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Family Weekly Memo #13 – November 28-December 2, 2022

Thought for the Week: We wait. We watch. We HOPE. ~ Advent 

This Week at a Glance:

  • Sunday, November 27 – Advent Begins.
  • Monday, November 28 – Advent Link #1
    • Please wear purple to represent the hope candle.
    • Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Tuesday, November 29 –  Nature Club Meets
  • Wednesday, November 30 – Hot Lunch Day- Pita
  • Thursday, December 1- Spirt Wear Day, Gr. 6-8 go to St David’s to see Shrek
    • We are writing letters to Santa
  • Friday, December 2 – Pizza Day
    • Please wear green, red or a Christmas sweater

It would be helpful if you could continue to remind your child about the snow expectations we have at school. Update-we will allow specific soccer balls once the mud is gone.

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

  • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
  • Thursday, December 1- Grades 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC (Parent Council)  Meeting #3 6-7:30 pm
  • Monday, December 12 – Grade 2 go to Laurel Creek Conservation Area
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Concert (Parents Invited)
  • Saturday, December 24-Sunday January 8 – Holiday Break/No School

First Week of Advent Prayer

All-powerful God, 

increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, 

where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. 

Amen.

We are looking for parent feedback!!

Thank you for your support for our Feast of St Clement celebration. We all enjoyed a beautiful Mass followed by a delicious lunch.

We look forward to welcoming our families to Progress Report Conferences tomorrow. It is an excellent opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and converse about the awesome things happening.

We are always looking for feedback and how we can learn. We would appreciate it if you could please take a moment to complete this survey about parent engagement: https://forms.gle/pTgNCh8xZrSmJuVa8

Family Weekly Memo #12 – November 21-25, 2022

Thought for the Week: Be a GOOD HUMAN BEING…a warm-hearted, affectionate person-Dali Lama

  • Chromebooks have been redistributed.
  • This week we are celebrating the Feast of St Clement and focusing on  Bullying Awareness
  • Congratulations to the amazing Boy’s Volleyball Team and Mrs Alvarez. You played amazing and we are very proud of you all. Way to Go Boys!!
  • We are starting some amazing small groups with our Child & Youth Care Worker. There is a Primary Lego Club, a Nature Club for Grades 4, 5 & 6 Boys and a Girls Lunch Club for Grades 7 & 8
  • Parent Action Item: We want to know how we are doing. During the Progress Report Conferences, please take a moment to complete our Fall Report Card either electronically or by paper copy. This will be distributed on the evening on November 24, 2022.

This Week at a Glance:

    • Monday, November 21 – Focus: Awaken to Building New Friendship
      • Progress Reports and Communication of Learning are distributed.
    • Tuesday, November 22 –  Awaken our Capacity for Empathy
      • Our Director Tyrone Dowling visits
      • Grade 7 & 8 Girls Lunch Club
    • Wednesday, November 23 – Awaken your Listening Ear
      • Feast of St Clement Mass 10:30 (parents are welcome
      • Turkey Lunch
      • Grade 8 Evening at St David’s
    • Thursday, November 24- Awaken our Ability to Engage in Conflict Resolution
      • Progress Report Conferences 3:40-8:00 pm
      • Phot Retake Day
    • Friday, November 25 – Awaken to Building New Friendships
      • Pizza Day

Winter Weather Reminders 

Winter weather has arrived and most students had lots of fun in the snow this past week. It would be helpful if you could remind your child about the snow expectations we have at school.

  1. The Playground Structures are closed
  2. No balls are allowed out in the cold weather
  3. The snow stays on the ground; no throwing snow, ice, etc.
  4. Clothing – if you want to be crawling, rolling, etc. in the snow you should have boots with snow or splash pants on. Make really good choices about wet and cold! 
  5. Building of forts and structures must be done in an inclusive caring manner, no one can be excluded, and no one owns the snow; at the same time – thou shalt not steal! We build but we do not break other people’s work:)
  6. Climbing on or over the hills of plowed snow is not permitted. 
  7. Sliding on ice patches is not permitted.
  8. Please brush off and kick off the snow before coming inside.

It is imperative for safety that students have a pair of inside shoes for safety. Now that the colder weather has arrived, the halls are often wet, and boots and socks will become wet quickly. Also, it can get very cold in the yard during recess times with the open field.  Please be sure to have extra hats, mittens, and socks packed in your child’s backpack.  Students are outside for two 15-minute recess breaks and a 40-minute lunch recess.  This can feel very long if not properly dressed. Please check the weather before school to be prepared.

In the colder winter months, depending on the severity of the weather there are times that we shorten our time outside or do not go out at all.

  • When the temperature is between -20°C and -27°C students will not be outside longer than 15 minutes.
  • When temperatures are colder than -27°C, students remain inside

This year, the cancellation of buses does not automatically indicate that schools will be closed. The decision to close schools due to inclement weather is a separate decision from buses. Please be sure to monitor our newswire before school on days when winter conditions may indicate buses could be cancelled or that schools are closed. 

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

    • Wednesday, November 23 – Feast of St Clement Mass (Families are Welcome)  & Celebration Lunch (Cash Online)
    • Wednesday, November 23- Grade 8 Evening at St David’s – Please go check it out!!
    • Thursday, November 24 – Photo Retake Day
    • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
    • Thursday, December 1- Grades 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC Meeting #3
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Innovation Buddy Song Fest (Parents Invited)
  • Tuesday, January 17, CSAC Meeting #3
  • February 21– Pancake Tuesday (volunteers needed)
  • February 2 – Grade 4 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 16 – Grade 5 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 22 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • February 23 – Grade 6 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • March 7 – CSAC Meeting #4
  • April 11 – CSAC Meeting #5
  • May TBD – CSAC FOS Meeting #6
  • May 5 – Mission Day (volunteers needed)

A Clementine Blessing

May God,
who sees all things,  and who is the Ruler of all spirits
and the Lord of all the living—who chose our Lord Jesus Christ,
and through him chose us to be a people for his own possession—
grant to every soul that calls on his glorious and holy name,
faith, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety,
to the glory of his name, through our High Priest and Protector,
Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, and majesty, and power, and honour,
both now and forever.
Amen.

Source: Clement of Rome (c. 96)

 

Picture Proofs and Skittle Day Reminder

Hello,

Picture proofs will be coming home today or tomorrow with your student.  Information for ordering is on the proof; deadline for ordering directly with the photographer is November 28th.

Picture re-take day is Thursday November 24th, photos will be taken first thing in the morning.

Skittle Day is Thursday please remind your student to dress in the skittle colour of their classroom.

Family Weekly Memo #11 – November 14-18

We are learning about grit and humility this month.

Thank you for all of your efforts to collect Chromebook and supporting our staff and students

We are thrilled to see you in person next week for parent interviews!

This week at a glance,

  • Monday, November 14 – Welcome back to a great week of learning!
  • Tuesday, November 15 – Bus Evacuation Training 
  • Wednesday, November 16 – Hot Lunch
  • Thursday, November 17- Pizza Day (Orders from November 4) & Boys Volleyball Tournament – Thank you to Mrs Alvarez for coaching. Skittle Spirit Day – Please wear the colour of Skittle your child’s class has been assigned. 
    • FDKA, FDK B & Grade 5 – Please wear red
    • Grade 1 & 4 – Please wear yellow
    • Grade 2 & 6 – Please wear green
    • Grade 2/3 & 7/ 8 – Please wear purple
    • Garde 3 & 7 – Please wear orange
  • Friday, November 18- Professional Development Day for Staff- No School for Students!

Parent Action Item: Please consider having your child join in on a school-wide turkey lunch feast on November 23rd. You may order and pay via School Cash Online up until November 17th.

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. All STAFF & STUDENTS must self-screen every day before attending school. SCHOOL SCREENING LINK  

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

    • Tuesday, November 15 – Bus Evacuation Training (AM)c
    • Thursday, November 17 – Skittle Day
    • Thursday, November 17 – Boys Volleyball Tournament
    • Friday, November 18 – PA Day – Faith – Onsite
    • Wednesday, November 23 – Feast of St Clement Mass (Families are Welcome)  & Celebration Lunch (Cash Online)
    • Thursday, November 24 – Photo Retake Day
    • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
    • Thursday, December 1- Grade 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC Meeting #3
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Innovation Buddy Song Fest (Parents Invited)
  • Tuesday, January 17, CSAC Meeting #3
  • February 21– Pancake Tuesday (volunteers needed)
  • February 2 – Grade 4 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 16 – Grade 5 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 22 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • February 23 – Grade 6 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • March 7 – CSAC Meeting #4
  • April 11 – CSAC Meeting #5
  • May TBD – CSAC FOS Meeting #6
  • May 5 – Mission Day (volunteers needed)

Weekly Prayer

Thank you for your Son Jesus, for the truth of his word and the example of his life. 

Replenish our spirits with new strength and prepare us to meet each day with renewed gratitude and joy. 

Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. 

We love you and we need you, this day and every day.

St Clement Pray for Us

Amen

 

Important Reminders

We welcome back the staff and students tomorrow!!

Important reminders:

  1. Please bring back all Chromebooks and learning materials that were sent home.
  2. Please ensure that you have sent in the completed interview request form.
  3. Please check out and order your child’s turkey feast dinner on Cash Online!

WCDSB Schools to Re-open on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

As a result of this morning’s announcement by the Premier that the Ontario government will rescind Bill 28 and will return to collective bargaining with the Canadian Public Sector Employees Union – Ontario — (CUPE), education workers represented by CUPE have agreed to pause their job action and return to schools effective tomorrow – Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

This means all WCDSB schools (including St. Louis) will be open on November 8 for a regular day of classes.

All school transportation will be running as regularly scheduled.

All WCDSB extended day programs will be running on their regular schedules.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we transitioned into remote learning.

We pray that both sides will quickly reach a fair and just collective agreement that serves the interests of all.

Family Weekly Memo #10 – November 7-11

Thought for the Week:  WE REMEMBER! Please thank our veterans.

Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the extra hour as daylight savings come to an end and clocks went back an hour last night. The weekend has also provided us with some beautiful fall weather and hopefully, you have also been able to enjoy it and spend some time outdoors.

It appears at this time there is still no final determination in regard to the ongoing labour relations between CUPE  and the government. Our St. Clement CUPE employees include our Library technician, our office administrative assistants, our educational assistants, our early childhood educators, our child youth care workers, and our lunch hour supervisors. As communicated previously, due to any continued CUPE labour action all WCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be closed, including our before and after school programs as we migrate to remote learning. Devices were deployed to students who require them last week, so students can continue to access learning. If you are still in need of a device, please complete the request form here: https://lf.wcdsb.ca/forms/APC052-05F

In preparation for the possibility of school closures continuing this week, classroom teachers will be sharing the remote learning schedule with all students and families. It is similar to the schedule we followed during online learning last year.

  • School starts at  8:50 AM
  • Students are expected to join their class online and follow the class schedule
  • The day is a combination of synchronous & asynchronous learning with breaks and lunch
  • School ends at 3:20 PM

For our FDK Families, the schedule will be a little bit different. Due to the absence of ECEs in the classroom, class sizes must be reduced to 15 students. This means FDK students would be attending half-day online sessions either in the morning. The classroom teachers will be communicating the learning groups and schedules for their classes with their families.

Attendance at school is a requirement for students registered at schools in Ontario whether it is remote or in person. Teachers will be taking attendance and the school administration will be following up with families.

  • If your child is going to be absent please continue to call the school to report the absence.
  • If you are planning to exempt your child from online learning during the closure, please send an email to sherry.macdonald@wcdsb.ca stating that you are approving your child’s absence during the closure.

Please stay tuned for any further updates regarding the labour dispute. We hope and pray we are able to resume in-person learning soon. 

This week at a glance,

  • Monday, November 7 – Synchronous Learning. Please follow the regular school schedule. Except for Kindergarten. Your child will be attending either AM or PM. The teachers will contact you accordingly.
  • Tuesday, November 8 –  Catholic School Advisory Council in the Library Learning Commons 6-7:30. All are welcome!
  • Wednesday, November 9 – Hot Lunch
  • Thursday, November 10- Spirit Day – please wear blue, yellow or Saint spirit wear. 
  • Friday, November 11- Pizza Day! 

Parent Action Item: Please consider having your child join in on a school-wide turkey lunch feast on November 23rd. You may order and pay via School Cash Online up until November 17th.

Thank you for your donations to our school fundraiser. We raised almost $2500. The money will be used to supplement outdoor equipment.

All staff and students must self-screen every day before attending school. All staff and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. All STAFF & STUDENTS must self-screen every day before attending school. SCHOOL SCREENING LINK  

⭐Please mark your calendar with these important dates:

    • Tuesday, November 8 – CSAC in the Library 6-7:30. All are welcome!!
    • Wednesday, November 9 – Umbrella Assembly – Celebrate Gratitude (& Respect) & Introduce Grit . 
    • Friday, November 11- Remembrance Day
    • Tuesday, November 8 – CSAC Meeting #2
    • Tuesday, November 15 – Bus Evacuation Training (AM)c
    • Friday, November 18 – PA Day – Faith – Onsite
    • Wednesday, November 23 – Feast of St Clement Mass (Families are Welcome)  & Celebration Lunch (Cash Online)
    • Thursday, November 24 – Photo Retake Day
    • Monday, November 28: Girls Basketball Tournament
    • Thursday, December 1- Grades 6, 7 & 8 go to St David’s to see Shrek!
  • December 5,6 & 9  ESQube Mobile Workshops from the University of Waterloo will present to Grades 1-8
  • Tuesday, December 6 – CSAC Meeting #3
  • Friday, December 16 – Christmas Liturgy & Umbrella Assembly Celebrate Grit & Intro Self Compassion
  • Wednesday, December 21– Christmas Pagent and Innovation Buddy Song Fest (Parents Invited)
  • Tuesday, January 17, CSAC Meeting #3
  • February 21– Pancake Tuesday (volunteers needed)
  • February 2 – Grade 4 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 16 – Grade 5 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • February 22 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy
  • February 23 – Grade 6 go to Tiny Homes & Mass
  • March 7 – CSAC Meeting #4
  • April 11 – CSAC Meeting #5
  • May TBD – CSAC FOS Meeting #6
  • May 5 – Mission Day (volunteers needed)

Remembrance Day Prayer

We remember those who stood for love and truth 

And thank you for the sacrifice they made for me and you

Thank you that we can now enjoy the peace and learn to love not to fight, 

Thank you that we can now sing and play, and not be scared or hide.

Amen

 

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