Monthly Archives: August 2020

St. Clement School Classroom Assignment Update

Who is My Child’s Teacher?

We know that this is important information that all of our Saints students/families want to know! We will continue how we normally would have shared this information. We will be sending this information out via “School Cash Online” (SCO) on Thursday, September 3rd. Please make sure you are signed up for SCO for each child who attends or will be attending our school. Every school in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board uses this system for permission/consent forms and payments.

If you aren’t already signed up for SCO, the instructions are included here:Cash-online-sign-up-instructions

There is a phone number on the bottom of the poster if you have any difficulty with the website.

Important Letter from Our Director of Education

Dear Saints families,

We sincerely thank you for your patience! There have been many announcements in the media and we truly understand that there is has been much to process.

Many would like to know how to prepare their child for the return. One way is to visit the resource that was provided to you about your child’s mental health and return to school found on Mental Health Ontario. Another way is by starting to establish a routine. It will be so important for all of our children to get back into a routine.  Please start to get up earlier in the morning so that school mornings are not such a shock.  Please start to go to bed at a reasonable time so that students can get their 8-10 hours of sleep.  Please start to have lunch from snack containers so that children can practice opening and closing reusable containers independently.  Please start to engage in some activities that practice the basics: letter and word recognition in order and out of order; counting forwards and backward; number recognition in and out of order; activities that practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; read everyday…etc There are a lot of things that you can be doing to get students back into a routine.  You do not have to do them all, but start with a few!

I would also like to suggest that you have several conversations with your children about the pandemic.  It really is something to be aware of and to be careful with, but we do not want to project our stresses and anxiety onto our children.  Reassure them that if they follow the necessary precautions, they should be just fine going to school.  There is a big difference between being vigilant and following all of the rules and being overwhelmed by the many things they may be hearing about on the news and social media.  We are working hard at St. Clement CES to ensure our students that although things may look a little different this year, WE’VE GOT THIS!

Please read thoroughly the  Letter to WCDSB School Re-Opening August 27th, from Loretta Notten, as she updates our system with the most current information regarding our Board’s re-opening plan. Kindly review the letter carefully and stay tuned to Newswire over the coming week as further updates and school specific information will be shared. Remember to visit the WCDSB Plan for Re-opening site for the most up-to-date information.

Return To School Information

Hello Saints Families!

The entire staff of St. Clement School is looking forward to beginning the new school year together with our students and families. Our WCDSB senior administration staff have been very busy collaborating with Waterloo Region Public Health to plan around specific safety measures for our September start up and this work will continue in the coming days. In the interim, some parents are wondering about what they can do now to help prepare their child(ren) for September. Going back to school this year will look a little different. Here are some items that may help with the transition back to class.

In the meantime, please see the link below as an overview of what to expect on September 8th.  There is a lot of information, so kindly read it over carefully – WCDSB RE-OPENING PLAN – https://www.wcdsb.ca/plan-for-re-opening-schools/

If your child is in Year 1 and Year 2 of Kindergarten, expect that a St. Clement staff member will be in touch soon to relay opening day information.  Remember on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we will continue to conduct “JK visits” to any new students to St. Clements and our SK group will begin on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

If you have selected remote learning, please know that a WCDSB staff will be in contact with you to review how your child can be successful with remote learning.  This learning will commence on Monday, September 14, 2020.

On an exciting note, the renovations are almost done and I have been told that they will be ready for school opening. Our brand new classrooms, elevator and entry are looking bright and cheery! Please see Twitter for some updated pictures from today.

Please stay tuned for more information in regards to school start-up throughout the week. In the interim, some parents are wondering about what they can do now to help prepare their child(ren) for September. Going back to school this year will look a little different. Here are some items that may help with the transition back to class.

MASK WEARING

  • In elementary schools across Ontario, masks are mandatory for students in Grades 4 to 8. For students in JK to Grade 3 in our WCDSB schools, masks are encouraged.
  • It can take time for children to get used to wearing a mask, but these final weeks of summer could be used to help make it more comfortable to wear a mask indoors.
  • Support at home getting your child(ren) into a routine with wearing a mask for extended periods of time is important. Consider the following ideas:
    • Have your child practice putting a mask on a toy/stuffed animal (point out how the toy’s nose and mouth needs to be covered and wear them together!)
    • Pair mask wearing with tv/technology time or another preferred activity
  • The following video has some great tips to begin developing some mask-wearing habits/strategies/understandings with younger children: Mask Wearning
  • Here is a young Kindergartner showing us how it is done! Putting on a Mask

HAND WASHING / SANITIZING

  • Students will be provided with opportunities to wash their hands throughout the day.
  • As with mask wearing, there are several instructional videos out now that share songs (“Baby Shark – do, do, do, do!”) and illustrate how to effectively reach all areas of your hands.
  • In addition to hand washing, hand sanitizer will be provided for staff and students in classrooms, common areas, main office and at all entrance doors.
  • Families may choose to provide their child(ren) with their own small individual use (travel size) sanitizer as long as there is no added perfume. Kindly remind your child(ren) that personal supplies of hand sanitizer should not be shared with others.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND CLASSROOM SET UP

  • As per Ministry direction, all students will be set up so that there is 1 metre of distance between each of them in the classroom setting.
  • With the need to space furniture and desks as such, there will be little room for other items typical of our classrooms at St. Clement (e.g. gathering carpet, reading area, etc.). These items will be removed to ensure that cleaning routines are manageable.
  • To help your child visualize his/her space with physical distancing, consider using a hoola hoop to represent their personal bubble.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Students will be provided with learning kit that includes basic grade appropriate school supplies for their individual use as follows:
    • Primary (pencil crayons, washable markers, glue stick, pencil sharpener, ruler, blunt scissors, pencils, eraser, playdoh, and counters)
    • Junior (pencil crayons, markers, scissors, glue stick, pencil sharpener, pencils, eraser, ruler, calculator, and math set)
    • Intermediate (pencil crayons, fine point markers, highlighter, scissors, glue stick, pencil sharpener, pencils, pens, eraser, ruler, and math set)
  • Students are welcome to bring their own items that will be kept with their belongings. There will be no sharing of any of these supplies.

SAFE GREETINGS

  • When we come back together, children will want to say hi and give their friends a hug, fist bump or high five. Staff will want very much to do the same. However, we cannot.
  • What is exciting, however, is that we can learn a whole new “language” for social greetings together!
  • Everything from a distance salute to a thumbs up and simple wave … many more suggestions can be found on the internet. Find out the one that your child prefers and practice it together.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH

  • During these uncertain times, you may be worried about your child(ren)’s mental health and well-being.
  • Children may be confused, anxious or unsettled about what school will look like having been away all this time. These feelings are very natural.
  • Validate your child(ren)’s feelings by acknowledging that, like any new activity, starting school may seem hard at first, but soon it will become easy and fun.
  • School Mental Health Ontario is a wonderful website with resources and supports for parents. Please find the website here: School Mental Health Ontario
  • Also, our WCDSB is offering summer mental health support to any student/family in our system. For non-emergency inquiries, please email socialwork@wcdsb.ca with any questions you may have.

WCDSB Return To School Plans

You may have heard reports in the media about a staggered start to the school year. This is being discussed at tonight’s WCDSB Board Meeting with further details communicated this coming week.

Stay up to date by checking our School’s Newswire feed as well as the WCDSB Plan for Re-opening Schools

Going back to school this year will look a little different, but we are in this together!

Stay safe, Saints.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dafoe

Parent Involvement Committee and St. Clement CSAC

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee is recruiting parent members.  Parents must have a child in the St. David elementary school.  For details, see the CPIC website (https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/catholic-parent-involvement-committee/) or email Lisa.Legault@wcdsb.ca for an application.  Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2020.”

Also consider being a parent volunteer for the St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Council. CSAC meets once a month about 5 times a year. If you are interested please see the form below and submit it to andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca

APSC001-01F_CSACNominationParentCandidateExtended-1

Supply Lunch Hour Supervisors

WCDBS is looking for  Supply Lunch Supervisors for the 2020-21 school year. Please submit your resume and cover letter by Monday, August 24 to andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca if you are interested in this position.

BYOD Partnership with Dell and Staples

The following information is to help families learn about our Bring Your Own Device and Purchase Program Partnership with STAPLES and Dell for Learning devices.

WCDSB has made significant investments to ensure our students and staff have access to a variety of current technology. The use of technology to support learning remains a key priority to ensure that students are equipped with the skills to flourish in an increasingly digital world. Chromebooks and Windows 10 Cloudbooks have proven to be versatile, reliable, and affordable digital tools in the classroom.

As students have engaged more with the technology that is available in their classrooms, many families have expressed interest in purchasing a device for their child to use at school and at home. WCDSB families have reached out, seeking advice about which technology would best support their child’s learning, is reasonably priced, yet durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of daily use as it’s transported back and forth to school each day.

Devices for Families in Need: Free learning device/computer offerings for low income families:

http://rcto.ca/programs-rctech-outreach.asp

Visit our web site to learn more about the programs and devices that available for purchase through STAPLES and Dell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return To School Update

Dear Saints Families,

Our sincere thanks for completing the recent “Return to School” survey. Currently, our Board staff are following up with families across the system to ensure we have a response from all and are able to plan accordingly for September. Please know that we will communicate any additional start up information, protocol expectations for school (wearing masks, physical distancing, etc.), and in-person and online learning with you as soon as we have further details available. At this time, the WCDSB is working closely with Waterloo Region Public Health and the Ministry, and updates will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, there is a resource that may be helpful for your family. The following set of slides were created by  Darren Abenstein from Vaughan – his wife is a family physician. There are plenty of great tips to help your family prepare for our return to school. Please follow this link: Family Return to School.

We are grateful for your patience and understanding and are looking forward to seeing our students soon!

Wishing you health.

Mrs. Dafoe

*IMPORTANT** Transportation Notice and Form

Important Notice: Transportation Students

Dear Parents / Guardians of transported students,

Student Transportation Services Waterloo Region (STSWR) is busy preparing for the upcoming school year and is asking families who qualify for transportation to let us know if their children will not be using the school bus/school vehicle.

 

As you may know, the Ministry of Education has announced that all elementary schools will open for conventional in-class instruction, 5 days a week. Secondary schools will open in an adapted model with at least 50% of in-class instructional days.

 

As elementary students return to full classes, school buses will be filled to capacity with up to three students per seat. Siblings will be seated together.
Secondary students on school buses will be loaded at one student per seat, the exception being siblings, who will share a seat.

 

Bus schedules will be available in the last week of August.

 

All students will be assigned a specific seat. The assigned seat must be used without exception. Since physical distancing can be challenging on buses, it is expected that non-medical grade face masks be worn by students in Grades 4 to 12. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will be encouraged but not required to wear masks while on buses. Masks will be distributed in late August. We encourage all parents to teach their children how to use a face mask safely.

 

As in past years, all students qualifying for transportation are automatically assigned to the bus based on the students’ addresses provided to the school. Parents/guardians can find out if their children are eligible for transportation using the “Transportation Eligibility” portal on our website at www.stswr.ca.

 

If your child qualifies for transportation but requires partial or no busing, please fill out the Do Not Ride Form below. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and the format of the school year evolves, these forms will assist STSWR with accurate headcounts as we plan for September. For younger students, it is especially important to ensure your child is not assigned to a bus in error and inadvertently put on a bus at the end of the day if you are expecting them to walk or be picked up.

 

You may opt-out of busing altogether, or for either morning or afternoon busing only. This form lets your school, your bus driver, and STSWR know that your child will not be taking the bus in one, or both, directions. If you are choosing to opt-out of busing, please submit your decision no later than Friday, Aug 14. If your child qualifies for busing you can opt-in again at any time throughout the school year by using the same form.

 

When STSWR receives the “Do Not Ride” forms from you, your child will be removed from the bus list accordingly for the morning, the afternoon, or both.
WCDSB schools support active travel as a preferred method of transportation to school and to that end, offer a variety of supports and programs to help parents in their planning.

 

A strategy to minimize traffic on school sites is the “Drive to 5” program, which encourages those who must drive to park a safe distance away from schools. For more information, visit the STSWR website at www.stswr.ca/walkzone/programs/drive-to-five/.

 

If you have any questions about your child’s school transportation, please contact Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region at 519-744-7575 ext. 221.
Benoit Bourgault, General Manager, STSWR

 

A message for Intermediate students

Public Health provided the first of two doses of Hepatitis B and HPV to Grade 7 students (with parent/guardian consent) in the fall of 2019. Most schools, with two to three exceptions, also received Menactra®, the Meningococcal vaccine. The second doses of Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines were scheduled to take place during spring clinics. However, Public Health was unable to provide these school-based clinics due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Health immunization clinics remain closed at this time. If your child participated in the school immunization program during the 2019/2020 school year and did not complete their Hepatitis BHPV and Meningococcal immunizations, please call your family physician to provide the immunization or call Public Health at 519-575-4400 if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you

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