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Parent Weekly Update – Week of October 19th, 2020

“Believing talents can be developed allows people to fulfill their potential.” ~ Carol Dweck


Welcome back to our students who are returning from the Virtual School setting this week ~ we are excited to see you in person! Please know we will greatly miss our students who are transitioning from the conventional learning model to remote virtual school setting ~ all of you are a very special part of our school community!


Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. By working together to follow Public Health measures, we can ensure a safe, healthy and happy learning environment for all. Sincere thanks to the St. Peter CES community for the support and trust that you place in us each day. Special thanks for respecting physical distancing, not using the school parking lot, avoiding congregations, and modelling physical distancing when waiting to pick up your children. Your partnership is appreciated and valued!

As you know, the Halton Region Public Health Department is working closely with our Board and school to implement provincial standards for reopening schools safely during COVID-19. Public Health provides up-to-date guidance and support on the safe reopening and operation of schools to protect students, families, school staff and visitors to schools during the pandemic.

To learn more and review the most up-to-date protocols, please visit:


Parents/guardians are reminded to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in your children and to complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool for Schools each morning before sending your children to school.

What to Do If Your Child Has COVID-19 Like Symptoms
When a child is sick with new or worsening COVID-19 like symptoms, parents/guardians must follow one of the following three options:

Have your child tested for COVID-19 and keep them home to self-isolate until the test results are revealed – test results will indicate the next steps.


If your child has an alternative diagnosis provided by a health care provider, they may return to school once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.


Keep your child home to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days. They may return to school after the 14-day period once it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have started improving.

The updated screening tool offers a more comprehensive checklist of the type and number of symptoms needed for a child to stay home for a period of time and seek medical advice.

Please note that the COVID-19 School Screening Tool is not to be used as a clinical assessment or intended to take the place of medical advice; a diagnosis or treatment.

The online COVID-19 Screening Tool will be updated soon to include these new revisions.

In the meantime, you are asked to keep screening your children for COVID-19 each day using the updated guidelines in the link below:

October 1st Update – COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children


The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. Please use the automated student attendance management system SafeArrival to report your child’s absence.

The SafeArrival system is available 24/7, allowing you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:

  1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
  2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
  3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

SafeArrival enhances our existing student attendance procedure, making it more convenient for parents to report a child’s absence, and more efficient for our school office staff to follow up sooner on unexplained absences.


Holy Rosary Parish has sent an email to all families of 2019 – 2020 Grade 2 children who had prepared to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist last spring. If you did not receive an email, please contact the parish at 905.878.6535. Information has not yet been released for those students receiving the sacrament.

Families of Grade 7 students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year may access the Holy Rosary Parish Confirmation Registration video and registration form through the link. Registrations must be complete by October 23rd, 2020.


The continued evolution and uniqueness of this school year has resulted in our Virtual Curriculum Night being rescheduled. At this time, we have not determined the new date as we are awaiting some further direction. Once we have all the information required to proceed, a detailed email communication will be sent out to all St. Peter CES families. Thank you for your patience and understanding. More information to follow this week.


As you know, St. Peter Catholic CES Childcare addition designed by MC Architects has begun. The new childcare addition will include five (5) childcare rooms and a naturalized playground. The estimated completion is currently March 2021.

For regular updates, please visit the following link:

This week, construction crew began building the walls for the structure. Check out this week’s photographs of the progress:


We have had several students arrive late to school each morning – after 9:05am. This can be problematic as teachers beginning taking attendance electronically as soon as students enter their classrooms as per our Safe Arrival Program. This practice is important to ensure that no child has gone missing and that all students are accounted for.

When your child arrives late to school, they must enter through the front door and go directly to their classrooms. Teachers will notify the Main Office once they arrive. Being on time in the morning is also important but it helps to limit cohort mixing in the hallways and keeps both students and staff members safe.


Each fall Bishop Reding CES hosts their Grade 8 Parent Information Night and Grade 8 AP Parent Information Night – please see the following information, flyer and broadcast link below.


Date & Time: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Live Teams Broadcast at the following link:

Information Flyer: BR Grade 8 Information Night Presentation 2020.jpg 


Date & Time: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Live Teams Broadcast at the following link:

Information Flyer: AP Info Night 2020.PNG 

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK – Milton Boundary Review Accommodation Options

Last week, the Board held its second Virtual Public Information Meeting (VPIM) for the Milton Catholic School Boundary Review process. We would like to thank the parents and members of our community who took time out of their busy schedules to tune in.

If you were unable to attend the Virtual PIM #2, the meeting has been recorded and posted on our Board’s YouTube channel for viewing:

Between April 24th and May 4th, 2020, the Board held its first Virtual Public Information Meeting (PIM) to share some ultimate boundary options and some interim accommodation plan options being considered by the School Boundary Review (SBR) Committee. In June, 2020, a feedback survey was distributed to the community seeking further input on a preferred accommodation plan.

The feedback gathered from the Virtual PIM #1 and the survey was used to help narrow down the options.

Review the Options & Complete the Survey!
At last week’s Virtual Public Information Meeting #2, staff presented the final two (2) ultimate and interim accommodation plan options – available here.

After reviewing the two options, we invite you to complete the Feedback Survey, which will remain open until October 22nd, 2020.

Next Steps

The feedback gathered will be shared with our Board of Trustees at the November 3rd, 2020 Regular Board Meeting and will help guide the Board’s decision about the ultimate and preferred interim accommodation plan.

You are welcome to contact board staff and the SBR Committee members representing your school community through the online question portal. View the list of SBR Committee members here.

Thank you for your time and interest in the Milton Catholic School Boundary Review. We look forward to receiving your feedback.


Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. There are endless possibilities for what children (and adults) can be for Halloween. A shark, a wizard, a clown, a crime-fighting cartoon puppy, a banana, a giant hot dog, a Minecraft character, even a velociraptor!  However, another person’s culture should never be our costume.

St. Peter CES is a place where students not only learn about diversity but also experience it. We strive to ensure that our students see themselves and their classmates reflected in their studies. Our students and families should expect their interactions within our school community to leave them feeling accepted for who they are.

As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all. For more information, please visit the following link:


A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit of Halloween, however we cannot accept any food or candy items at school. Thank you for your understanding.


Our school board has approved our continued partnership with Halton Food for Thought to provide our students with access to additional snacks at school to fuel a full day of learning.  As such,  Halton Food for Thought will provide Grab & Go Healthy Food boxes to our school. This will give students access to a snack when needed throughout the day.

Currently, the snack bins will include trail mix, granola bars, and apple sauce. Students will also have access to an individually wrapped, recyclable spoon to consume apple sauce with. All snacks are peanut and tree nut free. In accordance with provincial guidelines, teachers can distribute snacks from the snack bins as needed. However, this is not a self-serve model for students.


On Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 members of our school community are invited to join this wonderful evening in support of the Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation (HCCEF).

Highlights of the evening include:

  • A Reception with friends at your virtual “table”
  • Musical Entertainment by HCDSB students
  • Recognition of Bishop Douglas Crosby’s 10th Anniversary of his installment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton
  • Keynote address by Bishop Crosby

The HCCEF is an independent charitable organization, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2012 it has partnered with the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) to support our students and families in need. The HCCEF does not receive any direct funding from HCDSB.

We have seen a 375% increase in the number of HCDSB students helped from March to September compared to the same time last year. HCCEF programs are funding solely by our fundraising initiatives (i.e. events, donations, grants, corporate support).

We want to be able to continue to say “yes” to supporting low-income HCDSB students and their families with basic necessities, because education directly influences students’ life chances – and life outcomes. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. We need your help to do this.

Wednesday November 4th, 2020 (6:30 – 8:00pm). For information visit the HCCEF Event Page, email or call:

Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation (HCCEF)- Helping Students in Need to Succeed in School | @HCCEF |, 905-802-0918

To purchase tickets, please visit:


Kids Safety First at Home All By Myself & First Aid for Kids Workshop

For all Grade 4, 5, 6, 7 students the First Aid for Kids program is a fun workshop that includes topics such as: what’s in a first aid kit, calling EMS, identifying poisons & dangers, cuts/scrapes, wounds, nose bleeds, burns, & choking! At Home All by Myself Workshop teaches participants how the rules change when home alone, the home alone checklist, walking home from school safety & more! (incl: AHABM booklet & certificate) *Bring your pencil/paper, Pick a session

SESSION 1 – Mondays Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm Cost: $40.00

SESSION 2 – Tuesdays Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 Time: 3:45- 5:00pm Cost: $40.00

SESSION 3 – Sat Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 Time: 10:30 – 11:30am Cost: $40.00

SESSION 4 – Tues. Dec. 1, Mon. Dec. 7, Tues. Dec. 8, Mon. Dec. 14, Tues. Dec. 15 Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm   Cost: $40.00                                     

PA DAYS – Jan. 15, Jan. 18, Feb. 5, Feb. 12 Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm Cost: $40.00

Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Course

If you are in Grade 6, 7, & 8 or up interested in becoming a skilled babysitter this fun workshop is for you. You will learn everything from diapering, first aid, safety tips, rights & responsibilities, SAFELY finding babysitting jobs & more! (incl: manual & certificate) *Bring a pen/paper, Pick a session

SESSION 1 – Mondays Sept. 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm Cost: $60.00

SESSION 2 – Saturdays Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24   Time:  10:30am – 12:15pm Cost: $60.00                                                     

SESSION 3 – Mondays Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm Cost: $60.00

SESSION 4- Fridays Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4 Time:  4:00-5:30 Cost: $60.00        

PA DAYSNov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27Time: 8:30am – 3:00pmCost: $60.00


CHECK OUT: FB Page @KSFmcewen or website

  • Payment MUST be e-transferred at time of registration. Cost includes HST
  • Manuals and certificates will be couriered or you may pick up
  • If Babysitting manuals cannot be picked up add an additional $15 to the course cost for shipping
  • Once payment has been received you may pick up course content (manual and certificate) then   your ZOOM invite will be emailed to your prior to start of course
  • There are limited spaces in these courses, therefore check your child’s availability as these    courses fill up fast
  • Make up dates will not be offered, attendance is mandatory if you want to receive your completion certificate
  • Once registered and paid – NO refunds or credits
  • Every effort has been made to make this virtual course as close to a classroom experience as possible with group activities, class discussions, question/answer periods, on screen sharing of documents/videos of skills, break out rooms with instructor supervision.
  • More dates will be offered in the New Year 2021

STUDENT CORNER – National Days

The National Days for this week are…

October 18th: International Legging Day and National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 19th: National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20th: National Youth Confidence Day

October 21st: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day and National Reptile Awareness Day

October 22nd: National Make a Dogs Day

October 23rd: National Boston Cream Pie Day, National TV Talk Show Host Da and National iPod Day (it was introduced 19 years ago today!)

October 24th: National Food Day, National Bologna Day, National Make a Difference Day, and United Nations Day

Have an amazing week everyone!


Our school requires additional lunch time supervisors. This is a paid position that involves supervising our students, inside and outside, from 12:10pm to 1:10pm daily. If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time employment opportunity, please contact the Main Office as soon as possible.


There are still 2019 – 2020 yearbooks available for purchase. The cost is $25.00 and families can purchase them through the Cash Online System.


Did you know that a growth mindset can dramatically improve a child’s academic performance and motivation to learn? Our intelligence isn’t fixed, it can change. It can get stronger or weaker depending on how much effort we are willing to apply. One way to encourage a growth mindset is to tell your own stories about achievements that resulted from hard work. Make sure to always praise the process and not just the results. Try using some of these phrases: (a) I see that you have been trying so hard at…; (b) I like the way that you….; (c) I see that you are trying again, great thinking; and (d) the steps you took must have really helped you…

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Practice Healthy Thinking

Good mental health does not mean that we only ever have happy thoughts. Sad or upsetting things are part of life. Problems are also part of life. Good mental health means looking at the situation for what it really is.

Watch for thinking traps:

The way we think about something has a big effect on the way we feel. If we feel like we can handle a problem, we often feel good. If we do not think that we can handle a problem, we often feel bad. Sometimes, we think that something is bad, even when it is not true. These thoughts are sometimes called “thinking traps.” They are traps because they are easy to fall into and can get us stuck and feeling bad.

Here are some common thinking traps:

  • Thinking that bad things always happen to you. “I wanted to go to the beach, but now it is raining. This always happens to me! Now my day is ruined!”
  • Thinking that something can only be all good or all bad. “I did not do as well as I wanted on that last test. I am not smart enough for this course.”
  • Focusing only on the negative part of a situation. “My team won, but I cannot believe I missed that shot. I must be very bad at soccer. Maybe I should stop playing.”
  • Jumping to conclusions before you know what really happened. “My friend did not call me back. She must not like me very much.”

You can challenge your thinking trap by looking at the facts. The next time you notice yourself falling into a thinking trap, ask yourself questions to find the facts. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is there any proof to back up this thought?
  • Have I thought about all sides of the situation? Is there anything I missed?
  • Have I been in this position before? What happened then?
  • If my friend was in the same situation, what would I say?

Once you have looked at the facts, you can replace the thinking trap thought with a more balanced thought.


We will continue to share information and updates with parents directly through email.

Updates will also be posted on the Return to School Plan website and through the Board’s social media channels:   

You can also review our FAQs online for more information about the return to school.


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Demeris, TrevorParent Weekly Update – Week of October 19th, 2020