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Parent Weekly Update – Week of November 30th, 2020

The mission of schools is to develop a sense of truth, of what is good and beautiful. And this occurs through a rich path made up of many ingredients. ~Pope Francis

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

This weekend we celebrate the arrival of the season of Advent, which also marks the beginning of the liturgical year. Advent is a season of devout and joyful expectation. Its four Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. The Season of Advent

With the first Sunday of Advent upon us, we reflect on the word HOPE.

CHANGE TO LEARNING ENVIRONMENT REQUEST FORM – Opens Monday, November 30th, 2020

As you know, the opportunity to switch between learning environments will be offered again after Christmas. If you wish to change your child’s learning environment, the online request form will be available as of Monday, November 30th, 2020. Families will receive an email on Monday afternoon with a direct link to the online request form to change your child’s learning environment.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS

As a parent/guardian, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Thank you to all our families for taking the time to support meaningful and collaborative conversations through the Parent-Teacher Interview process on November 26th & 27th, 2020. As students embark on the next chapter of the school year, we encourage them to establish new goals and action plans that promote academic, social, emotional and spiritual growth. We remind parents/guardians to contact the school if they have any questions regarding their child’s progress throughout the school year.

HCDSB CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 and throughout the week (November 30th – December 4th, 2020).

Over the week, HCDSB schools will be participating in a variety of learning activities to raise awareness, and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities.

Spreading the Word Through #HCDSBDiverseAbility

Here are some of the themes and topics that will be recognized:

  • Viewing disabilities (both visible and invisible) through a different lens
  • Promoting meaningful acceptance and inclusion in our schools (i.e., building friendships and fostering independence)
  • Celebrating intellectual disabilities
  • Mental health related to disabilities
  • Removing systemic barriers

HCDSB Ability Allies

HCDSB staff are celebrating disabilities, and sharing how they promote acceptance and inclusion in our schools and across our Board.

Click here​ to see a variety of videos from our HCDSB Ability Allies.

Each day a different themes will be highlighted:

  • Monday – Acceptance & Inclusion
  • Tuesday – Visible & Invisible Disabilities
  • Wednesday – Seeing Abilities
  • Thursday – Celebrating Differences
  • Friday – Removing Systemic Barriers

More Information

Follow HCDSB on Twitter @HCDSB and on Instagram @haltoncatholicdsb for resources and updates related to IDPwD. Don’t forget to join in the conversation using the hashtag #HCDSBDiverseAbility!

EARLY RELEASE DAY – DECEMBER 18th, 2020

Friday, December 18th, 2020 is the final day of school before the Christmas Break. The school board has confirmed that this will be an Early Dismissal Day for students.

St. Peter CES students will be released 90 minutes early on December 18th, 2020 (2:05pm). Bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly. Please ensure that your family has a plan in place for after school care for your child.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL UPDATE

On behalf of the St. Peter Catholic School Parent Council, we would like to wish a heartfelt thanks to everyone that purchased a poinsettia to raise funds for our St. Peter Helping Hands Fund.

During this unprecedented time, we are very grateful to be able to help each other and those who are in need this Christmas season. We have raised approximately $1 200.00 that will be used to purchase gift cards for families who are in need within our school community.  

Please note that the poinsettias were distributed last week to those students that ordered them through Cash Online System. We hope that you are able to enjoy them during the Advent season.

STUDENT PARLIAMENT ADVENT UPDATE

As you know, Advent begins on Sunday, November 29th, 2020. Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.

The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. The following three Sundays highlight our desire and longing for peace, justice and unity. While Advent expresses the deep longing of all humanity for God, it also celebrates the events that surrounded the Lord’s coming long ago, his coming among us today, and his final coming in glory.

In an effort to recognize Advent, St. Peter CES Student Parliament will be hosting four Joy-filled Friday Civvies’ Day. Please see the list of dates and themes below. Don’t Miss Out tomorrow – show your school spirit!

Friday, December 4th – Wear Red & Green Day

Friday, December 11th – Wear a Festive Christmas Sweater Day

Friday, December 18th – Dress Like an Elf Day

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

COVID 19 TEST RESULTS
 If your child has been tested for COVID-19, they must stay home and self-isolate until the test results are received. Please do not send your children to school while you are awaiting their test results.

If any member of your immediate family tests positive for COVID-19, all members of the family must stay home and self-isolate, even if they have no symptoms.

CONTACT INFORAMTION UPDATE

If there have been any recent changes to your contact information, please update your contact information with the school office.

Up-to-date contact information is important if your child becomes ill at school and needs to be picked up, or in the case that COVID-19 contact tracing needs to occur.

NOT RECEIVING EMAIL FROM US OR HCDSB?
If you have not been receiving emails from our school or HCDSB, please first check with the school office to ensure your email contact information is correct.

If your contact information is correct, your email provider is marking emails from us as spam/junk. To correct this, please follow these instructions: https://www.hcdsb.org/DropOffLibrary/2019-11-EmailInstructions.pdf

ESL NEWS FOR DECEMBER 

“For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6 

As we enter the Advent season, we prepare for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  We are called to be the light for others by showing kindness and compassion to everyone especially during these trying times. In December, people offer a seasonal greeting of joy and peace with Merry Christmas.  

Here’s how to wish people “Merry Christmas” in multiple languages. 

English…  Merry Christmas  

French… Joyeux Noel     

Italian… Buon Natale     

Portuguese… Feliz Natal  

Arabic… Milad Mubarak  

Korean… Sung Tan Chuk Ha  

Russian… Schastlivogo Rozhdestva  

Japanese… Merii Kurisumasu  

Polish… Wesolych Swait  

India-Hindi… Krisamas Kee Badhaee  

Nigeria-Yoruba… Ikini Odu Keresimesi  

Spanish… Feliz Navidad 

Tagalog… Maligayang Pasko 

We wish you and your families a blessed and holy Christmas season and a Happy New Year

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 shoesinto 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.

HCDSB WEBSITE REDESIGN

Our School Board is in the process of redesigning the HCDSB website and are looking for feedback from staff, students, parents and members of our HCDSB community to help them better understand the ways in which they can improve their current website. 

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH OUR CURRENT WEBSITE 

Please take a few minutes to share your experiences with our current website (www.hcdsb.org) and provide suggestions for improving our site.

LINK TO SURVEY: bit.ly/HCDSB-Website-Survey

The survey will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 11th, 2020
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The feedback gathered will be used to help guide the design and function of our new HCDSB website.  

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.

WINTER CLOTHING REMINDERS

Families are reminded of the following winter dress expectations of our school. For children in Kindergarten, full winter wear including boots, snow pants, etc. should be brought to school at all times. For children in Grades 1 through 8, full winter wear is also recommended, however, all students are expected to have winter boots at school as our recess, lunch and outdoor learning periods take place on our school field. Your support is appreciated.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Attendance at School Matters!  St. Peter CES is dedicated to helping your son or daughter develop the spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social and physical capabilities to live fully and to meet the future challenges of adult roles and responsibilities. The school can best contribute to your child’s education and development when you form a partnership with them, and ensure that your child attends school regularly.  You can learn more about our school’s expectations with regards to attendance here: Attendance Matters

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

STUDENT CORNER – NATIONAL DAYS

We are finishing our last few days of November, starting December and looking forward to Advent beginning. This week we light the first purple candle which represents HOPE on our Advent wreath. We also have additional reasons to celebrate…the National Days!

The National Days for this week are…

November 29th: Advent Begins & National Electronic Greetings Day

November 30th: National Personal Space Day, National Mason Jar Day & National Mousse Day

December 1st: National Pie Day, National Eat A Red Apple Day & Rosa Parks Day

December 2nd: National Fritters Day

December 3rd: National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4th: National Dice Day, National Sock Day & National Cookie Day! Definitely a great day to make your own gingerbread cookies or shortbread! Yummy.   

December 5th: National Sacher Torte Day, National Bath Tub Party Day & National Ninja Day

Have a wonderful, and joy filled week everyone!

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: Help Your Child Succeed in School

Build the Habit of Good Attendance

Early school success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school

Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks

• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. ~https://www.attendanceworks.org

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 30th, 2020