Important Dates in February at Saint Peter School
Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day
Feb. 2 – Freggie Friday
Feb. 5 – Annual School Fundraiser – Pepperstix – Orders sent home with each student
Feb. 9 – Freggie Friday
Feb. 13 – Shrove Tuesday
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday
Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day
Feb. 15 – First Term Report Cards go home
Feb. 16 – Freggie Friday
Feb. 19 – Family Day – No School
Feb. 20 – Pepperstix Orders due with money
Feb. 20 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Grade 7 and Grade 8 Pathways Information Night
Feb. 21 – School Olympic Day – (Outside activities in the afternoon)
Feb. 22 – Jump2Math – Family Active Math Night (6:00pm – 8:00pm)
Feb. 23 – Freggie Friday
Feb. 26 – FITGO week
Feb. 26 – 3:30pm – 6:30pm – Kindergarten Registration Evening (by appointment only)
Feb. 27 – First Communion Parents Night at St. Patrick Church
Feb. 28 –Wear a Pink Shirt Day in Support of Anti-Buying.
Feb. 28 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm – School Council Meeting
Newswire and Cash Online
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 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.
Winter Weather and Safety
Just a reminder of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, and boots). Labeling items would be helpful, as many boots and mittens look very similar. Many items make their way to the Lost and Found box and are often not claimed. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school) and boots to wear outside. Except under extremely cold conditions, students go outside during recess and lunch hour. Research indicates that fifteen minutes of fresh air allows students to refocus on their studies. We will monitor the weather conditions often and make decisions based upon our local conditions, and School Board guidelines. Please remember that children who are too ill to go outside should be resting at home.
When the weather is severe in the morning, listen to your local radio station for cancellations or closures (e.g. CHYM 96.7) or check the School Board web site at www.wcdsb.ca
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.
Grade 7 and Grade 8 Pathways Information Night
Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 is the date we have reserved for our Grade 7 and Grade 8 Pathways Evening. It will be from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.
We would like to engage parents in the pathway choices of their Intermediate aged children.
Students and parents in Grade 7 and 8 are invited to come to the school on the evening of Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 where they can:
- Work together on Career Cruising on the computer
- Get more information about the transition to Grade 9
- Get information about courses, course choices and pathways for their children
Speak with teachers and representatives of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board about pathways for their children
Please mark this date on your calendars to come and enjoy an interactive, informative and enjoyable evening with your child.
Catholic Board Online Registration
It’s Never Been Easier to Sign up for School!!!
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.
Catholic Caring Community
Congratulations to our Grade 7 students who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Friday January 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Church. We will continue prayers for them all.
Lent begins on Wednesday Feb. 14th. As a school, we will begin this Holy season by celebrating Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday Feb. 13.
We will be having an Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the school gym beginning shortly after 8:30am as well as regular weekly Liturgies in the gym during the Lenten season on Monday mornings beginning at 8:35.
School wide reconciliation for Grade 3– 8 will be Thursday Feb. 22, 2018 in the afternoon.
Saint Peter Pride and Student of the Month
The goal of these programs is to celebrate student success within the classroom and throughout the school community according to a pre-determined and publicly posted set of criteria. Students are publicly and privately congratulated for their personal contributions to the community. Each week classroom teachers (or any staff member if they so choose) will select a student who is acknowledged as the recipient of a Saint Peter Pride award. Students are publicly recognized and it is during this time that the qualities or actions that have warranted this particular student’s award are recognized. Announcements further recognize students for their achievements throughout the year.
Students of the Month – January
The theme for January was “Living the Spirit””
JK/SK – Aalya M. and Lucas Q.
Gr. 1/2- Abigail S. and Hailey J.
Gr. 2/3 – Amelia K.
Gr. 3/4 – Brayden H.
Gr. 4/5 – Christina-Marie C.
Gr. 5/6 – Chelsea L-R. and Landon M-S.
Gr. 7/8 Madison R. and Carlos C.
Saint Peter School Council
Our fundraising activities for the year will be Pepperstix (Pepperette) sales from Stemmler’s, in February as the major fundraiser for Saint Peter School. Mission Fun Day will be our fundraising activity for charity.
We will also be making plans for a Jump2Math Family Active Math Night on February 22, 2018 to help parents and students understand math concepts in a fun learning environment. Money from our “Parents Reaching Out” Grant and our “Parent Involvement” Grant will be used to pay for his event.
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.
Athletics and Events
Boys in Grade 5 – 8 were invited to try out for the Basketball team. This team will be involved in a one-day tournament at the end of the basketball season.
We will be continuing our EXTRAmural program during lunch recesses which includes reading, art, Skills Canada and knitting and crocheting. Please encourage your children to participate in these activities.
Freggie Friday is coming to Saint Peter
|Beginning in February, Saint Peter will be promoting healthy bodies and healthy minds with the Freggie in-school program. This program is designed to encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables as part of their healthy lunches and snacks at school, while helping them to understand the benefits of making healthy food choices that include fresh fruits and vegetables. For the month of February, children are given a ballot for each piece of vegetable or fruit that they bring and consume on Fridays as part of their lunch and snack. It’s that easy! For tips and information, parents can visit http://freggietales.ca/parents-home/smart-eating.
Help us get fruity and veggie with Freggie on Fridays!!
Student Access to Personal Communication Devices
During the school day, the office is frequently very busy and the telephone lines are in use. As a result, we limit the use of the phone by students to “real need” situations. Please encourage your child to make prior arrangements for after school or social activities such as sports or homework help. If a parent needs to get in contact with a student during the school day, they are welcome to call the school, and a message will be delivered, in a timely manner, so as not to disturb the learning for the whole class.
At times, for safety reasons, parents/guardians may choose to send a cell phone or other personal electronic communication device to school with their child. It is understood in these cases that these devices are put away while students are in class and outside of the class on the yard. We strongly encourage students not to bring these devices to school unless they have a specific and important purpose. In the case of misuse, the device will be turned off and confiscated until a parent or guardian is able to pick it up from the school office. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen personal technology devices.
Visitors to the School and Office
Parents and all visitors to the school are reminded to check in at the office to report their reason for visiting. Depending on the nature of the activity, the length of stay and the area of the school they are expected to visit, they may be directed to obtain a Visitors Pass and sign in to the Visitors Log. A reminder also that students getting picked up early must have their parent sign them out in the binder at office before they leave. Parents need the consent and knowledge of the office staff to be in the hallways, gym, or student yard for the safety and privacy of all of our students.