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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!

COVID Update for You Saints

Good afternoon Saints!

We continue to be in a very good place when it comes to the number of COVID cases in our Region.  We attribute that to the high number of people who are vaccinated in our Region – as of last weekend, 90% of those eligible have received at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

As a Catholic School Board, our homepage is currently reporting that 90.8% of the WCDSB teachers are also fully vaccinated.  This, along with our masking, distancing, and sanitizing policies, we feel are helping to keep the spread at bay, and is what is allowing us to loosen restrictions!  We have been able to bring back so many welcome traditions at St. Clement including our Terry Fox Walk, our Intermediate Soft Ball Tournament, our Kindergarten recess play structure, equipment on the yard, interactive games and activities  and soon to be – kids intramural programs!

So many wonderful things are happening once again at St. Clement and it really does take the effort and sacrifice from everyone to make it happen and to keep it happening!

Please know that we continue to use the “School Screening” as our tool to determine if a student is eligible to attend school each day.  We ask that you continue to do the same.  There are many intricacies within the Public Health/WCDSB screening and some things that you need to be aware of:

First of all, please continue to complete the school screening for each child, each day.  It really makes a difference!

Second, please know that if a sibling is experiencing any new COVID symptoms or awaiting test results, then any unvaccinated siblings also need to stay home until test results are received. Please always call the office and leave a message on the voicemail before 8:50 am to indicate your child(ren) is staying home and what their symptom(s) are.

Third, please know that if students travel out of the country, now or during the Christmas Holidays, unvaccinated students are required to remain at home from school for 14 days, even though the requirements from the airport or border may be that they do not have to “quarantine”.

Lastly, please know that as the numbers remain relatively low (hopefully), things may change.  Please continue to complete the school screening, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the main office.  We can always walk through individual situations together.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, Saints!

Saints Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear:

It’s time to show our spirit! Each THURSDAY we wear our SAINTS Spirit Wear celebrating all of the good that our school community does. Attached is an order form for clothing items for purchase. Child and Youth sizes are true and all adult items are unisex sizing. Please note the due date of OCTOBER 27 sending your order with eTransfer directly to pardonpromotions@gmail.com

St Clements 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form (1)

Bus Driver Appreciation Day today!

Wednesday, October 20th is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day! On any given school day, thousands of students and families count on school bus drivers to provide a safe ride to and from school. Do you know how many buses arrive at St. Clement each and every day? We have 4 big busses that enter our bus loading zone. We are thankful for our whole community to help keep the area clear so students can load and unload the buses safely with the support of staff and bus patrols. Our St. Clement School Bus Drivers are an important part of our school community. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to health and safety as they transport our Saints Students.

If you take the bus, make sure you show your driver some appreciation today!

Saturday Skills Builder Program-Gr. 7 and 8 students

Saturday Skills Builder is BACK on Saturday mornings and is open to ANY Grade 7 or 8 student who  could benefit from additional instructional time. Skills Builder will begin online, and could shift to in-person as the school-year progresses and it is safe to do so.

Saturday Skills Builder (Gr. 7 & 8)

Dates:  Saturdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm ONLINE (until in-person learning permitted), October to June (regular attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged)

Skills Builder is a FREE literacy and numeracy support program for Gr 7 and 8 students attending ANY school within Waterloo Region.  If your child needs help to get through this transitional time and grades or study habits are suffering, encourage them to get the extra help they need. Taught by Certified Intermediate teachers, Skills Builder will provide instruction and additional resources to assist with the skills and tasks that follow this year’s curriculum.

Skills Builder is intended to help students who need:

  • more time and attention outside of school hours
  • a different approach to learning
  • to hear, see, and apply new knowledge more than once

CLICK HERE to register online

For more information: https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/programsandcourses/gr-7-10-support/skills-builder/

Message from WCDSB: Student Census Details

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, we have our WCDSB Student Census beginning in just over 2 weeks. We invite you to please have a look at the census here https://www.wcdsb.ca/student-census/

The purpose of the WCDSB Student Census is to eliminate systemic racism and advance racial equity in the WCDSB as authorized by the Anti-Racism Act in s.7(2).  The WCDSB Student Census is a confidential and voluntary survey for all students from Grades 4 to 12 that students will complete with their classroom teacher during class time.  The results and analysis of the census will allow us to gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of students within the WCDSB and of the cultural, social and demographic makeup of our students.

The WCDSB Students Census is voluntary. Any student may choose not to participate, to stop participating, or to skip a question at any time. Additionally, parents/guardians of students under 18 years of age can ask that their child be exempt from participating in the census. As part of our communication campaign, information has been distributed electronically by school Newswire, on our website, and on social media.  As you will read within the Student Census information, there is an OPT out opportunity, this process is explained within the link. The OPT out option is available until October 25th should parents choose this.

We look forward to sharing the results from the Student Census as it becomes available.

Reminders for the Week

It is hard to believe that we are already mid October. Fall has slowly arrived and I am looking forward to the crisp air and the beautiful colours this season brings. All of the students and our families have been wonderful at following our safety procedures. We love that everyone is working hard and is excited to be at school enjoying the learning, the activities and the friendships. Thank you for all of our families for your continued diligence in completing the COVId-19 self-assessment for your child each and every day. A sincere thanks to all who have assisted in our present realities. Your ongoing support and patience as we work together have been much appreciated. The spirit of community, cooperation, and support for one another continues to be a blessing we enjoy at our school.

Here are some Reminders:

Daily Screening: Thank you for your continued diligence in completing the COVID-19 screening for each child(ren) every day. Here is the link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/  Please note that even when you don’t need to send us the results, you still need to complete the screening every day before your child(ren) come to school. If there are any symptoms your child must stay home. The symptom list found on the screening is the same symptom list we are looking at in order to help us to determine whether to send a student home during the day. If students begin to experience any of the symptoms listed, we will call and ask that they be picked up and taken for a COVID-19 test.

Pizza Fundraiser is Back: Who doesn’t love PIZZA! With the amazing success last year with our Pizza fundraiser, CSAC has decided to do this fundraiser again. On Nov. 8th, 9th and 10th from 4 PM to close (9 PM) Saints are encouraged to go out for dinner that night to New Orleans Pizza – our local pizza establishment. During that time, a portion of sales will be donated back to the school. We thank you in advance for your support of fundraising initiatives and supporting local at the same time – it’s a win-win!

Halloween Costumes and Treats at St. Clement: On Friday, Oct. 29, students are most welcome to show their Halloween spirit by wearing costumes to school. Students are to wear non-violent costumes/clothing.  We also ask that students not wear full face masks as all students are required to wear their personal protective face mask due to public health regulations. For students who do not wish to wear costumes on this day, they are invited to wear black and orange for a Halloween color theme. Due to the global pandemic we continue to remain in, please do not send Halloween Treats to school for students to share. Thank you for your understanding during this unique time.

Spirit Wear Update & New Purchases: We have ordered each student a t-shirt with the size that parents designated on School Cash On Line courtesy of CSAC. The vendor will be sending these t-shirts to the school and we will distribute them. It is so exciting that every student will have Spirit Wear for Thursday’s Spirt Wear Day!

Additionally, we have other items that you may want to order (track pants, sweatshirts, cinch bags and more!). The items and the associated costs can be found here: St Clements 2021 Spirit Wear Order Form

Orders/Payments are due and sent directly to Pardon Promotions by Wednesday, Oct. 27th. Kindly email pdf order form or photo to pardonpromotions@gmail.com and information for payment is in the flyer above. Happy Shopping!

Hot Lunches: Hot lunches are back and ordering is now open! Students will be able to choose from our local New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza, Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady every Wednesday (please see our school calendar for the details: https://stclement.wcdsb.ca/calendar/ . )

If you wish to order hot lunches for your child(ren), please register for an account with Lunchbox by visiting lunchboxorders.com, click “Order Lunch” at the top right of the webpage, then click “Create Account” to register (you can also try logging in using the same login as your School Cash Online account, as Lunchbox and School Cash are connected). You can then add multiple children to your account- please ensure you enter the correct teacher and grade for each child to avoid any delivery errors. Vendors have been prearranged and will alternate each week between New Orleans Pizza, Boston Pizza/Pita Pit, and Lunch Lady. Lunches can only be ordered via your account on this website before the set deadlines- the school is not responsible for ordering or changing deadlines.

You can view this document for more information including contact information for Lunchbox if you have any questions or concerns: St. Clement Catholic School 2021-22 (1).pdf

Thank you, Ms. Brenner for all of your efforts in organizing hot lunches for our students.

Playground Equipment: Playground equipment has been recently inspected by the WCDSB. The main playground is in need of repairs. WCDSB will be taking care of the repairs and will inform the school when we are permitted to open the main playground. The Kindergarten playground has no issues/repairs and can be used by Kindergarten and Extended Day starting on Monday!

Septic System repairs: WCDSB is coordinating investigative work for the septic system at St. Clement.  This work will require that a section of the asphalt play area at the north end of the school (near the Charles Street / Church Street intersection) is cordoned off.  Students will not have access through this area where they normally access the play yard. This means that bus pick up / drop off will have to be relocated to the beginning of Charles Street (using the sidewalk to walk across the front of the school) starting October 26th for approximately 3 days while the work is underway.  Students would have access to the play yard via the driveway which runs between the church and school. Many thanks for your understanding.

WCDSB Updates: Please visit our School Board Website for updates and recent information.  Here is the link: https://www.wcdsb.ca/ Families are reminded to check the WCDSB website regularly for updates on our Operational Guidelines.  Please know families can review the Ventilation Report for schools and/or the Board should you wish to have more information: https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/

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.

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of October: Empathy

Start a phone bin

Technology provides us with a great many benefits but one downfall is its impact on our empathy levels. When we are immersed in our devices we get less practice with face-to-face interactions, communication and interpreting people’s feelings, all key components of empathy.

To build empathy this week, start to carve out device-free time in your home with a phone bin.  Use it over dinner, while playing a family game or walking to get ice cream. Have everyone with a device throw it in the bin and just enjoy each other’s company without distraction. Try to find a few chances every week to connect this way.

Time without technology is critical in helping our children develop empathy. Even before they themselves have these devices, our empathy levels as parents are impacted by this divided attention and we are modelling behaviours that are very important for our child’s future development. In my home, I find my 7 and 9 year old will ask for this device-free time now. A great start for when they get their own technology to manage.

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Jen, The Umbrella Project

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

Oct. 15 – Canadian Library Support Workers Day! – Thank you, Mr. Walsh

Oct. 17-23 – National School Safety/Bus Safety Week

Oct. 20 – Hot Lunch Day

Oct. 20  – IEPs go home with students

Oct. 20 – National Bus Drivers Day

Oct. 21 – Early Childhood Educators Day

Oct. 21 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Oct. 27th – Spirit Wear Orders/payment due

Oct. 29 – Halloween celebration at St. Clement School

Nov. 1 – WCDSB Student Census for Grades 4 -8 (previously communicated to all parents to their email box) more information: Student Census (wcdsb.ca)

Nov. 23- Lifetouch Photo retakes

 

Happy Canadian Library Workers Day, Mr. Walsh!

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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