Important Dates in November
Nov. 7 – Progress Reports go home
Nov. 8 and 9 – Parent Teacher Interviews
Nov. 9 – Kindergarten Pictures and Photo re-takes
Nov. 10 – Remembrance Day Assembly – 10:45am in the school gym
Nov. 17 – PA Day – no school
Nov. 20 – 24 – Bullying Awareness Week
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.
Athletics and Events
We will be starting our EXTRAmural program during lunch recesses soon. We will continue throughout the year offering various activities on a six week cycle. Our first cycle will begin in the next few weeks. These activities are open to all students but their participation is voluntary. Activities will change with every cycle. Please encourage your children to participate in these activities.
Progress Reports and Interviews
On November 7 your child will receive an Elementary Progress Report. The Elementary Progress Report Card was designed to show a student’s development of learning skills and work habits during the first weeks of the school year, as well as their general progress in working toward the achievement of the Ontario curriculum expectations on all subjects. The intention of the Progress Report is to support early communication between the teacher and the parent/guardian.
There are no marks in the subject fields on the Progress Report Card. The Progress Report will place a strong emphasis on the development of learning skills and work habits with sections for responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation with examples to explain and promote each. Students will receive an “excellent,” “good,” “satisfactory,” or “needs improvement” comment to assess their progress in these areas, along with teacher comments about student strengths and areas that need work.
The information on the Progress Report Card should be an important part of discussions with teachers, students and parents/guardians during the November 8th and November 9th parent-teacher conferences. The focus of these discussions will be on progress early in the school year and how the student, school and the parent/guardian will work together to support student success. You should already have sent in your preferred interview time sheet. You will be given a time that will be on a sheet in the report card envelope. Please also return the envelope as well as page 3 of the Progress Report.
Parents seeking assistance in developing skills with their children may want to visit:
Tips and Tools for Parents at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/abc123/eng/tips/
Catholic Caring Community
Thank you to our St. Peter Community who donated so generously to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank for their Thanksgiving Food Drive.
A group of 8 students and two teachers attended the We Day Activity in Toronto this year. They had an inspiring day and we are now looking forward to their plans for Catholic Caring leadership in our school community.
We will be celebrating our first School Mass at St. Patrick Church on November 16, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am. Parents and families are welcome to attend.
Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be on Friday November 10 beginning in the gym at 10:45 am. Parents are welcome to come and honour our veterans.
Students of the Month – September
The theme for September was Developing Friendships and Faith
JK/SK – Jaxon O and Serenity S
Gr. 1/2- Melia H and Peyton C
Gr. 2/3 – Alexia G
Gr. 3/4 – Joseph D
Gr. 4/5 – Sara K
Gr. 5/6 – Zaira S and Melina K
Gr. 7/8 Ariel B. and Isaiah M
Students of the Month – October
The theme for October was Empathy: Giving from the Heart
JK/SK – Logan R and Marshall R
Gr. 1/2- Starla A and Destiny C
Gr. 2/3 – Sharon L-R
Gr. 3/4 – Abby M.
Gr. 4/5 – Leigha L
Gr. 5/6 – Alena L and Ryder
Gr. 7/8 Vanessa L and Jason S.
St. Peter School Council
The St. Peter School Council met on Wednesday September 27, 2017. We spent some time looking at our School Improvement Plan and discussing some of the plans we have for our student achievement this year. We also looked at our EQAO results and shared some of our successes and areas for growth.
We discussed our finances and how our plans for our yard improvements are coming along. Since our meeting, our 20 trees have been planted in our yard, and we await our low play equipment to be installed.
Our fundraising activities for the year will be Pepperette sales in February as the major fundraiser for St. 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 holiday times.
Our Co – Chairs, Peter Polaski and Bree Almeida, will attend a Commissioning Ceremony on Tuesday Nov. 7 with all School Council Chairs in the WCDSB, along with principals, Superintendents, Trustees and the Director.
Another successful form of fundraising for our School Council activities is our volunteer times at Cambridge Bingo. 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.
Doing Mathematics with Your Child (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
Today, critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning ability and ability to communicate mathematically are essential skills. These processes are the foundation of mathematics instruction in Ontario schools. “Doing Mathematics with Your Child” is a guide available for parents of students in Kindergarten to Grade 6. This guide offers ways to engage their child in thinking and talking about mathematics around the four strands: number sense and numeration, measurement, patterning and algebra, and data management and probability.
Please use the link below to access the guide in English and 13 other languages:
The calendar is now displayed on the “Calendar” section of the St. Peter Website. https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/calendar/
Saint Peter Defenders
Our new mascot logo is done and we are grateful to artist Sarah Brenner for her work in researching and creating such a thoughtful image for our DEFENDER.
As you may know, our school community set out to re-brand our school so that we showed to our community who Saint Peter was, and what he did. This is what we got to know about Saint Peter:
- First Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church (Pope)
- Peter’s original name was Simon; Peter was the name given to him by Jesus
- Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square in Rome are named after him
- He is buried beneath the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, directly below the dome
- He was a fisherman
- Peter was the first to publicly preach about Jesus and what they did in Jerusalem
- He lived during Roman times
- He is mentioned a lot in the Bible
- He was a “defender” of Jesus and of the Roman Catholic Church
So, after consultation with students, staff and parents… and considering possible names that might apply to “who” Saint Peter was and “what” he did…we are now known as…
Saint Peter DEFENDERS
We will be having our mascot painted on our gym wall beginning this week and we will be posting our DEFENDER on various bulletin boards and communications.
Thank you to everyone for their input and hard work.