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Parent Weekly Update- December, 20, 2021

Joy, prayer and gratitude are three ways that prepare us

to experience Christmas in an authentic way.

~  Pope Francis

It is absolutely remarkable what can be achieved when we work together as a community.

The outpouring of love and support the past 3 weeks has been a perfect example of this!  Christmas is the season of giving and making a difference.  WOW!  What a difference this community has made! St. Peter Helping Hands have provided hope and happiness to  families this holiday season. Thank you very much!  May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the joy of Christmas give you faith and the warmth of Christmas grant you love!  Joyeux Noël

Thank you to all our St. Peter CES families for your ongoing support this school year ~ we ALL made it safely to the Christmas Holidays

Thank you to our INCREDIBLE STAFF for all your efforts, energy and commitment in making this school year safe and engaging!

Thank you to the Student Parliament  for organizing our Christmas Joy Day and Christmas  Kahoot! this week!

Celebrating Advent as a Family

  • In this Fourth Week of Advent, our final days of preparation before Christmas, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes. When we look at the fourth candle, we remember God’s promise of peace. We recall the words of Jesus in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” As we approach Christmas, let’s remember that God’s intention is a place of peace.
  • I Wish for Peace –

Holy Rosary Parish News

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Thank you to our St Peter Community and small businesses for making our Christmas market an amazing success. Despite our scaled down version of our annual Christmas Market, we managed to stir up excitement and smiles from all the students at St Peter school. 

We raised over $3000 for our St. Peter Helping Hands fund, helping some of our families in our community.  Winners of our raffle were announced on Thursday, with winners from each grade. Congratulations!!  

Once again, thank you for your continued support and generous donations. Stay safe everyone and have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!  

God Bless,

St. Peter Parent Catholic Council 

Winter Break Travel

We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements

Rapid Antigen Screening Kit 

During the week of December 13th – 17th, students received a  Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.   

The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school.  These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.  

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all. 

Confirmation of Daily Screening

January 2022-  Like the first 2 weeks in September, the government has mandated that families confirm that students have passed the Daily COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool.  Classroom teachers will be tracking this for the first two weeks back.

Looking for notifications on bus delays and cancellations?

Halton Student Transportation Services (HSTS) provides important information for parents and students who ride the bus to and from school. Bus delays and cancellation information can be found directly on the Delays & Cancellations page.

Promoting Well-Being – The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude

You may have heard the saying attitude of gratitude. It’s a great little rhyme to remind us that we live a life of gratitude – and practice it! When we practice gratitude on a regular basis, it not only impacts our mental and physical health, but those around you.

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and showing appreciation for what we have. At a time when many of us are struggling to adapt to a new normal, practicing gratitude is more important than ever. 

Showing gratitude has the following mental health benefits:

  1. Expressing gratitude can improve your mood. People who regularly express gratitude for the positive things in their life are shown to be happier overall, leading to lower rates of stress and depression.
  2. Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life. 
  3. Sharing gratitude can improve social bonds. People have reported feeling more loved and more connected to others in their lives when they routinely practice gratitude or those around them practice gratitude.
  4. Practicing gratitude can improve your physical health. People who actively express gratitude tend to be more engaged in activities to take care of their physical health, like eating well and exercising. This leads to higher energy levels, better sleep and a stronger immune system, or the ability to fight off illness or infection.

How can your family practice gratitude? The first thing is to build gratitude into your daily schedule – and practice it! Here are a few ways you can practice gratitude to improve the overall well-being of your family and those around you.

  1. Start your day by writing down one thing that went well the previous day and why it went well. You can do this while eating breakfast or before you start on work or schoolwork. Writing it down is important because it is a record of what happened that you can refer back to. This allows you to reflect on your actions and continue growing.
  2. Most of us feel frustrated by something in a normal day. When you find yourself feeling upset or frustrated, hit the pause button and reset your thinking. Come up with something positive about the situation or think about something else entirely that you are thankful for.
  3. Go around the dinner table and have each person state something general they are thankful for, and something specific to that day that they are thankful for.
  4. Share your gratitude with others by writing a note to someone you are grateful for.

Practicing gratitude is just one way you can improve your mental and physical health. Find more resources on gratitude at


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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May you have the gift of FAITH, the blessing of HOPE

and the peace of His LOVE at Christmas and always!

~ The Staff of St. Peter Catholic Elementary School


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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Le Conte, TanyaParent Weekly Update- December, 20, 2021