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!

Bus Route 190 Late today

We just received word that Bus Route 190 is at least 20 minutes late arriving to pick up students.

Students riding this bus will be arriving home late today.

Bus Route 240 will be late today

We just got word that Sharp Bus Route 240 will be at least 15 minutes arriving to school to pick up students today, therefore students riding that bus will be late arriving home today

Important Updates: January 18

Hi Saints,

It so wonderful to have laughter and smiles fill our halls once again. Please see important updates and reminders below.

Screening Each Day Requirement:

It is more important than ever before, that anyone feeling ill should not attend school.  All children, students, staff and visitors must be screened for symptoms of illness every day before attending school or childcare.  Any student or staff with any symptom should not report to school.  To help meet this requirement, you will need to use the provincial screening tool found below.  Using the screening tool will lead you to the right process for family/household contacts as well.  Please use the screener and review your full outcome carefully.  Confirmation of self-screening is a requirement and we will continue to reinforce masking and hand hygiene, as well as co-horting and physical distancing with students and staff. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Confirmation of your screening is to be completed through your child’s teacher.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

These have been re-packaged so that each student receives 2 tests to use if and when your child is showing symptoms of COVID 19. They are coming home with your child today. As they are temperature sensitive, we ask that you remove them from your child’s backpack as soon as possible.   Please note there is no stand to hold the tube so you would need to hold it upright yourself.

Directions on how to administer test can be found here: Rapid-Antigen-Test-Kit-Directions-Jan-2022

Masking:

All of our Saints students are asked to continue to bring a clean supply of masks to wear during our COVID times. Reminding your child to wear properly is helpful to our staff. We have been told that by the end of this week/ beginning of next week our schools should receive our supply of Ministry 3 ply cloth mask for students. We will distribute these directly to students as soon as we can.

10 Day Remote Learning option in Waterloo Catholic Elementary Schools:

Families have the option to pivot to remote learning for a period of two weeks beginning on January 17th and ending on January 28th. Parents may then choose to extend this option for another two weeks – January 31st – February 11th. It is very important that parents, if they haven’t already done so, contact the classroom teacher and call the office to indicate they are choosing this option.

 

Winter Weather: REVISED

 TEMPERATURE GUIDELINE:

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.

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 recesses and the 40-minute lunch break.

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

 

Temperatures and conditions vary across the Region. The following website shall be used to assess local conditions (using the school’s postal code): The Weather Network – Weather forecasts, maps, news and videos

 

Thank you, families, for your continued support in these challenging times.

 

Stay well, Saints!

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

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.  

For help with the Registration Process please see the following:

Online-Registration-Parent-Process (2)

January 17, 2021 – Adapted Learning Day~ What Does This Mean?

Good Morning Saints,

It has been announced that it is an Adapted Learning Day due to Winter Weather – ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES are cancelled and all SCHOOLS and EXTENDED DAY programs are CLOSED. This means it is an Asynchronous Learning Day (No zoom style lessons at scheduled times). Teachers will post a moderate and reduced amount of work by 9:30AM on Google Classroom/D2L that students can work at on at their own pace. Teachers will be available to answer questions and support your children through Google Classroom/D2L until noon. Following that time they will be focused on developing lessons for the rest of the week.

Please make your family a priority and fit the learning in where it works best for you and your children. Do your very best to avoid the hazardous road conditions and try to make some fun memories between the learning. We are sad we will not be able to see you today, but are so excited for your return tomorrow. Stay Safe Everyone!

 

Hot Lunch Resumes on Wednesday

Just a reminder that hot lunch resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 19th. You will need to place your order before Sunday.

In the event of a snow day/bus cancellation day, your order will be cancelled and your account will be given a credit.

Reminders for the Week

Welcome 2022 – a new year with new opportunities!

 

We are very excited to have everyone finally back face to face on Monday! Thank you to all of our Saints families for a great start in 2021 and our collective dedication to the safety of everyone in the school and our community. Let’s continue to support each other as we work towards our goals in 2022!

 

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.

Thank you families, and we look forward to a successful return to school!

Weekly reminder: Please continue to go through the screening tool with your child(ren) before each school day.  The Jan. 2022 updated screener can be found here: COVID-19 school screening (ontario.ca).  A paper screener will be coming home on Monday for parents to sign each morning that will be checked daily at school for 2 weeks.  Please ensure you are completing the screener in its entirety, reading all the way to the bottom of the screen pages for direction.

 

 

Decision to Return to In-Person or Remain Online

We are once again returning to in-person learning on January 17, 2022.  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, we will 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 asap. Please call us if you have any questions.

 

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.

 

Here are some tips for walking to school in the winter:

Wear a hat…up to 50% of body heat can be lost through your head, so keep it covered;

 

Walk with smaller steps to improve footing on slippery sidewalks;

 

Wear mittens…they are warmer than gloves;

 

Use a lip protector (such as a lip balm) on your lips;

 

Walk with a buddy!

 

 

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

Help your child shape their authentic self

 

Your child is crafting the story of their identity – listen closely. As children become more aware of themselves and their position in the world, they start to crave something we all want, a sense of unconditional belonging. Each experience a child has builds on their sense of identity, and they slowly start to develop the story of who they are. Who we are is in fact a story that is pretty open to interpretation. Some of the most formative experiences in our story are the ones that made us feel accepted or on the other side, isolated.

 

As your child’s story emerges, start to look for conditions of worth. Conditions of worth are the things that we feel will give us value to others. These can range from being pretty, smart, funny, strong, to never getting upset, never losing etc. While these aren’t bad qualities, we don’t want our children’s self esteem to be tied to these, creating anxiety every time they can’t fully meet the expectation. This can cause a mix up in their authentic story and starts to create a social mask that they need to put on to feel accepted. Ever wonder why your funny friend doesn’t seem to know when to turn it off? It’s likely that they have created a condition of worth around being funny. Unfortunately, what this mask actually does is prevent them from ever feeling unconditionally accepted.

 

When you recognize these conditions of worth in your child, counter this message with two key parenting strategies:

1. Unconditional love and respect (harder than it sounds)

While most parents can say that they love their children unconditionally, it is not the message we give but the message they receive that is most important. To learn more about this, read this blog post about having meaningful conversations with kids.

 

To streamline the message you are trying to give with what they are actually receiving, try not to tie good behaviour with love and connection and bad behaviour with anger. This subtly tells kids that your affection does in fact have conditions and that they are less lovable when they aren’t doing what you want them to. Instead, try to keep anger out of discipline and love out of praise.  Avoid phrases like, “I love you…you’re so kind” when your child is doing well at their condition of worth. Praise them without tying it back to your love for them. When discipline is necessary, try to zoom in a little and see the feeling – sadness, anger, jealousy, frustration. It will help you keep your cool and not bring anger into the equation. Remember their feelings are normal and suppressing them with anger doesn’t make that feeling go away; but it can lead to a child who has trouble sharing their true feelings.

 

2. Parent in the grey zone

Help your kids find the normal exceptions to their conditions of worth in the grey zone. The more black and white our view of the world is, the easier it is to get caught up in our conditions of worth. In the black and white world we are either one way or another – smart or not, kind or not, funny or not (read more in our Growth Mindset blog series). We can’t be any of these things all the time and this is a clear set up for never feeling comfortable with your imperfections. This is especially true if, each time you fail at one of your conditions, you feel less loved or accepted.  The permission to be imperfect and human like everyone else is a great way to alleviate anxiety and the grey zone is where this permission lives.

 

It’s almost impossible to live an authentic life if you can’t take ownership for your mistakes; however, ownership can be difficult for children. In fact, many of the adults I know struggle with this skill too.

 

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).

January 18 – Grad

January 20 – Bible Celebration for Grade 4 students

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

 

February 10 – Moose Hide Campaign Day (more information to follow)

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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