Monthly Archives: April 2022

Reminders for the Week for May 2- 6

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
Thursday: Thought-Changing
Friday: Gratitude

 

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

Welcome to Kindergarten Night

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.

UP-UmbrellaAssessment2020(BlindedInteractive)

 

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.

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:

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

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!

Reminders for the Week for April 25-29

The Lord is risen! Let us lift up our gaze, remove the veil of sadness and sorrow from our eyes, and open our hearts to the hope that God brings! ~ Pope Francis 2022

We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and ultimately the triumph of good. Our focus is on the RISEN CHRIST!  Jesus has risen and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven!  His promise to us is kept!  It is a wonderful day and a wonderful opportunity for us to say Thank You to God!

This week was Earth week, we continue to work to change the narrative from “I” to “We”, focusing on how we as a community can make our Earth sustainable for everyone. This requires us to sacrifice convenience. We can make simple choices to do our part: bring a reusable water bottle to school, stop the use of single use plastics, reduce, reuse and recycle, walk or ride when you can and reduce water consumption. Saints embraced this week as our commitment as Catholics to stewardship of this earth we share.

 

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!
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.

Spring Testing  

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

 

May 12th: Moosehide Campaign: 

St. Clement will be participating in a school-wide Moosehide Campaign on May 12th to support reconciliation and help end violence against all women and children. On Moose Hide Campaign Day, we will participate virtually and hear from inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators, take part in ceremony and the #FastToEndViolence. We will wear and share the moose hide pin and teachers will be participating in activities with their classes.  moosehidecampaign.ca

 

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
 
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.

UP-UmbrellaAssessment2020(BlindedInteractive)

Here are some other links that parents may be interested in as well.

https://umbrellaproject.co/for-parents/

https://www.facebook.com/umbrellapjct

https://www.twitter.com/umbrellapjct

https://www.instagram.com/umbrellapjct

https://www.linkedin.com/company/umbrellapjct

 

 

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/

 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES TO TRY AT HOME: ORGANIZING PAUSE

Plan and problem-solve:

We can’t avoid challenges in life. You can help your child learn problem-solving skills and organization skills at an early age. These activities can help!

 

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.

Transported Student Survey & Walk Zone Student Survey

We are asking parents and/or guardians to participate in a survey about their student’s journey to school. The purpose of the surveys is to get a better understanding of the thoughts and opinions of the student’s journey to school. We have created surveys for students using the school bus and for students who use other forms of transportation like walking or biking to school. Our goal is to enhance the student’s experience and to improve our services in the future. The survey typically takes 5 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday, June 10th, 2022.

 

If you have any questions in regards to the surveys please call  (519) 744-7575, extension 221 or email  susan_carriere@stswr.ca
Thank you for providing your feedback. We appreciate the time you have taken and will actively use it to improve our services to you in the future!
Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)
Transported Students Survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AfUDqhlH0SGml9vC_1loma3oFTMWtv_2tHSJMgov-Kc/edit
Students in the Walk Zone  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jyocxY9Zh2oDUOqpTch4KtlgMLO54kov6KBqogGWbTM/edit

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of April: Cognitive Flexibility

This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility.

Mix up your routine for a more flexible brain

Does your child thrive on routine? Do you and the school go out of your way to make the world predictable for them? While I’m all for a good bedtime routine, sometimes we can take this too far and prevent our children’s minds from building the confidence to deal with uncertainty.

I see many kids in my practice who struggle with stepping outside their comfort zones and the natural tendency is to alleviate anxiety by keeping things the same and creating routines that the childs’ brain can predict. While this may work to reduce anxiety in the short term, it doesn’t help them navigate the inevitable uncertainty waiting for them in the future.

To overcome this, start a brain training program. Much like upping the weights at the gym, start with small manageable changes to the routine that make them flex this part of their brain. Move the furniture around more often, drive to school a different way, send them to a new summer camp or generally just shake things up. The more times your child sees that ‘different is safe, the more new pathways they will build and the more flexible their brain will get.

Let your kids in on the plan. It’s more fun when they can see their successes and these should be celebrated. Even if your child isn’t struggling with anxiety now, help them proactively build this skill in advance of needing it. There’s nothing wrong with liking routine but make sure it is a point of pride in your family to be ok with the unfamiliar too.

You’ve got this!

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:

Holy Week Art from Mrs. Kittel’s class. 

Saints sporting SPIRIT WEAR.  We love Thursdays!

Special spring lunch: Pancakes! Thank you to our hot lunch committee!

 

 

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

April 24 – First Holy Communion – 11:30 AM – contact the parish for further information – Praying for our our Grade 2s!

April 27 – Hot Lunch Day

April 28 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 4 – June 24 – EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6

May 17 – Track and Field at St. David Secondary School – Grades 4-8 (more information to come)

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

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 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date

June 27 – Grade 8 Graduation and Awards at the church – 6 PM

June 29 – Last day of school & Year End Mass at 10:30 AM

 

 

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!

Reminders for the Week for April 18 – 22

Reminders for the Week for April 18 – 22

It is hard to believe that it was only 40 days ago that we began our Lenten Journey, on Ash Wednesday, and end with great joy in the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Throughout Lent, our school community has been focusing on the importance of this liturgical season and the holiest days of the year. Lent exists so that we can prepare ourselves for the Easter Triduum. Triduum comes from a Latin word meaning “three days.” The three-day observance begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil and ends with evening prayers on Easter Sunday. These liturgies of the Triduum are the most important liturgies of the Church year. These liturgies teach us the meaning of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We hope that together with your families, you were able to be part of the parish celebrations at St. Clements Church, or your parish church during this time. Together with the St. Clement School community, we extend our very best wishes to all families for a happy and Holy Easter. May the peace of the risen Christ bless your homes, your hearts, and your families.

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.

 

Hot Lunch Message from the Hot Lunch Committee

Our Lunch volunteers are excited to celebrate Spring and have added an extra hot lunch day for the month of April. On Thursday, April 21st, Lunch Lady is offering a Pancake lunch (in addition to our regular hot lunch days every Wednesday). If you would like to order the Pancake Lunch please visit the website before noon on April 17th.

 

Promoting Well-Being: Countdown To A Healthy Lifestyle!
It’s easy to countdown to a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few easy tips for children ages 5 to 17.  Remember, 10-5-2-1-0!
  • 10 or more hours of sleep – Create a calming bedtime routine, listen to quiet music, read books or practice deep breathing. Keep electronic devices out of bedrooms and avoid caffeinated food and drinks.
  • 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables – Fill half of your plate with vegetables at dinner. Try a new vegetable every week with a variety of colours. Focus on increasing vegetable servings as children are more likely to eat fruit than vegetables.
  • 2 hours or less of screen time per day – Replace screen time with physical activity, games, puzzles or cooking a healthy meal together. Eat meals together at the table, not in front of the TV.
  • 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity – Provide a time and space for kids to be physically active. Take a family walk, use active transportation to get to school, play active games outdoors as a family. As a parent, model an active lifestyle for your children.
  • 0 sugar-sweetened drinks – Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of sugar in most kids’ diets. Eliminate sugary drinks and replace with water or plain milk. Bring a reusable water bottle when away from home.

  

Emergency Drills

Spring brings us the opportunity to practice our emergency preparedness. In the coming few months we will hold three spring fire drills, one CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response) drill and tornado drill as part of our school emergency response plan. It is very important for students to please bring and wear their indoor shoes

 

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.   

 

GRADE 7—CAT-4 (CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST)  –  APRIL 19-21, 2022

CAT-4 is a standardized test which measures achievement in the basic skills generally taught in schools across Canada. CAT is a set of tests on reading, mathematics, language, writing and spelling. The results of students tested with CAT are compared with those obtained from large, representative samples of students from across Canada. Their results can also be compared to curriculum expectations. CAT is the only Canadian owned and Canadian designed national test. In addition to its use by schools, part of CAT has been chosen by statistics Canada as the basis for tracking achievement over time. If you wish your child to not participate in the testing, please notify your child’s classroom teacher by April 8, 2022.

 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

 

May 12th: Moosehide Campaign: 

St. Clement will be participating in a school-wide Moosehide Campaign on May 12th to support reconciliation and help end violence against all women and children. On Moose Hide Campaign Day, we will participate virtually and hear from inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators, take part in ceremony and the #FastToEndViolence. We will wear and share the moose hide pin and teachers will be participating in activities with their classes.  moosehidecampaign.ca

 

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 

Social Media Presentation 

The WCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will be hosting guest speaker Paul Davis presenting on Social Media Safety on May 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Paul is a well known speaker that has presented at multiple schools, corporations and law enforcement organizations in four provinces and five states on topics of Online Safety, Social Media and Cyber Security. He is the author of the book Online Safety for Grade 3/4/5/6.

For more information about Paul please see attached flyer.

If interested, please register for this virtual event using REGISTRATION LINK  before May 5th, 2022.

PAUL DAVIS BIO OCT 2021.pdf

 MYSP Survey

Please see the attached letter from Director Notten.

 

Please access the Multi-Year Strategic Plan via the board website.

We Want to Hear from You – Letter from Director Notten

 

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 April: Cognitive Flexibility

 

This month our focus is on building cognitive flexibility.

Use picky eating to build cognitive flexibility

Cognitive flexibility is all about having an open mind and being able to shift our perception of something. Nothing could be better practice for this than eating. Kids are notoriously stubborn when it comes to ruling foods in or out in a very black and white fashion. Instead of accepting these decisions as the food rules you will obey, instead help them think flexibly about food.

There are millions of ways to prepare each food. In fact, there is an entire industry built around new ways to prepare the same foods. Even the foods we love can be prepared in ways we don’t like and likewise, you can find preparations of most foods that can shift your child’s perception of a food from black and white to grey.

Here’s an example in my house: my kids will often profess to dislike zucchini. While they don’t like it stir-fried, they love the zucchini chocolate chip muffins we make. When they try to rule out zucchini forever, I remind them that they just don’t like zucchini prepared that way but they do like zucchini in our muffins (i.e.: it’s about preparation, not the food itself). This way, when we encounter a new preparation of zucchini they are much more likely to put it in the grey category and open-mindedly give the new dish a try.

The best part is, the more new things they try, the more cognitive flexibility they will build. The more cognitive flexibility they have, the more new things they will be willing to try, and the cycle continues. As a parent, you just have to get the snowball rolling and it will gain its own momentum, even when you step out of the equation. The eventual goal of parenting is to create adults that can make good decisions for themselves and this is a great place to start when it comes to food and flexibility.

Read this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building cognitive flexibility.

Until next time,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Year Books Are on Sale!

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

 

 

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:

The WCDSB building bridge has now left our school. Thank you to Kassie, Alexander and Lily for their creativity! #SentToBuild

Saints reflect during the Stations of the Cross presented by our Grade 8s. 

It’s spirit wear day today!! Saints are wearing it proudly! 

Saints participate in their Easter Liturgy. 

 

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

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

April 19 – 21 – GRADE 7—CAT-4 (CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENT TEST)

April 20 – Hot Lunch Day

April 21 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

April 21 – Hot Lunch Day – special order : Lunch Lady: pancakes – in celebration of Spring

April 24 – First Holy Communion – 11:30 AM – contact the parish for further information

May 2-6 Catholic Education Week

May 4 – June 24 – EQAO TESTING – GRADES 3 & 6

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 27 – Grade 8 Graduation and Awards at the church – 6 PM

June 29 – Last day of school & Year End Mass at 10:30 AM

 

 

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!

You need to register to attend!

The Umbrella Project & St. Clements CES

The Umbrella Project (UP) is excited to continue their partnership with St. Clements CSS to empower their community to build a shared understanding of how to tell a more powerful story about their wellbeing, and celebrate a culture of positive coping.

1 live virtual parent session on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m

Summary of Session

Parenting to Build Resilient Children

Presented by: Dr. Jen

In this workshop, Dr. Jen will provide five simple steps to build and sustain strong and resilient children. This will include strategies and activities to further enhance a child’s understanding of their coping skills and how to put them to practice. These methods will specifically consider the unpredictable and challenging nature of our current environment.

 

To register please see the attached flyer

UP-ParentNightFlyer2022_April12_St.Clements

Holy Week / Hot Lunch

Hi Saints,

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, and for Catholics, this is the first day of the Holy Week.

 

Palm branches were used as a sign of goodness and victory and they were placed before Jesus’ path as he entered Jerusalem. This week, at St. Clement, we will honour Holy Week by celebrating the Stations of the Cross and an Easter Liturgy on Holy Thursday.

 

 Hot Lunch Message from the Hot Lunch Committee: Our Lunch volunteers are excited to celebrate Spring and have added an extra hot lunch day for the month of April. On Thursday, April 21st, Lunch Lady is offering a Pancake lunch (in addition to our regular hot lunch days every Wednesday). If you would like to order the Pancake Lunch please visit the website before noon on  April 17th.

 “Peace be with You” and “Go in Peace” this week.

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