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Cuddle Up and Read

Did you know that reading at home with your child supports well-being and early literacy skills? During the summer of 2021, the Waterloo Region participated in a Cuddle Up and Read campaign and we think that we can keep this going! Click on this link to learn more:  Cuddle Up & Read – Advice from Dr. Jean Clinton – YouTube

Videos to Keep It Going:

Cuddle Up & Read – Tip #1 – YouTube

Cuddle Up & Read – Tip #2 – YouTube

Cuddle Up & Read -Tip #3 – YouTube

Cuddle Up & Read – Tip #4 – YouTube

Cuddle Up & Read in Any Language – YouTube

Cuddle Up Faith (alt version) – YouTube

Cuddle Up Epic Story – YouTube

Cuddle Up Bedtime Story – YouTube

How to Read At Home With Children-It’s Easier Than You Think!

Advice from Dr. Jean Clinton

  1. Dr Jean Answers – YouTube
  2. Dr Jean Answers – YouTube
  3. Dr Jean Answers – YouTube

Looking For More Information?

Local Library:

Bus Driver Recruitment

Have you ever thought about becoming a school bus driver?
School bus operators in the Region are actively looking to hire up to 20 school
bus drivers immediately. Positions are part-time and perfect for stay-at-home
parents, retirees, people new to the Region, shift workers, and post-secondary
students. Training is provided and no previous experience is required.
A $1,000 cash bonus will be provided to new drivers.
The Record recently published this article which provides candidates with
information on what it is like to drive a school bus.
Interested candidates can find more information on the STSWR website.

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!

Tuesday’s Home Kindness Challenge

Good Morning, Saints!

As we continue Kindness and Anti-Bullying Week, please remember that today is pajama day!  We want to “put bullying to rest”!
Also, please remember that the weather is VERY cold and students need hats, mitts and coats when going outside.  A pair of boots or a second pair of shoes for outdoors is essential.  If your child is likely to fall in the mud, please send a change of clothing – then we do not have to bother you at work to bring something.  Dress for the weather!

 

…and in your PJ’s!

 

Your “at home challenge” for today:

 

Bystanders vs. Upstanders

Your at home Challenge today: Watch this video together:

Be an Upstander – Prevent Bullying: A NED Short (video.link)

Your challenge:

 

Role play ways in which you can be an upstander instead of a bystander.

Christmas Charity Fundraiser

Christmas Charity Fundraiser

THIS WEEK’S ITEMS: Chapstick, Scarf, Soap, Socks

This year, CSAC requested that our St. Clement Christmas Charity of choice be a local initiative to help the homeless of the Waterloo Region. We are so excited to assist with this amazing cause.  The Hemlock Barn (Lobsinger Line) will be distributing the back packs along with a meal to the less fortunate members of the community and they need our help! They are aiming to fill 300 backpacks with essential items that would be helpful for those stuck in the cold. (see flyer below)

Each week, Saints will be challenged to bring in certain items in order to get a variety of items needed to fill the back packs. Outside of these items anyone that wants to donate a new or gently used backpack, kindly send it into the school with your child.

This campaign will go from November 15 – December 10th. (see the chart below). Let’s do what we can during this season to help others!

THIS WEEK’S ITEMS: Chapstick, Scarf, Soap, Socks

  

Thanks for your continued support Saints!

Reminders for the Week

“So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  – 2 Corinthians 4:18

As we are in the season of fall, we are reminded of God’s infinite love, acts of miracles and our daily blessings.  Here at St. Clement Catholic School, we are so thankful that you have chosen to share your most precious gifts, your children, with us!  Our community of school, home and parish is built upon wonderful relationships, and we continue to look forward to the many experiences together this year.

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 though 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 and you must phone the office to inform us before 8:50 am. 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.

Remembrance Day: The Saints community honoured Nov. 11 with a school Remembrance Day service on Thursday November 11th as a full school community. Nov. 11 is a day of national commemoration for the more than 100,00 Canadians who have died in military service. The costs for Canada, with its relatively small population, have been substantial. The adoption of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance has international origins. The first person to use it this way was Moina Michael, a member of the staff of the American Overseas YMCA in the last year of war. Michael read McCrae’s poem and was so moved that she composed on of her own in response. She recalled later:  “I pledged to keep the faith and always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and the emblem of “keeping the faith with all who died.”

Saints to time to pause, pray and honour the brave men and women who fought of Canada and for all of those who have made a sacrifice over the years so that we are able to enjoy the life that we have in the greatest country in the world! A big hank you to Ms. Alvarez and intermediate students Kassie and Liliana for leading the school in the activities and service to honour our veterans and to all of the classes for their individual presentations.

Kindness and Anti-Bullying Awareness Week: Kindness and Anti-bullying Awareness Week occurs November 15-19th, 2021 across the WCDSB. Our Pastoral Plan, Sent to Build will culminate this year in a mission of outreach and service. When we come to know and experience Christ, we feel compelled to be in the right relationship with our neighbour. As we prepare for Anti-Bullying Awareness week, let us remember that Pope Francis calls us “…to build relationships that are life-giving.”

Classroom teachers will be doing lessons throughout the week. As well, each class will design their kindness tree and if a student has done something that is kind, staff will add a leaf to the kindness tree. We can’t wait to see how full the trees will get! I wonder which class will have the fullest tree?

Additionally, we will be building community through artwork…masks and cards. Students will have the opportunity to create cards and masks that symbolize our WCDSB schools, communities and cultures we are building. The WCDSB will be creating cards that will be used throughout the WCDSB and will choose 10 images from schools to populate their card set. The WCDSB will also be choosing one image for face masks that will be printed and shared back to schools in our region. Good luck, Saints! I know we have a great chance at winning.

Here are our themes for the week that Saints students will be focusing on and a Home Challenge for you!:

Day Theme Symbol Home Challenge
Mon. Nov. 15 Building a Culture of KINDNESS: Wear Red and /or Pink and do something kind for someone else for no reason One Kind Word/Phrase “In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying.” [Anti-Bullying Alliance (UK)] Challenge #1 – As a family, make a list of people in your life. For each person, use one kind word/phrase to describe each person.
Tues. Nov. 16 Building a Culture of PEACE : PJ DAY: Put Bullying to rest! Home Challenge Bystanders vs Upstanders Watch this video together: https://video.link/w/vJgGc Support material for bystanders vs upstanders: https://www.stompoutbullying.or g/bullying-bystanders-becomeupstanders Challenge #2 – Role play ways in which you can be an upstander instead of a bystander.
Wed. Nov. 17 Building a Culture of UNDERSTANDING: Two Different Shoes Day- Let’ learn to walk in someone else’s shoes Home Challenge Why do people bully?

Challenge #3 – Have a family discussion about why people bully. Giving a child knowledge about “why” bullying happens can empower that child to know where it may come from. It does not excuse the bullying, but it may help the child understand more about the bully

Thurs. Nov. 18 Building a Culture of AFFIRMATIONS & EMPOWERMENT: Backwards Shirt Day: Show that you have someone’s back Home Challenge The Juice Box Bully – Bob Sornson & Maria Dismondy Find a copy of “The Juice Box Bully” on the Internet. There are several videos of the book available

Challenge #4 – Have a family discussion about how this book makes you feel. Which character do you identify with?

Fri. Nov. 19 Building a Culture of ACCEPTANCE: (PA Day) Home challenge focus Home Challenge How am I unique? Discuss the positive unique traits about one another – what are our God given talents? Give complements to one another about the strengths and unique skills/ abilities that each person has.

What would our world be like if everyone were the exact same? – Everyone wears the same clothes. – Everyone listens to the same music. – Everyone plays the same sport. – Everyone likes the same food, colour, tv show. Our world is a circle full of unique people that all belong. There is room for everyone, there is space for everyone and everyone is needed to keep our world round.

Christmas Charity Fundraiser: This year, CSAC requested that our St. Clement Christmas Charity of choice be a local initiative to help the homeless of the Waterloo Region. We are so excited to assist with this amazing cause.  The Hemlock Barn (Lobsinger Line) will be distributing the back packs along with a meal to the less fortunate members of the community and they need our help! They are aiming to fill 300 backpacks with essential items that would be helpful for those stuck in the cold. (see flyer below)

Each week, Saints will be challenged to bring in certain items in order to get a variety of items needed to fill the back packs. Outside of these items anyone that wants to donate a new or gently used backpack, kindly send it into the school with your child.

This campaign will go from November 15 – December 10th. (see the chart below). Let’s do what we can during this season to help others!

Date of Collection New Items to be collected
Week of Nov. 15 Chapstick, Scarf, Soap, Socks
Week of Nov. 22 Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Body Wash, Gloves/Mittens
Week of Nov. 29 Hair Brush, Toque/Hat, Hand Sanitizer
Week of Dec. 6 Underwear, Feminine Hygiene Products, Combs

Pizza Fundraiser Success! What an amazing success for our Pizza Fundraiser! Thank you, once again, Saints community for your generosity and support of this event! We raised over $1,800… and the best part was that we didn’t have to make dinner! Thank you for your support and a special thanks to our Intermediate volunteers Kassie, Amber and Alex.

Hiring Lunch Hour Supervisor Positions: St. Clement CES is looking to hire permanent and supply Lunch Hour Supervisors!

You must be:

  • 18 Years of Age or older
  • Canadian citizen with Social Insurance Number or valid work permit to be eligible to work in Canada

The Salary is between $22.20 – $23.46 per hour.

You will be required to work one hour a day from 11:35- 12:35.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact the principal by email andrea.dafoe@wcdsb.ca or call the school at 519-699-5271. Thank you for considering!

Cold Weather Reminder: The cold weather has arrived! The best way to stay warm is to dress in layers, but when layers are removed, they often get lost! Please make sure that all of your children’s clothing is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them. Also, we are outside for all recesses unless the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celsius, so make sure your children have dressed appropriately with mittens, hats, scarves, boots, and snow pants if necessary! Please note any information regarding bus cancellations or school closures will be posted on the Board Website: wcdsb.ca

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 and receive a BRAG TAG for their backpack.

Umbrella Project: Theme for the Month of November: Growth Mindset

Build In Time For Regular Self Reflection 

Reflecting regularly on what we have learned both from our successes and failures is a great way to improve the growth mindset. This regular reflection allows us to course correct quickly, recognize small wins and opportunities for improvement, and reduces how overwhelmed we feel. A great exercise to do at the dinner table is to have everyone share one thing they did great that day and one growth opportunity (an area you could improve).

Here are some examples:

Great things today:

I have committed to exercising more and I made it to the gym today.

I said something nice instead of negative about a friend I have been struggling with.

I focused in math class instead of getting distracted by my friends.

Growth opportunities:

I can make a bit more time in the evening to prepare a healthy lunch instead of choosing fast food.

I can work on scheduling my day better tomorrow so that I don’t leave my homework until the last minute.

Keep up the great work,

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).

Nov. 15 – 19 – Kindness and Anti-Bullying Awareness Week

Nov. 18 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Nov. 18 – Progress Report Distribution

Nov. 19 – P.A. Day – no school for students. Staff will be participating in a Faith Formation Day.

Nov. 22 – 25 – Parent- Student – Teacher Conference Week – Virtual meetings- your child’s classroom teacher will be in touch with you

Nov. 22 – Dec. 3rd – Virtual Book Fair – More information to follow

Nov. 23 – Photo Re-take Day

Nov. 23 – Feast Day for St. Clement – Students will participate in a Virtual Liturgy

Nov. 24 – Hot Lunch day

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 join in community to honour the brave men and women who fought for Canada. #LestWeForget

 

Thank you, Ms. Bester for helping organize hot lunches for our students! #WCDSBAwesome

 

Saints are reflecting on their Growth Mindset for the month of November. #UmbrellaProject #WCDSBAwesome

 

Thank you Alexander, Kassie, and Amber for volunteering to help out New Orleans with our Pizza fundraiser! #Kindness #WCDSBAwesome

 

Thank you for your participation in our St. Clement Pizza Fundraiser!

 

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