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Parent Weekly Update – Week of June 21st, 2021

 “Just be a good person, love who you can, help where you can, give what you can.” ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you to our @stpetersmilton families for your assistance with picking up student personal items and dropping off textbooks, school resources and technology loaned out for remote learning, this Friday, June 25th and Monday, June 28th.  A schedule of classes will be sent out to you and posted on your teacher’s website.  

Thank you to our Student Parliament for organizing our Spirit Days throughout the year! We truly appreciate your leadership within our school community!

Thank you to our@stpetersmilton community for your commitment to all our students!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

We wish the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, husbands (and all other fatherly roles) in our parent community a wonderful Father’s Day! We hope you enjoy time with your families!

PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF

As the end of the school year quickly approaches, we have organized a schedule for Pick-Up and Drop off by division. In order to accommodate this following HCDSB and Halton Public Health guidelines as well as social distancing protocols, we are offering scheduled times for pick-up of items left at school and drop off of devices borrowed –laptops/chargers/boxes/textbooks/library books – as you received them throughout the school year by division.  Here is the scheduled time for Pick-Up and Drop-Off.  All sibling items will be with the family’s youngest child’s teacher-thank you!

  • Friday, June 25th 9:30am-12:00pm Grades 4-6
  • Friday, June 25th 1:10pm-3:30pm Grades 7-8
  • Monday, June 28th Kindergarten 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Monday, June 28th Grades 1-3 1:10pm-3:30pm

You will receive detailed information about locations and protocols on Monday by email and it will also be posted on teachers’ D2L page.

RETURN OF DEVICES – REMOTE LEARNING & SPECIAL EDUCATION

If you were assigned a device during this last remote learning session or if you have a device as a virtual learning this year, the device can be returned to school at the following times:

  1. During the pick-up/drop off time assigned to your child.
  2. Friday June 25 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:10-pm-3:30pm
  3. Monday June 28 9:30 am-12:00am and 1:10pm – 3:30pm

We ask that the device, charger (and box in some cases) you received be returned to your child’s teacher. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADE 8 GRADUATES!

The staff of St. Peter School is extremely proud of our grade 8 students who will be graduating this Wednesday, June 23rd.  Please keep our graduates in your prayers as they prepare to transition to high school in September.  Our heartfelt Congratulations is extended to the Graduating Class of 2021!

REPORT CARDS

Once again, in light of health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, all student report cards will be delivered electronically.  Elementary Term 2 Report Cards will be emailed directly to parents and guardians on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

On March 22, 2021, the Halton OECTA Elementary Association began a job action across our district. As part of the current phase of job action, permanent teachers have been directed by OECTA not to prepare or input comments on student report cards. In light of this job sanction, for most elementary students, the report card will include grade marks, but no comments.  

Notwithstanding the above, please note the following:

  • If your child’s teacher is a Long-Term Occasional Teacher (i.e. not a permanent teacher with the Board), your child’s report card will include both grade marks and comments.  
  • If your child is in Kindergarten, one comment (sentence) will be included in each frame of the report.  
  • If your child is evaluated on an alternative report card (which does not include a grade mark), the report will include one comment (sentence) for each section of the report.  

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning, please contact their teacher directly.

RED AND WHITE CANADA SPIRIT DAY

This Friday is our annual Red and White Canada Day spirit day! Wear red and white and show your Panther Pride! This year, add a touch of orange to recognize the importance of First Nations people and the steps we need to take towards reconciliation. 

ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAYS

As per the Board email sent out las week, teachers will be posting asynchronous work for students on Monday, June 28th and Tuesday, June 29th, therefore there will be no live teaching sessions.  Staff will be in the school completing year-end tasks in preparation for September.

SPECIAL EDUCATION SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM

The Special Education Summer Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+ and is geared towards students who would benefit from enhancing functional literacy, functional numeracy, social skills and communication skills.  The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from July 12 – 23, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.


Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program

The Special Education Transition Learning Program is available for students in Grades 4-12+, and will focus on social and communication skills development, closing gaps in skills development and learning, establishing routines prior to the return to school in September.

The program will be taught by a Special Education Teacher and may also include a Speech and Language Pathologist/CDA, Child Youth Counsellor, Educational Assistant and/or a Behaviour Analyst.

When is the Special Education Transition Summer Learning Program?

The program will run from August 23 – 27, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Due to the current COVID-19 health situation, this program will be offered in a virtual/remote format, with students learning synchronously (in real-time) with scheduled breaks throughout the day.

For additional information and registration details about the Special Education Summer Learning Programs, please contact your child’s Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT). 

COIN FRANÇAIS 

Salut tout le monde! On espère que vous allez bien! Cette semaine, on aimerait souligner un programme gratuit que l’organisation Canadian Parents for French (CPF) offre pour les amis en 7e à 12e année 

Le programme Vive la parole propose des jeux thématiques et des activités interactives qui feront rire les élèves et communiquer entre eux en français. Nos professeurs sont impatients de diriger les étudiants dans des sessions de 45 minutes pendant deux semaines où ils peuvent se faire de nouveaux amis de partout dans la province, en apprendre davantage sur la culture française, y compris la scène de la culture pop franco-ontarienne contemporaine! Ce programme virtuel GRATUIT est offert 5 jours par semaine aux élèves ontariens de la 7e à la 12e année qui apprennent le français langue seconde en immersion française, en français intensif et en français de base. Ce programme est financé par le gouvernement de l’Ontario.

The Vive la parole program features theme-based games and interactive activities that will have older students laughing and communicating with each other with ease in French. Our newly graduated teachers or teacher candidates are eager to lead the students in 45-minute sessions for two weeks where they can make new friends from across the province, learn about French culture, including the contemporary Franco-Ontarian pop culture scene! This FREE virtual program is offered 5 days per week for Ontario students in grades 7-12 learning French as a Second Language in French Immersion, Extended French, and Core French. This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

https://on.cpf.ca/en/vive-la-parole/

HCCF GOLF TOURNAMENT

Being outside…check!  Spending the day at the golf course…check!  Helping HCDSB students & families in need…check!  Join HCCF for a fun day of fellowship and fundraising!

All to help HCDSB students in need to succeed in school.

As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. At the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF), they strive to do this by providing financial assistance to HCDSB students and their families in need – creating Hope, Dignity and Equity so that students can access learning and education without financial barriers to success.

Students at our school have benefitted from HCCF’s financial support in the past. Please consider supporting them so that they can continue to say “Yes” to helping HCDSB students and families with basic necessities (such as food and clothing, school supplies, shoes, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and learning technology).

You are invited to support the 10th Annual HCCF Charity Golf Classic on July 20th – Piper’s Heath Golf Club. Golfers, sponsors and prizes are needed.

Not a golfer? Please pass this information along to someone who is, or consider making a personal / corporate donation.

For information about the Golf Classic or HCCF visit their website – https://www.hccf.ca/charity-golf-classic/ , or contact Marc Clare, Executive Director, HCCF at clarema@hccf.ca, 905-802-0918

PROMOTING WELL-BEING: How to have a summer filled with independent play

 ~ Heather Dixon  June 2, 2021  

An article in the New York Times spoke to me recently. As a busy, full-time working parent of three young kids, I couldn’t resist clicking on Now’s a Good Time to Teach Your Kids to Play on Their Own.

Early last summer, when most camps and activities were cancelled, I worried about how I would keep my kids entertained all day for two long months. And then I quickly realized something: I can’t. And I didn’t have to. The reason? They could play on their own. But I needed to do something first.

I had to let go!

Summer 2020 was the season of independence. It was forced upon me.
Because I had to work, and my kids needed something to do, at the start of each day, I took a deep breath and let my kids loose into the outdoors for a full day of unsupervised, unscheduled play

As a parent who was nervous about letting my kids go, I’m not sure I would have given them so much freedom at such a young age if I didn’t have to. But the result was that my kids survived and, in fact, they had one of the best summers of their young lives.

This summer, no matter what happens, I plan to do it all over again. As the New York Times article states, “Independent play is a skill your kids will use for the rest of their lives — and a way to claim some time for yourself during quarantine.” If you’d like to know just how to achieve that kind of freedom, here are a few tips.

Start together and start small

In the article, Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen has advice for any parent with a child not naturally inclined to play on their own. Cohen recommends starting the day with some high-quality connected play.

“Set a timer for 20 minutes, put away your phone and say to your children, ‘I’ve got 20 minutes just for you. What would you like to do?’” The idea is, after spending time together the connection will give your kids the confidence to continue on their own. The takeaway will be that Mom or Dad enjoys being with them, and that they’re good at what they’re doing. And, if you tell your kids you can do it again later, you’ll likely be able to slip away to do your own thing for a while.

Get creative with presentation of toys

When the same toys are left out for kids, they can appear boring. When those toys are put away for a while, or presented in a new manner, suddenly they’re enticing. Try rotating out a few toys to keep things fresh. Or present them differently: Lego that’s half-started, for example, smaller toys put out on a baking sheet, or an empty muffin tin for them to fill.

Go outside and make a mess

If you can, take your chores or work outside with you. And if you have the space, let your kids make a mess. Messy play is so fun and engaging, your kids might just entertain themselves for ages before you know it. Try water with soap suds, sand, paint, or even a dash of colour

Create space for movement

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, try building an obstacle course, pitching a tent, or setting up some sleeping bags for them to tumble on. With a bit of imagination, you can bring the outside indoors. Clear a bit of space, add some household items like some pillows and let your kids enjoy. 

Give them ideas to choose from

Although we want them to be independent, your child might equate your request for them to try independent play with being shoved out the door and being told to go figure it out. Cohen suggests that instead, you should try challenging your kids to do activities you can take part in later, like creating a piece of art for you or building their own obstacle course using cushions and chairs.

If you ask them to come show you once they’re done, it’s still about connection, even though they’re playing independently. Even better, you can tell them you’ll time them in the activity for a fun challenge. Here are 30 activities they can get started with on their own, but you can participate in later.

If you’re still stuck for ideas, the articles below will get you going. And while it may take time for your child to be ready for independence, once you get there, you’ll be helping them build an important life skill, while also having fun. Good luck! 

~ https://activeforlife.com/summer-kids-independent-play/

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update – Week of June 21st, 2021