Yearly Archives: 2022

Family Weekly Memo #4 – September 26-30

Thought for the Week:  We are continuing to build community!!

The staff of St Clement was thrilled to see most of our students and their families at the Open House.

We are so happy that you got to see the beautiful renovations and our innovative seating!

Thank you for your generous support of the Terry Fox Event. We surpassed our goal and raised over $2600!! If you would still like to donate it is not too late: https://schools.terryfox.ca/15988/donate 

  • Monday, September 26 – Welcome back to another great week of learning!
  • Tuesday, September 27 – Staff will be reflecting on our start-up during Class Reviews with Mrs. MacDonald & Mrs. Gheorghe from Student Success.
  • Wednesday, September 28 – Rowan’s Day. Please wear purple
  • Thursday, September 29- Spirit Day – please wear blue, yellow, or Saint spirit wear.
  • Friday, September 30- National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Please wear orange. Pizza Day! Grade 7 & 8 Tree Top Trekking

Catholic School Advisory Council: Our first meeting is on October 4, at 6 pm in the Innovation Lab (beside the Library). ALL ARE WELCOME!

We are not able to refund or save pizza if your child is absent on Pizza Days. Please let the office know prior to 11 and we can put your aside if you would like to come to pick it up by noon on Pizza Fridays.

Please sign off the permission for your child to go home at lunch on School Cash Online. We have 8-12 students a day signing out for lunch. If you complete the form it is okay for them to stay, they are not compelled to leave! That being said, if they are signing out they are leaving from 11:35 to at least 12:15. 

We are waiting to hear from the Board if there will be tutoring opportunities at our school. We will forward information as it comes available.

Please let Mrs. MacDonald know if you are interested in being a lunch hour supervisor. The hours are 11:35-12:35 each day. This is a paid position.

There has been much discussion about students, screens, and technology. I would love to share insight each month. For this month, the Parent Tech Tip isWhat Parents Need to Know about Fortnite and Guide Chapter 2.

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. All STUDENTS must self-screen every day before attending school. SCHOOL SCREENING LINK  

 

Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

  • Wednesday, September 28th: Purple Shirt for Rowan’s Law Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Grade 7 & 8 Tree Trekking Excursion
  • Tuesday, October 4: Catholic School Advisory Council  Meeting #1
  • Thursday, October 6: Turkey Toss!!
  • Monday, October 10: Thanksgiving- No School for All
  • Wednesday, October 11: Thanksgiving & Gratitude Assembly
  • Monday, October 24: PD Day- No School for Students
  • Thursday, October 27: Fall Photo Day
  • Monday, October 31: Halloween Parade & Dance A Thon Fundraiser
  • Monday, October 31: Grade 7 – HepB & HPV 
  • Tuesday, November 1: Catholic School Advisory Council Meeting #2
  • Monday, November 7:  Progress Reports go home

 

We Need Lunch Hour Supervisors

Lunch Hour Supervisor(s) – Level 1

CUPE LOCAL 2512 – Lunch Hour Supervisor(s) – Permanent or Supply

Seniority is not a determining factor

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board with a total student population of 23,000, provides services to students in 50 schools (Kindergarten to Grade 12) across the Waterloo Region.

The Board conducts intentional recruitment and selection as it seeks to achieve a state of greater equity for employees and students and to diversify its workforce.

All qualified applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply and applicants may choose to indicate if they are from a group who has experienced racial or social discrimination.  Self-identification data will be used as a consideration in this posting.  Aggregate data will be stored anonymously to support improvements to the Board’s hiring processes.

 General Description of Duties:

  • Ensure the safety and security of students during the lunch period at Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or over;
  • Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit are eligible to work in Canada
  • Be able to provide a Vulnerable Sector Check document (i.e., police check)

Desirable Assets:

  • Experience working with children
  • Willingness to assume a wide variety of duties;
  • Ability to communicate in a sensitive, courteous manner with students, parents, staff and the general public;
  • Ability to work as a team player;
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification is an asset.

Salary Range: $22.20 – $23.46 per hour, Level 1 (Compensation Grid effective September 1, 2021)

Hours of Work:  1 hour per day between 11:35 am to 12:35 pm (Monday to Friday)

Effective Date: Immediately following the onboarding process

Weeks/Year: Approx. 41 weeks/year (September – June)

To apply, please send your resume to sherry.macdonald@wcdsb.ca

 

Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Today is a Provincial Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Since the death of the Queen, there has been much discussion around the world, including here in Ontario, regarding fitting gestures in communities and schools to mark the passing of a Sovereign who has served the Commonwealth, and as Canada’s head of state, for seven decades.

At the direction of the Ontario government, we will honour the Queen with a moment of silence at 1:00 pm.  At St Clement, we will also provide each class with “Tea Time with the Queen”.  Each class will have an opportunity to learn about her life, her goals, her likes and dislikes, and have a biscuit while doing it.  (gluten-free/dairy free is available)

In our ongoing attempt to live our mission and be “a place for all” we hold space for both our continued action on Truth and Reconciliation, equity and inclusion, and a dignified recognition of the woman who so selflessly gave to our nation; our Queen.

We look forward to learning more about Queen Elizabeth II as a person, and a monarch and the issues that this may raise.

 

Family Weekly Memo #3 – September 19-23

Thought for the Week: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” 

~ Albert Camus 

Monday, September 19 – Bus Patrol Training, Moment of Silence for the Queen & Open House 5-6:30 (Rain or Shine)

Tuesday, September 20 – Boys & Girls 3 Pitch Tournaments- Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 21 – Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday, September 22- Spirit Day – please wear blue, yellow, or Saint spirit wear.

Good luck to our Saints Junior Soccer Team!

Friday, September 23- School Wide Terry Fox Run  & 1st Pizza Day!

On August 31, 2022, the Province dropped the mandatory 5-day isolation rule for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The Childcare and School COVID-19 screening tool has been updated to reflect these changes. Please complete the screener each morning  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

We are looking for lunch-hour supervisors for St Clement and St Teresa Elmira. Please contact Mrs. MacDonald if you are interested. 

Please note that all medicine coming to school must be a prescription from a medical doctor and the administration of oral medication form must be completed.

Important Reminder about Signing In or Out: If your child is leaving early or arrives late, please ensure that you have signed them in or out of the Main Office. We appreciate you giving your teacher notification, but it is essential that Mrs. Simpson in the Office is aware so that she may accurately reflect attendance in the building. The Main Office is open from 8:30-4:00 and Mrs. Simpson takes lunch from 1-1:30.

We understand that parents may want to allow children to bring toys to school to play at recess. Please remind students that they are not to “trade” or “give away” their toys. What they bring to school is what they should bring home.

Catholic School Advisory Council Please stay tuned for more information about our first meeting, which will be remote. Please complete the form on School Cash Online if you are interested in joining our Catholic School Advisory Council this year. Our first meeting has been rescheduled to October 4, as the original date will conflict with the Wellesley Fair.

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. All STUDENTS must self-screen every day before attending school. SCHOOL SCREENING LINK  

On September 23rd our school will be proudly participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Over 9,000 schools across Canada are taking part in the run this year and that means that over 3 million students will be fundraising for cancer research in Terry’s name. This is one of our favourite events of the year – we get to celebrate the life of Terry Fox, his Marathon of Hope, and show our incredible school spirit as we come together to help others.

We all know that Terry Fox is one of our greatest Canadian heroes but sometimes we forget how hard his struggle was and why we continue to do the Terry Fox Run every year. Our event this year is an opportunity to take action, show leadership, and set examples of compassion and kindness towards others. Students will be staying on school grounds and each class will have an opportunity to participate remaining in their division (Kindergarten- Grade 3 and Grade 4- Grade 8). Each student will receive a freezie treat after their run/ walk. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have an issue or concern with this. Please send your child to school prepared with running shoes, a water bottle and a red/ white outfit to show support for our Canadian hero!

Please consider supporting us in our mission, and help us raise funds for cancer research. You can make an online contribution through the St. Clement page https://schools.terryfox.ca/15988/donate 

Thank you for your support on behalf of the staff at St. Clement School.

Please mark your calendar for these important dates:

  • Monday, September 19th: Bus Patrol Safety Training
  • Monday, September 19th: Family BBQ & Open House (5 – 6:30 pm) 
  • Thursday, September 22 – Diocesan Mass
  • Friday, September 23, Terry Fox-https://schools.terryfox.ca/15988/donate  
  • Wednesday, September 28th: Purple Shirt for Rowan’s Law Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Tree Trekking Excursion for Grades 7 & 8
  • Tuesday, October 4 CSAC Meeting
  • Monday, October 31- Halloween parade and Dance a Thon Fundraiser!!

AUTUMN PRAYER

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.

We thank you

for a touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,

for the colouring of trees that show the creativity of the Divine Artist,

for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,

for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,

for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,

for the fall harvest which brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,

for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.

God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

Amen

Important Message About Bussing

Dear Parents and Families,

 

We want to share an important update about school buses. Due to the ongoing bus driver shortage and lingering impacts of the public board’s cyber attack on our shared bus planning software, some routes will need to be temporarily cancelled.

 

Most bus routes are operating normally. However, some routes are experiencing more frequent and prolonged delays (30 minutes or greater).

 

This temporary measure will be effective Monday, September 19, 2022 and will continue until Christmas, at which time our need for cancellations will be reviewed.

 

We understand the significant impact this decision will have on our students and their families and caregivers. Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) does this only as a last resort. We hope that this proactive message will allow families and caregivers to better prepare for and react to the cancellation of bus routes.

 

Please note that delays have not been caused by our current bus drivers.  When they are late, it is because they are trying to support students on bus routes that have no driver, with the best of intentions.  They do not have to do this.  They are trying to help.  Please be kind to them!

 

What Happens If A School Bus Route is Cancelled?

 

Effective September 19, 2022

 

A school bus route will be cancelled when the driver shortage causes a route to be late by more than 30 minutes consistently. Affected students and families will be informed immediately of the cancellation period.  Cancellations are done on a week to week basis.

 

Supporting Student Learning

 

If a school bus route is cancelled, families are responsible for transporting their children to and from school each day.

 

Where this is not possible, students should access asynchronous learning materials posted by their classroom teacher on their Learning Management System (LMS), either D2L or Google Classroom. Additional activities can be found here

 

Families should contact their school to let them know if they are unable to get to school.  The school can also help families to sign out a Chromebook if necessary.

 

Stay Informed

 

Families will be informed the day prior to any cancellation. Cancellations will be posted on the STSWR website with an expected return date.

 

Register for notifications on the STSWR parent portal
The Bus Delays page will be updated with cancellation information each afternoon by 4:30 PM.

 

Questions?

 

Please contact Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR).

 

Saints Stay Safe- COVID Protocol Update- Fall 2022

On August 31, 2022, the Province dropped the mandatory 5-day isolation rule for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The Childcare and School COVID-19 screening tool has been updated to reflect these changes. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms should complete the Childcare and School COVID-19 screening tool (updated September 9, 2022) and follow the guidance.

 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 NEW COVID PROTOCOLS: Please read each page of the screener carefully, including the guidance on the school screening result page.

 If you do not pass the COVID-19 screener and are not immunocompromised

Stay home (self-isolate) until you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea). Retake this screening every day before you go to school or childcare.

 For 10 days after your symptoms started:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing your mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

For those with negative COVID‑19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

Siblings or other people you live with

For 10 days after your last exposure to the household member with COVID‑19 symptoms, you should:

  • self-monitor for symptoms. Stay home (self-isolate) immediately if you develop any symptoms of COVID‑19, and seek testing if eligible
  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing their mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or who may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Regardless of negative COVID‑19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

If you do not pass the covid-19 screener and are immunocompromised

If you test positive for COVID‑19 or do not get tested

  • Stay home (self-isolate) and do not attend school or childcare for at least 10 days and until you do not have a fever and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea).
  • When determining your isolation period, the day your symptoms began is day 0 and you could return to school or childcare on day 11.

Note: The duration of isolation may be modified based on your health care provider’s direction.

If you test negative for COVID‑19

If COVID‑19 testing was available and you had a negative result from 1 PCR test or rapid molecular test, or from 2 rapid antigen tests taken 24 to 48 hours apart, you can return to school or childcare if your symptoms started improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea) and you do not have a fever.

For 10 days after your symptoms started, the following additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of other respiratory viruses circulating in the community:

  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where you need to take off your mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing your mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Please note that if you tested positive for COVID‑19, you should isolate for 10 days regardless of whether you later test negative within your isolation period.

Siblings or other people you live with

For 10 days after your last exposure to the household member with COVID‑19 symptoms, you should:

  • self-monitor for symptoms. Stay at home (self-isolate) immediately if you develop any symptoms of COVID‑19, and seek testing if eligible
  • wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings (including school and child care)
  • avoid non-essential activities where they need to take off their mask (for example, playing a wind instrument in music class or removing their mask for sports or dining out)
  • avoid non-essential visits to anyone who is immunocompromised or who may be at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • avoid non-essential visits to highest-risk settings such as hospitals and long-term care homes

Regardless of negative COVID-19 test results, these additional precautions can be an added layer of prevention against the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses circulating in the community.

Stay Safe Saints!

#2 St Clement Family Weekly Memo 2022-2023

Thought for the Week:  We Are Truly Blessed!!

Important Reminder about Signing In or Out: If your child is leaving early or arrives late, please ensure that you have signed them in or out of the Main Office. We appreciate you giving your teacher notification, but it is essential that Mrs. Simpson in the Office is aware so that she may accurately reflect attendance in the building. The Main Office is open from 8:30-4:00 and Mrs. Simpson takes lunch from 1-1:30.

Monday, September 12 – School for Everyone!! Grade 7 & 8s please bring in trip forms.

Tuesday, September 13- Check out Cash Online for Hot Lunch Ordering

Check out the Wellesley Fall Fair!

Wednesday, September 14 – School Wide Opening Assembly

Thursday, September 15- Spirit Wear Day – wear blue, yellow, or Saint spirit wear.

Friday, September 16- Whole School FIRE DRILL practice. Please make plans to attend the School BBQ next week and have a fantastic weekend!

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. All STUDENTS must self-screen every day before attending school. SCHOOL SCREENING LINK  

Recess: We will continue to separate students on the yard by “zones” – Kindergarten, Primary, Junior, and Intermediate. Students will have designated line-up spots and will be expected to physically distance themselves while walking in lines to enter and exit the building. 

Current Grade 5 & 8 students will be bringing home an envelope with important information. The envelope contains your child’s results and a parent guide regarding the CCAT and CAT testing that was completed last year.

Agendas for Grades 1-8 are available for all. We ask that you pay $5 on Cash Online to recover a portion of the costs. Please review with your child and sign where indicated. Kindergarten students will be using the communication of learning system.

Allergy Alert & Medical Information: Please do not send your student to school with peanuts or any scented product (including perfume, hairspray, lotion, sanitizer). We are trying to keep all of our staff and students safe. If you are new to our school or if your child has a new medical condition, please email Mrs. Simpson with this information. A very important reminder that all medicine coming to school must be a prescription from a medical doctor. Please review the policy here.

Lunch Program: Our lunch program will be starting up again this year! Please look to CashOnline for purchasing.

Catholic School Advisory Council Please stay tuned for more information about our first meeting, which will be remote. Please complete the form on School Cash Online if you are interested in joining our Catholic School Advisory Council this year. Our first meeting has been rescheduled to October 4, as the original date will conflict with the Wellesley Fair.

General Back to Communication School Checklist:

Please Send to School:

  • Reusable Water Bottle (labeled with name)
  • Clean indoor shoes (labeled with name)
  • For students in Kindergarten and Primary grades, please have a change of clothes labeled in a bag in case of accidents. 
  • Smile & Positive attitude

On September 23rd our school will be proudly participating in the Terry Fox School Run. Over 9,000 schools across Canada are taking part in the run this year and that means that over 3 million students will be fundraising for cancer research in Terry’s name. This is one of our most favourite events of the year – we get to celebrate the life of Terry Fox, his Marathon of Hope, and show our incredible school spirit as we come together to help others.

We all know that Terry Fox is one of our greatest Canadian heroes but sometimes we forget how hard his struggle was and why we continue to do the Terry Fox Run every year. Our event this year is an opportunity to take action, show leadership, and set examples of compassion and kindness towards others. Students will be staying on school grounds and each class will have an opportunity to participate remaining in their division (Kindergarten- Grade 3 and Grade 4- Grade 8). Each student will receive a freezie treat after their run/ walk. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have an issue or concern with this. Please send your child to school prepared with running shoes, a water bottle, and a red/ white outfit to show support for our Canadian hero!

Please consider supporting us in our mission, and help us raise funds for cancer research. You can make an online contribution through the St. Clement school page at https://schools.terryfox.ca/15988/donate 

Thank you for your support on behalf of the staff at St. Clement School. “Where each one counts!”

Please mark your calendar

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 13th: Wellesley Fall Fair
  • Wednesday, September 14th: Opening Assembly 
  • Monday, September 19th: Bus Patrol Safety Training
  • Monday, September 19th: Family BBQ & Open House (5 – 6:30 pm) 
  • Thursday, September 22 – Diocesan Mass
  • Friday, September 23, Terry Fox-https://schools.terryfox.ca/15988/donate  
  • Wednesday, September 28th: Purple Shirt for Rowan’s Law Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Every Child Matters Orange Shirt Day
  • Friday, September 30th: Tree Trekking Excursion
  • Tuesday, October 4 CSAC Meeting

Grade 7 & 8 Field Trip!!!!

We are so excited to be having co-curricular trips back!!

The Grade 7 and 8 students will be going to Treetop Trekking in Hamilton for a day of physical activity and fun in the tree tops. The day will include Zip Line and an Aerial Game Trek.  Please see the website for additional information. https://treetoptrekking.com/park/hamilton/

The date for the trip is Friday, September 30, 2022. There is no cost to students for the bus or the activity. This amazing adventure is made possible through the Outdoor Education Budget.

All permission forms must be signed (pages 3,4 & 5 in the package). Please complete it as soon as possible! #saintsareawesome #intermediateadventure 

 

Grade 1-6 Pizza Lunch September 9th

Wow..the Saints really like competition!

Congratulations to the students in Grade 1-6, all of the School Verification Forms have been handed in for these grades.

Mrs. Simpson and Mrs. MacDonald will be bringing two slices of pizza for lunch to each awesome Saint in Grades 1-6.

Their classroom teachers polled each student as to what they would like.

Have a thrilling Thursday!

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