Monthly Archives: November 2020

Inclement Weather Days and Bus Cancellations

With winter closely upon us and the potential bus cancellations, we would like to remind you that student safety and well-being is always a priority. As previously communicated, there are important changes to the WCDSB processes when student transportation has been cancelled due to the unique and additional challenges that Covid19 presents (such as cohorting).

For the 2020/2021 school year in the circumstance when bus transportation is cancelled due to weather and road conditions, all schools will be closed to both students and staff. This includes both wakers and bus students.

Each classroom teacher has established a Google Classroom or D2L Brightspace web site in which they will be posting work for your child to complete by the end of the school day (3:20 PM). Asynchronous student work, including Planning Time/French, will be posted by 10AM on the closure day. Teachers will be available to assist students via email or Google classroom/D2L Brightspace from 8:50 AM- 3:20 PM.

Saints…The Season of Advent is here!

Hello Saints!

To celebrate the Advent season we would typically gather together in the gym. Although we could not gather physically, we did gather as a community engaged in a school-wide celebration to light the first candle – the candle of HOPE. We are so hope-filled this season as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We were reminded this morning to “enter into this Advent season with the grace of joy and laughter. Let this gift come from deep within” and that we need to get beyond the shopping and anxiety of our current situation. Truly inspirational words to center our thoughts as we begin this season of Advent.

A big Thank YOU to Mrs. Hehn, Mrs. Kittel and their classes for preparing such a reflective celebration!

Reminders for the Week:

This week has been a simply incredible week at our school – One SAINTS Family. We continue to be stronger together. Across the Board, our COVID-19 protocols are working, and while there have been cases in schools, there are no cases of school transmission. Our school remains a wonderful, vibrant place to be! Please find some updates below.

Feast of St. Clement

The Feast of St. Clement was on Monday, November 23rd. Since this was a PD Day, our school community celebrated the feast day on the following day, Tuesday, November 24th. Students celebrated by participating in a school wide virtual liturgy. Please see our Twitter feed for this and many more happenings around the school. @stclementsaints

We have a Christmas Nutcracker Loose at St. Clement School and he is up to SNOW good!

A Nutcracker has been hiding at St. Clement school and the students need to find him! Each day, leading up to Christmas, students will be given picture clues on the Brightlinks to figure out where the Nutcracker was hiding. On Monday, the picture of where the Nutcracker was hiding will have a small clue, and then each day after, there will be more clues in the picture to show where he is hiding leading up to the reveal on Friday. Each week he hides in a new place and each week students will have opportunities to guess where he is hiding based on the picture clues!

Some virtual fun leading up to Christmas for students!

 

12 Days of Christmas is Back!

Back by popular demand, we will be celebrating the spirit of Christmas for the 12 days leading up to Christmas break. Each day will begin with some Christmas music over our PA system to welcome the students into the building. A group of intermediate students helped plan the theme days which are posted on our school calendar on our website. I am also providing them below so that you can plan ahead!

Thurs. Dec.3 – Door Decorating Day (each classroom is going to decorate their door)

Fri. Dec. 4 – Pajama Day – wear your pajamas to school (this is a favourite among students and staff)

Mon. Dec. 7 – Red and Green Day – wear red and green and bring some cheer!

Tues. Dec. 8 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Wed. Dec. 9 – Pajama Day #2 – of course we would have this popular choice twice!

Thurs. Dec. 10 – Funky Footwear Day – wear funky socks or slippers

Fri. Dec. 11 – Christmas Movie Day – classrooms will have a showing of a Christmas Classic

Mon. Dec. 14 – Christmas head accessories – wear a Santa hat, or maybe some antlers

Tues. Dec. 15- Christmas stuffy day – students can bring their own stuffy for the day

Wed. Dec. 16 – Favourite Character Day – come dressed as a favourite Christmas character

Thurs. Dec. 17 – Christmas Movie Day #2 – yes, students begged and it was the least we could do for this great group of students!

Fri. Dec. 18 – Crazy Christmas Day! – that’s right, wear all the Christmas gear you can today!

Construction Update

Construction has informed me that they will be working on the completion of the main entrance on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday December 1st. Therefore, the main entrance to the school building will not be accessible from 8:30 – 3:20. Extended Day will have access before 8:30 and after 3:20. If you do need to pick your child up mid-day kindly use the ‘elevator entrance’ by the blacktop area. There is a buzzer and a camera to contact the main office. Many thanks for your continued patience while renovations are being completed.

Staffing Update

We welcome back Mrs. Penny Plourde who will be filling in for Mrs. Erika Geis (Planning Time) who is off on a leave. You will remember that Mrs. Plourde filled in for Mrs. Geis when she was off in a previous year.  We are so happy to have you back!

We welcome Mr. Max Robles who will be filling in for Mrs. Andrea Boyce (Lunch Hour Supervisor) while she is off for a leave.

Picture Day was on Friday, November 27th and there were lots of great smiles!

As per the school messenger sent out on Thursday, November 26th letting parents know how to order pictures (which is different than past practice) Ordering pictures is not on School Cash-Online it is through LifeTouch: Order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using this Picture Day ID QX010230Q0.

COVID – 19: What can you do?

We have all heard about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our region and the reports of cases in Waterloo region schools. We are really hoping this does not happen in our school, so we are simply reaching out to you to thank you for all you are doing to protect our school community and to ask for your help with the following…

  1. Please continue to be diligent with screening: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
  2. Please follow the advice of Waterloo Region Public Health. They are asking us all to do our part by limiting all social interactions to only those we live with. We need to avoid socializing with friends and family outside of our household. We need to stay home and only go out for essential trips only (e.g., grocery store, medical appointments, etc.).
  3. We also ask that you please double-check your child’s masks that they wear to school to make sure that they fit properly – that they cover the nose and mouth, and that they don’t slip down past the nose. We are noticing that some of our students could use some extra practice with masks at home.

Following health and safety protocols can be frustrating and exhausting, but we must stay the course. This is a tough battle, but we all know what we need to do to triumph. We’ve got this, Saints!  Stay the course!

 

Winter Weather Has Arrived

We are beginning to experience our truly winter days and they have been beautiful! Lots of fresh, crisp Canadian air with lots of sunshine, and a wintery white blanket covering the rooftops and trees! Unfortunately, MANY of our students were not dressed appropriately for the weather.

Remember: all students will be going outside for every recess and therefore, need to be dressed appropriately. This includes our Intermediate students. We will follow our Inclement Weather protocol which is linked below, and summarized:

Below is a summary of important points regarding our school board policies related to Inclement Weather. Please reference this policy for detailed information regarding cancellations and early dismissals.

  • We will reference weather.ca for accurate forecasts using PointCast location. You can also check this information from home. Simply type in the postal code for the school (N0B 2M0) and get localized information.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –14°C or warmer students will be outside for the entire duration of recess.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –15°C to—19°C students will be limited to 20 minutes of outdoor time at a time.
  • When the temperature (including windchill or “feels like”) is –20°C or colder students will be kept indoors.
  • Students cannot arrive on school property prior to 8:35 am as there is no supervision on the yard or in the building prior to this time. Students will not be allowed into the building prior to 8:35 am on extreme cold days.
It is critical that students be dressed appropriately for Canadian winter.
  • Please make sure your child has a hat, mitts/ gloves, snowpants, winter coat, boots. If you need assistance providing this for your child we are happy to help out.

 

Support for our Angel Tree

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to others and we focus on the spirit of giving! St. Clement School has always whole-heartedly participated in the Mary’s Place Angel Tree Fundraiser. In the past, this was done by donating a new, unwrapped gift and placing them under the Christmas tree in our Library. This year, however, due to the COVID restrictions we will be collecting donations exclusively online. Our Christmas tree will still go in our Library, but our gift will be a donation towards helping to pay for meals, rather than purchasing a gift.

There is no limit-high or low- to the number of donations or the amount. Please think about those in our community who might be in need this year as Christmas approaches and make a donation today.

This is such a wonderful cause, we are hopeful that you will consider helping Mary’s Place for Christmas. You can donate here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/1019

 

https://ywkw.ca/donate/

 

Important Dates:

Month of November – Saints “Book of Life” continue to send your child’s classroom teacher names of those who have departed so that we may honour the lives and pray for their souls.

Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, December 4 – Week One of “Christmas Nutcracker Loose at St. Clement School and he is up to SNOW good!”

 

Monday, November 30 – School-wide Virtual Advent Celebration for the first week in advent

Thursday, Dec. 3 – 12 Days of Christmas: Classroom Door Decorating

Friday, Dec. 4 – 12 Days of Christmas: Pyjama Day

 

It’s a big day today!

It ‘s picture day and stuffy day today! Just a reminder to bring your smile AND a stuffy!

Picture Day Tomorrow!

Hi Saints!

We will be having a school picture day tomorrow. Like most things during Covid-19, there will be some restrictions and safety protocols put in place to ensure the well-being of the staff and students. Below is the video with the safety protocols that have been approved by the Board and will be observed on picture day. Only individual photos will be taken (i.e. no class photos).

Ordering pictures is done directly through mylifetouch.ca (NOT SCHOOL CASH ONLINE) using this picture ID: QX010230Q0. We will not be sending home any paper order forms this year.

Please contact the St. Clement’s main office if you have any questions or concerns.

Today is the Feast Day of St. Clement

Hi Saints,

Today, November 23rd is the Feast Day of St. Clement.

As staff engages in their Spiritual Development Day today, we remember the wise words of St. Clement…”The Christian prays while he walks, while he talks, while he rests, while he works and while he reads”.

Students will participate in a Virtual Liturgy tomorrow in celebration of this special day.

Reminders for the Upcoming Week

Celebration of Students and Staff

Our staff and students have done an outstanding job leading our community. We have had wonderful virtual assemblies the past few weeks. We had a reflective Virtual Remembrance Day Assembly and we were reminded of our freedom due to the sacrifices of many men and women. We have had virtual public service announcements for Anti-bullying /Friendship/Gathered to Become Week along with the Kindness trees that grew and grew and grew because of the amazing acts of kindness that Saints show to one another. Our school continues to be a great place to grow and learn! I hope that you had a chance to check out our Twitter feed to see many of these great things.

Progress Reports/ Initial Observations  & Parent Teacher Interviews

Your child will receive their Progress Report/Initial Observation today, November 20th. It is our hope that you take some time to review their progress with them, praise their efforts and set some goals with them for the term.

Parent- teacher remote interviews are scheduled to take place from November 23 to November 27th. The classroom teacher will contact you to arrange a date and time for your interview. You may also contact the classroom teacher to request an interview if you have not been contacted yet. All interviews will take place by pone or other virtual method. There will not be any face to face interviews as per WCDSB protocols.

Spiritual Development Day: Monday November 23rd

Monday November 23rd is our Spiritual Development Day across Waterloo Catholic District School Board. This means no school for students, and the Extended Day program is not being offered at any schools. Our entire system will be participating in a variety of faith-based activities for the day.

Feast of St. Clement

The Feast of St. Clement is on Monday, November 23rd. Since this is a PD Day, our school community will be celebrating the feast day on the following day, Tuesday, November 24th. Students will be participating in a school wide virtual liturgy in celebration of our feast day.

St. Clement Parish News

St. Clement parish has asked that I inform you that if you wish for information regarding Sacraments, kindly visit the parish website for information:  stclementsparish.com.

Individual Picture Day: November 27th

Just a quick reminder that Friday November 27th is our school picture day. Lifetouch has been our board approved photo provider for many years and we are glad to be welcoming them to our school. Please know that all COVID protocols will be followed. We will only be taking individual student photos; there will not be a class photo taken this year.

COVID numbers seem to be on the rise…and you are the solution, Saints!

Please complete the “School Screening” tool online that can be found at this link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ You are the best defense against the spread of the virus at St. Clement CES. If your children are exhibiting symptoms, please do not send them to school. We look froward to seeing everyone attend school, so please help by doing your part.

Mask wearing is important. Please ensure that your child’s mask fits properly over their mouth and nose and for bus students kindly remind your child to keep their mask on during their entire bus ride. Thanks for helping to keep your child and other children safe.

 

Support for our Angel Tree

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to others and we focus on the spirit of giving! St. Clement School has always whole-heartedly participated in the Mary’s Place Angel Tree Fundraiser. In the past, this was done by donating a new, unwrapped gift and placing them under the Christmas tree in our Library. This year, however, due to the COVID restrictions we will be collecting donations exclusively online. Our Christmas tree will still go in our Library, but our gift will be a donation towards helping to pay for meals, rather than purchasing a gift.

There is no limit-high or low- to the number of donations or the amount. Please think about those in our community who might be in need this year as Christmas approaches and make a donation today.

This is such a wonderful cause, we are hopeful that you will consider helping Mary’s Place for Christmas. You can donate here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/1019

 

https://ywkw.ca/donate/

 

Important Dates:

Month of November – Saints “Book of Life” continue to send your child’s classroom teacher names of those who have departed so that we may honour the lives and pray for their souls.

Nov. 23 – Feast Day of St. Clement

Nov. 23- Monday PA Day – Faith Day – No school for students

Nov. 24 – School Wide Virtual Liturgy for St. Clement Feast Day

Nov. 24 – Nov. 26 – Virtual Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences: your child’s teacher will be in contact with you regarding your date and time

Friday Nov. 27 – Fun Friday Theme Day: Stuffy Day – students are invited to bring a stuffy to school to sit at their desk with them

Friday Nov. 27 – Individual Picture Day

Nov. 30 – First Week of Advent: Hope – Virtual Liturgy school wide

It’s Pink Day today!

Hey Saints!

Today is wear PINK day in support of FRIENDSHIPS and PEACE for anti-bullying week. Find any pink that you have- hat, scarf, t-shirt, socks, shoes… and show you stand up for spreading kindness! Go Saints!

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