Lost and Found Items

Please review all of the items currently in Lost and Found.  Please ask students pick up their property soon as possible this week before the break. All items are out on tables located at the bottom of the main stairs in the lower hallway.  All items not claimed will be donated over the break.

Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Socks and Slipper Day!

Count Down to Christmas begins for Saints! That’s right put on your favourite fuzzy socks or slippers for some Christmas Spirit and fun today!

We will continue to lead our day with Christmas music, find the hidden nutcracker and name that tune!

It will be another GREAT DAY at St. Clement School!

Reminders for the Week

Advent is a season of joyful expectation. We continue to look beyond the materialism and focus on our spiritual preparation and our blessings.

As a school community, we continued to explore the many avenues during Advent such as lighting the candles of our Advent wreath, praying, reflecting on our liturgies and keeping the less fortunate in our hearts.

Students have been enjoying our Name that Tune game, Christmas music to start their day and welcome them into the building, being “Elf’ed” and will now enjoy the Count Down to Christmas daily themes (see the calendar list below).

So many exciting things for students leading up to our Christmas break!

Here are some Reminders:

Christmas Holidays

The last day of school in December will be Friday December 17th with dismissal at the usual time, 3:20 p.m. School will begin in the New Year on Monday January 3rd, 2022.

Snow Days/ Bus Cancellation Days

For the 2021-2022 school year in the circumstance when transportation is cancelled due to weather and road conditions, all schools will be closed to students. Asynchronous student work will be provided. Work will be posted by 9:30 a.m. on Google classroom/D2L for students. Students are expected to login and work on their own timing in their home. Teachers will be available through Google classroom/D2L and email for questions. If you have ordered a hot lunch on a day that school is closed, then the order will be cancelled and your account will be given a credit.

COVID daily Screening:

We have one week left before we break for the holidays. We need everyone to do their part and be diligent more than ever. All of us want to be healthy and enjoy our Christmas celebrations with family and friends!

Staff and students will continue to be reminded to social distancing, wearing your mask and sanitizing your hands.

We will be reminded to sanitize on their way in and out of every room or door. Washing hands cleans off dirt and germs and is always an available option for students. Masks must be on at all times (apart from eating) and are to be above the nose and cover the chin. Lastly, students will be reminded to socially distance as much as possible. We are very good at this, but it is important to keep it the focus as we approach the Christmas Holiday!

Parents: Please listen to your child if they tell you they feel unwell in the morning and keep them home. If the illness is unrelated to COVID, your child may return to school 24 hours after being symptom free. If your child has any one of the following COVID symptoms talk with a doctor/health care provider to get advice or an assessment, including if your child needs a COVID-19 test:

· fever/chills

· cough or barking cough

· shortness of breath

· decrease or loss of taste or smell

· nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

As always, please follow the direction in the self-screening. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in our effort to allow everyone to have a wonderful holiday and a very Merry Christmas!

Bus Students

Parents kindly remind your child(ren) that the seating plan created by the drivers and Student Transportation Services must be followed for contact tracing purposes. If contact tracing needs to be completed for students riding on a bus, the seating plan is very important so we know who sits beside, behind, across etc. Students may not switch seats. Families are also asked to please review bus rules with the students to ensure everyone arrives to and from school/home safely. This includes remaining seated while the bus is in motion and keeping voices to a talking level so that the driver can concentrate on the road. Thank you for your help!

It’s back by popular demand…Hide the Nutcracker!

We have a Christmas Nutcracker Loose at St. Clement School and he is up to SNOW good!

Saints students have been enjoying the virtual hunt of finding out where our Nutcracker has been hidden using the clues. This will continue on this week with another hiding place and more clues! Some holiday fun leading up to Christmas for students!

Name that Tune Challenge

Name that tune” challenge started Saints students have been enjoying the guess by listening to the first few seconds of popular Christmas songs on the announcements, with clues, to name the secret song of the day. Each class is making their guess and posting them outside the classes. The next day the song is revealed and a new song will be the challenge!

More Christmas Fun: You’ve been Elf’ed

A sweet surprise is left outside soemone’s classroom door without them knowing who left it to bring joy to the students and staff at our school. When one class has been elf’ed – that class will distribute the sweet treat to students and staff. Once a classroom has been elfed they will place the “We’ve been Elfed” sign outside your door so that theywon’t be Elf’ed again! That class will, in turn, leave a surprise outside the classroom door with the posters– Before long we will have a hallway full of ‘elves’ and happy staff and students!

Christmas Charity Fundraiser: TODAY was THE LAST DAY TO DONATE

Thank you for your generosity and kindness for your donations to our St. Clement Christmas Charity of choice, a local initiative to help the homeless of the Waterloo Region. We are so excited to assist with this amazing cause. The Hemlock Barn (Lobsinger Line) will be distributing the back packs along with a meal to the less fortunate members of the community! (see flyer below)

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/ Umbrella Project Parent Night with Dr. Jen Forristal Join us next Tuesday, December 14 at 7pm for Parent Night with Dr. Jen Forristal to prepare for the holidays with practical suggestions to understand and support our kids/teens to manage their anxiety and connect in meaningful ways. Zoom Link attached Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81458268816

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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 and receive a BRAG TAG for their backpack. Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of December: Kindness This month at the Umbrella Project we are tackling Kindness. At the Umbrella Project we believe that every day can be a random act of kindness day. Kindness is one of the easier skills to understand and make a part of our daily lives. Even a genuine smile counts! What will kindness do for my child? Doing good is not only beneficial for the person on the receiving end and those who witness the kind action, but also for the givers of kindness. When we are kind and intentionally perform acts of kindness, we get a boost in our own wellbeing and happiness. It feels good to help others and it helps us focus on the positive things in our lives. It’s win-win! This month we are going to add some complexity to kindness for our children, increasing their care for others but also helping them recognize the benefits they get from being kind and then actively looking for chances to use this skill more often. Choose a family ‘helping’ project

When we perform acts of kindness or help others, our brain releases dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins that scientists refer to as the “helpers high.” These endorphins make us feel good and our body craves this good feeling. It’s why we turn to food, devices and other less healthy sources of pleasure that release the same chemicals in our brain. Kindness is a great way to give our brain what it craves in a healthy way and help others while we are at it. Children have an innate desire to use kindness and this grows over time if we can nurture it along the way. Start by making family acts of kindness a priority in your house. Choose a project or charity that you can all get involved in together and commit to making this an important and regular part of your family’s schedule. These charitable efforts on a regular basis will strengthen your child’s ability to use kindness and may even help to replace some of the less healthy habits they are pulled towards, such as their devices. In addition, the “helpers high” is an ideal hormonal environment in the brain for family bonding. So if you are pondering how to connect with your moody teen, this could be a place to start. Get them involved in choosing the project they care most about for the best results. You’ve got this! 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). o December – Staff wide “ You’ve been mugged!” o December – Student wide : You’ve been Elf’ed! Dec. 10 – Virtual Advent Liturgy – Week 3: Joy Dec. 10 – Last day to contribute to our Back Pack Donations to the homeless Dec. 13 – Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Socks and Slippers day Dec. 13 – Virtual Advent Liturgy – Week 4: Love o Dec. 14 – Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Festive Headwear – Christmas hats, headbands, etc. Dec. 15 – Virtual Christmas Concert for St. Clement School – your classroom teacher will provide information o Dec. 15th– Count Down to Christmas: Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Sweaters or red and green o Dec. 15 th – Hot Lunch Day o Dec. 16 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride! o Dec. 16 – Christmas Virtual Liturgy o Dec. 16– Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Bingo! o Dec. 16 – Umbrella Project Winners for December’s theme: Kindness – Brag Tags Awarded! o Dec. 17– Count Down to Christmas: Christmas Jammies and a movie o Dec. 17- Last day of school before Christmas break – Wishing you a blessed Christmas! o Jan. 3 – First day back to school o

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:

The runaway Christmas Nutcracker was found last week! Students guessed it was on our school Prayer table by the clues! I wonder where he will hide this week?

Saints participate in our virtual liturgy for week 2 :Peace. Our candles are lit as a reminder that God is the one who is able to bring peace to us in our busy days.

 

Classes are beginning to be “Elfed” by other classes with a sweet treat. I wonder who will be next. #ChristmasSpirit #ChristmasKindness

Saints and their families have been so generous in giving towards our backpack program to help the homeless of Waterloo region. Today is the last day to donate! 

Saints sport their Spirit Wear with such enthusiasm on Thursdays!

Saints used the clues to figure out the Nutcracker’s hiding spot! The water bottle filling station! Of course! I wonder where that sneaky guy will hide next! #ChristmasFun

 

Saints anticipate Christmas with our “Cookies For Santa” theme! Can’t wait to see the finished product! #ChristmasFun

Grade 8 students participate in a virtual tour of St. David school! Go Celtics!

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE

Christmas Charity Fundraiser: TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE

Thank you for your generosity and kindness for your donations to our St. Clement Christmas Charity of choice, a local initiative to help the homeless of the Waterloo Region. We are so excited to assist with this amazing cause.  The Hemlock Barn (Lobsinger Line) will be distributing the back packs along with a meal to the less fortunate members of the community!

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!

COVID-19 Case Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Clement CES. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. St. Clement CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.

 

What does this mean for Children/Students?

  • Public Health will work with the WCDSB to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the school with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Children/Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate.
    • Children/Students and families who have been identified as low-risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms
    • Children/Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre
  • If additional cohorts must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
    • Child care/other: The term cohort includes children and staff who have been in shared spaces or involved in group activities at the [setting description]
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily or may cause more severe illness.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

 

APPENDIX: Posters and Factsheets

General prevention

Self-isolating and monitoring

 

Testing

 

 

Masks/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Other

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Case: Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Clement CES. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. St. Clement CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.

 

What does this mean for Children/Students?

  • Public Health will work with the WCDSB to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the school with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Children/Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate.
    • Children/Students and families who have been identified as low-risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms
    • Children/Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre
  • If additional cohorts must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
    • Child care/other: The term cohort includes children and staff who have been in shared spaces or involved in group activities at the [setting description]
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily or may cause more severe illness.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

 

 

APPENDIX: Posters and Factsheets

General prevention

Self-isolating and monitoring

 

Testing

 

 

Masks/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Other

 

Positive COVID-19 Case

Information for Parents/Guardians

A case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Clement CES. Public Health can provide you with additional information/language to include here related to the case(s), while respecting privacy. For example, if a cohort or multiple cohorts have been dismissed, etc. St. Clement CES is working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Children/Students, staff and the community.

 

What does this mean for Children/Students?

  • Public Health will work with the WCDSB to identify high-risk student and staff contacts of the confirmed case.
  • Children/Students who have been identified as high-risk contacts of a confirmed case have been sent a letter by the school with specific information on dates of exposure, testing information, and the cohort end of isolation date.
  • High risk contacts will be followed up via text and phone, to reinforce specific directions related to the need for the student to self-isolate and get tested
  • Children/Students who have been identified as low-risk contacts of a confirmed case will not be contacted and are not required to self-isolate.
    • Children/Students and families who have been identified as low-risk contacts of the case should self-monitor for symptoms
    • Children/Students who develop symptoms should self-isolate and get tested at an assessment centre
  • If additional cohorts must self-isolate or the school must close, you will be notified by the school. The school will keep you informed about any plans regarding return to school.
    • Schools: The term cohort includes children/students and staff in the same class, children/students involved in group activities or who have been in shared spaces during school, students that ride the same bus, attend before/after school care, or participate in extracurricular programming together.
    • Child care/other: The term cohort includes children and staff who have been in shared spaces or involved in group activities at the [setting description]
  • Continue to monitor and screen your child for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.

 

What is COVID-19?

·         COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans

  • COVID-19 symptoms include, but are not limited to fever, cough, trouble breathing, sore throat or nasal congestion. A list of symptoms, including atypical signs and symptoms, can be also be found in the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website
  • People may be able to pass COVID-19 to others from 48 hours before symptoms begin to 10 days after the start of symptoms

 

What is a Variant of Concern (VOC)?

  • Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. For COVID-19, variants of concern (VOC) are those that may spread more easily or may cause more severe illness.
  • In response to the evolving situation related to VOCs, Region of Waterloo Public Health has initiated enhanced Contact Management for all COVID-19 cases in an effort to prevent the spread. This means that we use a lower risk threshold to identify contacts and initiate contact tracing early while test results may be pending.

 

Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19.

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