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Parent Weekly Update – Week of June 6th, 2021

 “It’s not about how much you do, but about how much love you put into what you do that counts.” ~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

Thank you to our amazing@stpetersmilton School Council for organizing the beautiful sidewalk chalk masterpieces for our June 1st Rainbow Day promoting the message that “We all belong at St. Peter School!

Thank you to staff for facilitating their class Rainbow Day Liturgy.

Thank you to our Grade 8 Graduation Team for their hard work in preparing Graduation, we are looking forward to celebrating this special occasion with our Grade 8 Graduates.

Thank you to our staff and students for persevering through remote learning and demonstrating resilience each day!

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

Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This month, and every day, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) celebrates and honours the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in our country, and in our HCDSB community.

National Indigenous History Month is a time for learning about, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made in shaping Canada. It is also an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities.

Virtual Elementary School for the 2021-2022 School Year

In light of the current Public Health situation in Ontario due to COVID-19, the Halton Catholic District School Board will continue to offer a virtual school setting for Kindergarten to Grade 8, together with those awarded placements in our optional virtual programing for French Immersion (Grade 1 to 8) and Extended French Grade 5 to Grade 8 for 2021-2022 school year.   

You may recall that in March we reached out to all parents and guardians with children attending an HCDSB Catholic Elementary School to ask you to provide an early indication of your intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information was gathered early to help us determine how many teachers will be required to staff our Virtual Elementary School, and how many teachers will be needed for in-person learning.  Understanding that the health situation would continue to evolve over the next few months, we told you that we would come back to you again in June to confirm your decision.

Specifically, we are asking you to confirm your plans for September 2021:

  1. Will your child(ren) attend school in-person, with enhanced health and safety protocols in place; OR
  2. Will your child(ren) attend the Virtual Elementary School and participate in remote learning.

At this time, we are asking that you confirm your decision by completing the online form linked below if you would like your child to attend the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School.

Complete the Online Form Now to Register Your Child in the HCDSB Virtual Elementary School
Please complete this form ONLY if you would like to register your elementary child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like your child to attend school in-person, no further action is required.

 Some important notes before you complete this online form:

  • If you would like to register more than one child in the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School, please fill out a separate form for each child.
  • If you do not complete this online form, we will plan as though your child(ren) will be attending in-person instruction in September 2021.
  • An opportunity to change the learning environment for your child(ren) will take place through a Change of Learning Environment Form in January 2022 with an effective change date of Tuesday, February 22, 2022.   

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE FORM

This online form will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
 Please direct any technical questions regarding this form to: research@hcdsb.org.

About the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School

  • Read the Parent Handbook to gain a better understanding of our virtual school learning model for September 2021. 
  • Take a few minutes to meet the school administration team and learn more about the HCDSB Virtual Catholic Elementary School by watching the Parent Information Video.

 A Note to Parents with Children in Secondary School

If you also have one or more children registered to attend an HCDSB secondary school, please note that we will once again be offering a hybrid learning model in our secondary schools for the 2021-2022 school year. More information about this hybrid model will follow in a separate email over the next week. Parents and guardians will have an opportunity over the summer months to select which learning format (virtual or in-person) their secondary school-aged children will attend.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We know this is a difficult decision for many families, and we appreciate your assistance as we plan for a safe and healthy return to instruction in September 2021. 

~ Halton Catholic District School Board

Talent Show

Panthers!  It’s not too late! If you are in Grades 4 to 8 and have a talent that you want to share – this message for you!  Auditions for this year’s talent show have been extended to Sunday, June 6th at midnight. Record a 40 second video of you singing, dancing, playing an instrument, demonstrating a skill… the sky’s the limit!

Coin français 

Savez-vous que vous pouvez changer la langue d’audio sur Netflix, Disney+ et des autres sites-web? C’est vrai! Votre défi cette semaine est de regarder un film en français! Cliquez simplement sur le bouton dans le coin pour changer la langue d’audio. Vous pouvez également ajouter des sous-titres en français! On suggère Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1+2 (Tempête de boulettes géantes). Ces deux films sont disponibles sur Netflix. Voici les bandes-annonces: 

School Bus Courtesy Seat Application Process on Hold 

Each year, in accordance with HSTS Procedure HS-1-004 – Courtesy Seats, families with children who are not otherwise eligible for school bus transportation to and from school are allowed to apply for courtesy seats on school buses. 

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) will not be able to accommodate courtesy seats as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. However, as information becomes available from public health, this decision may be reconsidered, and the Board will communicate any changes.

As a result, the courtesy seat application process is on HOLD for the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information about student transportation services in Halton, visit the HSTS website at: www.haltonbus.ca/

Free Family Paint Nights

Our HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor has organized free on-line paint nights with Indigenous Artist Moses Lunham.  This is a wonderful way of engaging staff, parents, students and family members to come together in community, to be creative and learn more about Indigenous Art.  All information for the paint nights, pictures and supplies will be posted on the HCDSB webpage.

Each session will have a different theme based on the natural cycle of the environment.  All sessions will be on the HCDSB YouTube Channel from 6 pm – 8 pm.

  • Wednesday June 9th, 2021 – Strawberry being the First Fruit of the Season

Moses Lunham will provide step-by-step instructions, provide encouragement and has agreed to leave the live video up for a period of one week between each session.                        

Moving? 

If you are aware that you will not be returning to St. Peter Catholic School in September, please let the office know, you can call 905-878-4626 or email Mrs. Champoux at ChampouxE@hcdsb.org  We are planning for next year and having the most updated information is very helpful.

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

 School Mental Health Ontario – “With Care” TIP SHEET

How do you know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? (Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports)

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know? Do not forget you still know your child/teen best. You have the most important role to notice when your child is experiencing distress that can result in changes in their thoughts, their feelings or the way they behave. Check out this tip sheet – How Do You Know if You Should Be Concerned – https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tip-Sheet-How-Do-You-Know-If-You-Should-Be-Concerned.pdf

Mr. Crisci Day – Friday, June 11, 2021

Student Parliament has a spirit day coming this Friday: 
Mr. Crisci is retiring! Help celebrate our amazing custodian on Mr. Crisci Day. Friday, June 11th, wear your best mustache, blue buttoned-down shirt, and glasses… and dress like Mr. Crisci on Mr. Crisci Day!

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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 Planwebsite and through the Board’s social media channels:   

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

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HCDSB AdministratorParent Weekly Update – Week of June 6th, 2021