Monthly Archives: January 2022

Kindergarten Registration Open

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten! 

Registration is open for September 2022-23 School Year 

Kindergarten registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year is available for Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools — providing the Region’s youngest citizens with a chance to benefit from a 184-year tradition of education excellence 

Children born in 2018 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten. 

Children born in 2017 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten. 

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website at wcdsb.ca to register online.  Look for the tab at the top of your screen that says, “Register”. Next, scroll down and select “Kindergarten Registration”. You will start by completing our online registration and upload all required documents. 

Reminders For the Week – Jan 28

Reminders for the Week

 

Our Second week back to in-person learning was another great success. It continues to be wonderful to have the school come alive again with all of the energy and positivity our students inevitably bring! We shared in laughter, waves of hello and smiles – along with a renewed excitement with a focus on learning and ‘snow’ much fun outside too. Thank you for sending your children to school with warm winter clothing this week. It can feel pretty cold in the open field with -20 weather. Well done!

Please see the information updates below:

 

Screening Each Day Requirement:

:Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day.  The Jan. 12, 2022 updated screener can be found here: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca).  A paper screener attestation form was sent home on Tuesday for parents to sign each morning that will be checked daily at school. Please know that this date has been extended beyond the two weeks and the board/ministry will let us know  Please ensure you are completing the screener in its entirety, reading all the way to the bottom of the screen pages for direction.

When Should I Keep My Child Home?
Students with one or more of the symptoms from the list below are now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL and must self-isolate as per the direction of the COVID-19 School/Childcare Screening Tool:
  • Fever and/or chills; OR
  • Cough; OR
  • Shortness of breath; OR
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
Any student with two or more of the following symptoms below, are also now presumed to have a COVID-19 infection, MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL and must self-isolate as per the direction of the COVID-19 School/Childcare Screening Tool: :
  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
Any student with one of the symptoms from the list below MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL until it has been at least 24 hours since the symptoms started improving (48 hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea) and as long as they do not develop any additional symptoms.
  • Runny nose / nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches / joint pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting or diarrhea)
Families of students that are observed to be symptomatic at school will be contacted and will be required to pick their child up from school and must follow the applicable public health direction regarding isolation and school attendance.
Please note that isolation requirements have changed. Some individuals, as per the guidelines above, may only need to isolate for 5 days. Also, at this time, we have been told that Public Health will no longer be dismissing classes when there has been an exposure to a positive case.
You may also refer to the following two flow charts that can help you with next steps should your child(ren) experience COVID symptoms OR if you or your child(ren) have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVOD.

YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED

YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

Bus Notifications

If your child rides the bus it is critical that you sign up for notifications through Student Transportation Services. This is how you will know that your child’s bus is late on a given day.

Below, you will find a link to the subscription service as well as the video which explains the Inclement Weather process from STSWR.

Parents have the option of using STSWR’s subscription service: Subscription Service Instructions (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region) (stswr.ca) to receive delays and cancellations via email or follow them on Twitter: @STSWR.

Inclement Weather Video from STSWR: STSWR Inclement Weather Video CC – YouTube

Additionally, as previously communicated, Bus operators are now experiencing an increase in driver absences due to COVID-19 isolation. As a result, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will need to cancel some routes for a short period of time when driver absences cannot be covered effective Tues. Jan. 25 – Fri. Feb. 18, 2022. Families will be informed the day prior to any cancellation and cancellation will be posted on the STSWR website with an expected return date.

Check your Email every Morning

One of the challenges that will be present in the next short while is managing and maintaining our full staffing levels. Given the requirements to isolate as a household contact or if symptomatic, we could have high levels of staff absenteeism.  We will continue to monitor staffing on a daily basis and while it will be a last resort, parents should be aware that on short notice we may have to temporarily close or pivot class to remote due to operational concerns. At this time, this is not necessary, but I want to provide you a “heads up,” as this may be a reality in the near future.   Please check your emails every morning prior to sending your child(ren) to school.

Masks from the Ministry

Masks from the Ministry were sent home this week. Although 3-ply masks are encouraged, students may also wear their own cloth masks that fit them well provided from home. As a precautionary measure, we have encouraged students to mask outside and if they feel they need a mask break to socially distance and take it off. Most students are wearing them as it is cold outside and the masks keep them warmer. However, masks do get wet with perspiration, so please send extra masks.

 

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies will become available for you to purchase on CashOnLine  from February 7th – February 28th. It will have all of the sizing information included.

Junior Kindergarten Registration: 

Is your little one school aged and ready to come to school?  Registration is now open.  Please register online or call the office to set up a virtual appointment to walk you through the online registration process.

  Kindergarten registration for the 2022– 2023 school year is happening now! No experience needed
   
  Children born in 2018 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten
  Children born in 2017 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten. (*You do NOT need to re-register if your child is already at St. Clement.)
  Once you have completed your online registration please contact the schools main office 519-699-5271 to finish your registration

 

  WCDSB Updates

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

 
   
amilies 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/

Bell Let’s Talk Day

This day was engaging for students! Classroom teachers and students worked on understanding the importance of taking care of their mental health and the mental health of others. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. However, tools are available to support ourselves and each other. Since 2010, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and inspire one another to take action and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. In a recent survey conducted by Nielson Consumer Insights, 82% of Canadians now say they are comfortable speaking with others about mental health, compared to only 42% in 2012. By joining in and taking action, we are all helping to make a real difference. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign highlighted the ways that we can support ourselves and those we care about through actions like listening, being there and talking. Every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.

 

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 January : Authenticity

Stop focusing on perfection

Remind your child often, and in as many ways as you can, that the goal of life isn’t perfection.

This important conversation builds almost every skill in your child’s umbrella, and authenticity is no exception. We dove into this when we discussed growth mindset and it’s worth a mention again, as we work towards developing a child who feels comfortable being themselves.

We are all climbing a mountain in life that doesn’t have a top and when we imagine that there is a summit to climb, it can lead to a life of struggle trying to get somewhere that doesn’t exist. Striving for perfection can create a set of unattainable standards and this often leads to covering up imperfections with a false exterior, instead of being comfortable with who we are as humans, imperfections and all.

Start by normalizing life’s challenges for kids: relationships have bumps, sometimes we do poorly on tests, get injured and have tough days. When your child truly believes that these things are a difficult (but normal) part of life that everyone experiences, their authentic selves will have a chance to shine. Set goals for small incremental improvements instead of trying to get as close as possible to perfection.

Parents of high achieving kids take note: these are the kids I’m seeing most in my practice for anxiety. Remember that just because your child can achieve at a level of excellence now, doesn’t mean they won’t face challenges down the road. As these kids hit harder and harder challenges, they will often sacrifice all other aspects of their wellbeing to continue to achieve success including sleep, friendships and relationships with their loved ones. We know that these are critical to wellbeing and their absence takes a toll.

Make sure your children really understand that they don’t need to maintain a high level of success at all times for love, acceptance or self-esteem. This false belief can become deeply ingrained in their minds and cause a lot of anxiety when they can’t hit a desired target; so teach self-acceptance now, in advance of these challenges.

Mistakes are an important part of learning and the fear of making mistakes might just be what is holding your child back from being their true selves.

See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building authenticity.

Until next time,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

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:

 

 

 

Thank you, Mrs. Brenner for volunteering during our St. Clement Hot Lunch days! #GiftOfTime

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day: We’re here for you, Saints, to listen if you need to talk!

   

   

Saints show their pride every Thursday! #SpiritWearDay #WCDSBAwesome

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

February – Black History Month – teachers are doing activities in the classrooms followed by school wide presentations on Feb. 18 and Feb. 28

February –  Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 School year Begins during the month of February

Feb. 1 – 15 – Happy Chinese/ Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger; Feb. 15 – Lantern Festival

Feb. 2 – Hot Lunch

Feb. 3 – Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

Feb. 4 – Yearbook Cover Contest Entries due to the office (see your child’s classroom teacher for details)

February 17 – Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

Feb. 25 – Black Heritage Month – Virtual Assembly School Wide: Dr. Suzan Snaggs-Wilson to present

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

June 3 – PA Day –  no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.

June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 – Last day of school

 

The First Window for Remote Learning is ending…

Good morning Saints!

When it was announced that we were returning to school, we provided a 2 week window for anyone who may not yet feel comfortable being back to in-person learning.  This two week window closes on Friday, January 28, 2022.  Although there is the option to extend this for another two weeks, we are really hopeful that we can get all of our community members back to in-person learning.  We believe this is the best place for our kids, and although we are still wearing masks, we know that our building is full of smiles.

If  you feel that you need to be a remote learner for the next 2 week block, please contact your child’s classroom teacher (and the office Debbie.Simpson@wcdsb.ca.

It is our hope that we will see everyone back in school soon, so that we can once again, be together!

Stay warm, Saints!

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!

Today is “Bell Let’s Talk Day”!

In the midst of everything else going on right now, it is important to remember that mental health is extremely important!  It is vital that we take care of ourselves – our mind and body! There are many events happening across the country, but one of the most simple things we can do is to use various social media platforms – tagging #BellLetsTalk, and Bell will make a donation to mental health programs.

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the first COVID case in Ontario. We have been dealing with the global pandemic and all of it’s challenges for 2 full years! You should be so proud of yourselves and of your children.

The focus on positive mental health has been growing as of late and we are so proud of all of our Saints for the resilience and grit that YOU have all shown. We are so proud of our students, our staff and our community members for hanging in there! As we continue to focus on our personal mental health and we continue to look out for each other…Let’s Talk!

#BellLetsTalk

Your Child is coming home with 2 Masks today!

Hello Saints,

3-Ply Masks from the Ministry are being sent home today. If your child is away today, your teacher will hold onto their masks for them until they return to school. Although 3-ply masks are encouraged, students may also wear their own cloth masks that fit them well provided from home. It is not mandated that students mask outside however, most students are wearing them as it is cold outside and the masks keep them warmer. Masks do get wet with perspiration, so please send extra masks and launder them on a regular basis.

Thank you!

Anticipated Transportation Service Interruptions

We want to share an important update. Bus operators are now experiencing an increase in driver absences due to COVID-19 isolation.

Although more than 90% of our routes are operating normally, some routes are experiencing more frequent and prolonged delays (50 minutes or greater). As a result, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) will need to cancel some routes for a short period of time when driver absences cannot be covered.

This temporary measure will be effective Tuesday, January 25, 2022, until Friday, February 18, 2022. 

STSWR will continue to evaluate this approach to reducing delays and adjust the approach in order to continue to reduce the impact on students, families, and caregivers.

We understand the significant impact this decision will have on our students and their families and caregivers. STSWR does this only as a last resort. We hope that proactively implementing and communicating this course of action will allow families and caregivers to better prepare for and react to the cancellation of bus routes.

What Happens If A School Bus Route is Cancelled?

Effective January 24, 2022, a school bus route will be cancelled if a driver is isolating due to COVID-19 and there are insufficient drivers to cover the isolating driver’s routes.

The duration of the cancellation period will be communicated immediately to affected students and families.

For Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) Students and Families

For students and families in the WCDSB, if a school bus route is cancelled due to a COVID-19 related driver absence, there are three options for families:

  • Where possible, families should find alternative transportation for their students for the 5 to 10 day bus transportation cancellation period.
  • If that is not possible:
    • Students may participate asynchronously remotely by accessing their class Virtual Learning Environment (D2L or Google Classroom) or
    • Students may access asynchronous lessons on TVO and STVLElementary;

Stay Informed

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

 

 

Registration for Kindergarten for Sept 2022-23 School Year is open

It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten!

Registration is open for September 2022-23 School Year.

 

Kindergarten registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year is available for Waterloo Region’s 43 Catholic elementary schools — providing the Region’s youngest citizens with a chance to benefit from a 184-year tradition of education excellence.

 

 

Children born in 2018 are eligible for JK/Year 1 Kindergarten.

 

Children born in 2017 are eligible for SK/Year 2 Kindergarten.

 

The mother, father or legal guardian of the child registering for Kindergarten is asked to visit our Waterloo Catholic District School Board website at wcdsb.ca to register online.  Look for the tab at the top of your screen that says, “Register”. Next, scroll down and select “Kindergarten Registration”. You will start by completing our online registration and upload all required documents.

 

Reminders for the Week

Reminders for the Week

Welcome 2022 – a new year with new opportunities!

It was very exciting to have everyone finally back face to face this week!

Masks from the Ministry will be arriving next week that will be distributed to all students.  Masks continue to be mandatory inside the school and will be encouraged outdoors.  Please review with your child proper mask wearing procedures as per Public Health (over the nose, under the chin).  Staff will be reminding students of the importance of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, and families if necessary, to build protection for both staff and students against the spread of COVID.

Check your Email every Morning

As we continue working to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students – while also strictly adhering to all public health guidance concerning COVID-19 screening and isolation requirements – we will, from time to time, experience some challenges in ensuring an appropriate number of school staff are available to ensure the safety and security of all.

This could periodically result in the need to switch some classes form in-person learning to virtual learning for short periods of time. We will endeavor to communicate this with our community as early as possible. That said, please check for email communication from the school each morning to monitor updates and information regarding your child’s learning in the even we need to pivot to shorts periods of virtual learning.  

Screening Each Day Requirement:

:Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day.  The Jan. 12, 2022 updated screener can be found here: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca).  A paper screener attestation form was sent home on Tuesday for parents to sign each morning that will be checked daily at school. Please know that this date has been extended beyond the two weeks and the board/ministry will let us know  Please ensure you are completing the screener in its entirety, reading all the way to the bottom of the screen pages for direction.

PD Day Friday, January 21

Just a reminder to our Saints families that tomorrow, Friday, January 21st is a Professional Activity Day. There is no school for students.

Bus Notifications

If your child rides the bus it is critical that you sign up for notifications through Student Transportation Services. This is how you will know that your child’s bus is late on a given day.

Below, you will find a link to the subscription service as well as the video which explains the Inclement Weather process from STSWR.

Parents have the option of using STSWR’s subscription service: Subscription Service Instructions (Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region) (stswr.ca) to receive delays and cancellations via email or follow them on Twitter: @STSWR.

Inclement Weather Video from STSWR: STSWR Inclement Weather Video CC – YouTube

Rapid Antigen Tests

Two Rapid Antigen Tests went home and instructions on how to complete them were Newswired out. The link is here again: The instructions can also be found on SchoolCash Online and there are YouTube instructions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxmz9ERQlsZvswUiYSJVOLRIOwRUWBL_W . Please use these tests WHEN  AND IF YOUR CHILD IS SYMPTOMATIC. These tests are not to be used for peace of mind, but instead to be used if symptomatic at home. If you have decided for your child to remain remote for the first two week session, we have their tests at the school for them – kindly contact your child’s teacher or Debbie in the office to make arrangements for pick up of their test; alternatively you can wait until they return to school and we will give them their tests then.

Decision to Return to In-Person or Remain Online

We returned to in-person learning on January 18th, However, there may be some students/families who are not totally comfortable with this transition.  We want to continue the learning for everyone, so at St. Clement CES, and at all schools in the WCDSB, will continue to offer a short window of remote learning, should you wish to choose that option.

If this is the preference, please let your child’s classroom teacher know and inform the main office (519-699-5271) or email debbie.simpson@wcdsb.ca that you wish to remain at home and learn online.  This option is for a 2 week block, from January 17 – January 28. Your child(ren) would remain at home and connect with the regular classroom teacher at 8:50 am and 12:35 pm each day.  This check-in would be for approximately 20-30 minutes.  During this check-in your child could connect with the teacher, engage in regular classroom routines and get clarity on the work that is expected for that day.  If your child is on time, the teacher would mark your child present and they would be able to connect and complete the work.

You would have the option and opportunity to re-join the class in person on January 31, 2022 or remain online for an additional 2 week block.  Switching formats within the 2 week period will not be permitted.

Families are asked to decide if you would like to return to in-person learning or remain online Monday, January 17, 2022. If you want to return to in-person learning, there is NOTHING THAT IS REQUIRED.

If you do NOT want your child(ren) to return to in-person learning, please contact your child’s teacher and the administrative assistant.

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies and Retreat

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies will become available for you to purchase in February on CashOnLine (more information to follow).

The WCDSB has decided to maintain a 3 day excursion retreat (no overnight due to safety / COVID). In doing so, students will continue to complete the COVID Screening each day. The 3 day retreat will consist of 2 days at the school and one day off-site travelling by bus. Our retreat days are April 27-29 2022. Mrs. Alvarez will be providing more information to you closer to the date.

Message from the Chief Medical Officer and Minister of Education

Please see the letter to parents from Minister of Education Stephan Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Joint-Parents-Letter-January-18-2022-EN-1

 

Junior Kindergarten Registration: 

Is your little one school aged and ready to come to school?  Registration is now open.  Please register online or call the office to set up a virtual appointment to walk you through the online registration process.

   
  Winter Weather:

It is that time of year when students need to be reminded of the necessity of dressing properly for the weather (e.g., mittens, hats, scarves, snowpants, boots, etc.). Items that are labelled will be easier for your child to track down, as many boots and mittens look very similar.  A number of items make their way to the Lost and Found and are often not claimed, so be sure to remind your child to check there if they have lost something. We ask that each child have indoor footwear (e.g., running shoes to wear in the school and boots to wear outside).

When we experience wintry weather throughout the year schools follow School Board policy when deciding to keep students indoors during winter.  When schools are open, special consideration must be given to the safety and well-being of students while they are outside at recess, lunch, or for other outdoor activities.  The following temperatures (including windchill) and actions should be followed during winter months:

 

·         *NEW TEMPERATURE GUIDELINES: When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C, schools will move to a shortened outdoor recess and lunch period.  This period will not be longer than 15 minutes.

·         When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students must remain inside.

Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region. The following website shall be used to assess local conditions:  www.weather.ca

 

Otherwise all students will go outside for recesses and lunches. Students must dress for the weather and be prepared to be outside before school, during the, two 15-minute recess and the 40-minute lunch break.  Requests asking students to stay in due to inadequate winter clothing, not liking the cold weather etc. cannot be accommodated.  It is very important for students to understand they will redirected to play outside.  It is imperative that all students come prepared for the weather – especially as intramurals and clubs are on pause. 

Please remember that children who are too ill to go outside should be resting at home, as we are unable to watch sick children, especially in keeping with COVID protocols.  Unless the school is provided with a doctor’s note describing the illness with a special request to stay indoors—the school does not have a nurse who can tend to the sick like a parent/guardian can at home.  If your child is unwell, we will call a parent/guardian for a pick up. 

Please check the weather each day before students leave for school to ensure that they are coming to school dressed appropriately to go outside every day.  

In the event of severe weather, please listen to the local radio stations for school closure or bus cancellation information beginning at 6:45 a.m. Announcements are made approximately every quarter hour. Additionally, all cancellation updates can be found on the WCDSB website (www.wcdsb.ca) under the Cancellations tab.

Bible Celebration: Jan. 20th

The St. Clement Community would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Father Ireneusz, our parish priest and CONGRATULATIONS GRADE 4 Students!!  His homily today really hit home. The Bible is our guiding light to light our way in the world. It is so applicable to us today and can mean so much to us if we use it!

Enjoy these bibles as a family, talk about them and crack the spine often.

Thank you to Ms. Spiak and Ms. Fedy for their preparation of the bible celebration. What a wonderful experience and a super day!

Congratulations Grade 4 students! We hope the word of God means guides you in your lifetime.

God Bless! 

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: 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 January : Authenticity

Is there a grain of truth?

Let’s face it – it often feels easier to shift the blame to someone or something else, rather than looking inside and owning up to our mistakes. In reality, the situations we find ourselves in are much more complex than that. There is often more than one factor involved in our mistakes/conflicts and almost always, some piece of it that we can accept responsibility for. The ability to do this is a big part of healthy relationship-building for your child.

The next time your child is facing a conflict, ask them if they can pick out a grain of truth in the situation: something little that they can take ownership and responsibility for. This can be especially effective for sibling conflicts, as well as peer and parent relationships.

This strategy will help them start with small, manageable things and eventually to owning bigger pieces of their mistakes. The strategy shows your child the relief that comes with ownership and telling the truth.

Does your child often get upset at the suggestion that they may have something to do with the conflict they find themselves in? Working towards owning up to mistakes is a great way to build their authenticity, help them learn from those mistakes and prevent them from having to carry the burden of that mistake long-term.

This can be a difficult skill for some to nurture, so make honesty the easiest option for your child by praising them every time they are able to find their piece of responsibility in the situation.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

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 showing their Spirit on Spirit Wear Thursday

What a special day. Grade 4 students received the Word of God. #BibleCelebration

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

January 21st – PA Day – no school for students. Teachers will be devoting their time to provincial ministry priorities of assessment

 

January 26th– Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 26th– Hot Lunch

January 28th – Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

February – Black History Month

Feb. 4 – Yearbook Cover Contest Entries due to the office (see your child’s classroom teacher for details)

Moose Hide Campaign Day (due to COVID has been deferred from February to May)

February 17 – Term 1 Report Card Distribution

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

February 21 – Family Day – no school for students

March 2 – Ash Wednesday

March 14-18 March Break – School holiday

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

June 3 – PA Day –  no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.

June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 29 – Last day of school

 

 

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