Monthly Archives: September 2020

Parent Communication Notice

Parent Communication and Sign Up Info

Dear Parents and Guardians:

St. Clement school is going 100% electronic and paperless to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and be environmentally friendly.  We are no longer sending home paper copies of school forms or accepting cash payments.  Please sign up for the apps and programs to receive school communications and make school payments.

Please ensure that all your School Cash Online forms are completed for emergency purposes for your child.

Please use the link above for sign up instructions.

Saints Update: Public Health AND Recess Equipment

Dear Saint Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of September! The students have been great at following our new expectations and they are all working hard at being amazing learners and friends. Way to go, Saints

Please find below some information about Public Health Updates:

 

Public Health Update

As promised, when Public Health updates their guidance, we will let you know. We have been advised that healthy siblings are no longer required to be sent home to SELF ISOLATE factsheet-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate but are being asked to SELF MONITOR factsheet-covid-19-self-monitor.

In the school setting, we have designed our environment to allow students and staff to safely self-monitor by providing adequate physical distance, hand hygiene routines and the wearing of masks. Children experiencing symptoms where there is not a know alternative diagnosis (seasonal allergies, etc.) will still be asked to stay home and go through the options outlined previously:

  1. See a healthcare professional and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  2. Get a COVID-19 test with negative results and return 24hrs after symptoms resolve.
  3. Self-Isolate for 14 days.

Healthy individuals in your household do not need to be tested unless directed to by Waterloo Region Public Health or your health care provider.

Ensure that you contact the St. Clement Main office to inform them which of the three options you have decided on and the results of testing/medical diagnosis if using option 1 or 2.

 

RECESS EQUIPMENT

Starting Wednesday, September 30th, we are entering Phase 2 of our plan for lunch recess in that students are allowed to bring some items from home (e.g. basketball, soccer ball, skipping rope, small action figures) for individual use. The students will be informed of this news today along with the following guidelines:

  • Students are responsible for their own items (labelled with their name, stored in a backpack/plastic container/ ziplock bag during class time).
  • There is no sharing of any item/equipment and no game play at this time. Student must still maintain physical distance which is not possible during a game situation.
  • Soccer balls may be kicked back and forth between students within the same grade cohort. (no game play and no goalies).
  • Students will be washing / sanitizing hands before leaving the classroom for recess and before entering back into the school after lunch.

I am hopeful that this good news will come with continued respect for our health and safety protocols.

 

Have a wonderful day!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! -Do you still want to change learning environments for your child? (Virtual or Face-to-Face)

Good Morning Saints!

Today is the day that the window closes to allow students to transition between school delivery methods. You have until tonight at 6:00 PM to complete the survey and update your original selection.

 

It is our sincere hope that you have heard about the safety protocols that we have in place at school, and you feel comfortable enough to rejoin our community face-to-face, but understand if you would prefer another choice.

Please know that there a few families who are currently “waiting at home” to see how things go. This will not be an option moving forward. It is expected that you are choosing to return to school face-to-face or select St. Isidore as a remote learning option. Remaining on the class list at St. Clement CES but not actually attending is no longer an option.

Please see the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for the details, or following the link here.

Any questions, Saints, please contact the office.

 

Updates for St. Clement CES

Hello Saints Families!

We would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all parents and students for making our first few weeks as smooth as possible! We would like to thank all of our parents for all of the work you have done to prepare your children to return to school, from wearing masks, washing and sanitizing hands, to teaching them about physical distancing. The staff are committed to continuing to teach the importance of all of the safety measures we have in place.

Saints Spirit Days-

Don’t forget every Thursday is SPIRIT DAY. Staff and students will be wearing Spirit Wear (We will not be selling spirit wear this year) or Blue or Yellow to show our school spirit. Go Saints!

Staff communication –

Classroom teachers will be in touch with families shortly regarding their on-line platform and communication. If you do need to get in contact with staff via email – firstname.lastname@wcdsb.ca

Terry Fox Run/Walk –  Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

St. Clement Catholic Elementary School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Each class will be walking (physically distanced) individually for this worthy cause. In the past, we have collected toonies for Terry. Unfortunately, we are unable to collect money due to COVID-19. You are still able to donate under our school name by clicking on this link. Please help show your support by donating.

 

School Agendas

School agendas have been purchased again by the generous donation from school council. Please be sure that you have read and understood the School Handbook found in the front of the student agenda. There is much important information including dates, safe arrival and departure routines, cell phone use, internet safety and more.

Virtual Open House Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020.

Although we would love for everyone to see our new building and meet your child’s teacher in person, we are not able to do this due to our circumstances. However, teachers are going to meet with their you virtually! Classroom teachers will be sending you links to the virtual meeting. Below you will find the schedule time for the meetings. Please contact your child(ren)’s classroom teacher for any questions.

Virtual Open House Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2020.

Educator Last Name Grade Date of Virtual Tour Time of Virtual Tour
Kirby/Good/Robles Kindergarten Tues. Sept. 29th 6:30 p.m.
DeLeo/Souto Kindergarten Mon., Sept 28 4:00 pm
Hehn 1 Tues., Sept 29th 5:30 p.m.
Kittel 2 Tues. Sept. 29th 6:00pm
Soobir 3 Wed., Sept 30th 5:30pm
Dunn 3/4 Thurs., Oct.1st 5:30 p.m.
Spiak 4/5 Thurs. Oct 1 4:00 pm
Milardovic 5/6 Thurs. Oct. 1 4:30 pm
Ouellette 7/8 Wed, Sept 30 3:30 pm
McCartney 7 Thurs. Oct. 1 5:30 p.m.

 

Nutrition For Learning

Our school began Nutrition for Learning this week. Bins will be distributed to each classroom. Students wanting a snack will sanitize / wash their hands first and then pick the snack to consume at their desk. Please discuss with your child(ren) and let him/her know if it is okay with you if they take a snack each day. Any wrappings from the NFL bags will be included in lunch bags coming home each day so you are aware of what is consumed at school and to help support boomerang lunches.

Message from WCDSB about changing to Virtual/ Remote Learning or changing to Face-to-Face Learning:

Dear Parents / Guardians:

When we commenced the school year back in early September, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time.

You should not access the Transition Form at this time.

The form will be available on WCDSB main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

Safety Drills –

We will have the required safety drills (3 fire drills, 1 Tornado Drill, 1 Lockdown) in the next couple of weeks. We will adhere to COVID recommendations (social distancing, and one class at a time through one exit).

Thanksgiving Food Drive-

In the spirit of our faith we would still like to have a Thanksgiving food drive to help those in need. Due to the current circumstances, we are not able to collect food items as we have in the past. Instead we have set up Thanksgiving donations on School Cash On-line for families to donate. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Orange Shirt Day –

Orange Shirt Day is 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’ story of 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, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, to ensure the story and learning are passed on to the next generations.

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 Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 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.

As part of this commitment, the school board recently adopted the following land acknowledgement – to henceforth be used at all Waterloo Catholic District School Board events of significance:

I (we) would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather today is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee*, Anishinaabe** and Neutral People. I (we) also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land today.

Umbrella Project

One of the most fundamental and well-researched predictors of childhood wellbeing and resilience is the quality of the relationships that children have in their lives. As the busyness of the school year picks up, remember that strong relationships need time to nurture and build. Before you add homework and extracurriculars into your child’s schedule, be sure to prioritize time in your weekly schedule for family bonding, friends, play and other important relationship-based activities as critical to support your child’s well-being. One idea that regularly pops up in the research as big builders of relationship skills for your child is family meal time. Find time for family meals together as often as possible. This seemingly simple activity improves parent-child connectedness and supports positive behaviours and health, especially as your child reaches their teen years.

Here is What is Happening …

Sept. 29th – St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting at 6:30 PM – Virtual Meeting

Sept. 30th – Orange Shirt Day

Oct. 1st – Spirit Wear/ Blue and Yellow Day!

Oct. 1st – St. Clement Terry Fox Run day! (Rain date will be Oct. 2nd)

Looking forward to another great week!

A message from the Parish regarding Sacraments

Hi Saints families,

Father Ireneuz will be meeting virtually with the Grade 7 and 8 students for Confirmation preparation and Grade 2 students for First Holy Communion preparation starting at the beginning of October.

Father Ireneusz is sending home a letter with all Grade 3 students who missed their First Communion last year. Those that are doing remote learning will receive the letter in the mail.

The letter states: “Due to the closure of schools and churches earlier this year, your child was unable to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. In order to facilitate the reception of these Sacraments, the children will be able to do so in the coming months. due to space limitations in the church and other restrictions (physical distancing) a class celebration will not be held. Thus it will be your decision and responsibility to choose a day for your child’s First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Your child’s Frist Communion can be held on Saturdays at 5 pm or Sundays at 9 am along with our congregation. Due to space limitations in the church only 2-3 students can receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion at the same time. Registration is a matter of utmost importance! Please contact the parish office (phone or email) in order to book this date.”

Please contact the parish if you have any questions.

Virtual/Remote Learning Switch – Window Opens Today!

If you plan to change the learning environment for your child after Thanksgiving please complete the online form. Do not complete this form if your child is going to stay in the same learning environment.

ELEMENTARY TRANSITION FORM NOW LIVE!

While we want all of our students to be with us in a face-to-face learning environment we respect your decision as parents/ guardians to do what is best for your family. Please note that if you choose face to face learning, your child will be expected to attend school every day. Teachers will not be sending homework for students if you change your mind and decide to keep your child home for an extended period of time. The exception to this will be absences that are related to illness.

The window for transitioning your child’s learning environment is September 24th 9am – September 28th 6pm. There will be no exceptions to this time frame. The change over in learning environments is effective Tuesday October 13th.

The next window for switching learning environments will be November 4th 9am – November 6th 6pm. The change over in learning environments is effective November 23rd.

For more information about Remote Learning  Please see the St. Isidore page on the WCDSB website.

Interested in Switching to Remote Learning OR back to Face to Face?

September 24th 9am – September 28th 6pm

You will find the transition form on the WCDSB main webpage between September 24th 9am – September 28th 6pm. Requests must be made within this window of time. You do not have access to the Transition Form at this time. The form will be available on the WCDSB main webpage for the above listed time period in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

 

Please do not email or phone Ms. Piellusch to request a change in learning environment. Parents/ guardians must follow the process listed above and register for the change in learning environment themselves. The school is not able to complete this process on your behalf.

 

If you miss this window of change your child will be locked into their current learning environment until the next turn around date in early November. Please see the link above for exact dates for switching learning environments. These dates and times are established by the board and exceptions will not be made.

Flags At Half Mast

As per direction from the board, “Death of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C.

 Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from now until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be determined) of the late Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner, who passed away on September 19, 2020. 

 Where buildings are closed for the weekend, flags may be lowered when business resumes on Monday, September 21.”

Changing Learning Environments: Virtual / In-Person

Please find the message below from the WCDSB:

Dear Parents / Guardians:

When we commenced the school year back in early September, we announced that the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa), would be the Thanksgiving weekend.

In Elementary Schools: families/students may transition after the Thanksgiving weekend — but after that it will be only at Progress Reports in November and the first Report Card in January.

To assist in planning to accommodate the needs of families, interested families with students in elementary schools will find the transition form on our main webpage from Sept 24th  at 9 a.m. to Sept 28th at 6 p.m.  Requests must be made within this window of time.

You should not access the Transition Form at this time.

The form will be available on the WCDSB main webpage in the spotlight section – www.wcdsb.ca

Hey Saints! Have you done the COVID Self-Assessment?

Hey Saints!

We need to make sure that you are completing the COVID Self-Assessment each day before coming to school. As we get into the fall, we will find that more and more students will have sniffles, allergies, coughs, tummy aches, and will feel unwell. If this is the case, we really need you to keep your children at home until they are symptom-free. If they come to school with symptoms they will be brought to our “Isolation Room” for assessment and you will be called to come and get them. With your cooperation, we will be able to prevent the spread of COVID and potentially a lot of other common illnesses.

Please know that we understand that this is a challenge for you as parents, but we also ask that you understand the challenges that we face with hundreds of students together at school, during a global pandemic. Please do your part and keep your children home when they are displaying any symptoms or when the self-assessment results encourage you to do so.

Thank you for your continued cooperation, support, and understanding, Saints! We are in this together and we are here to help

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