Reminders for the Week for April 11 – 15

 

Reminders for the Week for April 11 – 15

 

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.” – St. Francis de Sales

 

Welcome to the first week in April!!  Time continues to fly by as we enter the eighth month of school. At school, we continue to actively participate in this season of Lent so that we can each encounter, in a more profound way, the love of Christ.  We continue to praise and give thanks to God for blessing our school community with so many wonderful gifts to date.

 

 

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.

PD DAY – FRIDAY APRIL 8TH

A kind reminder that Friday, April 8th is a Professional Development Day and there will be no school for students. Extended Day is still running for our Saints who are part of that program.

 Sent to Build

 This year, The Waterloo Catholic School Board celebrates our pastoral theme “Sent to Build”. With this theme staff and students are exploring and engaging with how to Build Bridges to Unite communities. When we come to know and experience Christ, we feel compelled to be in the right relationship with our Neighbour.

 

 

This week, Saints were able to engage in a whole-school (virtual) prayer service with a focus on our pastoral theme of “Sent to Build”.  The bridge that is pictured below, currently in our school, is a symbol for us.  We asked the question today: “Why a bridge?”  A bridge is a CONNECTION.  It is a way to connect one side to another, to see things from a different perspective, it can allow us to find common ground.
We are challenged each day to connect with someone – more than a simple “Hi” as we walk past someone in the hallway, but in a deep and meaningful way.
We are challenged each day to see things from another side or from a different perspective – sometimes that allows to be more understanding and empathetic.
We are challenged each day to find common ground – forgive, move past issues and set aside any negative feelings.  When we do this, we are helping “God’s Dream” (our anchor text) to become a reality!
So great to get a chance to reflect on the meaning of this symbol, and to pray as a whole community!

 

These are some of the amazing things happening at St. Clements…

 

So proud to be a part of it!  Keep making God’s Dream come true, Saints!

 

REGISTER TODAY!! St. Clements Catholic School Advisory Committee would like to invite you to a Virtual Parent night featuring Dr. Jen Forristal of the Umbrella Project.: April 12, 2022 (registration in advance is required)

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.

Please see attached for the registration details:

UP-ParentNightFlyer2022_April12_St.Clements

 

Are you Moving?

Please let us know if you are moving or won’t be returning in September 2022. We are beginning preliminary planning for next year’s class sizes and the information is helpful with the planning process.

 

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 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

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. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child?

Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing.

With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty. Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships.

This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.

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:

Saints received their BRAG TAGS for the Umbrella Project Award winners for the Month of March: Purpose! 

 

Saints participate in the Umbrella Project Assembly for April’s theme: Cognitive Flexibility.

 

Saints work on the WCDSB bridge! So creative! Can’t wait to see the finished product! 

 

Grade twos get a visit from Father!

 

 

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

March 25 – April 15 – St. Clement hosting our WCDSB community bridge.

April 13 – Hot Lunch Day

April 14 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

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

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

Summer Programs for Gr. 8 – spots are filling fast

“In person” Summer Programs are now open and links are live to register. Please see the attached flyer for more information on Bridges to Success.

HEADSTART – Monday, August 22 to Thursday, August 25 (4 half days) MORNING: 8:30am – 11:30am OR AFTERNOON: 12:00pm-3:00pm

H1F101 BRIDGES TO SUCCESS – July 4-28, 8:30am to 3:00pm “in person” Monday to Thursday, “virtual online learning” Friday.

  • St. Mary’s FOS, Resurrection FOS and St. David’s FOS – offered at Resurrection High School

SUMMER EXPEDITIONS – July 4 to July 22, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm (in-person)

  • St. Benedict CSS, 50 Saginaw Pkwy., Cambridge
  • Resurrection CSS, 455 University Ave., W, Kitchener

To register use the following link:

 

https://www.wcdsb.ca/summer-learning/

Summer Programs for Gr. 8

2022 Summer Programs (July and August) – Online registration now open

2022 Summer Programs offered by St Louis (July and August):

  • Summer Secondary School Credits are available to anyone with CLB 6 or higher or youth already registered in high school. Summer School Registration is NOW OPEN for both Online and In-Person learning.
  • ESL Summer School  to be determined for Summer 2022.
  • International Languages Summer program for Elementary students. Online Registration now opens
  • Summer Expedition program for students currently in Gr. 6, 7 or 8 going into Gr. 7, 8 or 9 in September 2021. Online Registration now open
  • Get a HEADStart to Grade 9 at each of the WCDSB’s 5 Catholic Secondary Schools — 4-day, 3 hour format in the morning OR afternoon at the end of August! Online Registration now opens
  • Gr. 9 Bridge to Success Credit — WCDSB Online Distance Learning summer school credit course for grade 8 students entering grade 9 at Waterloo Catholic Secondary Schools in September 2022. Online Registration now opens
Summer Programs – St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education (wcdsb.ca)

 

Updated WCDSB Inclement Weather Day Procedures

Updated WCDSB Inclement Weather Day Procedures

With the provincially mandated end of school COVID-19 restrictions, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is returning to pre-COVID bus cancellation and school closure procedures.

 

Winter weather can be very unpredictable. So, it’s best to be prepared. Here are some key things to remember – because not every day with snow is a “snow day”:

 

During bad weather, schools and school board administrative sites may still be open, even if school buses are cancelled.

 

Between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on mornings when inclement weather has been forecast for Waterloo Region, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) — the arm’s length body that coordinates and operates student transportation for the school boards — assesses the current weather conditions, in consultation with local bus companies, if necessary.

 

If a recommendation to cancel transportation (including potential closure of schools) is to be made, the local school boards are contacted, and a joint decision is made between STSWR and the boards.

 

All reasonable efforts are made to announce any cancellation of buses or school closures by 6:00 a.m.

 

Please note that public announcements will only be made if buses are cancelled and / or schools are closed.

 

It is recommended that parents, guardians, staff and students tune in a local Waterloo Region radio station and also monitor the following online information sources for information about potential closures or cancellations:

 

STSWR Websitewww.stswr.ca/

 

STSWR Twitter Feed: @STSWR

 

WCDSB Websitewww.wcdsb.ca/

 

WCDSB Twitter Feed: @WCDSBNewswire

Reminders for the week – April 1

Reminders for the Week for April 4 – 8

“Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a life more marked by routine than by reflection.” – Joan Chittister

It has been amazing to see the children crossing zones, finding new and old friends, and seeing smiles on faces again. I am so proud of how respectful and inclusive our students have been with regard to masking choices. With three quarters of the school year already behind us now, we praise and give thanks to God for blessing our school community with so many wonderful gifts to date.

Please refer to this week’s information and reminder updates below:

  Daily Student Screening Protocols  

 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.

Lenten Reflections

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent remind us that God is always waiting for us to return to Him so we can receive the abundance of life he offers us. The first reading tells of how the Israelites celebrated Passover on the plains of Jericho. In the second reading, Paul tells us to be reconciled to God. And in the gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son, which is sometimes called the parable of the forgiving father. Take some time during this week to reflect on someone who may need your compassion, forgiveness and care. More information and resources on how to celebrate the Lenten season as a family can be found on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website found here:

Diocese of Hamilton | Lent 2022 Virtual Resources (hamiltondiocese.com)

 Sent to Build

 This year, The Waterloo Catholic School Board celebrates our pastoral theme “Sent to Build” . With this theme staff and students are exploring and engaging with how to Build Bridges to Unite communities. When we come to know and experience Christ, we feel compelled to be in the right relationship with our Neighbour.

As part of the Waterloo Catholic School Board pastoral theme “Sent to Build”, the bridge arrived at our school this week!  Our students have enjoyed seeing the bridge and discussing and completing activities that focus on “building bridges’.  By building bridges, we help God’s dream come to life.  Our students are doing a fantastic job working towards making greater connections with each other at school and with others in our community.  In each class, we will continue to talk about building bridges and seeing how we can be of great service to one another.  Let’s continue building, Saints!

Pray for Peace in Ukraine ~ Interfaith Prayer Service

As we all are transfixed by the tragedy in Ukraine, we want to offer our support and assurances of prayer to the people of Ukraine.  We are sharing this open invitation to attend an Interfaith Prayer service for Peace in Ukraine.  This service has been organized by Fr. Myroslaw Tataryn of the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian GC Church,
Fr. Myroslav Shmigelsky of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Waterloo, along with the assistance of Fr. Vivek of St. Anthony Daniel R.C. Church in Kitchener.

 

The service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 7 p.m at St. Anthony Daniel Parish, 29 Midland Drive, Kitchener.

 

All Are Welcome!

 

REGISTER TOAY!! St. Clements Catholic School Advisory Committee would like to invite you to a Virtual Parent night featuring Dr. Jen Forristal of the Umbrella Project: April 12, 2022 (registration in advance is required)

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.

Please see attached for the registration details:

UP-ParentNightFlyer2022_April12_St.Clements

 

Are you Moving?

Please let us know if you are moving or won’t be returning in September 2022. We are beginning preliminary planning for next year’s class sizes and the information is helpful with the planning process.

Bicycles and Scooters

Some students will want to start bringing their bicycles or scooters to school now that the nice weather has arrived. Please review the traffic safety rules with your child(ren) and ensure that the bike, scooter is in good working condition.  Please ensure that your child wears his/her bicycle helmet.  Also, please note any student choosing to travel to and from school on one of these devices will be required to walk the bike, scooter onto school property.  For safety, bike, scooter racks are at the front of the school – please remind your child to lock his/her bike or scooter.

 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 4’s – CANADIAN COGNITIVE ACHIEVEMENT TEST (CCAT) – APRIL 4-6, 2022

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is administering the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT) to Grade 4 students throughout the system. This test is a valuable tool for educators and parents and assists us toward further identifying your child’s learning strengths and needs. The test will be spread over 3 days (three subtests ranging from 30 – 60 minutes each) and is composed of a verbal, non-verbal and quantitative battery. This assessment will take place over a 3 day period. The purpose of the CCAT is to:

  1. Identify your child’s areas of strength and areas of need,
  2. Provide information about your child’s learning style(s),
  3. Provide direction to your child’s teacher on instructional methods, learning materials and the pace of instruction.

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

Taking Action Against Racism

Talking with our children regularly about racism and the harmful effects of racism and discrimination is a necessary first step to eradicating racism in our school community and in our society. These are important conversations for us to have in the classroom, but in order for children to truly incorporate these values as their own, these conversations must be happening at home as well. When parents stay silent about racism, kids can get the message that racism doesn’t matter or that it is someone else’s problem. To help put an end to racism, everyone has to take an active role, no matter who they are.

Here is a video that can help you begin the conversations at home with your children.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYnkJl3HDxM

Knowing where to start can be challenging for parents, but there are excellent resources that can be found online to help you. This article provides practical guidelines on how to begin having these conversations with your children depending on their age: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism

 

Grade 8 students and parents

Please visit the following link to questions and answers regarding de-streaming:

De-Streaming FAQ.pdf#search=streaming

De-Streaming ML Translations.pdf#search=streaming

 

Please see the registration information for transition to high school

https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/summer-programs/headstart-to-grade-9/

HeadStart to Grade 9 – St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education

SESSIONS Reminder: HEADStart is a summer program and not mandatory, however participants have registered separately for this summer program.. Morning Group OR Afternoon Group. 4 days at end of August to be determined / time frames to be confirmed. Get a HEADStart to Grade 9 is offered at all five Catholic Secondary Schools with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

stlouis.wcdsb.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

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. What will cognitive flexibility do for my child?

 

Life doesn’t always follow a predictable pattern; cognitive flexibility helps our children navigate this uncertainty and feel like they have more options when faced with challenges. As things change around them, they need to change in order to maintain their wellbeing.

 

With cognitive flexibility your child will be better able to change strategies when faced with new and unexpected situations, make sense of the unfamiliar and thrive in uncertainty. Cognitive flexibility is important for innovating, coming up with new ideas and solving problems, and is essential to creativity. It will also help them understand people and situations that are different from theirs and improve their relationships.

This month we can’t wait to walk you through this cool skill and help you find ways to flex this part of your child’s brain.

 

 

Help your child set their own goals, and follow through

 

Following through is key to developing purpose. We all have great ideas that would help with developing purpose. Unfortunately, busy school and activity schedules keep these ideas from realization.

 

Many of the expectations of education confine kids to a set of goals that aren’t their own.  Mandatory projects, studying, and school expectations dominate a kid’s time. This leaves little time in the day to develop a sense of purpose and follow through on those optional goals.

 

Make sure you check in with your child to learn what they care about. Prioritize their personal, optional goals at the same level as the mandatory ones. Help your child learn to set their own goals. Then, break these goals down into small, manageable steps that will fit into their schedules.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

 

Success isn’t all about getting serious

Positive mood has been found to enhance creative problem solving and focus at school. How does this happen? Cognitive flexibility! This handy dandy skill can be increased just by using a little humour. Use this month to focus on having some good family laughs before getting started on homework or trying new things. It’s easy to get really serious about our child’s future success and what they need to accomplish in order to get there. Unfortunately, the stress of this approach can actually move them in the opposite direction of the success they were hoping for.

This month, laugh a little more as you help your child through the struggles of picky eating, exam time or learning a new skill. Try telling a few jokes back and forth to set the tone for learning. You may find this approach makes everybody more flexible.

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 honour Global Epilepsy Awareness Day

 

St. Clement receives their WCDSB Building Bridge

 

 

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

March 25 – April 15 – St. Clement hosting our WCDSB community bridge.

April 1st – Autism Acceptance and Awareness Day – (National World Autism day is on Saturday April 2) -Saints are encouraged to wear bright colours to show their support.

 

April 4 – 6 – GRADE 4’s – CANADIAN COGNITIVE ACHIEVEMENT TEST (CCAT)

April 6 – Hot Lunch Day

April 7 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

April 8 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry and Board Directed priorities for teachers.

April 9 – First Confession – 11 AM – contact the parish for further information

April 15 – Good Friday – School holiday

April 18 – Easter Monday – School holiday

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

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 29 – Last day of school

 

 

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