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Director’s Fall Update Letter

Please see the attached Fall Update Letter from our Director, Loretta Notten. It contains important updates around athletics, snow days, and federal policies for returning to school after travelling outside Canada.

We wish everyone a safe Halloween Weekend!

Fall Update Letter Oct 29 2021

Reminders for the Week

Reminders for the Week:

What a fun and exciting day for students and staff! Classrooms had Halloween activities, the Classroom Door Decorating Contest was being judged and there was much laughter and smiles (underneath those masks 😊) The fun continues this weekend with Halloween on Sunday.

Wishing all the Saints families a spooky Halloween! Be safe and have fun!

Here are some Reminders:

Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. Here is the link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  Please note that even when you don’t need to send us the results, you still need to complete the screening every day before your child(ren) come to school. If there are any symptoms your child must stay home. The symptom list found on the screening is the same symptom list we are looking at in order to help us to determine whether to send a student home during the day. If students begin to experience any of the symptoms listed, we will call and ask that they be picked up and taken for a COVID-19 test.

Pizza Fundraiser is Back- who doesn’t love PIZZA: With the amazing success last year with our Pizza fundraiser, CSAC has decided to do this fundraiser again. On Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th from 4 PM to close (9 PM) Saints are encouraged to go out for dinner that night to New Orleans Pizza – our local pizza establishment. During that time, a portion of sales will be donated back to the school. We thank you in advance for your support of fundraising initiatives and supporting local at the same time – it’s a win-win!

Septic System repairs: A message from the board: “Our maintenance supervisor, Stewart Hoy, is coordinating investigative work for the septic system at St. Clement.  This work will require that a section of the asphalt play area at the north end of the school (near the Charles Street / Church Street intersection) is cordoned off.  Students will not have access through this area where they normally access the play yard. We believe that this means that bus pick up / drop off (PUDO) on Charles Street will have to be relocated to Church Street starting Nov. 1st.  It is recommended that bus PUDO happen on Church Street for approximately 3 days while the work is underway.  Students would have access to the play yard via the driveway which runs between the church and school.” Please remind your children to avoid this area during these 3 days.

Treaties Recognition Week – Nov. 1 – 7: The first week of November marks Treaties Recognition Week to recognize the importance of treaties and increase awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario.

The Ontario government designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties, to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships and to increase awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario.

Treaties Recognition Week takes place this year from November 1 to 7, 2021.

Treaties provide a framework between Nations for living together and sharing the land traditionally occupied by Indigenous peoples.

It’s important for all Ontarians to understand the role treaties play in our lives and relationships with each other today as we move forward together to advance reconciliation.

By building understanding, we are advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people to help create equitable and respectful relationships to enable a better future for all Ontarians.

Your child’s teacher will be doing activities this week to building understanding around the importance of these respectful relationships.

Saints Spirit Wear T-shirt Update: Saints Spirit wear t-shirts were distributed to our students on Wednesday! They are a gorgeous black to show off our Gold colours and the students are so excited to have them. Thank you once again to CSAC for their generous donation towards student Spirit Wear.

Kindly contact Mrs. Dafoe if your child did not receive their shirt.

For those of you that purchased Spirit Wear, we will inform you when that order arrives!

Flags Half-Mast: Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, November 4, 2021, the day of the memorial service for the Late Honourable William G. Davis, 18th Premier of Ontario, 1971 – 1985.

Door Decorating Contest: Winners!

As you can see from the pictures below, Saints and staff were so creative with the door decorating contest! Student Council found it very hard to judge since all doors were unique!

Here were the winners (who enjoyed a little treat for their creativity:

Funniest Door: Mrs. Hehn’s class

Most Creative: Mrs. Alvarez’s/ Ms. Gilles’ class & Ms. Milardovic’s class

Scariest Door: Mr. Ouellette’s class

Clever and Cute: Mrs. Kittel’s class

Best Overall: Mrs. Kirby’s class

Thank you: School Donations!

Thank you to the Hurren family and Dee Sproule for their generous donation of Lego! We are in need of more so if you have Lego pieces/sets that are no longer played with, St. Clement would welcome your generous donation.

Thank you to the Henhoeffer family for their Christmas donation which will be put to good use by the students.

I am so humbled and thankful to have the privilege to be in such a generous community.

Hiring Lunch Hour Supervisor Positions: St. Clement CES is looking to hire permanent and supply Lunch Hour Supervisors!

You must be:

  • 18 Years of Age or older
  • Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada

The Salary is between $22.20 – $23.46 per hour.

You will be required to work one hour a day from 11:35- 12:35.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact the principal by email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca or call the school at 519-699-5271. Thank you for considering!

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

Families are reminded to check the WCDSB website regularly for updates on our Operational Guidelines.  Please know families can review the Ventilation Report for schools and/or the Board should you wish to have more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/

Dress for the Weather: Please ensure your child is dressed for all types of weather. Due to the need for regular mask breaks and fresh air, we will be going outside in the cold, misty or light rain conditions. Although we sometimes close the field with wetter conditions some students may still require a change of clothes. Please feel free to pack/send an extra set of clothes just in case it is needed and then the school will not need to call and interrupt your day for drier apparel.

Umbrella Project: Did you know… students are encouraged daily to show their Saints Umbrella Skills. Staff recognize students showing their skills for the month. Students from each class will be recognized and celebrating for their skills.

Theme for the Month of November: Growth Mindset

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges.

In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows.

Praise Your Child For Effort Instead of Talent

The most important thing we can work towards as parents is to praise our children for effort, not talent. Our words tell children how to think about themselves and with best intentions when we say things like, ‘Great job, you got perfect without even trying. You’re so smart!’ we send our child the message that trying hard means you aren’t as smart.

Research shows that children praised for outcome will choose easier tasks to prove they are smart and gain our approval. Praising children for effort on the other hand, is what leads them to choose harder tasks because they know we value effort. This is why children with a growth mindset ultimately reach higher levels of success.

To support the growth mindset of our school community, please give praise freely for these growth mindset builders:

  • Things accomplished through practice: studying, use of effective strategies, perseverance, and concentration
  • Choosing challenging projects
  • Trying different strategies
  • Making improvements
  • Passion

When your child does something very quickly and easily, recognize that the task didn’t challenge them and say, “Sorry about that. I guess that was too easy. Next time let’s choose something that will really help you grow.”

Try to avoid praise that judges their intellect, talent and speed rather than effort. Praising these qualities unintentionally has an adverse effect when our child faces difficult tasks, as it can create a fear of failure, increased procrastination and cause our children to quit when things get difficult.

Chat soon,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).

Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween!

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day

Nov. 1 – Umbrella Project – Virtual Assembly Growth Mindset

Nov 1 – 7 – Treaties Recognition Week

Nov. 2 – All Soul’s Day – St. Clement’s Book of Life 2021 – honouring those that have passed on each morning during prayer

Nov. 3 – Hot Lunch Day

Nov. 4 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Nov. 1-12 – WCDSB Student Census to be completed by Grade 4 – 8 students

Nov. 7 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – At this time, the time will “fall back” to 1 a.m. and people can enjoy an extra hour of sleep. 😊

Nov. 8-10 – St. Clement Pizza fundraiser – New Orleans Pizza!

Nov. 15 – 19 – Kindness and Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

Here are some great things that happened recently at our school, please follow us on Twitter @stclementsaints for more information about these and other exciting news:

Saints are so excited to wear their new t-shirts!

To our October Umbrella Project winners! These Saints show EMPATHY (our theme for the month) and received a Brag Tag for their backpack.

 

Students are so excited to receive their Spirit Wear T-shirt!! Thank you CSAC for your generosity! Can’t wait to see everyone donning their new t-shirt for Spirit Day Thursdays!

 

St.Clement hallways looked spooky! Our door decorating contest was a hit!

Saint students have so much fun during our Halloween activities!

Staff dressed up today… Disney themed … to make it a magical day for students!

 

Thank you, Mrs. Koebel, all of our parent lunch volunteers for your gift of time so our students can enjoy a hot lunch!

Great things happen each month at St Clement School and we are celebrating this with a picture walk through the months.

Students have been practicing their Empathy skills all month. So proud of our students

 

Doors have been decorated and I wonder who the winner will be!

Thursday is Spirit Wear Day!

Just a reminder Saints, that tomorrow is spirit wear day! You can wear your Saints spirit gear or blue or gold, or both!

T-shirts are coming home today!

Saints Spirit wear is in and has been distributed to our students! They are a gorgeous black to show off our gold colours and the students are so excited to have them. Thank you once again to CSAC for their generous donation towards student Spirit Wear.

Kindly contact Mrs. Dafoe if your child didn’t receive their t-shirt.

Saints Spirit Wear Orders-LAST DAY TODAY

Spirit Wear: Today is the deadline to order! 

It’s time to show our spirit! Each THURSDAY we wear our SAINTS Spirit Wear celebrating all of the good that our school community does. Attached is an order form for clothing items for purchase. Child and Youth sizes are true and all adult items are unisex sizing. Please note the due date of TODAY-OCTOBER 27 sending your order with eTransfer directly to pardonpromotions@gmail.com

St Clements 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form (1)

Exciting News! Spirit Wear T-shirts are coming in!

Our Saints Spirit Wear T-shirts will be arriving some time today! We are so excited to be giving our students a special t-shirt to wear on our Thursday Spirit Days! Your child will bring the t-shirt (from School Cash Online Ordering) home on Wednesday (just in time to wear it on Thursday!). We thank CSAC for their generosity!

Kindly contact the office for any questions or concerns.

Reminders for the Week

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

As we begin a new week, we look forward to cooler days, the changing colours of the fall season and we take time to reflect upon all that we are thankful for in our lives.

Here are some Reminders:

Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. Here is the link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  Please note that even when you don’t need to send us the results, you still need to complete the screening every day before your child(ren) come to school. If there are any symptoms your child must stay home. The symptom list found on the screening is the same symptom list we are looking at in order to help us to determine whether to send a student home during the day. If students begin to experience any of the symptoms listed, we will call and ask that they be picked up and taken for a COVID-19 test.

Septic System repairs: Please note the date for the work on the Septic system HAS BEEN CHANGED by the board to Nov. 1st  due to an issue obtaining parts. Therefore the buses will stop at the normal spot for the month of October and then on NOV. 1st, for 3 days, the buses will stop at the top of CHARLES as previously communicated. See below for more details.

“WCDSB is coordinating investigative work for the septic system at St. Clement.  This work will require that a section of the asphalt play area at the north end of the school (near the Charles Street / Church Street intersection) is cordoned off.  Students will not have access through this area where they normally access the play yard. This means that bus pick up / drop off will have to be relocated to the beginning of Charles Street (using the sidewalk to walk across the front of the school) starting Nov. 1st for approximately 3 days while the work is underway.  Students would have access to the play yard via the driveway which runs between the church and school. Please see the map below that indicates the new bus drop off and pick up for those three days. Many thanks for your understanding.”

Halloween Excitement: On Friday, Oct. 29, students are most welcome to show their Halloween spirit by wearing costumes to school. Students are to wear non-violent costumes/clothing.  We also ask that students not wear full face masks as all students are required to wear their personal protective face mask due to public health regulations.

For students who do not wish to wear costumes on this day, they are invited to wear black and orange for a Halloween color theme.

Due to the global pandemic we continue to remain in, please do not send Halloween Treats to school for students to share. Thank you for your understanding during this unique time.

Student Council, which is comprised of Intermediate students are getting ready for the judging of our CLASSROOM DOOR DECORATING CONTEST! The doors are setting a spooky tone for the excitement to come on the 29th!

Pizza Fundraiser is Back- who doesn’t love PIZZA! With the amazing success last year with our Pizza fundraiser, CSAC has decided to do this fundraiser again. On Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th from 4 PM to close (9 PM) Saints are encouraged to go out for dinner that night to New Orleans Pizza – our local pizza establishment. During that time, a portion of sales will be donated back to the school. We thank you in advance for your support of fundraising initiatives and supporting local at the same time – it’s a win-win!

Childhood Wellbeing: One of the most fundamental and well-researched predictors of childhood wellbeing and resilience is the quality of the relationships that children have in their lives. As the busyness of the school year picks up, remember that strong relationships need time to nurture and build. Before you add homework and extracurriculars into your child’s schedule, be sure to prioritize time in your weekly schedule for family bonding, friends, play and other important relationship-based activities as they are critical components to support your child’s wellbeing. It is recommended that you add these into your schedule as you would swimming lessons or piano so this time doesn’t get overlooked and forgotten.

Here are 2 ideas that pop up regularly in the research as big builders of relationship skills for your child:

  1. Find time for family meals together as often as possible. This seemingly simple activity improves parent-child connectedness and supports positive behaviours and health, especially as your child reaches their teen years.
  2. Have unstructured playdates. Unstructured play helps kids build relationships and important social skills. Book time for your child to spend time with friends that isn’t based on a prescribed activity like video games or sports but is free time where they have to create their own experience.

This low-key, fun time will help your child develop the relationships skills that will positively impact their lifelong wellbeing.

Every Thursday is Spirit Day! We are excited to await the arrival of the complementary t-shirts from CSAC!

In addition to this, St. Clement CES is pleased to offer staff and families an opportunity to purchase school spirit wear if interested, please see attached flyers for online purchasing.

All Spirit wear orders are due by Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 2021 directly to Pardon Promotions (See order info below). Should you wish your items to be a surprise and/or Christmas present, please indicate this information when you order.

St Clements 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form (3) (for any price discrepancies, refer to pricing on the order form not the flyer)

On Your Feet Challenge: Active transportation is free, easy, and a great way to move more every day.
Sign your up family online at Join the On Your Feet active transportation challenge (onyourfeetchallenge.ca) From October 11 to 29 count your active transportation kilometres and keep entering them on onyourfeetchallenge.ca. Your family could win a participation prize or a Grand Prize.

REQUEST FOR NAMES FOR OUR St. Clement BOOK OF LIFE 2021: Each year, we ask staff and families to submit the names of those that have passed on so we can add them to our school’s BOOK of LIFE for All Soul’s Day. The names will be honoured during prayer time each morning. If you would like to submit a name, please let your classroom teacher know and they will be remembered and honoured during our morning prayers. Kindly submit your names before Oct. 29th so that we have time to add them to our list.

Hiring Lunch Hour Supervisor Positions: St. Clement CES is looking to hire permanent and supply Lunch Hour Supervisors!

You must be:

  • 18 Years of Age or older
  • Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada

The Salary is between $22.20 – $23.46 per hour.

You will be required to work one hour a day from 11:35- 12:35.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact the principal by email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca or call the school at 519-699-5271. Thank you for considering!

Dress for the Weather: Please ensure your child is dressed for all types of weather. Due to the need for regular mask breaks and fresh air, we will be going outside in the cold, misty or light rain conditions. Although we sometimes close the field with wetter conditions some students may still require a change of clothes. Please feel free to pack/send an extra set of clothes just in case it is needed and then the school will not need to call and interrupt your day for drier apparel.

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

Families are reminded to check the WCDSB website regularly for updates on our Operational Guidelines.  Please know families can review the Ventilation Report for schools and/or the Board should you wish to have more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/

Umbrella Project: Did you know… students are encouraged daily to show their Saints Umbrella Skills. Staff recognize students showing their skills for the month. Students from each class will be recognized and celebrating for their skills.

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of October: Empathy

Help kids see what they have in common with others. Having high empathy is linked with increased happiness and scholastic achievement.

To build this important skill, help kids see what they have in common with others. One of the biggest predictors of prejudices and a failure to empathize with members of other groups, is having little or no contact with people who aren’t like you.

Research shows that schools can boost empathy by fostering an inclusive, warm attitude towards cultural diversity and you can do this at home too.

Take stock of how often your kids play with others who are different from them. Do your girls play with boys and vice versa? What about other cultures? What about the adults around them?  How wide is your child’s perspective? Encourage diversity to learn about and empathize with others.

For a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building empathy, click here to read a blog post on empathy.

Until next time,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/  (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).

Oct. 21 – Early Childhood Educators Day

Oct. 27- Hot Lunch for those students that ordered (Lunch Lady)

Oct. 28 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Oct. 29 – Halloween at St. Clement CES

Here are some great things that happened recently at our school:

The door decorating has started. The halls are getting spooky! Can’t wait to see who wins!

 

Happy Early Childhood Educators Day, Ms. Burtenshaw, Ms. Good and Ms. Robles. We are so thankful to have you on our team!

 

We are so thankful to our bus drivers! Happy Bus Driver Appreciation Day! #SchoolHeroes

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