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Parent Weekly Update – Week of October 25th, 2021

“Hope opens new horizons and enables us to dream of what is not even imaginable.”

~Pope Francis

Thank you to our Early Childhood Educators for all the wonderful work they do each and every day in support of our Kindergarten students – we are blessed to have such a great team to support us.

Thank you to our bus drivers as we recognize School Bus Safety Week – follow @haltonschoolbus for safety tips!

Thank you to Mrs. Hamill, our amazing Library Technician for all her work to support student learning!

Thank you to our St. Peter CES students for your excellent behaviour at recess.

Thank you St. Peter CES community. Parents have been patient, courteous and helpful in keeping everyone safe using the Kiss and Ride.

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:

School Photographs (This Tuesday and Wednesday)

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Kindergarten-Grade 4 
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Grade 5-8

To ensure the continued safety of our students, all infection, prevention, and control measures that are required by Halton Public Health will be in place, including:

  • Photographers will be wearing PPE at all times
  • Photographers will disinfect any common touch point areas in between students
  • Photographers will maintain a minimum of 2 metres of distance between students and staff members
  • Students will be photographed standing, when possible, to avoid common touch points
  • Students may remove their mask only for picture taking, and will sanitize their hands before and after having their picture taken

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.

Halloween Spirit Day – Friday, October 29, 2021

We are looking forward to Halloween Spirit Day! We are looking forward to a fun-filled day!

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As students and staff select Halloween costumes, we encourage everyone to reflect critically, be mindful of cultural appropriation and create welcoming school environments for all.

The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:

  • Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?
  • Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
  • Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
  • Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
  • Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?

All students are welcome to wear costumes. Students may decide not to wear a costume. Anyone choosing not to wear a costume may decide to wear orange and black as an alternative. This event is a fulfilled for students and staff to enjoy the day.

Costume considerations to be safe at school

Costumes must not:

  • Impair vision or breathing, there are no costume masks to be brought to school as students will be wearing masks for COVID-19 protocol;
  • Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
  •  Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”;
  • Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school;
  • Be revealing or suggestive;
  •  Include weapons or replica weapons;
  •  Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up

Costumes must:

  • Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 2.
  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.

St. Peter CES Halloween

Sunday will be the last day to buy tickets to have a chance to WIN one of our fantastic Halloween prizes!

Halloween Treats

A reminder that we encourage our students to celebrate the spirit and fun of Halloween, however, we cannot permit our students to bring any food, candy or gift items to schoolThank you for your understanding.

Sacramental Preparation

There will be a Parent Meeting for Grade 2 parents for First Reconciliation and First Communion on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Parents can attend the meeting in person at Holy Rosary Church or virtually using the Live Stream link at www.holyrosaryparish.ca 

Parents must submit the completed registration form and a photocopy of the child’s baptismal certificate. If attending the meeting at the church, parents can drop it off then. If attending virtually, please submit the forms to the parish office no later than November 12, 2021. 

Public Health Update for Schools

  • This Public Health Update for Schools contains information, updates and resources from Halton Region Public Health on a variety of program areas.
  • Previous editions of the Public Health Update for schools are available on the School Years Program webpage.
  • Thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email accesshalton@halton.ca or call 311.

Halton’s COVID-19 School and Child Care Information webpage includes information on:

  • frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in schools and childcare;
  • educational materials for parents; and
  • the Youth COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) webpages.

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 materials
  • 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.

All students have been provided with an approved mask by the school board. However, an additional mask will be provided should a student arrive at school with a non-approved face covering.

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

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.

LET’S SCARE HUNGER

Our Student Parliament is at it again.  The team is working together to help scare hunger out of our Community. They are asking that students bring in food donations until the end of the month. All food donations will go to families in need in our St. Peter community. Any canned, dried or boxed food would be greatly appreciated, especially soups and stock.  The most class donations will win a prize.  Helping our community, working together and having fun all at once. 

Go Panthers Go!

Promoting WellBeing – Taking Care of your Mental Health

October 2021 Special Edition Newsletter

  • Find someone you trust, such as family, friends, coaches or teachers, and tell them how you feel. It is important to be open about your feelings.
  • Make time to take care of yourself, take breaks and do fun and relaxing things. It can be helpful to try to treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. What would you tell or suggest to a friend who was feeling the same way as you?
  • If you are having trouble with high levels of stress, worries or sadness, talk to your medical team about helping you find someone who can help. This can be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or another mental health professional. There are people who specialize in helping children and teens living with a chronic condition.

https://teens.aboutkidshealth.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:  

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 October 25th, 2021