COVID-19 AWARENESS & PREVENTION
A reminder that all parents/guardians are required to complete a self-screening with their child each day before sending them to school. It is recommended that you use the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 school and child care screening tool. This tool can be accessed here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
If your child is sick, regardless of the symptoms, please do not send them to school. Seek medical advice or contact public health for further direction. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort and we must work together to keep all of our students safe at St. Peter CES.
MY CHILD IS SICK! WHEN CAN THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL?
There has been a lot of confusion about what caregivers need to do when a child becomes ill. This post will clarify the steps you need to take if your child becomes ill, and will help you know when your child can safely return to school. My Child is Sick! When Can They Return to School?
LOUIS RIEL DAY – November 16th, 2020
Louis Riel was a great Metis leader who helped his people from a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
On behalf of St. Peter CES community, we would like to wish our Grade 7 students in Miss Pecoskie-Schweir and Ms. Anstey’s classes a special congratulations on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on November 12th, 2020. We we proud of all of our students as they worked diligently to prepare for this special moment in their faith journey.
As you know, Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation which completes Baptism through sealing in the Holy Spirit. In short, it is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Confirmation brings Catholics a deepening sense of baptismal grace and unites them more firmly to Christ. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit and leaves an indelible mark on the soul just like baptism.
May many blessings come to our newly confirmed students, and may God’s love be in their heart to strengthen them along life’s way.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION & COMMUNION
From the desk of Father John Van Hees…
We were excited to see our children return to school this September, a new academic year, and a fresh opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord. We live in extraordinary times, as we seek to keep one another safe from COVID-19 while trying to experience the ordinary things of life.
I have been praying for you, and especially for our young people. The time has come for me to bring to your attention our efforts to prepare our children for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Parents/guardians are asked to review the letter and complete the Enrollment Form that was sent home last week.
For information on the Enrollment Form, please watch the following video:
Dates for the Celebration of Sacraments will be posted on Friday, November 13th, 2020. See below:
We ask you to please email or return your Enrollment Form and Baptismal Certificate to the parish office at email@example.com
If we do not hear from your family, we wish you well and will assume that you have made other arrangements for your child to receive their First Reconciliation and Communion.
If you have any concerns we can assist you with, please call 905-878-6535.
It is imperative that students attend school on a regular basis and on time. Students are more likely to succeed in school when they attend consistently. Please make sure to continue with your positive daily routines to ensure that all students arrive on time and ready to learn for the day.
BULLYING AWARENESS & PREVENTION WEEK
Ontario has designated November 15th – 21st, 2020 as Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week to help promote safe schools and a positive learning environment. During Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being. Bullying awareness and prevention are vital for maintaining a healthy, safe and inclusive learning environment, where all students feel accepted and have a strong sense of belonging.
Bullying is defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, peer group power and a number of Ontario Human Rights Code protected grounds such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, etc.
Forms of Bullying may include:
• Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
• Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
• Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
• Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media.
Our Safe Schools Team has been working diligently to plan activities and launch initiatives this year, especially during the week of November 15th – 21st, to heighten awareness of bullying and its impact on the school community. By organizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week activities, we hope to continue to effect positive change in student achievement and well-being.
PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION
We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 26th from 4:00 – 8:30pm and Friday, November 27th from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Once again, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. Families will be able to make appointments from November 12th until November 22nd at 11:00pm. Please see the email that was sent home this week for all the pertinent details.
SCHOOL CASH ONLINE UPDATE
As you know, we have made several modifications to how we operate to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. As part of those modifications, we ask you to use our online payment system to purchase school items at all times. Cash can play a significant role in virus transmission, and we are working toward following the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to use contactless payments to mitigate virus spread.
Paying school fees online is fast and easy and can be done from any computer or smartphone.
Getting setup up is three simple steps:
- Create Your Profile: Go to https://hcdsb.schoolcashonline.com Click on “Register”.
- Confirm Your Email: Check your inbox for the email confirmation and click on the link inside. Sign in with your new login details.
- Add a Student: Click “Add Student” and fill in the required fields with your child’s details.
LUNCH PROTOCOLS & REMINDERS
For the health and safety of our students and school community, it is strongly recommended that all students remain at school for the full duration of their lunch period.
Considerations when preparing your child’s lunch may include:
- Lunches should be prepared as individual meals and snacks
- Sharing food items will not be permitted
Each student is required to bring their own drinking bottle to school that is labeled, kept with them during the day, and not shared with other students. All water fountains have been made inoperable to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Although bottle filling stations will be in use, students and staff are not advised to touch any filling station apparatus.
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL UPDATE
In an effort to ensure the safety of our students before and after school protocols are important. We have been working diligently to ensure that students remain on the sidewalks around the school at all time. Please remind your children and be a good role model by following these protocols.
When using the ‘Kiss & Ride’ at the front of the school, please remain in your car and pull up as far as possible. Our goal is to have as many vehicles use the ‘Kiss & Ride’ as quickly and efficiently as possible. Of note, the parking lots will remain closed until the childcare addition – construction project has been completed.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL
The Catholic School Council has partnered with Zoomer Greenhouses in Milton to offer families the opportunity to purchase a Christmas poinsettias this year. All proceeds will go to the ‘St. Peter CES Helping Hands’ fund to support needy families in our school community.
Poinsettia sales are available from Monday, November 6th, 2020 to Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Poinsettias will arrive at St. Peter CES on Thursday, November 26th, 2020. An order form in hardcopy was sent home on Monday, November 9th, 2020.
LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
As a school, we can never guarantee an allergen free environment, but we have strategies in place to provide a minimized allergen environment. One of those strategies is to remind parents/guardians and caregivers to ensure that you send your child to school with peanut-free/nut-free food products to school. For this same reason, we cannot accept treats for birthdays or celebrations and monitor this very closely. We also do not allow any food or drinks on the playground for the protection of all children, especially those with allergies to bees.
LOOK-A-LIKE PRODUCTS TO PEANUT BUTTER
Parents/guardians are reminded to not send their children to school with look-a-like peanut butter products. These products claim to be so close in smell, taste and texture to peanut butter, that it is nearly impossible for students and staff to distinguish between a look-a-like product and authentic one. We appreciate your cooperation in enjoying these products at home to prevent a mix-up of the two products, where the results could be life-threatening.
PROGRESS REPORTS & COMMUNICATION OF LEARNING DOCUMENTS
The Elementary Progress Report for Grades 1 – 8 students and the Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations will be issued on November 24th, 2020.
You can learn more about the purpose and importance of the Progress Report and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations here: Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report Card and Kindergarten Communication of Learning: Initial Observations
DRESSING FOR WINTER WEATHER
With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20 minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside.
ST. PETER CES TIPS
During Cybersecurity Awareness Month and Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week – November 15th – 21st, 2020, students and school staff are continuing to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being.
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.
Whether in school or virtually, 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 to 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
For more information on cybersecurity visit the HCDSB website.
Optional French Programs
The online registration form will be available for two weeks, beginning Monday, November 9th, 2020 and ending on Friday, November 20th , 2020.
STUDENT CORNER – NATIONAL DAYS
Happy third week of November everyone – this week there are pretty amazing days! What’s your favourite?
The National Days for this week are…
November 15th: National Bundt Cake Day, National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day & National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
November 16th: National Fast Food Day & National Button Day
November 17th: National Baklava Day, National Take A Hike Day & National Homemade Bread Day
November 18th: National Princess Day, National Vichyssoise Day & Mickey Mouse 91st Birthday
November 19th: National Play Monopoly Day
November 20th: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
November 21st: National Gingerbread Cookie Day & National Red Mitten Day which encourages Canadians to wear Red Mittens to support Canadian Athletes.
Have a great week everyone!
PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being
The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s well – being without weakening the wallet.
We will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:
Organizing a social group or chatting with a friend on the street corner are examples of social connection. A ten-year study of 1,500 older adults was conducted at the center for Aging Studies at Flinders University. The findings demonstrated that those who enjoyed a large network of friends outlived those with the least social connection by 22 percent.
The body of research that supports a positive link between social support and health is large. One study found that women who had a large support group while dealing with cancer had a better result after treatment than those that were less connected. In a nutshell, social support reduces our stress and increases our health and quality of life. Increasing our social connection is free of charge and the return on investment is priceless!
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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