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.
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.
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.
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.
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!