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February 25, 2015
Letter to the Dufferin-Peel Community on the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
The Ministry of Education released its updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines on Monday, February 23. Our preliminary analysis would indicate that the document is a significant update of the curriculum. Working with the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), we will meet the expectations of the Ministry, within our Catholic faith context, in delivering the curriculum to our students.
It is important for parents and guardians to know that, as a publicly funded Catholic board, we teach ALL curriculum through our faith lens. Human development and sexual health is no exception. As Catholics, we understand that parents and guardians are the primary educators of their children and that your role in the teaching of family life issues is pivotal and vital. In our education system, we support this vision through our Fully Alive program. In fact, the vast majority of the revised curriculum is already covered within the Fully Alive program.
For over 35 years, Catholic schools have been teaching a family life program, which covers human development and sexual health. Under the guidance of the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, the Fully Alive program was written to provide a distinct Catholic framework for family life education, which is closely tied to our Religious Education program and embedded across multiple curriculum areas.
All curriculum, including the Health and Physical Education curriculum, is written using specific expectations, so that parents, students and teachers have a clear indication of what is expected of students by the time they finish learning the material at each grade level. Curriculum documents also provide teachers with possible suggestions and examples to illustrate the intended learning. These are NOT mandatory. Teachers support student learning through materials appropriate within the context of a Catholic classroom.
As we do with all curriculum, we will teach the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum through a Catholic lens. Now that the curriculum has been released, the Catholic education community will work to develop resources that support our Catholic teachers and ensure that the curriculum delivered in our classrooms is consistent with our Catholic teachings. The content related to family life will be taught in our Fully Alive program, which provides its own set of prompts and examples. Be assured, also, that, we will continue to offer a rich, holistic curriculum, which provides a context for healthy sexuality that is shaped by a Catholic worldview.
John B. Kostoff Mario Pascucci
Director of Education Chair
Thursday February 5, 2015, St Peter's celebrated
NATIONAL SWEATER DAY
Students and staff are to wear warm sweaters to school.
This is a gentle reminder to parents to complete and return the Emergency Contact form in the event of an early release due to weather.
During the winter months inclement weather may cause disruption of bus transportation and regular school operations. A decision to cancel school transportation and/or to close schools is usually made by 6:00 a.m. and will be announced on the following radio and television stations:
VIRGIN RADIOFM99.9 CHUM AM1050
CFTR AM680 CFNY FM102.1
CJCL AM590 CHFI FM98.1
CFRB AM1010 EZ ROCK FM97.3CJBC AM860 FM Z103.5
FM93.1 FM Q107 CHIN FM100.7 AM1540 CBC99.1 CITYPULSE
GLOBAL NEWS CTV
We will be communicating one of four standard messages to the radio stations. The four announcements and their effect on the transportation system are as follows: (Please note that the highlighted text only will be communicated by the radio stations).
1. “DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES SERVING ST. ANDREW, ST. BENEDICT AND ST. PETER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND R.F. HALL SECONDARY SCHOOL ARE CANCELLED FOR TODAY.”
2. “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES IN THE TOWN OF CALEDON AND THE COUNTY OF DUFFERIN ARE CANCELLED”.
This means that all runs listed under announcement #l PLUS the following are cancelled.
- All schools in the Town of Caledon and all school runs that begin in the Town of Caledon.
- Individual schools will be notified if this cancellation affects their school.
3. “THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD BUSES ARE CANCELLED.” This means that:
ALL Transportation services provided by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and The Peel District School Board, including buses, vans and taxis have been cancelled for the entire day.
Visit our website: www.dpcdsb.org/stpeter
4. “THE SCHOOLS AND OFFICES OF BOTH THE DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE PEEL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ARE CLOSED.”
This means that:
ALL Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and Peel District School Board schools and offices are closed to all students and staff.
Bus information can be found at the following site:
SNOWBALLS/ SNOW FORTS
Now that the snow has arrived, it is of importance to remind students that St. Peter has a strict rule of forbidding the throwing of snowballs. Every student has been made aware of the importance of this rule in the preventing of injury to others. A snowball that hits another student and causes injury can be seen as a weapon. Students have been informed about the consequences for throwing snowballs and that ignoring this rule will result in consequences. We have also had issues with students building snow forts. Many students have gotten into various arguments and fights over who owns which snow fort and who is allowed into it. Students are well aware of the Snow Fort Code of Ethics. Those failing to follow the simple rules will be given consequences for their actions. We have been sharing the following over morning announcements:
S- snow stays on the ground
NO- no standing, sitting, sliding down hills
W- winter wonder: building, snow angels, snowmen, snow forts!
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year, will be held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary schools on January 26* from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and January 28, 29, 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. *A snow date has been designated on January 27 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
For more information, parents/guardians should contact their school, visit the board website at www.dpcdsb.org or call the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board at 905-890-1221
November 17, 2014
Student-produced posters and minute of silence featured as part of
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Dufferin-Peel Catholic Schools
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario schools runs from November 16-22 and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board and its 149 schools have planned a wide range of events, activities and actions to highlight greater awareness of and promote a culture of care, respect and inclusion for all through efforts to eliminate bullying.
As part of Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, a wide range of board-level initiatives and school events and activities are taking place. These include:
- Minute of Silence: On Monday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m., all Dufferin-Peel Catholic students and staff will join together in one minute of silence in recognition of all victims of bullying, including bystanders.
- Poster Campaign: A series of posters created by Dufferin-Peel students are being distributed to all schools. Each poster incorporates the header, “Stand Up Against Bullying”, as well the scripture verse, "We are God’s work of art" (Ephesians 2:10). The posters can be viewed on the board website at www.dpcdsb.org.
- Online Reporting Tool Project: The board began a pilot project with secondary and select elementary schools last year. The online reporting tool has proven useful and is intended for Dufferin-peel students to report bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. By March 2015, we will roll out the tool board-wide.
- Bullying Prevention and Awareness Faith Resource Package: A resource package containing prayers, announcements and a liturgy has been distributed to our Dufferin-Peel schools. This will aid in increasing bullying awareness with a focus on creating a Catholic community of culture and caring.
St Peter School has several activities planned to bring awareness to all students and staff.
August 29, 2014
Welcome to an exciting new school year! It seems just like yesterday when we were wishing all our students a wonderful and safe summer. Where did the weeks go?
We extend a warm welcome to any new families to our St. Peter School community. This is a wonderful school to be part of! To the returning students and families, hello and welcome back!
School starts at 8:55 am on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. If there is NO RAIN, we will ask that all students gather at the back of the school on the pavement. Please wait in the following areas:
KINDERGARTEN (SK) STUDENTS - gather in the Kindergarten yard
PRIMARY STUDENTS (Grades 1 to 3) - wait on pavement near Primary Exit doors
JUNIOR and INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS (Grades 4-8) - wait on pavement near J/I Exit doors
If RAIN DAY – all students Kindergarten to grade 8 will meet in the gym.
When the bell rings we ask that students wait quietly and await teachers to call out names. Once your child’s name is called, he/she will stand in front of their teacher. We will continue this process until ALL students have been called.
Students who do not have their names on the lists will be directed to the office where they will be assisted and then directed to their appropriate classroom.
Parents/Guardians – we ask that you stand back as names are being called. When your child’s class is ready to come in they will wave to you. No parent/guardian are to walk their child to their classroom unless otherwise directed by the office.
ALL students will be at school the FULL day on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
End of Day
Please enjoy this long weekend with your families.
Online Reporting Tool
Students can now report any negative incidents that affect their well-being and/or the well-being of our school community by using our new Online Reporting Tool. The incident may be one that either you have witnessed or experienced yourself. If you have any questions, please be sure to talk to an adult you trust or contact the school office at 519-941-2741.
At St. Peter, students have an option to report Bullying Incidents directly to the Principal. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY the message below and then click on the ONLINE REPORTING TOOL LINK if you wish to report an incident to the Principal.
ONLINE REPORTING TOOL
WE ARE CALLED BY GOD
Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart.
The Online Reporting Tool: Promoting a Positive School Climate is intended for students who become aware of bullying incidents and negative behaviours impacting the school community. It is designed to provide information that will help promote a positive school climate. If you have any questions about this tool too, please contact the Principal.
WHAT IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY?
If this is an emergency, please call 911.This form is intended for non-emergencies.
WHAT IF IT'S A CRIMINAL MATTER?
If you are posting to report a crime and/or reporting on a criminal matter, please contact your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
WHAT IF I JUST NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE?
If you need to speak to a counsellor immediately, you may choose to contact the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or Kidshelpphone.ca.
WHAT OTHER STEPS CAN I TAKE?
Before completing this form, please discuss the incident with your family (parent/guardian). You can also talk to an adult at school that you feel you can trust. For example, this could be:
- a favourite Teacher - Child and Youth Worker or Social Worker - Chaplaincy Leader - school Principal - Neighbourhood Police Officer
IS THIS CONFIDENTIAL?
When you fill out this form,you are NOT REQUIRED to provide your name or any other identifiable information anywhere. If the information provided is anonymous, it may be dealt with in a general way as there is no means to respond specifically when there is limited information provided. DEPENDING ON THE KIND OF INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE, you may be identifiable.
In some cases, if you are identifiable based on the information provided, the school Principal/Vice-Principal may approach you to provide a little more information on a confidential basis. If you choose to identify yourself as part of the reporting process, the Principal/Vice-Principal may follow up with you directly.
WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO MAKE FALSE REPORTS?
When we are called to seek The Good, it means that we are called to be kind. We are not called to hurt or to harm others - nor are we called to lie. In the event that an untrue or malicious statement about someone or something is reported, please know that it will be subject to possible discipline according to the Catholic Code of Conduct.
WILL PRINCIPALS KEEP THESE FORMS?
Yes. All reports filed will be securely stored by the school Principal and will be kept on file for one year.
"Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing": 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Annual Kindergarten Ride Event - August 26 at 9 a.m.
Presented by Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation
St. Peter is an allergent aware school.
Please read the following anaphylaxis information.
We will be accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year up to and including June 27, 2014. The school office will be open from August 25, 2014 and we will accept new registrations at that time. For further information regarding student registration, please access the link: