Monthly Archives: January 2020

Reminders for the Upcoming Week at St. Clement

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Authenticity ~ “ Authenticity requires vulnerability, transparency and integrity.” ~ Janet Louise Stephenson

Monday, January 20

Tuesday, January 21

ALL WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. – As per previous Newswire on January 14thWCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Note: For continuous labour updates, please visit the WCDSB website at this link:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Wednesday, January 22

  • Hot Lunch: Lunch Lady

Thursday, January 23

  • Spirit Wear Day!

 

Friday, January 24

  • Professional Activity Day – no school for students

 

*Did you know that our school has a lunch program? Full menu and delivery dates can be found online at www.lunchboxorders.com. Ordering deadline is Sunday at Noon for the following week.

 

* 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.

Kindergarten Registration Night for New Students Beginning September 2020

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM – This will be the only day that the office will be available to complete registration after School/work hours. We are also available during school/work hours throughout the school year.

Non-Catholic Students:

If your child is not baptized and both parents are non-Catholic, please come to the school to fill out a form to submit to the office who will be in contact with you to set up an interview time in the Spring. Do not complete the online registration form referred to below.

Catholic students:

Kindly visit our web site for on-line registration. Once the application is submitted the office will be notified and will be in contact with you to set up a registration appointment. Please be regularly checking your emails/voicemails. When you come in for your registration appointment, you are required to bring a baptismal certificate (students and/or parents), proof of address, and the student’s birth certificate.

Other information that you will need to know…

Parents are encouraged to arrange a visit to a family physician for hearing and vision screening prior to the child’s entry to school.

The immunization schools pupils act from 1982 states that the Region of Waterloo Public Health must have a record of your child’s immunization in order to attend a school in Ontario. School immunization reporting will now occur online at  https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/public-health-and-emergency-services.aspx . If you choose not to list immunization for your child, you must contact the Region of Waterloo Public Health at 519-575-4400 X50003 for exemption information.

If your child is already enrolled at St. Clement from the previous year, this does not apply to you.

Kindly call the school for further information.

Important Update re: WCDSB Extended Day Programs on January 21

Important Update: On January 21, 2020 all WCDSB extended day programs will be OPEN for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

A previous communication indicated extended day programs would not operate that day.

An updated version of that earlier message is provided below.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be open for the day as usual (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for students currently registered in the program.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Change of Date notice

Picture day for Sibling Pictures and Grade 8 Graduation was scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st has been changed to January 30th.

WCDSB Schools Closed on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has announced that all of its members will be engaging in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21. This decision affects all Catholic district school boards in Ontario.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on January 21.

Additionally, all WCDSB extended day programs will also close for the day.

Secondary school credit courses offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campuses will be cancelled on January 21, but all other St. Louis programs will be open and running on their normal schedules.

Community use of schools activities will continue as scheduled.

OECTA’s previously announced administrative job actions will remain in effect before and after January 21.

As before, we remain hopeful the two sides will return to the bargaining table quickly and will come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Yard Safety / Parking lot

With the recent extreme weather, the yard (grassy area) of St. Clement School continues to be a safety issue. The standing water from the rains has now frozen over and the yard is unsafe for students to play on.  The area that we would normally use for outdoor recesses, when the yard is inaccessible, is consumed by our elevator renovations. Therefore, in order to avoid indoor recesses, we are going to block off the back half of the parking lot for students to use when the yard is unsafe and until we are able to use the area blocked off by the renovations.  We thank the parish and Father Koziak for his support with this. Please support the safety of our students. Do not drive into the parking lot and be respectful of the church by preserving the front half of the parking lot for the parishioners. If you do need to pick your child up at school, kindly continue to use the side streets to park (obey all street signs). Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during our renovations.

Reminders for the Upcoming Week at St. Clement

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Authenticity ~ “ Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make up every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ~ Irene Brown

Monday, January 13th
Tuesday, January 14th

  • 10:55 – Umbrella Project Assembly
  • CSAC –Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting: 6:30 PM

Wednesday, January 15th

  • Hot Lunch: Pita Pit / Angies Kitchen – Turkey

Thursday, January 16th

  •  Spirit Wear Day!

 Friday, January 17th

 

*Did you know that our school has a lunch program? Full menu and delivery dates can be found online at www.lunchboxorders.com. Ordering deadline is Sunday at Noon for the following week.

* 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.

Potential Withdrawl of Services by OECTA on Monday

As part of the ongoing central bargaining process involving the Ontario government and education workers across the province, the association representing our teachers – the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) – has indicated that if a collective agreement isn’t reached today or over the weekend, that starting Monday, January 13, 2020 teachers will no longer be performing a variety of administrative duties.
A list of specific duties being withdrawn can be found at:

 

http://www.catholicteachers.ca/OECTA/media/pdfs/News/2020/jan/NR_2019-018.pdf

This withdrawal of services will not impact the safety of our school and, with the exception of preparation for EQAO testing, direct services provided to our students will be unaffected.

 

Co-curricular activities (clubs, field trips, special events, etc.) will not be impacted by this withdrawal of services at this time.

 

We do remain hopeful the two sides can come to a fair and respectful agreement that serves the best interests of our students.

Umbrella Project : January Parent Newsletter: Theme: Authenticity

PARENT NEWSLETTER-AUTHENTICITY!
We are excited to kick off this month with a new skill that will help your children feel good about
who they are, boost their confidence and stand up for their beliefs. That skill is authenticity!
How will authenticity help my child?
Authenticity is the ability to be our genuine selves, staying true to our values and beliefs even
under pressure, while still adapting to the world around us. Authenticity comes from having
actions that match the words we say and not trying to be someone else to impress others. It’s very
difficult to feel unconditionally loved and accepted without this critical skill.
Research shows that authenticity helps kids stand up for what they think is right, which reduces
bullying and social stress. As parents, we can do a lot this year to work against the concerning
trends in childhood mental health just by helping kids embrace and feel confident in their true
selves.
With increased authenticity also comes increased self-confidence and trustworthiness,
characteristics that will help your children create strong and lasting friendships which we know to
be critical to their long-term wellbeing.
AUTHENTICITY TIP #1
Tap into your curiosity
We all want our children to be happy. In fact, we often want this so much that our own parent
anxiety about their happiness takes over and leads us to push our kids into achievement in areas
they may not care about. This pattern is usually done with the childs’ best interests at heart but
often leads to increased anxiety and a loss of that childs’ true passions and interest.
Start the new year by slowing down and listening to your child with the purpose of understanding
what it is like to be them. Look out for their strengths and interests and really check that you
know them on an authentic level. Notice what games they are drawn to, what subjects catch their
interest, where they invest their free time. Kids naturally want to please their parents, friends, and
teachers and it’s easy for them to lose a sense of what they really care about in exchange for all of
this pleasing.
Try to avoid having your child build their persona around what others want them to be and
instead, help them feel good about who they are.
AUTHENTICITY TIP #2
Help your child shape their authentic self
Your child is crafting the story of their identity – listen closely. As children become more aware of
themselves and their position in the world, they start to crave something we all want, a sense of
unconditional belonging. Each experience a child has builds on their sense of identity, and they
slowly start to develop the story of who they are. Who we are is, in fact, a story that is pretty open
to interpretation. Some of the most formative experiences in our story are the ones that made us
feel accepted or on the other side, isolated.
As your child’s story emerges, start to look for conditions of worth. Conditions of worth are the
things that we feel will give us value to others. These can range from being pretty, smart, funny,
strong, to never getting upset, never losing etc. While these aren’t bad qualities, we don’t want our
children’s self-esteem to be tied to these, creating anxiety every time they can’t fully meet the
expectation. This can cause a mix up in their authentic story and starts to create a social mask that
they need to put on to feel accepted. Ever wonder why your funny friend doesn’t seem to know
when to turn it off? It’s likely that they have created a condition of worth around being funny.
Unfortunately, what this mask actually does is prevents them from ever feeling unconditionally
accepted.
When you recognize these conditions of worth in your child, counter this message with two key
parenting strategies:
1. Unconditional love and respect (harder than it sounds)
While most parents can say that they love their children unconditionally, it is not the message we
give but the message they receive that is most important. To learn more about this, read this blog
post:

To streamline the message you are trying to give with what they are actually receiving, try not to
tie good behaviour with love and connection and bad behaviour with anger. This subtly tells kids
that your affection does, in fact, have conditions and that they are less lovable when they aren’t
doing what you want them to. Instead, try to keep anger out of discipline and love out of praise.
Avoid phrases like “I love you…you’re so kind” when your child is doing well at their condition of
worth. Praise them without tying it back to your love for them. When discipline is necessary, try
to zoom in a little and see the feeling – sadness, anger, jealousy, frustration. It will help you keep
your cool and not bring anger into the equation. Remember their feelings are normal and
suppressing them with anger doesn’t make that feeling go away, but it can lead to a child who has
trouble sharing their true feelings.
2. Parent in the grey zone
Help your kids find the normal exceptions to their conditions of worth in the grey zone. The more
black and white our view of the world is, the easier it is to get caught up in our conditions of
worth. In the black and white world we are either one way or another – smart or not, kind or not,
funny or not (read more in our Growth Mindset blog series). We can’t be any of these things all
the time and this is a clear set up for never feeling comfortable with your imperfections. This is
especially true if, each time you fail at one of your conditions, you feel less loved or accepted. The
permission to be imperfect and human-like everyone else is a great way to alleviate anxiety and
the Grey Zone is where this permission lives.
It’s almost impossible to live an authentic life if you can’t take ownership for your mistakes;
however, ownership can be difficult for children. In fact, many of the adults I know struggle with
this skill too.
AUTHENTICITY TIP #3
Is there a grain of truth?
Let’s face it – it often feels easier to shift the blame to someone or something else, rather than
looking inside and owning up to our mistakes. In reality, the situations we find ourselves in are
much more complex than that. There is often more than one factor involved in our
mistakes/conflicts and almost always, some piece of it that we can accept responsibility for. The
ability to do this is big part of healthy relationship-building for your child.
The next time your child is facing a conflict, ask them if they can pick out a grain of truth in the
situation: something little that they can take ownership and responsibility for. This can be
especially effective for sibling conflicts, as well as peer and parent relationships.
This strategy will help them start with small, manageable things and eventually to owning bigger
pieces of their mistakes. The strategy shows your child the relief that comes with ownership and
telling the truth.
Does your child often get upset at the suggestion that they may have something to do with the
conflict they find themselves in? Working towards owning up to mistakes is a great way to build
their authenticity, help them learn from those mistakes and prevent them from having to carry the
burden of that mistake long-term.
This can be a difficult skill for some to nurture, so make honesty the easiest option for your child
by praising them every time they are able to find their piece of responsibility in the situation.
AUTHENTICITY TIP #4
Stop focusing on perfection
Remind your child often, and in as many ways as you can, that the goal of life isn’t development to
perfection.
This important conversation builds almost every skill in your child’s umbrella, and authenticity is
no exception. We dove into this in November when we discussed growth mindset and it’s worth a
mention again as we work towards developing a child who feels comfortable being themselves.
We are all climbing a mountain in life that doesn’t have a top and when we imagine that there is a
summit to climb, it can lead to a life of struggle trying to get somewhere that doesn’t exist. Striving
for perfection can create a set of unattainable standards and this often leads to covering up
imperfections with a false exterior instead of being comfortable with who we are as humans,
imperfections and all.
Start by normalizing life’s challenges for kids: relationships have bumps, sometimes we do poorly
on tests, get injured and have tough days. When your child truly believes that these things are a
difficult (but normal) part of life that everyone experiences, their authentic selves will have a
chance to shine. Set goals for small incremental improvements instead of trying to get as close as
possible to perfection.
Parents of high achieving kids take note: these are the kids I’m seeing most in my practice for
anxiety. Remember that just because your child can achieve at a level of excellence now doesn’t
mean they won’t face challenges down the road. As these kids hit harder and harder challenges
they will often sacrifice all other aspects of their wellbeing to continue to achieve success
including sleep, friendships and relationships with their loved ones. We know that these are
critical to wellbeing and their absence takes a toll.
Make sure your children really understand that they don’t need to maintain a high level of success
at all times for love, acceptance or self-esteem. This false belief can become deeply ingrained in
their minds and cause a lot of anxiety when they can’t hit a desired target; so teach self-acceptance
now, in advance of these challenges.
Mistakes are an important part of learning and the fear of making mistakes might just be what is
holding your child back from being their true selves.
See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building
authenticity: https://umbrellaproject.co/category/authenticity/
Health and happiness,
Dr. Jen Forristal
Founder of the Umbrella Project
drjen@umbrellaproject.co

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