Defender Families,

As we head into Day 4 of our initial 2 weeks of Distance Learning, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Please know that you are not alone, and that things will become more certain as we learn more about the plan going forward from the Ministry of Education. Our Director and the Senior Team are working hard with our ministry partners to figure out how things will work with a longer term Distance Learning situation. We will get through this together, and we will not leave anyone behind. Each of our students and their families are very important to us, and we know we will overcome these challenges by working together to meet the learning needs of our children.

By now, many of you have received a phone call or email from the classroom teacher requesting some information regarding your access to technology and reliable internet. The board is gathering the data so they can ensure our families will be equipped to be successful beyond the initial two weeks. Please make your classroom teacher aware of your needs so we can put a plan in place to support all of our kids. The rest of this week, and the week that follows, teachers will be reaching out to connect with students and experimenting with the best way to connect with their learners. That is why it is vital that we collect this information and ensure that every household that needs a device be able to get one. I know several classes have been using Google Hangouts for peers to connect with each other and it is great to see technology leveraged for learning in this way!

While we may be unclear about the Ministry’s expectations of educators for an extended period of Distance Learning at this point, we recognize the sheer magnitude of dealing with a global pandemic. Developing a plan takes time, and when the plan is shared with us we will convey to you how you can expect our team to support your child through Distance Learning. What does remain certain is our staff’s unwavering commitment to the students and families of Saint Peter. If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (Mr. Hunt, ej.hunt@wcdsb.ca) personally. I will do my best to support each of our families during this challenging time.

One thing we can all do is pray. Here is a prayer for the sick you can use with your family:

Community Supports Available

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds and hearts. This is a tremendously difficult time for many people in our community. You may be working on the front lines, or you may have been temporarily laid off due to business closures. You may have lost someone to this pandemic, or you may be worried about your own health or those of your loved ones. The COVID-19 situation is causing mixed feelings and heightened anxiety for many; this is understandable and completely normal. We are here for you.

As a non-profit agency in Waterloo Region, Carizon’s funded mental health and wellbeing services are available to support you and your family, at no cost to you. Because of the current environment, we have changed how you access us. Rather than dropping into one of our sites, please call us and someone will chat with you and determine how best we can help. This will keep everyone healthy and well during this period of physical distancing.

To arrange Children’s Mental Health Services through Front Door, please call (519) 749-2932 and press 1 when prompted. This will connect you to our intake line and we will arrange to get you the services you need.

To make a counselling appointment, please call (519) 743-6333 and press 1 when prompted. You will be directed to our intake staff who will book an appointment for you. If you call outside our regular hours or if we are on the phone, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Because community is important and we are all in this together, counselling services are offered to you at no cost for the next few weeks thanks to funding from the LHIN. If you are in crisis, please call Here 24/7 at 1 (844) 437-3247 or 9-1-1.

To connect with our Community Services team, please call your regular contact. They are available and will talk with you to determine how we can provide the right services to meet your current needs.

 

Help With Groceries – Galt Salvation Army – 16 Shade St. (Basement of Salvation Army Church) 

The Salvation Army provides Frozen Foods as well as bags of groceries. Please bring ID with you.

They are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 11:45AM and from 1PM to 3PM. Wednesdays it is open from 1PM to 3PM. Fridays it is closed.

Help With Groceries – Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank- 54 Ainsley St.

They are open from 12 noon to 4:30 PM Monday To Friday. You do NOT require ID or proof of income. You may come back each week for more groceries no questions asked.

Please Put This Number on Your Fridge For Your Children To See

KidsHelpPhone 1 800 668 6868 or text 686868