Wear Orange Today!

Saints, please wear orange today on June 9 to show our solidarity and support with our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters.

WELCOME

Parent & Youth Vaccine Information Session for Students Aged 12 to 17 – Wednesday, June 16

Please join Region of Waterloo Public Health for a presentation on the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer vaccine for youth. Dr. Kelly Grindrod — who is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy — will provide a brief presentation and answer questions. Both parents and youth are encouraged to join.
You will also find out about the vaccination pre-registration and booking process and vaccine clinics available to youth and their families.

Date:                                     Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Time:                                     7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join Us on Zoom:

https://regionofwaterloo.zoom.us/j/97049382073?pwd=QzhJWFdkUmxnMldGb2R6RGttbzYyZz09

Webinar ID: 970 4938 2073

Passcode: 284313

The session will be recorded and made available online by Public Health for those who are unable to attend the live session.

Reminders for the Week: June 14 – 18, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

With a little over two weeks of virtual school to go, the weather being so nice and so many of us being in “lockdown” for so long, staying engaged in school is definitely a challenge. I am here to encourage you to keep working hard! Keep engaging with your classroom each and every day and keep submitting your assignments – Finish Strong, Saints! Our dedicated staff are working to create tasks that will allow each of you to complete this year, and also to help you build the foundation that you will rely on for next. You have done a lot of work this year and you have learned SO MUCH! Keep it up! Keep learning and engaging! Finish Strong, Saints! We are proud of you!

It is so great to see the smiles and hear the story telling students enjoy sharing online, playing (and beating students) at games but it makes seeing everyone through a computer screen feel a wee bit like being in class.

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.

St. Clement Peace Garden

With the support of a grant from Kitchener Grand River Rotary Club, and outdoor education funds we are expanding our school peace garden. We will be planting perennials and shrubs for beauty and enjoyment along with an area for an outdoor classroom. Thank you to Ms. McGivern and Ms. Robles for help with planting and watering! Looking forward to Saints learning in our new Outdoor Classroom space!

Retrieval of Student Items/Return of School Learning Materials

The letter from the Director of Education was sent out to families on Wednesday. Further communication will be sent out early next week about the details of this for St. Clement school as the board makes final decisions. Thank you for your continued patience and support while we navigate these challenging times.

Flags Remain Lowered at WCDSB Schools, Marking Tragedy in London, Ontario

Flags at all Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools and administrative sites have been flying at half-mast since May 31st, as a sign of respect for the 215 children and youth whose graves were recently discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia.
The period of mourning (215 hours long) was to end tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 9th.
However, to mark the tragic, anti-Muslim murders this week in London, Ontario — and to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters — all WCDSB flags will remain at half-mast until the end of the school day on Friday, June 11th.
As a Catholic community we pray for the victims of this senseless act of terrorism, and join as one to condemn racism, bigotry and hate, in all its forms, anywhere.

WCDSB Updates

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

Umbrella Project: June Theme: Mastery

Use timed intervals of practice to improve mastery

In working towards mastering anything, deliberate focused practice plays a critical role. Robert Greene, world renown master in the subject of mastery, emphasizes this important idea:

“This process of hardwiring cannot occur if you are constantly distracted, moving from one task to another. In such a case, the neural pathways dedicated to this skill never get established; what you learn is too tenuous to remain rooted in the brain. It is better to dedicate two or three hours of intense focus to a skill than to spend eight hours of diffused concentration on it. You want to be as immediately present to what you are doing as possible.” 

In a generation plagued with infinite distraction, how do we create space for focus and hard wiring of skills?

One great way to help children accomplish distraction free work is to have them work in manageable blocks with intentional rest in between. Start with 20 minute intervals of practice/work with 10 minute rests and adjust according to your child’s current capacity (maximum 1 hour of work before a break). Instead of a long and distracted work session, this will allow for shorter focused bursts of work with anticipated breaks in between… a much better strategy for learning.

Here are a few tips for creating focus:

— Set a timer for the work and rest intervals

— Turn off notifications on computers, set phones to airplane mode or put them in another room if your child has their own devices

— Encourage your child to get water, go pee or take care of any other distracting needs that may come up

— Use headphones if the environment is noisy

— Have  your child get the work ready to go in advance so there is no set up prep

— Have your child plan what will happen in the rest intervals – ie. go outside, dance around the house, get a snack etc.

Teach your children to value focus and practice this skill regularly.

Want to learn more? You can watch this short video I recorded for you.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates

June 15th – Grade 8 Retreat Day (Virtual)

June 16th – Wear Orange – to signify your grief, reflection, and remembrance of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School.

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 23rd – Wear Orange – to signify your grief, reflection, and remembrance of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School.

June 24th – Grade 8 graduation (this is a change in date due to the recent announcement from the board) More information to follow early next week as the board makes final decisions.

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 – more information to follow

June 29th – Last Day of School

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

Saints wear orange in support of our Indigenous brothers and sisters

Mrs. Kittel’s class is working on activities for Indigenous History Month. Nice orange shirt Mrs. Kittel

Free IBM STEAM Camp Grade 7-12

IBM would like to invite you to send out an opportunity to provide your students with the option to participate in a no charge National Experience virtual STEAM camp hosted on WebEx from July 19th to 23rd.

Camp Hi-Lite and Co-ordinator Contact included below.

CAMP HI-LITE

IBM STEM for Girls Program is pleased to collaborate with Industry Partners (ATCO, Telus, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Security and others), to provide students with an opportunity to participate in STEAM activities. In doing so, our goal is to help build their confidence and expand their knowledge around the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) field through fun and engaging workshops.

These fun and engaging sessions will take place through a virtual National STEAM Summer camp, which will be hosted on WebEx for the week of July 19th-23rd.  Each day will dedicate a few hours in which IBM and other partners will facilitate fun and interactive activities such as digital art, building chatbots, creative technical writing, cyber security, making ice cream, and lots more. All students, entering grades 7-12, will have the option to choose from a variety of sessions and will be able to choose to attend as many as they would like. Each activity will have recommended ages and supplies required (where applicable).

We encourage your district to consider identifying any student who you believe can benefit from participating in this National Summer Camp. Attached you will find a Flyer with simple registration and also a Parent guide that can easily be included in a school newsletter or website for quick distribution to parents and students and for any questions they may have. Together, we can inspire a future generation of students to embrace STEAM.

National STEAM Camp Flyer and Registration

Parent Guide & Privacy

Sincerely,

Partik Dullat
IBM National Coordinator Community Services
partik.dullat@ibm.com

Wear Orange Today!

Saints, please wear orange today on June 9 to show our solidarity and support with our Indigenous Brothers and Sisters.

WELCOME

Flags Remain Lowered at WCDSB Schools, Marking Tragedy in London, Ontario

Flags at all Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools and administrative sites have been flying at half-mast since May 31st, as a sign of respect for the 215 children and youth whose graves were recently discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in British Columbia.
The period of mourning (215 hours long) was to end tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 9th.
However, to mark the tragic, anti-Muslim murders this week in London, Ontario — and to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters — all WCDSB flags will remain at half-mast until the end of the school day on Friday, June 11th.
As a Catholic community we pray for the victims of this senseless act of terrorism, and join as one to condemn racism, bigotry and hate, in all its forms, anywhere.

Reminders for the Week: June 7 – 11, 2021

Hi Saints Families,

As we enter another week of remote learning, there is nothing I can really say that will ever fully capture all that needs to be said about this past year.  We have been stretched, pulled and tested in so many ways.  Every day I see our families and our staff working alongside children with the greatest of care and compassion.  I see the smiles and hear the story telling students enjoy sharing everyday and it makes seeing everyone through a computer screen feel a wee bit like being in class.

Without the support of all of our Saints families we could not achieve the learning, the work delivery, the innovation and the dedication as shown by our students.  We celebrate nearly full class participation everyday as our kids continue to show up and look forward to connecting with their teachers and their peers.
We understand the barriers and stress learning from home adds to families, which may perhaps increase during this last month.  We hope to have more information to share in the upcoming week from the Ministry and the WCDSB.

Welcome to the month of June. As Catholics we are called to meet and accompany our students and families in their journey. We do this through the creation and promotion of a school environment that reflects the reality of the Church as a community that nurture human dignity and is dedicated to both the spiritual and human development for all. What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness of every individual that we welcome into our community.

June is also National Indigenous History Month. As a community we have worked throughout the year to deepen our understanding of the role we must take in recognizing our impact on our Indigenous brothers and sisters and our part in promoting truth and reconciliation. Our journey will continue throughout the month.

Today, the WCDSB is proud to acknowledge Educational Assistants and Child Youth Care Workers. This day is devoted to appreciating, celebrating and honouring the daily impact they make on student success. Please join us in celebrating EA/CYCW Appreciation Day by letter our team, here at St. Clement, know how important they are to us.
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.

June is “Indigenous History Month”

Students will be engaged in activities. 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 (link here: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf) identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Please remember to pray as we continue to serve many Indigenous students, staff and community members who will be deeply affected by these recent findings. Please continue to be there for one another, your friends and classmates and as always 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.

Flags at St. Clement CES

June 1st marked the first time the Pride flag has been raised across the WCDSB. Staff members and CSAC members gathered outside to raise both the Canadian and Pride flags followed by our territorial land acknowledgement, prayer and a reflection. Flags were then lowered to half-mast with the following acknowledgment:

We are lowering our flags to half mast to signify that we do stand in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.  Today’s flag raising was about inclusion and engaging in a deliberate action intended to support some of the most vulnerable amongst us.  Therefore, the lowering the flags is very much in keeping with this theme.  It is how we acknowledge and remember how 215 students did not have someone who stood up for them.  It is about acknowledging that an injustice was allowed to unfold and how we must acknowledge that truth before we can move on to true reconciliation.  Today – we stand with ALL in our community and we remember…and we commit to do better.

Please keep all of our Indigenous brothers and sisters in our prayers. #WeRemember #WeCommitToDoBetter

School Actions of Reflection:

There are a number of actions that people are taking across Canada to signify their grief, reflection, and remembrance of the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School. Below, are some of the ways we will remember these children at St. Clement:

-We invite all students to wear orange on Wednesdays for the entire month of June
-Ongoing commitment to our daily territorial land acknowledgement which started in September 2019
-Our flags will be at half-mast until June 8th
-Students are encouraged to place a teddy bear on their front step at home

Jump Rope for Heart Update

Jump Rope for Heart was a success with your generous donations, Saints! Students engaged in various activities for our virtual Jump Rope for Heart and we greatly surpassed our goal of one thousand dollars and raised a whopping $3,525.00!!!! Way to go, Saints! Your enthusiasm for this great cause is outstanding!

CSAC -Catholic School Council Meeting

Our Last Catholic School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8th at 6:30PM If you are interested in attending the last meeting, please see the link below. A very special thank you to the members who have worked so hard to keep families engaged and part of the community. It has been a pleasure getting to serve with these members.

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Click HERE to Join the Zoom Meeting

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

US: +1 213 338 8477 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 267 831 0333 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 470 250 9358 or +1 470 381 2552 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 786 635 1003 or +1 971 247 1195

Switzerland: +41 31 528 09 88 or +41 43 210 70 42 or +41 43 210 71 08

United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196 or +44 203 481 5237 or +44 203 481 5240

If prompted enter this Meeting ID: 925 8840 2448

SIP: 92588402448@zoomcrc.com

Meeting URL:
https://syngenta.zoom.com/j/92588402448

WCDSB Updates

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

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/

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

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

Cultivating the capacity for uncertainty and resistance

We joke in our house that physical and mental discomfort is “iron body training”, strengthening and toughening our body and minds. While this is a funny frame we can put on difficulty there is a lot of science behind this idea. We aren’t going to feel great all the time. Difficult situations and feelings are a normal part of the package of being human.

When we seek only pleasure in life, we spend much of our time looking for ways to short-cut through or distract ourselves from anything difficult. Living with this mentality is actually doing ourselves quite a disservice as it is precisely the challenges we are avoiding that give us the “iron body” required to take on life challenges and mysteries on our path to mastery. These skills are critical for adapting to changes, learning from failure, tolerating boredom and pushing through to our goals and dreams. When we stay within the confines of easy and comfortable we quit easily and miss the chance to grow and expand.

Here are some common examples of iron body training to share with your children:
— Accepting boredom as part of the journey to mastery
— Feeling anxious about trying something new and doing it anyways
— Taking on a challenge when the outcome is uncertain
— Purposely facing small versions of your fears

There are so many ways we can encourage our children to face and adapt to the difficult and even see this as strength. Start by helping them expect these challenges along the way and explain how iron body training works. Then celebrate the power and strength that comes when they get through these tough spots. This will cultivate their capacity for overcoming uncertainty and set them on a trajectory towards mastery.

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Upcoming Important Dates
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; for the virtual link, see above
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

Lastly, we know that June will be a challenging month.  Please ensure that you are taking care of yourselves and taking a break from the screens as much as possible.  We want you to stay engaged in your learning, but we also want you to be OKAY.  When you take a step back and reflect on what the last 15 months have been like, how much you have been through, and the fact that you are continue to be engaged in school, you should be so PROUD of yourself.  Know that we are so PROUD of you!  You have each demonstrated for us what makes the St. Clements community the best place to grow and learn.  You have been resilient, patient, caring and kind…these are the qualities that matter!

We look forward to a relaxing weekend with beautiful weather this weekend, and another fantastic week of school next week!

Stay safe and healthy Saints! Finish Strong!

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

Saints participated in Jump Rope for Heart!

Last Friday Fun Day was Favourite Animal Day

Favourite Animal Day in Kindergarten (1)

Our newest Saints received their Welcome to Kindergarten bags! We cannot wait to meet them!

St. Clement is looking greener! We are planting donated plants to make this area beautiful for students!

This June all WCDSB schools are flying the Pride Flag to mark Pride Month. Thank you to our Catholic School Council for joining us!

Saints participate in a virtual assembly for our Umbrella Project June theme Mastery. #Drive #self-discipline

Saints participate in a virtual assembly about the Pride Flag.

 

 

 

PA Day Tomorrow!

Hello Saints Families,
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday, June 4) is a PA Day for our educators across the Board. As such, teachers will not be hosting virtual classrooms/posting work for the day.
We hope you enjoy a wonderful day together as a family tomorrow!

Jump Rope for Heart Virtual Thank You!

Good Morning Saints,

Because of your generosity, our school has raised a total of $3525! WOW- we beat our goal! We sincerely thank you for your participation and support. You should feel very proud to know that you are helping to save people’s lives!

We will keep our school fundraiser open for the remainder of the week for those who still wish to kindly donate.

Please watch this virtual thank you video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-4aHo5pd2c

 

Last Day for Transition Form to Virtual 21-22 School Year

Hello Saints Families,

NOTE: If you DO NOT wish to commit your child(ren) to Virtual Learning for the entire 2021-22 school year, you are not required to complete this form.

Today is the last day for this form until 4:00 pm. All students are assumed to be committed to face-to-face learning here at St. Clement for the entire 2021-22 school year, unless this form is completed.

Please note – ALL parents who want online learning for next year MUST complete the survey – even if you have already completed it in March. Here is the link:
https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_efye0DEbkYNdlJA
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