Reminders for the Week for May 30- June 3

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:

  1. Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
  2. Join your school
  3. Set-up your child’s fundraising page
  4. 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

 

Welcome to Kindergarten Night Flyer

 

WCDSB INFORMATION

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.

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

 

 

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!

Flags at half-mast

As a sign of respect for (and solidarity with) those affected by yesterday’s mass shooting in Texas, our flags are being lowered to half-mast. They will return to full height at the end of the school day on Friday.

Please keep them in your prayers.

Summer Boost Program

Summer Boost Program

FREE Literacy and Numeracy Programs offered to all Grade 1 to 6 students in our Community!

 

Date/Time:

 

July 4-22, 2022
Monday to Friday (15 Days)
9:00am – 12:00pm

 

Locations:

 

Kitchener – St. John
Waterloo – Sir Edgar Bauer
Cambridge – St. Peter

 

Open to students currently enrolled in SK to Grade 6!

 

Beginning July 4th, the WCDSB will be offering 15 days of in-person FREE Literacy and Numeracy learning support for students currently in SK to Grade 6 inclusive through the Summer Boost program.

 

If you are interested in bridging the gaps in learning, making new friends online, honing your Literacy and Numeracy skills through fun and engaging activities, learning more about mental health and resiliency as well as weekly STEM challenges then Summer Boost is for YOU!

 

Students will…

 

Have a variety of opportunities for hands on learning through weekly STEM challenges and other outreach programs;
Served healthy snacks daily and will be engaged in regular physical activity that emphasizes teamwork, skills and sportsmanship;
Engaged in fun literacy/numeracy activities at school and home with family members as part of the Home Numeracy/Literacy Program;
Receive an integrated arts education as cooperative activities will be designed each week to promote creative and thinking and expression through music, drama and visual arts;
Access technology including chromebooks codable robots, microbits and more;
Make new friends and develop a belief in themselves as learners through the power of perseverance.

 

Summer Boost is FREE, registration is required and transportation is not provided.

 

For more information or updates on the Summer Boost program please visit the host school site or contact: pat.runstedler@wcdsb.ca 519-576-5503

Registration Link

EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE SUMMER BOOST MAKES!

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

 

 

 

Reminders for the Week for May 24-27

Welcome to a new week. It seems summer weather has finally come and with that comes a few important reminders. Staff and students take advantage of the beautiful weather to get outdoors and learn. Students should come to school with a hat to shade them from the sun and with sunscreen applied. I’d also like to remind everyone to bring reusable water bottles daily! Thank you to Saints community to parents who came out to St. David for our Track & Field event! The weather was perfect and the student athletes in Grades 4-8 enjoyed the competition and the spirit of the day!

 

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Victoria Day on Monday!

 

 

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.

 

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:

  1. Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
  2. Scroll down and click “Join your school”
  3. Scroll down and search our school by typing St Clement (no period after “St” and no “s” after Clement)
  4. Scroll down to find our school and click “join” to make a donation
  5. Share the page by email or on social media with people you know

You can also find the page by copying and pasting this link into your internet browser  http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/stclement

 

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/ (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 r1

 

 WCDSB INFORMATION

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.

Consider the way you explain your own life to your child.

We know that children are most likely to pick up their primary parent’s explanatory style. What does that mean? That means that if you are an optimist, your kids will likely be too. If you tend to put a negative frame on your life events, your children will also learn to interpret the world this way.

This explanatory style is changeable with some easy shifts in the words you use. To build your child’s optimism and their ability to see a path through tough times, think about these two key shifts in the way you explain the world:

1. Temporary vs. Permanent

When bad events feel permanent, it can hinder your child from believing they can change their circumstances. In contrast, when difficult events happen, as they will in every life, show your child that most of these are temporary and can be overcome with time. Start by avoiding “always” and “never”  in your explanations. “This kind of thing always happens to me” feels pretty permanent. The more temporary your child sees challenging times to be, the more they will be optimistic for the future.

2. Specific vs. general/pervasive

It’s easy to see patterns in life and group them all together but this style of explanation can leave us feeling pessimistic about our chances to make change. Try to be specific about the issues you face. For example, if someone at the office is unkind to you, try to keep the issue to that person i.e. “John was unkind to me” instead of “people are unkind to me” or “men are always like this.”

Think about this when you describe yourself too. Everyone is lazy sometimes, but when we generalize a feeling to our whole character we become less optimistic for change. For example, after a lazy day with nothing crossed off the to-do list you were hoping to accomplish, try saying “I was feeling lazy today” instead of “I am lazy.” The latter is more specific to the situation at hand and leaves room for tomorrow to be different, while the former seems unchangeable.  When we see our issues as pervasive to all areas of our lives it’s hard to be hopeful for something better. The more specific we can get, the more the situation will seem like something we can overcome.

Remember, to build optimism look at your own explanations of the world and aim for temporary and specific explanations over permanent and pervasive ones. Your child will follow in your footsteps.

Health & Happiness,

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 enjoyed a great day competing in Track and Field events at St. David High School

 

 

 

 

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

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

May 23- Victoria Day – School holiday

May 24-30 – Grade 6 EQAO

May 25 – Hot Lunch Day

May 26 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

May 27 – Spirit Day – Don’t burst our bubble – bring your favourite gum to chew in class for the day!

June 3 – PA Day –  no school for students / Ministry Directed priorities for teachers.

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 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

 

 

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!

Update – JUMP rope for Heart

Dear Families,

Our school will be participating in Jump Rope for Hear on May 27, 2022! By fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart, students are collecting donations that fund critical research that’s saving lives, preventing heart disease and stroke, and supporting survivors and their families.

If you would like to donate, please follow the steps below

  1. Go to jumpropeforheart.ca
  2. Scroll down and click “Join your school”
  3. Scroll down and search our school by typing St Clement (no period after “St” and no “s” after Clement)
  4. Scroll down to find our school and click “join” to make a donation

You can also find the page by copying and pasting this link into your internet browser  http://support.heartandstroke.ca/goto/stclement

Thank you for all of your support!

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