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Parent Weekly Update – November 29th, 2021

Thank you to Mlle. O’Brien, Ms. Ongaro , Ms. Ardell and Ms. Eskit for coaching the volleyball teams this year!

Thank you for your collaboration and partnership during the parent/teacher interviews this week.

Thank you to the Catholic School Council for all of your work with facilitating the poinsettias initiative.

Thank you to our amazing staff for all of your work and dedication to our students and great school.

Thank you to our amazing Educational Assistant Mrs. Margaret McClelland who will be embarking on her next chapter, retirement. We wish her all of God’s blessings, moving forward.  

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PREPARE OUR HEARTS FOR JESUS

~https://hamiltondiocese.com/advent2021/

The Offices for Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis are pleased to bring you a weekly Advent resource that can be celebrated with family in your home. Below you will find tips, videos and a simple prayer to be prayed around your wreath each Sunday of Advent.

 

TIPS FOR CELEBRATING THE ADVENT LITURGIES WITH YOUR FAMILY

1. CARVE OUT TIME

Together, decide on a time for your weekly Advent prayer in the home. Advent can be a busy and difficult time for many. Try to find a time and day of the week that is predictably calm so that as many members of the family can participate as possible. A weekly family meal can make for a perfect time for prayer.

2. SET THE SCENE

Create an intentional space for prayer. If you are gathering during mealtimes, consider using your Advent wreath as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Before Advent begins, gather some simple greens and candles to create your own Advent wreath (an instructional video for this process is available in “additional resources”). Make sure the space you choose for prayer is comfortable and inviting for all children present. Have a match or lighter ready to light the candles on your wreath for each week’s prayer.

3. KEEP THE PRAYER SIMPLE WITH EASY, ACCESSIBLE LANGUAGE

Using the text provided below, prepare to lead your family through a brief time of prayer and reflection. Remind those present that we light our wreath to remember that Advent is a season of preparation, and we are called to keep our eyes and hearts open for the coming of Christ into the world. Before you begin your celebration, have your children share whom or what they would like to remember in prayer this day.

4. KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING

Advent is a beautiful season of preparation, both for our homes and for our hearts. Take time in these busy days to stop and engage in prayerful conversation on the “reason for the season”. At the supper table, in the car on the way to an Advent gathering, or before bed after a hectic day, take time to ask:

  • How can we prepare our hearts as a family to welcome Jesus on Christmas day?
  • It is a wonderful time of the year to give gifts. What gift can you offer to Jesus out of love for Him?
  • Our Advent wreath brings the light of Christ into our home. How can you shine Christ’s light to others?
  • It can be hard to wait patiently for the joy of Christmas. What is one thing we can do together as a family to help us remain focused on Jesus and His coming?

PRAYER FOR ADVENT

As you light your candle(s) for each week of Advent invite all who gather to share in this prayer:
God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy,
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope and love this Advent.
Amen.

Sacrament of Confirmation Grade 7 Students

Congratulations and blessings to our Grade 7 students on the occasion of their Confirmation.

Thank you to all staff and parents for your support of our students’ faith journey, throughout their time at St. Peter CES. May God Bless them as they continue in the Lord’s footsteps.

Helping Hands Fund

Christmas is almost here! Back by popular demand, we will be having a mini Christmas market raffle, with generous donations from our St. Peter community. In the past, students would enjoy the Christmas market to shop for their families. With covid protocols still in place, we will hold another Christmas raffle basket fundraiser for our students at St. Peter’s. Funds raised from this event will be donated to the St. Peter’s Helping Hands Fund.

“This initiative is to raise funds to help our children & families in our St. Peter’s community that are going through terminal illnesses, medical treatments or financial difficulties due to job loss, sickness etc.  Through our “St. Peter Helping Hands”, our school community tries to assist as many families as we can to get through these difficult times during Christmas with the donation of gift cards to those in need.”

Cash online Ticket sales are to start Monday, November 28th  until Wednesday, December 8th.

God Bless!

St. Peter Parent Catholic Council

St. Peter Catholic Student Parliament presents  Joy-filled Fridays!

Joy-filled Fridays are back, Panthers! Four spirit days for the four weeks of Advent! No need to buy anything new; you can check your closet for the colours you’ll need or you can always DIY some accessories. ❤🎄☃️ The following days are non-uniform days; please dress to match the theme.

Joy-filled Fridays:

  • Thursday, November 25th – Pink and Purple Day
  • Friday, December 3rd – Red and Green Day
  • Friday, December 10th – Festive Sweater Day
  • Friday, December 17th – Show your Christmas Spirit Day

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)


Submissions Accepted Online ONLYTo minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)


Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3rd , 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Have a Question?
If you have any questions about the contest, please feel free to email us at: keepingchrist@hcdsb.org or contact us on Twitter, direct message us on Instagram, or contact us through Facebook.  
We look forward to showcasing the creative talents of our HCDSB students!

School Photographs Retakes

Picture Retakes will take place this Thursday, December 2nd, 2021. Just a friendly reminder if you wish to have your child’s photo taken again, please write a note in their agenda (or a separate note) to confirm their retake.

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB)


The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program.

Courtesy Bus Seats

We are happy to inform you that courtesy bus seats will now be offered at a reduced capacity, beginning January 3, 2022. 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.
Courtesy seats will be offered at a reduced capacity for the health and safety of our students, and to accommodate continued growth in the region of Halton. 

HSTS Courtesy Seat Application Form 
The HSTS Courtesy Seat online application form will be open for submissions at: www.HaltonBus.ca from Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 26th, 2021 until 5:00 p.m.
Upon completion of the application review process, parents and guardians who submitted a courtesy seat application will be notified by HSTS via email by December 31, 2021. Families will be able to check on the status of their application using the BusPlannerWeb portal. 
Visit the HSTS website for more information: www.haltonbus.ca 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with HSTS to reintroduce courtesy bus seats for our students.

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form. 

Panthers Intramurals

Congratulations to Anstey’s class for winning the Grade 7 volleyball playoffs this week! A big Thank you to Mr. Bozzo who took on the challenge of reffing the volleyball games.“Go Panthers Go”

Promoting Well-Being

When your child is struggling with mental health challenges, the holidays are not always easy. With so many expectations about what the holidays should be like or who we should be spending our time with, it can be very difficult to make it all work.

With the support of our network of child and youth mental health experts, we have rounded up some tips and ideas to help your family this holiday season.

1.    Do what works for your family

The holidays can be an especially challenging time of year for many families. Expectations of the holidays can be hard on children – and, let’s face it, it’s not ‘the happiest time’ for all of us. It’s ok to prioritize mental health over holiday commitments. When you prioritize your or your child’s mental wellness, you can focus on what works for your family. As a parent, consider the things that feel realistic for you to do and then offer those choices to kids/youth to pick from. So many of us struggle with saying no over the holidays – perhaps this year, you will feel confident about not over committing your schedule and slowing things down; and that’s ok! Also, keep in mind that having time to connect with each other is important, but so, too, is having space for everyone to have their own personal time.

2.    Plan early

Routines and predictability are often beneficial (within reason) for children and youth with mental health challenges. It’s a good time to start having conversations with children about what the holidays may look like so that they know what to expect. This also allows them to be a part of the new planning process. What is important to them? Is there something new they would like to try? Planning early also gives us time to let other relatives or friends know in advance to manage their expectations, too. Also, during the winter school break, consider connecting with the parents of your children’s friends so that you can help arrange days for play dates.

3.    Find a quiet place in a busy space

Find a spot during a holiday activity or party where your child (or you) can go for a break. Don’t force your child to interact with other kids or adults, instead, let them have that time on their own to regroup. If your child is young, bring books or a bag of special toys. If your teenager needs to decompress with a game on their phone, that’s ok. Check in periodically to see how everyone is doing, or if some quiet time is needed.

Don’t worry about other people’s judgments. People may ask insensitive questions or make comments about your child’s behaviour. Sometimes they are trying to be rude, other times, they’re just trying to understand. Have a quick sentence or two ready that explains your child’s issues. This will help you stay calm and to keep from overreacting.

4.    Managing disappointment

Sometimes, the holidays don’t work out the way we expect. And for many of us, the holidays still won’t be what they may have been before the pandemic. That will be disappointing for a lot of children (and parents!) It’s important to acknowledge that disappointment, especially for children. Give kids a safe space to share their feelings and be heard. If the pandemic is impacting your plans, it’s ok to let kids know this is hard for you, too. Reminding your kids – and yourself – that this is a temporary measure in a very unusual time may make it all feel a little less daunting.  While we are all doing our part to manage the pandemic, so much of what is happening in the province – and the world – is out of our control right now. This is a good time to focus on the things that are in your control. When it comes to traditions of the holiday season, consider how you can incorporate the traditions, or at least parts of those traditions, that are most important to your family. It could be something as simple as baking or planning for a fun family movie night.

5.    Supporting children through grief

The holidays can be especially hard for families who are grieving. Remembering your loved one, telling stories, and laughing about good times together are all ok to do, and can provide comfort to your child. You might work together to come up with ideas for memorializing your loved one over the holiday. Remember that it’s okay for you child/youth to feel upset as there have been a lot of different types of loss this year.

6.    Take care of you

The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents, too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family. Consider planning a day where the family could play a game or watch a movie together. But don’t forget to have some scheduled time where kids can play games and parents or caregivers can take some time out as well.

Your kids are watching you model behaviour and your resilience is teaching them. Resilience is about bouncing back from challenges, rather than not having any challenges at all. Look back on your year. What are some of the things you and your family have done to get through this year? What is working? What doesn’t work? How have you changed as a parent? Notice what works for your family – and remember that this will look different for each family.~ https://www.family.cmho.org/mental-health-ready-for-the-holidays/

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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