Reminders for the Upcoming Week

A Thanksgiving message

At this time of reflection and thankfulness I wanted to express my extreme gratitude to the community for helping to make St. Clement CES a wonderful place to be. Your devotion and support to our school and our community is amazing. Thank you for being patient and understanding with all of the changes that continue to occur. I am thankful to our students who have embraced and continue to shine with the new safety regulations. Their sounds of laughter and wonderful conversations and stories always brings a smile. They are continuing to learn and have fun in a safe environment here at St. Clement. I am thankful for our staff who have worked tirelessly to not only learn new technology, new safety regulations and a new math curriculum but also a new board wide computer system. Their dedication and commitment are inspiring. I hope this Thanksgiving weekend brings everyone time. Time to enjoy families and friends (virtually), time to rest, time to enjoy our beautiful fall trees, time to eat and time to yourselves when needed. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

Staffing Update

Welcome to Nadine Bachour, our new Lunch Hour Supervisor who is filling in while Andrea Boyce is away. At this point she will join our community until Nov. 27th. Welcome Nadine – we are so excited to have you join our team.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sincere thanks to those families who have already donated to our Thanksgiving Food Drive. To date we have raised $566! Our final day for donations is Tuesday, October 13th. We truly appreciate your generosity!

PD Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

This Friday, October 9, 2020 is a PD Day. There is no school for students. All staff will be diving into the new Math Curriculum and developing our program to make this most effective for our students!

Monday, October 12, 2020 is the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school for staff and students and we are encouraging everyone to celebrate the holiday with family and friends in a safe and respectful manner.

COVID-19 Testing

Please remember that it is our job to keep everyone safe and healthy. We can not do this without your help. EACH MORNING, we are asking that you take the COVID-19 self-assessment. It can be found at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ Please know that we have the best interest and safety of our students at heart. When students are indicating they are not feeling well, a phone call will be made to have the child picked up immediately as we are not medical professionals and can’t diagnose an illness. We want to ensure that all our students and staff are healthy and so we appreciate your support when we make these calls and that it is vital to take this important step in keeping everyone safe at St. Clement CES.

Halloween

We are so excited that students (and staff) will be able to wear Halloween costumes this year! Classroom teachers will have some fun activities as we are not allowed to hold assemblies. As well, please do not send treats with your child to share with the class as we are not permitted to distribute these, and they will have to go back home with your child.

Transition of Learning Environments

We have reached the first transition point for families to switch their children from virtual learning to face to face learning (or vice versa) after the Thanksgiving weekend. We wish all of our friends who are leaving St. Clement well, and look forward to the day we can learn together again. As previously communicated, this pivot point has an impact on the face to face learning at St. Clement. Due to the number of students who will be moving to St. Isidore, we have been directed by the Board to collapse and disperse one classroom which has a ripple effect. Ms. Mildardovic will be transitioning to St. Isidore and no longer teaching face to face at St. Clement and today is her last day. We look forward to her return to our staff. We know this is distressing news for families at this challenging time; it is also very difficult for staff. However, we are professionals and we will do our part to ensure student achievement and student health and wellness is prioritized. All affected students were called by classroom teachers and received a letter home. Please allow teachers time to adjust their electronic classroom environments; you are encouraged to respond to invitations as soon as you are able. Student belongings will be moved by classroom teachers at the end of the day on Thursday, October 8th. We will continue to follow all COVID protocols as established by ROW Public Health, and ensure students clearly understand their cohort restrictions. As a staff, we have made every effort to minimize the number of cohort restrictions. As a staff, we have made every effort to minimize the number of cohort crossovers as we planned for this classroom re-arrangement. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we have accepted this directive from Human Resources at the Board Level. We continue to appreciate your trust in our efforts to serve your children well. This November is the next opportunity for the transition to virtual/face-to-face. For more information, please visit: https://stisidore.wcdsb.ca/switching-learning-environments/

 

Health Concerns/ Medications

Please make sure that the office is aware of any health concerns (life threatening allergies, heart conditions, asthma, etc.) that present a problem for your child(ren). We must have a signed consent form to administer any medication which is prescribed during the school day. A signed consent form must also be on file for every student who has parental permission to self-administer medication, including “puffers.” Please contact the office concerning these matters and to obtain a copy of the required forms.

Dogs on School Property

Just a reminder to all our parents that dogs are not permitted on school grounds at any time. Although many of our furry friends are friendly, many children are scared and intimidated by dogs. We ask for your cooperation in this matter as it is in the best interest of safety.

Personal Electronic Devices

All personal electronic devices carried by students shall be kept out-of-sight, turned off and not used during the day. An exception to this policy is at the discretion of the classroom teacher and has a connection to the curriculum. Students will communicate with the office if it is necessary to call home and not through a mobile device. This is consistent with the school board safe arrival policy and it ensures the safety of all students.

Equipment on the Yard and Social Distancing

We are excited to share with you some guidance from Public Health regarding equipment on the yard. Students may once again bring balls and other sports equipment to the yard, with the expectation that due to unintended sharing (grabbed the wrong ball etc.), children wash their hands before and after using the equipment. That has already been built into our hand hygiene practices when transitioning from the yard, so it should not be a burden for children at all. We have some specific safety rules that teachers have gone over with students in class. As a parent, you will want to ensure that anything your child brings for the yard is labelled and can be stored in a backpack. Also, chat with your child(ren) about the importance of not sharing their equipment during a pandemic.

Eco News

At St. Clement, we are committed to be stewards of the earth. To help reduce the waste at our school and being COVID compliant we are promoting litter-less/boomerang lunches. Where possible, please use reusable containers for snacks and know that any wrappers will be returning home to be disposed of. Thank you for your understanding and dedication to helping keep St. Clement a bit greener!

Have a great weekend, Saints and a restful, blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

Classroom Changes

Our “Back to School” energy is wonderful, and we have over 85% of our students back to “in school classroom learning” – that is awesome! That said, we respect and celebrate our fellow Saints who have selected the online or remote learning model offered by the St. Isadore School Team. Recently we saw a change in our enrollment as some students and their families elected to do their learning online. This led to a reduction in class sizes within the school.  Because of this, the Board has directed us to reduce by one class.

Students in the following classes: Ms. Soobir/Ms. Vecchio, Ms. Dunn, Mrs Spiak and Ms. Milardovic have been informed of the changes and parents of the affected students have been called. As well, there is a letter coming home to all of the students in those classes. If your child is not in the above mentioned classes there are no changes to their homeroom/ teacher.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Ms. Soobir/Ms. Vecchio, Ms. Dunn, Mrs Spiak and Ms. Milardovic and ALL Saints staff, students and families for their understanding, dedication and support as we make some internal shifts in order to accommodate students in both platforms – thanks! To make the necessary adjustments, our team met yesterday to make class lists that will start to shift tomorrow but are effective officially on Tuesday, Oct. 13th.  As well, we extend our sincere thanks to Ms. Milardovic who began this school year in class and is now transitioning to virtual teaching at St. Isidore. Ms. Milardovic is still very much a part of our St. Clement staff team but has been temporarily reassigned, to support a remote learning classroom. We wish her continued blessings and best wishes.

It is important to note that we understand that remote online learning and in class learning may change at set intervals throughout this year. The next survey for parents to indicate in class learning at St. Clement School OR remote learning at St. Isadore (Virtual School) will take place between Nov. 4th to Nov. 6th. Depending on how parents respond to the survey, the effective date or student’s first day in their new learning environment, will be on Nov. 23rd.  At that time, the results of the survey, more changes to staffing or class compositions may be needed – again, thanks for your patience and we will get through this together!

Again, we understand that this is a challenging and unprecedented time, and we appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we work together to make the most of this new school year for the benefit all of our children! It is so nice to be back at school! Take good care and be safe!

Rowan’s Law Day!

Good morning Saints!

 

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 7th: Rowan’s Law Day! Wear Purple today (Rowan’s favourite colour)!  Staff and students will be sharing some key messages and education about concussions.

 

Also, please expect an update about the process for children with symptoms soon.  As public health continues to adapt their messaging and requirements, we will do the same.

 

As you know, students with symptoms will be asked to remain home, and the most updated decisions can be made through our COVID Self-Assessment.  It takes about 2 minutes to complete and it will help to keep everyone safe.  Take the assessment right now!  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 

Have a great day Saints!

Yearbooks

Good Afternoon Saints!

The 2019 – 2020 Yearbooks were distributed to teachers. Your family will receive their yearbook either today or tomorrow. All families with a graduating child received their family yearbook in June.

We thank CSAC for their generous donation, of purchasing one yearbook per family. We also want to thank Ms. DeLeo for her efforts and time in compiling the yearbook.

Contact your child’s classroom teacher if there are any issues.

World Teacher Day Today

Today is World Teacher’s Day and we want to send a big thank you to all of the amazing educators at St. Clement School. This year more than ever, we thank them for their steadfast commitment and care! We are so blessed to have such amazing educators at our school and can’t thank them enough for all that they have done and continue to do to make a difference in the lives of our students! 

Saints Update

Dear Saint Families,

 

Please find below some updated information:

 

St. Clement CES needs a Lunch Hour Supervisor Supply Staff

This is a paid position! We require an individual who would be able to work from 11:35-12:35 Monday to Friday (however we can be flexible if an individual can only commit to a day or two) now until the end of November. If you would like more information, please contact andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca

 

School Cash OnLine Forms!

School Cash Online is working for everyone now!

Why is this important?  Well, everyone can now go into School Cash Online and complete all of the “Opening Day Paperwork” that we usually do each year.  This now applies to all of the new students who are registered to St. Clement CES for the first time this year.

Please take a look at https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/, sign in with your login and password, and click on your child’s name.  All of the necessary paperwork will be listed if you have not already completed it…IF IT IS THERE, WE NEED YOU TO COMPLETE THE PAPERWORK.

Please add the paperwork to your “cart” and it will come up as a “no-cost” item.  Once you are done, please “checkout” and you are done!  That’s it!

 

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Once again, St. Clement is proud to be supporting the  Thanksgiving food drive. This year, due to COVID protocols we are kindly asking for your support through monetary donations using School Cash Online. Our fundraising campaign will run from  Tuesday, September 29th until Tuesday, October 13th. Thank you for your continued support and helping those in need within our community. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Changes to Contact Information

If you need to inform the school of changes to your contact information, please email Taylor.Piellusch@wcdsb.ca

 

Halloween

A reminder as we approach the Halloween season of treats, to please remember that a number of our students have life threatening allergies. Please be extra vigilant with school snacks. Information from the board regarding costumes with be coming. The school is planning some Halloween activities for students to enjoy in their classrooms.

 

The Terry Fox Walk/Run

The Terry Fox Run for 2020 had great weather and the enthusiasm was spectacular! Thank you to all families who donated to the Terry Fox Organization this year. Saints raised $657!!! Without your dedication, commitment and support we would not have been able to keep Terry’s dream alive. It is our hope that one day soon, a cure will be found. Until that day, we will keep pushing forward to hopefully turn that dream into a reality for all people around the world. Thank you Saints for all of your support towards this great cause.

 

Hot Lunch / Nutrition for Learning

Hot lunches have been cancelled this year as per the WCDSB and Regional health. We do have Nutrition For Learning happening in the classrooms.

 

Rowan’s Law Day

Saints Staff and students are encouraged to wear purple (Rowan’s favourite colour) to mark Oct. 7th – Rowan’s Law Day.

In 2013 Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old high school student from Ottawa, lost her life to Second Impact Syndrome; a brain injury caused by suffering a concussion before fully recovering from a previous concussion. In March 2018, the Ontario Government passed Rowan’s Law. As part of Rowan’s law, was the proclamation of Rowan’s Day to occur on the last Wednesday of September each year, with this year occurring on September 25, 2019. The goal for Rowan’s day is to:

  • Educate staff and students about Rowan and her story
  • Share key messages and education about concussions
  • Create dialogue about concussions
  • Share resources about concussions and concussion prevention

Age appropriate resources have been provided for teachers to take 20-25 minutes of their day in the classroom to share and discuss some key messages on how we can all help to recognize and prevent concussions in the future.

 

Attention Parents/ Guardians of Grade 7 & 8 Students: RE: Immunizations- A Message from Public Health

Public Health will be offering drive thru immunization clinics for students eligible to receive their school program vaccinations. This includes students who missed their follow up vaccines during the 2019/2020 school year and those eligible in 2020/2021 to start their immunization series.

Clinics will be offered at the Medical Centre at the Boardwalk, located at 435 The Boardwalk, Waterloo starting in October. Options will be made available for those unable to attend the drive thru clinics. Details will be provided to you when you receive your phone call to book an appointment.

The immunization clinics will be offered first to the Grade 7 and 8 students from 2019/2020 who did not complete their immunizations. School program immunizations for the 2020/21 cohort of Grade 7 students will begin in early January 2021. Clinics will extend through the summer months.

Parents/students will be contacted directly to book these appointments between October and December. Please do not call the Public Health office to book your appointment.

School program vaccines are also available through local health care providers. Please call your health care provider if you wish your child to receive their vaccine using this route.

Parents/students are able to access immunization records and submit immunization information via ICON. Details can be found on our website or by using the link: regionofwaterloo.ca/updateimmunizations. Public Health can be contacted for assistance or if students do not have a health card at 519-575-4400 ext.5001.

Details and directions regarding the catch-up clinics and the 2020/2021 school year immunizations are also posted on our website (https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/school-immunization.aspx).

If your child has received their vaccinations or if you need to access your child’s immunization record, please visit our Public Health website (www.regionofwaterloo.ca/updateimmunizations) or call 519-575-4400 ext. 5001

Umbrella Project: Word of the Month: Gratitude

What is Gratitude and how will it help my child?

Welcome to Gratitude month at The Umbrella Project. This month your child will be learning all about Gratitude in their classroom. Gratitude is the skill that helps us recognize all the things we have, instead of focusing our energy on the things we don’t have or the things we can’t control. Our brains naturally pick up and focus more on threats and negatives than positives. This deeply rooted survival mechanism helped our ancestors dodge danger and avoid life-threatening situations.

Unfortunately, this bias to the negative can work against our day to day mental health and to counter this we need to make sure we help our children see the positives as often as possible. Practicing gratitude is a great way to accomplish this positive focus and prime our brains for a happier outlook. It also helps us show our appreciation and return kindness given to us. Teaching your children to be thankful for what they have, what others do for them and expressing these feelings is a powerful, positive coping strategy that can get them through many of life’s difficult days, strengthen their relationships and protect against anxiety and depression.

Make gratitude visible and easy to express

Focus your mental efforts on the positive using gratitude. Does your child struggle with more of a focus on the negatives than the positives? Daily gratitude can help set a more positive tone, boost self-esteem and improve their mood and outlook

Have your child reflect on their network of supportive adults One great way to help kids build gratitude is to help them reflect on the network of supportive adults they have around them. This could be teachers, parents, caregivers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, coaches or anyone your child can turn to for advice and strength when facing challenges. Helping your child visualize all of the umbrellas of support around them will help them to practice gratitude and recognize who they can trust to help them when they need a little extra shelter and support.

Step 1: Have your child draw a picture of themselves in the centre of a page.

Step 2: Next have them write the names of all of the supportive figures in their lives around the outside of the page and connect them to the centre with a line. This can be through a combination of reflecting on those who have helped them in the past and other people who care about their wellbeing.

Step 3: Have a conversation with your child about how they felt when they received support in the past to deepen the practice of gratitude.

Health and Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Donations to our Peace Garden

Since renovations occurred, some of the plants in the peace garden were destroyed and we would like to fill it with God’s gift…nature. We need any easy growing perennials that can tolerate shade (i.e. hostas). While you are doing your fall yardwork, you may come across  a perennial or two that are overgrown or you want to get rid of please drop them off at the school any time this week. Thanks for your consideration.

 

Reminders:

Oct. 4 – Oct. 10 – National Catholic Health Care Week – recognizes the inspiring work of Catholic health care organizations across Canada. Daily reflections and prayers will be said in acknowledging and reflecting on the work  and impact of  Catholic health care.

Oct. 7th – Rowan’s law Day

Oct. 8th – Father to virtually visit our Grade 2 class

Oct. 9th – PA Day – no school for students – Teachers will be spending some of this time on the New Mathematics curriculum

Oct. 12th – Thanksgiving Monday. No school. Blessings to you and your family.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

We Need You!

St. Clement is in need of a Lunch Hour Supervisor for the hours of 11:35-12:35. We require someone to fill this spot Monday – Friday, but if you are only available a couple of times a week, we will accommodate this as well. This is a paid position with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Please contact andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca if you are interested in helping out and filling this position.

Many thanks for considering.

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