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Parent Weekly Update – Week of November 23rd, 2020

“Let us ask for the grace to open our eyes & hearts to the poor, in order to hear their cry and recognize their needs.” ~ Pope Francis

COVID-19 REMINDERS

The Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework has five levels. Halton Region is currently in the Red level (Control). 

It is strongly recommended that residents in the red control zone limit trips outside of their home:

  • Stay home, except for essential purposes such as going to work or school, buying essentials such as groceries, and attending medical appointments
  • Maintain a physical distance of two metres (six feet) from those outside their household. Those that live alone may join one designated household
  • Avoid all social gatherings such as play dates, birthday parties, and dinner parties with friends or family

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.

Daily Screening & Symptoms Protocol

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 and guardians must follow one of the following three options:

OPTION #1:

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.

OPTION #2:

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.

OPTION #3

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

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 Tuesday, 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

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 previously for all the pertinent details.

SCHOOL UNIFORM PROVIDER CHANGE

This week, families received an email regarding a change to the Halton Catholic District School Board’s sole school uniform supplier. 

The contract with our current school uniform supplier, ISW (InSchoolwear Inc.) will soon expire. In accordance with our purchasing policy guidelines, our Board undertook a Request for Proposal (RFP) process this year to select a uniform provider to serve parents and students for the next three year term.

The contract was awarded to McCarthy Uniforms, which will be the sole uniform supplier for HCDSB schools commencing February 1st, 2021

Important Notes for Parents:      

  • Families are still able to purchase school uniform pieces from ISW until January 31st, 2021. NOTE: that for the month of January 2021, purchases may be made at the Oakville location or online only
  • Students may continue to wear ISW uniform pieces beyond February 1st and until they and/or younger siblings outgrow the items of clothing. 
  • Uniform items previously purchased from ISW will still qualify for the end of year uniform exchange program
  • Beginning February 1st, 2021, all new uniform items will be available for parents to purchase from McCarthy
  • A new change to our Board Policy II-41, School Uniform Dress Code/School Dress Code, which will come into effect on January 1st, 2021, stipulates that for elementary school uniforms, parents and guardians will no longer have to purchase bottoms from the Board authorized school uniform vendor. All bottoms, regardless of where they are purchased, must be navy blue

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.

Parents we need your help! Each day we promote a collective responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our students and staff have been working very hard to keep one another safe during the school day by practicing good hand hygiene, mask wearing, social distancing and staying in cohorts.

We are requesting that our students go directly home after dismissal. Students are not permitted to play on school grounds directly after school. We strongly encourage parents to reconsider allowing their child(ren) to play in the park before and/or after school, as they are mixing cohorts and not wearing masks or social distancing. Thank you for your support and attention to this matter in helping us keep everyone safe!

LOCKER USE

Our students in Grades 1 – 8 will have access to a locker in the upcoming weeks. Please note we have a new routine beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020 to help us enter the building safely and place outerwear (boots, hats, mitts, coats, outdoor shoes) into lockers. Students will be asked to ensure that all belongings in the locker go home each afternoon. We kindly request that students do not bring any items to decorate their locker such as mirrors, magnets, locker accessories, locks & stickers etcetera. Students will continue to have their backpack and lunch bag with them in the classroom. Lastly, students will only be permitted to go to their locker when they transition in and out of the building.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

As winter weather is fast approaching, parents/guardians are reminded to visit our website for important information and reminders regarding our Inclement Weather procedures and the Inclement Weather Transportation Zones map: http://bit.ly/HCDSBInclementWeather  

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents/guardians and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

On behalf of St. Peter CES community, we would like to wish our Grade 7 students in Miss Dunn, Mlle. Smyth and Mrs. Escalante’s classes a special congratulations on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on November 17th, 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.

STUDENT CORNER – NATIONAL DAYS

We are into the last week of November, and if you like cranberries this is an amazing week to celebrate!

The National Days for this week are…

November 22nd: National Cranberry Relish Day

November 23rd: National Cashew Day, National Eat A Cranberry Day & National Espresso Day

November 24th: National Sardines Day (not for me but my grandpa loves them!)

November 25th: National Play Day with Dad & National Parfait Day

November 26th: National Cake Day

November 27th: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day, National Craft Jerky Day, Black Friday & National Flossing Day (I guess after we eat the cream pie we need to floss out teeth.)

November 28th: National French Toast Day & Small Business Saturday

Have a joyful week everyone!

ST. PETER CES TIPS

The Elementary Progress Report Card is required by Ontario’s Growing Success policies. It serves as a standard mean to communicate to parents/guardians on how their child is progressing in developing learning skills and working towards curriculum expectations amid the first school term. 

There are two main sections to the Progress Reports:

  1. Learning Skills and Work Habits
  2. Achievement on curriculum expectations

For both sections of the report, families should recognize the ratings only indicates the student’s learning progress two months into the school year. Each student may have a varying learning pace and there are still opportunities to meet the curriculum expectations at the end.

For more information visit: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/forms/report/card/reportcard.html

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Help your Child Love Who They Are!

What is Self- esteem?

Self-esteem is how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Positive self-esteem means liking yourself, feeling content most of the time and feeling proud of who you are.

Children with healthy self-esteem are more likely to be happy, cooperative, and successful at school. They make friends easily and are fun to be with because they enjoy challenges, are eager to learn and enjoy success. They are also more likely to cope positively with stress and are less likely to develop behaviour problems. As a parent you have the greatest influence in helping your child to be confident and develop healthy self-esteem.

How can you build positive self-esteem in your child?

  • Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
  • Tell your child you care.
  • Help your child make friends.
  • Encourage your child to set goals, do things for themselves and evaluate their own achievements.
  • Encourage your child to express their ideas and make decisions.
  • Help your child manage their feelings, think realistically and be optimistic.
  • Teach your child to solve problems for themselves.
  • Use the 40 developmental assets to help build self-esteem in your child. ~http://www.halton.ca

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

TWITTER

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Demeris, TrevorParent Weekly Update – Week of November 23rd, 2020