Important Dates in April at Saint Peter School
March 30 – Good Friday – No School
April 1 – Easter Sunday
April 2 – Easter Monday – No School
April 12 – WE Walk for Water activities
April 13 – PA Day – No School
April 20 – Earth Day – Wear green and blue
April 21 – Grade 2 First Reconciliation
April 23 – April 26 – CCAT Testing in Gr. 4
April 23 – April 26 – Book Fair
April 25 – Walk to School group (Walk with teachers and police officers)
April 25 – Secretary and Support Staff Appreciation Day
April 30 – May 4 – CAT4 Testing in Gr.7
May 1 – Superhero Day!
May 3 – School at Mass at St. Patrick Church – 10:00am
Visit our school calendar regularly for all upcoming events and important dates in advance. These are updated on a regular basis. Please visit Saint Peter School website then click on the calendar at the bottom of the website page. https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/calendar/
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord, Amen.
Saint Peter School Council
The Saint Peter School Council continues to meet to discuss issues that affect our students, discuss plans for the future of our school and our Board, and to hear and offer advice about school events. Please see the Saint Peter School website under the School Council Banner for minutes from every meeting. All parents are welcome to attend. The next meeting will be Thursday May 10 at St. Benedict’s School.
We have a group of volunteers that fill our scheduled times at the Cambridge Bingo. This is a lucrative fundraising venture and we sincerely thank all those who willingly attended training sessions and work at Bingo Games for the benefit of our school. If you wish to join our team, please call the school for training times.
Using some of our “Parent Involvement” Grant we are distributing magnets with the school address and phone number, to each family. It is our hope that families will place the magnet in a prominent place (like the fridge) so that our phone number can be easily found when a call for our attendance program needs to be made. Our phone message machine is on 24 hours a day so if your child is going to be absent or late, please call to let us know.
The Book Fair will be set up in the Library ready to open on Monday April 23, Tuesday April 24 and Wednesday April 25 from 8:30am to 4:00 pm.
If parents want to come in during those times, they are most welcome but we ask that you check in at the office first so we know who is visiting the school and at what time.
Classes will have a chance for previewing on Friday April 20 and the other days, classes will be given an opportunity to purchase their books.
Thanks so much for your support in this important Literacy Event.
Newswire and Cash Online
If you visit our school website https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/ you can register your home email address for our monthly school newsletters, along with other notes and reminders throughout the year, which will be automatically and conveniently sent to your home email or cell phone.
School Cash Online is a web-based solution that gives parents the ability to pay for student items online. Parents can make payments; sign permission forms print or view their receipts and their current account history all in real-time. Go to this website: https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/ to register. The School Board’s plan is to have all schools be “cash-less”, so register now to become familiar with the program.
Catholic Board Online Registration
Why Wait for August?
Registering to attend one of Waterloo Region’s 46 Catholic elementary schools and five Catholic secondary schools has never been easier. In fact, a quality, inclusive, faith-based education is now just a click away thanks to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s new online registration system.
- Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB homepage (wcdsb.ca) and then choosing either Kindergarten, Grades 1-8 or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found under the Registration Options button.
- Children born in 2014 are eligible for Junior Kindergarten.
- Children born in 2013 are eligible for Kindergarten.
- When registering your child to attend a Catholic elementary school you must be prepared to provide proof of the child’s date of birth and either the child’s Catholic baptismal certificate or the Catholic baptismal certificate of at least one parent or guardian and proof of your address.
- If you are non-Catholic but wish to explore a Catholic education for your child(ren) please review the WCDSB Admissions to Catholic Elementary Schools policy and make an appointment with the school to speak with the Principal.
- A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the Extended Day Program is available via the “Register for School” link on the WCDSB web site. A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2018-19 will be web-posted in April 2018. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program.
Are You Moving?
To assist us with enrolment projections for September 2018, please inform the school if you are planning any changes that may result in your children not attending Saint Peter Catholic School next year.
Catholic Caring Community
Please keep the Grade 2 students of Saint Peter in your prayers as they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. They will receive their first Reconciliation on Saturday April 21, 2018 and First Communion on May 26, 2018.
WE Walk for Water
As part of our WE commitment, on Thursday April 12, 2018 the Intermediate students will simulate the lives of people who need to walk a great distance to get water. The Primary and Junior students will also participate in fun and educational games to raise awareness of how precious clean water is and how we use it in our everyday lives. Our goal is to reach $1000.00 to send to communities who need clean water.
Any donation would be appreciated.
Students of the Month – March
The theme for March was kindness – “What Would Jesus Do?””
JK/SK – Luca R. and Isabella D.R
Gr. 1/2- Charliee L. and Julianna R.
Gr. 2/3 – Alan A. H.
Gr. 3/4 – Logan D.
Gr. 4/5 – Aries S.
Gr. 5/6 – Landon M.S. and Darren S. S.
Gr. 7/8 Jasmine R. and Desirai C. D.
Athletics and Events
Many athletic teams are in the process of training right now in preparation for try outs and participation in tournaments and meets. There will be many opportunities for students to pursue some great sports opportunities. There will be badminton, soccer, Three Pitch Baseball, Track and Field and Cross Country running.
The Folk-Dance Group continues to practice and they will participate in a Festival during Education Week in May.
We will be continuing our EXTRAmural program during lunch recesses which includes reading, art, knitting and crocheting. Please encourage your children to participate in these activities.
Upcoming Testing Dates
Please ensure your child is well rested and, if possible, avoid making appointments during these important dates:
Grade 3 EQAO Test—May 22 to June 4 (half days)
Grade 6 EQAO Test—May 22 to June 4 (half days)
Grade 4 Canadian Cognitive Ability Test—April 23 – 27
Grade 7 Canadian Achievement Test, 4th Edition (CAT-4) – April 30 – May 4
Our Board has recently partnered with Knowledgehook, a digital assessment ‘for’ and ‘as’ learning math resource, which is available for all classroom teachers from grades 3-8.
In order to ensure transparency of our privacy policies with our school communities, I will post the following statement in our upcoming April school newsletter. This statement will suffice for the remainder of this current school year. You can share it also on your various communications with parents.
“Knowledgehook, is now a Board approved “Green Tool” which ensures student information is stored in a secure manner. This online, interactive math resource will support student learning in grades 3-8. Knowledgehook will provide additional math support and instruction for learning both in the classroom and also for differentiated home-practice. If you have any questions or concerns about this program please speak to your child’s classroom teacher.”
Literacy and Numeracy Programs offered to all Gr 1 to 6 students in our community!
Summer Boost: July 2-20, 2018
Mon. to Fri. 8:30am – 12:30pm
Open to students enrolled in Grade 1 to 6 as of September 2018
Register Today and Experience the Difference Summer Boost Makes!
Want to see your child improve his/her math, reading, writing and problem-solving skills and be READY for next year? Through our Summer Boost program teachers and students will experience three fun-filled weeks of learning and growing together. The goal of Summer Boost is to provide an exciting educational program aimed at improving the numeracy and literacy skills of our students.
- Experience a faith-based learning experience through prayer, meditation and integration of gospel values;
- Engage in fun literacy/numeracy activities at school and home with family members as part of the Home Numeracy/Literacy Program;
- Have a variety of opportunities for hands on learning through Scientists in Schools, Aboriginal guest speakers, robotics, coding and outside play;
- Be served healthy Nutrition for Learning snacks daily and will be engaged in regular physical activity that emphasizes teamwork, skills and sportsmanship;
- Receive an integrated arts education as cooperative activities will be designed each week to promote creativity and critical thinking as expressed through music, drama and visual arts;
- Access technology including chromebooks and ipads;
- Make new friends and develop a belief in themselves as learners through the power of perseverance.
Summer Boost is FREE and registration is required.
Kitchener – St. John, Monsignor Haller, St. Dominic
Waterloo – Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Agnes
Cambridge – Holy Spirit, Christ the King
ONLINE Registration has already opened on March 19th on Board website (wcdsb.ca)
Math and Picture Books
Reading to your child is both a wonderful way to spend time together and also an effective way to engage your child in conversation. Students of all ages love stories and love to talk about stories. “Literature provides students with opportunities to make connections with their own lives, provides a context to think and practice mathematics, and enriches students’ view of the world of mathematics.” A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Listed below are a few titles to begin the conversation about mathematics at home. These picture books are connected to several math strands of the Ontario mathematics curriculum from your child’s report card:
- Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina (Number Sense and Patterning)
- The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins (Number Sense)
- Count to 10 with a Mouse, by Margaret Wise Brown (Number Sense)
- Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There IS? by Robert Wells (Number Sense and Measurement)
- Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins ( Measurement)
- One Grain of Rice, by Demi (Number Sense and Multiplication and Division)
- Grandfather Tang’s Story, by Ann Tompert (Geometry)
- Stone Soup, by Heather Forest (Data Management and Probability)
If you and your child are more comfortable in a language other than English, then read to your child in that language.
Your local public library may be helpful in choosing books connected to mathematics.
The link below may also be helpful to access digital books online in a number of languages:
International Digital Library: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Emergency and Safety
St. Peter Catholic Elementary School has an extensive and comprehensive Emergency Response plan. It has been developed to provide a guideline for staff and students’ safety response to various emergency situations. Here is a summary for parents so they can review some of these procedure with their children.
A reminder that Emergency situations may be complex. Therefore, response decisions may vary depending on each unique situation.
LOCK DOWN PROCEDURES
At Saint Peter we have 2 Lock Down Drills per year.
As per the Region of Waterloo School Board / Police Protocol there are three different levels of response to urgent school security issues:
- Shelter in place: means keeping all occupants within the school to protect them from an external (non-violent) situation (e.g. chemical spill, explosion, extreme weather, neighbourhood gas leak, etc.).
- Hold and secure: means securing the school due to an ongoing situation outside the school and unrelated to the school during which school continues to function normally, with the exterior doors locked until the situation near the school is resolved (e.g. bank robbery near the school, hostage-taking in the neighbourhood, threat from an at-large wild animal, etc.).
- Lockdown: means securing the school due to a major incident or threat of violence within the school, or in direct relation to the school. Students and staff will report to areas that can be secured, doors will be locked, lights will be turned off, silence will be maintained and persons will remain out of view of doors or windows.
Communication with Parents/Guardians/Community About a Lockdown
Parents, guardians and the general community are strongly encouraged to remain away from any school engaged in a lockdown. There is nothing bystanders can do to change the situation inside the school and their presence may, in fact, hamper the work of emergency responders.
Parents and guardians are strongly discouraged from attempting to contact their children in the school via cell phone. A ringing cell phone can draw an intruder’s attention to the location of students and staff – jeopardizing not just their lives but potentially jeopardizing the lives of police inside the building.
Any parents, guardians, or visitors or outside contractors inside a school when a lockdown is initiated must remain in a secure area with staff and students until the all clear is given.
In all cases where a lockdown, which was not a drill, has been ordered, the school will send home a communication regarding the incident at the earliest possible opportunity.
Parents are encouraged to ensure their contact information at the school is up to date so staff in the event of an emergency can easily reach them.
FIRE ALARM PROCEDURES
We have 6 fire drills in the school year. (3 in the Fall and 3 in the Spring)
When the fire alarm sounds students and staff are expected to walk quickly and silently in single file out of the school. Students move to the far end of the field and attendance is taken and reported to the Principal. As the staff are exiting the school, they will look around the classroom, hallway, common areas etc. for anything that is “out of the ordinary”. There is a YELLOW FIRE EXIT SIGN posted in a prominent place in each classroom. Main and Alternate exists are recorded clearly on the card.
SEVERE WEATHER DRILLS
We have Severe Weather drills once per year where students will leave their classrooms and find a spot to sit in the hall with their backs to the wall, away from a window or door. They are to remain quiet so they can hear directions from authority (fire fighters, police) as the electricity may be off as well.
As the opioid crisis has deepened, the discovery of discarded needles in public spaces and on private property has become more frequent – and our WCDSB school sites have not been exempt from this. As a result, it is more important than ever for staff, students and parents to understand some important rules, should they encounter a needle anywhere.
For purposes of doing as much as we reasonably can to ensure students and staff do not come into contact with needles that may end up on school property, school custodians complete their daily site walk-about, with special emphasis on any known “hiding spots” on the site.
Since needles are now frequently showing up across Waterloo Region in areas children may visit on the way to and from school (pathways, parks, parking lots, wooded areas, etc.) it is important to provide families with accurate information they can use to educate their children about the dangers. Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services has provided this graphic you may wish to use.
The main message is for everyone to keep their eyes open to where they are walking and playing, and to report any items that they consider dangerous to a yard supervisor if they are at school, office or to their parents. Children need to be reminded to not touch any discarded items on the yard or in any public spaces.