Important Dates in December at Saint Peter School
Dec. 3 – 14 – Santa for Seniors Collection
Dec. 6 – Marian Celebration Liturgy – 9:00am in St. Peter Gym with Deacon Terry
Dec. 6 – Mount Mary Parent Meeting – 6:00pm
Dec. – 7 – PA Day – No School
Five Days of Christmas Week
Dec. 17 – Dress in Red
Dec. 18 – Dress in Green
Dec. 19 – Wear Blitz and Bling
Dec. – 19 – Christmas Concert – St. Benedict’s School – 6:30pm
Dec. 20 – “Christmas Dinner” for lunch for students and staff – Dress up in Sunday best
Dec. 21 – Wear Christmas Clothing
January 7 – School starts again at 8:30am
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Thank you all for your support and encouragement since September. We wish you all the joy and blessings of this Christmas season.
“How lucky I am to work with people that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
I wanted to inform you that I will be leaving the position of principal of Saint Peter School and beginning my retirement. Although I will miss my work with our school family, I look forward to the beginning of some long held dreams and plans with my family.
It has been a pleasure to serve as the principal at Saint Peter School. I hope you know how much I have enjoyed my years here and it has been my good fortune to experience a wonderful partnership with the students, staff and families in our community. E. J. Hunt, currently the vice principal at Holy Spirit School, will become the principal, effective January 7, 2019. He is looking forward to working with all of you and getting to know each of you.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your children and this outstanding school community and hope you know I am especially proud of our students. I look forward to hearing great things about their accomplishments as they continue their education at Saint Peter School and beyond.
Sincerely Mrs. Debra Curtis
If you visit our school website https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/, you can register your home email address and our monthly school newsletters, along with other notes and reminders throughout the year, will automatically and conveniently be sent to your home or work email.
All Newswire communications also get posted on our school website so you can access them there as well for future reference.
Bookmark and check our website often for updates and school calendar items.
Cold Winter Days
With the winter months approaching, winter safety is an important consideration. Children should always come to school dressed appropriately for the outside each day. Even in extreme cold when they might be kept inside, there is always the consideration of coming to and from school, as well as the risk of an emergency procedure where we must evacuate the building. When the snow hits the ground, students are going to be tempted to play in it. There will be no throwing snow or ice. Snow must be left on the ground. Students should also follow the direction of the supervision staff about playing on snow piles. Sometimes these piles will be deemed off-limits. School winter safety policies are designed to protect everyone on school property from injury.
During periods of severe weather your best sources of information about possible school closing and/or school bus cancellation is the School Board Website ww.wcdsb.ca or a local radio stations. Please do not call the school. For further information, refer to student’s agenda.
Catholic Caring Community
Thank you to our Saint Peter Community who continue to donate so generously to the Santa for Seniors Christmas Drive. Items needed may include slippers, toiletries, socks, puzzle books, mints, yarn and small gift items. You can send items to school with your child from Dec. 3 – Dec. 14, 2018.
We will be celebrating a Marian Celebration Liturgy in the school gym on Thursday Dec. 6, 2018 at 9:00am. Parents are welcome to attend. We will continue to have our Advent Liturgies on Monday mornings at 8:30 to review the messages from the “Sundays of Advent”.
Students of the Month – November
The theme for November was “Being a Peacemaker”
JK/SK – Ethan C. and Jase G.
Gr. 1 – Logan R.
Gr. 1/2- Luca R.
Gr. 2/3 – Jeralyn G
Gr. 3 – Daymia F. G.
Gr. 4 – Anissa S.
Gr. 4/5 – Ryan C.
Gr. 5/6 – Skye S. and Payten K.
Gr. 7/8 Cassidy D. and Ryder R.
Saint Peter School Council
The Saint Peter School Council enjoyed a different kind of School Council Meeting on Wednesday November 28, 2018. We played Bingo at the Cambridge Bingo Center. We were able to obtain 15 people who named Saint Peter as the recipient of their $10.00 donation. Thank you to all who came out to support our School Council efforts.
Our fundraising activities for the year will be determined in February as the major fundraiser for Saint Peter School. Mission Fun Day will be our fundraising activity for charity.
Other fundraising activities will arise as may be needed. We will continue to have food drives and “Santa for Seniors” collections during the Christmas holiday time.
The School Council will again use some of the proceeds from our Bingo work to cater a Turkey Dinner for all of our students on Thursday Dec. 20 during the regular lunch time. We will be having AAA Grade turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn and gravy. It is our hope that every student in our school gets at least one Turkey Dinner during this holiday season. If there are any student allergies that we don’t already know about, please inform your child’s teacher, or the school office, before the lunch on Dec. 20, 2018.
A big Thank You to our Bingo Team who volunteer on weekends and evenings at the Cambridge Bingo Center to raise funds for Saint Peter School.
A successful form of fundraising for our School Council activities is our volunteer times at the Cambridge Bingo Center. Shifts are only 2 ½ hours at a time. We have a team of volunteers who generously volunteer their time but we can always use more people on our team. If you might be interested in becoming a volunteer, please call the school office for information about training and scheduling.
Communicating with Children Using Math Language
Talking About Math:
Talking about mathematics with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathematical reasoning and understanding. Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:
- Revoice – Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarification (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).
- Repeat/Restate – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).
- Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.”).
- Adding On – Prompt your child to participate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”).
- Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child time to think (e.g., “Take some time to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that time!