When life around the globe returns to normal…our planet Earth cannot return to the way things are.
Let’s work together to restore our Earth and celebrate World Earth Day on April 22nd.
See the attached information from Anishnabeg Outreach for a High Noon Ceremony from 11:30-12:30 and is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
Good Morning Saints,
Here is an updated fact sheet from Ontario Public Health as to taking care of a child in your household who may be required to self-isolate. Please continue to observe all Public Health guidelines in terms of the required. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
We are still in this together and we are here for you!
Hello Saints, the yearbook committee hopes you enjoyed your spring break! We have drawn a winner for the yearbook cover colouring contest! *Drum roll…*
Congratulations to Delanie in Gr. 4!
Your artwork will be featured on the front cover of the yearbook this year! Because we had so many amazing cover submissions, the back cover of the yearbook will also have a number of (but not all of) the other submissions we received. Thank you saints for sharing your artistic talents with the school community!
Keep your eye on your email for a Newswire with details about how to order your 2020-2021 yearbook!
Congrats again to Delanie!
|“Here comes the sun” – The Beatles|
|Students, families, and staff: From April 19th to May 28th we will be running an April Showers Bring May Flowers campaign with our partner organization The Umbrella Project. We will be focusing on five Umbrella Project skills during the campaign: Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness, Optimism and Resilience.|
|Building on the #HarbouringHope initiative of our student leaders, WCDSB students, staff and families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/grown this past year. Submissions can occur via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or #WCDSBblooms.|
|Student submissions may be produced in an April Showers Bring May Flowers postcard (digital version) that will be forwarded to the school and students can share it with others to pass on their ‘May Flowers’.|
|Visit our website for details and to submit entries: https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/|
Please join us for our April CSAC (formerly Parent Council) Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30 PM. All are welcomed and encouraged to join us.
Here is the link:
Next click on Join Audio with Computer
If you don’t have an internet connection – you may join by telephone instead. Use a dial in number that is closest to your current location:
Click here to find a list of phone numbers for all countries
Canada: +1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588 or +1 778 907 2071 or +1 438 809 7799 or +1 587 328 1099
If prompted enter this Meeting ID: 985 9329 9073
Meeting URL: https://syngenta.zoom.com/j/98593299073
Check Frequently Asked Questions here
Click here to contact Zoom’s support service
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed your time on ‘Spring Break’. As announced by the Premier of the Province this past Monday, the return to school this week will be remote. We have done this before and we can do it again! #GoSaints.
What is remote learning? This is learning that occurs when classes are taught ‘at a distance’ and when students and educators are not in a conventional classroom setting. Remote learning takes place in times of extended interruption to in-person learning. Remote learning can be asynchronous OR synchronous and can be taught online through a Learning Management System (LMS), either D2L or Google Classroom. All remote learning information for your child(ren) will be located here.
What is asynchronous learning? This is learning that is not delivered in real-time. Asynchronous learning also allows for the learning to happen on your own schedule. The teacher will post learning content and activities to be completed. Asynchronous learning may also involve students watching pre-recorded and/or videos as part of the lesson and completing assigned tasks.
What is synchronous learning: This is learning that happens in real-time. Synchronous learning involves the teacher interacting ‘live’ in a virtual place AND at a set time using text, video, or voice communication (i.e., via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams). Synchronous learning time enables educators/staff to instruct and connect with students in both whole class and small group settings.
TODAY: Monday, April 19th ~ Asynchronous Learning Day: This will be our first day ‘back to school’ and students will be engaged in asynchronous learning only. This day will be like our adapted learning ‘Snow Days’. Teachers will post work on their D2L by 10:00 am for students to complete during the day.
Tuesday, April 20th ~ Synchronous Learning Begins: We will proceed daily with our regular school bell times 8:50-3:20 and students will experience both synchronous and some asynchronous learning too within each day. Synchronous teaching & learning involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students, either through email or an open meet link. Attendance will be taken both morning and afternoon. If your child is not going to be present for on line learning, please call the school to let us know by leaving a voicemail – press 1 after calling the school to do so. Our answering machine is available 24 hours a day. Mrs. Williams will be making calls to anyone who is absent from remote learning.
We extend our gratitude to you AGAIN for your continued support and we recognize that you are also doing your best to adapt to the changes and possible challenges. We are working together and we all want what is best for your child. We are equally understanding and compassionate about this learning situation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher and the school if needed.
Please see the attached Virtual Code of Conduct to further help support your child’s learning remotely.
|Dear Saints Families,|
|We hope everyone is staying safe and the students are enjoying their Spring break. Please see the letter below regarding the school closure following the Spring Break from our Director of Education, Loretta Notten. As stated in the letter, teachers will be posting work asynchronously on April 19. Teachers will follow the same schedule used for remote learning during the January shutdown. Synchronous learning does not begin until April 20. Thank you for your continued patience during these challenging times. Should you have any questions you are encouraged to contact the school on Monday, April 19th after 8:30 am.
Continue to stay safe and take care of one another, Saints.
Hi Saints Families!
This week we joyously welcome the liturgical season of Easter with the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, marking the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Easter symbolizes hope, renewal, and new life; all of which are especially poignant and uplifting reminders during these challenging times.
Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.
Health and Safety Reminders!
Thank you to staff, students and families for working so hard to follow our COVID 19 safety protocols. While I recognize that this has been an exhausting year, we must continue to be vigilant about following public health directions. We have noticed that with the nice weather students are returning to the school after hours to use the area. Please keep in mind that WCDSB Extended Day Care uses the space for our after-school program until 6:00 p.m. For students using the area after hours, we ask that they remain masked when congregating with anyone outside of their own family.
Students have been reminded that cell phones must remain in their backpacks at all times when on school property unless they have the expressed permission and supervision of their teacher. We ask for your support in reinforcing this message at home and discussing the importance of digital citizenship and respect when using technology. As always, please contact the school office at 519-699-5271 if you need to get in touch with your child(ren) during the school day.
Please be reminded that all adults and all students must wear a face mask while on any part of St. Clement’s outdoor school property. Please be diligent as arrival and dismissal times inherently have more people moving about.
Students must check for symptoms of illness every day before going to school. You can screen your child or yourself by taking the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
April Family Spring ParticipACTION events!
New! WCDSB parents are welcome to attend April events from yoga to drumfit! Attend a session and be entered to win a $75 restaurant card! Brough to you by CPIC and Ministry of Education PRO Grants.
April Break Stem Camp
An April Break Stem Camp is being offered. Please see the attached poster for details. AprilBreakSTEMCamp.pdf
School Messenger Communicate System
The School Messenger Communicate system currently uses telephone and email to notify parents/guardians and staff of URGENT information related to school activities, parent engagement activities, or emergency messages. School Messenger utilizes the parent/guardian contact information from Aspen to send a phone call to the home number and/or an email to the student’s main contact. At St. Clement these messages will be sent via email. This system is intended to augment and not replace other methods of communication such as Newswire, letters, social media, and websites.
Due to the importance of these emails, we are requesting that parents/guardians DO NOT BLOCK this address: email@example.com from your contact list as this may result in you being unaware of important information related to St. Clement School.
Spring Emergency Drills
Spring brings us the opportunity to practice our emergency preparedness. In the coming few months we will hold three spring fire drills, one CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) drill and tornado drill as part of our school emergency response plan. It is very important for students to please bring and wear their indoor shoes.
Umbrella Project: April Theme: Intrinsic Motivation
This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Intrinsic Motivation. Intrinsic Motivation is motivation that comes from inside you instead of from external rewards like money or grades. It’s the pleasure you get from doing something because it is interesting, challenging and absorbing.
When we are intrinsically motivated we do activities simply for enjoyment, and we don’t worry as much about the reward at the end. Failing to hit the goals, marks or
achievements we are hoping for can be tough, especially when the outcome was the only thing we cared about. When we enjoy the process, it takes some of the stress off
the end result and makes us feel happier overall. In fact, being intrinsically motivated increases our wellbeing and our success at the end of the day.
Be on the lookout for the flow state
Flow state is that state of existence when we are completely engaged in what we are doing. Coined by researcher, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, it describes the feeling of being energized and fully absorbed in a task. You might see this state in a high level athlete as they execute an extremely difficult skill for example or in our children when they are so absorbed in what they are doing that they lose all sense of time. You’ve probably felt it yourself when you have been so absorbed in something you look at the clock and realize hours have passed without realizing it. Flow state is a great indicator of intrinsic motivation and an enjoyment of the process.
Flow state exists just a step beyond our current ability levels and usually requires us to recruit all of our attention to complete the task. Often referred to as goldilocks tasks, these activists are not too hard, not too easy… just right! The tasks that elicit this state help us work up to our potential, challenge ourselves and build confidence in our abilities. In a learning environment, the lessons that fall in this sweet spot are usually the ones that keep our children the most engaged – preventing boredom from tasks that are too easy and anxiety or procrastination from tasks that are too hard.
Be on the lookout this month for the activities that put your child in this state of flow and help them find opportunities to practice these activities. Identifying the natural flow states our children experience is a great way to learn about what type of activities, learning methods, and environments intrinsically motivate them. With this information we can teach our children how to move towards this flow state more often, practicing their intrinsic motivation and prioritizing engagement with the process instead of just the outcome.
You’ve got this!
Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project
Upcoming Important Dates
April 12-16 – Spring Break (the former March Break) – board holiday – no school for staff or students.
Note: April 23rd is no longer a PD day. Students are expected to come to school.
Tuesday, April 20th – CSAC Meeting 6:30 PM – all are welcome to join. A link will be sent out to join the virtual meeting.
Thursday, April 22nd – Earth Day and Spirit Wear/Blue & Gold Day
Friday, April 23rd – Friday Fun Theme Day – Backwards Day – what can you wear backwards?
Have a wonderful week! Stay safe and be well. Here are some of the great things that happened this week at St. Clement School! Follow us on Twitter for more @stclementsaints
Saints participate in a virtual Easter Liturgy on Tuesday morning
Saints staff and students wore blue on Tuesday in support of Autism and to raise awareness
Saints participated in the Intrinsic Motivation Umbrella Project Virtual Assembly
Friday was Hat Day! Saints wore their favourite hats today
Saints Staff Survivor…. our first place winner is… MRS. KIRBY FROM OUR JK/SK ROOM! Mrs. Williams came in second place!
Congratulations to our winners and all our staff for participating in this fun activity!
Tomorrow (April 9) – Friday Dun theme: Hat day! Wear your favourite hat to school!