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Parent Weekly Update – Week of November 1st, 2021

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Thank you to our St. Peter CES students and staff for excellent behaviour on our fun-filled Halloween Spirit Day!

Thank you St. Peter CES community for your support and generosity. We are truly overwhelmed with your contributions towards Halloween baskets!

Thank you to our wonderful Catholic School Council members for their generous donations towards the Halloween prizes.

Happy Halloween! Wishing you and your families a safe and fun-filled week!

Holy Rosary Parish News

Follow Holy Rosary Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:

November is Indigenous Awareness Month at the Halton Catholic District School Board 

Throughout the month of November and during this school year, students and staff will acknowledge the contributions and legacy of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Days of Importance

  • Treaties Recognition Week will be celebrated November 1-7, 2021 to educate students about the importance of treaties.​ 
  • Inuit Day, November 7, 2021. On this day we recognize the cultures, histories, contemporary contexts and rich contributions of Inuit peoples. 
  • National Indigenous Veterans Day, November 8, 2021.  This is a memorial day observed in Canada in recognition of Indigenous contributions to military service, particularly in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. 
  • Louis Riel Day, November 16, 2021. Louis Riel was a great Métis leader who helped his people form a government and become part of the newly created Dominion of Canada in 1870. ​


We will be starting with Grade 8 volleyball! Thank you to all teachers for their support.

“Go Panthers Go”

Student Dress Code

Our expectation is for our school to be a special place where students develop a sense of dignity, pride and a love for learning. Therefore, it is important that our dress code should reflect that standard. Please ensure that your children follow St. Peter CES dress code daily.  Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Cold Weather Reminders

As temperatures vary during the day, please ensure students are dressed in layers including hats and mittens. It is also important that uniform sweaters are labeled with children’s names as a number have been left in lost and found and it is difficult to ensure their safe return to the proper child.

Pizza Day

Coming soon to St. Peter CES! Orders through SchoolCash Online will be available for purchase from Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 until Monday, November 8th, 2021. Pizza delivery is scheduled to begin Thursday, November 18, 2021, and will end Thursday, December 16th, 2021.

Volunteer Protocols

Volunteers willingly give their time and talents as valued members of our school community. Volunteers support our school staff by enhancing student learning activities and school events.

For the purposes of ensuring the safety of our students, each school volunteer:

  • Must provide a Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening dated within the last six months of the date it is shared with the school (for new volunteers); AND
  • Complete an annual Offence Declaration that states the you have had no convictions under the Criminal Code of Canada since your last Criminal Reference Check (for returning volunteers with a previous check on file at the school)
  • Must show proof of full vaccination (as per Health Canada guidelines and Reopening Ontario Act, 2020) against COVID-19 to Board personnel (i.e. the school Principal), with a final dose administered at least 14 days prior to entering the school;
  • Volunteers that are unable to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 must complete regular rapid antigen testing, must show Board personnel verification of negative test results, and must also complete a COVID-19 vaccination educational program prescribed by the Ministry of Education.  Any costs associated with regular rapid antigen testing are the responsibility of the volunteer.  A regular rapid antigen testing program includes:
    • Twice per week testing;
    • Testing should be implemented consistently on a weekly bases with at least 3 days between tests and conducted Sunday to Friday, and
    • Testing should not take place more than 48 hours before entering a Board facility.

The comprehensive list of expectations for our school’s volunteers can be found on our website.

11th Annual HCCF Evening with Bishop Crosby – Virtual Edition

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 – Reception at 6:30 pm; Main Event at 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

The Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation (HCCF) supports HCDSB students in need with basic necessities (i.e. food and clothing) & with school activities that have a fee (i.e. team or club fees).

“With this funding the foundation has gratefully reduced the stress impacting the family and helped to ensure access to basic needs.” – HCDSB Social Worker

HCCF needs our help so they can continue to say “yes” to helping HCDSB students with financial barriers to learning.  They are looking for companies to be a sponsor at the event and for community members to purchase tickets and to donate.

It is NOT another Zoom call. We are using so you can have fun and interact with your friends. Enjoy a meal and your favourite beverage while you catch up with others.

Join the Halton Catholic Community for an entertaining experience where you can connect with your friends and hear Bishop Crosby’s stories, sense of humour and wisdom.

For more information visit

No Hate in Halton

We all have a responsibility to work towards eliminating hate. Through a collaborative approach involving the Halton Regional Police Service and community stakeholders, including the Halton Catholic District School Board, an anti-hate awareness campaign will launch during the 2021-2022 school year. The purpose of this campaign will be:

  • Bring attention to the topic of eliminating hate motivated incidents
  • Encourage individuals to act by identifying and reporting hate motivated incidents
  • Continue to build a sense of community, respect and inclusion within schools.
  • Encourage students and staff to work collaboratively to eliminate hate within schools and support impacted individuals and families.
  • Reduce the stigma that is often associated with victims and remove any barriers to reporting hate motivated incidents.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the safety and well-being of all students and staff, parents and guardians must perform daily screening of their child(ren) for COVID-19 symptoms BEFORE leaving for school using the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.

The Government of Ontario daily self-screening tool can be accessed here:

Halton Public Health Mask Guidelines Update

Halton Public Health has updated their Public Health Recommendations for Schools 2021-2022 to Version 1.4. Regarding masks that are worn by students, the following are not to be used as substitutes for a properly fitted mask:

  • Face coverings such as a bandana, neck gaiter or any other material;
  • Mingle masks
  • Mesh masks
  • Clear masks are not recommended for routine use, however, they can be used in certain situations where it would strongly aid communication, such as for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The mask must cover the mouth, nose and chin without leaving a gap in order to limit the spread of respiratory droplets.

Promoting WellBeing – 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.


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:  

Twitter: @HCDSB

Instagram: @HaltonCatholicDSB 

Facebook: Halton Catholic District School Board 

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 November 1st, 2021