Monthly Archives: February 2022

A Message from the Hot Lunch Volunteers

Our school was scheduled to celebrate Shrove Tuesday through our Lunch Lady orders which would be in line with all of our COVID protocols. However, we were informed late last night that there has been an error and unfortunately Lunch Box not be able to offer this to our students on Tuesday and there will not any hot lunch offerings on Wednesday Mar 3 either. Hot Lunches will resume next Wednesday, March 9th.

We continue to appreciate the hard work of our Hot Lunch volunteers as our students would not have a hot lunch without them.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Reminders for the Week – Feb 25

Reminders for the Week

We just completed the last full week of February; time is sure flying this school year. This week also marked the beginning of the second term. We are also through our first week of having those who chose to learn remotely back with us, and it is so great to have our classes in-person and complete! We continue to grow in numbers, now we are almost 240 students from JK – Grade 8. The sound of students in the hallways really gives our school its’s purpose back and the opportunity to interact with your amazing children, our wonderful Saints! I look forward to an exciting second term in which our students are encouraged to continue to strive to be the best that they can be.

Please see the information updates below:

School Screener:

Daily Screening and confirmation by the school remains a provincial requirement.  In our elementary schools we will stop using the paper confirmation form, however students will still be asked to confirm that they have completed the screening with you at home.  It is extremely important that no student comes to school not having completed their screening at home.  Please continue to use the following link and complete the screening each day before coming to school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ We thank you for your on-going support as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

School Yard Icy Conditions

Our school yard has recently been unsafe for students to play on due to the icy conditions. Our staff have come up with so many creative ideas with getting the students outside on the blacktop for some fresh air and daily physical activity. 

Chromebooks

Prior to Christmas break and early January, some families requested a Chromebook and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot device to support their child(ren) during our province wide remote learning. At this time, we are kindly requesting that these Chromebook devices, charging cords and wi-fi hotspots please be returned to our school so that we will be prepared to allow our Grade 4 – 8 students to participate in the MDI survey that will take place in the near future, and support classroom instruction.  Please have it returned asap as it is now overdue. Sincere thanks to the families that have already returned their devices, charging cords and/or hotspot devices (if needed during remote learning). Much thanks for your continued support.

Lenten Liftoff

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC), is pleased to present Lenten Liftoff, a series of faith formation activities to support parental engagement funded by the Ministry of Ontario Pro Grants.

We are once again excited to present the series “Formed” which will be the foundation of activities supporting our deeper understanding of the season of Lent. The subscription will feature Friday Night Faith Flicks along with resources to support family discussion. Lenten booklets will also be available shortly and more information will follow soon.  Please join us in sharing the message of these free resources and content to support our families over the winter months.

Parents who are interested in receiving a free subscription to Formed and to receiving weekly Lenten Liftoff faith activities, can sign up by registering their name and email HERE.

2021-2022 School Yearbook

On behalf of St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Committee, we would like to take this time to tell all of our Saints, staff, their families and our community, just how amazing you all are!  It has been another difficult year of challenges, but our Saints have used grit and perseverance to continue to work their way through our challenging times.  It has been another year for the history books and it’s time to start making our yearbook to look back on in the future.

We would like to reach out to our school families and community to ask for your support with our St. Clement Saints school yearbook for 2021-2022.

Help us support our school and local community!

Our school yearbook advertisement options are as follows:

  • A business card size ad for $25
  • ½ page advertisement for $50
  • Full page advertisement for $75

If you or someone you know, wishes to make a monetary donation in lieu of advertisement, please contact Pam Koebel.

In the past our School Advisory Committee has been able to purchase a yearbook for each family, but unfortunately this year, the committee is not able to do so.  The more we can fundraise and receive in donations, helps to keep our yearbook cost at a reasonable price.  Yearbooks will come on sale soon in the following weeks.

We would like to have all advertisements and donations collected by Friday March 11.  Please use this link to make payments directly online.

The link for Ad purchases is
https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/61170/83/False/True

The link for donations is
https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/61168/83/False/True

 

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Koebel at darrylnpam@gmail.com.  As well, if your business requires a proof of payment letter, please let Pam know at the time of advertisement submission.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our St. Clements Saints!

Sincerely,

The St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Committee

Grade 8 Grad Hoodies

Just a reminder that Monday, February 28th, will be the last day for Grade 8 students to purchase their Graduation Hoodie on Cash on Line.

Grade 7 and 8 Literacy and Numeracy Support

Grade 7 and 8 students may receive non-credit literacy and numeracy instructional support to develop problem solving, mathematics and literacy skills, study and organizational skills, confidence and friendship building to succeed in Grades 7 and 8 and ease their transition to Secondary School. Taught by WCDSB teachers with Intermediate qualifications. Offered Saturdays, 9 AM – 12 PM (Online until permitted to be in-person). 13 sessions remaining until June 11th (no holiday weekends or March Break

Strong Start

We are happy to share that the Strong Start Literacy Program is returning to St Clement. We need your help! If you are able to volunteer for this program, kindly reach out to Kathleen.kirby@wcdsb.ca

Mental Health:

Keeping our students mentally healthy is a priority. We often use a resource from School Mental Health Ontario (smho-smso.ca)  in our classrooms. One common exercise we promote is to practice our breathing. Practicing deep breathing several times a day can help to increase alertness and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. It can also help to enhance positive feelings, promote positive behaviour, and provide a sense of calm. It is important to exercise our brains just like we do for our bodies.
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Grade 7 – CAT4 – National Standardized Achievement Test

Students in Grade 7 in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will be administered the Canadian Achievement Test, Fourth Edition (CAT-4) between April 19th – 26th, 2022.

The CAT-4 is a national standardized achievement test designed to measure achievement in the basic skills commonly taught in schools across Canada. The specific skill areas in which your child will be assessed include Language Arts, Reading and Mathematics. The CAT-4 takes approximately four hours to complete over a three-day period.

The CAT-4 will provide information for parents/guardians, students, teachers and administrators about how well students perform in the basic skill areas. This information will be used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery at the system, school, and individual student levels.

If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please notify your child’s classroom teacher by April 8, 2022.

MDI School Climate Survey

From February 22nd to March 11th, the WCDSB is conducting a survey for students in Grades 4 to 12, parents and staff. It is a Ministry requirement for school boards to conduct surveys every two years. This is just a quick reminder that our School Climate surveys were launched at our school beginning this week. Families are invited to access the survey using the Parent/ Guardian Survey Link: https://wcdsb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eA4cEYt2P7ccOW2?school=SCLT

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/

 
     
   
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 February: Self-efficacy

Setup small, engaging opportunities to practice

An unshakeable sense of self-efficacy comes from repeatedly taking on challenges and overcoming them. When a child doesn’t believe in themselves, it can create a lot of generalized anxiety for a child and will commonly stop them from even trying. When they stop trying, it can become more and more difficult to build self-efficacy.

To build self-efficacy, help your child recognize the importance of not giving up and instead actively engaging in challenging and difficult skills. This might be social skills, academic skills or any normal challenge that they will have to face repeatedly through their lives. Notice the areas that your child needs some practice and set up small stepping stone challenges to help them practice the skill and expand their comfort zone.

For example, if your child is very shy in public, you might challenge them to first make eye contact with the person who works at the grocery store. When they accomplish that task, give them a high five and then create a slightly more difficult challenge. In this example, the next step may be saying hello or handing the money to the person working at the store. These challenges should be big enough to put your child just outside their current comfort zone, but small enough to be manageable for them.

Help them understand that each little challenge is practice for the next time they find themselves in a similar situation and the more they practice, the bigger the challenge they will be able to face. Engaging them in picking their own challenges is a great way to make sure they are embracing the process. Over time, you will see your child’s belief in their own capabilities grow.

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

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:

Kindergarten celebrated their 100s day complete with our very own Ms. B. who dressed up to look like 100 to celebrate!

Staff look for opportunities to take their classes outside. Proudly, Saints Staff are participating in WCDSB Steps Challenge and we are hoping for a win!

 

Pink shirt day celebrated that we show kindness

Mrs. Dafoe loves her new golden doodle puppy. Sadie brings so much joy and cuddles. #WCDSBPetWeek #InThisTogether

Saints participate in a virtual assembly for Black Heritage Month. 

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. 28

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

Feb. 28 – Grade 8 Graduation Hoodies for sale on Cash On Line (last day for sales)

·         Feb. 22 – March 11 – School Climate Surveys for students Gr.4 – 8, staff, parents

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

Mar 1 – Umbrella Project Virtual Assembly School Wide

March 2 – Ash Wednesday: School Wide virtual liturgy

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

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

 

 

2021-2022 School Yearbook

On behalf of St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Committee, we would like to take this time to tell all our Saints, staff, their families, and our community, just how amazing you all are!  It has been another difficult year of challenges, but our Saints have used grit and perseverance to continue to work their way through our challenging times.  It has been another year for the history books and its time to start making our yearbook to look back on in the future.

We would like to reach out to our school families and community to ask for your support with our St. Clement Saints school yearbook for 2021-2022.

Help us support our school and local community!

Our school yearbook advertisement options are as follows:

  • A business card size ad for $25
  • ½ page advertisement for $50
  • Full page advertisement for $75

If you or someone you know, wishes to make a monetary donation in lieu of advertisement, please contact Pam Koebel.

In the past our School Advisory Committee has been able to purchase a yearbook for each family, but unfortunately this year, the committee is not able to do so.  The more we can fundraise and receive in donations, helps to keep our yearbook cost at a reasonable price.  Yearbooks will come on sale soon in the following weeks.

We would like to have all advertisements and donations collected by Friday March 11.  To make payments directly online please use the following links

For ad purchases – https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/61170/83/False/True

For donations – https://wcdsb.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/61168/83/False/True

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Koebel at darrylnpam@gmail.com.  As well, if your business requires a proof of payment letter, please let Pam know at the time of advertisement submission.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our St. Clements Saints!

Sincerely,

The St. Clement Catholic School Advisory Committee

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!

Woolwich Counselling Upcoming No Cost Programs

Please see attached flyers for three upcoming youth and parenting programs offered at no cost:

  1. Navigating Society’s Pressures around Eating, Exercise and Health (Virtual)
  2. Parenting Workshop – Helping Teens Conquer Anxiety (Virtual)
  3. Teen Anxiety Group – Conquering Teen Anxiety (In Person)

 

Reminders for the Week – February 18

Reminders for the Week

Enjoy your snow day, today, Saints…get out and play in the snow at some point today.

We were reminded on Monday the importance of love. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. ~ John 15:12 It was a day to tell our family and friends how much we care and appreciate them. We are encouraged by these words from John to share kindness with everyone we meet and interact with, beyond one day of the year. We need to recognize and acknowledge the inherent goodness in each other on a daily basis. #WhereEachOneCounts means being inclusive at St. Clement and we try to make every day like Valentine’s day by teaching and learning about how to always offer kindness and respect to each other and ourselves too. We show our appreciation for our school community by using kind words, keeping our school clean, making safe choices at recess and a commitment to come to school each day ready to learn and contribute. Sharing our hearts in our community is evident through our many students who are recognized for their Umbrella Skills, our backpack drive to support those in our greater community ~ just to name a few! May our hearts continue to grow in love and may every day be Valentine’s Day.

Please see the information updates below:

School Screener:

Daily Screening and confirmation by the school remains a provincial requirement.  In our elementary schools we will stop using the paper confirmation form, however students will still be asked to confirm that they have completed the screening with you at home.  It is extremely important that no student comes to school not having completed their screening at home.  Please continue to use the following link and complete the screening each day before coming to school. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ We thank you for your on-going support as we continue to navigate these challenging times.

Monday, February 21st is FAMILY DAY!

Do you sometimes feel like there is no time left to just enjoy and be with the family in our busy days? Since 2008 Family Day has been celebrated in Ontario on the 3rd Monday of the month. There is NO school this day! This is a day to step away from other duties and distractions for a moment and just be together. Embrace the time and find joy in the small but beautiful moments with your family.

Chromebooks 

Prior to Christmas break and early January, some families requested a Chromebook and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot device to support their child(ren) during our province wide remote learning. At this time, we are kindly requesting that these Chromebook devices, charging cords and wi-fi hotspots please be returned to our school so that we will be prepared to allow our Grade 4 – 8 students to participate in the MDI survey that will take place in the near future, and support classroom instruction.  Please have it returned to the school no later than Tuesday, February 22. Sincere thanks to the families that have already returned their devices, charging cords and/or hotspot devices (if needed during remote learning). Much thanks for your continued support. 

Grade 7 and 8 Literacy and Numeracy Support 

Grade 7 and 8 students may receive non-credit literacy and numeracy instructional support to develop problem solving, mathematics and literacy skills, study and organizational skills, confidence and friendship building to succeed in Grades 7 and 8 and ease their transition to Secondary School. Taught by WCDSB teachers with Intermediate qualifications. Offered Saturdays, 9 AM – 12 PM (Online until permitted to be in-person). 13 sessions remaining until June 11th (no holiday weekends or March Break).

Temporary Remote Learning:

The option for students to connect to their classes Temporary Remote Learning is coming to an end on Friday, February 18th, 2022.  The option was provided at the request of the board and Ministry of Education while we navigated the high point of the Omicron surge.  We are now a month out from the peak and while the risk of covid is not fully removed, it is far similar to where we were in the fall months.  We look forward to seeing all of our friends back in-person on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.

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/

 
   
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 February : Self-efficacy

Help your child find opportunities to meet peers with similar interests

It should come as no surprise to hear that your children are highly influenced by the crowd they spend their time with. This can be especially true when it comes to their self-efficacy, motivation and success. Research shows that students who enter the school year with a highly motivated group of peers tend to show increases in their self-efficacy, while groups with a low level of motivation tend to have a negative impact on a child’s self-efficacy. Modelling is at work here and is especially powerful, the more similar the peers are to your child.

While we can’t dictate who our children choose as friends, it’s important to recognize the impact of their peers and ensure that our children have the opportunity to meet people with highly similar interests and behaviours. The group dynamics in a motivated and engaged crowd like this will increase the likelihood that your child will experience a boost in self-efficacy and improved confidence in their own abilities over time. Joining clubs or teams at school can be a good place to start.

If you’re not sure what your child is interested in yet, start by providing opportunities to try a range of different things. They will be sure to meet lots of interesting people along the way.

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 celebrate Valentine’s Day and #HaveAHeartDay . It was a sea of pink and red! 

Kindies show their love for everyone! #EquityAndInclusion

Saints look amazing in their spirit wear. #GoSaints #SpiritDay 

 

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. 7 – 28 – Grade 8 Graduation Hoodies for sale on Cash Online

February 21 – Family Day – no school – enjoy your family time together

Feb. 22 – March 11 – School Climate Surveys for students Gr.4-8

Feb. 23 – Hot Lunch

Feb. 24 – Saints Spirit Day – show your colours – blue and gold!!

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

 

Feb. 18: Buses Cancelled and ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED

SNOW DAY: Weather Impacted (Remote Learning) Day – Schools Closed

Due to the current weather conditions ALL SCHOOL BUSES, TAXIS AND SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUTES operated by the WCDSB are cancelled.

 

St. Clement and All schools are CLOSED and it will be a Remote Learning Day.

 

All before and after school programs and child care centres (Extended DAY) co-located in schools are CLOSED.

 

All St. Clement students will participate in a Weather Impacted Remote Learning day. Educators will provide asynchronous learning resources from home. Students should visit their respective virtual classrooms for resources.

Last Day to opt out of WCDSB School Climate Survey

WCDSB Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Survey

We will administer the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) for students, from Grade 4 through Grade 8, between February 22nd and March 11th. The MDI is an anonymous and voluntary online survey and
will take place during class time on a board provided device with their classroom teacher. The MDI survey
asks students about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in school and in the community related to five
areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health, and academic achievement: Physical
Health & Well-Being, Connectedness, Social & Emotional Development, School Experiences, and Use of After School Time.

Any student may choose not to participate, to stop participating, or to skip a question at any time.
Additionally, parents/guardians who would like their child to be exempted from participating in the MDI may request an exemption at any time before February 17, 2022. Please see this link for more information and opting out:

 

WCDSB-MDI-Notice-of-Collection-2022-Parent-Notice-updated

Pandemic Update Communications from WCDSB

Dear Saints families:

Please see below important updates from the WCDSB: 

Temporary Remote Learning

The option for students to connect to their classes through Temporary Remote Learning is coming to an end on Friday, February 18th, 2022. The option was provided at the request of the Board and Ministry of Education while we navigated the high point of the Omicron surge. We are now a month out from the peak and, while the risk of covid is not fully removed, it is far similar to where we were in the fall months. All students who did not select virtual learning for the full year are now required to return to in-person learning.

Daily Screening:

Daily screening and confirmation by the school remains a provincial requirement. In our elementary schools, we will stop using the paper confirmation form starting Tuesday, February 22nd. However, students will still be asked to confirm that they have completed the screening with you at home. It is extremely important that no student comes to school not having completed their screening at home.

Bus Transportation:

Please see the attached letter regarding bus cancellations due to driver shortages. It is important that parents of our bus students subscribe to bus notifications.

Driver Shortage FEB1622

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!

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