Monthly Archives: September 2019

Reminders for the Upcoming Week at St. Clement:

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Empathy.

Learn about your child’s unique coping strengths and weaknesses, and uncover parenting best practices and tips to help your family choose well-being, even on the rainy days. For more information and to download your free Umbrella Parenting Book follow this link: https://umbrellaproject.co/for-parents/

Catholic School Advisory Council:

Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC) (previously referred to as ‘School Council’)
All parents/guardians of our students are welcome to attend Catholic School Advisory Council meetings.
This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the future direction of the school and/or participate in the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. Our first meeting is October 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Clement Library.
Future meeting dates will be set during this first meeting and will be posted on the school calendar.
If you wish to be a member of the 2019-2020 school council, please come out to our first meeting.

 

Spirit Wear

St.Clement School Spirit Wear will be available to order on Cash-On-Line by the end of the day today. The last day to order will be Friday Oct. 4th. Many thanks for your patience.

Monday, September 30

  • Orange Shirt Day – held annually on September 30 — is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ storyof having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools are proud to mark Orange Shirt Day on Monday, September 30th, and honoured to stand in solidarity with all residential school survivors and their families, as together we seek justice, reconciliation and true partnership with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

 

Tuesday, October 1

  • 9 AM – Umbrella Project School Wide Assembly: EMPATHY
  • 6:30 CSAC (Catholic School Advisory Council) meeting – all are welcome

Wednesday, Oct 2

  • Hot Lunch: Pita Pit / Angies Roast Beef
  • Clement Picture Day with Lifetouch

Thursday, Oct. 3

  • Spirit Wear Thursday!

Friday, Oct. 4

*Please visit our website at https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/  and  “View Calendar Highlights” for more information about these and any upcoming events.

Follow us on Twitter @stclementsaints to view the wonderful happenings at our school!

Important Message re Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

Important Message for Friday Sept. 27th

As you may know with the recent media coverage about the actions of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, there has been much activity in relation to Climate Change in the past week. Greta travelled across the ocean from Sweden in a low emissions boat, organizing rallies in the U.S. (and spoke in NYC specifically) and yesterday addressed the United Nations Assembly. She has encouraged young and old to realize that Climate Change is the issue of our time and now is the time for action. Youth around the world have responded positively to her invitation to walk from class on Friday Sept. 27th.

To be proactive, and to appreciate that our students may wish to show their support for this cause, St. Clement School, students are being engaged in challenges with the Eco Club and the Social Justice Committee. In class, they are being encouraged to complete a poster for the poster making contest and we will have a whole school picture to Tweet out to show our solidarity for being people “who transform God’s world” so that students’ voices are heard.
We have not- to the best of my knowledge-been inundated with notices about the protests/walking out. It is our hope that the students of St. Clement School will feel that their voices are being heard through the activities provided in the classrooms. Please be aware, if your child chooses to leave, once they leave they will no longer be under the supervision of the school staff and they will be marked absent. While we encourage students have a voice, we do not encourage nor endorse a walkout.

I ask that you please speak to your child with the understanding that they will have a voice through the poster- making and embrace the power of social media – together and with it our voices are stronger.

Reminder – Terry Fox Run – Tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon, our school is proud to take part in this year’s Terry Fox Run for cancer research.

Terry never gave up- and neither will we.

We hope you will support us by donating.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Martin’s Apple farm who donated some of our apples that we are providing to students, following the run.

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Parent Retreat Cancelled

… Sent on behalf of the WCDSB Faith Formation Council

 

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates below will be cancelled until further notice:

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

 

Thank you for your understanding.

Picture Day on Wednesday

Wednesday September 25th, 2019.   More order forms are in the office.

Feel free to order your child’s school pictures online at:  mylifetouch.ca  cut and paste this link into your browser.  Be sure to use your Picture Day ID  QX109230Q0, or fill out the order form that was sent home; enclose the EXACT payment , and return to school with your child.  Money order or Cheques can be made payable to “Lifetouch Canada”.  Photographer will not make change.

Important: Start Up Forms

There were initial problems with access to the  Start Up forms/documents on Cash-OnLine. The problems have been rectified and they are now available for all families to complete. Kindly ensure that all forms are completed as soon as possible. They will be available on-line until September 30th at 11:59 PM.

Thank you for your continued patience.

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