A Busy Week Ahead!

Hi Defender Families:

There are many exciting events listed below. Perhaps the most important, but maybe not the most flashy, is Ash Wednesday. It marks the beginning of our season of Lent. Sometimes it is difficult to remember all the details or perhaps this is your first time as a parent experiencing this with your child in a Catholic school. No matter where you are on your own spiritual journey, there is a 3 minute video that helps all of us understand what Lent is about. The colour of the Lenten season is purple, so we are asking our community to wear purple on Wednesday.

Check out the video in the link below!

Lent in 3 Minutes

Pancake Tuesday Reminders 

  • We are having pancakes as a community on Tuesday! Yummy! (Still need to provide a lunch for your child).
  • The Grade 8s will be cooking the pancakes for the school and they will be supervised by parent volunteers.
  • If your child has a dietary issue (gluten allergy), please let your classroom teacher know so that we can make sure we serve them food that will work for them.
  • BRING YOUR OWN PLATE & CUTLERY (Our Eco-Team wants to continue this environmentally friendly tradition)

Pancake Cutlery

Dance-A-Thon Update…

It was a great day and the pledges are still coming in. TOMORROW morning is the LAST chance to submit a pledge and get tickets for the draw. The draw will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday this week. We will let the community know the final result when all of the pledges have been received and counted. Thanks for your amazing support Saint Peter Families!

Pink Shirt Day on Thursday…

As a community we do our best to stand up to bullying and promote kindness. Pink Shirt Day is another opportunity to stand together as a community. An excerpt from the Pink Shirt Day website details the origin of the day below:

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids’ Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and 980 CKNW, was inspired to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs. Here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident:

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”

Registration is Ongoing! Tell your Friends!

~~ Parents can access the Online Registration form by clicking on the Register for School link on the WCDSB Homepage and then choosing either Kindergarten RegistrationElementary Registration or Secondary Registration. The link to Online Registration can be found on each page under the “Registration Options”

~~ Children born in 2016 are eligible for Year 1 Kindergarten (JK).

~~ Children born in 2015 are eligible for Year 2 Kindergarten (SK).

~~ 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.

~~ 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 policyOur secondary schools are open to students of all faiths.

~~ A complete list of WCDSB schools that will offer the Extended Day Program in 2020-21 will be web-posted in April, 2020. Please call your school directly for information about the Extended Day Program. A complete list of WCDSB schools currently providing the program is available via this link: Extended Day Program.

Monday, February 24th

  • Folk Dance Practice in the Gym At Lunch
  • Study Hall at Lunch
  • LAST CHANCE TO BRING IN YOUR DANCE-A-THON Pledges is tomorrow at 9AM!

Tuesday, February 25th

  • Pizza Day
  • Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday
    • Parents Please send your child with a reusable plate and cutlery so we can enjoy pancakes and be Eco-Friendly at the same time.
  • Study Hall at Lunch
  • Art Club with Mr. Harnack
  • Coding Club at Lunch Time with Mrs. Dellaway in the Library.
  • DANCE-A-THON Prize Draw in the afternoon.
  • First Communion Parent Meeting at 7PM at St. Patrick’s Parish. All parents of Grade 2 students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 26th 

  • Study Hall At Lunch
  • Maker Club at Lunch Time with Mrs. Dellaway in the library.
  • Choir Practice at Lunch with Mrs. MacMillan
  • Art Club with Mr. Harnack
  • ASH WEDNESDAY: The Beginning of Lent. Wear Purple to School!
  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy at 12:00 Noon. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, February 27th

  • Pink Shirt Day! Wear a pink shirt to celebrate our anti-bullying efforts as a community.
  • Study Hall at Lunch
  • Grade 8 Popcorn sales at Lunch ($1/bag, cash only, sold weekly on Thursdays)
  • Art Club with Mr. Harnack
  • Grade 7 Students participate in Swim to Survive.

Friday, February 28th

  • Autonomy Umbrella Assembly @ 12:15PM in the gym led by Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Kapron’s classes.

Looking Beyond This Week…

  • Lenten Prayer Gathering (March 4th @ 8:40 AM)
  • Lenten Prayer Gathering (March 11th @ 8:40 AM)
  • Lenten Reconciliation (Confession) at school (March 12th)
  • March Break (March 16th to 20th)
  • Lenten Prayer Gathering (March 25th @ 8:40 AM)
  • Grade 8 Grad, SK Photos, Sibling Photos and Retakes (March 26th)
  • Intrinsic Motivation Umbrella Assembly at 10AM Mrs. Petro’s Class Leading (March 30th)
  • Lenten Prayer Gathering (April 1st @ 8:40 AM)
  • Grade 2’s Visit Saint Patrick’s for Reconciliation Preparation @ 12:30PM (April 2nd)
  • P.A. Day (April 3rd)
  • Holy Thursday (April 9th)
  • Stations of the Cross at 2PM-Mrs. Robertson’s class leading (April 9th)
  • Good Friday (April 10th)
  • Easter Monday (April 13th)
  • First Reconciliation for Grade 2s @ 1PM (Saturday, April 18th)
  • Grade 7 Immunizations (April 27th)
  • Integrity Umbrella Assembly at 2PM Mrs. Faria and Mr. Gallipeau’s classes leading (April 27th)
  • Folk Dance Festival on a MONDAY at 7PM at the Preston Arena (May 4th)
  • Star Wars Theme Day (May 4th) “May the 4th Be With You”
  • Crowning of Mary Liturgy at 8:45AM-Mr. Smart’s Class Leading (May 7th)
  • Safety Drill Week (May 11th to 15th)
  • Victoria Day (May 18th)
  • Mastery/Hope Umbrella Assembly Led by Mr. Harnack’s and Mrs. Schell’s classes @ 10:45AM (May 25th)
  • First Communion Rehearsal/Retreat for Grade 2s at 10AM (May 28th)
  • P.A. Day (May 29th)
  • First Communion at 10AM (May 30th)
  • Regional Track and Field (June 9th)
  • Saint Peter French Immersion Open House @ 3:30PM (June 16th)
  • Saint Peter’s Feast Day/Year End Closing Mass at Saint Patrick’s led by Mrs. LeDrew and Mrs. MacMillan’s classes at 10AM (June 18th)
  • Talent Show at 12:15PM in Gymnasium (June 23rd)
  • Graduation (June 25th)
  • Closing Assembly (June 26th)
  • Last Day of School (June 26th)