Monthly Archives: February 2020

Reminders for the Week at St. Clement

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Kindness~ “Kindness is choosing love over hate, light over darkness, compassion over judgement” ~ Random Acts of Kindness foundation

 

We are in need of a volunteer for our Nutrition For Learning Program. This position involves being responsible for the day-to-day operations and supervision of the Student Nutrition Program. Responsibilities include; creating menus, develop a program budget to monitor the cost of the menu items, placing a weekly food order, sorting the order in bins for each classroom. If you are considering this, kindly contact the office for more information. The estimated time commitment would be 5 – 10 hours a week.

 

The PALS student volunteers requested that the PALS program for primary students has been temporarily put on hold until the spring. This is due to the increased interest in playing in the snow in the winter time. PALS has been trained in some new games from some volunteer nursing students.

 

The primary students have been playing soccer over by the yellow gate and have offered to give their designated soccer field time to the junior and intermediate students. Therefore, the junior and intermediate students will have access to the fields at all three recesses. We will re-visit the schedule in the Spring to see if the Primary students are still satisfied with the area they play soccer in.

 

Action For Happiness (actionforhappiness.org) provides monthly calendars that are packed with actions that help to create a happier and kinder world. Teachers will be speaking to the actions in class and posting a calendar in their prayer center. Additionally, each day has been posted on our School Calendar (found on our web site) so that you can participate in the actions as a family as well. Mindful March is the theme for this month that includes daily actions to help you be more mindful and live in the moment.

 

2020-2021 Budget Survey: Please find below the link to the 2020-2021 budget survey.  The survey uses a tool called Thought Exchange to collect open ended thoughts/opinions on specific topics. There is also the ability to rate Thoughts of other participants. Participant names are not shown. This should take about 10 minutes or less to complete.  This tool also has Google Translate available should stakeholders require a different language option. There are 2 Thought Exchanges that you can participate in. You can choose to participate in one or both since they are not linked but are asking for feedback on 2 different questions. The survey will be open until March 27th, 2020.  The survey results will be made available after they have been presented to the Board’s Budget Advisory Committee.

  1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Please identify what you feel is the MOST important area for investment within the budget in order to achieve our priorities?
  1. Understanding that the Board priorities are intended to support Graduation rates, Well-Being and Faith Formation. Where do you think the Board could obtain savings or efficiencies?

 

The Board values input from stakeholders and your feedback helps ensure that budgets are aligned according to the Board, school and stakeholder needs. Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to the survey.

We are in need of Lego at the school. We would be so appreciative of any donations. You can drop them off at the main office.

Monday, March 2

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Get outside and notice five things that are beautiful
  • Girl’s Volleyball : Students vs St. Clement Staff (re-scheduled due to inclement weather that required the gym)

Tuesday, March 3

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Cultivate a feeling of loving-kindness towards others today
  • Umbrella Project Assembly: Kindness 1:15 PM – all are welcome
  • Boys Basketball Tournaments – Re-scheduled!Location: St. Clement CESSchedule: 3:45PM – KW Bilingual vs. St. Clement4:30PM – KW Bilingual vs. OLO Lourdes5:15PM – OLO Lourdes vs. St. Clement

Wednesday, March 4

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Start today by appreciating that you’re alive and have a body
  • Hot lunch day – Pita Pit/ Angies Roast Beef
  • Girls Volleyball Tournaments – Re-scheduled!Location: Our Lady of Grace CESSchedule: 4:00PM – OLO Lourdes vs. OLO Grace4:45PM – OLO Lourdes vs. St. Clement5:30PM – St. Clement vs. OLO Grace

Thursday, March 5

  • Potential OECTA strike day which would mean no school for students
  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Every hour simply take three calm breaths in and out
  • Spirit Wear Day!

 

Friday, March 6

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Eat mindfully. Appreciate the taste, texture and smell of your food.

 

 

 

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

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

*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.

REVISED Reminders for the Week

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Purpose~ “Clarify Your Purpose. What is the why behind everything you do? When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path is clear” ~ Jack Canfield

 

We are in need of a volunteer for our Nutrition For Learning Program. If you are considering this, kindly contact the office.

 

We are in need of Lego at the school. We would be so appreciative of any donations. You can drop them off at the main office.

 

 

Monday, February 24

  • Students are to attend school on Monday – OECTA strike has been cancelled


Tuesday, February 25

  • Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day Hot Lunch for students that purchased (please purchase before Sunday Feb. 23) – Friendly reminder for BYOF initiative from our ECO club- bring your own fork to reduce plastic cutlery – see below

Wednesday, February 26

  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy 10:30 AM -all are welcome
  • Pink Shirt Day – support peace
  • No hot lunch day (due to Pancake hot lunch on Tuesday)

Thursday, February 27

 

  • Spirit Wear Day!

 

Friday, February 28

 

Shrove Tuesday is soon approaching…Tuesday, February 25, 2020!

Just a friendly reminder to order pancakes by noon on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

The following message is from the ECO Team at St. Clement School…”Did you know that it takes 1000 years for plastic cutlery to break down?”Our Saints ECO club has asked that we make Shrove Tuesday as wasteless as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. They want to avoid using any plastic cutlery, because it is not recyclable.

In response to this, we have asked all students purchasing for Shrove Tuesday to bring their own fork for their pancakes (we are using compostable plates). For those who don’t bring one in, we’re asking students to use their hands and “rip and dip” their pancakes in the syrup on the side. Students can simply wash their hands after.

We are looking forward to Shrove Tuesday and are so proud of the initiatives from our ECO club which is in-line with our Catholic Teachings of being Stewards of the Earth!

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

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

 

 

*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.

 

Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26th

From its humble beginnings in 2007 in small-town Nova Scotia, Pink Shirt Day has spread across the globe as a way to take a stand against bullying and to show support for those who have been affected by it in schools, workplaces, homes, and online.  Last year alone, people in almost 180 countries shared their support of Pink Shirt Day through social media posts and donations. On February 26, 2020, we encourage everyone at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to practice kindness and wear pink to school or work to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. The focus for 2020 is “lift each other up.”

Looking forward to seeing everyone in their pink!

Reminders for the Upcoming Week at St. Clement:

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Purpose~ “Clarify Your Purpose. What is the why behind everything you do? When we know this in life or design it is very empowering and the path is clear” ~ Jack Canfield

 

We are in need of a volunteer for our Nutrition For Learning Program. If you are considering this, kindly contact the office.

 

We are in need of Lego at the school. We would be so appreciative of any donations. You can drop them off at the main office. Thank you to those who have already done so!

 

Monday, February 24

  • OECTA STRIKE DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Tuesday, February 25

  • Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day Hot Lunch for students that purchased (please purchase before noon on Sunday, Feb. 23) – Friendly reminder for BYOF initiative from our ECO club- bring your own fork to reduce plastic cutlery – see below

Wednesday, February 26

  • Ash Wednesday Liturgy 10:30 AM -all are welcome
  • No hot lunch day (due to Pancake hot lunch on Tuesday)
  • Pink Shirt Day

Thursday, February 27

 

  • Spirit Wear Day!

 

Friday, February 28

 

Shrove Tuesday is soon approaching…Tuesday, February 25, 2020!

Just a friendly reminder to order pancakes by noon on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

The following message is from the ECO Team at St. Clement School…”Did you know that it takes 1000 years for plastic cutlery to break down?”Our Saints ECO club has asked that we make Shrove Tuesday as wasteless as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. They want to avoid using any plastic cutlery, because it is not recyclable.

In response to this, we have asked all students purchasing for Shrove Tuesday to bring their own fork for their pancakes (we are using compostable plates). For those who don’t bring one in, we’re asking students to use their hands and “rip and dip” their pancakes in the syrup on the side. Students can simply wash their hands after.

We are looking forward to Shrove Tuesday and are so proud of the initiatives from our ECO club which is in-line with our Catholic Teachings of being Stewards of the Earth!

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

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

*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.

Shrove Tuesday (Feb. 25th)

Shrove Tuesday is soon approaching…Tuesday, February 25, 2020!

Just a friendly reminder to order pancakes by noon on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

The following message is from the ECO Team at St. Clement School…”Did you know that it takes 1000 years for plastic cutlery to break down?”Our Saints ECO club has asked that we make Shrove Tuesday as wasteless as possible to reduce our carbon footprint. They want to avoid using any plastic cutlery, because it is not recyclable.

In response to this, we have asked all students purchasing for Shrove Tuesday to bring their own fork for their pancakes (we are using compostable plates). For those who don’t bring one in, we’re asking students to use their hands and “rip and dip” their pancakes in the syrup on the side. Students can simply wash their hands after.

We are looking forward to Shrove Tuesday and are so proud of the initiatives from our ECO club which is in-line with our Catholic Teachings of being Stewards of the Earth!

 

All Waterloo Catholic District School Board Schools Closed on Monday, February 24, 2020.

In the absence of a provincially-negotiated collective agreement, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) has selected the Waterloo Catholic District School Board as one of the Ontario school boards included in a one day rotating strike on Monday, February 24, 2020.

As a result of this strike, all Waterloo Catholic District School Board elementary and secondary schools will be closed on February 24.

This one day strike is in addition to the province-wide one day OECTA strike already announced for Friday, February 21, 2020.

In addition to the closure of all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools on February 24, please note the following:

Some programs offered at the WCDSB’s St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres will be cancelled on February 24 —  they are:

  • Hairstyling will be closed
  • Culinary Arts will be closed
  • Secondary School Credit Day School will be closed
  • Correspondence services will be closed
  • Guidance services will be closed.

All other St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres programs will be running as per 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 job actions will remain in effect before and after February 24.

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

Revised Report Card Memo

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.

In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:

  • OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
  • Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
  • Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
  • OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.

You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives.  With that said, our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.

We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.

We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.

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