Monthly Archives: March 2020

Tentative Collective Agreement Reached – OECTA

Tentative Collective Agreement Reached – OECTA

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) and the Government of Ontario reached a tentative collective agreement. As a result, OECTA has suspended all strike activity pending ratification of the agreement.

 

OECTA members across the province will participate in ratification votes on Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

 

Lost and Found Items

Parents these are the items currently in our lost and found looking for their owners. If you recognize any please have your child pick them up by Friday, March 13, 2020. Anything left over at the end of the day will be donated!

Important WCDSB Notices

1. Annual Enforcement of the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA)

ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS — Region of Waterloo Public Health is postponing ISPA enforcement due to their need to direct resources to the COVID-19 situation. The attached file 2020_Memo_to_boards_and principals_re_ISPA explains the rationale.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ONLY — The attached file 2020_-_Rescindment_of_suspension_orders_for_elementary_students_ is the Medical Officer of Health’s official notice of rescindment of all suspension orders. Please ensure your families are made aware of this important public health order. Suspensions were scheduled for March 25.

 

2. Region of Waterloo Public Health – COVID-19 Parent Letter

Region of Waterloo Public Health has asked school boards to provide the attached letter from the Medical Officer of Health Public Health – COVID-19_PARENT_LETTER_2020_03_06 to families of students and board staff members in advance of March Break.

On a related note — We have established a special COVID-19 page on the WCDSB main website. The page contains links to important COVID-19 information and resources. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis and will be our primary mode of public communication as the situation evolves.

https://www.wcdsb.ca/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/

GET YOUR EGG-O-GRAMS!!!

EGG-O-GRAMS!!!

Get Your EGG-O-GRAMS!!!

 

What:                 Easter Ring-Pop and a personalized Easter message.

When:               On sale: March 10 -13th                                Cost:           $2.00

Why:                   To support our Social Justice Club’s Global Fundraiser. We Walk for Water

We will be hosting a We Walk for Water event in the spring. Profits from our Egg-o-grams will be donated to We Schools to help provide communities with access to clean water.

Water Facts:

  • More than 840 million people worldwide are leaving without access to clean, drinkable water
  • 2.4 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation services like toilets
  • 40% of the world’s population is affected by water scarcity

How:                 Click the link below to fill out the form below and give it to your classroom teacher, along with a toonie ($2.00), before Friday, March 13th.  On, Thursday, April 9th, the day before the Easter long weekend, your egg-o-gram, along with your message, will be delivered to the person you chose.

AND YES…. You CAN send more than one egg-o-gram!

 

Egg-o-grams order

Reminders for the Week (Revised)

Umbrella Project Theme of the Month: Kindness~ “Kindness is the mark we leave on the world” ~ 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.

 

 

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.

 

As part of our Umbrella theme of Kindness for the month of March, students will be participating in two incentive programs. One is “Catch-A-Kid” whereby staff would present a ballot to students who are “caught” doing acts of kindness. There will be draws at the end of the week (one for Early Years/Primary and one for Junior/Intermediate) and then draws with a larger prize at the end of the month. The other program is kindness towards a very hard-working team – our custodians. The class with the tidiest classroom will be awarded the golden garbage can in honour of their help in keeping the school tidy. Follow us on Twitter for results.

 

On behalf of the St. Clement’s Catholic School Advisory Committee, they would like to take the time to ask if family businesses would be interested in purchasing advertisement space in our annual school yearbook? St. Clement School/ CSAC is an integral part of the community and would like to reach out for your support. Advertisement options are as follows: a business card size for $25; ½ page advertisement for $50; or a full-page advertisement for $75. If you wish to make a monetary donation in lieu of advertisement, please let Pam Koebel know. We would like to have all the advertisements and payments collected and ready for printing by Friday, March 27, 2020. You may choose to send cash or cheque made out to St. Clement Catholic School. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Koebel at darrylnpam@gmail.com. On behalf of the students, staff and Catholic School Advisory Council at St. Clement Catholic Elementary School, we would like to thank you for your continued support.

 

On behalf of the ECO Team – This Lenten season the ECO Team would like to introduce the Boomerang Lunch Program. We are using the season of Lent as a time to introduce this program. We encourage everyone to give up some of their wasteful habits and replace them with more environmentally friendly practices. We will start this Friday for the rest of the school year. The ECO Team is asking that students put all garbage waste produced from their lunches and snacks back into their lunch bags to take home. Green Bins and Recycling Bins will still be used, but any garbage items will go back home. It can be challenging to implement at first, but as it becomes routine we hope it will become easier. This is a practice that many schools use already, and our goal is that this becomes a weekly practice at our school. Staff have taken time in class to help students understand why they are being asked to do this. Thank you for helping to lessen our Carbon Footprint.

 

Parking on side streets. Please be cognizant of the traffic signs when parking around the school. Owners have been ticketed recently on Charles Street. I have contacted the township to see if the restrictions on this street could be changed so that they are accommodating for parent drop-off. I am waiting to hear back from the township. In the meantime, encourage your child to walk to school with a buddy when they are able and use the crossing guard to safely cross the street. If you do need to drive your child to school, please drop them off in a safe area, being aware of traffic signs or where you are able, park your car and walk your child into the school.

 

Primary Intramurals will be offered to all Primary students everyday next week during morning recess. Students will be given details on the morning announcements!

 

Today was our Staff vs Student Girl’s volleyball tourney! The girls showed great spirit and enthusiasm and were a tough competition. Follow us on Twitter for more information.

 

Note: Don’t forget Sunday March 8 at 2 AM is Daylight Savings Time. Clocks Ahead an Hour!

Monday, March 9

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March –: When someone is speaking, take a full breath before you reply


Tuesday, March 10

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Stay fully present while drinking your cup of tea or coffee or water
  • Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting: 6:30 PM – all are welcome

Wednesday, March 11

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Notice how you speak to yourself. Try to use kind words
  • Hot lunch day – Lunch Lady
  • Vision Screening for Sr. Kindergarten Students

 

Thursday, March 12

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Feel the cool of a breeze or warmth of the sun on your face
  • Spirit Wear Day!

 

Friday, March 13

  • Action Calendar: Mindful March – Stop, breathe and just notice. Repeat regularly during the day
  • Boomerang Lunch Challenge

 https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/Note: For continuous labour updates, please visit the WCDSB website at this link:

 

 

*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.

 

Donations/Advertising for Yearbook

Hello:

On behalf of the St. Clement’s Catholic School Advisory Committee, they would like to take the time to ask if family businesses would be interested in purchasing advertisement space in our annual school yearbook?

St. Clement School/ CSAC is an integral part of the community and would like to reach out for your support.

Advertisement options are as follows:

  • a business card size for $25;
  • ½ page advertisement for $50;
  • fully page advertisement for $75.

If you wish to make a monetary donation in lieu of advertisement, please let Pam Koebel know.

We would like to have all advertisements and payments collected and ready for printing by Friday March 27, 2020. You may choose to send cash or cheque made out to St. Clement Catholic School. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Koebel at darrylnpam@gmail.com.

On behalf of the students, staff and Catholic School Advisory Council at St. Clement Catholic Elementary School, we would like to thank you for your continued support.

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