. – How I picked my English name – https://youtu.be/QZS1xnWhdQM
- Website about tolerance – https://www.tolerance.org/
- Video on Hair Love – https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hair+love+full+short+film&view=detail&mid=7CD6EE985BA6D039DE517CD6EE985BA6D039DE51&FORM=VIRE
HALTON FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES
Halton Families for Families is offering Zoom sessions in June. To register visit: haltonfamiliesforfamilies.com/events/registration/
- June 17th from 7:00 – 8:00pm – Wheel of Winning – Spin the wheel and guess the phrase on the board.
PROMOTING WELL–BEING: BOKS is here to help your family stay active at home
With many schools being closed and kids at home, BOKS will share as many games and activities as possible to keep kids active and happy during this difficult time. We know that anxiety is at an all-time high and one of the best ways to reduce stress in kids and adults is to get your daily dose of endorphins – so we want to provide you with as many free and accessible resources as possible. ~ https://www.bokskids.ca/boks-at-home/
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Have a great week everyone from the staff members at St. Peter CES!