March Madness continues! Thursday is Early St. Patrick’s Day!

March Madness continues! Thursday is Early St. Patrick’s Day!

Since we won’t be at school for St. Patrick’s Day, why not celebrate it a little early? Saints are encouraged to wear green and/or St. Paddy’s themed accessories…so Saints may be looking a little green on Thursday!

Here is what the rest of the week will include for March Madness

Friday Mar 11 – PJ day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

March Madness continues! Wednesday is Colour Competition Day!

March Madness continues! Wednesday is Colour Competition Day!

Saints are encouraged to wear ONE of our school colours (gold or blue), but only 1. It will be a competition to see which colour will win! So wear your BLUE or GOLD (but not both)!

Here is what the rest of the week will include for March Madness

Thurs. Mar 10- Early St. Patrick’s Day – wear green and/or  St. Paddy’s themed accessories

Friday Mar 11 – PJ day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

March Madness continues! Tuesday is TWIN Day!

March Madness continues! Tuesday is TWIN Day!

Saints are encouraged to pair off with a friend and dress alike! It can be something simple as the same colour shirt, shoes, pants, etc.  Looking forward to seeing DOUBLE today!

Here is what the rest of the week will include for March Madness

Wed. Mar 9 – Colour Competition Day – Wear our  Saints school colours (blue/gold), but only 1 – blue or gold- which one will win?!?

Thurs. Mar 10- Early St. Patrick’s Day – wear green and/or  St. Paddy’s themed accessories

Friday Mar 11 – PJ day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

2021-2022 School Yearbook Reminders

Hello!

On behalf of St. Clement Catholic School Yearbook Committee, I would like to thank everyone that has donated or has purchased advertisement space for our 2021-2022 School Yearbook already! Everyone’s support is very much appreciated and helps to make our yearbook possible for our children to enjoy now and for years to come!

Just a friendly reminder, THIS Friday March 11th, is the deadline for donation and advertisement purchases.  If you are wishing to do either, kindly use the School Cash Online links below and please email Pam Koebel at darrylnpam@gmail.com with your advertisement.

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
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

 

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.

Another reminder, if your child received a sacrament during the pandemic, First Communion or Confirmation and you wish to have their picture in the yearbook, please forward it to Pam Koebel as soon as possible.

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

Sincerely,

The St. Clement Yearbook Committee

Registration for Kindergarten 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.

If you need help with online registration contact Debbie Simpson, debbie.simpson@wcdsb

March Madness Begins!!! JERSEY DAY on Monday!

March Madness begins on Monday with Jersey Day!

Saints are encouraged to wear their favourite team shirt, dance shirt, Karate belt, etc. It is a chance for staff and students to show pride in being a fan in their chosen team or to celebrate the extra-curricular activity that they enjoy!

Here is what the rest of the week will include for March Madness

Tues. Mar 8 – Twin Day – dress like someone else

Wed. Mar 9 – Colour Competition Day – Wear our  Saints school colours (blue/gold), but only 1 – blue or gold- which one will win?!?

Thurs. Mar 10- Early St. Patrick’s Day – wear green and/or  St. Paddy’s themed accessories

Friday Mar 11 – PJ day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

Reminders for the week – March 4

Reminders for the Week

“DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT? Pope Francis tells us How:

 

Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worried and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be Compassionate.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words; be silent and listen.

As we continue to journey together in Lent, the most important time in our liturgical calendar, it’s essential that we reflect on how we will fulfill our promise of prayer, fasting and alms giving and more importantly our call to kindness. My hope is that we can spend the next 40 days perfecting Pope Francis’ words and fast from things that make life difficult and instead concentrate on loving our neighbour, loving ourselves, and loving our God.

We are excited for the spiritual journey Saints will travel on leading up to Easter. We started our journey with Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday to signify the beginning of our journey. We will continue with regular liturgies, Busted Halo reflective Lenten calendar, Lenten reminders in our announcements, a Holy Thursday Stations of the Cross and ending with an Easter Liturgy. We look forward to discussing the significance of this special liturgical time and the reminder that we belong to Jesus.

Please see the information updates below:

Prayer for Ukraine:

God of infinite mercy and goodness, we pray to you today for Peace. You offer us your peace continually (Jn.14:27) and constantly remind us that peacemakers are blessed, “for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9). May your voice resound in the hearts of all, as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace, and to be merciful as you are merciful.
We pray to you for the people of Ukraine who are experiencing conflicts and deaths. Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision, and perseverance needed to build together a world of justice and solidarity, and to break down walls of hostility and division.
To you, we entrust all families and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair, but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time.
May you continue to inspire all of us to the oneness of heart and mind, to work generously for the common good, to respect the dignity of every person and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being. Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded, we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen!

 

WCDSB Schools Raising Funds for Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief

Waterloo Region’s Catholic schools have begun a campaign to raise funds to assist humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.

 

This campaign will end March 11, 2022.

 

Funds raised will be collected at St. Clements through CASH ON LINE, then they will be forwarded by the school board to the Canadian Red Cross on behalf of all students, staff and Trustees.

 

Families who wish to donate privately may do so via the Canadian Red Cross website at:

https://www.redcross.ca/

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.

 

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.

March Madness NEXT WEEK!

Our Student Council Team is planning fun spirit building events for next week prior to March Break. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following days:

Mon. Mar 7 – Jersey Day – wear their favourite team shirt

Tues. Mar 8 – Twin Day – dress like someone else

Wed. Mar 9 – Colour Competition Day – Wear our Colours, but only 1 – blue or gold- which one will win

Thurs. Mar 10- Early St. Patrick’s Day – wear green and St. Paddy’s themed accessories

Friday Mar 11 – PJ Day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

 

Thank you to our School Council team for promoting our positive school environment.

Friday, March 4th is Lunch Hour Supervisor Appreciation Day!

St. Clement staff and community would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our Lunch Hour Supervisors, Mr. Elliot, Ms. Vas, and Ms. Dhanapala. They are outside in any weather, they cover our classes and MOST importantly, they build relationships with our entire school community! Our schools would not be the same without you and we are so thankful for you! You are truly superheroes and today, we want to say THANK YOU!

Mr. Elliot, Ms. Vas, and Ms. Dhanapala, you are awesome! Thank you!

2021-2022 School Yearbook

On behalf of St. Clement’s Catholic School Advisory Committee, we would like 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 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. Clements 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 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

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 March: Purpose

This month we are going to work with students to learn about purpose and their meaningful contribution to the world. As we always say at the Umbrella Project, all of the skills are important and work best together! The happiest kids are able to understand their own needs and their contribution to the bigger world around them.

How will a sense of purpose help my child?

Purpose is the feeling that the things we do and the choices we make have meaning and make a difference. This makes us feel happier and more confident and gives us a set of guiding principles that help us make decisions. When kids have a sense of purpose, it is easier for them to keep going when things get difficult because they can see a bigger picture. This can make them less likely to get stuck in the small trivial details that don’t matter in the long run. The journey of life isn’t linear so it’s important to live each day with a bigger set of goals and values that can make even the toughest of days feel worthwhile. Having a sense of purpose is so important that it can actually help your children live longer, healthier lives.

Do a family culture brainstorm

Creating a family culture is a great way to help your child start the journey of identifying with a bigger purpose. What do I mean by family culture? Culture is the behaviors that are characteristic of a group. This can encompass just about anything, from the types of foods you choose to the leisure activities you do together to the higher principles you value. Feeling like a part of something bigger helps us start to establish our sense of purpose.

Start purpose-month by brainstorming together all of the things that you value most as a family.  You can do this on a white board or a big sheet of paper that allows space for everyone to write down their ideas. A few questions you can reflect on are: What characteristics do I have that I am most proud of? What brings me joy? What have I done lately that makes my life feel meaningful?

Here are a few examples that came up in my family: seeing the world, having new experiences together, enjoying healthy, delicious food, using generosity and kindness as much as we can, and supporting our friends and family. Once you have everyone’s ideas down, reflect on the ones that resonate most with everyone and put them somewhere your family can regularly see them.

The more multi-generational, the better, so don’t forget to include grandparents if they are able. If not, just take a few minutes to reflect on their sense of purpose as well. Culture can be passed down for many generations. In my family, a great example of this is generosity. Although my grandfather is no longer with us, he left a legacy of generosity and this family exercise has been a great way for me to share that with my children. Focusing on generosity helps me feel purpose in my day to day life and also makes me feel like part of something bigger that my family contributes to the world.

A child’s sense of purpose will continue to evolve over their lifetime, so this exercise should be fluid and open to change and input from your child over time. Remember, when children are committed to a culture/home they feel part of, they will want to help shape it in ways that will help them to excel. When identification with that group is lost, they can feel frustrated and withdraw, a situation seen often in teens. Make sure your child’s voice is heard when you work on your shared family culture.

Chat soon,

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:

Mrs. Vecchio’s class shared their take on Alma Thomas’ art. So vibrant and creative. #BlacHeritageMonth

Dr. Snags Wilson presented to our school at a virtual assembly. Such an inspirational story of bravery. #BlackHeritageMonth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saints participate in a virtual assembly for #BlackHeritageMonth. What a beautiful display of all of our learning.

Saints participate in a virtual assembly for the Umbrella Project theme for March: Purpose

Saints are awarded with BRAG TAGS for showing SELF EFFICACY for our Umbrella Project theme for the month of February. Way to go, Saints!

Saints recognize Shrove Tuesday virtually.

Saints celebrate greatness! #BlackHeritageMonth

Saints begin their Lenten journey today… Ash Wednesday.

Saints will pray and reflect during the Lenten Season.

Saints are sporting their spirit wear for Spirit Wear Thursdays!

Saints say a HUGE THANK YOU to our Lunch Hour Supervisors. Our school wouldn’t be the same without you.

 

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

March Madness days:

Mon. Mar 7 – Jersey Day – wear their favourite team shirt

Tues. Mar 8 – Twin Day – dress like someone else

Wed. Mar 9 – Colour Competition Day – Wear our Colours, but only 1 – blue or gold- which one will win

Thurs. Mar 10- Early St. Patrick’s Day – wear green and St. Paddy’s themed accessories

Friday Mar 11 – PJ day – get cozy day in your most comfortable clothing

Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day

March 11 – Last day : School Climate Surveys for students Gr.4 – 8, staff, parents

March 13th – Daylight Savings Time Begins

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

 

 

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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