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Parent Weekly Update – Week of September 6th, 2021

“The love of Christ welcomed with an open heart, changes us, transforms us, and makes us able to love.”

~Pope Francis

A very special welcome to our new families that are joining our school community!

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff:

  • Ms. Assimonti, joining our EA Team
  • Ms. Oliveira, OCT in Kindergarten
  • Ms. Basha in Kinderharten
  • Ms. Assimonti, a DECE in Kindergarten
  • Ms. Martins, a DECE in Kindergarten
  • Ms. Previte, Grade 1 French Immersion
  • Ms. Vuksani, Grade 2/3
  • Ms. De Marchi, Grade 3
  • Ms. Fraser, Grade 6
  • Mr. Blunt, Grade 8 French Immersion
  • Ms. Renton, Primary Team Member
  • Ms. Ewan, Teacher of The Arts
  • Ms. Assimonti, joining our EA Team
  • Ms. Martins, joining our EA Team
  • Ms. Szostak, St. Peter CES (Custodian)

Thank you to our AMAZING staff who have been in this week preparing a safe and special learning space for your children

Thank you to our INCREDIBLE office and custodial staff who have been ensuring that we have followed all COVID Protocols and have a smooth start to the school year! The school looks FABULOUS!

Thank you to ALL our St. Peter Families who have been extremely patient and supportive as we begin a new and once again different school year!

Gradual Return to School for All Students Learning In-Person


We will be easing into the new school year by welcoming students back to school in smaller groups, on September 7 and 8. 

The following schedule will apply for all HCDSB Elementary Schools

Grade 1-8 Students:

Tuesday, September 7th,2021

  • All in-person gr. 1-8 learners with surnames beginning with the letters A-K will come to school. 

Wednesday, September 8th,2021

  • All in-person gr. 1-8 learners with surnames beginning with the letters L-Z will come to school. 

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

  • ALL in-person learners (Grades 1 – 8) will come to school. 

 Kindergarten Students:

The following dates apply for students entering Kindergarten in one of our HCDSB Catholic elementary schools this September 2021: 

Year 1 Kindergarten 

  • Orientation interviews for Year 1 Kindergarten students will take place on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 
  • Staggered entry for Year 1 Kindergarten students will take place on Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10, 2021. 
  • All Year 1 Kindergarten students will begin Monday, September 13, 2021.  


Year 2 Kindergarten  

  • Orientation interviews for Year 2 Kindergarten students who are new to the school will take place on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8, 2021. 
  • All Year 2 Kindergarten students will begin school on ThursdaySeptember 9, 2021

Daily Confirmation of COVID-19 Self-Screening


As you know, the Ministry of Education has directed all schools to implement daily confirmation of COVID-19 self-screening for all students attending school in person. This will be in place for the first two weeks of the school year, unless otherwise directed by the Ministry of Education. 

Parents and guardians are asked to complete the COVID-19 School Screening Toolfor each child every day before leaving home for school: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Confirmation of the daily screening must be provided to the classroom teacher in one of the following formats: 

  • Email results to classroom teacher;  
  • Show “pass” confirmation on a personal device;
  • Show printed copy of the screening tool indicating the current date and a “pass”; OR 
  • Complete Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which students will bring back and forth to school each day. 

Please note, we will be providing Confirmation of Daily COVID-19 Student Screening Log, which will be sent home with each student. We kindly ask that you sign off daily.

On your child’s first day of school, please provide written confirmation that your child has passed the daily screening. You are welcome to print and complete the following form:

First Day Procedures: Grade 1-8

We kindly ask that parents enter onto our main school yard to assist your child in finding their teacher.

  • Parents are asked to wear a mask and follow social distancing expectations when on school property.
  • Teachers will be holding up a sign with their name on it.
  • Parents are asked to leave the school property once their child has found their teacher
  • Once the teacher has all of his/her alphabetical group for that first staggered day they will lead the class into the school
  • Their will be additional staff to support parents/student with finding their teacher.

The best way that you can prepare your child for their “first day”, is to share that once you have guided them to their teacher, that you will be leaving. We have been reminded by Public Health to ensure we do not have large groups congregating.  We appreciate that many of our families may not have seen each other for a long time, however we want to make ensure that we can keep all students, staff and parents healthy. 

A reminder email will follow on Monday, September 6th,2021.

Wearing of Masks at School 

Medical masks will be worn by all school staff.   

All HCDSB students (K- 12) are required to wear non-medical masks/ face coverings at school. All considerations for mask exemptions must be reviewed and discussed with the school principal.

Students will have ‘Mask Breaks’ during outdoor time and lunch. Students will be permitted to take their masks off in class while eating and when they go outside for recess/lunch and for outdoor class time. Please note, that students must wear their face mask in the hallway while heading outside for recess and lunch. Please discuss and practice a routine with your child regarding where they will keep their mask when they are outside (ie. pocket) Upon entering the building, after outside recess and lunch, students will sanitize their hands and then place their mask on before entering the hallway. All students must have their mask in place when entering the school building in the morning and for dismissal.

We ask that parents take some time to review and practice this routine with your child.

Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings in Schools – Tip Sheet  

Student Transportation Schedules

Student transportation will begin on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, for students with the last name starting with A-K.

Access to student transportation schedules is now available through the Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) Parent Portal.

Once you have an account, you will need to add your student using their 9-digit Ontario Education Number (OEN). 

 *Note: If your child has not been assigned an OEN (i.e. Kindergarten student) and is eligible for transportation, you would have received a phone call between August 23 – 27 providing you with the transportation schedule. If you did not receive this phone call, please contact HSTS.

 For Parent Portal instructions, please click here.

Important Notes

Non-medical/cloth masks or face coverings are mandatory for all students while on the bus. 

As the Ministry of Education recommends reducing the number of students on the bus where possible, courtesy seats will not be offered at this time for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students will be assigned seats for the 2021-2022 school year. Seat assignment information will be communicated by your child’s school, and bus drivers will have copies of seating charts available for confirmation.

Transportation Resources for Elementary Students

We encourage families of elementary students to view the following videos to learn about school bus safety during COVID-19:

Kindergarten – Grade 3 students 

Grade 4-8 students

For more information and resources related to COVID-19 and transportation, please see COVID-19 Transportation Information.  For all other transportation information, please visit Haltonbus.ca

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS)

transportation@haltonbus.ca
905-637-4009

School Items and Lockers

Lockers will be available for use by students this year for outerwear only. Lockers will be assigned to individual students once we have reviewed our routines. Students are encouraged to bring MINIMAL items with them to school daily to reduce the clutter in the classrooms.  Less clutter means more space to distance our students apart from one another. 

Even though we are encouraging minimal items at school, there may be some items that you may want to ensure that your child has. Your classroom teacher can provide you with some suggestions during the first week of school. 

Water Bottles

Students and staff will be able to bring reusable water bottles and refill them at designated refill stations in our school. For the health and safety of our students and school community, the use of water fountains for drinking will not be permitted.  

Safe and Caring School

School staff will review the school routines and expectations with your child. Please know that these expectations are to help keep everyone safe and learning at St. Peter Catholic School. The Code of Conduct is in the front of the student agenda for gr. 1-6. We would ask you to review and discuss this with your child(ren) during the first week of school. St. Peter CES Divisional Virtual Assemblies will be held the second week of school for students in grades 1-8.

School Communication

We will provide a Weekly Update, which will be posted to the school website and the link will be emailed each weekend. The website will be updated frequently, including the Announcements page, where we will share good news stories. The calendar on the website can be subscribed to, so notifications can be received as dates are added.

Catholic School Council Nominations

Role of Catholic School Council:  Ontario Regulation 612 states that every school must hold elections for the School Council within the first 30 days of each school year. The term of office is one year.  We want to encourage every parent to consider volunteering to sit on the School Council this year.  The school needs active and interested parents to maintain the quality of the school community we enjoy and to address the challenges the community will face in the future. Nomination forms will be emailed out upon request

Nomination Forms Due:  Friday, September 24th

Election (If needed): September 28th

First Council Meeting:  Monday, October 4th at 6:30 pm

All parents are welcome to attend regular Council meetings.  Meeting dates will be posted on our school web page.  The meetings will begin at 6:30 pm. and will be held virtually via Teams online. 

Medical Perils

Please ensure you have returned the necessary medication and forms for any medical perils (anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, etc.) to the office along with any updated information for our files. We are aware that Allerject is now available in Canada, and if this is your choice of auto injectors please indicate this on the Student Plan of Care.

Please be aware that our school strives to be a nut free environment. We have students with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other allergens. No peanut butter or other nut products are allowed. Please check labels before sending items in school lunches and for snacks. Even a trace of nut oil from one child’s fingers to a desk surface can cause a deadly reaction. Please note that Wow Butter (soy product) is not allowed as we cannot distinguish between it and peanut butter. Your support and attention to this matter is greatly appreciated as we have many students with life-threatening allergies.  

Student Accident Insurance

We all know that accidents can, and do, happen. While your provincial coverage or your employee benefits plan may cover some medical, dental or other expenses related to these accidents, they may not cover all of them. Student Accident Insurance helps to protect your family from these unexpected costs if your child is injured on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

Since the Halton Catholic District School Board does not offer student accident insurance, you, as a parent/guardian, have the option to buy this coverage for your child or children. While participation is voluntary, it is highly recommended. All students, up to 26 years of age, are accepted.

Coverage is available in three affordable plan options, for as low as $13/year (that’s just over 3 cents a day!) in Lite, Plus and Premium. Benefits include:

  • Dental treatment
  • Damage to eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Braces, casts, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetics and splints
  • Counselling, physiotherapy and tutoring
  • Prescription drugs
  • Accidental death, total and permanent disability
  • NEW! Hospital cash allowance for costs associated with extended hospital stays such as parking, television or Wi-Fi in your room, parking, cafeteria meals or babysitting expenses for family members.

Discounts are available for families with 3 or more children, with additional savings for multi-year plans of three and five years when buying online. For more policy details or to buy a plan, please visit www.studyinsuredstudentaccident.com or call 1-833-560-0527 (toll-free) or 416-916-1588 (local).

Please note that the insurance agreement is between you and Student Accident Insurance.

Promoting Well Being

How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child (smho-smso.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.

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