Reminders for the Week

It is hard to believe that we are already at the beginning of October. Fall has slowly arrived and I am looking forward to the crisp air and the beautiful colours this season brings. All of the students and our families have been wonderful at following our safety procedures. We love that everyone is working hard and is excited to be at school enjoying the learning, the activities and the friendships.

Here are some Reminders for this upcoming week:

SPIRIT WEAR for ALL: Every Thursday is Spirit Day and we want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to participate. Exciting News!! Every student will receive a spirit wear t-shirt this year. Our collective school spirit shirt is one initiative that we are hoping to build community, create a sense of belonging and inclusivity – as well as show our spirit.

Please go on School Cash Online to select your children’s size before Thursday Oct. 7th. There was a glitch but it is now fixed and you can choose either a youth OR adult size for your child. This initiative is supported by our School Council so the EVERYONE can have a shirt to show their school spirit.

Please note that later in the fall we will also have other school spirit apparel on sale more information to follow.  

Congratulations Grade 8s and Saints Grade 9 students: Students in our Grade 8 class and last year’s graduating class celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation this week with Father Irenaeus as the officiant. Congratulations Confirmandi.

October is Cyber Awareness Month: Cyber Awareness month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October. Teachers will be doing lessons each week in October to bring awareness to students and how to stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves.

Nutrition for Learning: Nutrition for Learning runs weekly. Students have the option of picking a small snack item from a bin. Each classroom receives a bin of items. Please be sure to notify your child’s teacher if there is something that your child can not eat.

Emergency Drill Success: The overall safety of the students and staff at St. Clement always remains a top priority. Even the procedures this fall for conducting emergency drills (Tornado, Lock Down, Fire) aligned with Public Health advice and the advice of the Ontario Fire Marshal. We had all of our fall emergency drills and teachers went over safety with their classes.

Attendance: Thank you for your diligence in calling the school to inform Mrs. Williams of late and absent students! Please continue to always verify your child’s late or absence each morning, before 8:50 am, by leaving a message on our attendance line. Please do not press 0 to speak to the office about any late or absences- press 1 and leave a message as this is a busy time for the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. As of Monday, Sept. 20th, you do not need to send us the daily results. 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. Please notice that although headache, runny nose, sore stomach, etc., are NOT on the list, we would ask that parents play it safe and if your children are sick, please keep them home.

What happens if a student develops symptoms?

Students that develop symptoms while at school will be required to be picked up. Siblings of symptomatic students do NOT have to go home if they are not showing signs of being ill. However, once students are at home, if there is a sibling that is awaiting a COVID-19 test, all siblings should stay home and isolate. In short, siblings don’t have to leave early, but once they are home they have to stay until test results are returned.

What if there is a positive case in my child’s classroom?

If a positive case comes up in a K-6 classroom (i.e., no one is old enough to be vaccinated), the entire class will be asked to isolate. Chromebooks will be provided to those students that need them and learning will continue online for the duration of the isolation period.

If a positive case comes up in a grade 7/8 class (i.e., some students may be vaccinated), all students will stay home until Public Health is able to contact you. If it is determined that you can return to the classroom, learning will continue as per normal. Those who can not return, will be provided with a Chromebook if needed, and learning will be done through posted work on the learning site. No live teaching will take place online in this instance, but work will be posted daily.

Thank you to all families that are diligently screening. Completing the screening, wearing masks, maintaining proper hand hygiene, and distancing are all ways we can help to keep the children in our care and our community safe. We are however, still dealing with a global pandemic with variant strains of this virus. The reality is that positive cases could come up and we wanted to share that we have plans to deal with them.

Hot Lunches: Hot lunches are back and ordering is now open! Students will be able to choose from our local New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady every Wednesday and our first hot lunch day will be on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and ordering is open for this date now until NOON on Sunday, October 10! (please see our school calendar for the details: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ . )

If you wish to order hot lunches for your child(ren), please register for an account with Lunchbox by visiting lunchboxorders.com, click “Order Lunch” at the top right of the webpage, then click “Create Account” to register (you can also try logging in using the same login as your School Cash Online account, as Lunchbox and School Cash are connected). You can then add multiple children to your account- please ensure you enter the correct teacher and grade for each child to avoid any delivery errors. Vendors have been prearranged and will alternate each week between New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza/Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady. Lunches can only be ordered via your account on this website before the set deadlines- the school is not responsible for ordering or changing deadlines.

Please note that for our first hot lunch delivery on Wednesday, October 13, the deadline date is Sunday, October 10 at NOON. 

You can view this document for more information including contact information for Lunchbox if you have any questions or concerns: St. Clement Catholic School 2021-22 (1).pdf 

Thank you Ms. Brenner for all of your efforts in organizing hot lunches for our students!

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 per 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/

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of October: Empathy

End your day with “High low high”

This is a quick exercise you can do around the dinner table or as a family before bedtime.

Have each member of your family recall a high point, a low point and then another high point of their day or week. Take time to listen to each person and ask questions if you want. In order to practice empathy for someone else, we need to understand their journey.

For your kids, it’s very beneficial to hear what went well in your day, what you are proud of and also the challenges you are working through. For parents, this is a great way to get your kids talking about the specifics of their day and improve your parental empathy for the daily rain they face.

You’ve got this!

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

Friday Oct. 8th is a PA Day!

Just a reminder that Friday Oct. 8th is a PA Day. Staff will be working on Ministry Initiatives and Health and Safety. No school for students.

For these dates and all others please visit our School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/

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

Saints honour experiences of Indigenous Peoples and affirms a commitment that every child matters. #NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation

The Intermediates did an AMAZING job in 3-Pitch at RIM Park! We are so proud to see how well they’re represented our school. Here are a few photos from the day!

 

It was a sea of red and white. Saints participate in the Terry Fox walk in celebration of his life

Tomorrow is Orange Shirt Day/Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Tomorrow is Day of Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage all students and staff to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

 

Tomorrow is Picture Day and Rowan’s Day

Tomorrow is Rowan’s Law Day in which we will have discussions to raise awareness about concussions and learn how to stay safe and healthy. We likely have all bumped our heads or body! In sports and active games, there can be risks involved. Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario in honour of Rowan Stringer and also helps people who get concussions recover. All schools in Ontario must have rules in place to support awareness and help coaches, teachers, and parents know when a child has suffered a suspected concussion. It also lets the child know that they should immediately stop participating in physical activities and when they may safely return to play again.

Students may chose to wear purple as a sign for Rowan’s Day but we understand that some students may want to choose something else seeing that it is picture day.

Lifetouch is coming tomorrow for Picture Day to take individual pictures of students and staff. Please see the Lifetouch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LevtvXI9l2Q which shows the steps that they are taking to ensure Picture Day is safe for everyone.

Pictures are to be ordered directly via mylifetouch.ca using this Picture Day ID: QX551193Q0

Upcoming Community Events

On behalf of the Wellesley Fire Department:

Good afternoon,

The Township of Wellesley Fire Department would like to invite you to attend one of our Fire Prevention Events (see attached flier).

ENTER TO WIN! – Go to one of our events or visit our website at www.wellesley.ca. To WIN a prize submit your Home Fire Escape Plan online, by mail or drop it off at the Township of Wellesley located at 4639 Lobsinger Line (Deadline  November 1, 2021). Home Escape plan attached.  Submit it online at link www.wellesley.ca/EnterToWin

1. 1. OCTOBER 1, 2021 – Linwood Fire Station will be at the Blood Donor Clinic at the Linwood Community Centre 5279 Ament Line  from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Followed by a Parade around Linwood with the Fire Trucks starting at 7:00 pm. (parade route attached)

2. OCTOBER 8, 2021 – Wellesley Fire Station will be hosting a drive by the station prevention night at 1379 Queen’s Bush Road  from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

3. OCTOBER 16, 2021 – St. Clements Fire Station will be having a Drive Thru at 2671 Herrgott Road from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

Wishing you a safe day!

Terry Fox Run Today-Wear red and white!

We are looking forward to our run today! Also, please remember to wear white and red today! St. Clement Catholic Elementary School is on board with over 9,000 schools coast to coast to coast to help continue Terry’s dream of a world without cancer.

The Terry Fox Foundation needs our support. Please donate to: http://www.terryfox.ca/StClementCSStClements

Together, we can all make a difference! #terryfoxschoolrun @terryfoxfoundation

Rowan’s Day: Wednesday September 29th

Rowan Stringer loved rugby. A competitive and keen athlete, she was captain of her high school’s team. Tragically, in May 2013, 17-year-old Rowan died as the result of multiple head injuries she sustained while playing rugby. In the week before her last game, Rowan was hit twice while playing, likely sustaining a concussion after each blow. Her concussions went unreported, and she continued to play. Rowan suspected something wasn’t right—she texted a friend about her condition and used Google to search for information about concussions. When she was hit again in her final game, Rowan suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome—catastrophic swelling caused by a second injury to a brain still healing from previous trauma. Rowan collapsed on the field on May 8, 2013 and died four days later.

Rowan’s Law, which came into effect in March of 2018, makes it mandatory for sport organizations and schools to inform themselves about the dangers of head injuries. Rowan’s Law helps protect the player and helps students, coaches, parents/guardians, teachers, and officials learn about preventing concussions.

In September 2019, the Ministry of Education updated its concussion policy (PPM 158) to be consistent with Rowan’s Law. Schools must comply with their school board’s existing concussion policy (which includes having a return to school and return to physical activity plan for any student who has a concussion).

Rowan’s Law is also about education. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity, and injury. Encourage your kids to SPEAK UP, get the help they need, and take the time necessary for recovery, with the support of everyone around them.

We realize that this also lands on picture day so students may not want to wear purple for their picture, however, students are invited to wear PURPLE…Rowan’s favourite colour… as a sign of solidarity to concussion awareness and education in Rowan’s memory. We will be sharing important information will all students on this day specifically, and throughout the year, as part of our health curriculum.

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