We hope that everyone had a great long weekend and spent some time as a family. It is hard to believe that we are entering into the beginning of June! We still have many exciting and fun things planned for our students.
““Waste time with your children, so that they realize that love is always free.”
– Pope Francis
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.
|Revisions have been made to align with updated federal guidance https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions ) for fully vaccinated travelers who are exempt from quarantine.|
|Upon return from international travel, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to wear a mask when in public settings for 14 days after arrival in Canada or to maintain a list of all close contacts for their first 14 days in Canada.|
|Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are exempt from quarantine (including unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are exempt from quarantine due to accompanying a fully vaccinated adult) are still required to wear a mask in public settings (including school and child care) and maintain a list of all close contacts for 14 days after arrival in Canada. Exemptions for this masking requirement include individuals who need to remove their mask for security or safety reasons; children under the age of 2; and children age 2 to 5 who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask.|
|As always, thank you for your ongoing partnership and efforts as we work to keep schools safe and open.|
EQAO Provincial Testing for Grade 6 students:
There have been multiple glitches in the EQAO system resulting in Ontario schools not having access on Friday requiring additional days to finish their tests. Both our Grade 3 and Grade 6 students persevered with some technical challenges this week so please congratulate your child on their efforts. Please make every effort to ensure your Grade 6 child is present on Monday to complete the test (unless of course they are ill).
Families will receive individual results in the fall and a school staff we will examine patterns and trends for student achievement data. Thank you!
Message from Hot Lunch Parent Volunteers:
Hot Dog Day is now online and ready to order for June 23rd. Parents will have until Sunday June 19 to place their order.
Nothing says summer more than a hot dog lunch! Thank you, Hot Lunch Parent Volunteers!
K-8 Arts Workshop with David Lane from Prologue Performing Arts
On June 2, all classes (K-8) will be participating in a virtual workshop with David Lane from Prologue Performing Arts. This will be an interactive workshop of vocal gymnastics that will have students singing and laughing along! The topics covered will include vocal exercises, instrument imitation, and beatboxing. Students will be encouraged to express their individuality by using their voices to create a wide array of silly and fun sounds. The workshop will include demonstration, call and response, and interactivity. Participants will experiment making sounds with their mouth on their own, and share with the group within their own comfort level. We will learn many individual sounds, and ultimately combine what we have learned to beatbox along with an actual song. Expect to be laughing a lot as you make sounds you’ve never made before!
Equity and Inclusion: Pride Flag for June
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board celebrates diversity within our school communities and welcomes and values all children. As Catholics, we believe that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We are called to see each other through God’s eyes – with sensitivity, compassion, and respect, and we see God in one another wonderfully made, just as we are. As we live, learn and work together, we encourage one another to celebrate the glorious discovery of how we are made and loved by a God who knows us intimately and who invites us into a deeper relationship with Himself.
This month of June is designated as Pride month in Waterloo Region and across Ontario and all WCDSB schools will be flying the Pride flag. This month, and every month, WCDSB is committed to nurturing safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of our community is welcomed, valued, and respected.
Spirit Days for May and June
Jump Rope for Heart
Our school will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, May 27th. Jump Rope for Heart is a great way for students to learn fun ways to get active while raising awareness and support for Heart & Stroke. The funds that kids collect will support research that helps other kids and families across the country. Jump is also giving back – 10% of net fundraising dollars goes back to our school. Our school’s fundraising goal is $1000. This year, 100% of the fundraising will be done online.
Additionally, each student will receive a water bottle on the event day and other prizes will be awarded.
Here’s how to donate:
- Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
- Join your school
- Set-up your child’s fundraising page
- Share the page by email or on social media with people you know
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 9th 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/ – Register for Extended Day
https://www.stswr.ca/parents/kindergarten-information/ – Student transportation
https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/immunization-reporting.aspx# – Immunization reporting
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/
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.
Teach your child to reframe challenge
Learning to see the positives in our challenges is a technique called positive reframing. This skill is critical in helping children build optimism, even when life gets rainy. The goal isn’t to find excuses for procrastination, mean behaviour or to change reality. It is to help them find the true bright spots in their difficulties, neutralize their negative feelings and beliefs, and prepare them to move forward.
How can we teach this valuable skill?
As we all come to realize when we become parents, we can’t force our children to see the world a certain way. Just putting a positive frame on their difficulties for them can backfire and make them feel like we don’t understand what they are going through. Instead of giving your own positive perspective, try these two techniques to get your children thinking about their own reframe.
1. Help your child make new observations or think about the accuracy of their limiting beliefs by asking good questions. This can help them to tell a new story about what happened to them. Here are some options:
· What was positive in the situation?
· What growth can I get from this situation? How did this event make me better?
· How can I turn this disaster into a win?
· What is the best way to act in this kind of situation?
· What went right?
· What umbrella skill can I work on building from this experience?
2. Neutralize the negative feelings with a little humour.
Before working through some of the questions for positive reframing, use a little humour to help them get into a positive state of mind. It will be much easier for them to see their situation in a new light.
See this blog for a more detailed look at coaching children through the challenges of building realistic optimism.
Until next time,
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:
Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that make hot lunch happen for our students!
Spirit Wear Thursdays are always met with enthusiasm!
Saints are working their heart muscle and having fun! #JumpRopeForHeart #WCDSBAwesome
Saints are bubbled over with joy for our #SpiritDay Don’t Burst Our Bubble!
School Calendar: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ (please use this address to access our school calendar for all upcoming and future events).
For the Month of May acknowledge: Asian Heritage Month, Canadian Jewish Heritage Month and Polish Heritage Month
June 1 – Hot Lunch Day
June 2 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!
June 2 – David Lane from Prologue Performing Arts virtual workshop for Grades K-8
June 3 – PA Day – no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers. All WCDSB Extended Day programs are open
June 9 – “Welcome to Kindergarten” presentation for all newly registered Kindergarten students and their parent(s) for the 2022-2023 school year- 6:30 PM – please register with the school
June 10 – Spirit Day – Be Bright, Be Bold, Be You – wear bright colours, bold designs or just your favourite colour
June 17 – Spirit Day – Vacation Mode – Dress like you’re on your dream vacation, lounging on the beach, hiking through the mountains, going on Safari or kicking back in nature camping
June 23 – Hot Dog Lunch for those that ordered (June 19th deadline)
June 24 – Spirit Day – Oh Canada Day – Show your love for Canada! Wear Red and white, t-shirts or clothing from places you have visited in Canada or wear your favourite Canadian brand or sports team
June 27- Term 2 Report Card Distribution Date
June 27 – Spirit Day – Congratulations Day! Your future’s so bright you gotta wear sunglasses. Congratulations Grade 8 grads as they head to high school. Wear your favourite sunglasses today in honour of their graduation.
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