October Newsletter 2018

Important Dates for October

October 2 – Confirmation Parent Meeting – 7:00pm at St. Patrick Church

October 5 – World Teacher Day

October 8 – Happy Thanksgiving – No School

October 11 – School Picture Day

October 24 – Grade 4 Bible Celebration – Parents Welcome

October 26 – PA Day – No school

October 31 – Halloween – Costumes are OK but no weapons, masks, scary makeup or face disguising makeup

 

Medication at School

If you will require your child to receive ANY form of medication, either over the counter (Tylenol, cough medicine), or prescription, the school is required to have on file, your signed consent. Please contact the office, our board website or your child’s teacher if you require an

“Administration of Oral Medication” Form for your child (ren). We are not able to accept a verbal request to administer any form of medication.

Safe Arrival Program

If your child is going to be absent from school please phone the school voice mail (519-621-5211) and leave your name, your child’s name, the teacher’s name, and the reason for absence. If we are not informed, we will call home to ensure each child’s safety. If we are unable to contact you, police may be called. Please advise the office of all your phone numbers and emergency contact numbers so we can quickly and easily contact you. If your numbers change, please let the office know as soon as possible.

All students are expected to be punctual and to adhere to school hours. We begin our day at 8:30 am and attendance is taken each morning and each afternoon at 12:15 (lunch ends).  Students who must arrive late will report to the office and their time and reason for being late will be recorded and a late slip will be given. Persistent tardiness and absences may result in further actions perhaps involving parents/guardians and/or a school board attendance counselor intervention.

Online Connections

If you visit our school website https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/, you can register your home email address and our monthly school newsletters, along with Cash Online and other notes and reminders throughout the year. They will automatically and conveniently be sent to your home email!

Lunch Time Procedures

All students lunch forms have all been returned by now. For students staying for lunch, all expectations were outlined on the form.  If your son/daughter plans to leave the school for lunch, the school needs to be notified of this, with a signed and dated note in writing, or if a parent is taking their child out for lunch a parent needs to sign the student out at the office.

Please write your child’s teacher a note in your child’s agenda indicating that they will not be at school for lunch.  If your child does not have written permission to leave the school for lunch they will remain at school and your child will either contact you to provide a lunch or be offered food from the Nutrition for Learning bins.

If a student is eating lunch outside of school, they are asked not to bring food back to the school, nor purchase food for other students. We do not want food on the school yard. Outside lunch guidelines are clearly explained in the student agenda.

Please note that the school does not assume responsibility for children who go out for lunch. 

 

Nut/Peanut/Scent Aware School Environment 

We have several students and staff attending St. Peter School with a severe allergy that can cause an anaphylactic reaction. An anaphylactic reaction is an allergic reaction so severe that it can cause death. These children have a severe allergy to Peanuts /Nut Products We also have children/staff with sensitivity to scents.  Since these children can react to trace amounts, inhaling or ingesting even minute amounts can trigger a life-threatening reaction. Emergency treatment involves immediate drug injection and an immediate trip to the hospital.

These children with this allergy are showing admirable restraint and maturity in dealing with their problem. They are taught not to share any food because of a possible reaction. All of us need to do what we can to provide these children with a safe learning environment. Although this may or may not affect your child’s class directly, we respectfully ask that you not to send food products to school that contain or may contain peanuts, peanut butter or nut products, remembering to check ingredients carefully.  Your understanding is sincerely appreciated.

 

Saturday Skill Builders

Grade 7 & 8 students receive FREE non-credit literacy and numeracy support to develop problem solving, mathematics and literacy skills, study and organizational skills, confidence and friendship building to succeed in Gr.7 and 8 and ease their transition to Secondary School.

Taught by Ontario Certified Teachers with support from school board consultants. Students from Public & Catholic education systems welcomed.

Locations:  

St. David CSS, St. Mary’s High School, St. Benedict CSS, Monsignor Doyle CSS

Dates: 

October 13, 2017- April 27,

Every Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (regular attendance optional, but strongly encouraged)

 Online Registration:  Sept 4, 2018 – April 1, 2018

 

Athletics and Events

Congratulations to the Junior Co-Ed Soccer Team who played recently in the Family of Schools tournament. They represented our school admirably.

We sent a Girls team to the Intermediate 3 Pitch tournament and the coach reported that the students showed great sportspersonship and baseball skills.

Thank you to the coaches Mr. Harnack, and Ms. Harrington for their time and talents.

Team tryouts for Intermediate Boys Volleyball and Intermediate Girls Basketball will be starting in October. There will be a one day tournament next month.

Plans are underway for Spirit Assemblies and EXTRA-Mural activities.  We will be having a school assembly soon to discuss the activities with all the students in the school.

Hallowe’en will be celebrated at school on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Please remember that the goal of the day is to have fun and celebrate Hallowe’en. With that in mind, students are asked not to wear a costume with a weapon, a mask, or use disguising or scary make-up.

Canadian Food for Children has asked us to offer to collect any extra Halloween candy that your children may have. There will be containers around the school after Halloween where students and families can deposit any candy that they would like to donate.

Catholic, Caring Community

The Thanksgiving Food Drive was held last week and the food will be sent to St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.

Our Grade 4 class will be having their Bible Ceremony on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 10:30am. Parents of students in Grade 4 are welcome to attend.

Grade 7 parents of students who are being Confirmed are asked to attend the meeting on Wednesday Oct. 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick Church.

Ten students and teachers from of our school community attended WE Day in Toronto on Thursday Sept. 20, 2018. Even though the bus had to be met at 5:45 am, they had an amazing day! We look forward to this group implementing some of the good works initiated there.

Healthy Schools

St. Peter School will once again offer the Nutrition for Learning Snack Program. Students will have healthy snacks available to them every day at school. Snacks are delivered to classes first thing every morning and students are encouraged to choose these snacks as a healthy alternative to some of the less healthy foods.

Families are encouraged to pack a healthy lunch for our students as well. We will continue to encourage eating fruits and vegetables, and we look forward to another February of Freggie Fridays.

School Council

Thank you to all parents who attended our first School Council Meeting on Wednesday September 26, 2018. We were pleased to appoint Bree Almeida to the position Chair. We look forward to her experience and fresh outlook.

We reviewed finances, our EQAO results and discussed items that were purchased last year with money raised through the Pepperette Sales, the sale of pizza, and the shares we receive from OLG for our volunteer work at the Cambridge Bingo Centre. We will be making plans for fund raising and spending this year again.   If anyone is interested in becoming a Bingo volunteer, there is a short training workshop that needs to be completed so please send an e-mail or call the school for details.

We look forward to another great School Council year.

School Council Agenda and Meeting notes are displayed in the “School Council” section of the St. Peter Website. https://stpeter.wcdsb.ca/school-council/

 

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:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentGuideNum.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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