Reminders for the Week: May 17 – 21, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

I am sure that you heard the announcement from the Provincial government that we will remain in lockdown until June 2nd and remote learning will continue for students. A continued thank you to everyone for your support during remote learning. We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone, staff, students, and families. We are so grateful to our students for showing up and demonstrating their own resiliency in learning this way and to all of our families who support their children in any way that they can to keep the learning happening.

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

Prayer for the Month of May: Lord of all, we praise you for your countless gifts. We praise you for Mary, whom you chose to be the Mother of your Son. Help us to follow her example of discipleship and guide us on our journey. Amen.

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

MONDAY is time to “Raise some Dough”

Saints – FUNDRAISER! Do you love pizza?? St. Clement School is partnering with New Orlean’s Pizza in St. Clements – keeping it local – for our fundraiser this year. Just order pizza(s) on Monday, May 17th between 4-8 pm and HALF OF ALL OF THE PROCEEDS made that night will be donated to the school. It’s as easy as that! We look forward to supporting a local company and our school on May 17th. Mark your calendars for MONDAY!

Please send us some pictures of our students enjoying their pizza.

Mark Your Calendars for May 19th!

St. Clement Community is invited to attend the virtual practical parent Workshop OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHLEM which is presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired Coaching & Consultation.

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of

work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Time: 6:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88206400380?pwd=WFRBeGhXVFlQVVh3NVhLZ0ZmSU5rdz09

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcK1HX66HW

A BIG THANK YOU to CSAC chair, Mary Craiovan who applied for the grant in order for this wonderful opportunity/presentation for our community.

WCDSB Pastoral Theme “Gathered To Become”

This upcoming week, we will celebrate our Board’s pastoral theme, “Gathered to Become” by displaying the WCDSB chrysalis and butterfly outside the main office. These are the symbols that we will use to represent this theme.

On Monday, May 17th, the chrysalis will be hanging outside the office, representing a safe and secure environment for a caterpillar to develop into a beautiful butterfly. We, too, need to be in our own environments, to ensure the safety and security of all. While we are in our safe and secure environments, we ARE developing. We are learning, we are adapting and, one day, we will emerge stronger.

Toward the end of next week, a butterfly will emerge at the office. The butterfly represents us as changed individuals. We will emerge from our cocoons ready to spread our wings and fly!

Next week, each class will be focused on a variety of activities about butterflies as well as a variety of reflective activities. As a family, think about how our theme of “Gathered to Become” can connect to our current situation.

How can we feel connected to others given the limits of how we can “gather”?

What does “gathering” look like these days?

What is it that we want to “become”?

How can we work at “becoming” the person that God wants us to be? That we want to be?

Things are different these days, but we are still a part of the St. Clement Catholic Elementary School community and we are always “Gathered to Become!”

Spirit Wear Update

We know you are excited to receive your St. Clement Spirit Wear! By now, most of you should have received a confirmation email from Stitch Graphics regarding your order. Please note: in this email you received, they have offered curb side pick up and also stated that if you prefer to have your order shipped, to please contact them directly asap. This shipping charge will be $15 plus tax.

Staff Update

We say thank you and welcome back to some of our staff members. Ms. Calzavara (Itinerant Planning Time Teacher) will be leaving our school. Coming back will be Ms. Brown – Itinerant Planning Time Teacher and Ms. Gies-Planning Time Teacher (part-time).

Welcome to Kindergarten

Our virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night is on 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! Please contact the school for the meeting link if you did not receive it.

Kindergarten Registration is still open. Please visit this link https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/entering-kindergarten/ to register for Kindergarten at St. Clement School. Once you have completed your online registration, please contact Mrs. Williams in the office at 519-699-5271 to finalize your registration 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. Considering Purchasing a Chromebook/Learning Device for Your Child? The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/chapter-1b.html#s-0 provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during COVID-19 Pandemic. Starting on April 26th, the government will begin issuing payments of $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. If you received the payment through the Support for Learners program https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners , you do not need to apply for this additional payment. If you missed applying for the Support For Learners Program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will be open from may 3rd to 17th.

2. April Showers Bring May Flowers: 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 #Harbouring Hope initiative families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/grown this past year. Submission can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms. Student submissions may be produced in a 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/

May ParticipACTION Parent Events

More free events open to parents of students in the WCDSB. Visit the KPL virtually and learn of the resources and cool events they have. Join us for yoga, paint night or motivational speaker Nancy Revie. Sign up here.

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.

Create a set of family values.

What are your family values? Can your child discuss and defend them? Having a set of family values has a huge impact on the well-being of our children. It helps them to feel part of something bigger than themselves and identify healthy ways to behave and build their self-esteem. It also creates a set of guidelines that we can align our actions with to build and sustain integrity of thought and action and create meaning and purpose in our lives. Living with purpose and feeling strong doesn’t have to be about achieving specific goals. How we show up everyday for our friends,colleagues and family can make us feel that we are living purposefully every day.

Start by brainstorming as a family all of the experiences and values that are most important to you. This exercise should be done as a family so that everyone has a say in creating and sharing what matters most to them. Discuss each point that comes up and why it is important the person who suggested it and to the larger group. Select the values that define your family and display them somewhere you can see them often.

When your child displays these values, try to notice and point them out to your child.

Here are some of the ideas that came up in my family: generosity, honesty, sharing experiences and travel to broaden our minds, friendship, connecting with nature, giving back, a family that supports each other.

Learn how to create your own set of family values.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

May 17th – Pizza Fundraiser Night with New Orleans from 4-8 pm

May 17- 21 – Gathered to Become – Becoming Butterfly Week for St. Clement

May 19th – Overcome your Overwhelm Parent Workshop 6:30 PM (link provided above)

May 21st- Friday Fun theme Day: Career Day – Dress as your talent or future self (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

May 24th – Victoria Day – no school for staff and students

May 26th – Welcome to Kindergarten Night – 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)

June 4th – PA Day – no school for students

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.

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

Last Friday was Crazy Sock Day!

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Free WCDSB Summer Programs

Good Afternoon Saints,
Below you will find links to some wonderful free programming the Board is offering this summer. Please review based on grade of your children. These programs fill up quite quickly so we would recommend registering as soon as possible. Current grades are reflected below.
Head Start: Grade 8 Students: 2021-HeadStart-Flyer
Summer Boost: SK-8: 2021-Summer Boost-Flyer
Summer Expedition: Gr 6, 7, 8: 2021-Summer Expedition-Flyer
Reading Intervention: Gr 1 and 2: 2021-Summer Reading-Flyer
Summer Fun with Languages: JK-8: 2021-Fun with Languages-Flyer
Stay Safe Saints!

Time to “Raise some Dough” Saints!

Time to “Raise some Dough”, Saints!

Do you love pizza??

St. Clement School is partnering with New Orleans Pizza in St. Clements – keeping it local – for our fundraiser this year. Just order pizza(s) on Monday, May 17th and HALF OF ALL OF THE PROCEEDS made that night will be donated to the school. It’s as easy as that! We look forward to supporting a local company and our school on May 17th.

Mark your calendars for May 17th  from 4-8pm! We thank New Orleans Pizza for their generosity in supporting our school!

St. Clement Yearbook Orders – DUE TOMORROW

Similar to last year, this year CSAC will be covering the cost of one yearbook per family. A big thank you to CSAC for their generosity! You are not required to complete an order for the one yearbook being provided to your family. It has been pre-ordered.

If families would like more than one yearbook, ordering is available only through Lifetouch (not School Cash Online) at the cost of $20 each.

Please see attached flyer for more information: St. Clement yearbook flyer

Here’s the link and code: https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/

Yearbook ID Code: 14376821

Ordering additional yearbooks is due tomorrow (May 8, 2021)

Reminders for the Week: May 10 – 14, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

While we may be remote the learning with our Saints continues! We are all getting better at understanding what works for children when learning at home. Our hope is that we keep working together to support our students, your children, not only with their online academics, but with some of the social and emotional learning too during this pandemic. Even though remote learning is not new to us at this point we still need to offer ourselves some grace with all of the changes we continue to experience in our lives this year. Sincere thanks to our OUTSTANDING educators who continue to be incredibly creative in their efforts to support students and keep the learning active and engaging. And thank you to our parents and students for working together in efforts to provide a solid remote learning experience to our AMAZING Saints!

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.

Last Chance to order a 2020 2021 Yearbook tomorrow!

Once again, we will be selling a St. Clements Yearbook to share all the memories from the year. This has been a historic year with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of our daily lives. The 2020-2021 school yearbook will capture many wonderful times over the course of the entire school year including our experiences with home learning.

Similar to last year, this year CSAC will be covering the cost of one yearbook per family. A big thank you to CSAC for their generosity! You are not required to complete an order for the one yearbook being provided to your family. It has been pre-ordered.
If families would like more than one yearbook, ordering is available only through Lifetouch (not School Cash Online) at the cost of $20 each. Please see the previous Newswire sent out on how to order.

Attendance

A reminder we are taking attendance as per usual practice during remote. Your children need to check-in online with their teachers each morning at 8:50 AM and afternoon at 12:35 PM. If they are not planning to connect on a given day, or they are sick and not able to connect, or they are going to be late or sign out early, please contact the office (519-699-5271 x 1) and leave a message on our attendance line. Thank you so much for your help and cooperation with this. We know everyone is trying their best, and we appreciate it!

Spirit Wear Update!

We know you are excited to receive your St. Clement Spirit Wear! By now, most of you should have received a confirmation email from Stitch Graphics regarding your order. Please note: in this email you received, they have offered curb side pick up and also stated that if you prefer to have your order shipped, to please contact them directly asap. This shipping charge will be $15 plus tax.

Mark Your Calendars for May 19th!

St. Clement Community is invited to attend the virtual practical parent Workshop OVERCOME YOUR OVERWHLEM which is presented by Susan Crawford of Meraki Inspired Coaching & Consultation.

Description: We are living in unprecedented times and the impact of the global pandemic has hit parents hard! Now more than ever, we are expected to juggle the demands of work and home while managing the collective impact of grief, uncertainty and fear on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. This workshop will help parents identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and provide practical strategies using self-compassion, emotional intelligence and resilience to help you cope and show up powerfully for yourself and others, even during difficult times.

Time: 6:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 882 0640 0380
Passcode: 864851
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A BIG THANK YOU to CSAC chair, Mary Craiovan who applied for the grant in order that the St. Clement community

Time to “Raise some Dough”, Saints!

Do you love pizza??

St. Clement School is partnering with New Orlean’s Pizza in St. Clements – keeping it local – for our fundraiser this year. Just order pizza(s) on Monday, May 17th and HALF OF ALL OF THE PROCEEDS made that night will be donated to the school. It’s as easy as that! We look forward to supporting a local company and our school on May 17th.

Mark your calendars for May 17th! We thank New Orlean’s Pizza for their generosity in supporting our school!

WCDSB Updates

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

  1. Help-Seeking Flyer: Help-seeking-flyer-Waterloo-Region-resources (1)
  2. WCDSB Extended Day: The Extended Day Program Flyer April 16 2021: The-Extended-Day-Program-flyer-April-16-2021-draft (1) (1)
  3. Considering Purchasing a Chromebook/Learning Device for Your Child? The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/chapter-1b.html#s-0 provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during COVID-19 Pandemic. Starting on April 26th, the government will begin issuing payments of $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12 and $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. If you received the payment through the Support for Learners program https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners , you do not need to apply for this additional payment. If you missed applying for the Support For Learners Program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will be open from may 3rd to 17th.
  4. April Showers Bring May Flowers: 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 #Harbouring Hope initiative families are welcome to submit entries showing how they have bloomed/grown this past year. Submission can occur via email at bloom@wcdsb.ca or #WCDSBblooms. Student submissions may be produced in a 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/
  5. How to Care For a Child Who Needs to Self-Isolate- Fact Sheet. 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 requirements: Self-Isolation-of-a-Child (1)

May ParticipACTION Parent Events

More free events open to parents of students in the WCDSB.  Visit the KPL virtually and learn of the resources and cool events they have.  Join us for yoga, paint night or motivational speaker Nancy Revie.  Sign up here.

Shakespearience Spots Open Gr. 3-12

Spots are still open for the 2021 Shakespearience Summer Experience.  This will occur virtually starting July 5 to July 30.

​Application form and details attached.  For Gr. 3-12.  Capture the experience by visiting youtube.​

SP 2021 Promo Package Application Star Story (1)

Happy Mother’s Day – May 9th

Prayer for Mother’s Day:

Loving God, we thank you for the love of mothers you have given us. Whose love is so precious that it can never be measured. Whose patience seems to have no end. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love, time and patience. We ask you to bless them with your own special love. Amen

We wish all our mothers a very special and happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9th

2020-2021 WCDSB Beacon of Hope Recipient

A Beacon of Hope is someone who serves as a guide, as an inspiration for others. They help to redefine what our society, today, considers a successful life. They remind us that success is achievable without public recognition and that the world has many unsung heroes. This year the award goes to Morgan Looser. Morgan is to be commended for this award. She has enriched our community with kindness and gentle heart. Congratulations!

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.

Ask, how did you add value to someone else’s life today?

One of the biggest contributors to low integrity is over-focusing on our own success at all costs. Students will often lie, cheat, put friends down and behave in ways that don’t match their values because they feel the need to compete with peers and win no matter what. Unfortunately, when we look at the research we see that having integrity and strong relationships is actually a much better way to cultivate long term success. If others don’t trust us, they are much less likely to support us and help us to be successful. One way to foster integrity in your child is to challenge them to add value to the lives of others on a daily basis. Talk about and celebrate these experiences as a family and add intention to giving back regularly.

By asking your children, “how did you add value to someone else’s life today?” you can remind them to keep perspective on a bigger picture of success and build their integrity.

Here’s today’s short video from Dr. Jen

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

Saturday, May 8th – Last chance to order a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year

Sunday May 9th – Happy Mother’s Day

Friday, May 14th – Friday Fun Theme Day: Twin Day – Dress like your bestie or someone you admire (and send a picture to your teacher for your classroom collage)

May 17th – Pizza Fundraiser Night with New Orleans

May 19th – Overcome your Overwhelm Parent Workshop 6:30 PM

May 24th – Victoria Day – no school for staff and students

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.

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

We celebrated Catholic Education Week. Feeling blessed to be able to celebrate our Faith!

Saints participated in the May Crowning of Mary virtual Liturgy

 

May 1st was principal Appreciation Day! Thank you to the staff for the gift basket and card and to the community for your kind words!

 

Our Friday Fun Theme day for last week was Favourite Colour Day!

Saints participated in this activity for Mental Health Week

We also participated in a virtual assembly for the Umbrella Project!

Last but not least… we are so excited for the new furniture that has arrived for our Learning Commons!

St. Clement CES Beacon of Hope Award Recipient

Each year, our WCDSB schools recognize students who are “Beacons of Hope”. These are students who are unsung heroes, who come to school each day (in person or remotely), give it their best, and add to the positive climate of our schools. We are proud to announce that our St. Clement CES recipient this year is Morgan Looser, one of our Grade 8 students. Congratulations, Morgan! Please see the attached video.

https://youtu.be/clFQ8w_UH28

Friday Fun Theme Day Tomorrow!

Our Friday Fun Theme day for tomorrow is…

Crazy/Ugly or mismatched sock/footwear day! We can’t wait to see all of you wearing your craziest socks or shoes!

Wacky Shoe Day - Thursday 27th September - Leamington Newsletter - Term 3  Week 9

 

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