Reminders for the Week:

What a fun and exciting day for students and staff! Classrooms had Halloween activities, the Classroom Door Decorating Contest was being judged and there was much laughter and smiles (underneath those masks 😊) The fun continues this weekend with Halloween on Sunday.

Wishing all the Saints families a spooky Halloween! Be safe and have fun!

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!

Septic System repairs: A message from the board: “Our maintenance supervisor, Stewart Hoy, 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. We believe that this means that bus pick up / drop off (PUDO) on Charles Street will have to be relocated to Church Street starting Nov. 1st.  It is recommended that bus PUDO happen on Church Street 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.” Please remind your children to avoid this area during these 3 days.

Treaties Recognition Week – Nov. 1 – 7: The first week of November marks Treaties Recognition Week to recognize the importance of treaties and increase awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario.

The Ontario government designated the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties, to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships and to increase awareness of the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Ontario.

Treaties Recognition Week takes place this year from November 1 to 7, 2021.

Treaties provide a framework between Nations for living together and sharing the land traditionally occupied by Indigenous peoples.

It’s important for all Ontarians to understand the role treaties play in our lives and relationships with each other today as we move forward together to advance reconciliation.

By building understanding, we are advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people to help create equitable and respectful relationships to enable a better future for all Ontarians.

Your child’s teacher will be doing activities this week to building understanding around the importance of these respectful relationships.

Saints Spirit Wear T-shirt Update: Saints Spirit wear t-shirts were distributed to our students on Wednesday! They are a gorgeous black to show off our Gold colours and the students are so excited to have them. Thank you once again to CSAC for their generous donation towards student Spirit Wear.

Kindly contact Mrs. Dafoe if your child did not receive their shirt.

For those of you that purchased Spirit Wear, we will inform you when that order arrives!

Flags Half-Mast: Flags on all Ontario government buildings and establishments across the province will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, November 4, 2021, the day of the memorial service for the Late Honourable William G. Davis, 18th Premier of Ontario, 1971 – 1985.

Door Decorating Contest: Winners!

As you can see from the pictures below, Saints and staff were so creative with the door decorating contest! Student Council found it very hard to judge since all doors were unique!

Here were the winners (who enjoyed a little treat for their creativity:

Funniest Door: Mrs. Hehn’s class

Most Creative: Mrs. Alvarez’s/ Ms. Gilles’ class & Ms. Milardovic’s class

Scariest Door: Mr. Ouellette’s class

Clever and Cute: Mrs. Kittel’s class

Best Overall: Mrs. Kirby’s class

Thank you: School Donations!

Thank you to the Hurren family and Dee Sproule for their generous donation of Lego! We are in need of more so if you have Lego pieces/sets that are no longer played with, St. Clement would welcome your generous donation.

Thank you to the Henhoeffer family for their Christmas donation which will be put to good use by the students.

I am so humbled and thankful to have the privilege to be in such a generous community.

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!

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/

Dress for the Weather: Please ensure your child is dressed for all types of weather. Due to the need for regular mask breaks and fresh air, we will be going outside in the cold, misty or light rain conditions. Although we sometimes close the field with wetter conditions some students may still require a change of clothes. Please feel free to pack/send an extra set of clothes just in case it is needed and then the school will not need to call and interrupt your day for drier apparel.

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.

Theme for the Month of November: Growth Mindset

This month our focus is to build a growth mindset. To briefly summarize, in a fixed mindset we believe that our intelligence and talent are something we are born with and can’t change. This leads us to the false assumption that talent alone, without hard work, will lead to success. Extensive research has shown that children with this mindset give up easily and often avoid challenges.

In a growth mindset, we see ourselves as growing and developing. We believe we can build any skill with effort and this can help us create a love of learning and an excitement around new challenges. We see the brain like a muscle, the more effort we put in, the bigger it grows.

Praise Your Child For Effort Instead of Talent

The most important thing we can work towards as parents is to praise our children for effort, not talent. Our words tell children how to think about themselves and with best intentions when we say things like, ‘Great job, you got perfect without even trying. You’re so smart!’ we send our child the message that trying hard means you aren’t as smart.

Research shows that children praised for outcome will choose easier tasks to prove they are smart and gain our approval. Praising children for effort on the other hand, is what leads them to choose harder tasks because they know we value effort. This is why children with a growth mindset ultimately reach higher levels of success.

To support the growth mindset of our school community, please give praise freely for these growth mindset builders:

  • Things accomplished through practice: studying, use of effective strategies, perseverance, and concentration
  • Choosing challenging projects
  • Trying different strategies
  • Making improvements
  • Passion

When your child does something very quickly and easily, recognize that the task didn’t challenge them and say, “Sorry about that. I guess that was too easy. Next time let’s choose something that will really help you grow.”

Try to avoid praise that judges their intellect, talent and speed rather than effort. Praising these qualities unintentionally has an adverse effect when our child faces difficult tasks, as it can create a fear of failure, increased procrastination and cause our children to quit when things get difficult.

Chat soon,

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. 31 – Happy Halloween!

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day

Nov. 1 – Umbrella Project – Virtual Assembly Growth Mindset

Nov 1 – 7 – Treaties Recognition Week

Nov. 2 – All Soul’s Day – St. Clement’s Book of Life 2021 – honouring those that have passed on each morning during prayer

Nov. 3 – Hot Lunch Day

Nov. 4 – St. Clement Saints Spirit Wear Day – show your pride!

Nov. 1-12 – WCDSB Student Census to be completed by Grade 4 – 8 students

Nov. 7 – Daylight Savings Time Ends – At this time, the time will “fall back” to 1 a.m. and people can enjoy an extra hour of sleep. 😊

Nov. 8-10 – St. Clement Pizza fundraiser – New Orleans Pizza!

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

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 are so excited to wear their new t-shirts!

To our October Umbrella Project winners! These Saints show EMPATHY (our theme for the month) and received a Brag Tag for their backpack.

 

Students are so excited to receive their Spirit Wear T-shirt!! Thank you CSAC for your generosity! Can’t wait to see everyone donning their new t-shirt for Spirit Day Thursdays!

 

St.Clement hallways looked spooky! Our door decorating contest was a hit!

Saint students have so much fun during our Halloween activities!

Staff dressed up today… Disney themed … to make it a magical day for students!

 

Thank you, Mrs. Koebel, all of our parent lunch volunteers for your gift of time so our students can enjoy a hot lunch!

Great things happen each month at St Clement School and we are celebrating this with a picture walk through the months.

Students have been practicing their Empathy skills all month. So proud of our students

 

Doors have been decorated and I wonder who the winner will be!