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
Meeting ID: 882 0640 0380 Passcode: 864851 One tap mobile +12042727920,,88206400380#,,,,*864851# Canada +14388097799,,88206400380#,,,,*864851# Canada Dial by your location +1 204 272 7920 Canada +1 438 809 7799 Canada +1 587 328 1099 Canada +1 647 374 4685 Canada +1 647 558 0588 Canada +1 778 907 2071 Canada +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 882 0640 0380 Passcode: 864851
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.
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!