Welcome to the first week in May and the beginning of warmer and brighter days.
Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below:
Daily Student Screening Protocols / Rapid Antigen Test Kits
Please continue to complete the COVID screening each day and should your child experience any symptoms, they should remain at home and check the online class platform for work. The screener is updated and will help to guide decision making and can be found here: COVID-19 school and child care screening tool Please be sure to follow the instructions in the screening tool. While families are not required to provide confirmation of screening results to the school each day, please continue to complete the school screening tool daily, follow its advice, and keep your children home if they are sick.
A reminder to parents and guardians that Rapid Antigen Tests are still available in our school office, upon request. As outlined by the Ministry of Education, Rapid Antigen Tests are a voluntary option for students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. To request a Rapid Antigen Test Kit, please contact the school office.
Year Books Are on Sale: DEADLINE is APRIL 30!
To order your copy please go to the Lifetouch website, https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/Order/SelectJob, using the Yearbook ID code 14376822. The cost is $20. Order Deadline is April 30th, so don’t delay, order today! For details please see the attached flyer
St. Clements CES – Year Book Flyer
Track and Field – students in Grades 4-8
As part of their Physical Education program, our students in Grades 4 to 8 will have an opportunity to participate in our school Track & Field Meet, taking place at Saint David Catholic Secondary School, on Tuesday, May 17th A letter and permission form will be sent home from your child’s classroom teacher, outlining important information. Each student is asked to bring the form completed back to school.
Catholic Education Week – May 1st – 6th
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together.”
The theme for Catholic Education Week 2022 was inspired by the following considerations:
• In the face of the continuing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, and supported by feedback from the survey, the themes for Catholic Education Weeks 2020 and 2021, were Igniting Hope and Nurturing Hope, and all we know for certain is that there will be much to Rebuild, Restore and Renew together in 2022.
• The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
• Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality will continue to move us forward.
• The Ministry of Education’s focus on Inclusion and Equity resonates with all educators and administrators as we desire to serve all of God’s children and Pope Francis’ encyclical entitled, Fratelli Tutti, will guide us in this good work.
There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:
Day 1 – Rediscover
Day 2 – Rebuild
Day 3 – Restore
Day 4 – Renew
Day 5 – Rejoice
Every year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides our Catholic schools with a resource kit to help schools prepare for Catholic Education Week. Using these resources, as well as our own developed activities, we have prepared a series of activities, which will highlight how the students and staff at our school are Rebuilding, Restoring and Renewing Together. We hope to see many of you during our school celebrations.
Mental Health Week May 2 -6
Both Mental Health Week and Catholic Education Week May 2-6. As the impact of the pandemic continues to evolve, providing opportunities for explicit skill development will continue to be an essential part of bolstering positive student mental health.
Teachers will be doing fun, engaging activities in a series to build stress management and healthy coping skills
Each day of the week we will introduce and practice a different strategy:
Monday: Breathing Strategies
Tuesday: Muscle Relaxation Strategies
Wednesday: Visualization & Distraction Activities
Congratulations Grade 2 students that received their First Holy Communion!
Some of our Grade 2 students received their First Holy Communion on April 24th. We want to take the time to congratulate them as they continue their faith journey. May God continue to bless you!
HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT DAY TO MRS. Simpson!
On Wednesday, we celebrated Mrs. Simpson with a huge THANK YOU on “Administrative Assistant’s Day”. Behind every successful day at St. Clement School is Mrs. Simpson! She is truly the face of our school community!! The first smile that our students and families see, giving ice, Band-Aids, and tissues. You are a shining star in our day and we are so lucky to have you! Happy Administrative Assistant Day!
National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace
Flags at all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, April 28, 2022, to mark the National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.
Congratulations Grade 8 students on your Retreat!
We hope you enjoyed the fun filled activities and the time to reflect on your own spiritual journey. As the Lord walks with you every step of the way. He will help you to accomplish even greater things!
GBHS ANTI-RACISM SUMMIT MAY 12-15
The GBHS – Guelph Black Heritage Society conference is for everyone and inclusive to all. People of all races, colours and creeds can engage with and benefit from the Anti-Racism movement. In addition to the educational program they will also have have some fun activities, as this work is challenging and heavy. Our community needs time to come together and celebrate and be joyful too. Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2nd-annual-anti-racism-summit-tickets-302904765307
Spring Testing Dates
In the upcoming months, three tests will take place for some of our students. Below are the dates and we would ask that you mark your calendars and avoid booking appointments on these dates, if at all possible, to avoid interruptions during these testing dates.
EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6
This year’s cohorts of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students will participate in the Primary and Junior EQAO testing. The testing is spread over 3 school days. EQAO’s Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions are curriculum-based standards-referenced large-scale assessments. They measure student learning of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Language (2006) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (2020). We will be forwarding our specific dates of testing for St. Clement School once confirmed. Sample Assessments: Students, parents and educators have the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform through EQAO’s online Grades 3 and 6 sample assessments. Grade 3 Sample Assessment: https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/primary-assessment Grade 6 Sample Assessment: https://d3d9vqrpii4nuo.cloudfront.net/#/en/student/junior-assessment
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
Newly Registered Kindergarten Students
Please see the flyer below for our upcoming Virtual Welcome to Kindergarten Night on June 2nd and the links to other information for parents.
We are so excited to have our new Saints join our community!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15nubZVrZBKA1jTQHmAmE178TEtYA8W4r/edit – Extended Day at our school
https://www.wcdsb.ca/our-schools/register-for-school/extended-day-program/ (include this as a link to the Extended Day programs for the WCDSB
https://www.stswr.ca/parents/kindergarten-information/ – Student transportation
https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/immunization-reporting.aspx# – Immunization reporting
Did You Miss the Parent Night Presentation from DR JEN of the UMBRELLA PROJECT?
St. Clement community had a parent presentation from Dr. Jen of the Umbrella project.
If you missed it, here is the link: we have a 30-day replay. Also attached are PDF to the Umbrella Assessment that Dr. Jen mentioned in her presentation.
Summer Learning For Students
Waterloo Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting your child’s continued learning. In July and August this year, there are a number of learning options available for elementary and secondary students that will ignite, support and challenge student towards success and preparation for the next grade. Find the programs listed by date and grade that best suit your child’s needs https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/
Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.
Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/
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 May: Realistic Optimism
This month our focus is on building Realistic Optimism.
This month we are taking on a skill that will help us look on the bright side, even when winter oversteps its seasonal timelines. That skill is Realistic Optimism.
How will realistic optimism help my child?
We often hear sayings about looking on the bright side of life. Turns out that looking on the bright side can actually improve your child’s mental and physical health. Mix that with helping them have a realistic look at the obstacles they may face, and you have a strategy for success. Achieving goals can be challenging and a negative outlook can defeat children before they even get started. Learning to be realistically optimistic will help your child link their dreams to the steps they will need to take to achieve them and help them take on life with a positive attitude.
Help your child anticipate and plan for obstacles
Obstacles become less daunting when we have thought them through and have strategies to deal with them. When your child approaches challenging situations this month, help them think through some of the obstacles they may face and potential strategies they can use to deal with them.
For example, if your child has a test at the end of the month that they are quite worried about, think through what the stress points are and then help them actively build evidence that they will be able to handle those challenges…
Busy schedule? Print out the calendar for the month and have your child block out some study times in advance so they can visualize the extra time they have to study.
Classroom too noisy? Help them build confidence working in a noisy environment by taking them out to a coffee shop a few times to do their homework and practice that skill.
Don’t like multiple choice? Get them to study by making up a multiple choice exam for you from their material. Then have a good laugh together as you try to complete their test. By tying laughter and positive feelings to that style of test they are more likely to feel positive and optimistic when they experience another similar test.
There are so many ways to prepare for obstacles in life while building confidence for the next time we may face a similar challenge. When possible, make the preparation something that will encourage a positive mood. Help your child feel empowered and optimistic by anticipating and preparing for challenges.
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 participate in an #EarthDay22 liturgy.
Saints create art in celebrationof our Earth #EarthDay22
Saints Celebrated Earth Week!
God Bless our Grade 2 students who celebrated First Communion.
Saints were excited to receive their #UmbrellaProject BRAG TAG is morning! Congratulations to our winners for this month’s theme: Cognitive Flexibility!
The folk dancer club is groovin’!
It was a Pizza Hot lunch! Thank you to our parent hot lunch volunteers who come each week to make sure that lunches are distributed to our students!
God sent some beautiful weather for the grade 8 retreat at Mount Mary!
School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).
May 2-6 Catholic Education Week
May 4 – June 24 – EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6
May 4 – Hot Lunch Day
May 5 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!
May 10 – CSAC (Catholic Advisory Council Meeting) at 6:30. All are welcome to join (meeting link will be shared closer to the date)
May 12 – Moose Hide Campaign Day – School Wide Virtual Event
May 17 – Track and Field at St. David Secondary School – Grades 4-8 (more information from classroom teacher)
May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday
May 27 – Jump Rope for Heart – School Wide Event
June 2nd – Virtual “Welcome to Kindergarten” presentation for all newly registered Kindergarten students for the 2022-2023 6 PM – please register with the school
June 3 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.
June 14 – CSAC (Catholic Advisory Council Meeting) at 6:30. All are welcome to join (meeting link will be shared closer to the date)
June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
June 27 – Grade 8 Graduation Liturgy and Awards Ceremony at the church – 6 PM
June 29 – Last day of school & Year End Mass at 10:30 AM at the church