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Family Weekly Memo #16 – December 19-23, 2022

Thought for the Week:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

  • Parent Action Item: All are welcome to our Christmas Pageant/Concert. Please wait for the doors to the Church to be opened at 1:30. Parents will have a reserved section.

This Week at a Glance:

Sunday, December 18 – Fourth Week of Advent – LOVE 

Monday, December 19- Advent Link #4

  • Please wear pink to represent the joy candle.

Tuesday, December 20 

  • School Wide Trivia/Name that Tune

Wednesday, December 21 – Hot Lunch Day

  • We are learning about Christmas Trees
  • Doors of the Church open to parent spectators at 1:30
  • Christmas Pageant starts at 1:45

Thursday, December 22- Spirt Wear Day/Jersey Day

  • Intermediate Boys Lunch in – pizza provided
  • We will be reviewing and rehearsing our LockDown procedures
  • School Wide Bingo

Friday, December 23 – Pizza Day

  • Please feel free to wear your comfy and cozy clothes (pjs)
  • Intermediate Girls Lunch – Focusing on STEM & Robotics with Mrs McKinley
  • Christmas Movie Activity
⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates for 2022:

  • Wednesday, December 21- 1:45 pm Christmas Pagent and Concert at the Church – Parents are welcome to attend
  • Saturday, December 24-Sunday January 8 – Holiday Break/No School

A Prayer for the Fourth Week in Advent – a Prayer for Love

Holy Father, thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, your greatest gift of love to your people. Fill my heart with such love, opening my heart to accept your great love for me. Overflow my heart with your love so that I may pour it out into the world.

WISHING YOU, YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

 

Lost and Found Items

Mrs. McGivern has put all of the items in lost and found on display.  Please encourage your child(ren) to have a look and collect any items that belong to them.

Here are pictures of the items:

Saints Family Weekly Memo #15 – December 12-16, 2022

Thought for the Week: Kindness is like snow it beautifies everything it cover~Kahlil Gabran

Parent Action Item: Please make sure to always use the Main Door when coming into the school.  This is also true for Extended Day. ALL visitors must report to the Main Office upon entry.

This Week at a Glance:

Sunday, December 5 – Third Week of Advent – Joy

Monday, December 6- Advent Link #3

  • Please wear pink to represent the joy candle.
  • Grade 2 go to Laurel Creek!!
  • Grades 7 & 8 will learn about First Aid and CPR

Tuesday, December 7  

  • We are learning about Candy Canes

Wednesday, December 7 – Hot Lunch Day

  • 12 Days until Christmas!!

Thursday, December 8- Spirt Wear Day

  • We will be reviewing and practising our Safety Drills (Tornado)

Friday, December 9 – Pizza Day

  • Please feel free to wear your comfy and comfy socks & hats (baseball hats included)
  • We have a visit from our Mathematics consultant Mrs Leduc
⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates for 2022:

  • Monday, December 12 – Grade 2 go to Laurel Creek Conservation Area
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion. Grandfather Teaching of Honesty
  • Wednesday, December 21- 1:45 pm Christmas Pagent and Concert at the Church – Parents are welcome to attend
  • Saturday, December 24-Sunday January 8 – Holiday Break/No School

 

Important Safety Reminders

The St Clement C.E.S.  makes every effort to ensure that schools and facilities are safe and secure environments for students, staff, and visitors.  At St Clement school, we place great importance on students, families, the community and staff knowing their responsibilities during a school emergency and creating safe conditions for all.

Safe Arrival & Dismissal-All students who are late must report to the Main Office. If students are to be signed out, we ask that parents call the Office and leave a note for the teacher in the student’s Agenda. Students will be dismissed from the Main Office.

Safely Walking To & From School-We are asking to change the current practice a wee bit. We will be enforcing the no parking in the school parking lot for drop off and pick up. Can we also please stop walking in the middle of the street and/or in the parking lot? This is very dangerous. You may notice some caution tape beside the sidewalk. We are encouraging parents and children to walk on the sidewalk rather than on the yard or the street. Parent, please meet them on the side of the sign/flag, rather than at the church, as this would require them to walk into the road.

Fire Drills, Lockdown & Tornado Drills-Waterloo Catholic District School Board has established emergency procedures in every school building.  So far this year we have practised three fire drills and we will practice lockdown and tornado drills in the coming weeks. 

Extended Day Arrival & Dismissal-Please know that we are looking at creating new and improved access for Extended Day friends that is closer to the program. Until the new system is put in, all Extended Day friends must enter and be dismissed through the Main Door.

 

Order deadline for retake photos

The deadline for ordering pictures if your student had photos taken on retake day is now December 12th.

There were issues with the courier delivering the proofs to the school, they came late, and the photographer has extended the deadline.

Family Weekly Memo #14 – December 5-9, 2022

Thought for the Week: PEACE: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.

Parent Action Item: We understand that from time to time it is necessary to sign children out during the school day. Please write a note in your child’s agenda and call the office to let them know. Students must come to the office to verify that they are leaving the building.

This Week at a Glance:

Sunday, December 5 – Second Week of Advent – Peace

Monday, December 6- Advent Link #2

  • Please wear purple to represent the hope candle.
  • ESQ (Engineering Science Quest) visits

Tuesday, December 7 – St Nicholas Day!

  • ESQ visits!
  • 11:55-12:35 Girls Club Meet
  • Parent Council 6-7:30 in the Library Learning Commons. All are welcome. In this meeting, we will be reviewing EQAO Scores, Start Graduation Planning and discussing Sacraments

Wednesday, December 7 – Hot Lunch Day

  • Nature Club Meets with FNMI Lead Jennifer Staats – storytelling and creating knots

Thursday, December 8- Spirt Wear Day

Friday, December 9 – Pizza Day

  • Come dressed as your favourite character from the Nativity (Mary, Joseph, Wise Man, Camel, Sheep, Donkey, Shepherd, Star, Angel etc)
⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates for 2022:

  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC (Parent Council)  Meeting #3 6-7:30 pm
  • Monday, December 12 – Grade 2 go to Laurel Creek Conservation Area
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion. Grandfather Teaching of Honesty
  • Wednesday, December 21- Christmas Pagent and Concert (Parents Invited)
  • Saturday, December 24-Sunday January 8 – Holiday Break/No School

Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. 

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory,

 for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. 

Amen.

Family Weekly Memo #13 – November 28-December 2, 2022

Thought for the Week: We wait. We watch. We HOPE. ~ Advent 

This Week at a Glance:

  • Sunday, November 27 – Advent Begins.
  • Monday, November 28 – Advent Link #1
    • Please wear purple to represent the hope candle.
    • Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Tuesday, November 29 –  Nature Club Meets
  • Wednesday, November 30 – Hot Lunch Day- Pita
  • Thursday, December 1- Spirt Wear Day, Gr. 6-8 go to St David’s to see Shrek
    • We are writing letters to Santa
  • Friday, December 2 – Pizza Day
    • Please wear green, red or a Christmas sweater

It would be helpful if you could continue to remind your child about the snow expectations we have at school. Update-we will allow specific soccer balls once the mud is gone.

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

  • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Thursday, December 1- Grades 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC (Parent Council)  Meeting #3 6-7:30 pm
  • Monday, December 12 – Grade 2 go to Laurel Creek Conservation Area
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Concert (Parents Invited)
  • Saturday, December 24-Sunday January 8 – Holiday Break/No School

First Week of Advent Prayer

All-powerful God, 

increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, 

where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. 

Amen.

We are looking for parent feedback!!

Thank you for your support for our Feast of St Clement celebration. We all enjoyed a beautiful Mass followed by a delicious lunch.

We look forward to welcoming our families to Progress Report Conferences tomorrow. It is an excellent opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and converse about the awesome things happening.

We are always looking for feedback and how we can learn. We would appreciate it if you could please take a moment to complete this survey about parent engagement: https://forms.gle/pTgNCh8xZrSmJuVa8

Family Weekly Memo #12 – November 21-25, 2022

Thought for the Week: Be a GOOD HUMAN BEING…a warm-hearted, affectionate person-Dali Lama

  • Chromebooks have been redistributed.
  • This week we are celebrating the Feast of St Clement and focusing on  Bullying Awareness
  • Congratulations to the amazing Boy’s Volleyball Team and Mrs Alvarez. You played amazing and we are very proud of you all. Way to Go Boys!!
  • We are starting some amazing small groups with our Child & Youth Care Worker. There is a Primary Lego Club, a Nature Club for Grades 4, 5 & 6 Boys and a Girls Lunch Club for Grades 7 & 8
  • Parent Action Item: We want to know how we are doing. During the Progress Report Conferences, please take a moment to complete our Fall Report Card either electronically or by paper copy. This will be distributed on the evening on November 24, 2022.

This Week at a Glance:

    • Monday, November 21 – Focus: Awaken to Building New Friendship
      • Progress Reports and Communication of Learning are distributed.
    • Tuesday, November 22 –  Awaken our Capacity for Empathy
      • Our Director Tyrone Dowling visits
      • Grade 7 & 8 Girls Lunch Club
    • Wednesday, November 23 – Awaken your Listening Ear
      • Feast of St Clement Mass 10:30 (parents are welcome
      • Turkey Lunch
      • Grade 8 Evening at St David’s
    • Thursday, November 24- Awaken our Ability to Engage in Conflict Resolution
      • Progress Report Conferences 3:40-8:00 pm
      • Phot Retake Day
    • Friday, November 25 – Awaken to Building New Friendships
      • Pizza Day

Winter Weather Reminders 

Winter weather has arrived and most students had lots of fun in the snow this past week. It would be helpful if you could remind your child about the snow expectations we have at school.

  1. The Playground Structures are closed
  2. No balls are allowed out in the cold weather
  3. The snow stays on the ground; no throwing snow, ice, etc.
  4. Clothing – if you want to be crawling, rolling, etc. in the snow you should have boots with snow or splash pants on. Make really good choices about wet and cold! 
  5. Building of forts and structures must be done in an inclusive caring manner, no one can be excluded, and no one owns the snow; at the same time – thou shalt not steal! We build but we do not break other people’s work:)
  6. Climbing on or over the hills of plowed snow is not permitted. 
  7. Sliding on ice patches is not permitted.
  8. Please brush off and kick off the snow before coming inside.

It is imperative for safety that students have a pair of inside shoes for safety. Now that the colder weather has arrived, the halls are often wet, and boots and socks will become wet quickly. Also, it can get very cold in the yard during recess times with the open field.  Please be sure to have extra hats, mittens, and socks packed in your child’s backpack.  Students are outside for two 15-minute recess breaks and a 40-minute lunch recess.  This can feel very long if not properly dressed. Please check the weather before school to be prepared.

In the colder winter months, depending on the severity of the weather there are times that we shorten our time outside or do not go out at all.

  • When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C students will not be outside longer than 15 minutes.
  • When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students remain inside

This year, the cancellation of buses does not automatically indicate that schools will be closed. The decision to close schools due to inclement weather is a separate decision from buses. Please be sure to monitor our newswire before school on days when winter conditions may indicate buses could be cancelled or that schools are closed. 

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

    • Wednesday, November 23 – Feast of St Clement Mass (Families are Welcome)  & Celebration Lunch (Cash Online)
    • Wednesday, November 23- Grade 8 Evening at St David’s – Please go check it out!!
    • Thursday, November 24 – Photo Retake Day
    • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
    • Thursday, December 1- Grades 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC Meeting #3
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Innovation Buddy Song Fest (Parents Invited)
  • Tuesday, January 17, CSAC Meeting #3
  • February 21– Pancake Tuesday (volunteers needed)
  • February 2 – Grade 4 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 16 – Grade 5 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 22 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • February 23 – Grade 6 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • March 7 – CSAC Meeting #4
  • April 11 – CSAC Meeting #5
  • May TBD – CSAC FOS Meeting #6
  • May 5 – Mission Day (volunteers needed)

A Clementine Blessing

May God,
who sees all things,  and who is the Ruler of all spirits
and the Lord of all the living—who chose our Lord Jesus Christ,
and through him chose us to be a people for his own possession—
grant to every soul that calls on his glorious and holy name,
faith, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety,
to the glory of his name, through our High Priest and Protector,
Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, and majesty, and power, and honour,
both now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 96)

 

Picture Proofs and Skittle Day Reminder

Hello,

Picture proofs will be coming home today or tomorrow with your student.  Information for ordering is on the proof; deadline for ordering directly with the photographer is November 28th.

Picture re-take day is Thursday November 24th, photos will be taken first thing in the morning.

Skittle Day is Thursday please remind your student to dress in the skittle colour of their classroom.

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