Flag flown at half mast for Kamloops Residential School

Good Morning Saints,

On May 27, 2021, the buried remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, were found at the site of the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The school operated as a residential school from 1890 to 1969, which was then turned into a day school until finally closing in 1978. The building still stands and is located on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

So many lives have been negatively impacted by the residential school system which was systematically introduced as a way to destroy Indigenous cultures, languages, families, and ways of being.  The lasting impact of these schools and findings like this most recent one is real, sad and for many, very disturbing.

June is “Indigenous History Month”.  Residential schools are a part of the history of this country we now call Canada, and they continue to impact Indigenous people today. It is essential that we acknowledge what happened, remember it, and speak about it.  Truth must come before reconciliation. Those looking to learn more about the impact of Residential Schools might want to begin by reading the Calls to Action (http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf) identified by the Truth and reconciliation Commission.

Please remember that as we continue to serve many Indigenous students, staff and community members who will be deeply affected by these finding to be there for one another, your friends and classmates, and as always, please know that we are here for you at the school. If you need to reach out today, please do so.

Thank you for your continued support of our school and the community members associated with it.

Be well, Saints.

Important Message from Director of Education re: Planning for 2021-22 School Year & Vaccinations

Hello Saints Families,

Thank you for your continued efforts in remote learning. Your dedication is outstanding.

Attached is an important letter from the Director of Education of WCDSB, it contains updates regarding your learning choice for next year (face to virtual) and about vaccination of students from 12-17 years old.

Please note – ALL parents who want online learning for next year MUST complete the survey – even if you have already completed it in March. The survey will be open for four days starting today – May 31st through June 3rd.

Be well Saints!

Pandemic Update to WCDSB Parents May 26 21

Reminders for the Week: May 31 – June 4, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

We hope that you were able to enjoy a safe and relaxing long weekend. The weather was beautiful, and we hope you took advantage of it with outdoor time and physical activity.

Congratulations to all for making it to the week in June in what has been a most trying year. Your continued patience, dedication, and flexibility are so appreciated by the staff of St. Clement. Taking advantage of the natural breaks of snacks, recess, and lunch to get outside, get bodies moving and soak in a little vitamin D and helps to focus back at school and is a good way to break up the day. Thank you to all for your continued assistance.

As always, please know that we are here for you if any needs arise. Do not hesitate to contact the school anytime.

Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.

Final Transition Survey for the 2021-2022 School Year:

Face-to-Face Learning or St. Isidore Virtual School May 31- June 3, a survey will be made available by the board that will ask you to choose between attending St. Clement Catholic Elementary School face-to-face or attending St. Isidore Catholic Elementary School virtually for the 2021-2022 school year.

Even if you completed the survey in March, you are asked to complete the survey again to confirm your choice. If you do not complete the survey – we will assume your child is returning to face-to-face learning. A choice for virtual will be a choice for September through June. If you register for St Isidore, our virtual school, you will no longer be affiliated with your current home school, (for the 2021-2022 school year). You will have the option to re-register for the following school year (2022-2023). It is our hope that all students will feel comfortable in attending St. Clement School face-to-face, but understand any hesitation you may be feeling.

It is our hope that with increased numbers of staff and students being vaccinated and the necessary and appropriate safety protocols in place, we can continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment at St. Clement for all students.

We are in very challenging and uncertain times. Have confidence that whatever your decision is, you will make the right one for your family and for your children.

Please stay tuned to Newswire and the WCDSB Board website for updates and release of the survey. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at any time.

WCDSB Updates

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information. Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/ .

  1. WCDSB is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support, and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade. All Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Learning options can be found here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/
  2. At this time, there is no news about if we will be returning to face-to-face learning. We will continue with our online learning and let you know if there are any updates.
  3. Pre-registration for COVID-19 Vaccination is now available for all Waterloo Region Residents 12 years old and up. Please take the time to sign up for all family members 12 years and older. https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx

Grade 8 Graduation – Save the date

Plans are underway to celebrate our Graduation Class of 2021. This year, our Grade 8 Graduation will take place on Monday, June 28th, 2021. Details for this event will be finalized once we know about our return to school for this year. Grade 8 parents should continue to look for emails with updated information. We pray for our Graduates, as we prepare to celebrate them and all of their accomplishments!

Welcome To Kindergarten Night!

This week we welcomed some new Saints to our school community! It was so great to see the parents and students who are ready for learning to get stated in the fall. We hope you enjoy the presentation we sent to you yesterday via email. We look forward to seeing all of our newest Saints in September!

Parish Update – Sacraments

With the current ever-changing restrictions on gathering during the Pandemic and the uncertainty of government directives which may be forthcoming, the Diocese of Hamilton has recommended that the celebration of the Sacrament Confirmation is to be re-scheduled for the late fall. They will be notifying us of the new dates via email in early fall. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Umbrella Project: June Theme: Mastery

Welcome to June and Mastery month in The Umbrella Project. Mastery is a great way to wrap up the year because it requires us to use many of the skills we have learned about over the year.  Mastery is our ability to work towards excelling at something – our craft, our relationships, our jobs and many others. The early stages of mastery requires many of our Umbrella Skills to push through the boredom, fear, impatience and other difficult emotions of the learning journey. Over time, we build strength and confidence and are able to accomplish great things.

Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Help your child discover their natural inclinations and curiosities

The best masters start with a deep interest and curiosity in the area they are working towards mastering. The journey to mastery requires time, patience and overcoming obstacles so this interest (see intrinsic motivation skill tips) is paramount in persevering through the learning process. You may have a vision for your child but if this doesn’t align with their personal interests it is unlikely that they will go on to master this path while building their well-being.  Trying to master something you don’t care about is arduous, requires lots of will power and depletes our energy and happiness.

When you start with your childs’ natural interests, they are much more likely to engage with the process of learning and mastering their chosen activity. Start by helping your child notice the subjects they are most engaged in and the problems they most want to solve. Try to be specific when having these conversations ie. What unit in science did you like the most and why instead of what subject do you like…  For example, this year my daughter noticed that she really loved learning about energy in science and is also concerned about the environment which led her to thinking about the jobs that might exist in sustainable energy.  She is far from having to make these types of life decisions but reflecting on things that peak interest will help her engage and learn when opportunities present themselves.

Chat soon,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

May 31st – Welcome to Kindergarten Bag pick up 4-5 (for our newly registered Kindergarten families)

May 31 – June 3 – Final Transition for families will be available to indicate their preference for St. Isidore Virtual School for 2021-22.

June 2nd – Virtual Jump Rope for Heart Day

June 4th – PA Day – no school for students and EA/CYCW Appreciation Day

June 8th – Last Catholic School Advisory Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM – all are welcome; a virtual link will be sent out closer to the meeting date

June 11th – Friday Fun theme Day: Sunglasses Day – wear your favourite pair of shades (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 18th – Friday Fun theme Day: Work Out Gear Day – wear the closes that you work out or play sports (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 25th – Friday Fun theme Day: Pyjama Day – wear those comfy ‘jammies (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards go home

June 28th – Grade 8 Graduation

June 29th – Last Day of School

Final Thought
“Appreciation is like a secret sauce.  You need only a few drops of it every day…in combination with other key habits and dispositions…to create a rich resilience. That’s because feeling and expressing appreciation strengthen social connections, deepens our emotional intelligence and self-confidence, and heightens our ability to focus on the positive.” 
 – Elena Aguilar

Have a wonderful week! Stay Safe and be well. I pray for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safety in the near future.

Here are some of the things that happened lately at St. Clement School…

Last Friday was career day at St. Clement!

 

Friday Fun Theme Day Tomorrow!

Our Friday Fun Theme day for tomorrow is…

Animal Day! Dress up as your favourite animal or wear the colours of your favourite animal!

If you wish, please send photos to your teacher(s) of you all dressed up!

Charity Committee Update | Walmsley C.E. Primary School

 

Jump Rope for Heart Update

Hi Saints,

We have raised $810 so far… we have almost reached our goal of $1000! Thank you for your generosity!

Fun fact: Did you know that hockey players, dancers, basketball players and many other athletes all jump rope to stay in shape? Keep your heart strong by skipping every day! This will get you ready for our Jump Rope for Heart Event on June 2nd! And don’t forget to keep on fundraising!

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
  2. Join your school
  3. Set-up your child’s fundraising page
  4. Share the page by email or on social media with people you know

Jump Rope for Heart - Richardson

Important Message from Director of Education re: Planning for 2021-22 School Year-Vaccinations

Hello Saints Families,

Thank you for your continued efforts in remote learning. Your dedication is outstanding.

Attached is an important letter from the Director of Education of WCDSB, it contains updates regarding your learning choice for next year (face to virtual) and about vaccination of students from 12-17 years old.

Please note – ALL parents who want online learning for next year MUST complete the survey – even if you have already completed it in March. The survey will be open for four days – May 31st through June 3rd.

Be well Saints!

Pandemic Update to WCDSB Parents May 26 21

2021 Census

You may have heard that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for families, and the census might seem like another thing on your busy to-do list. However, I would like to encourage you to complete your census, if you haven’t already done so. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, libraries and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at www.census.gc.ca the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance, or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) questionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians.

Reminders for the Week: May 24 – 28, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

God has blessed us with weather that allows for nature to flourish and reminds us the blessings that Spring brings. Remote learning continues and we have lots to celebrate in our learning. As always, we thank our staff for their commitment to keeping kids connected and engaged in learning. We also thank all of our students and families for your dedication too as we navigate these times together!

As always, please know that we are here for you if any needs arise. Do not hesitate to contact the school anytime.

Please see below for important reminders and updates for the week.

Message from the Parish regarding Confirmation

Confirmation is cancelled due to the continued measures set by the government. The parish is contacting parents directly via email for more information so please stay tuned.

Gathered to Become Butterfly Visit!

It is a beautiful sight as you enter into our school to see the Gathered to Become Butterfly in our main foyer.  This butterfly represents transformation and is to celebrate and honour our Board wide Pastoral Theme.  It will now travel to another school – but will continue to remind us that we are all united as schools under the umbrella of the Waterloo Catholic School Board.

Please view the slide show of all of the activities that staff participated in for while the butterfly and chrysalis visited St. Clement School: Becoming Butterfly – St. Clement 2020-21 (1)

Final Transition Survey for the 2021-2022 School Year: Face-to-Face Learning or St. Isidore Virtual School

We wanted to provide you with a “heads up” so that you can begin thinking about your preferences for September 2021. In early June, a survey will be made available that will ask you to choose between attending St. Clement Catholic Elementary School face-to-face or attending St. Isidore Catholic Elementary School virtually.

Please know that the option that you choose now will be your decision for the entire school year.  There will be no transition period between delivery platforms.

It is our hope that all students will feel comfortable in attending St. Clement School face-to-face, but understand any hesitation you may be feeling.  It is our hope that with increased numbers of staff and students being vaccinated and the necessary and appropriate safety protocols in place, we can continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment at St. Clement for all students.

We are in very challenging and uncertain times.  Have confidence that whatever your decision is, you will make the right one for your family and for your children.

Please stay tuned to Newswire, the St. Clement CES Website and the WCDSB Board website for updates and release dates of the survey.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at any time.

Jump Rope for Heart!

On June 2, St. Clements are participating in a virtual Jump Rope for Heart Event. This week we had our virtual Kick Off and students learned why we fundraise and practice healthy habits. Jump Rope for Heart is a great way for students to learn fun ways to get active while raising awareness and support for Heart & Stroke. The funds that kids collect supports research that helps other kids and families across the country. Jump is also giving back – 10% of net fundraising dollars goes back to our school.  Our school’s fundraising goal is $1000. This year, 100% of the fundraising will be done online. Your child’s teacher will be providing more information. Click the link to show your support and cheer us on!

Parent Letter

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It’s Planting Time in our Peace garden and an Outdoor Classrom!

St. Clements received some grant money from the Kitchener Grand River Rotary Club in support of planting in our peace garden and towards our new OUTDOOR CLASSROOM. The planting will occur in the summer and the fall months. This money along with some money from the WCDSB will be put towards the Outdoor Classroom in our current peace garden. We are beautifying the peace garden with perennials that will bloom during the Spring and Fall months when students are here to enjoy them. As well, we will be installing large rocks, in a theatre formation, for students to sit on while learning outdoors. There is a growing body of evidence that shows that learning outdoors is not just a fun, novel experience for kids, but it also helps them focus once they return to the classroom. Being outdoors also helps reduce stress and increases students interest in a subject and intrinsic motivation to learn and may help students to retain information longer than regular indoor classes. This will be a lovely extension of our school. We will keep you updated on our progress!

Parent Presentation: Overcome Your Overwhelm Link

On Wednesday, Saints parents were invited to attend a virtual Parent Presentation called  “Overcome Your Overwhelm” which gave strategies for coping and parenting during COVID. If you were unable to attend but would like the recording of this presentation, kindly find the link and password for the recording below. The recording will be accessible until May 31.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/aOztK6YTulEzsJNM1pwZq0IAF28Ho66OGaHAXV2BvtH6DlLryL_o4xi2xKGpcfU9.mZngeVN8Panfy7_k Passcode: 1EMma4u&

MONDAY was “Raise some Dough”, Saints – FUNDRAISER!

Saints showed us that they love pizza!!

St. Clement School partnered for the first time, with New Orlean’s Pizza in St. Clements – keeping it local – for our fundraiser this year. Saints ordered pizzas on Monday and as a result New Orleans donated $2500 to St. Clement school. Thank you for your enthusiasm Saints and for supporting local business! A big thank you to New Orleans, St. Clements for their generosity.

Another big thank you to our CSAC Fundraising Committee, Tracy B and Emily R, for their hard work and efforts.

Welcome to Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten Night is this Wednesday, May 26th at 6 PM. We will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation and Q & A virtual session with our newest families of our students who will be starting Kindergarten in September. We are looking forward to meeting everyone! More information will be sent soon!

Kindergarten Registration is still open!

Please contact Mrs. Williams in the office to register for Kindergarten at St. Clement School at 519-699-5271 or send her an email at taylor.williams@wcdsb.ca

WCDSB Updates

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information. Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/ .

  1. WCDSB is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support, and challenge students toward success and preparation for the next grade. All Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Learning options can be found here: https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/
  2. The Umbrella Project April Shower Bring May Flowers Campaign continues! – https://www.wcdsb.ca/april-showers-bring-may-flowers/
  3. Youth in Waterloo Region between the ages 9 and 18 have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Impact Survey. https://childrenandyouthplanningtable.ca/youth-impact-survey/

Umbrella Project: May Theme: Integrity

This month at the Umbrella Project we are excited to be focusing our energy on Integrity. Integrity is when we have a set of positive values and our actions in life match that set of positive values. If you look up integrity in the dictionary, it also means ‘wholeness’, when the things that we say and do match up with what we value.

Respond consistently to behaviour that lacks integrity

One of the first things I realized after becoming a parent was that it is impossible to control children’s behaviour with threats or anger but consistency goes a long way in creating the boundaries for healthy and respectful actions. Once you have established the values that matter to your child and your family, respond with consistency when reinforcing them.  Dishonest and disrespectful behaviour often fall into this category. Listen and respect your child as they explain their behaviour and provide information about why this isn’t acceptable behaviour in your family, with friends or in their communities. Consequences of this type of behaviour should be clear, predictable and reinforced.

When your children are young, the consequences are smaller for not using integrity and honesty but as they get older the stakes get higher. Most children will test the boundaries of dishonesty, irresponsibility and disrespect as a normal part of learning about the world and their role in it. When we teach integrity and consistently reinforce that there are consequences of not using this important skill from an early age, it helps our children make informed choices about how to identify positive values and live in a way that matches these values.

Learn how to be consistent with behaviour that lacks integrity.

Until next time,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

May 24th – Victoria Day – no school for staff and students- Enjoy your long weekend!

May 26th – Welcome to Kindergarten Night  (Virtual) – 6 PM

May 28th – Friday Fun theme Day: Animal Day – Dress as your favourite animal or the colours of your favourite animal (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

May 31st – Welcome to Kindergarten Bag pick up 4-5

June 1 -3 – Final Transition for families will be available June 1-3 to indicate their preference for St. Isidore Virtual School for 2021-22.

June 2nd – Virtual Jump Rope for Heart Day

June 4th – PA Day – no school for students

June 11th – Friday Fun theme Day: Sunglasses Day – wear your favourite pair of shades (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 18th – Friday Fun theme Day: Work Out Gear Day – wear the closes that you work out or play sports (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 25th – Friday Fun theme Day: Pyjama Day – wear those comfy ‘jammies (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

June 28th – Term 2 Report Cards go home

June 29th – Last Day of School

Have a wonderful week! Stay Safe and be well. I prayer for every family to stay healthy and safe. Please continue to follow the direction of Public Health so we can all return to school safety in the near future. Wishing you a peaceful long weekend.

Here are some of the things that happened lately at St. Clement School…

Please view the slide show of all of the activities that staff participated in for while the butterfly and chrysalis visited St. Clement School: Becoming Butterfly – St. Clement 2020-21 (1)

 

St. Clement Parents attended the Virtual Parent Presentation Overcome Your Overwhelm. It was a great message with strategies for coping and parenting during COVID.

Saints participated in a virtual kickoff for Jump Rope for Heart! Our jump rope day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2!

Thank you to all of our Saints… students and staff, that supported our first ever Pizza Fundraiser. Another big thank you to New Orleans pizza for your support and delicious pizza!

 

Last Friday’s Fun Theme Day was Twin Day!

 

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