Today is Track and Field Day, Saints!

Good morning Saints!

 

Don’t forget that today is Track and Field Day for our Grade 4-8’s!
When we get to school today, we will be getting on a bus to go to St. David’s High School!  Please be on time…you don’t want to miss the bus!
Items that all students should bring with them:

·         Water, lunch, and snacks (there is nowhere to purchase food)

·         Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen/sunblock, and possibly an umbrella

·         Proper running shoes

·         Light-weight clothing (appropriate for physical activity, specifically running and jumping)

·         Blanket or towel (to sit on)

·         Digital devices are not permitted

 

It will be a beautiful day and we are so thankful to our friends at St. David’s for allowing us to use their track and field!  We can’t wait to see the times, the heights and the distances!  Good luck Saints!
Run fast, Run far, Jump high and throw strong!
Happy Tuesday!

 

School Track and Field: Tuesday May 17th

We are looking forward to a wonderful day of Track and Field for all students in grades 4-8. Students will be taking buses to and from Saint David Secondary Catholic High School.   To ensure our success for the day, we have a few reminders for students and families to bring the following items:
  1. A nutritional lunch and snacks.
  2. Plenty of water in non-breakable containers.
  3. Sunscreen is essential
  4. Blanket or towel to sit on or to cover up with.
  5. Track pants, sweatshirt, appropriate length shorts, t-shirt, wind pants and jacket, and suitable running shoes. (No spikes- as per St. David Highschool request).
  6. Umbrella and/or hat for the sun – there is very little shade – students need to protect themselves from the sun. Sunglasses are recommended.
  7. Raincoat if the weather prescribes it.
  8. There is no concession booth for the students. There is no need to send any money with your child.
  9. Students are not permitted to leave the Track & Field meet at any time during the day or leave the designated area assigned to us.
  10. There are washrooms that will be designated for our students only and a supervisor will assist students with washroom visits.
  11. In between their events, students will be sitting in an assigned area with their class. We suggest bringing materials like books, cards, a sketch pad, or small travel games to entertain themselves. They are also encouraged to watch the events near their location and cheer on their peers.
  12. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES (cell phones, ipods, MP3 players, video games, etc.)
  13. Students will ride on the bus to track and back to the school.  Should a parent be on site to watch and would like to take their child home at the end of the meet – you must sign him/her out with the classroom teacher.  This will allow you to take your own child(ren) home. We cannot release friends to ride home with another family. Thank you for understanding.
We are also kindly reminding everyone that we are guests of Saint David.  We know that our Saints students will show good sportsmanship, a positive mindset, and respectful behaviour. We are so excited for the return of our annual Track and Field meet and look forward to a great day!

Reminders for the Week for May 9- 13

“When we all come together to educate our children, we will be one step closer to creating a world of good.” – Pope Francis

Welcome May!  This week we celebrated the privilege of Catholic Education in Ontario.  How wonderful is it that we can come together in community each day to learn, to live, to celebrate, always know that our faith is at the centre of all we do.  We also brought  awareness to the importance of mental health and well-being.  This year’s Mental Health Week was dedicated to understanding, noticing, and accepting our feelings.

 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.

 

Track and Field – students in Grades 4-8

Our school track and field meet is on Tuesday, May 17th for all students in Grades 4-8. Kindly ensure that you fill out the permission form for your child to participate. Parent spectators are welcome to meet us there. We will be traveling to St. David Secondary School via bus that day and we will be back in time for regular dismissal. We ask that all students arrive at the school for attendance and drive by bus for arrival only. If you would like to pick your child up early / or at the meet, we ask that you connect with your child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s) to inform them. Please make sure your child brings a towel to sit on, lots of water and protection from the sun – hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.  Also, please make sure that they dress appropriately for running, jumping and throwing and please, no electronics.  Each student will be involved in several events that day.  It is very difficult to provide times as to when specific events will be held. Our school will be sharing the meet with St. Timothy school. If we do not finish all of our events, we will complete them back at the school at a later date.  Ribbons will be given for the 1st place – 5th place students at each level in each event.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Thank you, Saints Families, for your GENEROUSITY!

Through your generosity, our community raised $1,135.00 that will go towards covering costs associated with yearbook that was raised through personal donations and the hard work of Mrs. Koebel solicitating advertising from surrounding businesses. Thank you to both Mrs. Koebel and Ms. Runstedler who worked so hard to put our yearbook together. Thank you to all the parents that purchased the yearbooks.

Spirit Days for May and June

 

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. 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

Grade 3 EQAO Date: May 16 – 19

Grade 6 EQAO Date: May 24-27

 

Spring Emergency Drills: 

We have completed our Spring Safety Drills as per the WCDSB this past week and it was very successful. Teachers were informed prior to the drill and reviewed the drills and procedures with students. We were very proud of how well Saints performed all of the drills.

 

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

 

May 12th : Moosehide Campaign: 

St. Clement will be participated 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 participated virtually and heard from inspiring speakers and workshop facilitators, and the #FastToEndViolence. Each student received a moose hide pin and teacher will be participated in activities with their classes.  moosehidecampaign.ca

 

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
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/  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/

 

Parent Conference: OAPCE Conference: RE-Engaging Parents

Please see information regarding an upcoming conference

OAPCE 83 Conference Invite.docx (1) (1)

 

Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.

Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/

Free Tutoring: Grades 4-11

Mathify’s online tutoring now supports Grades 4-11 with free tutoring from Ontario Certified Teachers

Students in Grades 4 to 11 can now access free online math tutoring with Ontario Certified Teachers through TVO Mathify. The recent addition of Grades 4 and 5 makes it possible for all students in Grades 4 to 11 to build their math skills and confidence for free through personalized support. By strengthening math foundations and supporting students’ progression through the Ontario math curriculum, TVO Mathify helps unlock greater potential.

Students use the online tutoring service by logging into a free account at TVOMathify.com and uploading a math question from school or choosing a practice question from the Question Bank, which supports the Grade 4-11 Ontario math curriculum. They then securely and anonymously connect to a personalized session with one of TVO Mathify’s tutors, all of whom are Ontario Certified Teachers. The interactive whiteboard and voice/text chat features work seamlessly across any device type to enable easy access to learning support anywhere.

Eligible students in Grades 4-11 can register anytime for a free TVOMathify.com account using their Ontario Education Number (OEN). Parents and educators can also stay informed with the latest in digital learning support from TVO through the monthly TVO Learn Newsletter.

WCDSB Open House at Anishnabeg Outreach

On Saturday May 14, 2022 from 10 am to 2 pm, WCDSB will be holding an Open House at Anishnabeg Outreach – 236 Woodhaven Rd, Kitchener, ON N2C 1V5.

All Indigenous Self-Identified Families are encouraged to attend. The first 25 Indigenous Families through the door will receive a $25 Walmart gift card. All allies are welcome to attend as well.

 

 

 

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.

Do something you enjoy before problem solving

 

It’s easy for children to obsess over the unpleasant things that happen to them. When we try to problem solve right after one of these events, it can be difficult to build optimism. Our brain naturally wants to match our memories and thoughts with the current mood we are in. Right after something unpleasant happens, it’s much more likely that our brain will turn to pessimistic thoughts.

 

If you notice this happening with your child, help them learn to put something they enjoy in between the unpleasant event and problem solving, when possible. This strategy helps to bring them back to a more positive mood which will, in turn, lead to more optimistic problem solving.  It will also improve the creativity of the solutions they come up with.

 

Just remember to come back to the problem after the enjoyable activity. This shouldn’t end in problem avoidance. It should instead teach your child that they can build optimism and better problem solving skills by intentionally improving their mood before they tackle difficult challenges.

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:

 

Mrs. Good makes a crown for Mary. Kindergarten children bring flowers and pray Hail Mary.

Saints participate in innovation session with Ms. Whitney McKinley…coding, design, and learning to use tools for design.

Thank you Mrs. Brenner for volunteering for our hot lunch program!

Saints staff and students have the spirit! It’s SPIRIT WEAR day every Thursday!

 

Saints join other students across Canada to participate in the #MooseHideCampaign for taking an important step on our collective journey of reconciliation.

 

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 5 – Dutch Heritage Day

May  10 – CSAC Meeting at 6:30 – all are welcome to attend, please email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca for the Virtual Meeting link by Monday, May 9th.

May 11 – Hot Lunch Day

May 12 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

May 16 – Intermediate Co-ed Soccer Tournament – RIM Park – 11:45 AM – Grades 6,7,8

May 16 – 20 – Grade 3 EQAO

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 24-30 – Grade 6 EQAO

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!

Reminders for the Week for May 9- 13

“When we all come together to educate our children, we will be one step closer to creating a world of good.” – Pope Francis

Welcome May!  This week we celebrated the privilege of Catholic Education in Ontario.  How wonderful is it that we can come together in community each day to learn, to live, to celebrate, always know that our faith is at the centre of all we do.  We also brought  awareness to the importance of mental health and well-being.  This year’s Mental Health Week was dedicated to understanding, noticing, and accepting our feelings.

 

Mother’s Day Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for the love of mothers you have given us.

Whose love is so precious that it can never be measured.

Whose patience seems to have no end.

May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.

We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love, time and patience.

We ask you to bless them with your own special love. Amen

Wishing all of the Mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

 

Track and Field – students in Grades 4-8

Our school track and field meet is on Tuesday, May 17th for all students in Grades 4-8. Kindly ensure that you fill out the permission form for your child to participate. Parent spectators are welcome to meet us there. We will be traveling to St. David Secondary School via bus that day and we will be back in time for regular dismissal. We ask that all students arrive at the school for attendance and drive by bus for arrival only. If you would like to pick your child up early / or at the meet, we ask that you connect with your child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s) to inform them. Please make sure your child brings a towel to sit on, lots of water and protection from the sun – hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.  Also, please make sure that they dress appropriately for running, jumping and throwing.  Each student will be involved in several events that day.  It is very difficult to provide times as to when specific events will be held. Our school will be sharing the meet with St. Timothy school. If we do not finish all of our events, we will complete them back at the school at a later date.  Ribbons will be given for the 1st place – 5th place students at each level in each event.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

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. 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

Grade 3 EQAO Date: May 16 – 19

Grade 6 EQAO Date: May 24-27

 

 

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: CHANGE IN DATE DUE TO THE ELECTIONS

Please see the flyer below for our upcoming IN PERSON Welcome to Kindergarten Night on June 9th at 6:30-7:30 PM and the links to other information for parents. Please

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

 

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/

 

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

 

Free Tutoring: Grades 4-11

Mathify’s online tutoring now supports Grades 4-11 with free tutoring from Ontario Certified Teachers

Students in Grades 4 to 11 can now access free online math tutoring with Ontario Certified Teachers through TVO Mathify. The recent addition of Grades 4 and 5 makes it possible for all students in Grades 4 to 11 to build their math skills and confidence for free through personalized support. By strengthening math foundations and supporting students’ progression through the Ontario math curriculum, TVO Mathify helps unlock greater potential.

Students use the online tutoring service by logging into a free account at TVOMathify.com and uploading a math question from school or choosing a practice question from the Question Bank, which supports the Grade 4-11 Ontario math curriculum. They then securely and anonymously connect to a personalized session with one of TVO Mathify’s tutors, all of whom are Ontario Certified Teachers. The interactive whiteboard and voice/text chat features work seamlessly across any device type to enable easy access to learning support anywhere.

Eligible students in Grades 4-11 can register anytime for a free TVOMathify.com account using their Ontario Education Number (OEN). Parents and educators can also stay informed with the latest in digital learning support from TVO through the monthly TVO Learn Newsletter.

 

 

 

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:

 

We thank Mr. Davidson for his continued help with our students with the Strong Start Program. Because of your help, our students are improving on their reading.

Saints participate in activities and prayers and gospel readings for #CatholicEducationWeek. For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek the focus was muscle relaxation strategies, breathing strategies, visualization  and distraction activities, and gratitude.

 

Kindergarten brought flowers to Mary and participated in prayer. #MayTheMonthOfMary #CatholicEducationWeek 

 

Our Umbrella Project theme launch for the month of May: Realistic Optimism

 

Kind words sent to Mrs. Dafoe

 

We had our second UNLEARN mural installed. These murals are to inspire everyone to create positive change. 

 

 

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 5 – Dutch Heritage Day

May  10 – CSAC Meeting at 6:30 – all are welcome to attend, please email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca for the Virtual Meeting link by Monday, May 9th.

May 11 – Hot Lunch Day

May 12 – Spirit Wear Day – Saints are encouraged to wear their spirit wear and/or Blue and gold!

May 16 – Intermediate Co-ed Soccer Tournament – RIM Park – 11:45 AM – Grades 6,7,8

May 16 – 20 – Grade 3 EQAO

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 24-30 – Grade 6 EQAO

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

 

 

Congratulations Brennan Jackson!

Beacons of Hope 2022 – St. David CSS Family of Schools

A beacon is a source of light or inspiration, a lighthouse or other signal for guidance. Hope is defined as someone or something on which hopes are centred; a promise of good things to come.

 

We will be with you students from each of our schools and how they are our “Beacons of Hope”.

 

Today we are highlighting students from our St. David CSS Family of Schools.

Beacons of Hope
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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!

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