Monthly Archives: October 2020

Reminders for the Upcoming Week:

Halloween was a great success today despite COVID! Students enjoyed being dressed up and seeing each other dressed up through our virtual parade! Staff costume theme was Storybook characters- see our tweets for staff and student costumes by following us on Twitter: @stclementsaints. Thank you for sharing your children with us. We enjoyed a faBOOlous day together!

CSAC

A big thank you to our Catholic School Advisory Council parents for their meeting on Wednesday. We also want to congratulate Mary Craiovan our CSAC chair on her commissioning from the WCDSB! What a great team and wonderful group of parents we have on our committee. All parents are welcomed to join the meetings. Our next meeting is Feb. 9th at 6:30 PM (the virtual link will be sent out via Newswire).

Office

Our administrative assistant will be away for Monday Nov. 2 and Tuesday Nov. 3 (she is getting married!) with supply admin. assistant in training covering the office. We appreciate your patience and ask that you ensure that you call in your child’s absence to the office those days. Thanks for your continued cooperation and understanding.

School Forms:

There are a number of outstanding forms to be completed by families. Please take a look at School Cash Online for any outstanding forms. If they are in your inbox, they still need to be completed. Once you have completed them, you need to “check out” like you are purchasing something…however, no money will be charged to you.

Progress Reports:

Progress Reports are coming home on November 20, 2020. Please read these with your child and look for the many positives that we have seen so far as well as the goals that are set for moving forward! This important

Parent/Student/Teacher Conference:

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our traditional conferences this year. You will be contacted by your child’s classroom teacher to schedule a virtual or telephone conference. These conferences are to take place the week of November 23rd. If you would like to contact your child’s French teacher, Planning Time Teacher or Itinerant Planning Time teacher, please contact them directly to set up an interview

PD Day in November:

Please know that Monday, November 23, 2020, is our Faith PD Day. All school staff will be engaged in Faith Development Activities and there is no school for students this day.

 

Book of Life

St. Clements will once again do a “Book of Life” for All Souls Day (Nov. 2) again this year but virtually. And so for the month of November students and staff may submit names of those that have departed. We will remember those resting in peace as a prayer intention on our announcements. In lieu of forms sent home as per past practice, during COVID, classroom teachers will be following up with communicate to you via their platform.

Update from the Director of Education

A newswire was sent out from the WCDSB on Tuesday. Please note the following key messages from the messaging:

  • The removal of the transition date of November 20 – there is no longer a window at the end of November to move to fully remote learning from St. Isidore
  • A Thought Exchange (Survey) link was provided to allow for your input and thoughts about the past several weeks and our launch to the 2020-2021 school year. The Thought Exchange Survey is available at: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/474084826

Treaty Awareness Week (Nov. 1-7)

  • As many schools and offices are now saying a territorial acknowledgment at the beginning of the day or meetings, recognizing treaty awareness within the acknowledgment or using the acknowledgment as part of the learning of treaty awareness is a next step in deepening one’s knowledge of Indigenous perspectives. Treaty Awareness Weekwas introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. Teachers have been provided with resources to guide conversation and learning about treaty rights and treaty relationships.

Daylight Savings Time

Just a reminder that on Sunday November 1st at 2 AM in the morning to turn your clocks back one hour.

Important Dates:

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day

Nov 5 – Spirit Day  – Thursdays are Spirit Days at St. Clement school. Spirit wear, blue or yellow ….your choice

Nov. 1- 7 – 2020 Treaty Awareness Week

Thursday Nov. 5 – Spirit Wear Day – wear blue, yellow or your Saints Spirit Wear

 

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Have a great weekend Saints! Stay safe and healthy during this Halloween Weekend.

Tomorrow We Are Celebrating Halloween At St. Clement School!

All students are invited to dress up in costumes for Halloween tomorrow, Friday, October 30th.  While we want students to have fun, please use the following guidelines when choosing an appropriate costume for school. If your child is not comfortable wearing a costume they are welcome to wear black and orange for the day to join in the festive nature of Halloween.

If possible, send your child to school in a spare/used/older costume in the event it becomes damaged. You may also send a change of clothes for your child for the afternoon as many children are not comfortable being in a costume all day long.

Your child will be attending class, participating in physical education, going outside for recess breaks, and eating their snacks/lunch in their costume – they need to be able to move comfortably.

The only mask your child can wear is their usual COVID covering. Costumes should not include face masks, weapons, blood, violent or offensive content to allow for the day to be enjoyable for all age groups in our school community.  Students are asked not to bring weapons or wear masks (other than the mandatory COVID-19 masks).

Unfortunately, there will be no sharing of treats this year of any kind. This includes candy, prepackaged treats, stickers, pencils, etc. We know that times are challenging for students right now. However, thanks to the efforts we have all made to this point, school continues to be a positive and safe space for all members of our community. Let’s continue to do the right thing even when it isn’t the popular or preferred thing.

Your understanding and cooperation are genuinely appreciated.

Symptomatic Children at School – What do we do now?

Good Morning Saints!

I want to share with you information to clear up any misconceptions about student illnesses.

Please know that our goal is to keep children in the classroom and learning, but this has to happen in a safe and healthy manner.

Each morning we ask that you complete the School Screening Survey from the Ministry of Public Health. This is to be done each morning with every person coming to school – staff and students. At the end of the survey, depending on how you complete it, it will show a green checkmark and tell you to go to school, or a red “x” and let you know that you should not be attending given the reported symptoms. This is the same survey that we will do with your child if they report “not feeling well” to our staff. If the results of this survey state that they can attend, we will send them back to class and add a note to their agenda letting you know to monitor them that evening “just in case”. If the results of the survey state that they can not attend school, we will be calling you to come and pick them up to seek the advice of a Health Care Professional (i.e., a doctor or nurse practitioner), and to follow their advice. If your child has siblings in the school, they will be required to “self-monitor” for symptoms – they no longer have to leave the school as well. This represents a change in direction from Public Health. Another change from Public Health is in regards to runny noses. Students are still required to stay at home with runny noses until their symptoms are gone or at least improving. The change is that a test is no longer needed for a runny nose, unless it worsens or other worsening symptoms develop.

If your child is home with symptom(s) we ask that you call the office each day before 9:00 am, to leave a voicemail and inform us of the health practitioner’s results and/or COVID-19 test results and how your child is doing. Once you have followed up with the office, we will inform you if the child is clear to return to school. 

If you have any questions or are unclear kindly call the office, we’d be happy to assist you.

WCDSB Update : Pastoral Theme for 2020-2021 “Gathered to Become”

Last year the WCDSB launched our Pastoral Theme: Called to Belong.  We could not have foreseen what the future held, yet the Spirit was with us, guiding our theme and moving us to create a deep sense of BELONGING and connection during such a difficult journey.  We feel the same about the second year of our three-year Pastoral Plan, entitled Gathered to Become.

In John 6:35, Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life.”

Let this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation.  As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter.  May we experience the transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms and learning environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar.

Please enjoy our new Gathered to Become Pastoral Launch video https://youtu.be/PBQFPsoeE9Q

Prayer from Fr. Joseph de Viveiros C.R.:

May this year of Becoming truly be a year of Transformation. As the Eucharist transforms us, so let us be the “Bread of Life” to all we encounter. May we experience transformation this year – from the challenges of new learning situations, platforms and teaching environments – to allow us to emerge from our chrysalis healthy and strong and to successfully be able to spread our wings and soar.

Loving Father you call us to belong to your family so that we may be gathered to become.

You constantly speak your word to us to call us to right relationship with yourself and with one another.

In the fullness of time you sent your only Son, Jesus to be your Word made flesh.

In the very being of Jesus there is perfect integrity between who he is and what he speaks.

Though your Word and Sacrament you provide opportunities for us to grow in that same integrity.

As you raised Jesus to new life from the tomb, you also transform the caterpillar into a butterfly in the chrysalis.

So too, loving God, shape and form our becoming according to your divine plan in the image of your Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit in our gathering as a Christian Community.  

Amen.

Weekly Update from St. Clement CES

Construction at St. Clement School: Main Entrance:

The Main entrance to the school will continue to undergo construction over the weekend. We will inform of you of any update should they need to finish it next week.

Food Bank donations update:

St. Clement families raised $766 to go towards The Food Bank of the Waterloo Region. Way to go, Saints! Your generosity will mean so much to so many in our community!

Terry Fox donations update:

Our Terry Fox run and donations were a success. Initially, we raised a whopping $657 for on-line donations, however, we had some additional donations making our grand total donations of $1032! Thank you Saints- your kindness and giving nature are very much appreciated! Thank you to Ms. Kirby for organizing this amazing event!

Celebrating Halloween at St. Clement School:

All students are invited to dress up in costumes for Halloween on Friday, October 30th at school.  While we want students to have fun, please use the following guidelines when choosing an appropriate costume for school. If your child is not comfortable wearing a costume they are welcome to wear black and orange for the day to join in the festive nature of Halloween.

If possible, send your child to school in a spare/used/older costume in the event it becomes damaged. You may also send a change of clothes for your child for the afternoon as many children are not comfortable being in a costume all day long.

Your child will be attending class, participating in physical education, going outside for recess breaks, and eating their snacks / lunch in their costume – they need to be able to move comfortably.

The only mask your child can wear is their usual COVID covering. Costumes should not include face masks, weapons, blood, violent or offensive content to allow for the day to be enjoyable for all age groups in our school community.  Students are asked not to bring weapons or wear masks (other than the mandatory COVID-19 masks).

Unfortunately, there will be no sharing of treats this year of any kind. This includes candy, prepackaged treats, stickers, pencils, etc. We know that times are challenging for students right now. However, thanks to the efforts we have all made to this point, school continues to be a positive and safe space for all members of our community. Let’s continue to do the right thing even when it isn’t the popular or preferred thing.

Your understanding and cooperation are genuinely appreciated.

Inclement Weather:

Please dress for the weather. It is cold and wet, but we are braving the elements and heading outside at recesses. The students are loving it! Well, the ones that are dressed appropriately are. Please bring a tuque, mitts, a jacket suitable for light rain, an umbrella, etc. Dress for the Canadian weather! We will attempt to be outside at recesses even if it is misting or a light drizzle. We will try for even as little as 5-10 minutes, as this is our opportunity for a mask break. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to parents:

Thank you so much to all of the parents who use the crossing guard to cross Lobsinger line to ensure safe crossing of the street. I love that so many of you model for your children the proper way to cross the street! Thank you for following all of the protocols to keep our students safe!

School Screening Survey from the Ministry of Public Health

Have you done the School Screening Survey from the Ministry of Public Health? (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/)

This is to be done each morning with every person coming to school – staff, and students.  At the end of the survey, depending on how you complete it, it will show a green checkmark and tell you to go to school, or a red “X” and let you know that you should not be attending given the reported symptoms.   This is the SAME SURVEY that we will do with your child if they report “not feeling well” to our staff.  If the results of this survey state that they can attend, we will send them back to class

If the results of the survey state that they cannot attend school, we will be calling you to come and pick them up to seek the advice of a Health Care Professional (i.e., a doctor or nurse practitioner), and to follow their advice.  If your child has siblings in the school, they will be required to “self-monitor” for symptoms – they no longer have to leave the school as well.  This represents a change in direction from Public Health.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Wednesday Oct. 28th – 6:30PM – CSAC Commissioning and CSAC meeting

Thursday Oct.29th – Spirit Wear Thursdays – Don’t forget to wear our school colours blue and /or gold or other Spirit Wear!

Friday Oct. 30th – Halloween Day at St. Clement CES

I “witch” you a “boo-tiful” Halloween!

Construction at St. Clement CES

Construction is in full force today at St. Clement CES! This morning we had the septic tanks drained, with a big truck which brought some excitement to our younger students. Today we have construction working on the gym floor transitions and we have the main entrance work being done between noon and 3:30 PM today. Construction will continue to work on the main entrance over the weekend and hopefully, it will be completed. If the main entrance work runs into next week, we will be sure to communicate this to keep you informed!

 

Main Entrance Closure Update

Please Note: Our main door is closed tomorrow (Friday) from noon to 3:30 pm. They plan on working on it over the weekend- it may result in a further closer into next week, if they cannot complete it in time. All visitors, staff and students will be asked to avoid using the main entrance of the school while the construction is being completed. If you are picking up your child or dropping something off, please use our alternative entrance at the right side of the school by the elevator entrance. Please buzz the office at that door and provide your name.

It will not affect extended day between 3:45-6:00PM – parents will be given access to buzz extended day and enter and exit the building at the main entrance.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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